The Holy Ghost Experience
While the finished film is the ultimate destination, we believe that a film about the Holy Spirit should revolve around EXPERIENCE, and to that end we will be attempting something with this film that has never been done before in a feature film. We want to bring you, the viewer, with us for the entire journey—from start to finish—for the making of what may be one of the most important films in recent years for the worldwide church.
While other filmmakers have made video blogs detailing their production process, what we want to do differs in the fact that we will be bringing you with us throughout the entire process IN REAL TIME. This means when we are in Italy or Greece filming, you will be right there with us, receiving the video updates right after it happens. Another first will be our desire, during post-production, to bring you into some of our decisions for the final product. This could include design decisions and even which scenes will end up in the finished movie. This blurring of the lines between artist and audience will be a first in film history.
About the Film
But of course, all this means very little if we’re making a movie of no consequence. Coming from the same team that brought you the wildly popular “God Trilogy” of Finger of God, Furious Love, and Father of Lights, you can be certain that not only will Wanderlust Productions be bringing you a finished product, but that it will most likely be a powerful and challenging experience for everyone who sees it.
Filmmaker Darren Wilson is ready to begin a new journey—one that is born out of friendship with God and a genuine faith that He wants to move lovingly and powerfully in everyone’s life. Holy Ghost will take Darren and his team around the world as they go in search of the nature and evidence of the Holy Spirit. They will explore the role of the Holy Spirit in the arts, ministry, and the Christian life. But as with all of Darren’s films, it will be the encounters of ordinary people with the God of the Bible that will take center stage. Darren feels that God is directing him to approach some of the religions of the world and “introduce them to the Holy Spirit and see what happens.” This will be a film with no script, but will be a visceral, authentic, and wholly unique experience for the viewer.
Who’s In The Film?
Darren’s films always contain a large cast and a wide variety of voices and opinions, and Holy Ghost will be no different. While the cast is still in the process of being finalized, some of the people already confirmed include: Bill Johnson, Todd White, Randy Clark, Michael W Smith, RT Kendall, William P Young, Kris Vallotton, Will Hart, Jamie Galloway, Robby Dawkins, Jake Hamilton, Jeremy Riddle, Banning Liebscher & Jesus Culture, Shawn Bolz, Lee Grady, Devon Franklin, Kobus Van Rensburg, Heidi Baker, and many, many more!
We wanted to extend the experience even further, and as a result we are offering some truly unique reward tiers. While you will be able to purchase the DVDs after the film's release next year, you will not be able to get THESE PARTICULAR rewards anywhere else, ever. And of course, if you don't WANT to claim a particular reward, there is no obligation. The explanation for the tiers are as follows:
Backstage Pass - This will be the "heartbeat" of the experience. Darren has already planned nearly 100 video updates covering pre-production, production, and post-production, and as incidents arise even more may be possible. These will begin as soon as the campaign ends, and by the time production starts, we will be, in effect, at real time for the rest of the experience of making this film. Hopefully these will become something you look forward to on a regular basis!
Lend A Hand (NEW) - Next Summer/Fall, we will be embarking on a grand tour around the U.S. to show and promote Holy Ghost before it's official DVD release. Since we don't know where we will be touring yet, this pledge will allow someone who couldn't/wouldn't normally attend to get in for free. These Lend A Hand tickets will be geared towards non-believers or low income families in the community where we will be touring. They will be split up evenly among tour stops based on how many pledges we receive for them. You will also receive all the behind the scenes access to the entire process through the BACKSTAGE PASS.
Lend A Few Hands (NEW) - Same as LEND A HAND above, but for this you will be sponsoring 5 people to attend. You will also receive the BACKSTAGE PASS.
Lend A Bunch Of Hands (NEW) - Same as LEND A HAND above, but for this you will be sponsoring 10 people to attend. You will also receive the BACKSTAGE PASS. Please note, this tier does NOT get you the Regular Edition DVD.
I'm A Fan - This one's pretty simple: you get the regular DVD months before anyone else will be able to. But as with all the DVDs, we will be creating Kickstarter-backer-only artwork, meaning you won't be able to get these versions once the campaign is over.
I'm A Big Fan - This one, too, is pretty simple: you'll get the Deluxe Edition of the film months before others. We film hundreds of hours of footage, interviews, and encounters around the world, and we can only fit a tiny fraction of those into the finished 90 minute film. The Deluxe Edition is the place we can include the best of everything that didn't make the final cut. Usually between 10-13 hours of extras are crammed into these editions.
I'm, Like, A Huge Fan - This will be a Limited Kickstarter Only Collector's Edition DVD package specially designed for this campaign (and will even include your name inside). This unique product will include all of the Deluxe Edition discs, as well as a high gloss "Making The Experience" book complete with the best photos taken on location, and Darren's written narrative of the entire process.
The Guest Director - We believe the Holy Spirit is for everyone, and we want to encourage you to go out and capture your own encounters with Him! Grab a video camera and go film your own adventure attempting to love others and partner with the Holy Spirit. Send us the raw footage, and we may include your video in the finished film! We want submissions from all over the world, so get some friends together and go do it. Please, do not begin shooting until the campaign is over. Once the campaign is completed, we'll contact you for the best, easiest way to deliver the footage to us.
House Party (NEW) - Can't travel to the big premiere? No problem, why not bring the premiere to your own home! We want you to be able to enjoy the film the way it's intended--with others. This tier will provide you with everything in the "I'M, LIKE, A HUGE FAN" tier, as well as regular edition DVDs for all your attendees. We'll also make you some sweet invitations to give to your friends, and Darren will record a personal introduction to the film designed specifically to you and your friends who are attending!
Welcome To The Family -This one is geared for individuals, businesses, or churches who want to partner with us. This tier is designed to both allow your church or business to sow into what we're doing, and also let others know what you believe. You'll receive everything in the "I'M, LIKE, A HUGE FAN" TIER, your church or business will receive prime placement in the end credits of the film, and we'll also be creating a special page on our website that will feature your church/business name and a link to your site. On top of that, you will receive our entire catalogue of products (books, DVDs, CDs) for your church library, and Darren will provide you with a 60 second personal thank you to be played to your congregation and/or placed on your website. And if you're an individual? Hey, you'll get our entire catalogue, primary placement in the credits and website, and a special, personalized video thank you from Darren!
Chillin' With The Homies - When the film is finished, we want you to join us for an entire day at our studio in Chicago. Once you get here, you'll meet the team and Darren will answer all your questions, give you an advanced screening of the finished film, spend some time in prayer with you, and of course, we'll have a great dinner that evening! One pledge is worth one invitation for exactly one person to this special occasion.
SOLD OUT! The Crew (U.S. Only) - This is your chance to actually come with us on a film shoot! We're providing you with a unique experience of taking your own footage as part of our crew while we film domestically in the U.S. (you are responsible for your own airfare to the city--we'll handle your accommodations and food). Your footage might even end up in the Deluxe Edition! (no filming experience required)
SOLD OUT! Casting Call (U.S. Only) - This is your chance to actually be in one of our films! Come along with us for one of our domestic trips in the U.S. (again, you'll be responsible for your own airfare--we'll handle your accommodations and food), receive training from us for doing street ministry, and then come with us as we go love on people for the film!
The Tour Stop (NEW) - Want the complete experience? Then this is the one for you! In this tier you'll be sponsoring an entire Tour stop on our Holy Ghost Experience. But on top of that, we'll fly you and a guest out to Redding, California for the huge premiere of Holy Ghost in the Summer/Fall 2014. We'll put you up in a hotel for two nights, you'll do lunch with Darren and the team, and will receive VIP seating/access at the premiere itself. You'll also receive everything in the "I'M, LIKE, A HUGE FAN" tier.
SOLD OUT! Clean Your House - Want to bring Darren out personally to your church, small group, or even your house? He'll come and hang out with you and your friends for the day and will show you the film before anyone else sees it. This can be as big or as small as you'd like it to be! (U.S. cities only)
SOLD OUT! The Ultimate (International Trip) - For the first time ever, we're allowing a handful of people to actually go with us on one of our International Trips. This all-expenses-paid trip will have you as one of our crew, helping out where needed, as well as taking your own behind-the-scenes footage that may very well end up in the Deluxe Edition. If you've ever wanted to experience what it's like to film internationally with us, here's your chance! (no filming experience required) For this particular tier, you will be hanging out with us as we travel to Turkey to capture some amazing stories!
SOLD OUT! The Ultimate (Europe) - The same as "The Ultimate", but this particular trip will take place somewhere in Europe from October 11-14, 2013. (no filming experience required) This tier has a higher cost than the original "Ultimate" tier due to the higher cost of this particular film shoot. What will you be doing, you ask? Well, a lot of that is up to you. Our vision is for you to come along and help Darren document what is happening through your own eyes, shooting a kind of "behind-the-scenes" video, but from your perspective. We'll take the best ones and put them on the Deluxe Edition. Of if that's too intimidating and you just want to come and be a part of it and be a fly on the wall, then you're welcome to do that as well. The choice is yours! For this particular tier, you'll be hanging out with us and Robby Dawkins as we travel to a few different places and look for some amazing God encounters!
SOLD OUT! The Ultimate (South America) - The same as "The Ultimate", but this particular trip will take place somewhere in South America from July 3-8. (no filming experience required; you are responsible for your own travel Visa) This tier has a higher cost than the original "Ultimate" tier due to the higher cost of this particular film shoot. What will you be doing, you ask? Well, a lot of that is up to you. Our vision is for you to come along and help Darren document what is happening through your own eyes, shooting a kind of "behind-the-scenes" video, but from your perspective. We'll take the best ones and put them on the Deluxe Edition. Of if that's too intimidating and you just want to come and be a part of it and be a fly on the wall, then you're welcome to do that as well. The choice is yours! For this particular tier, you'll be hanging out with us and Randy Clark and will be a part of a huge crusade in Brazil!
The Ultimate (South Africa) - The same as "The Ultimate", but this particular trip will take place somewhere in South Africa from January 9-12, 2014. (no filming experience required) This tier has a higher cost than the original "Ultimate" tier due to the higher cost of this particular film shoot. What will you be doing, you ask? Well, a lot of that is up to you. Our vision is for you to come along and help Darren document what is happening through your own eyes, shooting a kind of "behind-the-scenes" video, but from your perspective. We'll take the best ones and put them on the Deluxe Edition. Of if that's too intimidating and you just want to come and be a part of it and be a fly on the wall, then you're welcome to do that as well. The choice is yours! For this particular tier, you'll be hanging out with us and Kobus van Rensburg as we pray for healing for, literally, thousands of people!
These movies cost a great deal of money to make, and frankly, we need your help! Our past films have touched millions around the world, changed countless lives, and have reignited the faith of a generation, so we know how much these mean to you all. We want to do them right, and we also want to give you, the people we are serving, an opportunity to contribute and sow into what these films can and will do for the entire world, as well as future generations.
How You Can Help
The obvious answer is: make a pledge! Come alongside us on this journey, and partake of the full experience not only of the finished film, but of the entire journey it takes to get there.
But beyond that, we need to get the word out in a big, big way. We don’t want there to be anyone who might be blessed by what we do who doesn’t hear about this campaign, so if you can start now and post on Twitter, Facebook, and email this Kickstarter link to everyone you know who likes our films, that would be an enormous blessing to us.
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Risks and challenges
Obviously, we are at the beginning stages of making a large scale, very complicated movie. While we believe our past track record speaks for itself (in that we WILL complete and release this film), sometimes factors beyond our control come into play that may cause unforeseen delays. While it is our sincere desire and goal to have this film finished and ready to send to you by July 2014, at this point we cannot GUARANTEE this date. If it is delayed, since you will be so intimately connected to the production, you'll be the first to know, and you will receive constant updates on the schedule and progress we are making.
We will do everything we can to make this entire experience as easy, seamless, and positive as possible for you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
For those of you who are unaware, Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires. If it's not, then you are not charged for your pledge. Of course, that also means that if we don't raise our goal, we don't get anything. Donors pledge the amounts, but don't actually pay until the goal is reached and the funding deadline has passes.
Absolutely. If you would like to donate to the film but give the reward to someone as a gift, go through all the normal process of making a donation in your name. For billing purposes, this action must be in your name. After our deadline, we will send a message to you on Kickstarter. (It will be forwarded to the email address you provided) Please reply with all the person’s information that is to receive the reward. We will make sure they are the person who receives it!
YES! This is what we're hoping for! If we exceed our goal, we can potentially fund a tour similar to the Father of Lights Tour, and all around have more marketing to make sure tons of people have a personal experience with the Holy Spirit. Rewards don't shut off once we hit the goal!
This entire amount covers only travel and labor. We will use it for flights & hotels as well as payment for our production and post-production crew. Beyond our goal, we will use extra funds first for a potential pre-release tour. After that, we will use extra funds to boost production quality and to ultimately deliver an experience with the Holy Spirit to as many people as possible. Feel free to ask if this answer doesn't address your concerns!
For the higher tiers (Chillin' With The Homies; The Ultimate; etc...) we unfortunately need to cap those off at one person per pledge. As much as we'd LIKE to allow you to bring someone with you, in order to keep things manageable and also make the reward more enjoyable and intimate for those who pledged, keeping the number of people to a minimum is our only recourse.
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