Dear beautiful Kickstarter gang --
As you may have noticed, ROSE: THE BIZARRO ZOMBIE MUSICAL is not yet appearing in any theaters near you. This is because we have not yet raised the remaining $180,000 of our budget.
About a year ago, I was ready to write an exciting report about the international financiers who'd agreed to pony up a full $200,000, giving us 20 extra grand for fx and a slightly expanded shooting schedule. It all looked great. People were reputable as hell. We were ready to sign.
And then the money disappeared.
This happens in showbiz a lot. And happened several more times, in the interim. $50,000 investments. $60,000 investments. $35,000 investments. All set. Then suddenly gone.
Meanwhile, we hit the American Film Market in Santa Monica a couple months back, pitching foreign sales agents and distributors who might offer partial financing. We were informed that horror comedies were at the bottom of their list. But if we had a finished film, that would be another story.
So now we're in discussion with more potential investors. But other suggestions are coming up. Doing ROSE as a series of webisodes, which could then be cut together as the feature. Possibly going beyond just zombies to a bigger nightmare landscape. Maybe going the Adult Swim-style route for cable. Possibly even bagging the hardcore elements altogether and doing IT'S ROSE'S PLACE as a children's TV series, fully making Rose the beehived Pee Wee Herman of the Apocalypse.
All of these suggestions have been thrown out there, with possible money attached.
This is, of course, all the stuff we hoped to avoid by going the Kickstarter route. And believe me, the hallway horror scene (FETCHING DANNY) and fantastic new puppets that you guys bankrolled with our campaign have gotten us better meetings, with more to show. It keeps getting us closer. So believe me: IT HAS NOT BEEN IN VAIN.
But we're reluctant to even consider going back to crowd-sourcing, because there are no more partial measures. We'd have to raise the full $180,000, which -- Veronica Mars notwithstanding -- seems like an awful lot to ask.
And the fact that professional money keeps nibbling means we're still in the game.
Cuz the fact is that LOTS OF US REALLY LOVE ROSE. You do. I do. We all want to see her rock the house. You guys put money on her. And we on the production team have invested years of our lives.
So here are my questions to you, who have thrown down and hung in with us so long:
1) Would you be cool with ROSE as a series -- on internet or cable -- as a precursor or alternative to the feature film?
2) Do you think that ROSE would make a better kid's show than horror movie?
3) Do you think a follow-up Kickstarter campaign to raise the remaining $180,000 would work?
4) Do you feel ripped-off by the fact that we won the campaign but still haven't got a movie to show for it?
That last one is the question that kills me most, because I hate the fact that we haven't yet delivered for you. That it's taking this long. And still isn't there.
I'm deeply sorry that it's taking this long.
But believe me: WE AIN'T DONE.
So please feel free to weigh in with the best, most useful advice you have, okay? (And if you think my ass needs smacking around, please make it as kind and precise as you can.)
THANKS, YOU GUYS AND GALS!
On the new plus side:
Andrew Kasch is now my co-director on ROSE. (if you haven't seen our Fantasia International Film Fest Audience Bronze winner, STAY AT HOME DAD, you may not know how much he brings to the table. But it's a ton.)
The screenplay for ROSE is now available in my book SICK CHICK FLICKS, from Cemetery Dance Publications. Spreading the word that way.
The short story "Rose Goes Shopping" is about to appear in the collection FOUR ZOMBIES, available from CD soon. I think you'll like.
Oodles of people all over the world are now proudly wearing ROSE t-shirts.
And we're still hustling like a sonofabitch. Not resting till we're done.
So that's the State of the Rose Union to date. So sorry the news ain't better. But still on it like a dog with a bone.
Thank you so incredibly much for everything you've done. Vow unto my soul that we will not leave you hanging. ROSE wants to live. And triumph she shall.
Until then -- and forever after -- all I can say is THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Yer pal in the trenches,