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An ambitious fast-paced comedy following the story of two friends who hit the golf course to escape their woes.
An ambitious fast-paced comedy following the story of two friends who hit the golf course to escape their woes.
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Mr. Wonderful — A Short Film

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Mr. Wonderful is a short film that begs the question: what happens when you play golf with your idiot friend after having a bad day? The answer is something wonderful that you must see. Our goal is to send this story out to film festivals across the country because collectively, we're confident that we made something good: a fun, high-quality short that is worthy of people's time and attention. But who are we to say? 

 Ask anyone who attended the Jasper Project’s Annual 2nd Act Film Festival: Mr. Wonderful made waves. In this film festival, ten of Columbia’s top filmmakers were given the first and last lines of the short film, and were expected to fill in the rest. This is where our own story, Mr. Wonderful, was born. It started at 2nd Act Film Festival, but we are determined that it doesn’t stop there.

Squad
Squad

The film opens with a frustrated Mike (Moe Brown) pacing in his garage, looking at where his car used to be before it was stolen. He recalls a prior phone conversation with his buddy, Stokes (Mario Melendez) who consults him about “doing some real damage” with the clubs in his bag. The solution to his woes? ...an escape to the links. 

"They say this club is pretty lethal". -Mike (our protagonist)
"They say this club is pretty lethal". -Mike (our protagonist)

The entire tone makes a surprising shift to bros doing what they do best: broin’ out. They swerve around in the golf cart, exchange ideas about how to live forever-- “It’s science.”-- and bring their own unique elements of swagger to the tee box. They later meet an unexpected stranger (David Weaver) at the 18th hole, who has the possibility to change Mike’s life for the better.

But don’t let the fun nature of the film fool you. There are some serious hits to the screen with some undeniably memorable moments. Drones upped the ante for amazing, accessible shots that we haven’t seen before, and Tyler is a drone-equipped Director with a feel for the VFX eye candy. The jokes brought the laughs at the festival, but it was the boundary-pushing shots and editing that kept people buzzing about Mr. Wonderful when the lights came up. 

In addition, the musical style establishes itself uniquely in use of the songs "Ocelote" by Niilas and “Mr. Wonderful” (the title track) by Saint Pepsi (CKA Sylar Spence). These beats are a driving force in the film and interweave seamlessly with the footage as the action happens.

 We played to the strengths and personalities of our actors. It turned out something like this...

Character 3 has yet to be named (see rewards).
Character 3 has yet to be named (see rewards).

 

 The majority of "Mr. Wonderful" was shot at Columbia Country Club in Blythewood, SC. With a one-man camera crew and just a few hours shooting time we were able to finish most scenes in 2-3 takes. There are several scenes which reveal an admiration for the work of today's most noteworthy directors and cinematographers:

...like Wes Anderson. A scene from his popular hit "Moonrise Kingdom".
...like Wes Anderson. A scene from his popular hit "Moonrise Kingdom".

 

Leaning back into the frame...
Leaning back into the frame...

 

A scene from Lars von Trier's "Melancholia"; a focus on the hands - golf cart in the lower-right.
A scene from Lars von Trier's "Melancholia"; a focus on the hands - golf cart in the lower-right.

 

The power and detail of the hands in the foreground as the golf cart sits in the background.
The power and detail of the hands in the foreground as the golf cart sits in the background.

 

Elements rise with the hands. Another scene from Lars von Trier's "Melancholia".
Elements rise with the hands. Another scene from Lars von Trier's "Melancholia".

 

The elements rising with the hands.
The elements rising with the hands.

 

 We believe in our work. It was ridonkulously fun to make, which you can see on the screen, but we need to get it out there, and that’s what the money is for. The goal: Get Mr. Wonderful out to film festivals around the United States. Production has wrapped. The film has been made in all of its golfing glory, but if we can’t get our film in front of people at festivals, then it will remain on the shelf gathering dust. Please help us pay for the submission fees so we can share Mr. Wonderful with America’s film scene, and you will be directly responsible for getting the word out. We have the ambition and potentially the talent for bigger projects, and all it takes is a little help to get us on that road. A few bucks will get Mr. Wonderful in the film circuit, and it will all be thanks to you! You have the chance to be a part of something big!

We have identified 29 high quality film festivals which we would like to submit to throughout 2017. They have an average fee of $43 and after Kickstarter fees + taxes we need to raise about $1600.

Why submit to so many? Because there are a ton of talented people across the world creating amazing films every day (a good thing). Subsequently film festivals must be highly selective with what they choose to show on their screens so competition is fierce. Thus, we must cast a wide net to catch some freakin fish.

However, we think we'll catch a few fish because we pack a lot into our little short film (runtime 7 min 34 sec):

  • Original story
  • Innovative visuals
  • A fun, relevant soundtrack
  • Fresh voices
  • Beautiful natural scenery
  • Quotable quotes
  • A nod to some of todays greats and yesterday's greatest
  • Some smart laughs
  • Some dumb laughs
  • And finally a tempting offer for our audiences to always remember the characters: Mike, Stokes, & Character 3 (who we hope you will name).

 We've assembled a nice catalog of incentives ranging from shoutouts, downloads, film access, custom music, and direct engagement all the way to limited edition signed prints and even official status as an associate or executive producer. Status as a producer is specifically valuable if you would like to have a voice in our future film projects. Whether your contribution is big or small, it's rewarding to know that there are people who are willing to support our efforts. To us this is humbling and exciting. This film has been our baby, yet we know it takes a small village to raise a child. And we are grateful.

The Official Mr. Wonderful poster in limited edition print.
The Official Mr. Wonderful poster in limited edition print.

 

 Here are the people you are directly helping out:

This writer extraordinaire is a film buff and we are lucky to have her. After receiving a B.S. in Film Studies from the University of Texas and then a Master's in Creative Writing, Rachel quickly gained producer clients who commissioned her to write feature-length screenplays. Her script revisions immediately made an impact along with her ability to organize and manufacture large swaths of witty creative content. 

Oh yes, this kind soul is fun to hang out with and he will make you laugh. Mario has a knack for getting asked to appear in ad campaigns, billboards, and testimonial videos. During the shoot Mario was intent on giving the performance he was asked for; breaking in and out of character on the spot. To everyone's surprise, several of his attempts at a bad golf swing resulted in really nice shots down the middle of the fairway.

Constantly this on set.
Constantly this on set.

 

To know Mauricus "Moe" Brown is to love him. He's no stranger to the bright lights and cameras having played Wide Receiver at the University of South Carolina. Moe acts as a Gamecock commentator and radio host making numerous appearances on tv news and sports programs every football season. It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Moe's character "Mike" is largely inspired by Moe himself; a good person who has dealt with adversity in a proactive manner while reaching greater levels of success along the way. Before the film Moe and Tyler already collaborated with their good friend Micah Caskey to create the Insanity Podcast, an active program which addresses complex social and political issues in a fun way.

 

Last of the cast but certainly not least is David. Like his colleagues, David is hilarious in-person and this fully translated on screen. He contributed his own creative ideas on the spot and in-turn substantially enhanced his own character. If you didn't know him before, get to know him now because you will see David's face on the screen again.

Tyler is a force-multiplier and a creator. A few years ago he heard Christopher Nolan share some advice on becoming a film director: 

"If you want to be a film director, don't get too good at any one thing. Instead, learn a lot about every aspect of filmmaking."

That stuck with him as he now has the skills to manage multiple aspects of the film production assembly line. When it was time to execute our micro-budget film project he knew he could roll up his sleeves and handle the audio or visual work himself. This versatility frees him to think about how to tell a story in the most interesting way. Going forward he would like to work on projects larger in scale and eventually, feature-length films.

Video editing in FCPX
Video editing in FCPX

 

 From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you again for your interest and support of our project. We will be following up with updates soon. 

Missing David.
Missing David.

 

Risks and challenges

"Mr. Wonderful" has already completed post production, we've had a successful screening of the film at the 2nd Act Film Festival. We are ready to start submitting to 28 major film festivals in North America immediately and throughout 2017.

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    Welcome to the team! We will be adding your name to the film credits under "Special Thanks", giving you first looks at unreleased film footage, and keeping you in the loop with festival updates and press coverage. You will also be first in line to know when "Mr. Wonderful" becomes available for viewing.

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    Along with the film you're receiving two downloadable soundtracks: 1.) the soundtrack to "Mr. Wonderful" and 2.) the original soundtrack to "Exit 8" from Tyler Digital as written about in Impose Magazine and many others: http://www.imposemagazine.com/bytes/new-music/exclusive-streaming-premiere-tyler-digitals-exit-8-out-august-26th https://goo.gl/2CKvag PS - you heard music from Exit 8 at the beginning of our Kickstarter video :)

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    You get to decide the official character name for our breakout actor, David. Give him an official identity for us to recognize him by and we'll give you naming recognition in the film credits and on the IMDB page. Then you can tell your Mom you officially have good character. Keep it clean people!

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    You already made the team, but now you're on the squad. We are establishing a core group of associate producers to act as our board and key stakeholders as we graduate to our next project. Your name will appear as an Associate Producer on the official IMDB page and also the final credits for "Mr. Wonderful".

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    The Smooth Beats Package

    - First, Moe & Tyler will write and produce a rap song on any golf or film-related topic of your choosing: immortality, over-priced pro-shop snacks, cart girl drama... or whatever you can think of.
    - Second we'll add it as a track on the Mr. Wonderful soundtrack with your name in the credits as a producer which will be publicly available on Soundcloud, iTunes, and Spotify:
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    2017 will be a very good year because because you will receive a one hour photo & video session with our cinematographer, Tyler. Your social media profile will be fully stocked with high-caliber ammunition that says "Hey I'm someone special. Swipe right.". Or family portraits! Regarding gear: Tyler shoots on a swanky professional camera rig and is known to take off 10 lbs. in post.

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    The Executive Producer Package

    You're invited to play an amazing round of golf with Moe, Mario, and David. Your caddy is their cinematographer — and after he documents the entire thing including footage of your swing, he's going to make you look like you're Phil Mickelson in post. And have you ever thought about being an Executive Producer? Because you are now the Executive Producer of "Mr. Wonderful".

    Once your name is listed as such in the final credits of our film and official IMDB page, we recommend updating your LinkedIn page. At this point we officially recognize you as a business partner and your input will carry real weight as we plan our future projects. Let's discuss disrupting the industry, scaling up, and making the world a more Wonderful place. We've got ideas.

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