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About this project

The Mission:

To create a feature-length, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that will entertain audiences from the opening credits right to the satisfying conclusion. Boy wants to meet boy, but will he get up the nerve to do it...?

The Request:

Help us realize our vision. We have the actors, we have the crew, we have the script, and we have most of the money. With your help, we can raise the balance of the budget needed to put together something that you (and we) will love. A kick-ass, laugh-out-loud funny film with the highest quality writing, performances, and production, at a fraction of the cost of a typical Hollywood feature. No excuses, no compromises.

The Schedule:

We are in pre-production now with filming scheduled for late October 2017, in Sherman Oaks, California, just outside of LA. Post-production will take place immediately after the ten-day shoot, and we expect to be ready for the 2018 festival circuit, with a commercial release in late 2018.

The Money:

We've done this twice before. Our first two low-budget features, a romantic comedy called The Perfect Wedding, and a thriller called Russian Doll, both achieved the holy grail of independent filmmaking: distribution. We know what it takes to succeed and we plan to do it again with Analysis Paralysis.

The funds we raise in this campaign will go directly to things you will see on the screen: set design, artistic design, additional crew and the rental of a second camera, as well as lighting and sound. 

The script was donated, the producers and director are working for free, the SAG actors are working essentially for minimum wage. We appreciate anything you can do to help us, and we will treat your contributions with the care and respect they deserve.

We've set our funding goal pretty low, and we'd love to crush it. In our wildest dreams, we'd raise even more--enough to hire a PA (production assistant) or two (or three...). 

Our Mission Statement:

At small or LARGE and My Pet Hippo Productions, we think the world is a far more diverse and interesting place than Hollywood blockbusters would have us believe.

Our mission is to create high quality, exciting, and entertaining movies featuring a universe where:

  • LGBTQ characters have leading roles that are never based on stereotypes 
  • The main conflicts of our LGBTQ characters aren't created by their sexual orientation 
  • Female characters have roles that go beyond mother, wife, daughter, and/or woman-in-jeopardy 
  • People of color have roles that are never based on stereotypes 
  • A limited budget does not mean a compromised product

The Script:

Analysis Paralysis was written by the son/father writing team of Jason T. Gaffney and Ed Gaffney, who also write the California Comedy series of m/m romance novellas.

Novelist Tyler O’Conner’s imagination is so out of control that it occasionally renders him unable to make the simplest decisions. After he loses the ability to leave the house due to his anxiety, he enlists the aid of his therapist to overcome his fears while going after the man of his dreams, Shane Revere.

In some respects the film is reminiscent of Groundhog Day because Tyler’s imagination plays out scenarios he confronts with a variety of outcomes, theoretically helping him prepare for whatever might occur in real life. Because of this, all of the characters (excluding Tyler) will take on a range of humorous and over-the-top personalities throughout the film as they appear in these alternate realities.

Some Sample Pages from the Script:

 

 

Meet Our Leads:

Jason T. Gaffney
Jason T. Gaffney

The two romantic leads of Analysis Paralysis, Jason T. Gaffney and Kevin Held, met years ago on the set of a student film--a comedy in which Kevin played a secret agent and Jason played his unsuspecting roommate. Since then, they've teamed up on a variety of projects, as often as possible! 

Kevin Held
Kevin Held

 The Production Team:

  • Jason T. Gaffney: Writer/Director/Producer/Star (The Perfect Wedding, The Comedy Minute with Jason T. Gaffney, Fame Dogs, Russian Doll
  • Ed Gaffney: Writer/Producer/1st AD (The Perfect Wedding, Russian Doll, and EDGAR Award Nominee for Enemy Combatant
  • Suzanne Brockmann: Executive Producer (The Perfect Wedding, Russian Doll, and New York Times bestselling author of 55 novels)
  • Nacia Schreiner: Cinematographer (Russian Doll, Porking Mandy

Our production team is thrilled to be working together again, in association with Jason's production company, My Pet Hippo Productions, to make Analysis Paralysis after the success of Russian Doll and The Perfect Wedding.

The Perfect Wedding premiered with sold-out screenings at the Sarasota Film Festival. It went on to screen at the Spokane International Film Festival, the Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, and the Garden State Film Festival where it won the best comedy feature film.

Russian Doll is about to begin the LGBTQ film festival circuit, and has been named a Centerpiece Selection at qFlix Worcester.

Both films are distributed by Wolfe Releasing.

Please note:

A few of our rewards include books-only, signed by the various authors in our production team, but most rewards include a DVD of Analysis Paralysis. Because of that, we've followed Kickstarter's suggestion and made "August 2018" our official "Estimated delivery" for those rewards that include a DVD, since that's our guess for when we'll have the DVD of Analysis Paralysis ready to ship to you. 

Please note that we'll be shipping all non-digital "Thing" rewards to you in a single package, so if your reward includes an Analysis Paralysis DVD, you'll receive everything on or around August 2018. 

If post-production moves more quickly, of course we'll ship earlier! (We'll be in regular touch via our updates!) 

Signed material (other than Suz's books) will be autographed by Jason T. Gaffney, and as many members of the cast & production team as humanly possible, given logistics of where we all are during post-production and festival season! (We'll do our best to make sure you have plenty of fun signatures!) 

U.S. backers: The shipping costs for your rewards are included. 

International backers: We are happy to fill out customs forms and ship (nearly all of) our backer rewards anywhere in the world, but because international shipping costs are steep, we've added additional fees for postage to all internationally shipped rewards. Those shipping fees will appear when you click through to pay. (Thank you for understanding!)

To see examples of the movies we've made in the past, check out the trailer for The Perfect Wedding: 

And the trailer for Russian Doll: https://youtu.be/4WnBM8CABlU 

Risks and challenges

Any project with as many moving parts as the production of a feature film is subject to risk. One of our actors could get sick, one of our locations might get damaged, one of our crew members could become unavailable. Still, we have contingency plans for all but the most extreme disasters. (Let's face it -- a Los Angeles earthquake could really mess us up.) But we've got back up cast and crew available. And low-budget filmmaking, by its nature, requires the ability to think on your feet. When we made THE PERFECT WEDDING and RUSSIAN DOLL, we handled several last minute challenges successfully, and if similar problems arise in ANALYSIS PARALYSIS, we expect to do the same.

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    Embraced by Love
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    Heart Throb
    Body Guard
    Time Enough for Love
    Stand-In Groom
    Freedom's Price
    Body Language
    Embraced by Love
    Ladies' Man
    Future Perfect
    Ready to Roll
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