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Independent filmmaker Alex Williams is so passionate about getting his film made that he has decided to tattoo the name of the person or business that contributes $3,000 or more to his crowd funding campaign through

Williams' will get the tattoo on his upper right arm, and it will be seen in the movie during a short scene he appears in.

"What I think is funny about Alex's tattoo gig is, like, I thought it was crazy, but if you know him and know how passionate he is, it doesn't seem that crazy," said Luis Rodriguez, a producer on the film and the actor cast to play the lead, Alex Luna.

Williams has been working hard to raise $5,000 dollars to make "Masked" a film he wrote about four years ago. Williams has raised nearly $2,000 through his page on

"We started fundraising three to four weeks ago. It's a 35-day campaign," said Williams, "We're probably going to end up shooting at the end of September, possibly October. We haven't found all of our locations yet, but it will probably be in Medford."

"Masked" is the fifth video project Rodriguez and Williams have worked on together. This is the largest and longest project the two have collaborated on, aside from working on bigger productions with local film companies.

"This is the only film we've had with a budget over 100 bucks," said Williams.

The other projects he's made through his production company Random Axe Entertainment have been shorts. This film will be 30 minutes long.

"It's a horror/thriller about a guy named Alex Luna who is being interrogated by a criminal psychologist after he and his family were attacked by a masked person," said Williams.

Rodriguez and Williams are hoping if they reach their fundraising goal they can afford to film the movie with a RED camera, a high quality digital camera.

"It actually really looks like 35mm film. People really can't tell the difference," said Williams. "A lot of people don't realize 'The Amazing Spider-Man' was shot on RED, 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' and 'The Hobbit,' those were all shot on RED, it's an amazing little camera." If the filmmakers reach their goal, they also will be able to afford to hire more people, adding to the production value of the flick.

"It's tough directing and then trying to do the lights and then checking the audio," said Rodriguez. "We've both worked on bigger productions and features and you go on set there and everyone has one job. So you get better quality from each individual."

When Williams isn't writing and shooting films, he works doing freelance video work. But his real passion is filmmaking, which is a challenging career choice for the 27-year-old married father of four.

"I would work random jobs the rest of my life as long as I can keep making films," said Williams. "It caused a lot of problems early on in the relationship (with his wife), it took a long time to find a balance. Eventually we figured it out." Now that his family realizes how important filmmaking is to him, Williams' wife and parents are even on board with him getting a tattoo of a stranger's name or business logo on his arm. Williams has chosen tattoo artist Mark Kidd of Epic Ink in Medford to do the work.

"It can be a name, business name, or business logo, it's pretty much anything they want as long as it's reasonable," said Williams of the tattoo.

As a filmmaker, Williams says receiving money through crowd funding has been simple because it's small amounts from many people who aren't depending on any big return other than rewards such as their picture appearing in the film during a scene depicting the FBI's top ten most wanted and perks like a DVD upon completion.

"It's so much easier than finding investors," said Williams. "If you're looking for $100,000 from somebody who wants their money back and then some, it's a lot harder to sell that than having someone give you $25 and they get a DVD in return."

Rodriguez and Williams said 90 percent of the contributions have come from strangers outside the area. Even if they don't reach their goal, the film will still be made. The filmmakers have said they would use DSLR cameras instead of the RED, and Williams still wants a tattoo of a mask on his arm to commemorate the project.

"We're so ready to make the movie, because it's fun to talk to all of these people; but really it's just us going out there and asking people for money," said Williams.

The ultimate goal of completing this project is to enter it into as many film festivals as possible and use it as a calling card when they start raising funds for their next project, a feature length drama about childhood cancer. If you want your name, business name or logo etched forever in Williams' arm, go to and make a donation of $3,000 or more. The campaign ends at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29.

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