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A Story About Elvis...Before He Became Elvis Presley.
A Story About Elvis...Before He Became Elvis Presley.
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WHAT IS NOBODY?

He wasn't the football star, he didn't have a girlfriend, and he was a quiet student...he was a nobody. So how did this seemingly average Humes High senior become a legend?

Nobody is a Sideburned Cinema, Inc. short film about an 18-year-old kid named Elvis, before he became Elvis Presley. The story features the tender relationship between him and his mother, his devoted teacher, and the talent show that changed everything. It's an intimate portrait of a young dreamer, before fame and fandom.

The film is expected to be shot in May or June of 2013, then be released for a festival circuit run. Elvis Presley Enterprises has been extremely supportive of this endeavor. 

WHO IS MAKING THE FILM?

William Bryan and Tom Radovich at Elvis Presley's Graceland - April, 2013
William Bryan and Tom Radovich at Elvis Presley's Graceland - April, 2013

William Bryan (Writer/Director/Producer)

Filmmaking and Elvis Presley have always been an important part of William's life. Picking up a video camera at age 9 and quickly becoming a devoted Elvis fan at 11, it is no coincidence these two passions would one day intertwine. After a multitude of short films at Columbia College Chicago and venturing to Elvis' Graceland every summer for the past decade, William finally decided it was time to tell a very human story about a young man with sideburns, before he became The King of Rock and Roll.

Tom Radovich (Producer)

Tom is an award-winning screenwriter based out of Chicago. He recently won Best Feature Screenplay at the 8th Annual Omaha Film Festival, First Place at the 2012 Downbeach Film Festival, and was placed in many Finalist categories for his feature script, "The Badminton Warrior." Working on over twenty shorts; he has experience as a producer, director, cinematographer, sound designer, editor, and assistant director.

WHY RAISE MONEY TO FUND NOBODY?

We are looking to raise a budget of $12,000 so that we can reach the high production value standards required for a period piece, especially one about the one and only Elvis Presley. We may be a low budget short film, but the right level of funds are both an ideal and necessity to properly acquire the right equipment, set design, wardrobe, and other essentials to cinematically do justice to the story and its era. We are proud to announce, for starters, that we will be shooting on location at Elvis' alma mater - Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Humes High School's Auditorium - Photo: April, 2013
Humes High School's Auditorium - Photo: April, 2013

While no crew on this production will be paid a large salary; we will also  need to cover other areas such as transportation, lodging and meal expenses for everyone involved (cast and crew).

Funding will also help cover Nobody's distribution to the public; any extra means will be put to the best use of pushing our project further into the public eye, with the look and feel of a true theatrical film.

The Perks

Your much-appreciated contributions are by no means blind donations. We have many unique rewards set up which you good people can receive in return for helping us tell this story about a young Elvis. Perk levels are listed on the right. ----->

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

If you like our project and want to help spread the word, please share this page and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates!

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And don't forget to visit our website at www.nobodyshortfilm.com

Won't you help us bring a young Elvis to the big screen?

Risks and challenges

The following points aren't as much a list of "Risks and Challenges", but rather a clear outline of where we stand with the project (pre-production) and the general order of which steps will be spearheaded during/after Kickstarter funding:

-Seeking Crew
-Casting Actors
-Rehearsing
-Production Preparatory Work (Planning Shots, Scheduling Shoot Days, etc.)
-Shooting (Production)
-Post-Production (Editing, Sound Design, etc.)
-Film Festival Entry Circuit Period

*Frequent entries will be posted on this campaign as well as our network platforms to keep our backers up-to-date.*

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    - SPECIAL THANKS & MEMPHIS POSTCARD -

    You will receive a Special Thanks in the film's credits as well as a shoutout on our website and media platforms (Facebook and Twitter).

    IN ADDITION, we will hand-pick and mail you a postcard from Memphis, Tennessee while we are on location!

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    - HD DIGITAL DOWNLOAD -

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    - OFF TO THE SET - LIMITED EDITION: Receive a one of a kind 'Nobody' Crew T-Shirt, labeled with the production position of "Kickstarter Backer!" *PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS!*

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    - OFF TO THE SET DELUXE - LIMITED EDITION: Receive a one of a kind 'Nobody' Crew T-Shirt with your choice of color, customized with a production nickname chosen for you, and labeled with the rightful production position of "Kickstarter Elite." *PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS, minus OFF TO THE SET!*

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    - HD DIGITAL DOWNLOAD & DVD COMBO -
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    - KICKSTART THIS - LIMITED EDITION: Receive one of the official 'Nobody' Kickstarter banners (4' x 2.5') that was used for extensive networking on the campaign trail. Signed by Co-Producers William and Tom with a personal message to you! *PLUS ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS, minus OFF TO THE SET AND OFF TO THE SET DELUXE*

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    - AUTOGRAPHED SCREENPLAY -
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    - PERSONALIZED THANKS & ON-SET PHOTOS -
    We will make a video expressing our deepest gratitude, just for you!

    IN ADDITION, you will receive high resolution stills photographed during production!

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    - ELVIS-ACTOR SIGNED PHOTO & AUDIO CD -
    The actor whom is casted as Elvis Presley will autograph a certified production headshot.

    IN ADDITION, you will receive an audio CD of our young Elvis' singing. (Please note that the film's vocal talent may or may not be the same individual casted.)

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    - AUTOGRAPHED POSTER & 'MAKING OF' -
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    IN ADDITION, you will receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes video that features production diaries and a look behind the camera!

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    - YOU'RE THE STAR -
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    - YOUR NAME ON GRACELAND'S WALL -
    While shooting on location in Memphis, we will write your name on the world-renown stone wall surrounding Elvis' home, snap a photo of it, and send it to you!

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    - INVITATION TO THE FILM'S PREMIERE -
    Put on your nicest attire, because you're joining us at the World Premiere Screening of 'Nobody' as well as the film's Premiere Party! (Backer must cover and provide self-transportation/lodging)

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    - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & FULL PACKAGE -
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    - LOOKING SHARP! - Receive all of the great rewards (minus OFF TO THE SET, OFF TO THE SET DELUXE, AND KICKSTART THIS!) above PLUS a top of the line and custom-tailored 'Lansky Bros.' suit-jacket. Certified and manufactured by the world-famous clothing store where Elvis shopped!

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    - THE KING - On top of receiving ALL PREVIOUS PERKS, both Originals AND Limited Editions (KICKSTART THIS, OFF TO THE SET and LOOKING SHARP!), you can pack your bags...BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO MEMPHIS FOR THE ULTIMATE 'NOBODY' EXPERIENCE! Brace yourself. You will be checking in for a 3-night/2-day stay with deluxe accommodations at "Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel" (world-famous and right across the street from Graceland!). During your stay, you will be taking a VIP Entourage Tour of Elvis' Graceland (includes access to the special VIP-only exhibit, front-of-the-line mansion access, a special all-day ticket, and a keepsake backstage pass!) and surrounding museums (Elvis' Auto Museum, Sincerely Elvis, Elvis' two jets, etc.). After all of this you can see where it all began with a tour of SUN STUDIOS - where the careers of Elvis and other legends began! When all your touring is done, you can head over to the world-famous Beale Street (The Home of the Blues!) for a quality dinner at Memphis' Hard Rock Cafe. You're going to love the live music and all the Elvis artifacts on the second floor! PLUS....DRUMROLL PLEASE!....YOU WILL GET TO STAR AS AN EXTRA IN THE PRODUCTION OF 'NOBODY'!
    YOU helped us reach our goal. YOU deserve
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    *Backer of THE KING package must provide own costs for transportation to Memphis. Initial package includes accommodations/tickets/dinner at The Hard Rock Cafe for 2 individuals.*

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Funding period

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