I am very excited about this movie project. I have seen a lot of projects fail. They lose steam, lose team members, lose momentum. And no wonder: starting projects and keeping them going to the end is a very very hard thing to do. But this project, well, it just smells of success. And I am salivating just thinking about what is happening.
We have had a great initial boom of people jumping on board and doing things to make it happen, and that is exciting. You can’t get off the ground without that.
But we have also had continued, and accelerating, growth! More and more people are hearing about this project and getting excited about it. That means there is something here that is drawing them in. People are telling other people who are telling other people who are telling yet more people about what we are doing and wanting to do. And those people are climbing on the wagon and asking how they can help.
That is what makes a project succeed.
We have lots of people, all with a common vision and passion to make this dream happen. And it will, if God gives us the strength and the blessing to carry on.
And so here I am to clarify that vision, and to explain what we see the goals of this project to be.
This movie will have dynamic characters driving a strong plot in a creative arena. It will draw inspiration from classics like The Matrix, Star Wars, and Tron, without copying or spoofing them. It will be a powerful musical, calculated to stir your soul and be like nothing you have seen before. It will have diverse action scenes, high, personal stakes, and intriguing special effects. It will appeal to the vast niche of sci-fi fans, programmers and non-programmers alike. It will bring into the Independent Christian Film community a kind of cinema that has been hitherto lacking: the true sci-fi epic.
But beyond that, it will reach out to the vast number of people in the world who are struggling with laziness and addictions in a new, creative, and dramatic way. It will inspire, animate, and empower its viewers. It will thrill your soul without defiling it with crude or untasteful content that you regret having watched. It will be a movie that will make you think, and make you enjoy doing it.
We intend this movie to show in festivals across the States, as well as internationally (possibly). We will release it online as a free download for a limited time with limited content, but we will subsequently release it for sale as a DVD and as a paid download from various venues. And that paid release will include many exclusive bonus features for your enjoyment.
To accomplish this, we have divided the project into several parts, each of which has its own unique goals that we will focus on, and which you can help with.
First we are going to work with our awesome (and constantly growing) volunteer team to get the story ready for marketing to investors.
We will finish the story development. That will include writing and finishing the script and lyrics, as well as creating concept music, art, and storyboards. We will also prepare and plan for convincing people to invest in our project. That includes solidifying our identity branding, developing promotional media, planning our marketing plans, and creating our plans for the final distribution of the movie. We will also be looking for people who are willing to make the movie itself, and finding out how much they need to be compensated.
We will then, from what we have learned from the above activities, settle on a target goal for our budget.
With that completed, we will launch into our second stage of the project: fund-raising.
We will setup a Kickstarter project for our target amount, with a dedicated deadline for us to raise the money. We will do door-to-door campaigns, bake sales, car washes, and we will work with schools, churches, and groups across the States (and across the world) to find investors willing to get us on our feet and going with their donations. If they pay us in hand (which is what we prefer), we will put that money into the Kickstarter project, keeping meticulous record of all our investors.
We will not ask or receive loans or grants of any kind. These go against our principles as a group, based on Biblical standards of conduct. God has the money, and He will provide for us if this is His will for us to succeed. This is His project.
If, in the unlikely event that we ‘fail’ to raise the money in time, the money given directly to Kickstarter will not change hands, and the money donated to us in hand will be returned to the original investors or donated to a reputable charity. We will then not continue with the project, believing that it was not God’s will for us to do it at this time.
I believe, however, that this is God’s will, and that He will give us the people, the strength, and the funds we need to carry it out. He has already blessed us tremendously: beyond my wildest expectations, and beyond my furthest dreams. I believe that He will continue to do so, as we pray and rely on Him to sustain and bless us.
So what exactly needs to be done right now?
We need to research our eventual distribution venues and mediums, such as DVD sales and distributors, festivals, and download sites, to discern what their rules are and what we need to do to get into as many of the best of them as we can.
We need to decide on the final length of our movie based on those discoveries, and finish the script and songs. Right now our options range from 15-35 minutes or so. Though some have wanted to make it into a feature film, that doesn’t really fit into our goals at the moment, at least so far as I can tell. But that might lie in our future, if everything turns out alright.
We need to develop our marketing platform. That means designing and producing promotional materials and brands such as logos, banners, slogans, business cards, pamphlets, fliers, posters, blog badges, desktop wallpapers, facebook fan page, twitter stream, newsletter, youtube channel, blog posts, press releases, and everything else that can be wildly imagined.
And above all, we need you. We need people to continue to come on board and dedicate parts of their lives to this project, helping out in any way they can, stretching beyond their comfort zones, doing things beyond people’s expectations, and just all around buckling down to hard work. We need people to spread the word, think outside the box, and draw others in. We need you to climb on board with this great opportunity to do something big.
So connect with us! Email us at email@example.com, or me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org, or my right-hand girl in this project, Katie Daniels, at email@example.com. Join our forum at http://debugger.freephpbb3.com. Comment below, tweet us back, send us a private message. Let others know about us: ‘Like’ us, Tweet us, ‘Digg’ us, post us, and all around go nuts about what we are doing!
Thank you so much for your kind attention and for taking the time to read this exciting announcement. You are awesome!
With joy and peace and trust in Christ,
Jay Lauser aka Sir Emeth Mimetes
Soli Deo Gloria!