An action-adventure-comedy-thriller that takes place in the future. Did you like Star Wars: Phantom Menace? This is better.
Meet the filmmakers: from Evil Cult to The Mad Scientist
Eight years ago my good friend Rob Taylor created “Evil Cult," a feature length film that was developed for a straight-to-DVD production company. I helped Rob as an actor in "Evil Cult" and it played throughout Portland, Oregon in 2003. Personally, I loved Rob's work. I thought he was hilarious and had a keen eye for filmmaking. Rob and I came together as screenwriters and penned everything from a musical version of the feature film "Predator" to a film about two die-hard "Big Trouble in Little China" fans on a quest to retrieve Kurt Russell's tank-top. Our writing progressed but Rob was still enamored with the characters in "Evil Cult" and vowed to revisit them when he had the chance.
Enter "The Mad Scientist."
Rob approached me about making the prequel to "Evil Cult"back in 2004. The timing was right and within six months we finished writing “The Mad Scientist."
After assembling a proper crew, we began shooting the first scene in 2005 (see documentary below). Since 2005, we have completed nearly 60% of the film on a budget of less than $12,000! These funds went to everything from building a medical frigate,
to building an entire library with over 5,000 books,
to creating various other sets including a sci-fi-action-adventure-comedy-thriller-takes-place-in-the-future armory,
to renting out Indent Studio in Portland, Oregon to create a futuristic hangar (Nic even shook the hand of Daniel Baldwin)!
We have a solid crew to complete the final 40% and hope to premiere the film this December (2011), but we need your help do get there...
but why should you help us?
Well, for one, this movie will make you blush.
This film will make you smile...
This film will make you wish we made a prequel to the prequel.
Our to do list:
We still have a number of action sequences to shoot. From the opening sequence where our hero, NEIL STRYKER, battles 30 armed thugs,
to an elaborate action sequence which requires (you guessed it) hundreds of Goblins!
Yes, we are using real puppets. No, these are not our goblins, but thank you, Jim Hensen Co., for this picture from the film "Labyrinth."
Funding The Mad Scientist
100% of your pledge goes into the production of The Mad Scientist. This includes shooting on location at Indent Studios, Evergreen Aviation Museum (we've negotiated a shoot inside the actual Spruce Goose in July), and a steel mill in Canby, Oregon. What we cannot rent we build. This includes practical special effects, such as, puppet goblins, robots, life-sized sets and vehicles. Accordingly, the majority of our funding will go to materials alone: wood, metal, screws, paint, plaster, molding, etc. We outsource very little, but we like to provide our CGI and computer effects team with coffee and donuts when we can. The Mad Scientist is truly a labor of love and we rely and appreciate the manpower that is entirely volunteered.
To give you another glimpse into where the funding is going, Rob (with Nic's help) has put together a comic rendering of the upcoming "Blimp" scene. This is an action heavy scene and we have the talent to pull it off exactly as you will see, even with our modest budget. Please take a look:
As you can see -- from blimp sets, to hover bikes and space probes -- there are a number of elements needing to be built for this scene. The blimp scene is just one of several sequences needing to be developed from scratch. Your donation will assure this ambitious scene, as well as the rest, are created according to plan!
Here's a sneak peek of some CG work our effects department has been cooking up for the film. This is an interior of a ship:
And this is a concept design for Neil Stryker's Elite Forces Headquarters :
If we go over our $10K goal, that is great news! $10K is the absolute minimum we need to complete The Mad Scientist. If we go over the $10k goal it means we have a bigger budget to assure that The Mad Scientist is even better and more glorious than originally dreamed!
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May 20, 2011 - Jul 19, 2011 (60 days)
Pledge $1 or more
You become an official backer and you get a wink and a nod from us!
Pledge $10 or more
Your name in the thank you end credits of the film and an official "The Mad Scientist: Keep your friends close. And just kill your enemies." button!
Pledge $25 or more
You'll get a digital download of the completed film in 1080p HD and your name in the end credits of the film!
Pledge $35 or more
You'll get a DVD of the first film, "Evil Cult", a digital 1080p HD download of the "Mad Scientist", your name at the end of the credits and a button!
Pledge $50 or more
You'll get a signed DVD of "The Mad Scientist" and "Evil Cult" and your name in the end credits of the prequel!
Pledge $75 or more
You'll get an original "Mad Scientist" T-shirt, comic-style production art, and a signed DVD of "The Mad Scientist" and "Evil Cult" and your name in the end of the credits!
Pledge $100 or more
All previously mentioned rewards, PLUS 2 VIP tickets to the Portland film premiere (transportation not provided)
Pledge $125 or more
4 backers Limited (6 of 10 left)
All previously mentioned rewards - PLUS - a special limited edition DVD of The Mad Scientist which will include short films by Rob & Neil Taylor and Nic Costa - PLUS - a limited edition numbered and signed CGI concept art-piece by Neil Taylor!
Pledge $200 or more
All previously mentioned rewards, PLUS a raft trip down the mild Clackamas River in Estacada, Oregon, captained by the co-writer of the "Mad Scientist" on his mighty 13' Achilles raft. Lunch, beverages, banjos, life jackets, and liability waivers provided. Date: negotiable (July. - Aug). Transportation not included.
Pledge $225 or more
0 backers Limited (10 of 10 left)
All previously mentioned rewards - PLUS - one prize from the prize basket -PLUS- a limited edition 24x36 signed and numbered production poster of The Mad Scientist created exclusively by the makers of the film!
Pledge $500 or more
All previously mentioned rewards, PLUS an Associate Producer credit in the opening credits of the film (and on IMDb), an open invitation to visit the set during production, and a personal lunch with the filmmakers.
Pledge $525 or more
SILVER SPONSORSHIP -- Your local business will be featured as an official sponsor onscreen before the start of The Mad Scientist at all public showings. This will take the form of either a business logo, a short commercial spot, or something similar (terms negotiable). Your business will also have a special mention in the credits as an official sponsor of the film and in the DVD. Finally, at any event showcasing The Mad Scientist (e.g., conventions, The Oscars, etc.) your local business will be given special acknowledgement.
Pledge $1,000 or more
1 backer Limited (1 of 2 left)
All previously mentioned rewards, plus an Executive Producer credit in the film and on IMDb, a line of dialogue (restrictions apply), a night of karaoke with the director of the film and one son of Sam Taylor named after you.
Pledge $1,025 or more
GOLD SPONSORSHIP - your local business will receive all silver sponsorship benefits - PLUS - your company will come to life on screen as we feature it in the cityscape of tomorrow where your local business or product will be showcased in the film itself. Think Superman II -- when Superman throws General Zod into the Coca Cola sign. "Kneel before Zod!"
Pledge $2,000 or more
All previously mentioned rewards, PLUS, as our new executive producer/actor, we will feature you in your very own epic, cinematic death scene (or someone of your choosing). Yes, as a citizen of tomorrow, you will personally fall victim to the crazed devices of the Mad Scientist and his dreaded goon, Darrel Freeway. Or perhaps you're feeling more villainy and would rather get blown to pieces by our hero, Neil Stryker? We can make your dreams a reality.
Pledge $5,000 or more
THE JEN CAP AWARD -- All previously mentioned awards, PLUS we fly you out to Hawaii for a week long stay at the co-writer's home in Honolulu and he provides surf, hiking, and/or Mai Tai/Poji Bonsi lessons - PLUS - a regata sailing adventure with ten cabana boys. Date: Completely negotiable. Let's be honest, the weather here is beautiful all year round, so whatever works for you.