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Our film is 70% shot and 100% crowdfunded. To date we have been backed almost 1,900 times. We need your help to finish what we started.
Brandon Fowler
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Making a movie is hard. Any movie.
And Hybrid Vigor is extremely ambitious. 

Hybrid Vigor is 100% crowdfunded entirely through social media. We built up a Twitter following of well over 100,000 in just 3 months and followed that with a successful Kickstarter campaign. At the time only 10 narrative film campaigns had more total backers than us. 

With the money we have raised until now we have been able to shoot 25 days, edit most of what we have shot, begin VFX work, and start working on the score. 70% of the film is shot.

Our composer, Hanan Townshend, worked on Terrence Malick's last 3 films. He did music for Tree of Life, the score for To The Wonder and the score for the upcoming film Knight of Cups.

The goal of this campaign is to raise the additional funds we need to finish the last of the shooting and have the film ready for submission to the Sundance Film Festival. September 29th, 2014 is the last day they accept submissions.

We have to start the last of our filming in late July. That means it will happen during our campaign. As soon as we reach $10,000 we will start scheduling the first shoot days. As money comes in we will shoot more.

To date, over 1,600 people from 43 countries have backed us.

We're filming on location in the former USSR. We have scenes that take place in winter, spring, summer and fall. We're making a film that has scenes spanning a 25 year period spread over nearly 50 locations and with more than 20 speaking parts in 3 different languages. 

A large number of the scenes in the film are full of practical special effects. One 2 minute scene required an actor to spend over 10 hours getting special effects make-up applied. It won't be the last.

We're shooting and finishing in 4K and have over 100 Visual Effects (VFX) shots. In fact the entire opening scene requires VFX work. Every single shot. 

And our budget is about what a "normal" film would spend on snacks. Maybe less. 

What we want to make it clear is that we're not making a YouTube video. Our vision with Hybrid Vigor has always been to shock people with what we accomplish. We have to compete on quality with films that cost millions. 

Hybrid Vigor is a film about life, death, violence, morality, immortality, love, and loss in the USSR during Soviet times and in present day Latvia.

A mysterious girl is found living in a forest in Latvia. After being captured by the police she is taken to a mental institution in Riga. She doesn’t speak, but seems to understand everything. She doesn’t sleep, but never acts tired. Who is she and where is she from? Could she be connected to the disappearance of a little girl in the same area 20 years earlier?

Hybrid Vigor stars Velta Buka and Jevgenija Mirosnicenko. 

My name is Brandon. My first film was a low budget independent film I wrote when I was 18 years-old and directed when I was 20. The film co-starred Dee Wallace, Dennis Haskins and Joyce DeWitt. It was professionally done with a large crew of around 30 people and shot on 35mm film with Panavision cameras. Unfortunately the film negative and sound was stolen and the film has never been completed. I was able to recover the film negative, but was never able to get the sound.

A few years ago I Executive Produced the critically acclaimed arthouse film Loren Cass. Variety called it, “A starkly radical film debut of uncommon power and artistic principle.” The New York Times said it was, “Remarkable… One of the year’s great discoveries.” The film was solely the director’s vision. I was just there to help support the talent I saw in him.

I learned a lot working on my first film and even more in the years since. I got my start as a writer/director in this business at a very young age, but lost more than 10 years due to my first film being stolen and unfinished. The last decade did not go to waste though. I made a plan for how I would make my next film, Hybrid Vigor, and now we are close to finishing it.

Hybrid Vigor has been a tremendous amount of work. When all this started, I could not have imagined that over 1,500 people from 47 countries would support us in making this film. It's incredibly humbling. 

We hit a bit of a delay due to health problems I had (as described in the video), but I'm doing great now and we're back on track. I could not be more pleased with the results so far and when it's all done, we will all be able to look back and be proud of what we accomplished.

Hanan Townshend is a fast rising film composer, born in rural New Zealand, but now based in Austin, Texas. He did music for Terrence Malick's Palme d'Or winning film Tree of Life and was also the composer for Malick's latest film To The Wonder.

Hanan is now doing the music for Terrence Malick's upcoming film Knight of Cups (Christian Bale, Natalie Portman).

Hanan's music reflects the broad background of inspiration from which he draws – the poetic soundscapes of his home country, the eager patterns of popular music, and the refinement of classical training and studies in art composition. Because of this, he has a penchant for approaching film music from a less conventional perspective and producing clever, memorable pieces that support just as much the picturesque as they do the auditory experience.

Here is a sample of Hanan's work on To The Wonder:

Here's a sample of Hanan's work Tree of Life:


This week's featured Perk:

Here's some of what we are offering to our backers:

  • Your Name in the Credits
  • Digital Download / DVD / Blu-ray
  • Personalized Hybrid Vigor Art Poster
  • Associate Producer Credit
  • Appear in the film as an Extra or Virtual Extra! (limited)
  • One-of-a-kind film props
  • Appear in a scene (or two) with dialogue!
  • Be a sponsor.
  • Co-Executive / Executive / Co-production Credit

The full reward details are on the right side of the page.

Lots more to come. We're just getting started!


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    Indie Karma

    If you like what you see and want to help, but money is tight then this is the Perk for you. Every dollar raised makes a huge impact and is sincerely appreciated. You will get: • Twitter shout out to 100,000+ people. • Your photo on our photomosaic film poster with all our other backers. • Your name listed on our official website. (all our backers get the above)

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    Your Name in the Credits

    For just $5 you can get your name in the Special Thanks section of our end credits.

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    Digital Download

    Get an HD digital download of Hybrid Vigor with your name in the credits!

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    Signed Hybrid Vigor Photo

    Get a signed photo from Hybrid Vigor mailed to your door. Postage is included!

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  • $25USD

    Get a DVD copy of Hybrid Vigor with your name in the credits!

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    Twitter Fundamentals

    *NEW* Thousands of people have asked for help with building a Twitter following after seeing the YouTube video about our first campaign. Over 1 hour of Twitter tactics that really work. This course is ALL NEW.

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    Personalized Art Poster

    *LIMITED EDITION. FOR BACKERS ONLY* An amazing Latvian artist named Harijs Grundmanis made this beautiful Hybrid Vigor art poster. You can get it personalized with your name and credit and mailed to your door. The poster is printed on high quality paper and is suitable for framing. We will mail it too you immediately after you back us.

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    Get a Blu-ray of Hybrid Vigor with your name in the credits!

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    Associate Producer Credit

    Your name in the credits as an Associate Producer. This includes IMDb credit!

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    Clothing from the film

    * LIMITED QUANTITY * One of a kind: Get a piece of clothing from the film. Could be pants, shirt, jacket, etc. It will likely be kind of bloody and beat up...

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    Skype Brainstorm

    Planning on doing a crowdfunding campaign soon? Let's talk. Over several campaigns we have been backed over 1,900 times and counting. I've also helped others raise even more with their campaigns.

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  • $150USD
    Crowdfunding Course

    In just a few months I made one of the most popular indie film accounts on Twitter which I used to successfully fund our first campaign on Kickstarter. 1,013 backers and $57,231 pledged. At the time only 10 narrative film campaigns had more backers than us. In these videos I tell you everything I did to prepare and run the campaign. * These videos will never be made public. *

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    *EARLY BIRD* Premiere Package

    2 tickets to the LA or NYC premiere, Associate Producer Credit, and a DVD or Blu-ray of the film.

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    Film Prop

    *NEW* It's a 100% real Soviet era military hat. It's seen in a scene in the film. One of a kind and you will see it in the film. *ONLY 1 AVAILABLE*

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    Your Picture in Hybrid Vigor!

    *NEW* Be a VIRTUAL EXTRA: Want to be in Hybrid Vigor, but can't make it all the way to Latvia? We have a solution! Get a picture of yourself in the film. Close up and clearly visible! *LIMITED QUANTITY*

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    Collectible Framed Print

    We are making available a VERY LIMITED set of framed COLLECTIBLE QUALITY prints from the film. EACH FILM FRAME IS UNIQUE and numbered. No two are alike! The frame/plaque can be signed by the Cast and Director if you would like. There will be a CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY included! You will also get 2 tickets to the LA or NYC premiere of the film!

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    Your name in Hybrid Vigor!

    Be a VIRTUAL EXTRA: Want to be in Hybrid Vigor, but can't make it all the way to Latvia? We have a solution! We have scenes inside a hotel lobby, shopping mall, and restaurant where we can have your name said over a loudspeaker. It will be clearly audible and something very cool to show your friends and family!

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    Missed Call

    *NEW* Be a VIRTUAL EXTRA: Want to be in Hybrid Vigor, but can't make it all the way to Latvia? We have a solution! One one important scene in the film someone calls a character in the film, but the character is unable to answer. The phone will be visible in the scene showing who the missed call is from. Close up and clearly visible! It can be you! *THERE CAN BE ONLY 1*

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  • $500USD
    Opening Credits Assoc Producer

    *LIMITED QUANTITY* This gets you ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit in the opening credits of the film, on the posters, DVDs/Blu-rays and other various promotional material in addition to IMDb credit. You also get 2 tickets to our NYC/LA premiere and a Blu-ray/DVD of the film. If you are already an Associate Producer and want to upgrade by paying the difference just write me and we can do that.

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  • $1,000USD
    Walk on Role

    • A walk on roll in the film • Credited in the film credits and on the IMDB • A digital copy of your scene. • 2 tickets to the LA or NYC premiere of the film! You pay for transportation to Riga, Latvia and lodging. Please contact us before selecting this Perk!

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  • $1,500USD
    Executive Producer Upgrade

    This is for a backer that has already backed us and is paying the difference to upgrade to a better credit.

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  • $2,000USD

    If you or your company is interested in sponsoring Hybrid Vigor write us first and let us know what you're looking for. We have a cool film, over 1,400 backers, one of the most popular Indie Film themed Twitter accounts with 100,000+ followers. There's a lot we can offer. Just write us first to make sure we're a good fit.

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    Co-Executive Producer

    You get your photo on our poster, a digital download of the film, a DVD or Blu-ray copy of the film, invites to all our backer screenings and credit as the CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of Hybrid Vigor. Your name will be in the opening credits sequence.

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    Upgrade: Executive Producer

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    Executive Producer

    You get your photo on our poster, a digital download of the film, a DVD or Blu-ray copy of the film, invites to all our backer screenings and credit as the EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of Hybrid Vigor. You get tickets to early screening we have for the film (festival, backer, industry) as well.

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  • $10,000USD
    Co-Production Credit

    You will be listed as one of the production companies making the film ("in association with [YOUR COMPANY OR NAME]"). Your name will be in the opening credits sequence and you will get IMDB credit as a production company. You get tickets to early screening we have for the film (festival, backer, industry) as well.

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  • $25,000USD

    You get everything listed here and whatever new rewards we can think of.

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