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Sports Fans (the movie)

Let’s make history & make SPORTS FANS the 1st major feature length comedy fully funded by the general public without the studio system

Sports Fans (the movie)

Let’s make history & make SPORTS FANS the 1st major feature length comedy fully funded by the general public without the studio system

$2,606
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
62
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, September 27 2011 7:04 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 27, 2011

About

The Story

A rip-roaring road trip, buddy comedy that celebrates baseball fans and the sport they love. The film follows two die-hard fantasy baseball geeks as they road trip across the country, visiting baseball’s most renowned stadiums in search of autographs. Along the way, they untangle a love triangle, piss off or embarrass major sports figures, and get caught up in a world full of misadventure.

SPORTS FANS is baseball’s version of the Hangover. It’s Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle meets Major League.  Sports Fans is a film that appeals to both sports fans and non-sports fans alike. The project already has distribution in place and will feature a who’s who list of professional athletes, comedic actors, and YouTube personalities.

Our Goal

To make a mainstream-friendly, indie, feature-length film that is appealing to a wide audience, but that also keeps true to our roots.  In addition to being independent filmmakers and screenwriters (including the script for Sports fans), Adam and Jason come from the comedy improv and YouTube worlds (where we write, act, produce, and direct countless comedy videos).  And we want to honor where we come from by giving back and including the community that has helped us develop into who we are today.

Why

SPORTS FANS is more than just a movie, it’s our dream.  It goes well beyond the 2+ years we’ve been developing this project, it goes all the way back to childhood -- where Adam used to spend his days alone with just a ball and his imagination, creating and recreating seasons and championships with all his sports heroes.  As for Jason, he loves comedy. Period.

There are plenty of films out there about a team or a player.  But what we wanted to do was tell it from the fan’s perspective.  We wanted to speak for all the people who have also tailgated, begged players for autographs, and cried as a child when their team got eliminated from the playoffs (Don’t worry -- your secret is safe with us).  

We are just a couple of normal guys who decided to follow our passion.  The project has since taken off and has assumed a life of its own. Now, all we need is your help to make this dream a reality. 

What Are We Trying To Do

For those of you familiar with breaking into the film business, you know, it’s tough.  It’s hard to raise money.  Harder to find distribution.  Even more challenging working with the studios.  And if you are one of the few fortunate ones who are lucky enough to strike a deal with one, you often must surrender most, if not all, creative control (sometimes to the destruction of one’s original vision).  Other times, your project just sits on their shelf, never to see the light of day.

So what are we trying to do, you ask?

Make this film by any means necessary!!  Ideally, we wish to raise enough money so that we may keep as much creative control and integrity as possible.  How you ask?  Well, we aren’t shooting in the dark here.   In addition to personally having over fifteen years of experience making films and viral videos, we have a lot of great assets going for us so far.  As you will see below, we have teamed up with a dream team of experts and industry veterans, positioning us to be able to make an independent blockbuster film… all we need now is your help.

Project Highlights

  • An impressive team of industry insiders with over 40 major feature film credits.
  • Partnered with Sports Studio, Hollywood’s premiere consultant for scripted sports content (co-owned by Jack Giarraputo’s Happy Madison Productions).

  • A theatrical distribution agreement already in place.

  • Stellar screenplay that has garnered amazing reviews and attracted industry attention.

  • Targeted popular, name-brand actors for key roles.

  • A who’s who list of celebrity cameos by ballplayers and commentators.

  • Sports Studio is an official supplier of Major League Baseball (MLB) apparel for the entertainment industry.

The Team

We have assembled an impressive team, with over 40 feature film credits (which among them includes: Waterboy, Semi-Pro, Ali, Longest Yard, Jerry Maguire, Rocky Balboa,  The Miracle, Bring It On, Major League, Any Given Sunday, Friday Night Lights, Invincible and A League of Their Own) and with strong inroads into the sports world.

Merging Hollywood and Sports

Going in, we recognized that in order to make this film, we needed to not only align ourselves with Hollywood experts, but also with those in the sports world as well.  So we teamed up with the following to provide us with both authenticity and credibility:

  • Sports Studio -- The portrayal of baseball will be vital to the success of Sports Fans. So, we have brought in the best, to make sure that the action and look is captivating and authentic.  Sports Studio is Hollywood’s premiere sports consultants.  In addition to serving Major League Baseball as it's preferred supplier of MLB apparel to Hollywood,  they are also the definitive sports casting and choreography company in the entertainment industry. Sports Studio has played a significant role in nearly every noteworthy sports film produced. If a major motion picture, television show or commercial has sports in it, odds are that Sports Studio was involved.

We didn’t stop there; we also brought on Hollywood’s top sports’ production expert, Mark Ellis. 

  • ·Mark Ellis has been a leader in coordinating sports action in Hollywood productions for 19 years. Mark has directed and coached Oscar winning actors and Hall of Fame athletes in over 30 movies grossing more than one billion dollars at the box office. He’s also collaborated on multiple TV projects, commercials and print pieces. Mark has distinguished himself as the only multi-sport film specialist in the world — consulting on every major sports genre including football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer.

    Mark has been a critical component in films honored with nine ESPY nominations for “Best Sports Movie of the Year”, including three award winning films for The Rookie, Miracle and Semi-Pro.

  • Further, we attached a sports agent to the project to help us cast ballplayers and deal with other complicated matters such as player’s unions, stadium access and licensing.

    We feel honored that everyone thus far believes so much in the project, that they have agreed to come on board before we have any money to pay them.

THE TALENT 

SPORTS FANS will feature a who’s who list of athletes and baseball stars, up-coming, young, comedic talent, as well as top YouTube personalities. With your help, we aim to also attach star Hollywood actors into the mix as well.

Thank you for reading this far.  Feel free to continue below, to learn more about our project.

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    The minimum contribution grants you VIP Access to behind-the-scenes Sports Fans blog posts about the film's development and first looks at special edition Sports Fans Videos and photos.

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    In addition to the VIP Access, you will get a personal THANK YOU CREDIT on the official Sports Fans’ website. How cool will it be to show your friends and family your name alongside your favorite movie, sports and YouTube stars?

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    A PDF copy of select storyboards from the film, brilliantly illustrated by cartoonist Eric Vanderhagen (plus the VIP Access and thanks on the website ). These look amazing and sure to be a collector’s item!

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    Limited Edition “Sports Fans" movie poster signed by Adam, Jason & select Cast! (plus the movie download, storyboards, website credit, and the VIP Access)

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    A cover-to-cover PDF of the finished script (delivered after film hits theaters) plus the movie download, storyboards, website credit and VIP Access. See firsthand how close the final product ended up from the original screenplay. How much did the Director modify the story on set? Did the actors improvise? Only you will know for certain.

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    Get personally mentioned (a “shout out”) in a YouTube video, seen by thousands of fans on the internet. That’s right, five of your fifteen seconds of fame just like that. Impress your friends as you play it over and over again for them. Rub it in, we don’t mind. You also get the movie download, storyboards, website credit, and VIP Access.

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    You’re invited to a one-time exclusive tour of the Sports Studio facilities in Culver City (co-owned by Jack Giarraputo’s Happy Madison production company). In addition to meeting Adam and Jason, you’ll get to check out a virtual museum of props and wardrobe from nearly every significant sports film, TV show and commercial ever made (such as The Waterboy, the Natural, The Longest Yard, Miracle, Invincible, Semi-Pro etc). And if you’re a sports fan, you’ll be in heaven, a whole warehouse of official team helmets, caps, jerseys and memorabilia. (transportation not included; Sports Studio will provide the date of the event at least one month prior). You also get the movie download, storyboards, VIP access and website credit.

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    PARTY! Two tickets for you and a guest to attend the ‘Sports Fans Appreciation Night’ screening in Los Angeles, California, along with Adam, Jason, select cast and crew members and everyone who’s anyone. Red carpet posing is (semi)optional. Come meet, greet and live the full Hollywood experience. (Transportation not included). You also get the movie download, website credit, VIP Access and the storyboards.

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    Haven’t you always wanted to have YOUR NAME appear on the big screen??? Well, you’ve just become a select member of the SPORTS-FANDOM, and will be credited with a SPECIAL THANKS in the end title crawl of the movie. Impress your friends as your name appears on the CREDITS of a major motion picture!!!! You will also get two free tickets for you and a guest to attend Sports Fans Appreciation Night (plus the movie download, website credit, storyboard and VIP Access).

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    Appear as a credited-extra in the movie (on location) & join the cast and crew for lunch! Congratulations, you’re an actor now! (Comes with SPORTS FANDOM PACKAGE – transportation not included)

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    Help us choose how the script goes! We have chosen 3 lines of potential dialogue for one of the characters. YOU DECIDE which one gets into the movie! (Comes with SPORTS FANDOM PACKAGE)

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    Appear in a Youtube Video with Adam and Jason (seen by thousands of fans on the internet). Or if you don’t want to be in it yourself, pick a friend and have them be in it. Comes with the SPORTS FANDOM PACKAGE – transportation not included

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    Hit the diamond with up to fifteen of your friends and challenge the Sports Fans’ team (Adam, Jason, and select cast and crew) to a game of co-ed softball. Us versus YOU! Let’s make it a party! We’ll bring pizza, beverages and chicken wings. Winners get the first slice! (Comes with the SPORTS FANDOM PACKAGE – Field will be in Southern California. Transportation not included.)

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    Internet Video Consultation with Jason and Adam!!! Ever have an awesome sketch idea but don't know how to make it an awesome video? Ever have an awesome video, but don't know how to get it the audience it deserves? Well then, this is the package for you. The Internet is the Wild West, and you need some guns, a horse, map, and screw it, even more guns. In this 45 minute consultation, we will talk about tools you can utilize to get your video seen, and even perhaps make your hard work financially lucrative. We will also cover ways to take your ideas and make an awesome internet video. Have trouble coming up with ideas for online content? We'll cover that too. Your online presence can even be that leverage you need for your career. This also includes the SPORTS FANDOM PACKAGE and can be done via Skype or in person (transportation not provided).

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    Not sure which package you want? Well, how about a combo deal?! You get the YouTube video, the video shout-out, the internet video consultation, the Sports studio Tour, the autographed poster, the SPORTS FANDOM PACKAGE (which includes the movie download, the screenplay, the party, the website credit , the storyboards and the VIP access) and you’ll get to be a credited extra in the movie. Phew!

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    Spend the day on set as Adam and Jason’s "personal assistant," and be credited as such in the end title crawl! You’ll get firsthand experience of what it’s like on the set of a real Hollywood feature film and meet cast and crew. Just remember to turn off your phone once the Director yells “ACTION.” (Comes with the SPORTS FANDOM PACKAGE – transportation not included, but you will be fed and put up in a very cheap, sleazy motel with thin walls and 1970’s carpet. Just kidding about the quality of the motel. The carpet will at least be from the 90’s.

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    Receive a CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit in the film. You are entitled to everything that the SPORTS FANDOM PACKAGE offers, plus your name gets much higher visibility in the credits. In addition, you will get up to ten tickets to Sports Fan Appreciation Night and the option to appear as an extra in the feature film (including joining the cast and crew for lunch). As an added bonus, you will be invited to the private cast and crew party as our guest. Transportation not included.

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