Faith Based Suspense Thriller - FAMILIAR SPIRITS

A project by Susan



THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! TO EVERYONE WHO HAS SUPPORTED US.
If you missed the deadline you can still send donations to:
I'm Not A Turkey Productions
5757 Franklin Ave, Suite 107, Hollywood, CA 90028

FamiliarSpiritsMovie@gmail.com
Please mention FaithLauncher and a 10% donation will be given to FaithLauncher to further support Christian faith-based projects. Thank you!
 

"When I first read the script it gave me goose bumps.  I couldn't get it out of my mind."                                                                                    -Brian Galyean, @NDpendentFilms

We're Writing/Producing team, Christopher Shawn Shaw and Susan Shearer. Together, we developed "Familiar Spirits," a Supernatural Drama with a Thriller twist. Our Biblically based film addresses the Supernatural and aspires to compel people living in the here and now to consider their own soul's fate in the hereafter.

"Familiar Spirits" is an intimate tale of tragic loss and bittersweet hope. A widow dealing with the loss of her only child is forced to make a tough decision . . . will she dare to ask the question that might take her daughter from her forever?

The past year has been spent in fine tuning it, getting feed-back from professional script consultants, rewrites, having a Table Read at CBS Studios before a live audience for their reactions, more rewrites and here we are today with a gripping story to tell.

We'd like to invite YOU to be a part of getting our story off the pages and onto the screen as we move into our Production Phase. With your help we can do that. YOUR donation will be striking a blow for Spiritual Truth!

We've partnered with FaithLauncher as our crowd-funding platform. If you're here - this is them! We spent a lot of time thinking about YOU and what you might want to get out of this experience. We've come up with some pretty cool perks, all the way from a personal postcard from the set, to naming a character after yourself, to coming on set and mingling with cast & crew, up to an Executive Producer credit in the film and on the coveted IMDb (Internet Movie Database). How cool is that!?!

You've hear the old adage, "It takes a village...”, well, that's the philosophy behind crowdfunding. With a crowd, every little bit helps, that's the beauty of it. No matter how small or big, when everyone pitches in on a project they believe in, everyone’s contribution matters.  So please consider donating today – you can also claim a Perk for a friend. And then SHARE our project with your circle of influence.

Our Story Continues…

Once we had a solid script, we sent it to young starlet, Christine Galyean, to offer her the role of Sarah, the ghost. Would she love it? Or kick us to the curb? ….

"It's not very often that I get a handed a script and immediately fall in love! The story is so gripping, but most importantly the overall message is what fully captured me. I can't wait to wait to work with Christopher Shawn Shaw and Susan Shearer to make this film come to life!"                      -Christine Galyean, @CKGalyean 

We interrupt our story for a brief PSA from actress, Jenn Gotzon

And we're back in 3... 2... 1....

We have a word from one of our donors, Toni Deaver:

ANNOUNCING OUR NEWEST PERK!!!

Check out Two Buck Tuesday... who said we don't have something for everybody?... I tell ya, it just keeps getting better.




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    Posted almost 3 years ago
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  • MONDAY - FINAL DAY TO DONATE TO FAITHLAUNCHER CAMPAIGN!!!

    almost 3 years ago

    HOWDY!
    We are down to our final day to donate to ‘Familiar Spirits.’

    Please share our campaign – http://bit.ly/FamiliarSpirits – with your circles of influence and help us get the word out. Thank you! And many blessings to you!.

    We have been so blessed by your outpouring of support. You are awesome!

  • FINAL TWO DAYS!!!

    almost 3 years ago

    Can hardly believe it! We are in the FINAL TWO DAYS of our FaithLauncher fundraising campaign. Thank you sooo much for your financial support.

    We REALLY NEED YOUR HELP NOW TO GET THE WORD OUT!

    Please share our link – http://bit.ly/FamiliarSpirits – with your friends and family. Tell them why you donated and ask them if they might want to do the same.

    And then share the update page with them and all the fun videos we’ve put together for you.

    We really appreciate you helping us with this.
    May God bless you richly.

    Susan & Christopher

  • SOUND - DON'T MAKE A MOVIE WITHOUT IT!

    almost 3 years ago

    Sound is one of the most important elements in a movie. The audience can forgive poor visuals but sound that is off can be jarring to their very being.

    Your donation $$$ provide the funds to hire a professional sound crew with up-to-date audio equipment.
    Thank you for your support.

  • GREAT ACTORS = QUALITY ON SCREEN. BAD ACTORS = . . .

    almost 3 years ago

    In another update, Producers, Susan Shearer and Christopher Shawn Shaw, discuss the importance of using professional actors.

    A special shout out to Anthony Jennings (who is a professional actor, imdb.com/name/nm2213119/) for portraying “Bad Actor”

  • A VALUABLE ASSET ON THE SET – PAs

    almost 3 years ago

    Susan & Christopher discuss PAs, or Production Assistants, and how invaluable they are on the set. They are there to assist the Director, DP and Producers by freeing them up to concentrate on getting their vision captured on film (digital).

    Thanks for your support – it will help make this happen!

  • FREE GIFT FROM JENN GOTZON!

    almost 3 years ago

    In addition to being an amazing and much-sought-after actress, Jenn Gotzon is such a giving person. Check this out:

    Jenn Gotzon-Armstrong: "love you Susan Shearer and Christopher Shawn Shaw =— have your friends who’d like a complimentary movie gift text 22828 the word "Inspiring"’

    So what are you waiting for? Get on your phone and text 22828 and type in “inspiring”

    Thank you, Jenn!

  • WHERE YOUR DONATION DOLLARS GO: LIGHTING

    almost 3 years ago

    Producers, Susan Shearer and Christopher Shawn Shaw discuss the importance of lighting… well, at least Susan makes a decent attempt at it. We’re not too sure what Christopher is doing….

    You can see they really, REALLY need your help with raising their budget. You wouldn’t want to see them using the lighting techniques demonstrated in this video.

  • FREE JOKE BECAUSE WE LOVE YOU!

    almost 3 years ago

    So… no one has gone for the Two Buck Tuesday Perk yet, however many have given and I think you all deserve a joke. So here you are… from none other than Mr. Punchline.. the infamous Scott Wood!

    http://www.familiarspiritsfilm.com/Familiar_Spirits/Two_Buck_Tuesday_09ad0hjvpjjaidjv0s.html

    ! http://www.flickr.com/photos/107385583@N04/11216522983/ !

  • THE IMPORTANCE OF THE EDITOR

    almost 3 years ago

    Susan and Christopher discuss the importance of the editor to the finished film – they can make or break it in the way they ‘cut’ the scenes together.

    Your generous donations help us bring on a professional, award winning editor, Mike Vlasaty.
    Thank you!

  • SALE!!! BLACK FRIDAY thru CYBER MONDAY!!!

    almost 3 years ago

    PERKS for the SPECIAL PERSON on YOUR CHRISTMAS LIST

    We thought, “What can we do for our friends this Christmas season?” Here’s what we came up with…
    When you Donate for a Perk, you can get a second one for 50% OFF for a friend.
    Just click on that perk and donate. We’ll send you an e-mail to verify your friend’s contact info and a Digital Gift Card.

    HOW IT WORKS
    For a $10 Postcard from Set – give $15 and you get one for you & one for a friend.
    For a $40 Bracelet Perk – give $60 and you get TWO to give as gifts or keep
    For the $300 WALK ON ROLE – give $450 and you can perform on set with a friend.

    ALL PERKS ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS SPECIAL RATE.

    Get the picture? Go have a fresh look at your Christmas List and how fun these opportunities can be for that someone special in your life.

  • VERY IMPORTANT LINE ITEM: FOOD!

    almost 3 years ago

    In honor of Thanksgiving, it seemed appropriate to share this update with you. Thank you for your generous support.

    No matter the budget of the film, making sure your cast and crew are fed well is essential to their well being and job performance. It is often one of the largest line items. Your donations will help keep our cast and crew nourished and happy.

  • HELP US GET THE WORD OUT SO WE DON'T HAVE TO HIRE THIS GUY!

    almost 3 years ago

    Here’s another informative video on where your donation dollars go to. A big line item on our budget is professional actors.

    We REALLY appreciate it when you SHARE our crowdfunding campaign with your friends and family. You can send them to http://bit.ly/FamiliarSpirits
    Help us to reach an audience we might not ever have the privilege of engaging with otherwise.
    Thank you.

  • INSIGHTS FROM CHRISTINE (OUR 'GHOST')

    almost 3 years ago

    We wanted to share Christine’s initial take following her first read-thru of “Familiar Spirits” script. We think you will agree, she’s one perceptive, young lady.

    “Well, ah, I think it’s (Familiar Spirits) pretty cool actually. It’s really deep and kind of eerie and creepy. Ha! But it’s got a really good message in it. Like Satan is using us. Like, he’ll take something that we really want and we think we need or can’t live without, and he’ll use it against us. Trying to turn us away from God.”~ Christine Galyean

  • THE MUSIC SCORE

    almost 3 years ago

    Music is so integral to telling a visual story on screen. It can carry the audience along, evoking just the right emotions, or it can be so jarring it pulls the audience right out of the story.
    We are blessed to have Jurgen Beck on board as our Composer. YOU are going to be blessed by his music.
    /> THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING AN AMAZING MUSIC SCORE FORFAMILIAR SPIRITS!”

  • YOUR DONATIONS HELPS TOWARDS PERMITS

    almost 3 years ago

    What to know where all the money goes? Here’s some insight into one of our line items: PERMITS
    Filming in LA can be very convenient for cast and crew however this city is well aware of that and can demand large fees for filming permits. Your donation will help pay for these permits and prevent any injuries from constantly looking over our shoulder.

  • TWO BUCK TUESDAY

    almost 3 years ago

    We just added a fun new perk for those of you who think you can’t make a difference… Yes! YOU can! Even 2 Bucks can add up with a crowd.
    Imagine, if you will, a crowd of a million peeps out there. Each one is feeling a little blue about their value. They see a joke for $2 and buy it to cheer themselves up.
    BAMM! $2 MILLION BUCKS! We can make a feature for that! And they suddenly realize they do have value. The world is now a much better place for it….

  • YOUR DONATION HELPS TOWARD PROFESSIONAL CREW: DP

    almost 3 years ago

    Hi guys!
    We are so grateful to you all for your support. We wanted to let you know what some of this money is going for and thought an update video would do the trick.

  • WE ARE LIVE!!!

    almost 3 years ago

    We launched late on Friday and are so grateful to all of you who have donated. Your generosity has gotten us to the 14% goal mark in just a few days!
    Thank you! Thank you!
    Would you consider further blessing us by SHAREing our project with your circle of influence on Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, phone, whatever mode of communication you feel most comfortable with?
    This truly is a CROWDfunding effort – every person has an integral part to play in our success and every little bit helps us to get further to the goal – getting our story off the pages and up onto the screen.
    Thank you!

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  • Susan    almost 3 years ago

    Thank you to Alejandro Antonio, Kenny Lee Robinson, Karen Sue Bailey Vance, Steve Kwant, Stephanie de Vos, Amanda Llewellyn, Gary Susan Emrick, and Kathy McCoy – YOU ROCK!
    You stepped up with us down to the wire! Thank you, We appreciate YOU!
    God is Good!

  • Susan    almost 3 years ago

    Wow! So excited to see the new supporters of ‘Familiar Spirits!’ Thank you, Brandon Mallard, Jolene Kratzer, Ella L. Tharp, Bruce Nahin, Angel Felix and our anonymous donor. May God richly bless your lives as you have so richly blessed ours!
    Please SHARE our project with your friends and loved ones.

  • Susan    almost 3 years ago

    Thank you, John Bergin for supporting ‘Familiar Spirits!’ You have been a great supporter of both Christopher and Susan – we love you!
    Thanks for helping us get the word out. We’re excited to see how God is working through our friends and fans! Thank you! Thank you!

  • Susan    almost 3 years ago

    YAY! Our 50th Donor is the newly married, Jennifer B Hazel Quisenberry! Thank you so very much, Jennifer! And welcome to our family of ‘Familiar Spirits’ filmmakers!
    Thank you for helping us make a difference – together we can create movies to touch, move and inspire audiences.

  • Susan    almost 3 years ago

    Thank you, Kristin McCoy, for your donation! You snuck in there while I was writing my thank you to Alrien!
    We love and appreciate you for honoring us with your support.

  • Susan    almost 3 years ago

    Thank you! Thank you! to Alrien Berg for your kind donation. We are most appreciative as you and Wendy are in our prayers today.

    What a blessing it is to receive a donation because no matter the size, it’s the heart and an affirmation that we have people who believe in our project, ‘FamiliarSpirits.’

    May God richly bless all of you! Especially in this Christmas season where we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • Susan    almost 3 years ago

    Thank you to my beautiful, anonymous friend who donated $40 today to round us up to $2,900! Thank you!
    WHO WILL BE THE NEXT PERSON TO DONATE? COULD IT BE YOU!?! Donate $100 and get us to the 20% mark.
    Let’s see what God can do through all of YOU!

  • Susan    almost 3 years ago

    Looks like our interview with DJ Deb impacted at least one person – DJ Deb herself! Thank you so much for blessing us with a fine article Deb and topping it off with your financial support.
    Blessings to you!
    :0)

  • Susan    almost 3 years ago

    Thank you, Shanna Lea and our anonymous supporter, for helping us get closer to our goal. Please SHARE our campaign with your circles of influence to help us get the word out.
    We Love and APPRECIATE YOU!

  • Susan    almost 3 years ago

    A BIG shout out to Ifeyinwa Unachukwu and Lori Bass for donating to our movie! Yay! You bless our socks off!
    Thank you.
    And an extra big thank you for SHAREing it with your circles of influence through social media, e-mails, letters and just good ol’ conversations!
    May God richly bless you!

  • Susan    almost 3 years ago

    THANK YOU! to Karen Wray for her generous donation tonight. We LOVE you!
    Every donation that comes in is an affirmation that we are on the right track with our film. Won’t you consider donating to our project to help us get it from script to screen?
    And for everyone who SHAREs this with your friends, loved ones and circles of influence – we are eternally grateful!
    Thank you – Let’s go make a movie!

  • Susan    almost 3 years ago

    A BIG hearty Thank You to Pauline and Jim Creeden for supporting our project. Thank you!
    Every donation gets us closer to our Production Phase Goal. Please SHARE our project with you circles of influence to help us reach a broader audience.
    May God richly bless you and keep you close.

  • Susan    almost 3 years ago

    Thanks for that great endorsement, Todd! We’re happy to call you “friend” also!
    And thanks for helping us get the word out!
    http://bit.ly/FamiliarSpirits

  • Todd    almost 3 years ago

    This is a great project and i am very blessed to have been at the Table reading and be able to Call Susan Shearer, Christopher Shawn Shaw, Jenn, Gotzon, Christine Galyean, Brian Galyean, Jennifer Blanc. Petri Byrd, and Kevin Sizemore as my friends. Please do whatever you can to support this project it is very heartfelt and endearing!!

  • Susan    almost 3 years ago

    Thank you, Karen Eachus, for supporting our project. We have reached the 30 Day Mark and counting!
    We so appreciate all of you who are helping us to get the word out so we can reach a broader audience.
    We want to engage with you. We want to touch hearts for Christ. We want to make a movie that honors Him.
    With your support we are moving closer each day to making that a reality! Thank you!

  • Susan    almost 3 years ago

    Thank you to Carmi Fellwock who donated not once, but twice! We LOVE repeat customers :0)
    We truly appreciate you supporting “Familiar Spirits.”
    For those of you wondering how else you can get behind our project, please SHARE it with your circle of influence, friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, e-mail, snail mail and good old one-on-one conversations>
    May God bless you all mightily!

  • Susan    almost 3 years ago

    A big THANK YOU! to Gary Ford and Rick Barry for getting us over the $2500 hump! Thanks for helping us make “Familiar Spirits” into a movie to touch, move and inspire audiences to turn to a loving God.
    Consider yourselves the newest members of our growing team and Welcome! YOUR donation will be striking a blow for Spiritual Truth! (thanks for that line Rick :0)

  • Susan    almost 3 years ago

    Wow! we are so blessed by our supporters. Congratulations to Stephen Smith on being our 30th Donor!
    Woo who! Thank you!

    Thank you also to everyone who got us to this stage – it truly does take a crowd to fund a movie!
    Aaron Kamp
    Toni Deaver
    Vonda Skelton
    Lori George
    Charles Adams
    Anonymous (we know who you are and love you for it!)
    Terry Stephens
    Bunnie Rivera
    Keenan Johnston
    Gary Schertz
    Lara Peterson
    Mary Cimiluca
    Luke Novella
    Chris Witt
    Duke Jackson
    Andrew Levi
    Jill Naumann
    Derrick Warfel
    Judy Koepke
    Deanne Reed
    Raquel Ames

  • Susan    almost 3 years ago

    Thank you, to our anonymous donor, who got us started with our donations. We love you!
    Christopher and I (Susan) have spent a lot of time working on this campaign with our partners, Fernando and Casandra at FaithLauncher, to create some cool perks as a way of giving back to our supporters.
    You never know along the way we just might add some new ones….

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