Based on the David Barr Kirtley Sci-Fi story, follow the man who can rewind time through his past, and the man who wants him dead.
THE SECOND RAT is a short film based on the Sci-Fi short story of the same name. It was originally published in On Spec Magazine in 2002, and was written by Science Fiction author, and co-host of WIRED Magazine’s Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast, David Barr Kirtley. The film version was written for the screen and will be directed and produced by Dustin M. Thomas.
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UPDATE: MedleyTea Media & Cineline Productions will team up to produce The Second Rat, if we can reach our total goal on time! See Updates Section above for more info.
A man named Todd Rawlins, whom is inflicted with a genetic disease that will kill him prematurely, discovers that he can rewind time to any point in his past. When it seems like all his problems are solved, he discovers that he is being hunted to the death by the only man that knows the time traveler's secret. The hunter’s name is Ian Kyle… The Second Rat.
Read the short story now, FOR FREE at www.thesecondrat.com.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE STORY
"The twist to this one is totally logical and morally telling. One of the best stories of the year..." — Rich Horton
"In one stroke, Kirtley turns a basic power fantasy into a moral cautionary tale — and keeps it entertaining." — Greg Beatty, in Tangent Online
“Definitely take the time to read this story.” — Facebook Fan
“Oh, man. This is awesome.” — Facebook Fan
WHERE YOU FIT IN
Every donation counts — even if it’s only one dollar ($1). Without you, there will be no film… period. Please take a moment to browse our rewards. Who knows? Maybe one of them might tickle your fancy a bit. Please make your donation today. Time runs out on August 5th at 11:59pm. You could be making the careers of a few hungry, young filmmakers.
WHERE THE DONATIONS GO
Every single penny will be put into taking this sci-fi classic from the short story and short script and building it into a full-fledged, bona fide short film. And, our team is ready to begin the building process — a team of awesome filmmakers, willing to donate their time, services and sweat to making this the best Sci-Fi short ever. A bulk of the donations will go toward obtaining the most updated camera tools available, the best Special Effects, and the greatest Visual Effects out there to bring the short film version alive in the best manner possible, and to present you with time travel like you’ve never seen it before. We want to make this the best movie-going experience possible for you today, utilizing today's advanced film technologies.
OTHER WAYS TO HELP
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Also, familiarize yourself with the story. Ask us as many questions as possible. Strike up conversations with your friends about us at dinner. The sky is the limit.
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Thank you, everyone. Let’s Do It!
Our campaign ends on August 5th at 11:59 pm. You will only be charged for your donation after that time AND if we have reached our total monetary goal. If we don't reach our $25,000 mark by that time, we don't get anything, and you will not be charged. It's an all, or nothing, situation.
We aren't quite sure how that would work logistically, but here is our suggestion on how to make it work: 1.) Figure out the total dollar amount that you are looking to spend each week; 2.) Add that amount up over the length of the campaign and deduce the total amount that you are willing to spend over the total 35 days; 3.) Pick the best reward bracket(s) that best suit your total donation amount, and select it/them; 4.) Save up to that amount by the time the campaign ends (be sure your funds are available by August 5, 2012 at 11:59pm); 5.) Voila, you are the MOST AWESOMEST DONATOR EVER! [Note: We are truly appreciative that this question was asked of us multiple times already. You guys are the best.]
We've recently added an autographed Stand-Alone DVD Special to the mix at the $40 donation level. Regular DVDs are only available with this package. By selecting this level, you will receive ALLl $10-$30 Rewards, plus a copy of the regular DVD. The regular DVDs are not available with $50-$100 Rewards.
However, at the $200 donation level, and above, the Backer does have the option to trade out their Special Edition Blu-Ray copy for (2) regular DVD copies. These will also be signed by the author and director.
Please let us know if you have any question or concerns. Thank you for all your support!