JR Ralls

[FYI] JR Ralls has a new movie on Kickstarter

If you haven’t seen Dark Dungeons, which JR Ralls produced, you need to check it out as soon as possible. Ralls primarily funded the film through Kickstarter and now he has another movie on Kickstarter–Citizen George.

Citizen George is about “a director who creates a very popular Space Saga in the 1970’s only to make a very disappointing prequel trilogy 20 years later.” Can’t imagine who it’s about… but he does wear some plaid.

Ralls is one-upping the traditional Kickstarter by asking his backers to decide the tone of Citizen George; it’s either going to be a time travel comedy or a serious drama. Kickstarter backers will make that decision for Ralls and George.

Check out the Kickstarter, read more about it below.

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Citizen George – Every Saga Has a Creator

Citizen George will be a full length film about a director who creates a very popular Space Saga in the 1970’s only to make a very disappointing prequel trilogy 20 years later.  But whether it will be a time travel comedy or a serious drama is up to you.  That’s because when I started working on this project and I had two great ideas of where I wanted it to go.

Citizen George as a Serious Drama

I had this idea I loved where Citizen George would be a straight drama in the vein of Citizen Kane.  It would be about the rise and fall of a man who is a hero to many in geekdom and villain to others, just as William Randolph Hearst was to many in an earlier age of media.

Citizen George as a Time Travel Comedy

But at the same time, I also had an idea where Citizen George would be a sci-fi time travel comedy like Bill and Ted or Austin Powers.  In that story, The Director would time travel twenty years into the future and 1970’s-Director would make the prequels instead of 1990’s-Director.  Unlike future-Director, past-Director has not had decades of being surrounded by “yes-people” but he does have the added difficulty of missing out on twenty years of cultural change.  That version would be a lot lighter and more of a wish fulfillment fantasy but at the same time it too would also be a great way to explore how power affects people.  

I was trying to decide which of those two versions I most wanted to make when the idea hit me; why not let the backers decide?  Kickstarter is all about letting the fans choose what they want to see.  So why not take that to the next level?  Why not let you decide if Citizen George is going to be a comedy or a drama?  So that is exactly what I am going to do.  

Again, the Kickstarter.

[FYI] JR Ralls has a new project (not movies)

If you haven’t seen Dark Dungeons, which JR Ralls produced, you need to check it out as soon as possible. Ralls primarily funded the film through Kickstarter and now he has another Kickstarter project, only this time he’s doing a movie, he’s putting together a Desert Bus video competition.

If you don’t know anything about Desert Bus, you can read about it below in Ralls’s description of his project, but you can also check it out for iOS in the App Store. It’s a crazy great idea, much like Dark Dungeons was a crazy great idea–and Ralls delivered a crazy great short film with that one so the Desert Bus Grand Championship should be amazing.

Check out the Kickstarter, read more about it below.

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Desert Bus Grand Championship – The World’s Hardest eSport

If you are not familiar, Desert Bus is a game. A real game in which you drive a bus in the desert (hence the name). There are no obstacles, no other cars, no scenery, nothing but you driving a bus for eight hours in a featureless desert at a top speed of 45 mph. In real time. In. Real. Time. It was designed by Penn and Teller in response to charges that video games didn’t teach kids real life skills. It was never officially released, but if it had been, Penn and Teller wanted to hold a Desert Bus competition. Sadly, that never happened but with your help we can change that. We can make the Desert Bus Grand Championship a reality.

The Desert Bus Grand Championship will not be a virtual event. Competitors will have to play Desert Bus, live and in person, at the venue of the match. We will have announcers and entertainers to keep the event as exciting as possible, for the audience that is. The competitors will, of course, have to keep all their attention on the excitement that is Desert Bus. Just as there is no radio or music or other distractions in Desert Bus the game, so there will be no distractions in Desert Bus the competitive eSport.

Once this Kickstarter reaches its funding goal, I will put together the best Darn Desert Bus Championship the world has ever seen. I will find the best venue, organize the event, and host the competition with as many entertainers, announcers, competitors, and sheer showmanship as possible.

Again, the Kickstarter.

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