WE DID IT!!! WE RAISED $10K!
We did it guys! On June 7th we met our goal of $10,000! Thank you SO MUCH everyone who donated, shared the campaign with their friends, wrote articles and helped get the word out!
The Magic Ferret is a short film written by Scott and Paula Merrow and directed by me, Alison Parker. It is adapted from the short screenplay "The Great Sambini" which won Best Short Screenplay - Drama at the International Family Film Festival in 2011 and second place at the Gimme Credit International Film Festival also in 2011!
This marks the third ferret movie from me; the first was a short film called "Jake & Jasper: A Ferret Tale", which was very successful on the film festival circuit and won several awards, including the Gold Remi Award from Houston Worldfest and the award for Best Short Film at the Nevada Film Festival. The second project is the upcoming feature film "The Ferret Squad" which is currently in the process of securing financing and will be a very BIG movie! So now, while I wait for that film to get started, I bring you.....
Sam is a six-year-old orphan with a pet ferret named Booger. Sam is as cute as a button, but he just can’t seem to find a family who wants him. When the newest prospective parents come to visit, Sam decides to impress them with a few magic tricks. He becomes “The Great Sambini” with Booger as his assistant. When his most amazing trick flops, Sam is deflated but not defeated, and with Booger’s help he conjures up a different kind of magic.
Jacob Tremblay stars as "Sam" in The Magic Ferret. At just 6 years old, Jacob already has an impressive resume. He plays the son of Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays in Sony Pictures' "The Smurfs 2", coming to theatres this July! He has also recently had guest appearances on ABC's "MOTIVE" and Disney's "Mr. Young"!
Fred Ewanuick stars as "Mr. Parker" in The Magic Ferret. Fred starred as Dan in the Gemini Award nominated, CTV original series, Dan for Mayor. Prior to Dan For Mayor, Ewanuick was known to television audiences as Hank Yarbo, for a six season run, on the CTV hit series Corner Gas. Corner Gas was nominated for an International Emmy Award for Best Comedy Show and won a Gemini Award for Best Ensemble Cast in 2007. Ewanuick's other series credits include the CTV comedy/drama series Robson Arms for three seasons, and guest starring roles in Da Vinci's Inquest and Dark Angel. Ewanuick has many other credits to his name, including a supporting role in Just Friends with Ryan Reynolds, the Miramax family film Chestnut, the lead in indie feature The Delicate Art of Parking, and many, many more.
Lisa Durupt stars as "Mrs. Parker" in The Magic Ferret. Lisa is best known as Shandra in HBO Canada's sitcom "Less Than Kind", winner of several Geminis, Canadian Comedy Awards and more! Lisa was nominated for a Leo award for Best Performance in a Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series in 2013 for her role on Less Than Kind. Lisa is also known for her roles in such TV Movies such as "Hitched for the Holidays", "Last Chance Casting", and "The Pastor's Wife".
Beverley Elliott stars as "Mrs. Rassenti" in The Magic Ferret. Beverley is currently best known as the badass Granny in ABC's Emmy Award Winning Show "Once Upon a Time"! Beverley was born in Listowel, Ontario and moved to Vancouver when she was in her early 20's. On the west coast she was able to combine her two careers, acting and singing. She starred in the Canadian series "Harper's Island" and was a regular on "Bordertown" and "Mysterious Ways".
Falcor the Ferret stars as "Booger" in The Magic Ferret. Falcor is the most famous ferret actor in the world. After a successful career in commercials, Falcor landed the role of Jasper in the award-winning short film "Jake & Jasper: A Ferret Tale" in 2011. Falcor also stars as "Digger" in the upcoming feature film "The Ferret Squad". He loves treats and hates baths. Falcor's human is director Alison Parker.
BIF NAKED CONTRIBUTES "SPACEMAN" SONG
More great news for The Magic Ferret! We have received permission from Bif Naked to use her hit song “Spaceman” in our film! Bif Naked is a Juno Award-winning, multi-platinum record selling Canadian singer-songwriter, actress and motivational speaker. She is also a huge animal lover and an orphan too, just like our little Sam! This is really awesome of her to let us use her song, thank you Bif!!!
You Can Make Movie Magic!
This is an all or nothing campaign - meaning that if we don't reach our goal of $10,000, we get NOTHING. No money. And sadly, we then would not be able to make the movie. But I'm confident we can make it happen, with your help!
You can be a part of movie magic - with a donation anywhere from $1 to $10,000, you can help us make "The Magic Ferret" short film a reality! Get access to exclusive perks like pawtographed DVD's, autographed storyboards, behind the scenes scoop, and even see your name in the end credits of the film! Donate $100 or higher, and little Jacob Tremblay will send you a personal thank you video! Check out all the perks on the right and please consider making a contribution. Let's make this the best fan funded ferret film yet!!!
Sharing is Caring!
If you can't afford to donate, please share this page with your friends on Facebook and Twitter, because that REALLY helps too! You never know who might see it and decide to make a contribution!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON'T REACH YOUR GOAL? DO I STILL HAVE TO PAY? WHEN DO I GET CHARGED?
Since I chose to go with the 'all-or-nothing' option this time, if we don't reach our goal of $10,000, we get nothing, and all contributions will be returned to the funders. We can only make this film if we reach our goal of $10,000. (UPDATE: WE MADE IT!!!)
WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE FERRET SQUAD MOVIE? IT'S STILL HAPPENING RIGHT?
Oh yes, it is most definitely still happening! I have not been allowed to release any information as of yet, but I can assure you that that film is going to be made, and people are working on putting together a very large budget for it as we speak. It will be bigger than I ever dreamed it could be! But apparently, these big movies take time. :) (UPDATE: I have been able to make public the information that the script for The Ferret Squad has been optioned and we are currently in development!)
WHERE CAN I SEE THIS MOVIE? I NEED IT NOW!!
Hold your ferrets! Donate today and when the film is finished, we can send you a digital download so you can be the first to see it! We'll also be selling DVD's and submitting to film festivals around the world.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PERKS LIKE THE PAWTOGRAPHED DVD?
Once the film is completed we will mail out all the perks that require shipping, probably sometime this fall. The digital download of the film will be sent as soon as the film is completed. The thank you videos from Jacob will be released gradually, basically as quickly as we can get them made.
IS IT TRUE THAT ALISON PARKER IS FALCOR THE FERRET'S OWNER?
It is! Although Falcor would say that I am his hooman. I actually own two ferrets, the other one is named Frisco and he looks almost identical to Falcor (yet completely different, if you ask me!).
WHY DON'T PEOPLE LIKE FERRETS? I DON'T GET IT!
Me neither! Just kidding. It's the way they are misrepresented in the media. This is why I make ferret movies, really. To show how great they really are! They make wonderful pets and it's a shame they are so misunderstood, especially when that can lead to some ferrets being harmed, abandoned or abused.
HAVE YOU HEARD OF KICKSTARTER? MAYBE YOU SHOULD TRY THAT.
Kickstarter is the exact same thing as IndieGoGo, but only available to residents of the UK and USA. I'm in Canada, so it's not an option, but IndieGoGo has been very good to me so I'm just fine with that. Thanks for the suggestion though!
I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS. HOW CAN I CONTACT SOMEONE WITH THE PRODUCTION?
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a message on FB or Twitter!
Team on This Campaign:
1st Assistant Director
Key Make Up Artist
Director of Photography
Producer / Production Manager