Filmmakers Have 20 Days Left to Raise $75,000 to Make First Full-Length Feature Film a Reality

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“Gone Doggy Gone” by Buzzworm Films is the story of a kidnapped dog and the desperate lengths it’s owners take to retrieve it. Like the couple they plan to portray in their original film “Gone Doggy Gone” they are under pressure to raise the funds in time to save their baby—which in reality is their film and in the film is their dog.

Kasi Brown and Brandon Walter—like the couple they plan to portray in their original film “Gone Doggy Gone”—are under pressure to raise the funds in time to save their baby (film).

Imagine if you treated your dog like a baby, and then it got kidnapped. This film is about the lengths one couple will go to save their 'baby.'

Kasi Brown and Brandon Walter have raised about $9,000 of the $75,000 budget for their first full-length feature film and have 20 days left to complete the funding via Indiegogo. Like the couple they plan to portray in their original film “Gone Doggy Gone” they are under pressure to raise the funds in time to save their baby—which in reality is their film and in the film is their dog.

The original film is about a couple who treats their dog like a baby, then it gets kidnapped. They are among many hopefuls campaigning for projects on crowdfunding sights such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Brown and Walter say they opted for Indiegogo rather than Kickstarter because on Indiegogo if you do not reach your goal, you can still keep the money that you raised. The catch is, Indiegogo takes a higher percentage (9 percent). If a goal is met (in their case $75,000 in 30 days) the service only takes 4 percent of the donations.

“Crowdfunding is not for the faint of heart,” explains Brown. “It requires constant campaigning through various social media outlets, Facebook, Twitter, E-mail to friends, loved ones, grandmas, and even exes.”

(Brown claims she even went so far as to promise to give a coveted secret recipe to an ex to wrench just $100).

“The truth is,” she says, “there are thousands of hopefuls campaigning—all with a dream.”

But Brown and Walter (the founders of Buzzworm Films which will produce the movie) have a few tricks up their sleeves. Most notably, their creativity and ability to put it on film (well, in this case online by way of a very funny and well thought out pitch video that introduces the cast and gives potential backers a taste of what they can expect from the film). The pitch video and film project proposal can be viewed at http://www.indiegogo.com/gonedoggygone.

As soon as they clicked the “start my fundraiser” button they were off and running, says Brown.

The two partners have a “War Plan,” explains Brown. “We each have daily lists of responsibilities like posting two pictures, Facebooking and Tweeting a video, and responding to comments posted by potential contributors.”

The truth behind crowdfunding is the power of many and the ability to make it almost a full-time job during the funding process, she admits, adding that the process is a very humbling experience.

Another way they are standing out from the “crowd” on crowdfunding sites is through a very unique campaign that is featuring missing pet posters from actual missing pets.

The movie is scheduled to begin shooting this November.

For more information about the film, go to http://www.GoneDoggyGone. To back the project with a financial contribution, go to http://www.indiegogo.com/gonedoggygone.

ABOUT BUZZWORM FILMS AND ITS FOUNDERS

Brandon Walter (Buzz) and Kasi Brown (Worm) began collaborating after hitting it off in an Upright Citizen's Brigade improv class. During the summer of 2009 they were in the Mother Approved sketch web-series. Part of that series called Phobias won best Mobiseries at the ITV Festival in 2010 and acquired distribution through Fun Little Movies. Other sketches reached two popular sites front pages for online comedic videos, Funny or Die and Atom.com (where it won some cash for being an “Atom” pick in 2011). Their Mother Approved television pilot was just accepted into the Bel Air film festival.

Brandon Walter directed a feature length documentary about a homeless man who travels home called Ray Dell Tubbs Gets Famous and some shorts like Better Unsaid (Florida Film Festival 2005) and Kalu Kala, which he had to steal back from his college film teacher. His biggest acting break was opposite Jim Carrey in Yes Man. More about Brandon Walter on IMDb.com.

Kasi Brown’s credits include producing and acting in a short film, A Woman Reported that went to Sundance in 2004. Whe also wrote and starred in a web-series, Next (winner best comedy web-series at NAPTE 2010 NextTV festival). She has a BA in theater and film from the University of Kansas and has been in loads of national commercials and has starred on TV in Miami Medical, ER, and Monk.More about Kasi Brown on IMDd.com.

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