Hollywood Action/Adventure Film Launches on Internet Crowdfunding Site, Kickstarter.com

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Los Angeles Film Director Jeremy Haccoun Pitches Short Film Project

Crowdfunding is today’s creative way for people around the world who network to pool their money together, via the internet, and support efforts initiated by artists and creators for their project, event, campaign, or invention. This can be anything from disaster relief, to artists seeking support from fans, to political campaigns and even independently-produced Hollywood films.

Kickstarter.com is the internet’s leader in crowdfunding. Kickstarter has been an enormous success, generating over $100 million in pledges and collecting $84 million in just two years for successful projects. The average pledge amount is $71 and the average backer pledges to 1.4 projects.

The key ingredient in Kickstarter’s special sauce is its all-or-nothing funding model. If a project doesn’t reach a pre-set threshold for pledges within a certain timeframe, then no pledges are collected.

“We launched our independent film project, Beyond, on Kickstarter.com. We’re seeking $82,000 to create an epic action/adventure, family-friendly Spielberg-like short film,” said Director Jeremy Haccoun. “Think Indiana Jones or The Goonies. Beyond is the best and worst that can happen to a family during their road trip across the California desert - it's packed with action, suspense, love, tears, hope, heroism. Beyond is full of high-impact, edge-of-your-seat thrills,” said Haccoun.

“We have 30 days to raise the money and fund our short film feature we plan to distribute at Tribeca, Sundance, Cannes, SXSW and many other film festivals. If we don’t meet our goal, then Beyond doesn’t get produced. It’s all or nothing,” said Haccoun.

“Action/Adventure is expensive to make. The idea for Beyond is well-adapted to a short film format, and raising money in the industry for a short film of that scale is very unusual, could take forever, or never happen at all,” said Haccoun. “With Kickstarter, we figured if enough people join together and pledge to Beyond before the deadline of April 8, then we could shoot early May and have it ready to distribute this Summer” Haccoun added.

“Our Beyond short film involves fire, a rock fall, a car wreck in the middle of nowhere, an excavator and an explosion. We're taking a 30-people crew on location into the desert. We’re erecting a building site, destroying and blowing up props on camera. We’ll be working with pyrotechnicians and stunt specialists. We’ll have to provide catering, transportation, location fees in the desert, and power our equipment. The goal is to squeeze every beat of emotion from the story to offer a sequence straight out of a big Hollywood movie, and do it all for $82,000,” said Haccoun.

Potential supporters of Haccoun’s Beyond are asked to pledge anywhere from $10, $25, $50 or even $100, $250, $500 or more. Different levels of pledging receive various pledge ‘gifts’ similar to supporting public television, although there are no coffee mugs or tote bags offered. For just a one-time pledge to Beyond of $100, supporters will not only receive the DVD of the film, but will also become an “associate producer” and see their name added in the on-air credits.

To see what the Beyond short film page is all about on Kickstarter.com, visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jhprod/beyond-the-adventure-short


About the Director of Beyond

Born in France, Jeremy was lucky to discover movies at an early age thanks to his father, who ran a video shop and set up an old 35mm projector in the garage. Jeremy fed his imagination with classic films before entering the Spielberg era of the 80s with its many adventure and fantasy films. At the age of 10, Jeremy fell in love with Raiders of the Lost Ark. From then on, he had only one goal in mind: to make movies.

Jeremy made his first short at 11, a 40’ fantasy film shot in VHS. This film was followed by dozens of ambitious shorts, including ‘Alchemy,’ an adventure epic involving 60 blue screen shots, and ‘The Battery,’ a 1’ chain reaction that won awards before getting a national release in French theatres.

Jeremy has since directed many shorts and commercials and recently directed Leonardo DiCaprio in a movie-like commercial campaign launched in China. His latest fantasy thriller short film ‘Paradox’ was selected at Tribeca and a dozen other festivals around the world, earning him many awards including Best Short and Best Screenplay.


For more information or to arrange a phone interview with Director Jeremy Haccoun:
Susie Dowdy, Media Entertainment

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