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ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN
Message from the mission field:Greetings neighbor.
I’m Brian Shields. In a distant time, 4473 days ago, I started Lumen Entertainment so our team of creative, passionate people could produce all sorts of programs that teach families about the Catholic faith in a fun and entertaining way. Yes, your math is correct. On Dec 12, 2003, the mission officially began. We’ve made dozens of audio dramas, short films, run a film camp in the summer for teens, and we even produced the animation Skiff & AJ’s Fantastic Voyage, all with A-list talent. All of this comes about through great sacrifice. Know this for sure, producing Catholic entertainment is missionary territory. Here’s the irony: the mission territory is not in a remote 3rd world country, but in every home. The average person does not consider the evangelizing power of what prophets have called a “Black Box” and today we know as our TV, laptop, or phone. But I have a feeling you’re not average.Starting today, we finally have a way to bring you large quantities of quality Catholic entertainment. With your help, we can create the first season of The Pope Show. If God wills it, you may even find The Pope Show on a Catholic network.  A remote and a TV could bring you and your children a fun, wholesome alternative to the scary shows that have found their way onto popular networks. Villains, heroes, history, humor and Catechesis, with regular characters and Papal guests, THE POPE SHOW is fun for the whole family.PopeQuestion_02
Yes, Your Holy Baldness, you’ll be a puppet and no you still will not have hair. Here’s a summary of the show:THE POPE SHOW will be 153 episodes, 23 min each, puppet series that revolves around WALTER COMBS
an epic reporter who researches different POPES and the impact they have had on society. Walter reports on them from his NY, NY newsroom where MR. JANITOR, THE TWO WINDOW WASHERS, MR. MAIL, & MISS PURSE work in the background and sometimes cause havoc. Nevertheless, Walter is always ready for his interview with the Guest Pope to discuss the richness of the Papacy and its impact on the world at large. A reoccurring guest is HARRIS C. SPREADS, who works to undermine Popes; however, Walter always has the last word: “Your name may change, but you’re always the same. Hogwash”The series explores the rich history of the Papacy and the relatable themes of family, evangelization, mercy, and sacraments through character-driven stories. Beyond curriculum, it’s a strong interactive property that promotes Encounters with Christ, for media-savvy children who want engaging stories, games, exclusive webisodes and behind-the-scenes footage accessed through multiple devices.Gags, villains, heroes, history, humor and Catechesis, with regular characters and Papal guests, THE POPE SHOW is fun for the whole family.PopeQuestion_03Being the 265th Vicar of Christ, that’s a very insightful question to ask Pope B16.- We started this crowd-funding campaign on 3/12/16. We creating concept art now. (If help out you can see it. We’ll send you exclusive behind the scenes.)- On May 15, 2016 the screenwriting on Episode 1- Pope Peter will begin. – On August 30 show #1 will be done and show #2 on Pope Clement will begin. A show a month for the first year. And then in Year 2 we will pick up the pace. Some shows will have more than one Pope in them. This process will go on till all 266 popes are completed, (or the second coming) TIMELINE TO COMPLETE ALL THE POPE SHOWS

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

YEAR 5

12

Episodes

24

Episodes

52

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I’m not a Latin expert, but Crowdfunding translated to Pig Latin is: Owdfundingcray.

Do you want to tell society that if we lived by Jesus’s Beatitudes all of life’s problems would be solved? Now you can on a grand scale!

Crowdfunding gives you a voice in the greatest influence on most peoples lives: THE MEDIA. You help choose what type of shows are being made, by supporting filmmakers that are trying to make a difference…… like The Pope Show. And that part about the media being the #1 influence on peoples life is not me making stuff up. A Barna Research Group study revealed so.

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FANTASTIC!

So we have to use our secret weapons in order for this series to have a chance AND to help build up the market. Our secret weapons are 1. YOU and 2. TIME.

  1. YOU are critical to this working. When you contribute to The Pope Show and get your free copy of the show, I am confident you’ll love it. YOU have friends and family that you’ll end up telling about this funny Pope Show—how it just cracked you up, and now you and your kids know all kinds of stuff about the popes and church history. Did I mention it’ll be funny? The more episodes we complete, the more the audience will grow, and funding for the remaining Pope Shows will take care of themselves. This just takes…
  1. TIME.
    Some people don’t start talking about a show until they’ve seen 2 or 3 episodes. So we have to make enough until TIME has allowed the word to spread about this funny Pope Show,which will teach a lot of cool stuff about Church history in an entertaining way. TIME is what we need, and it only works if we have enough shows produced to allow TIME to do its thing.

 

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Yes, that sounds simple enough, but there’s a catch. The short answer is: we’ve tried this approach, but the infrastructure for marketing to Catholic families (especially for kids DVDs) is underdeveloped. (more on this later titled “booring”)

Here is a common inquiry I hear: “Since there’s lots of money in the entertainment industry, isn’t there lots of money in Catholic entertainment?”

I’m glad you brought this up, great question.

People pay to go to movie theaters, and pay for cable subscriptions so they can watch entertainment that is the standard mind-numbing stuff. Companies pay to put their commercials on TV and online where millions of viewers will watch, be influenced, and BUY a product.

This approach works because the shows are not talking about anything controversial (in the worlds eyes). audience is huge and morality is optional, so anything goes and hundreds of millions of people buy in excusing all this in the name of entertainment.

This is where Catholic Entertainment differs. We make thought-provoking shows that inspire you to seek more out of life and our product is JESUS – and he’s FREE. Jesus is too controversial for advertisers, and movie theaters are a risky business and take a long time to make. Jesus-loving Catholics like you who are willing to follow through and make the world a better place are the minority, but not to worry. Christ started changing the world with only twelve apostles. Now there’s over 1 billion.

BOOOOOOOORING

This may be hard to believe but it’s true.

And this might be kinda booooooring, but not everything can be a short sound bite. Here is a closer look at the Christian DVD market.

Many Protestants are willing to buy Christian DVDs for their kids, but they don’t buy Catholic DVDs. Catholics will buy Christian DVDs for their kids, but even fewer buy Catholic DVDs for their kids (this is mainly because Catholic ministries don’t have the marketing infrastructure that the Christian entertainment world has worked so hard to create). That’s why we are left with a small group of people spread throughout parishes around the world. For example, in the United States of America, there might be 200 families per parish that would even be interested in Catholic entertainment for their kids/family. Last I checked, there are 17,400 parishes in the USA alone. That’s a lot of families, but getting the word out to them takes lots of Time or lots of Money. That’s why I need you to send a clear message that you want wholesome entertainment that shows the glory of Our Catholic faith. I’m asking you to be a missionary with me. When we have been entrusted with such a great gift from God, don’t you wish you could shout it from the rooftops? Let’s do this together.

WHAT IS CROWDFUNDING?

Do you want to tell society that if we lived by Jesus’ Beatitudes, all of life’s problems would be solved? Crowdfunding gives you a voice in the greatest influence on most people’s lives: THE MEDIA. You get to choose what type of shows are being made, by supporting filmmakers who are trying to make a difference.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes! Lumen Entertainment is a registered 501(c)(3) which means that all donations are tax-deductible. How much? At the end of the campaign, we will ask you to specify via email survey what items you want, and any tangible benefits will be deducted from your total donation. We will send you a tax-receipt for the rest of your donation. Lumen could not produce great Catholic media without the support of individual donations from souls like you!

 

 

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PAPUM XXCV: PAPA JOHN VI, 701-705A.D.

These Roman numerals are getting confusing. And some feel the same about snail mail. If you just want DIGITAL PAPAL REWARDS, welcome home. This is the 100% digital — no physical rewards involved and NO SHIPPING REQUIRED papacy!

First, watch THE POPE SHOW whenever, wherever want! We don’t know whether we’ll get to make 3, 6, 9 or 12 episodes, but however many it is, you’ll be able to interface with all of them, with DIGITAL DOWNLOADS OF THE WHOLE NEW SEASON, in glorious HD.

You’ll also get any BONUS REWARDS that don’t include physical items, including THREE ALTAR GANG AUDIO EPISODES and the SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT!

Also includes all non-physical rewards in PAPUM X, XXV, XXXV

PLEASE NOTE: This is a STANDALONE REWARD, created for those who just want the new episodes and DON’T want physical rewards. If you want all of the new episodes AND all of the other rewards in the lower tiers, just get “PAPUM C”, which includes everything in this package AND all of the physical rewards. All new episodes are included in PAPUM C and any higher level packages.

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PAPUM CCC: TBA around 2526 A.D.

Out of popes but not out of ideas.

300 A.D. was a quiet before the storm for Catholicism. The Church was kinda free and followers of Christ were increasing in number. But two years later Caesar Galerius led the pagan movement against Christianity and convinced Diocletian the Roman Emperor to persecute the Christians.

Little did they know that the more you persecute the Church the stronger it gets.

What does any of this have to do with the AUTOGRAPHED POPE SHOW POSTER* you’ll get? I have no idea.

But not knowing requires Faith. So Just like times of persecution force us to trust God has a plan we don’t understand, I have Faith this is a good time to award a autographed poster.

*We can’t guarantee whose signatures this will include yet. At the very least, your poster will be signed by the puppeteers and Brian and bunch of others too just so it looks impressive!

Let’s be honest, I know you’re not supporting this because of the rewards. You love the Church.

Also includes all rewards in PAPUM X, XXV, XXXV, L, LXXV, C, CL, CC, and CCL

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PAPUM CD: TBA around 4026 A.D.

Yes I fully expect that if Christ has not come back by the year 4026, we will have reached our 400th Pope. Not only that I just shared with you that the Roman numerals C & D together equal 400 without saying something boring like, “good morning class today we are going to continue our study of Roman numerals where C=100 and D=500. And remember our lesson from yesterday (if you weren’t sleeping) that a small Roman Numeral in front of a large Roman Numeral means that you subtract. For example CD=400 or take away C from D and your left with 400. I hope you’re confused. Class dismissed”

And now you can confuse your friends and sales callers when you upgrade your mobile device with a PERSONALIZED VOICEMAIL GREETING!* The POPE SHOW voice of your choice — Walter Combs, Ms. Purse, or anyone else in the cast — will record a message of your choice, lasting up to 30 seconds, and send you an audio file.

Also includes all rewards in PAPUM X, XXV, XXXV, L, LXXV, C, CL, CC, CCL and CCC


 

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PAPUM MD: TBA around 20526 A.D.

Let’s break bread and celebrate.

Bring a friend and put on something nice for a MASS & DINNER WITH THE CAST in Jacksonville, FL.* You’ll join Brian, Cristi, and all the cast.**, along with a few other backers***, for a small group dinner. Our French chef Benoit, makes a Creme Brulee that is sure to be served in Heaven. But even better than that you can receive Bread from Heaven, which is certainly to die for.

*Travel/accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details. **We’ll do our best to bring all of the cast, subject to their availability, but we can’t PROMISE who will be there. We promise Brian & Cristi will be there. But we’ll try for everyone. ***Each dinner will be limited to 10 pairs of backers.

Did any one notice were talking about the year 20526?!

*Travel/accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details.

Also includes all rewards in PAPUM X, XXV, XXXV, L, LXXV, C, CL, CC, CCL, and CCC

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PAPUM MM: TBA around the time the first Alien converts.

Are you starting to feel like your reading the billboards on I-95 for “SOUTH OF THE BORDER”?

Let’s break bread and celebrate.

Bring a friend and put on something nice for a MASS & DINNER WITH THE CAST in Jacksonville, FL.* You’ll join Brian, Cristi, and all the cast.**, along with a few other backers***, for a small group dinner. Our French Chef Benoit, makes a Creme Brulee that is sure to be served in Heaven. But even beter than that you can receive Bread from Heaven, which is certainly to die for.

And we’ll serve M&Ms in honor of Pope MM.

*Travel/accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details. **We’ll do our best to bring all of the cast, subject to their availability, but we can’t PROMISE who will be there. We promise Brian & Cristi will be there. But we’ll try for everyone. ***Each dinner will be limited to 10 pairs of backers.

Also includes all rewards in PAPUM X, XXV, XXXV, L, LXXV, C, CL, CC, CCL, and CCC

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PAPUM MMMMM: Do you hear that humming sound?

Are you feeling passionate about this production? Well, then you have what it takes to BE A PRODUCER* on a new episode of The Pope Show. This summer, you’ll bring a guest and fly out to Jax, FL to visit the set**, where you’ll sit in your own PERSONALIZED DIRECTOR’S CHAIR while you watch us shoot an episode. We’ll list you as a FOUNDING PRODUCER in the EPISODE CREDITS, on IMDB and on the OFFICIAL POSTER that everyone gets. Plus, you’ll get a VIP SET TOUR, lunch with the cast, and more high-powered executive perks.

Want to see it through to the end? Then join us in Jacksonville with your two VIP PREMIERE TICKETS for the debut of the POPE SHOW pilot episode. Then, you’ll hang out with the cast and creators at the after-party.

*We’ll give you the credit and an awesome experience on set. You won’t actually be responsible for the episode. That wouldn’t be much of a reward. See FAQ for more details. **Travel and accommodations not included.

*Travel/accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details.

Also includes all rewards in PAPUM X, XXV, XXXV, L, LXXV, C, CL, CC, CCL, and CCC

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PAPUM ZZZZ: huh??????

Oh yeah I just went medieval Roman numerals on you.

Up to this point we have given out some wonderful gifts, but none have walked away with an ACTUAL “WALTER COMBS” PUPPET USED IN A NEW EPISODE of THE POPE SHOW. There’s only one of these per episode, and you’ll get a signed Certificate of Authenticity to prove it, along with a personalized video (PAPUM D) from YOUR Walter.

Of course, you’ll want to inspect the merchandise before you take it home, so you’ll also get a VIP SET VISIT* and LUNCH this summer in Jacksonville.

And I certainly hope you’ll join us in Jacksonville with your two VIP PREMIERE TICKETS* for the debut of the POPE SHOW pilot episode. Then, you’ll hang out with the cast and creators at the after-party. .

*Travel and accommodations not included. See FAQ for more details.

Also includes all rewards in PAPUM X, XXV, XXXV, L, LXXV, C, CL, CC, CCL, and CCC

 

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