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As COVID-19 keeps creators indoors, they’re pivoting to livestreams. Here, a few veteran streamers give advice for bringing your own games, music, dance, readings, screenings and more online. As communities around the world head indoors for COVID-19 quarantine, creators are suddenly so far from the fans who sustain their practices—but can get closer to them in new ways. With people at home, on their phones, hungry for human interaction and entertainment, this can be an opportunity to connect with your audience online. That’s probably why we’re seeing so many of our favorite creators devoting more time to livestreams—and why so many Kickstarter veterans, expert community builders, understand that interactivity is the magic ingredient.So as your community faces physical separation, here are some ideas from creators for creators on using livestreams to help people feel closer, communicate collectively, and get to know your creative work: We've been trying to reduce our isolation by live-streaming concerts, interviews, and games and chatting with our fans,” says Laser’s sister and bandmate Aubrey Turner, “it's coincided with the first weeks of our Kickstarter campaign, but that's honestly a coincidence. We just wanted some time to spend with our fans. I encourage people, if they have the emotional and physical space, to use this time to spend time with their communities online. Make art together, communicate, share emotions. This is the kind of connection that's not only a necessary prerequisite for a good crowdfunding campaign; it's also what makes us human.” In the seven livestream videos they’ve hosted on YouTube since lockdown, the pair say they’ve learned to ask for help and adapted their style to include party games, interviews with authors, and all-request concerts after realizing the fun comes from interactions with fans and friends, not just time spent online. "We've reached out to people we normally don't get to interact with, because we're all in the same boat. Who would've thought we'd get to interview the authors who have been inspiring our music, or play party games with our favorite cartoonist, Kate Leth? But it's all happening, and we get to share it with our audience." The Doubleclicks with their favorite cartoonist, Kate Leth So many people are legitimately in need right now, a crowdsourcing project might seem frivolous. But really, it’s not. What you’re doing is needed as an escape from the daily barrage. You just might need to find a new way to get it in front of people. For the past week, I’ve been hosting a daily show on Instagram called Naptime Piano Bar where I bring people in and let them request songs. It’s been a real hit. And by putting myself in the center of it, I have plenty of time to talk about my Kickstarter. By giving people a much needed distraction, you’ll find they want to help you out.”Donate Now
We are Bandit Coffee: a New York City-based coffee company that opened in October 2019. We're excited to announce our brand new line of Bandit Barista blends. Roasted locally in New York and shipped directly to you. Perfect for an at-home drip coffee, espresso drink, or pour-over. Bandit's Roasting Operation in New York At Bandit, we love our customers and our community. It pained us to have to close our doors due to COVID-19 in early March. Not only do we miss serving happy customers every day, but, we are also deeply saddened to see our wonderful baristas out of work. We know that our situation is not unique, and it is, unfortunately, something that many small businesses and their employees are facing. Bryan, one of the original members of our barista family A better cup of coffee After receiving customer outreach about missing Bandit Coffee as a part of their normal daily ritual, we realized that we could recreate a similar coffee experience at home. We are proud to announce our Barista Blends line of coffee. A whole new way to drink delicious Bandit coffee wherever you are. Best of all, the coffee sold by this Kickstarter will give out-of-work baristas their livelihoods again. Our beans are shipped immediately after roasting for maximum flavor Our Barista Blend Bandit’s original blend -- a blend of Ethiopian and Guatemalan 100% Arabica beans that were carefully chosen for their harmonious relationship in your cup. Roasted with the perfect everyday taste in mind, Bandit’s Barista Blend combines the mountainous regions of Ethiopia with the ideal growing climates of Guatemala. The end result is a coffee that is delicate yet flavorful, without giving up any complexity. This coffee is wonderful for both homebrew and pour-overs. Notes: Caramel, dried fruit, citrus, chocolate Producer: Finca Los Angeles (Guatemala) Altitude: 1450m - 2200m Origin: Guatemala, Ethiopia Process: Washed Our Ripe Cherries at Finca Los Angeles in Guatemala This could soon be yours...from the comfort of your home Bandit Espresso Blend Our flagship espresso blend. We set out with a single goal in mind: to craft a perfectly balanced espresso that can be enjoyed both as a straight shot or as a drink with milk. After countless cuppings in our roastery, we finally settled on this marvelous blend of Burundi, Guatemalan, and Ethiopian beans. Our Signature Espresso blend gives you the perfect balance of a rich cocoa body, dried fruit and crisp citrus notes. Notes: Dried fruit, cocoa, balanced citrus Altitude: 1450m - 2200m Origin: Guatemala, Burundi, Ethiopia Process: Washed Cupping of coffees at our Roaster (saving only the best for you) Bandit Gold Our latest addition is truly something special. These single-origin beans come from micro-lots of Ethiopian land traces in the mountainous Oromia region. After a careful roasting session in our NY-based roaster, these beans fill your cup with notes of ripe fruit and honey. Notes: Ripe fruit, meyer lemon, honey Altitude: 1800 – 2200m Origin: Ethiopia Process: Washed. Dried on raised beds. Our Ethiopian beans are sourced directly from family owned micro-lots The Bandit Story & More About Us: Bandit was founded in 2019 with the goal of revolutionizing how people access high-quality coffee. We pride ourselves in the work we have done to build a coffee community across our Manhattan locations. In such a short amount of time, our baristas have been able to connect with our customers on a personal and professional level. Serving joy daily @ Bandit From the beginning, our baristas have been paid an above-market wage and given access to health benefits not normally available to hourly workers. We recognize that our baristas responsibilities go far beyond our four walls. Our baristas are mothers, sons, daughters, students, artists and more; their livelihood and their families livelihood depend on their ability to continue to work and serve coffee. Just some of our customers' favorites Even though our cafe doors are closed, we want to continue to roast and distribute our beans to support our barista family and serve our loyal Bandit community. We know that we can’t possibly fix all of the problems out there, but we know that we can make people's day better with a good cup of coffee and we plan on doing just that with your help. Your pledge will go towards: Staffing costs (formerly out-of-work baristas) 30% Product costs 50% Kickstarter rewards 10% Kickstarter fees 10% All of the funds raised, including any addition to our goal, will be invested wholly in roasting more coffee and growing our business to better support our community. Project milestones: April: Kickstarter launch Late April/Early May: Final order tallying + end of Kickstarter campaign Early May: Roasting and delivery of your beans + rewards! The funds from Kickstarter will come to us two to three weeks after the campaign ends. We will then immediately go into roasting of the beans and distribution of rewards. Rewards: Here are the rewards that are on offer in exchange of your pledge: $5+: Thank you email $17: Your choice of one 12oz bags of delicious Bandit Coffee $35: Your choice of two 12oz bags of delicious Bandit Coffee $50: Coffee Variety Pack [Both of our blends and our single origin] $100: Bandit Swag Package [Coffee Variety Pack + Bandit Shirt + Bandit Hat] $250: Create and name a special drink on our menu $1,500: The Full Bandit Experience [Flight to New York City + hotel + meet with Bandit Founding Team + Barista Training on Your Favorite Drinks] Thank you so much for your help. From everyone here in the Bandit family, we appreciate your support and look forward to shipping you some delicious coffee soon. Contact & Social Media: Lets stay in touch, we would love to hear from you now that you are a part of our Bandit community too!Donate Now
The Leaf Sweater About The Brand Caterina Moro women's clothing brand debuted in 2018. My collections, all made in Italy, combine the aesthetics of the past as seen and reinterpreted in the context of the present. My guiding principles incorporate accurate research of materials, superior craftsmanship, and innovative production processes with a love of color and attention to detail. Long and mini-dresses with soft and sinuous lines fit a dynamic woman throughout her day, bestowing poetic allure without neglecting lightness and comfort. #SPRINGWILLCOMEAGAIN: CATERINA MORO SS 2021 Printed silk dress from Caterina Moro SS 2020 This fundraising aims to finance my next collection, the Spring/Summer 2021. We are living a dramatic moment. As a designer, this is my contribution to go ahead, going beyond the Covid-19 pandemic. I want to go further, thus supporting my project means helping a new start. Sustainability will lead my inspiration. We need to rediscover the power of beauty. Creativity is my way to rise up against the pandemic offering a different point of view. My spring/summer 2021 collection is a tribute to the sun, the air, to life. It will be called S.U.D. (e.g. SOUTH in Italian) meaning not a place in the space, but a warm space in our soul ready to heat the dramatic moment we are in. Nowadays we need to keep the distance, being far one to the other. Imagination is my answer: I will play with fabrics, colors and shapes. The collection is inspired by my holidays in Southern Italy, by the light and colors of my Apulian summers. Summer flowers will inspire prints. I will experiment with pleating techniques and much more. I will prioritize fabrics with low environmental impact. S.U.D. will celebrate the end of the pandemic: we'll be out in the sun, free to dance in the light and to embrace our dearest ones. I'll keep you updated on the development of the project, and I will invite you all to follow via streaming the fashion show in which I'll present the final collection. My SS 2021 will be a small and sustainable collection. Out of respect for the present global situation and for the planet, I will create a small capsule made of a few beautiful and timeless pieces. I will avoid overproduction. The time for the collection I am proposing to finance is far away. Hopefully the pandemic will be just a bad dream. It will remain the memory of respecting the world we are in, though. Printed silk dress from Caterina Moro SS 2020 Preview of SS 2021 floral prints Here you can find my last runway shows. Thanks to your support, the SS 2021 will be the best show ever! Caterina Moro coat on Donna Moderna (March 2020) WHAT I WILL DO WITH THE MONEY RAISED FROM THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN Transparency is of utmost importance to me. Therefore, I want to outline for you what your pledges will be used for: Design: develop of my SS 2021 collection. They will go in pattern making, manufacturing, fabrics and samples. Promotion: lookbook, shooting and runway show. Production: finance the production of the pieces that will ultimately end up with my amazing backers (you!). N.B. The specific purpose of this fundrasing is to support my next collection, whether it will be the spring summer 2021 or the autumn/winter 2021 depending on the end of the pandemic. My greatest concern is me and my team are safe; thus, if it would be impossible to produce my SS 2021, I will use your donation to produce the collection on the next season. Risks and Challenges Like many small businesses and independent startup companies, Caterina Moro is trying to weather the current global pandemic, which has wiped out six months of our hard work, stalled production of the next Fall and Winter collection, and now threatens the brand’s very survival. But I want to go on! I want to create the next collection and turn my new creative ideas into reality. So I ask for your help. I designed and produced four collections that are stocked in stores in Italy and worldwide. My brand was featured in Vogue, L’Officiel, Marie Claire, Elle, and other leading fashion magazines. Now I ask that you join my challenge for the next stage of Caterina Moro’s growth. Thank you for helping me!Donate Now
We were tired of owning a million towels and doing endless loads of laundry. Between the two of us we owned around 30 towels! Of those, only 5 were useable, the other 25 were just too musty to dry off with. The solution to our problems was the self-cleaning Kanso Towel, featuring a waffle weave design and Polygiene Stay Fresh technology. About We were tired of owning a million towels and doing endless loads of laundry. Between the two of us we owned around 30 towels! Of those, only 5 were useable, the other 25 were just too musty to dry off with. The solution to our problems was the self-cleaning Kanso Towel, featuring a waffle weave design and Polygiene Stay Fresh technology. Lifetime Stay-Fresh Guarantee: If your Kanso Towel (through normal use) begins to smell musty, you can send it back for a new towel or a full refund. The Kanso towel is self-cleaning, fast drying and anti-microbial, meaning you can dry off with a fresh, odor-free towel every time; no added laundry required. Adjusting Your Pledge and Add-ons Adding additional towels to your pledge can be done by simply adding the price of the additional products to your current pledge amount. To adjust your reward tier all together click the "manage" button then click "change your pledge" and select your desired reward. Perfect for the Holidays We've got you covered this holiday season. We'll send a holiday card with proof of purchase and special note, the perfect gift for any friend or loved one. Timing and Process We are working with experienced factories to make sure we get our customers the best product possible in a timely manner. All of our timelines have been vetted and given a buffer, so with any luck you should received your reward earlier than expected! We look forward to sending you your very own Kanso Towel. November Kickstarter Launch December Kickstarter complete - begin production January Finish production and begin Polygiene treatment February Towels are shipped to fulfillment center and checked for quality April All Indiegogo rewards shipped! Thank you for backing! Risks and Challenges As always, when dealing with product manufacturing delays can occur. Although we do not anticipate any delays, they are always a possibility.Donate Now
Introducing Easy Wash, the washing machine for simple, fast and thorough wash! You keep spending lots of time and money to use laundries and wash your clothes. When you've got no time for laundries, you've got no washing machine, or you need to wash just a couple things, you'll spend a lot of effort on this problem. Washing with Easy Wash takes three steps. First, you need to put your clothes into the drum and fill it with water, then spin the handle. Then you simply switch the handle and switch the device into a spinning mode. And finally, you drain the water and your clothes are clean! Washing with Easy Wash takes only 15 minutes, which I'm sure you'll agree is a lot quicker than going to the laundry. Easy Wash is created not just for a convenient, but a thorough wash as well. Thanks to the special drum geometry and whirlpool, the Easy Wash washes even the most persistent stains. Special attachment technology allows you to use minimum effort to spin the handle.Donate Now
Sam is at a coffee shop nervously waiting for an old friend--until the entire shop (Barista included) turns against him. An abstract and absurd short film, It's Good to See You explores the caustic nature of anxiety and feeling unwelcome. This project has been in the works for a while now, and we're so excited to make it happen! Your support will allow us to explore mental health in an expressive, powerful and colorful way. Short Summary Hello! I'm Paolo, a recent NYU Tisch graduate and the writer and producer of It's Good to See You. Though I primarily studied acting, I'm passionate about learning the fundamentals of film production and establishing myself as a writer. My friend, collaborator and director Nathaniel Sylvester is just as eager to create--through his production company Strange Eventful History, Nathaniel has written, directed and starred in several fantastic projects. We want to use this project as a way of exploring anxiety and mental illness in an impressionistic, surreal way--to show how we use small talk as a defense mechanism, when deep beneath that is a profound sense of fear and uncertainty. We've been working on this project together for some time now, and we need your help to make it happen! What We Need & What You Get Like most productions, little costs add up! Any amount we raise will go towards location costs, insurance, equipment and other essentials. Our goal is $2500--if we reach that goal (and beyond), we will donate whatever amount leftover to the American Mental Health Association. So, help us make a difference by donating what you can! Furthermore, we plan on submitting this film to several film festivals both large and small--by supporting us, you'll help this film get off the ground and into the festival circuit. Plus, we'll thank you in the credits! The Impact I, along with millions, suffer from anxiety. It doesn't matter where, or when, but when I feel it, I feel the need to understand how it's operating. We want to use this project to explore anxiety and mental health in a very expressive way--to take an environment and turn it against someone to understand how that gets internalized. By creating this piece, we want to de-stigmatize and further develop different perspectives on anxiety and mental health. Risks & Challenges This is my first time producing a short film, so I'm constantly reaching out to other resources for guidance--luckily, I have the skills and experience of Nathaniel, our DP Nick Kalajdzic, and NYU's Stonestreet Studios to help make this project happen the right way. Our crew and creative team are incredible, and I'm happy to be supported by them! Other Ways You Can Help If you can't contribute, that's totally fine! We'd love for you to share this on social media with family and friends and get the word out!Donate Now
200 million stray dogs struggle to survive around the globe every single day. In an attempt to help, I joined forces with volunteers from all over the world, who are nothing less than rescue superheroes. Yet, even superheroes need help. Through their incredible work, this documentary aims to fight the root of the problem - lack of awareness. It presents the issue as well as its solutions, inspiring people to make a difference. Wanna be a dog rescue superhero? Join us by helping those who help! Message From The Director My rescue dog, Leo (aka Lord Leopold) and I, would like to thank you for stopping by and finding out more about our effort to make a difference for strays! Even reading this is a huge step towards our goal of raising awareness and spreading the word. We all have a list of things we're passionate about. On the top of my list are films and dogs. So, making a film about dog rescue just came naturally. I have been making films for a living, while also helping out in shelters for more than a decade, and the results so far have been nothing but rewarding. Several films I've worked on have been awarded in international festivals. While some have been distributed to millions of households around the globe. Yet, looking into the grateful eyes of a rescued dog is worth more than any award in the world! And that is why I want to make this film - to explain how the problem arises, celebrate the incredible work of volunteers out there and inspire more people to make a difference, any way they can: either by looking after their pets more responsibly, or by rescuing, or by supporting those who rescue, or simply by spreading the word (it helps!). No matter who you are, where you come from, or what you do for a living, becoming a superhero for a cause takes nothing more than finding what you believe in and doing what you can to make a difference. I've found my calling, and would like you to come with me on this unforgettable journey. The positive response we’ve had so far has been incredible, and the film has taken on a life of its own, developing into something much larger and more important. Though our digital strategy was only launched a few weeks ago, our project has received a massive reach and has grown more impact than ever imagined, and this is just the beginning! What We Need "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." - Henry Ford This has been my passion project for several years, with footage dating from as early as 2014 and with all expenses covered by myself, with the kind generosity of fellow film-makers (who either worked voluntarily or with discounted fees), friends and family. With their help, I have so far filmed extensively with selected volunteers from Cyprus, Romania and the U.K. We are pretty much half-way through filming. But there's much more that needs to be done before the film can be released: Traveling to Florida, U.S.A. to film our featured volunteer and her shelter Traveling to Crete, Greece, to film our feature volunteer and his shelter Proceeding with an assembly edit, to establish any need for additional filming Complementary filming (if required) Post-production: Final editing, color grading, sound design, music scoring, up-scaling etc. Promotion and distribution to festivals (spreading the word as widely as possible is why we do this!) As you can see, completing this film requires that the expenses of traveling, accommodation, filming, insurance, post-production and distribution are covered. And for these, your much appreciated contribution, no matter how small, would make a huge difference towards realizing our goal. What You Get "If you would not be forgotten as soon as you're dead, either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing." - Benjamin Franklin Films have a long-lasting impact, and so do animal welfare causes. This project merges both, and by contributing, your name (or your beloved pet's name and photo) will live on for years on end through the end credits of our widely disseminated film. Additionally, we have put together a wonderful series of perks, as thanks for your valuable contribution and as a reminder of how you've made a difference to the lives of dogs and their rescuers. Go ahead and find out more by checking our individual perks, and watch out for flash sales and limited offers! Ultimately though, the most important gift you get in return for your contribution is knowing that you have made a difference for the two hundred million stray dogs out there. Now, can you picture that many loving puppy eyes smiling at you gratefully? Yup, it's overwhelming, and it's all because of you! The Impact "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela Our project is a social contribution initiative - one that aims to encourage change through positive example and success stories, with a global reach. The inspirational work of featured volunteers from all over the world, sets forth key issues and simple solutions which can really go a long way. Among other, the documentary sheds light on: what it means to volunteer - forever grateful rescuees vs. people taking rescuers for granted responsible pet handling - a pet is for life and deserves a loving home! animal welfare educational programs - shaping people's views and behavior the connection between animal abuse and criminal behavior consumerism and its impact on every living creature's quality of life the importance of comprehensive legislation and of its implementation controlled breeding / reproduction - many strays are thrown-away litter spaying / neutering - it can save lives and keep your pet healthy name-tagging / microchipping - making sure your pets find their way home safely adopt, don't shop! - animals shouldn't be sold! Open your home to a rescued dog instead what to do if you find a stray dog - understanding body language - do you speak dog? no-kill policy - adopt shelter dogs, to give other dogs a second chance in life how one can help the cause - fostering, fundraising, educating, donating Risks & Challenges "To make a film is easy; to make a good film is war; to make a very good film is a miracle." Alejandro González Iñárritu. What we want to make is nothing short of a miracle, and that requires time, money, hard work and tons of patience, commitment and perseverance. But most importantly, it requires skill and passion, and we feel we've got what it takes to make it happen. That means that some of your perks (such as the digital link to the finished film) may take some time to reach you, depending on when the film will be completed. We are estimating that by the end of 2020, we will have reached our goal. As a passion project, this film is all about communicating something important and reconnecting people with each other and with the world around them. What we would like is for the film to reach as wide an audience as possible, whether that means box office success or online dissemination. Films cost a lot to be produced, and sometimes never make any profit - documentaries even less so. There's some truth in the joke "if you want to be a millionaire, all you have to do is be a billionaire who's made a film". But even if this film never makes any profit, this does not affect any of your perks. You can rest assured that the film will be completed and all the perks will be distributed as promised. And, if all goes well (fingers crossed!), 50% of net proceeds will be donated to shelters. Other Ways You Can Help "Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because, unless you believe that the future can be better, it's unlikely you will step up and take responsibility for making it so. [...] The choice is yours" - Noam Chomsky The main goal of this project is to encourage change by raising awareness. Which means that, whether you can donate or not, there are still numerous ways you can join this cause and help us make a difference. First of all, you can get the word out and make some noise about our cause, by sharing a link of this campaign on your social media or via email using Indiegogo's share tools to help us promote the campaign Additionally, feel free to contact us if you would like to: volunteer for our project (media exposure, film-making or other services) send us footage of you and your dogs - it may find its way into our film! share your rescue story with us (we love listening to success stories!) share your opinions and ideas - because "none of us is as smart as all of us" (K. Blanchard) offer your services or donate in-kind (flights, accommodation, post-production etc.) provide us with constructive criticism (it is always very much appreciated!) give us some encouragement (long projects require a lot of stamina) Last but not least, you can become a volunteer for any cause you believe in, and be the change you want to see in the world! Thanks again for taking the time to view our campaign!Donate Now
Sommoners Tale is a dark fantasy TV show that will raise the bar and change the game!! This campaign is to make the epic pilot episode.. JOIN US!!We’re raising funds for an independent magical-realism television series called Sommoners Tale (spelling intentional!)What is “magical-realism,” you might be wondering? Essentially we're combining 2 genres: it’s a show based in our modern world, while utilizing all the amazing features of the fantasy/magical genre:Our series is about a bullied young man who turns to the world of magic and spellcasting to help him cope- but he unwittingly becomes entangled in an ancient battle between the Light and Dark. Turns out, he's a very special young man and his role could be the turning point for this battle. With the help of a magical guardian, another Mage ally, and an incredible Book, this troubled young man may just decide the fate of the entire world! WHO WE ARE:The creative team behind this project consists of Brandon Smelko- creator/writer/director/actor, and Tina Christner- creator/lead writer/assistant director. We are 2 very passionate creatives who have spent the last 9 months developing this fantastic story, writing the script, getting actors, finding locations, and even putting together costumes and a photoshoot for Sommoners Tale. Our Goals:We would love to have Sommoners Tale leaping onto Television screens across the world, but one step at a time. We are starting our mission on YouTube! We will write, film, and produce a 10 episode season that would be released online, with possible future distribution via a network/cable channel, Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, etc. Our initial goal is raise $10-15K so we can produce the pilot episode while we pursue additional backers. We have an amazing group of people involved and helping us toward our goal, but we are hoping that YOU would be the most important part of our mission and rally around our cause. More about Sommoners Tale:We classify our show as “magical-realism.” This means that we're using our current modern world (realism) as our backdrop, while incorporating fantastical/magical elements. We've also drawn inspiration from the science-fiction genre, classic mythology, and current real events. We seek to not only entertain with some cool action and an intricate storyline, we're also addressing contemporary topics and social issues at the forefront of modern life. Sommoners Tale uses the lens of fantasy/magic to tackle some major topics and problems. Nothing is off-limits to us. We want to spark discussion and explore life. Otherwise “sensitive” topics receive the ‘fantasy’ treatment- not unlike Gene Roddenberry and his Star Trek themes.Some of our key topics:Gender rolesStereotypesSexualityBullyingClimate changePoliticsSocial environmentsWe want to explore this crazy world we all live in, and we want to share this journey with you in the form of this TV series, Sommoners Tale. Specifics about our ProductionWe're using local talent (cast and crew)We're featuring LGBTQ actorsWe're giving some really amazing young talent a chance to shineDonate Now
Lewis Carroll’s follow up to the Alice in Wonderland books The Hunting of the Snark is a surreal quest for an elusive beast. A brilliant wonderland mix of nonsense, twisted logic and surreal adventure it also has at its core a powerful and emotional quest - the human search for meaning and happiness. What is the Snark the crew so badly want to find? Intrigued? Click the heart icon! - then we can send you special inside stuff! Or, YES, we have reached our target but you can still get a perk! Short Summary Award Winning Imperious Films is making a feature film of the adventure with stunning landscapes and a fantastic cast lead by Ramon Tikaram. We’re telling the story of the poem but we’re adding layers: It’s a Victorian expedition with steam punk technology to an island of the mind. An island inhabited by the flora and fauna of Carroll’s quirky imagination – Bread and butterflies, the Bandersnatch, thimbles and soap – Alice makes an appearance and so do many other Wonderland characters. There’s also weirder stuff like the ghost of Darwin and the inexplicable fossils of ancient monsters under their feet. All will be revealed in due course – but we need your help! What We Need & What You Get We would like to raise £3000. But more than this our aim is to find supporters and fans who want to see the film. So even if you are not ready to buy a perk - click that heart button (next to the back it button) to become a Ship's Mate. It's a great way to support us and get more stuff as the crew sails on into the adventure. We will use part of the money for CGI – enhancing the footage. We will use the rest to begin our long campaign of getting the film out in the world – festivals, screenings and social media. And that starts here! We can’t emphasise enough that the money will help but more than anything we want you as a supporter and evangelist! Please click that Heart! One key Imperious Films policy is to give young people experience – For example, one of our costume designer/makers Phil - has had valuable hands on experience and gone on to get work with a leading film and theatre costume hire company. We love giving people an opportunity! Because we are mainly interested in getting fans we have kept the perks simple but with really great value. There are 5 types: Snark Crew Member. Gets you a digital copy of the film and access to all our news and behind the scenes stuff. The Snark Film Plus gets you a digital copy of the film – and lots more behind the scenes news and information including an exclusive documentary on how and why Lewis Carroll wrote the poem. The Snark Special Supporter perk gets you the special Snark T shirt with the ‘What I tell you 3 time is true’ logo. You also get a Special Supporter’s credit (and the Film Plus perk). The Snark Associate Producer perk will get you an Associate Producer credit rolling at the end of the film. (and the Film Plus perk) The Snark Executive producer perk will get you an executive producer credit with a special status invite at the film’s UK premier (and the Film Plus perk) - see details in the perk section. The Impact We want you to become fans! Join the crew and help us get this film made. Click that Heart! Risks & Challenges We have already started filming. Imperious Films has a fantastic track record on delivering as promised! Other Ways You Can Help Please get the word out and make some noise about our campaign.Donate Now
OverviewThe ancient gods have fallen to earth and after a long exile discover there may be a way home. Trapped in an expensive hotel the gods begin to murder one another in a bid to get home and air old grievances. GODS AMONG US is a modern and exciting take on ancient mythology set in the present day. Based on Elanor Miller's multi-award winning script we hope to bring new life to legendary characters. The film will be elegant, dark and rich. We need your help to revive the ancient gods on screen.Our vision is to immerse the audience in a thrilling tale of lies and betrayal, hunger and greed. Where everyone is out for themselves, lives will be lost and power will be gained.As lovers of mythology, we were very interested in the concept of blending the ancient pantheons. As huge fans of shows such as NBC's 'HANNIBAL' to make the film gritty and violent, while maintaining an air of elegance, was an easy choice. It is a modern take on the old myths, really, it is the grudge match we've all been waiting for. ‘Gods Among Us’ in an ambitious independent mini-feature based on Elanor Miller's multi-award winning script, looking to highlight the skill, talent and professionalism within the indie film community. It will be a dynamic, diverse and visually stunning film filled with symbolism and imagery. Headed by a female filmmaker the production also seeks to further women in the arts.We need your help, however much you can give, to bring this vibrant story to life. Daniel brings a vast wealth of experience (being a multi-award winning filmmaker in his own right) to Elanor's award-winning script and creative vision. Finding funding for a film like this was never going to be easy. This is an ambitious project that must look extravagant in order to do justice to the larger than life characters. We chose to shoot the promo as proof of concept and as a taster of what the full film could look like with your help.For the film to be in keeping with the high calibre of the promo we must cross Charon's palm with silver.CAPTAINING OUR SHIP DESTINED FOR THE UNDERWORLD...DANIEL ALEXANDER - DIRECTOR & DOPDaniel Alexander is an award-winning Director/Filmmaker and BAFTA Crew member from the UK. Daniel also sits on the board of Screen Central (previously the Producers' Forum) and frequently delivers creative development programmes with collaborators including BFI, Creative England & BBC Academy. Daniel recently directed a film for the Commonwealth Games, which was televised by the BBC via the Gold Coast, Australia to over 1 billion people around the world.With a host of skills including Director of photography, Editor, Director, Colourist and Producer, Daniel has developed himself as a brand, which is known for creating breathtaking visuals and creative development for other filmmakers.Clients & collaborators include Commonwealth Games, BFI, Creative England, BBC Academy, Sony, Nike, Apple, Channel 4, BBC 2, MTV, BET, The Home Office, The Box, Virgin Media, Mike Tyson, Barclay Card, EA Sports, and more.ELANOR MILLER - DIRECTOR & WRITERElanor Miller is a Multi-Award winning Scottish writer, having won several awards for the ‘Gods Among Us’ script among others. She is often praised for her skill in dialogue and concept. She is particularly skilled when it comes to creating complex and conflicted characters that engage audiences and challenge actors.As a partnership Elanor and Daniel compliment each other perfectly, combining skill and vision to create something truly breathtaking. WHY A MINI FEATURE?Viewing tastes are changing. Many people prefer to watch television as opposed to full movies because of the time pressures associated with a busy life. GODS AMONG US is a bite-size story that is satisfying and easily digestible, clocking in at around 35 minutes. Never outstaying it's welcome, it is enough to be engaging whilst also keeping the audience wanting more. WHAT WE NEEDOur goal is a mighty one and we know that £20,000 is a Herculean feat, but to truly do the medium of mini-feature as well as the story proud we cannot afford half measures. We are intending to shoot on a Red Gemini camera so as to do justice to the talent and skill of our team. We have a large cast and with 75% of actors earning less than £5000 per year (The Stage) we believe in paying actors and the larger crew for their talents, to allow more people to do what they love. Location is everything for this project, we need the perfect setting to encapsulate the rich atmosphere of the film and that is not cheap. Upon completion, we intend to submit the finished mini-feature to a high calibre of film festivals such as BAFTA, Cannes, and Sundance.WHAT WILL THAT BUY?WHAT WILL I GET?We have tailored our perks to properly thank and reward those kind enough to pledge.You can pledge anything from £1 and you can change your pledge at any time. If you want to get involved pick a perk!You do not have to be in the UK to contribute; although the campaign and the film will take place in and around London you can contribute in any currency. THE CASTSARINA TAYLOR AS HERASarina Taylor was born and raised in South Africa. Her formative years were spent studying dance and theatre. She then relocated to the UK where she currently resides.In 2013, Sarina moved into the realm of film, as an actress and producer, on the film Solitary, for which she won the Best Actress Award at both the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema and the West Coast International Film Festival. Solitary opened for both the 2015 Chelsea Film Festival in New York, and the 2015 London Independent Film Festival. Since it's festival debut in January 2015, Solitary has received thirteen nominations and twelve wins, including eight Best Feature awards. Recently, Sarina was co-producer on and performed in the Journeys End music video for Roger Taylor which went straight in at number 1 on the Itunes Music Video Charts. She has appeared in a number of films since Solitary and is currently in pre-production on 3 new feature films. Sarina spearheads the Wildfire Tattoo Collective, a pop-up collective of tattoo artists, artists and musicians. Wildfire Tattoo Collective are currently running a pop-up store in Bohemian Rhapsody; the Queen biopic movie pop-up store on Carnaby Street in London. While promoting Bohemian Rhapsody Sarina was in attendance at the 2019, Golden Globes, Baftas and Oscars. NICK CORNWALL AS ODINNick Cornwall, is an English actor, who is well known for his performances in a variety of international TV-Series’ and Films like "Outlander", "Will", "Da Vinci's Demons", “Reinas" and "Absentia" also in international movies like "Dragons of Camelot", "Blood and Glory", "The Sisters Brothers" and "Viking:The Berserkers ".He has just completed filming a new TV series for Sky Italia, based on the international best-selling novel 'Devils' by G. M. Brera with Patrick Dempsy and directed by Nick Hurran.ELANOR MILLER AS LADY SIFCurrently, Elanor is starring in BAFTA award winner Stuart Brennan’s latest horror ‘The Necromancer’, which gained a limited cinema release. Elanor is also starring in Rock Salt and Sean Cronin’s ‘Eleven Film’, available 11/11/18 to mark 100 years since the end of WW1. As well as this she stars as ‘Grace’ in a modern retelling of the Dickens classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ which is set to be released just in time for Christmas.Elanor is also a multi-award winning writer, having penned the script for ‘GODS AMONG US’ and is currently in the early stages of pitching her award-winning TV pilot ‘TENEBRIUM’.This along with her experience in martial arts ensures we can think of no-one better to take on the role of the widowed warrior wife of Thor, Lady Sif. RISKS AND CHALLENGES We are fully committed to completing and distributing the finished film. As with anything, there are risks but we are more than capable of overcoming them.Gods allowing, principal photography will take place June 2019 . Thank you for your support!Donate Now
Why this film? Tripping is about a pregnant high schooler who is forced to go on a road trip with her lesbian best friend in order to get an abortion at the nearest women’s health clinic. The idea for Tripping first came to me while watching a feature film about a woman who has to travel out of state to get an abortion. The film was incredibly heavy and depressing. I couldn’t help but think it doesn’t have to be like this. Every film about abortion does not have to be a tragedy. What if traveling due to the lack of women’s health clinics wasn’t a low point in the character’s life, but instead a comedic buddy road trip?This past summer, seeing abortions become harder and harder to access confirmed for me that now is the time to make this film. I’m tired of abortion being a dirty word. While starting to make Tripping, I keep repeating that “it’s important to show the things and say the things.” This film won’t shy away from showing a fetus, from saying the word abortion, from showing queer relationships -- the things your high school health class should have done. That being said, the abortion is just one thing that happens in Tripping. The abortion is the launchpad for an exploration of friendship, romance, and personal growth.Tripping is the final film I will be making at NYU before I graduate. It is a statement on everything I have learned in the past four years and will be the biggest production I have taken on so far. I have gathered an amazing crew, written a script I love, and found the message I want the world to know. I'm ready. How will my donation help?Filmmaking is expensive. We have been able to cut down on major costs through creative thinking but we still need your help. As you can see in our breakdown below, we've been able to totally cut down on location costs. We will be returning to my hometown in Pennsylvania and filming in locations that are not only special to me and historically interesting but also make our film the visually interesting road trip story it is. Your donations will be going towards helping us get cast and crew to Pennsylvania, provide meals, rent extra camera equipment we need for our exterior scenes, buy props, costumes, and set dressings, and even help us finish the film with our unique special effects. We literally can not make this film without your help. Amelia, originally from Philadelphia, is a senior at NYU majoring in Film and TV and minoring in Dramatic Literature. She enjoys assistant directing for short films and TV shows, as well as directing and writing her own projects. Her work often focuses on the LGBTQ community. Amelia has had her work screened at national film festivals and has received a grant through the Pond5 Filmmaker First Award. She also has had her play Kids These Days produced through the Philadelphia Young Playwrights Annual Playwriting Festival. She spends most of her free time as a co-director for Fusion Film Festival, a festival for women in film, TV, and new media.Producer - Jori JohnsonJori Johnson is a writer-producer from the suburbs of Chicago, currently in her Senior year at Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked closely with Amelia within Fusion Film Festival, and served as the producer on her intermediate film. After producing three other intermediate films, a 5 episode web series, and an advanced television pilot, Jori is excited to be working closely with Amelia again. Producer - Ethan Berger Ethan Beger is a sophomore in Tisch. He is a Narberth native who went to high school with Amelia at Friends' Central School. Because of that, he has had the ability to collaborate with Amelia many times spanning high school drama performances or intermediate/advanced films at Tisch. As a filmmaker, Ethan prefers to be on set gripping or a part of the camera unit. For this project, he is taking a step back and trying to learn how a project evolves from a producer's perspective. Jeremy - Director of PhotographyJeremy Liguori is a recent graduate from Tisch film and TV. One of four finalists in his year in the Arri sponsored Tisch Volker Bahnemann award, Jeremy has shot thesis films, music videos, commercial projects, and more. He has worked on a considerable number of productions within NYU as well as outside, in positions ranging from gaffer to DIT to underwater electrician. Since graduating, Jeremy freelances as a cinematographer and works professionally in the lighting department on major TV shows. He hopes to use his experience with lighting and cinematography combined with his love of nature to tell stories about wild, remote, and even underwater places. Production Designer - Saunder Boyle Saunder is a screenwriter, director, and production designer. She has extensive experience in the art department, serving as Production Designer for several intermediate and advanced level NYU productions. Saunder is a frequent collaborator with Amelia, having co-written and Production designed her intermediate short "Witchypoo."Assistant Director - Elizabeth RezendeElizabeth Rezende is a senior at New York University majoring in Film and Television Production with a focus on directing and assistant directing television. These next few months, alongside ADing for Tripping, Elizabeth will also be ADing an Advanced Experimental and directing a pilot for Children’s TelevisionAnimation/Concept Art - Zoey SchillingZoey Schilling is a senior at New York University majoring in Film and Television and minoring in Psychology. She has worked as a 2D animator on various live-action and animation hybrid projects in the past, including student short films and music videos. She’s excited to help expand the visual storytelling of this film through an animated sequence. Social Media Manager - Jillian RocheJillian is a freshman film & TV major at NYU Tisch originally from New Jersey. She is also a member of After School Improv and loves anything in cow print.ChallengesEvery film has it's own unique challenges that we often can't foresee. Our team will be as prepared as possible to face these challenges as they come. That being said, Tripping has the unique challenge of taking on a political subject. While it is still hard for me to digest the fact that having control over your body is a highly politicized statement, the truth is we are making a political film. We're already seeing difficulties arise from this during our pre-production phase. Our team is not scared. We know what we're saying with this film and we are more than ready to take on the challenges that come with it. Other Ways You Can HelpAny size donation means the world to us. That being said, not everyone has extra pocket change to spare, but you can still help us make this project!Donate Now
Overview“Dollars and Sense” was originally presented as “Sense” in a section of John Alban Coughlan’s play, "Of Lives and Leaves" as produced by IncoacT in 1996. After meeting and working with Director Nick Bradshaw, the two have worked tirelessly in order to bring “Dollars and Sense” to life in a new medium, which has brought all of us (and you) here today! For more information about it’s journey from play to screenplay, please visit John’s website. www.johnalbancoughlan.com The Sense Behind the Dollars“Dollars and Sense” is a meditation on parents and children. Freely adapted from a story by Anton Chekhov; a prodigal son returns home and attempts to share his success with an uncomprehending father—a man who measures success and happiness on very different terms. The soup is served, the bread is broken. We’re a group of professional union artists and serious students of film and aiming to take you with us on an emotional journey. We’re making the kind of short film that we want to see more of. And from what we’ve heard, there’s many more just like us who prefer people over procedurals. A modest little film for you to rest inside of a few minutes and have it resonate with you like a moving melody. Play a BIG part in the making of our LITTLE picture!Pre-Production is wrapping up, we’ve began our test shooting process, and we’re starting to build some momentum as you’ll see from the wonderful stills shown in our trailer above. But, our costs will continue to grow as the production size does, and more funds are needed in order for us to complete the film to our best ability. We need your fuel now to keep our determined pace! The money you contribute will be helping us with the following costs: Camera Department: Daily Rentals, SSD Cards to record to, and A LOT of storage space for all of our footage. Sound Department: Our crew includes industry professionals with years of experience and industry standard audio packages in order to keep our sound crystal clear! Payment to our wonderful Cast and Crew!Meals/Snacks for everyone on set, along with the coffee, of course! Transportation to and from locations for Load-In and Load-Out each Day Marketing and Promotional Work (like this campaign you’re reading right now) And, last but certainly not least, Submissions to Festivals and beyond! You’ll be instrumental in helping us down our path towards completion with the stimulating vibes you’ll provide us with!So, please find it in your hearts to bring us to a healthy finish line! We have only a handful of days to finish our Principal Photography Schedule, and we should have a rough edit to start scoring by Early September! Beyond post production, our finished product will be submitted to as many Film Festivals as we can in order to make our way to a world premiere! And that’s just for starters!Only The Beginning...With your help “Dollars and Sense” will act as our FLAGSHIP PROJECT for a an ambitious enterprise providing opportunities for talented young filmmakers. The cost of a film school education can be an overwhelming prospect financially, and there are plenty of skilled young directors out there looking for an opportunity to prove their talents on professionally helmed projects of merit. Therefore, we are aiming to provide talented young filmmakers that very opportunity to express themselves in an economical, non academic environment supported by professional crew members and actors. By helping us with “Dollars and Sense,” you’ll play a big part in fostering a generation of directors interested in making films in sharp contrast to our current cultural trends. We need to see more evocative, emotive film making! “Dollars and Sense” will provide us with a significant tool to represent this goal by helping us to seek future funding for this larger-scale project’s full realization. PLEASE JOIN OUR FIRMAMENT TODAY!!!Shooting for the Stars:Pledge US $5 or more YOU’RE A TWINKLER! - We extend our heartfelt gratitude to you, as well as a big thank you on Facebook! Pledge US $10 or more YOU’RE SPARKLING! - A personal thank you on Facebook and an exclusive digital file of 5 Exclusive Color-Graded Production Stills from our black and white film. Use them as screen savers!Pledge US $25 or more YOU’RE A GUIDING LIGHT! - A thank you call from the producers and all of the above gifts, too!Pledge US $40 or more YOU ARE BRILLIANT! - An link to Nick Bradshaw’s Super Short Film: "Harold and the Vase" (via VIMEO password) and all of the above gifts, too!Pledge US $50 or more YOU ARE LUMINOUS! - An link to Nick Bradshaw’s Super Short Film: Scene from THE SCENE (via VIMEO password), and all of the above gifts, too! (Warning: SCENE contains adult language).Pledge US $100 or more YOU’RE RADIANT! - A thank you in the credits, and a Digital link to "Dollars and Sense" (via VIMEO password) and all the above gifts, too! (Link Delivery Date: TBA)Pledge US $150 or more YOU ARE DAZZLING! - A signed copy of the screenplay by Nick and John, and all of the above gifts, too!Pledge US $225 or more YOU ARE RESPLENDENT! - A digital copy of John’s Audio Book tracing the journey of DOLLARS AND SENSE, and all of the above gifts, too!Pledge US $300 or more YOU ARE STUNNING! - An invitation to a Private Cast and Crew Screening of "Dollars and Sense," and all of the above gifts, too! (Date of Screening: TBA)Pledge US $500 or more YOU ARE A CHILD OF RA! - You’ll be credited an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER in the film and on IMDB, and all of the above gifts, too!Pledge US $1000 or more Rah! Rah! You are RA ITself! - You’ll be credited as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER in the film and on IMDB, and all of the above gifts, too! Cast and Crew Bios: John Alban Coughlan - Screenwriter, Producer, FatherWinner of The Kevin Kline Award, The Genesius Award and The Edward Albee National Playwrights Conference Panelists Choice Award, John Alban Coughlan was raised just outside of Boston. A graduate of Boston University, John was educated by two outstanding theatre professionals, Kevin Kynock and Maxiene Klein. John has been at the helm of both C&H Works with co-artistic directors, Gayle Hudson and Julian Webber, and IncoacT with co-artistic director, Chuck Blasius. Missions for both companies included the development and production of plays exclusively written by actors. John himself is the author of three plays including TIMBER LAKE: AMERICAN PULP, OF LIVES AND LEAVES and THE SIDE SHOW SOUL. Awards Panelists and honorees included Arnold Wesker, Ed Bullins, John Guare, Lloyd Richards, August Wilson and Arnold Wesker. John prides himself in his diversity of interests as actor, director, playwright and acting coach.Nick Bradshaw - Director, Producer, Dir. of PhotographyAward-Winning Playwright and up-and-coming Writer Director based out of Brooklyn, New York, Nick Bradshaw is a rising senior at Marymount Manhattan College. With a background in video production and writing spanning back to his childhood years, Nick began his career with short films on YouTube and working with his high school theatre department to cut his teeth as a young director. Since moving to New York and beginning College, Nick continued to hone his skills and founded his own Production Company. Serving as the Owner and Operator of Bay One Entertainment since 2017, and continuing to be an avid filmmaker and content producer, Nick has worked in a wide range of positions and departments over his career in both a freelance and professional setting. Over the past year, Nick worked as the Executive Producer and a Staff Writer for an Original Sketch Comedy Series, "UnWatchable," directing the Pilot episode as well. Aaron Gaines - AlexAaron Gaines has appeared Off-Broadway with the Irish Repertory Theatre, Peccadillo Theatre Company, Metropolitan Playhouse, and Shakespeare Forum. Regional credits include the LEXington Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre (D.C.), Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Film credits include Wasted and Kingdom Coming. In 2014, he was a guest actor with Lyrica Chamber Music’s presentation of The Kreutzer Affair, featuring the award-winning Enso String Quartet. Aaron graduated from California State University Fullerton and has studied with the McCaskill Studio and the Upright Citizens Brigade. aaron-gaines.com Glenn Bassett - Production Designer Set and Production Design work includes sets for commercials, ad campaigns, editorial, runway and theatre for such clients as: The New York Times, W Magazine, Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Gucci, The Kirk Douglas Theatre, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Cotuit Center for the Arts and Ivoryton Playhouse. Upcoming sets include: Pagliacci for Salt Marsh Opera, Forbidden Broadway (Off-Broadway) and Art Direction for the short film, Marble-Eyed Tanner. Graduate of Parsons School of Design. Blake Rozelle - CinematographerBlake Rozelle is an incoming senior at Pace University majoring in Digital Cinema and Filmmaking. He has had a long passion for filmmaking doing freelance and creating personal projects since the beginning of high school. This semester he will be going for his third internship as an editor for Engle Entertainment on 42nd St. He hopes to work in the television industry as a DP or editor in the future. Chayan Sanchez - Field Mixer/Audio DesignerSound editor, sound designer and producer of electronic music with more than 14 years of experience. Nick Gilchrist - Boom Mic Operator/Field MixerNick Gilchrist is an aspiring Producer with a background in Theater, and a passion for Film. After working as a Co-Executive Producer on the up and coming sketch comedy show "UnWatchable" he's now enjoying the more serious themes which propel "Dollars and Sense." Phillip Bevers - Composer A blossoming actor and composer based out of New York, Phillip Bevers, strives to bring his love of melodies and memories to give the audience a soundtrack to reality. He is an auditory storyteller with a hunger to find the perfect sound for every moment in life. Darin Chumbley - Production Still Photography(All photos seen on this campaign were taken by Darin Chumbley, Picture DLC Photography - picturedlc.com)Finally, On a Very Personal Note:It’s been my greatest pleasure working with these extraordinarily talented people. It’s so hard to believe that we were strangers only a few months ago when today we share so much now in committing ourselves wholeheartedly to this project. There’s a wide range of generations here communicating from the heart and delivering from the soul. Please take a moment if you will to browse through the collected bios here. There’s more than just the ‘kindness of strangers’ in this enterprise we’ve committed ourselves to. There’s the bonding of lasting friendships.Donate Now
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