Treasure: A Feature-Length Micro-Budget Film

Forced to do community service at a soup kitchen, Erica meets Ryan and gets hooked on geocaching. She finds there's more to life than she ever thought possible.
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Chris Williamson
Film
Orlando, Florida
United States
1 Team Member


WHAT THE FILM IS ABOUT:

Treasure is about Erica. Her mother passed away recently and her dad Ethan and her are in a rut. He's a workaholic and she's aimless in life. One night, she gets herself into some trouble and is forced to do community service at a soup kitchen. It's at the soup kitchen that she starts to reconnect with others, meeting Ryan who takes her geocaching. 

WHAT THE FILM IS REALLY ABOUT:

THE MEANING OF LIFE

Click HERE to read a geocaching blog post interview with the director.

PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING EVEN JUST $2 OR $5. 

Why? So you can receive cool updates about the making of the film and so we can let you know where to see it when it's released. 

CROWDFUNDING IS ALL ABOUT A LOT OF PEOPLE GIVING A LITTLE. WE CAN ONLY SUCCEED IF YOU WON'T LET US FAIL

Click HERE to read the screenplay. WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS! ;-)

What is micro-budget cinema? Technology has brought prices down and allows us to tell a compelling story for the price of a car. And we're going to do just that.

THE STORY BEHIND TREASURE:

Hi! I'm Chris Williamson and I'm a Film MFA student at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. 

In order to graduate from grad school I have to produce, write, and direct a FEATURE-LENGTH FILM. 

WHAT?! 

That's right, a feature-length film! And if we don't have funding in place, I won't be allowed to go into production and it'll take me another year to graduate!


I've already made two feature-length documentaries and I've produced or worked on TV shows, music videos, corporate videos, commercials, and more. I'm ready for the opportunity to show what I can do with a long-form narrative film. I've got the vision and I've got the drive. As a funder, you're part of the process. Want to make a movie with me?

HOW I GOT INTO GEOCACHING

I first heard of geocaching in 2003 and pretty much thought it was the coolest thing ever but I couldn't afford a GPS until...

I was visiting friends in Seattle just days after getting my first smartphone. I bought the geocaching.com app the moment I found it. My wife, Stephanie, and I immediately made a bee line directly to the nearest cache. It took us a few minutes to find it but we prevailed! I remember it was a nano hanging in a bushy tree near Pike's Place Market. I was hooked. I found a few more on that trip! 

When thinking about a story of a lost young person finding their way I thought that geocaching would be a great metaphor for 'finding yourself'. I wrote it into the script and it became an integral part of Erica's journey to connecting with others and the world. 

"If others want you to succeed they won't let you fail."

ALL ABOUT THE PERKS: 

NOTE: Please direct any questions about perks to treasureindiegogo@gmail.com

We wanted to offer perks that our donors would really want. First and foremost we want to connect with our donors because YOU'RE our audience! 

Second, we wanted to offer some things that ONLY Treasure could offer, like custom designed Travel Fleas, Pathtags, and Geocoins. 

You'll notice that our perks have MUGGLE or TH in the title. 

MUGGLE: A muggle is someone who is not a geocacher, and those perks are for you. 

TH: TH stands for Treasure Hunter and these perks are for members of the geocaching community (or those that wish they were). 



Why we need your support:

Although I need to make the film to earn my degree I can't do it alone. Filmmaking is...how do I put this...resource intensive? Yeah that'll work. Heck you've seen the credits of movies. Sometimes they have hundreds of people working on them! 

Much of the budget will go towards feeding the cast and crew, because well, it would be really mean not to feed them when they're working so hard! 

We also need to buy material items for production design like set dressings, wardrobe, and props. And of course there's some equipment we need to rent or buy. 

Oh and there's also travel fees, location fees, permit fees, lawyer fees, accounting fees, insurance fees, tax fees, business fees...you get the idea. It's CRAZY how many fees there are to pay! But it's all worth it to create a heartwarming film for your enjoyment.

Here is what the Geocat Treasure Pathtag looks like:

And here's a word from Jazzy the Geocat: 


Isn't she cute? Make your own Geocat meme here: Geocat Meme Creator



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$3,905USD
raised by 94 people in 30 days
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This campaign ended on April 1, 2014
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  • $2USD
    Kindness: Virtual Hug

    You are so kind! We want to offer a $2 pledge because we want everyone who visits this page to have the chance to be a part of the Treasure story. We'd like to give you a virtual hug for your support and we'll also send you periodic updates about the movie.

    3 claimed
  • $5USD
    Gratitude: Thank You Video

    We are gracious for your giving spirit! For this you'll receive a virtual hug, a thank you video, and periodic project updates.

    4 claimed
  • $10USD
    Faith: Digital Poster

    Thank you for having faith in us! We look forward to thanking you on our Twitter feed and sending you project updates of the film's progress. You'll also get a high-res digital image of the film poster sometime during post production.

    13 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $15USD
    TH Strength: Travel Flea

    For lending us your strength we'll give you a shout-out on Twitter, send you project updates, send you a digital poster, PLUS we'll mail you a custom Treasure Travel Flea that you can hook onto a trackable and follow on its adventure. Please add $15 to the amount donated for international shipping.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $25USD
    MUGGLE Spirit

    Not a geocacher but want to help a really good film get made? We'd like to thank you for your generosity. You'll receive a Twitter shout-out, project updates, a digital poster, PLUS you'll receive a Treasure keychain AND a link to a private one-week online screening of the film when complete. Please add $15 to the amount donated for international shipping.

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $25USD
    TH GEOCACHER Spirit: Pathtag

    As a thank you for crossing paths with us you'll receive the social media shout-out, Travel Flea AND a Treasure Pathtag with customer artwork featuring Jazzy the GeoCat! Oh, AND you'll receive a link to a private one-week online screening of the film when complete! Please add $15 for international shipping to the amount donated.

    14 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $40USD
    MUGGLE Friends and Family

    Hello friends and family! This is a solid level to donate at and for doing so you'll get a Twitter shout-out, project updates, digital poster, a private one-week online screening of the finished film, the Treasure keychain, and a special Treasure postcard from us to post on your fridge with a magnet. Please add $15 for international shipping to the amount donated.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $50USD
    TH Geocat Treasure Geocoin

    You're SUPER AWESOME! For contributing at this level you'll get a Twitter shout-out, project updates, digital poster, a private one-week online screening of the finished film, the Travel Flea, the Geocat Treasure Pathtag, PLUS you'll receive a CUSTOM-DESIGNED RHODIUM-PLATED TREASURE GEOCOIN featuring Jazzy the Geocat who will be featured in the movie. Oh, AND you'll be listed in the credits! Please add $15 to the amount donated for international shipping.

    22 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $100USD
    TH Director's Edition Geocoin

    You'll receive the updates, Twitter shout-out, digital poster, custom Treasure Travel Flea, custom Treasure Pathtag, the private one-week online screening of the film, the Regular Edition Collectible Treasure Geocoin featuring Jazzy the Geocat, listing in the credits, PLUS a DIRECTOR'S EDITION SATIN SILVER-PLATED version of the Treasure Funders Coin - ONLY 100 of these coins will be minted! Please add $15 to the amount donated for international shipping.

    8 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $150USD
    TH Producer's Edition Geocoin

    You'll receive the updates, shout-out, digital poster, Travel Flea, Pathtag, private one-week online screening, the Treasure Geocoin, listing in the credits, PLUS a PRODUCER'S EDITION SATIN GOLD-PLATED version of the Treasure Funders Coin - ONLY 50 of these coins will ever be minted. NOTE: This comes with the regular and Producer's edition geocoins only. It DOES NOT include the Director's Edition geocoin. Please add $15 to the amount donated for international shipping.

    2 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $250USD
    TH "A Cool Cache" (GC15RQB)

    "A Cool Cache" is the coolest cache in Florida! It's located at the brick-and-mortar Space Coast Geocaching Store! You'll receive the shout-out, project updates, digital poster, travel flea, pathtag, regular edition geocoin, one-week online screening, film credit, PLUS an amazing SCGA 'grab bag' filled with A TON of geocaching items including stickers, muggle cards, log roller, a nano cache, cable wire, cache aid kit, and MORE!

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $500USD
    A Day in the Life

    Receive all of the perks above (that don't have a specified quantity) PLUS spend a day on set with the cast and crew working as a Production Assistant, eat lunch with the Director and Cast, and also receive IMDb credit as a 'featured extra' in the film. You will also receive a copy of the screenplay signed by cast and crew. *Does NOT cover travel or accommodations.

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  • $750USD
    Associate Producer

    Everything listed above (that doesn't have a specified quantity) PLUS Associate Producer credit on the Treasure IMDb page.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Executive Producer

    Everything listed above (that doesn't have a specified quantity) PLUS Executive Producer credit on the Treasure IMDb page.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
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