CRIMPS is a supernatural thriller feature film. The movie is 99% complete, lacking only music. Check out the trailer for a taste.
Thanks for your interest in the new supernatural thriller/horror film CRIMPS. This movie is a bit different than most such projects on KickStarter in that it has already been shot and edited, the effects are in place, the color grading is complete and the sound tracks have been compiled. In fact, the only thing it lacks is music. Why, you may ask, are we raising money for this final component when we've come this far? A fair question.
Hopefully - based on the trailer and these screen grabs from the movie - you've gotten a sense of the look and story of CRIMPS. I won't divulge the film's budget here, but I will say that it was probably less than you think. Initially, the plan was to work with a composer who would write, perform and record the music tracks himself in a home studio. As it happened, I had the good fortune to connect with artist Tylor Neist who expressed an interest in not only creating the music for CRIMPS, but in doing so using professional musicians playing real string, brass and percussion instruments. This is an unusual and enviable luxury for a film in this budget range.
Tylor's score calls for a small orchestra of about 10 musicians, which precludes recording in a home studio environment. Since the additional expense of renting a facility suitable for an ensemble of that size, hiring an audio engineer experienced in recording classical instruments and assembling a group of musicians to perform the score had not been planned for in the original budget those costs must be covered some other way. Hence, KickStarter (or, indeed, "KickFinisher").
If you know anything about thriller movies in general - and supernatural thrillers in particular - you know that music is integral to establishing tension. Electronic scores tend to sound wrong for such films - at least to my ear - and often detract from the mood rather than enhance it. Imagine the Psycho shower scene without Bernard Herrmann's screeching violins, or the approach of Jaws without John Williams' throbbing bass and horns. You get the idea.
For CRIMPS, Tylor has been heavily influenced by the music of Gyorgy Ligeti, whose haunting and startling compositions were often used in the films of Stanley Kubrick. Check out this link for an example of Ligeti's work.
At this point the score has been written and Tylor is preparing the parts for each instrument. A performance hall and engineer are being booked and recording is set to begin in mid-July. We plan to complete the final sound mix by late August or early September.
If you're intrigued by this project I hope you'll consider pledging. The movie will be finished, one way or another. Why not climb aboard a sure thing?
Thanks for reading!
Mick Alderman, writer/director
YES! Of the original goal amount, the first $3,000 raised will fund the music recording and mixing sessions. The remaining $500 will cover KickStarter's percentage, credit card fees, and the cost of creating/shipping the rewards to contributors.
Beyond that, any additional funds will be used to master the movie to a professional format so that it may be screened at festivals and/or be available for potential distributors. The money will also help cover the cost of film festival submission fees - which range from $30 to $80 per festival (of which there are hundreds) - and shipping costs to send screening copies to any festivals into which CRIMPS is accepted.
Also, should a distributor take an interest in CRIMPS, errors and omissions insurance will likely be required, the cost of which can be pretty high.
If you don't know, do you really want me to spoil the surprise? I will say this: crimps actually did exist, once upon a time.
The action of the CRIMPS story takes place in Astoria, Oregon, where it was primarily shot. Astoria enjoys several historical distinctions: Although the town did not yet exist, the area that eventually became Astoria was the final destination of the Lewis & Clark expedition. When the settlement - named after wealthy fur trader John Jacob Astor (who never actually visited the place) - was established in 1811, it was the first official American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. It's location near the mouth of the Columbia River made it one of the world's most active seaports in the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries. Oh, and in the mid-1980s a little movie called The Goonies was filmed there. Since then, many other films have also used Astoria and the surrounding area as a backdrop, including Short Circuit, Kindergarten Cop, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3, Free Willy, The Guardian, The Ring 2, and Into the Wild.
Although the film has not been (and may never be) rated by the Motion Picture Association of America, it would most likely garner an R rating. As with most movies of this type, there is a lot of strong language and violence as well as nudity and adult situations. It is intended for mature audiences.
The limited budget precluded the hiring of any big-name talent for CRIMPS. However, several of the actors have appeared in other movies and TV shows. Probably the most famous person involved was Aaron Goodwin, who worked briefly as a cameraman on CRIMPS before becoming an international celebrity on the Travel Channel series Ghost Adventures.
It's there. If you plug the title into the IMDb search function, the first movie listed is Se7en. I have no idea why. You have to actually scroll down the page - past all the moves that are NOT titled CRIMPS - before you find it. IMDb is weird.
seconds to go
Pledge $1 or moreYou selected
Our sincere thanks for chipping in. Every little bit helps!
Pledge $25 or moreYou selected
You will receive a DVD copy of the finished movie (including extras such as documentaries, gag reel, trailer, and other goodies).
Pledge $50 or moreYou selected
You will receive a DVD copy of the finished movie and a CD of the music you helped to record.
Pledge $75 or moreYou selected
You will receive a DVD copy of the finished movie, a CD of the music you helped to record, an invitation for two to the premiere screening in Astoria or Portland, Oregon, and your choice of a DVD copy of director Michael Alderman's previous feature film, "Somewhere Else" or his book "Three Weeks With The Goonies" - autographed as desired.
Pledge $100 or moreYou selected
You will receive a DVD copy of the finished movie, a CD of the music you helped to record, an invitation for two to the premiere screening in Astoria or Portland, Oregon, a DVD copy of director Michael Alderman's previous feature film, "Somewhere Else", a copy of his book "Three Weeks With The Goonies" - autographed as desired - and a "thank you" in the CRIMPS screen credits.
Pledge $500 or moreYou selected
1 backer All gone!
You will receive all of the above, plus a prop used in the CRIMPS movie itself: a newspaper front page, circa 1898, that is a reproduction of an actual Astorian Budget from that period with articles relating to the movie's plot seamlessly inserted. It's a collector's item, suitable for framing, created by artist Katherine Mace.
Pledge $2,000 or moreYou selected
0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)
Congratulations! You are an associate producer! As such, you will receive a screen credit attesting to the fact. You and up to 3 guests will also be given VIP seating in the theater for the Astoria or Portland, Oregon premiere screening of the film. Plus, you'll receive 10 copies of the CRIMPS DVD and music CD to distribute to your friends and family, a copy of the original CRIMPS screenplay, a DVD copy of director Michael Alderman's previous feature film, "Somewhere Else" and a copy of his book "Three Weeks With The Goonies", autographed as desired.
- (30 days)