I make science fiction films set in Uganda (East Africa) because we are often ignored in visualizations of the future. When they include us, we are portrayed negatively, or as victims, or our stories are told through their point of view. I want us all to dream, to imagine ourselves in pasts and futures not written by someone else, only then can we take control of our destiny.
This year, I will make four or possibly six short films. Last year I tried to make a film every month, but it was very expensive, and I only managed to make a few, which you can see for free online.
I want to succeed, so I’m asking for your support. The easiest way is to use patreon.com/dilstories because it has an automated system. Ugandans, East Africans, use your ATM card if it has a Visa logo, patreon is secure. Otherwise there is mobile money. You get a lot of rewards, even when you contribute as little as $1, or UGX 5000. Your support will help build an audience for our stories.
Remember, make the pledge now, and give the donation after I make each film. Your pledge will motivate me. You could also send money before I produce the film. I’ll thank you big time if you do.
First, a huge, huge THANK YOU! Then, you get a unique wallpaper every month, for your phones or desktop, made from the beautiful photos I take. PLUS a copy of the photo that you can print to hang on your living room wall. PLUS, as thank you for backing me, an ebook of the first four humorous short stories I published in 2001, with a bonus of two unpublished. PLUS access to my Patron-only feed. PLUS early access to an advert-free copy of the short films I make. All that for $1!?
BONUS! Those in Kampala get invited to the patron’s club, were we meet regularly, socialize over a few drinks and watch great films, or discuss art and literature and life.
Oh wow. You sure are in love with my work, and for this you get, every month, a unique wallpaper for your phone or desktop, from the cute digital images I make out of my graphic design talent. These images have a cool, family friendly sci-fi, fantasy, or otherworldly theme. PLUS, as thank you for backing me, an ebook of some the first horror short stories I published, with a bonus of one previously unpublished, in total about 20K words of sheer terror. This ebook includes the novelette, The Terminal Move, which was first published in 2014.
PLUS, all rewards above
I write poetry. Mostly for my girlfriends. Now that you support me, you’ll get one too, every month! The poem will be exclusive to you and will come in different formats, as ebook, as an e-card, as a plaque you can print and hang in your living room, as a wallpaper for your phone or desktop. PLUS a previously unpublished short story every two months PLUS, as thank you for backing me, an ebook of my first sci-fi novella, “The Flying Man of Stone,” which was nominated for a Nommo Award for Best Novella. PLUS, all rewards above.
You get a e-copy of the screenplay I used to make the short film of that month. PLUS you get a prose version of the story, also in e-book. It will be slightly different from the film, but just as enjoyable. Ain’t that cool? PLUS, as thank you for backing me, an ebook with screenplays of all my previous produced short films, eight of them. PLUS, all rewards above.
BONUS! For those who pledge via mobile money, I gave your short script and give you feedback in a one-on-one session!
So, I know how much you love my work, and I know you’ll love it more if you know how I made it. I’ll give you a tutorial through the whole process. You get the storyboards and director notes. PLUS download access to an .mp4 of the film. PLUS I’ll answer any question about making it. PLUS, as thank you for backing me, you get an ebook with screenplays of my two feature films, Her Broken Shadow (a scifi) and The Felistas Fable (a fairy tale comedy) PLUS, all rewards above.
This is the coolest of all! You’ll have exclusive access to something I’m working on, in part or in whole, a screenplay, a short story, a novel, a rough cut of a film (so you can have bragging rights when it’s out). This is a very hard thing for artists to share. Most won’t want anyone to peek at a WIP. But you support me so you have a stake in my creations :-)) I only ask that you respect the creative process and not share it with anyone. PLUS all rewards above!
First, I want to clap and not stop clapping. Your heart is big and you are full of love. May your tomorrow be full of joy! For this you will get credit in my films as Associate Producer. Yes, that’s right. You get to put that in your CV, ‘I helped produce this film’ :-)) PLUS you get to email me any question you have, whether about my writing or my films or about film making and writing in general. PLUS all the rewards above.
Do you know how much inspire me? Anything you tell me is an idea for my next film. You could use the film as a gift to a loved one (or enemy :-o). Say it’s your girlfriend’s birthday. The main character could have her name, her photo could be a prop!, or the plot could be adapted from events in her life or from your relationship (provided it’s film-able on low budget) :-)) Ain’t that a cool gift?
I thank you for your support. At this point, it’s not just support but you are part of me. So you get to be a co-producer of the short films I make in the months of your support. This includes credit to your company, if you have one, and your company logo will be included in the film where other company logos appear, provided you and your company uphold values that promote social justice and respect the dignity of every human and of the planet. PLUS, all the rewards above!