Pulp Boy is a comedy about pulp-legend Emerson LaSalle who is trying to save his faltering writing career and defend the Sci-Fi genre.
Pulp Boy, a Feature Length Comedy
I am making a movie called Pulp Boy about the fictional pulp-writing legend Emerson LaSalle , played by New York comedian and veteran actor Allen Enlow. The movie takes place today--a time where a writer like LaSalle is losing his place in the world as technology continually shrinks down our imaginations. Once known as the "pulp boy wonder" in his heyday, an aging LaSalle finds out that he is being dropped by his publisher in favor of a more profitable genre--diet books. LaSalle sets out on a pseudo-epic promotional tour to try and save his career by promoting the classic pulp science fiction genre, but he has lost touch with his readers and he finds himself fleeing from angry mobs of sci-fi fans and avoiding blows from his young, long time nemesis, Stone Q. Mann (played by Trevor Snarr of Napoleon Dynamite). With the help of his attractive publicist Amanda Crownthistle, he fights for his right to make dreamers as he attempts to climb his way back to the top in a hilarious romp across the country through sci-fi conventions, book stores, and hotel bars.
Pulp Boy is an Independent film--without the angst. It isn't an "art" project--it is entertainment. It has a big fat score to rival any major Hollywood movie--and the music has already been nominated for awards thanks to our award winning composer, Randin Graves. The story has been masterfully crafted by master storytellers Victor Gischler and Anthony Neil Smith, and Allen Enlow is a side-splitting hoot to watch on screen as Emerson LaSalle. It will be a big fun ride to watch, and you've never seen an independent film like it.
When You Say It Will Look Good, How Good Is That?
Curious just how good Pulp Boy will look? Well the person responsible for the look of Pulp Boy is our Director of Photography, Cinematographer Bill Otto. He's the man with the plan when it comes to cameras, lenses, dollies, cranes, lights, etc. Check out this clip from one of his most recent movies, and see what we have to look forward to with Pulp Boy!
The screenplay was written by Victor Gischler (current writer for MARVEL Comics' X-Men, Deadpool, Punisher MAX) and Anthony Neil Smith (Yellow Medecine, All The Young Warriors)--for which I hold the exclusive option to purchase. The major roles have been cast, scenes broken down and shooting schedule created. A budget to make the movie for $200,000 (minus Kickstarter fees) is in place, and I am ready to begin principal photography within three months of securing the financing.
I wish I could even get away with making Pulp Boy with sack puppets, but the truth is that I can't even do that if I don't raise the dough. The Pulp Boy script was concieved and written by Victor Gischler and Anthony Neil Smith--guys who pedal their writing for a living, not some fresh-out-of-school wanna-be's. Their script deseves much more than paper sack puppets. With various offers on the table, they chose me to bring this story to life, but at 11:59pm on March 31st, my time is up--and not just on Kickstarter. The script will be out of my hands.
Why So Much Money? Can't You Make It For Less?
Pulp Boy is an independent film, but I am going for the look and feel of a major motion picture so that it has a better chance to have a full theatrical release. In order to do that, we can't cut a lot of corners in regards to certain aspects of the production values. The look has to be on par with any major motion picture, which means we can't skimp on lighting or cameras. I am shooting on the either the RED ONE or RED SCARLET digital cinema systems, which looks as good as 35mm film with only a fraction of the cost. We may use a DSLR (basically a consumer grade digital camera) for some "B" unit footage and pick-up shots, but the vast majority needs to be top notch, and the fact of the matter is that DSLRs just don't cut it for what we need to do. We also need access to professional grade cranes, tracks and dollies, and lenses. That also means that I need to employ some professionals who know how to use all of that equipment. Those are all things that I can't get cheap, and they make a huge difference in how the movie will look and feel.
I spent three years trying to get investors to front the cash for this project, and while the project was appealing to most investors, one problem kept them from investing. Investors are funding projects that guarantee profits in the billions of dollars--and that is something I could never promise about this project. Getting rejected over and over again like that is heartbreaking. Most meetings ended with an investor asking me, "have you tried Kickstarter?" So I'm here!
Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects using "crowdfunding." The concept is pretty simple. Rather than being funded with a lot of money from a few people, I am trying to be funded with little donations from a LOT of people--removing the financial risk faced by investors; a major stumbling block for any creative project. Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. If we don't raise ALL of it, we don't get ANY of it. If we fall short of the fundraising goal--even just $1 short--then Pulp Boy is dead in its tracks.
In exchange for making a pledge to our project, you get cool rewards and you will be helping to make a great movie! Check out the rewards over on the right side of the page, if you haven't already.
Use of Proceeds
The major costs that we have to deal with are: Creating the rewards, which includes production of the movie; Rights to the script/story, cost of actors/crew/professionals who are unable to work "pro bono," and the cost of food to keep them up and running durring the shoot, the cost of building sets and set-pieces, costumes, electricity for lighting, camera/lens/rig rentals, consumables (tape, markers, and anything that gets used up by being used), costs of renting locations when we are unable to use them for free, the costs of legal work, insurance, permits (where needed), and office costs, such as copies of the script, schedules, call sheets, film festival entry fees, shipping/mailing, and airfare or ground transportation to locations. Fortunately, there are easy ways to keep these costs to a minimum--such as shopping for supplies at discount/thrift stores, etc. but we still need at least $200,000 for the costs that can't be avoided or cut to make sure we aren't loosing production value.
The major costs that we do NOT have to deal with thanks fo volunteers are: Post production editing/effects/coloring/sound mastering, and creating a Digital Cinema master "reel" for screening in major theaters, music composition and recording, extras and stand-ins, production design, make-up, and marketing design.
I am not cutting a paycheck for myself out of the proceeds of this Kickstarter campaign. I am doing the production/post production work unpaid, with the hope that I will see a profit from the end product. Allen Enlow, playing Emerson LaSalle, has agreed to work at a rate far below what he really deserves for his talents. Our composer Randin Graves has offered invest his time and resources into creating the score, cutting out an enormous cost leaving more of your pledged funds free to go towards other necessary costs, as well as adding enormous value to Pulp Boy. I have the help of many volunteers to help make a million dollar movie for only $200k, but all we need is your pledge. Thank you for your support, and please help spread the word--this only works if lots and lots of people help out in little ways, and every little bit helps!
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Mar 7, 2012 - Apr 1, 2012
Pledge $1 or more
Pledge $1.00 and we'll give you a digital rental of Pulp Boy once it is completed. Once redeemed, you will have 24 hours to watch the movie before it expires. Plus, we'll give you a shout-out on Facebook! **Include an additional $20 for a Pulp Boy t-shirt! **Estimated delivery: May 2013
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Pledge $5.00 and we'll give you a Standard Definition Digital Copy of Pulp Boy once it is completed! You can watch it on the go from your portable media player, like your iPod, iPhone, PSP, or Android device. This digital copy never expires. PLUS you will be invited on set as an "Extra" in the movie! ** Include an additional $20 for a Pulp Boy t-shirt! **Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $10 or more
We'll give you a High Definition Digital Copy of Pulp Boy once it is completed! You can watch it on the go from your portable media player, or watch it at home on the big screen! This digital copy never expires. PLUS you will be invited on set as an "Extra" in the movie! Include an additional $20 for a Pulp Boy t-shirt! **Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $25 or more
We'll give you the Pulp Boy Special Edition DVD with special features including behind the scenes "making of" footage, video commentary, bloopers, and deleted scenes! Also you will get an accompanying High Definition Digital Copy for your portable media players! PLUS you will be invited on set as an "Extra" in the movie! Include an additional $20 for a Pulp Boy t-shirt! ** Please include $5.00 extra for shipping if you are outside of the Continental United States. Additional shipping charges might be required for remote regions.Estimated delivery: May 2013
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This reward includes the Pulp Boy Special Edition DVD, The Complete Pulp Boy Soundtrack, Pulp Boy High Definition Digital Copy for portable players, PLUS you will be invited on set as an "Extra" in the movie! Include an additional $20 for a Pulp Boy t-shirt! ** Please include $5.00 extra for shipping if you are outside of the Continental United States. Additional shipping charges might be required for remote regions.Estimated delivery: May 2013
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FAN PACK - This reward includes the Special Edition Pulp Boy High Definition BluRay/DVD Combo signed by the Director/Producer, the High Def Digital Copy of Pulp Boy, the Complete Pulp Boy Soundtrack, a "Special Thanks" credit in the movie, and an invitation to participate as a CREDITED extra. Include an additional $20 for a Pulp Boy t-shirt! ** Please include $5.00 extra for shipping if you are outside of the Continental United States. Additional shipping charges might be required for remote regions.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $200 or more
SUPER FAN PACK - This reward includes everything from the FAN PACK, plus one of the actual shooting scripts used for production signed by the cast and crew, 5 glossy 4x6 production photos, and two tickets to a special advance theatrical screening of Pulp Boy in Salt Lake City. Include an additional $20 for a Pulp Boy t-shirt! ** Please include $10.00 extra for shipping if you are outside of the Continental United States. Additional shipping charges might be required for remote regions.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $500 or more
SCI-FI GEEK PACK - This reward includes everything from the SUPER FAN PACK, plus a t-shirt, a hand-written thank you letter from the Producer/Director, a signed 8x10 photo of the cast and crew, a surprise prop from the movie, and an invitation for two to the special advance theatrical screening AFTER PARTY in Salt Lake City. Include an additional $20 for an additional Pulp Boy t-shirt! ** Please include $10.00 extra for shipping if you are outside of the Continental United States. Additional shipping charges might be required for remote regions.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $1,000 or more
PULP FAN PACK - This reward includes everything in the SCI-FI GEEK PACK, plus an additional t-shirt, an exclusive "PULP FAN" Pulp Boy lapelle pin, a special "coffee table" version of the screenplay with pictures from the movie signed by the cast and crew, an Emerson LaSalle paperback novel prop from the movie, a very special "thank you" video from the Producer/Director recorded just for you, and two tickets to the Pulp Boy World Premiere (first come, first served). Include an additional $20 for an additional Pulp Boy t-shirt! ** Please include $20.00 extra for shipping if you are outside of the Continental United States. Additional shipping charges might be required for remote regions.Estimated delivery: May 2013
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1 backer Limited (2 of 3 left)
COMIC BOOK FAN - You get the PULP FAN PACK, plus your likeness and name will appear in one issue of screenwriter Victor Gischler's creator-owned comics as one of the victims who will die a horrible death. Lucky You! To be immortalized ... as you die. Plus, we'll send you a copy of the issue you appear in! Gischler writes for MARVEL Comics but has also just started to produce his own creator owned work.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $2,500 or more
PRODUCER'S COMMENTARY PACK - You get everthing in the PULP FAN PACK, plus the Producer/Director will come to your home and do a live commentary as you watch the movie, and we'll record the audio for you to keep! I'll bring the popcorn! Include an additional $20 for an additional Pulp Boy t-shirt! ** THIS REWARD IS ONLY AVAILABLE IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES (Unless, of course, you pledge an additional amount high enough to cover round-trip International airfare)Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $2,500 or more
0 backers Limited (25 of 25 left)
SPOTLIGHT PACK - You'll get everything in the PULP FAN PACK, plus, if you are a writer, film maker, video game designer, or a business, we'll put a big blown up image of you and your book cover, movie poster, or company logo prominantly in the background of the movie! If you aren't a writer, film maker, or video game designer, we'll just pretend you ARE and we'll make up a fake book cover for you! Include an additional $20 for an additional Pulp Boy t-shirt! ** Please include $20.00 extra for shipping if you are outside of the Continental United States. Additional shipping charges might be required for remote regions.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $5,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
EMERSON LASALLE PACK - This reward includes everything from the PULP FAN PACK, plus you get a cardboard stand up of Emerson LaSalle used in the movie signed by the cast and crew, a one-of-a-kind production photo ablum of Allen Enlow, and Allen Enlow's actual "Emerson LaSalle" costume complete with satchel, eye patch, and mustache. Plus, you will get a few surprise props from the movie... Include an additional $20 for an additional Pulp Boy t-shirt! **Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $5,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
DIRECTOR'S PACK - In addition to the rewards included in the PULP FAN PACK, you will also get the Director's actual shooting script and production notes, the director's "lucky" hat worn durring production, a one-of-a-kind director's production photo album, and the director's "clapper" board signed by the director. Plus, you will get a few surprise props from the movie... Include an additional $20 for an additional Pulp Boy t-shirt! **Estimated delivery: May 2013
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0 backers Limited (3 of 3 left)
VICTOR GISCHLER FAN - For 6,000 bucks you get the the PULP FAN PACK, plus screenwriter Victor Gischler will take you on a "beers of the world" tour of Epcot in Orlando while telling you fun trivia about creating Emerson LaSalle and writing Pulp Boy. Includes round-trip domestic airfare for two, a night at Disney's Polynesian Resort, beer, and dinner. (This reward was Gischler's idea because he loves Epcot.)Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $10,000 or more
PULP BOY PACK - In addition to the rewards included with the PULP FAN PACK, you will be one of Pulp Boy's Associate Producers. You will be welcome to visit the Pulp Boy set as you please. You will recieve an opening title credit--in big bold letters, an IMDB.com credit as Associate Producer for Pulp Boy, a custom leather "Pulp Boy" Producer's jacket, a cameo role in the movie, an "Associate Producer" plaque, "Producer" tickets to all Premieres, Parties, and Events. NOTE: If one person single handedly pledges the total available for this reward ($200,000) then credited title will read Executive Producer, rather than Associate Producer. Send a message, and lets talk.Estimated delivery: May 2013