Anyway... I'd planned on doing this as a video update but I have a few things I'm still trying to get finalized before Paul Fest and I didn't want to wait any longer to finish the video (the piggy-pigs having my tripod hasn't helped, either), so I'm just going to write it. I want to give a big shout out to all of the awesome people who helped us in our fundraiser, but unfortunately we didn't raise nearly as much as we'd hoped to, so we've had to change our plans a little bit.
We'd wanted to finish the trailer and premiere it at Paul Fest, but we realized not long after we'd started the fundraiser that we probably weren't going to raise the kind of money we'd need to do that. That's why we shot the teaser trailer; so we'd at least have SOMETHING to show people about "The Smoking Gun." To stretch our funds as far as possible, we are using the money we raised from the fundraiser to go to Paul Fest, and in addition I'm investing over $1200 out of my own wallet into a booth at Paul Fest and 500 copies of One Man's terrorist on DVD, which we will then sell at Paul Fest. I should only need to sell about 100 DVDs to break even on the initial investment and everything we sell beyond that will be profit. Hopefully, we'll be able to sell enough to come back from the trip with an extra couple thousand dollars we can use to finance the production of the more extensive trailer for The Smoking Gun, because if not it's going to be paid for completely out of our rather shallow pockets.
Once we get back from Paul Fest, though, the plan is to get right back to work on the trailer and a few other film making projects I've been developing. The beauty of this plan is that, now that we aren't working under a deadline, we can spend more time working on the trailer, and as you know, time is money. Where before we would have had to spend good money to quickly build a jail cell set, now we can afford to shop around and acquire all the components needed for it for a more reasonable price. Essentially, having more time to work on the trailer will allow us to create it even more cheaply.
To get ready for Paul Fest, I've been working on adding some more special features like a directors commentary to the One Man's Terrorist DVD. The plan is to sell the DVDs for $15 a pop and $20 for autographed copies, but we're going to be supporting a good cause while we're at it.
I'm also donating 25 DVDs to his campaign as perks so even if you can't make it to Paul Fest but you'd like to help Glenn and get an autographed copy of One Man's Terrorist, check out his campaign and donate $25.
So I think that pretty much covers everything... Thanks again for all of your support in our IndieGoGo campaign and if any of you are going to be at Paul Fest or the RNC let me know because I'd love to meet up while I'm out there! Before I leave I want to tell you that, if you haven't already, you absolutely must check out the concept teaser trailer for Gray State, a police-state action-thriller in development by fellow libertarian filmmaker David Crowley. If you like what I've done, you'll LOVE Gray State. I've embedded their trailer below and linked to their IndieGoGo campaign below it if you'd like to donate. Check it out, and keep up the fight, guys! Keep your eyes open for another video update further discussing our plans for Paul Fest before we hit the road in a week!