Happy New Year Everyone! Hope the holidays were filled with good cheer and wonderful blessings. Here’s the update so far. Kickstarter is a go for end of February or 1st week of March.
Just before the New Year I received a message from Mic O’Halloran–one of our group here–and he made a remark that took me by surprise, but was EXACTLY right. He felt that I was getting a case of the “McClellans.” Looking back over this last year since I begin talking about the Kickstarter that is certainly what it has become; each time we get close, some network or star or producer shows some interest and I put the brakes on and wait…and wait…and wait…and while there’s always the best of intentions and always real fans/champions at these places, the project never gets the final greenlight and we’re accomplishing nothing. Like McClellan on the Peninsula. Haha.
So, while we are still owed a response from that “superstar” who approached us (he’s opening a movie this Friday so I doubt that we’ll hear anytime soon), and ANOTHER network asked to read the scripts and claims they want to do “a pared down version and make it a series rather than a mini-series” (but they haven’t done anything more than that), well, I’ve stopped worrying about those leads.
I’m doing the Kickstarter. They can be part of that or not. But I’m not waiting around anymore at Yorktown. It’s on to Richmond for the TO APPOMATTOX team.
The Kickstarter campaign is looking amazing. The Reward structure we have built perfectly suits my desire to have our backers be able to participate in the production in a number of meaningful and REAL ways. My belief is that those who help fund this film (which will be the first two episodes done as a feature which we will either sell to a network or release in theaters), become my “studio.” So beyond the usual DVD’s and copies of the script, t-shirts, etc. there are some really cool opportunities to help in the filmmaking process.
The other good news is that our private financial partners (who have been with us through all the ups and downs) have agreed to MATCH EVERY DOLLAR we raise through the Kickstarter Campaign.
All that’s left now is for our stars and backers to approve the campaign we’ve built and their participation in it, then we launch!
More as I know it!