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A CHESS PLAYER is about what happens when the thing you love, or the thing you are passionate about becomes all that you are.

A CHESS PLAYER is about what happens when the thing you love, or the thing you are passionate about becomes all that you are. If my last film, THE AMENDMENTS OF A TRASH MAN, is about not giving up on your dreams, then A CHESS PLAYER is about what happens when that dream becomes your everything.

It’s a tragic story with big twists and surprising turns. I know. I know. We start talking chess and you think Bobbie Fisher. Think more like Fight Club, with underground basement tournaments, smoke and bare lightbulbs hovering above a shifting crowd of onlookers, watching, shouting and passing money as two people play against the clock — playing chess.

My story spans 50 years, following the main character, Tony, as he discovers his love for the game, builds his life on it and falls from its grace.

My GOAL is to tell a meaningful story with a production value that looks above and beyond the money that was raised and spent. One that has acting by actors and is filmed by professionals from Charlotte, NC. I want this film to be polished and beautiful.

In my previous films, all the cast and crew was made up of friends and family as a favor to me. For A CHESS PLAYER, I really want to make a movie that invests not just in production value but in the artists that are helping me build it. I made AMENDMENTS FOR A TRASH MAN for $75 bucks. I made LINGER for little more than the price of a seedy hotel room. The money, this time, allows me to step up the game and reward the creatives that will give so much of their time and energy for the project. It also allows me to step up my game as far as equipment, cameras and post production are concerned.

UPDATE #1 — Halfway there!

Chip (my producer) and I really want to thank everyone who has put us over the 50% mark! Special shout-outs go to the local Charlotte film community and Geeks of Doom, who wrote about our project. Thank you so much.

We still have a ways to go, and a few people are a bit confused on how this whole Kickstarter thing works. The video helps explain this just a bit, and we have updated our F.A.Q.'s list about some of these concerns.

Thanks for all your help, and please PLEASE share "A Chess Player" with your friends.

— Shea

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The biggest risk for some to donate, I realize, is the story. My films can be violent or dark and you may not be sure if that's something you want your name on. A CHESS PLAYER definitely examines a tragedy in life, but in telling this story I really believe people will understand something that they may not think about in every day life. What are the things we put first? What are the things that consume us and if we take away those things? Who are we when that happens? Are we better without them? Are we the same? Or are we nothing?

Of course, there's always the potential for snags with any creative project, things can go wrong, or take longer to complete than expected.

Some of these risks for A CHESS PLAYER include equipment malfunctions, production delays, unforeseen illnesses by cast and crew, and natural disasters.

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  • NONE! If we do not hit $7,500 by December 16th, we get nothing at all.

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  • NOPE! That's what's so amazing about Kickstarter. The only way your money comes out of your bank account or credit card is if we achieve our $7,500 goal. It won't be charged until Dec. 17th, so don't worry about waiting on your paycheck as Kickstarter does not take the money until the campaign ends.

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  • Yes. But, you should have one anyway. Amazon is amazing. Check out Amazon Prime as well, especially if you are doing some last minute shopping because there is free two day shipping and $3.99 one day shipping. You can even watch free movies and TV shows with an Amazon Prime account. (OK, enough of the Amazon plug).

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    ROOK: A signed copy of the script and story boards with a credited "Special Thanks" at the end of the film (PLUS all of the above).

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    KNIGHT: A special edition DVD copy of "A Chess Player" with a making of documentary and exclusive access to the making of blog that will have weekly updates, video clips, and sneak peaks throughout production (PLUS all of the above).

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    KING: Your name will be used as a central character in the film and audibly spoken in the movie. Your name will again be seen in the end credits associated with the actor playing your name. You'll also get a set of chess board coasters, cut from the chess boards used in the film (PLUS all of the above).

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    CHECK: You're invited to the cast and crew premiere party (transportation is not included). You will also receive a set of hand crafted book-ends made from real 8mm cameras that will be signed by the cast and crew, and a hand painted poster of the film. (PLUS all of the above).

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