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$69,006
pledged of $300,000pledged of $300,000 goal
65
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, July 15 2019 3:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Writer/director Greg Green is a bird enthusiast. Because of his passion for birds, a portion of future profits from MAGPIE FUNERAL will go to helping our feathered friends.

                                              A Younger Greg Green Making Movies Way Back When
A Younger Greg Green Making Movies Way Back When

Why MAGPIE FUNERAL, Greg?

I'm seeing isolation, loneliness and age discrimination all around me every day. I bet you do, too. I want to make a movie that looks down the barrel of these issues and at the same time make a movie that will warm your heart. MAGPIE FUNERAL is that movie. Sy McMurphy (Darren Burrows) is my main character, but much of what Sy goes through, I went through. Write what you know, right?

What's MAGPIE FUNERAL about?

Sy McMurphy (Darren Burrows) is a confirmed bachelor in his 50s. Sy lives in Boise, Idaho and is a bird lover - especially Magpies. One of Sy’s life-time goals is to witness a Magpie Funeral (Yes, Magpies do have actual funerals!)

Sy desperately wants to be a successful screenwriter. He has been sending his screenplays to famous Hollywood directors for 30 years with absolutely no success. Oh, and he uses a manual typewriter and listens to old 78 records while he writes!

                                     These are the actual props we'll use. Both are offered as perks!
These are the actual props we'll use. Both are offered as perks!

In the meantime, he has settled for a somewhat unsatisfactory career making commercials for a local TV station.

Then, one day Sy meets a woman and her four year old daughter. Suddenly, events are set in motion which defy Sy’s convictions of love and success.

This motion picture will take you by surprise. MAGPIE FUNERAL is a film for today.

But Greg, who are you anyway?

I've started making films at age 9, honing my skills since then. 3 OF A KIND was the first film I wrote and directed myself. It won BEST PICTURE and BEST DIRECTOR at the Houston International Film Festival. It was low-budget, but high quality. MAGPIE FUNERAL will also be a low budget, high quality film. 

                      Can you tell I love to be on the set? Here I am during the production of 3 OF A KIND.
Can you tell I love to be on the set? Here I am during the production of 3 OF A KIND.
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How do you plan on making MAGPIE FUNERAL happen?

Every dollar you put in to back our film during our Kickstarter campaign will end up on the screen. Every dollar. That's how we can make MAGPIE FUNERAL for such a low budget of $299,659.00. That's what we did for 3 OF A KIND, and that's what we'll do with MAGPIE FUNERAL. The power of experience. 

Here is where the funds will be going:

Pre-production for 125 days, $12,450 

Shooting crew labor for 24 days of principal photography, $76,800

All location expenses including permits, location rentals, vehicles and accommodations for Darren Burrows, $21,040

Props and costumes, $2000

Studio rentals, $1000

All equipment rentals including camera, lights, grip and electric, $13,300

Hard drives, memory cards, $1400

Legal, insurance, payroll and on-going accounting, $13,500

Writer, director, editor, $9,500

Original music score and song clearance, $22,000

All talent costs and expenses, $60,420

CGI work and final compositing. $21,780

Cell animation for end credit sequence, $13,300

Festival Fees, LA Theater Premiere, Promotion, $7,370

Editing, $6,500

Contingency, $17,299

GRAND TOTAL: $299,659

This All Sounds Cool, Greg!

It is! MAGPIE FUNERAL is going to be a great movie. So why not be part? Join for whatever you can. And then, together, we'll make a really terrific movie, and you'll have made it happen. We've worked hard to craft a story that will touch your heart. This will be a film you'll want to tell your friends and family to see. 

Whether you end up with an awesome limited-edition MAGPIE FUNERAL poster designed by renowned Idaho artist, Ward Hooper,

or an invite to a special, one-on-one exclusive dinner with our star, Darren Burrows, you'll know that without you, this movie never would have gotten made. (*BTW, not only is Darren a talented actor, he is one of the friendliest guys you'll ever meet.)

I'm in, Greg! What do I do now?

To become one of our backers, just click on the big green button to the right of our video. Kickstarter will ask you for your pledge, which reward you want, and how you want to sign up. Signing up is easy; you can even do it through Facebook.

                        Here's the love of my life during a recent birding trip to Lake Alturas here in Idaho.
Here's the love of my life during a recent birding trip to Lake Alturas here in Idaho.
                            Kody (our first AD) and Zach (our producer) during the Kickstarter video shoot
Kody (our first AD) and Zach (our producer) during the Kickstarter video shoot

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
         • For those of you visiting our set, we anticipate shooting in February and March of 2020 in Boise, Idaho. However, this has the potential to change. We will keep you updated so you can plan ahead to visit us.

• If you become cast in a 'walk-on' role ($5000 reward) you must be over 18, a US citizen or have a US work visa, and not be a member of SAG/AFTRA. It will be necessary for you to sign a release.

• You must be over 18 to attend a dinner with Darren Burrows ($10,000 reward).

• All shooting locations are subject to change for a variety of reasons, including the amount of money we are able to raise and the particular locations giving us the right to shoot.

• This fundraising campaign is all subject to applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations, movie guild rules and applicable law. if any of this conflicts, we will work with you in good faith to give you a substitute reward.

To sum it up, movie making is a wacky business, with a lot of unknowns. We start with a script I'm really proud of. Then, we assemble the best team we can, get insurance, and make a lot of contingency plans to cover 'Murphy's Law.' It's impossible to guarantee everything will come together exactly as planned, but in the end, we will have created a movie that hopefully all of us will be proud of. It will be an exhilarating, fun journey and I thank you in advance if you can help make MAGPIE FUNERAL possible.

Risks and challenges

Embarking on production of a feature length film is daunting at best. But, if you go into it with both eyes open and realize that 'Murphy's Law' will be running wild, the challenges become less scary. We encountered this with my previous film, 3 OF A KIND and ended up with a successful award-winner that stands tall.

Can we produce MAGPIE FUNERAL for $299,659? Yes. With these funds, we will make a motion picture that you'll want to experience. This movie will move you.

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    Special Note Cards by Darren Burrows

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    The Actual Typewriter Prop from the Film

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    the Victor 'Talking Machine' Prop

    Own the actual Victor 'Talking Machine' featured in MAGPIE FUNERAL. This is the record player that Sy (Darren Burrows) will be using in the actual film. There is only one so jump on this opportunity. This perk does not include the Malibu Typewriter.

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    Dinner with star, Darren Burrows

    Get yourself to Boise, Idaho (handling your travel and lodging) sometime during our shooting period (February/March of 2020) and we'll treat you to a lavish dinner with MAGPIE FUNERAL star, Darren Burrows, along with director, Greg Green and producer, Zach Allen plus all perks above while supplies last except the Malibu Typewriter and Victor Talking Machine.

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Funding period

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