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Jack & Tollers is the true story of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R.Tolkien and the vital relationship shared by these two acclaimed authors. Until now, there has never been a major motion picture depicting this unique and enduring friendship.
Through live action footage and cutting edge CGI, Jack & Tollers will provide a glimpse into the souls of these two great Men of Letters. Their friendship—at times turbulent, supportive, joyous and raucous--helped to create two of the most iconic stories of the 20th century, the Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings. Together these stories have sold more than 100 million copies, been translated into dozens of languages and been enjoyed the world over in print and on screen.
For the global fan base of both authors and indeed the fantasy genre itself, the time has come to tell this story.
What Is Our Goal?
Our goal at Third Dart Studios is to raise the funds to make a Teaser Trailer, a vehicle to illustrate our story to the world as part of our effort to make Jack & Tollers a feature length film. Through Indiegogo we invite you to join us on our journey to tell this profound and true story of the power of friendship in the lives of these the two amazing men.
Funds raised through this Indiegogo will be used for:
· The cinematography of our Teaser Trailer to be completed in 2014.
· Script consultation and break out
· Pre-production expenses
· The costs to fulfill perks and pay to ship them as needed.
Any funds received ABOVE our goal amount will be placed in a general production fund for the film.
Who We Are:
Our team for this Indiegogo campaign consists of:
Louis Markos – Co-Writer
Image Copyright Lancia E. Smith
Louis Markos is a Professor of English and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University, where he holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities and teaches courses on C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. A much published author he has written more then 100 articles and many books including Lewis Agonistes: How C. S. Lewis can Train us to Wrestle with the Modern and Postmodern World, Restoring Beauty: The Good, the True, and the Beautiful in the Writings of C. S. Lewis, and On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue in Tolkien and Lewis.
A popular speaker, Lou has also produced two lecture series with the Teaching Company including one titled The Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis. He is committed to the concept of the Professor as Public Educator believing that knowledge must be disseminated to all who have ears to hear. For more information, visit his website at: www.Loumarkos.com
Darren Scott Jacobs – Co-Writer
Darren at the "Eagle and Child" pub, meeting place for the Inklings in Oxford
Darren’s longtime dream of impacting the world through film became a reality after studying with writing instructor Cynthia Whitcomb, screenwriter of "Buffalo Girls.” A leading script consultant describes his style as “complex and intelligent.”
His love of story and challenging ideas led him to the discovery of the writings of C. S. Lewis in the mid-1980’s. Darren was invited as a guest speaker for the 2009 C. S. Lewis Society Tour which explored the ancient universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Jack & Tollers - The Incredible True Story of the Friendship of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien is his first screenwriting collaboration with Louis Markos.
Darren is also currently the head writer for THE OXFORD INKLINGS, a new web series being developed by Mark Raymond and Middle-earth Network. He plans to option his script MERCY LIKE RAIN with Johnny Meier and Dave Stone of Intrigue Films. Darren has two more scripts in development with Third Dart Studios.
For more about Darren, visit here: http://darrenscottjacobs.com/about_darren.
Chris Dodge - Executive Producer
Chris has more then 25 years of experience in the development of International Trade. A member of several boards, he has written and lectured all over the world and is one of the leading experts for the Beauty and Cosmetics field through his company International Commerce Development. For more on Chris, visit here: www.icdtrade.com
What Would We Like From You?
We need your help to keep this story true and make the memory of these two men one that will shine throughout history. J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis are in many ways larger than life characters and their true story IS FAR TOO COMPELLING to change. Through more then four years of careful craft we have developed a screenplay that is entertaining, accurate and sophisticated.
You have the chance to help make this feature film the best it can be to ensure that Third Dart Studios will be empowered to tell the story as it really unfolded in history. We believe that the storyline of Jack and Tollers must reflect, as close as creatively possible, the actual events which molded these men’s lives. Both men endured turbulent childhoods. Both men experienced the horrors of trench warfare during World War One; both men excelled in Academia at Oxford University; both men honed their writing skills and became legendary Wordsmiths for the English language.
And BOTH MEN, above all else, valued FRIENDSHIP.
There are many Lewis/Tolkien websites with a fan base of 10 million on a single site. You probably found our campaign on one of them, and for that we’re thankful.
But it is one thing to be a fan HOPING for a movie to be made and another to be a fan SUPPORTING it for production. Besides the obvious financial support which will be used for the teaser trailer, you can also support us simply by:
· Liking our Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/Thirddartstudios
· Commenting on this project at Tolkien/Lewis sites
· Telling us what you’d like to see in our comments section at this campaign
· Sharing the news of the film with family and friends.
· Tolkien lost behind enemy lines during the Battle of the Somme.
· C.S. Lewis and the childhood world of 'Boxen' he shared with his brother Warnie
· The romance of Tolkien and Edith Mary Bratt, the real life 'Beren and Lúthien'
· The impact of George MacDonald’s PHANTASTES on young Jack’s imagination
· Jack and Tollers late night stroll on Addison’s Walk near Magdalen College, Oxford.
· Jack’s journey from atheism at the encouragement of his Catholic friend Tolkien.
Our perks for supporting our project are commemorative by nature. We want to not only identify our massive fan base but also allow the fans to be part of the film. Whether it be an appreciative nod as Patron of our project listing your name in closing title sequence or a non-speaking cameo in the film, our primary goal is to retain the highest level of creative control.
A Final Thought:
Social media has great power when used properly which is best illustrated by the will of a strong fan base using crowdsourcing as a tool.
For example, the 2004-2007 series called VERONICA MARS was a good show on television that never achieved much success other than a through a small and devoted fan base and critical reviews. Although it was canceled after 5 years, the outcry for a feature length movie was so persistent that 91,000 of their fans donated over 5.7 million dollars towards the production.
If you want our movie shown on the Big Screen and desire accuracy to the memory of these men and their accomplishments, please show us BY SUPPORTING OUR ENDEAVOR.
There's an amazing film on the horizon - - You can be part of history.
See you at the movies!
Third Dart Studios