My Kickstarter fantasy


Lights! Camera! Raise Money!

Lights! Camera! Raise Money!

I don’t know if there’s something in the water or I missed a memo that went out to indie authors, but I’ve seen a lot of Kickstarter projects come across my Facebook newsfeed lately. The power of repetitive messaging is starting to get to me. I want to do a Kickstarter project. I’m fairly certain it would be a disastrous failure, but I’m not sure that matters.

What kind of project? A short film, of course! It’s not that crazy is it? I have a bachelor’s in broadcast production, I’ve done enough production work to know how to plan it out, and I’ve written 12 screenplays. Plus, I have material to adapt to a short film.

I’m knowledgeable enough to know that I can’t raise the funds to do a short based on any of the Oz Chronicles books. That would take CG work and special effects that are way too expensive. The other two R.W. Ridley books aren’t good candidates for various reasons. Two Notch is a post-apocalyptic western that calls for mostly desert like terrain. Expense would still be an issue. And Lost Days just isn’t popular enough. I like it, but it just never sparked any real interest.

That leaves me C. Hoyt Caldwell’s books. I could easily pluck a scene from either one of the two titles and make a 10-15 minute short. The question is which material would translate to the short form as a complete story. Here are my thoughts off the top of my head.

  1. The Proposal (Bad Way Out) – Milo offers E.R. Percy a job as a drug dealer.

  2. The Wake (Bad Way Out) – The Tanners hold a wake for their dead married girl

  3. The Swim (Bad Way Out) – E.R. and Eva go for a swim

  4. The Killer Conversation (The Closeout Kings) – Step and Kenny closeout two rednecks in front of a bar (opening chapter)

  5. Triggers (The Closeout Kings) – Step shares his philosophy of how to keep a woman happy with Kenny

  6. Knives (The Closeout Kings) – Step and Kenny try to collect from Billy Campbell in his walk-in freezer

The trick is to find material that doesn’t need a lot of set-up and comes to a satisfactory conclusion. In other words, it’s a mini-story within a story.

I’m kind of high on creative juices at the moment since I’ve been cranking up Book Seven, so this is really just wishful thinking spawned from that. I’d have to sit down and really hammer out a realistic budget, but it is something I’d like to do.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Opinions? Other synonyms?

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9 thoughts on “My Kickstarter fantasy

  1. The Swim (Bad Way Out) would be great. So would Triggers (The Closeout Kings). Oh, and I liked Lost Days. 🙂

    • Thanks, Jacki! I’m not sure why Lost Days never caught on, but maybe some day. I probably should change the title to try and take advantage of all the Bigfoot stuff as of late.

  2. Another thought that I’d back instantly…..graphic novels based on Oz…I have no idea how much they’d cost, but I’ve thought about how cool those would be over the past few years….just a thought…..by the way…..did anything ever come of the Oz shirts? I think the shorts based on scenes from C. Hoyt books is awesome as well.

    • I would love to do graphic novel versions of the Oz books, Jim. That’s always been one of those things I keep saying I’ll do if they books ever take off. They really are the perfect material for such a thing. I looked into it at one point, and the expense was way up there, around $20k for one of the books.

    • Oh, and the shirts. I had a couple of made up using one of the POD companies, and I didn’t like the quality. I’ll have to look back into it and see if things have improved.

  3. Oh! Knives would be a great short!

  4. Triggers would be a somewhat humorous look at our Kings, but might not capture the overall tone of the book. Knives would probably be the way to go.
    Or the Killer Conversation.
    Or, (not on the list) finding the ‘body’ in BWO.

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