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We are funding the production of an innovative film with a mission of helping shelter animals.

We are funding the production of an innovative film with a mission of helping shelter animals. Read more
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$3,440
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Funding Canceled

Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on November 15, 2013.

About this project

Hi Kickstarters!    

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:  Just 2 days in, we are deciding to put this project on hold. We will relaunch in early 2014, after making a couple of vital revisions.  We really appreciate everyone's support and will come back freshly revised!  :)  See you soon.

We believe in this project SO much, and we have realized a couple of major tweaks we need to make.  So, before we get too far in, we are halting temporarily to regroup. 

Back to the drawing board for a few months. This is SUCH an important project, and we cannot wait to bring it to the world.

THANK YOU so much for your support!  See you in February!  Loulie

How does this "Kickstarter" thing work?

Kickstarter is the world's largest crowdfunding platform.  The idea is "a lot of people give a little bit."  Sometimes it takes a village to get a creative project off the ground!

People who want to support the project simply choose a reward that they will receive in exchange for backing our project.  Backing a project on Kickstarter is risk-free, because if the project doesn't meet its goal (in our case, $125,000), nobody pays.  If the project is successful, donors' credit cards will be charged when the campaign ends (Dec. 15) and everybody wins!  We all take part in making a movie that helps animals, and donors get their rewards.

To support our campaign, please click "Back this Project" on the right, OR click directly on any of the rewards.  You'll be routed through to Amazon.  Many, many thanks!  Woof! 

(Please note:  Backing of this project is not considered a charitable donation.  We are not an established nonprofit, even though we work with many.  So you will get the satisfaction of participating in something important, but you won't get to write it off.)

Why is this important?

Julie Castle of Best Friends said that this is the decade of the animals.  We could not agree more.  Animals have many advocates in their corner, standing up for them and spreading the message of kindness and respect. We believe this, too!

We believe our movie will play a pivotal role in helping our society reach a crucial "tipping point."  This far-reaching movie will help the world become a happier place for animals, as the mainstream public will join our movement.

Our movie will attract moviegoers of all ages and backgrounds.  This documentary will appeal to the masses with its adorable and hysterical footage, while educating the audience about the plight of shelter animals.  Ultimately, we will empower the masses to help shelter animals.

What do we mean by "crowdsourced?"

Wag will be the end product of many minds and many imaginations.  We will look to the public for footage, and our team will consist of filmmakers spread across the globe.  Many bits of footage will be welded together into a kaleidescopic feast for the senses.  In fact, the concepts behind Wag and Kickstarter are very similar...  a LOT of people contributing a little!

Our Rewards

(Pictures of more rewards coming soon! Please see descriptions to the right. We are still working on our collaborative "multi-species artwork" - Will post pictures as soon as it's complete!)

All rewards $25 and up are GIFTABLE!  We will provide you with a digital version of a lovely gift certificate describing the particular gift you chose.  Just print, personalize and gift to that special someone.  We will make these available to you in time for Christmas.  (Wish we could provide it in time for Hannukah, too, but no such luck this time...  We'll miss it by a couple of weeks.)  We'll provide the gift certificates during the campaign if success is secured and if we are allowed to do so.  Otherwise, we'll make your gift certificate(s) available to you immediately following the successful close of our campaign.

How Will We Use Our Kickstarter Funds?

We will use the funds we raise here on Kickstarter toward the production of our feature-length documentary.  We already have many hours of incredible footage, and we will receive many more from the public.  The money we raise will allow us to produce the movie in 2014, so that we can bring Wag to the world in 2015.  

If we raise more than our goal (fingers crossed!), we will use the extra money for enhanced production, festival submissions, marketing and promotion, and short companion films for YouTube.  It is our hope that Wag will be the most funded animal advocacy campaign in the history of Kickstarter.

Where will this movie be produced?

Though filmmakers worldwide will participate, Wag will be based in Wilmington, Norh Carolina, otherwise known as “Wilmywood.” Our city has been a hotbed for filmmaking since the early 80s. 

Some of your favorite shows and movies were likely filmed here:  Dawson’s Creek, One Tree Hill, Sleepy Hollow, Iron Man 3, Safe Haven, Sleeping with the Enemy, Blue Velvet, Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, Weekend at Bernie's, and hundreds more.In Conclusion

We are so excited to roll our momentum into this important project. From the bottom of our hearts... Thank you for your support.

Risks and challenges

Our primary challenge will be choosing which footage to use. We have dozens of hours of footage from our journey, and we will be receiving many more combined hours from the public.

In addition to choosing the most effective footage, we will also be choosing which filmmakers to bring on board as members of our team. After posting a brief description on the International Documentary Association's site and hearing immediately from many qualified individuals, we expect we will have a tough time narrowing down applicants, once news of our documentary spreads.

Other than "choices," the next most challenging area is timeline. We are confident that we will be able to complete the movie in 2014, so I think we will have a rather easy time staying on our production schedule. We plan for Wag to be out in the world in 2015.

I am determined to deliver portraits in a timely manner, so I will need to set aside nightly time for artwork. Art-making will no doubt be a meditative, calming task during the exciting phase of movie production!

We feel as if we can handle these challenges. Thank you for your trust!

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5 USD

    VIDEO "THANK YOU":
    Thank you for joining our movement and helping animals! We appreciate your support SO much. We'll email you a link to a jolly "thank you" video, from our wild and wooly family to yours.

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    COLLECTIBLE POSTCARD ART + SOCIAL & VIDEO "THANK YOUs": (Giftable)
    Simply Pawsome!! Autographed & pawtographed, with a handwritten & personalized note expressing thanks. A true keepsake, worthy of framing! 5" x 7" & full color. This eye-catching postcard celebrates your animal advocacy. Handwritten message from Loulie, and Benny's authentic paw print. You'll get to choose from 3 versions: dog, cat or movie poster. See pics in campaign description. (If you choose to give this reward as a gift, we will digitally provide you with a lovely print-out that explains the gift... in time for Christmas. Your recipient will know it's on its way!) Consider giving these as Christmas gifts! Bundles of 5 and 10 are available at the $115 and $220 reward levels.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50 USD

    KICKSTARTER-EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF WAG + COLLECTIBLE POSTCARD ART + SOCIAL AND VIDEO "THANK YOUs": (Giftable) Thank you for loving animals!!! You'll receive a digital download of Wag that includes a bonus feature EXCLUSIVELY created for our Kickstarter backers... Our creative team will dream it up! A surprise - YAY! Only Kickstarter backers will receive this particular "mystery special feature." You'll receive the download after Wag's theatrical run. You won't have to wait to receive the postcard and "thank you"s, though. (If you choose to give this reward as a gift, we will digitally provide you with a lovely print-out that explains the gift... in time for Christmas.)

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    YOUR NAME & *PHOTO* IN FILM CREDITS AS "WORLD CHANGER" + SIGNED EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION DVD + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF WAG + COLLECTIBLE POSTCARD ART + SOCIAL & VIDEO "THANK YOUs" (Giftable) You're a star OR your pet is a star ... well, almost! The world will see your face and know that you're an animal lover AND a World Changer! A photograph of your favorite furbaby (or any animal! or YOU!) will appear along with your name in the end film credit roll. Be sure to check out all the other amazing rewards you get at this level! (If you choose to give this reward as a gift, we will digitally provide you with a lovely print-out that explains the gift... in time for Christmas!)

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    YOUR NAME IN THE ACTUAL MOVIE!! + SIGNED EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION DVD + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + COLLECTIBLE POSTCARD ART + SOCIAL & VIDEO "THANK YOUs". (Giftable) So cool. We will feature your name artistically somewhere within the actual movie. We get to choose how (graffiti, for example.) It'll be a stupendous surprise!! Imagine hunting for your name... It'll be even more fun than finding Waldo! + the other fun goodies. (If you choose to give this reward as a gift, we will digitally provide you with a lovely print-out that explains the gift... in time for Christmas!)

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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500 USD

    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER TITLE IN CREDITS + FINE ART PET PORTRAIT + LIMITED EDITION DVD + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + COLLECTIBLE POSTCARD ART + THANK YOUs: (Giftable) We will shower you with gratitude, and your name and picture will be proudly presented in film credits. You are a major part of our project, and we welcome your general input about the movie. Thank you SO much for helping animals on a grand scale. Your picture (with your pet!) will scroll by alongside your name, proudly proclaiming your title of Associate Producer! Bashful? Let your pet claim the Associate Producer title! You will also receive the fine art pet portrait (see description at $375 level) in the spring of 2014, and the limited edition DVD around September of 2015. (If you choose to give this reward as a gift, we will digitally provide you with a lovely print-out that explains the gift... in time for Christmas!)

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