A veteran of Yugoslav wars tries living a new life until his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder blurs the line between reality and horror.
SCARS: A tale of surreal horror!
Our story begins with a quiet man from Serbia named Branko. He is still new to the American way; despite working in California for the past 5 years as a nurse. He gets along with his coworkers fine enough by remaining silent for most of his shift. His only friend is Janessa; a young lady he met over the internet.
What his neighbors don't know is that he is still learning to deal with the horrific nightmares that he's been suffering from since his service in the Bosnian wars. Until one night, they manifest themselves into reality.
The creatures that he encounters range from twisted corpses to undead soldiers who try to kill him. They infest his apartment building and lurk close to the shadows. Is he dreaming all of this? Or is it a horrifying reality.
Branko must not only fight for his survival but to find out who or what is unleashing these demons on him. Armed with only a flashlight and a hammer. He must leave the temporary safety of his apartment and venture out into the twisted landscape that use to be his new home. In doing so, he discovers a terrible secret from his past.
This story is geared closer to classic film making and pure visual story telling. If you need as idea as the the style of the picture: The sense of subdued dread and isolation of the shining, fused with the sounds and camera work of silent hill
No CGI here. Rubber monsters, Matte paintings and good old fashion grunt work punctuates this production. Music supplied courteously by ruMpel on behalf of Team Psykskallar: the Half-Life mod team behind classics like Afraid of Monsters and Cry of Fear.
DON"T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE SOUNDTRACKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE!!!
This is going to be filmed on HD, complete with 5.1 surround sound. Shooting schedule is slated for late September to early November. 23 total shooting days. Filming Locations are already locked. Permits already paid for. The shooting will take place all throughout southern Los Angeles, Bethlehem shipyards in San Pedro and Monument Valley in Utah.
WHY USE KICKSTARTER?
The answer is simple. As of right now, Hollywood is shelling out hundreds of millions of dollars on safe bets and cannot afford to take risks. It is almost impossible to receive funding from their investors in smaller, independent projects such as this. They spend big for huge returns.
With this film, we understand that it is a small film but that isn't a mark against it. Just remember that cinema is not about how much you spend; it's about what the story has to say. You may have doubts with the subject matter but regardless if you invest or not; or you feel that you won't make any money back from distribution; keep this statistic in mind.
THE TOP GROSSING FILMS WORLD WIDE ARE OF SCIENCE FICTION, HORROR, SCIENCE FICTION.
WHERE WILL THIS FILM GO?
This film is to be distributed by Magnet films, Magnolia pictures, and Lionsgate (depending on the contract) on DVD and Blue Rays but since then, has expanded to Netflix, Amazon, and even a limited release in theaters. Markets exist in Asia and Europe, with companies like Studio Canal and Golden Harvest who specialize in releasing a very wide range of films to foreign markets. This film will go to them too.
Due to the market, this film will also be submitted to the Cannes and Sundance festivals. As a reminder, this fundraiser is NOT meant to pay for submission fees. It is for the production ONLY.
Where is the money going?
Every penny of our $25,000 is going to cover every last thing listed below, along with the percentage of the budget:
* Sound/lighting/ camera equipment. (purchases and rentals) - 55% - 60%
* Props including blank firing weapons, including period Serbian equipment. - 10%
* Make-up for the various dead bodies, zombies, monsters, and grisly wounds - 5%
* Special FX including miniatures, custom made gimbals, etc. - >5%
* Wardrobe for the cast, ghouls, ghosts, and soldiers. - 10% - 15%
* Lodging - The cast and crew are from Santa Barbara and San Diego and need a place to sleep. 5%
* Food - 5%
The rest is coming out of the director's pocket (the author of this page)
In order for this movie to tell it's story in the most precise and coherent way possible, requires the best of the best equipment and materials to tell this story the best way we can.
For all those who worked on low - budget horror know better than anybody that rentals is what drives up the cost. Blood and guts, clothes and guns are inexpensive but the lighting and camera equipment cost a fortune.
Take note: The going rate for an individual HMI to rent, is $250 a day. That's nearly $6000 to rent for the entire shoot.
What's in it for you?
Not only will you be part of truly independent cinema but will receive many cool rewards both from the movie and the crew. Rewards are as follows.
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: Stream the film via Amazon and Netflix, enjoy it on any screen.
AUTOGRAPHED POSTERS, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND CANVAS ARTWORK: Ranging from small prints to massive 3 foot posters. Get all of the crew's autograph and have it sent to any place in the world.
BLUE RAY'S AND DVD'S, OH MY!: Receive your very own copy of the feature film in HD, 5.1 Dolby digital surround, and loaded with other 2 hours of bonus material.
INVITE TO THE SET AND AFTER PARTIES: Due to the lack of red tape, we can allow our backers and supporters to come and show their love on the film set. Get valuable hands on experience at how to make a feature film. Take pictures, take video and join the fun. Also get to go to the massive 3 day after party in celebration of this great accomplishment!
WIN A PROP: Get your own piece of cinema, ranging from the prop photographs to prop uniform from the actual film and have it sent to your door step.
STAR AS AN EXTRA OR A GHOUL: Have your likeness immortalized on film as a normal human or as a rabid, undead fiend! Terrorize your friends during Halloween!
JOIN THE FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT: Join the film crew as they venture all over the United States and possibly even Europe for film festivals show casing the latest and greatest in independent cinema.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Click on the big green "Back This Project" button on the top right of this page and enter your pledge amount or just click on your preferred pledge level on the right and then click on "Continue To The Next Step" on the next page. You’ll be taken to Amazon Payments and a secure page where you can fund your contributing using a credit card or debit card.
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP OUT
The best thing you can do is to spread the word. Let everybody and their pets know about this film. Spread it like wild fire and get people talking about it. Simple things you can do are as follows:
- Sign into Facebook and then click the "Like" button above
- Post the link above on Facebook, MySpace, and any other social media site
- Grab the link and send it out in an e-mail to your friends and family asking them to check out this page
- Click on the "Tweet" button, sign into Twitter, and tweet about our film
Here are two examples of concept art ready for printing.
Prints will be made in 8x11 and 10x24. Laminated poster board, signed sealed and delivered to your home. Free postage.
Game Over - Patrik Jansson
Beginning - Andreas Rönnberg
Apartments - Andreas Rönnberg
Lonely - Andreas Rönnberg
You can contact us via this Kickstarter page and private message. We will email you a week in advance with the directions, times and shooting schedule. Feel free to call us if you have any questions.
An independent company I founded for the creation of pure visual cinema and the unbreakable love for cinema. (hence Divine Wind, translated from Kamikaze)
As stated before, this film will be released through smaller theaters. It will also include screenings for critics in the Los Angeles area including Stupid for movies and Aint it cool news. DISCLAIMER TO CRITICS: Screener will be on a monday for those pesky deadlines.
On top of that, the film will be submitted to every film festival imaginable and if a few more sprout up, it will go to them too.
...I mail them to you.
The filming will take place in southern Orange County. It's a perfect place to do low budget filming simply because of the lack of foot traffic, noise pollution, and expensive permit fees. Excellent for any film needs.
Mid October: We need as much night as possible to shoot in.
Ah, goody. A tech question. It's to be shown at 2.20 : 1 aspect ratio for the big screens; both in theaters and home systems. Audio will be Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.
Yes and no. It won't have an instant cash grab effect like you would if it was a big budget theatrical release. This is a small company and this is a small movie. It will have a long term gain as DVD, Blue Ray sales continue over a number of years.
seconds to go
Pledge $5 or moreYou selected
Crew photo with your name and our autographs.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $10 or moreYou selected
Production art printed on non-acidic poster board, signed by artist and laminated.HAVE YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS. All postage covered.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or moreYou selected
Receive copy of the film via Digital Download. Concept art printed on non-acidic poster board, signed by artist and laminated. PLUS ABOVE REWARDS All postage covered.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $20 or moreYou selected
Obtain a prop from the film. Ranging from lanterns to bullets to Soviet Uniforms and prop guns. All postage covered.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or moreYou selected
Spend a day with the director on set and experience film making first hand. Video taping and recording allowed. Have a photograph of yourself used IN THE FILM. All expenses covered.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $30 or moreYou selected
Get make up done and appear as a ghost for the feature film. Filming dates will occur during post production on a date to be announced. All expenses covered.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $35 or moreYou selected
Have your video submitted at the end credits. Invite to the set and participate in arts and crafts. Help paint a lantern and keep it after the shoot. Free food and beverages. All expenses covered.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $40 or moreYou selected
Receive a release poster autographed by the director. Invite to the 3-day after party, free food and beverages. All expenses covered. 21+Estimated delivery:
Pledge $45 or moreYou selected
Guaranteed seat at the premier. Receive a release poster autographed by the director. Invite to the 3-day after party, free food and beverages. All expenses covered. 21+Estimated delivery:
Pledge $50 or moreYou selected
Have your name included in a special thanks segment before the trailers. Receive special thanks credit on IMDB. Above rewards included PLUS receive a signed advance copy of the movie on DVD when it becomes available for public release. This will be after any theatrical or TV release is completed. Postage is included anywhere in the world.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $100 or moreYou selected
Star as an extra and/or monster cameo. Receive a signed copy of the movie on Blu-ray when it becomes available for public release. This will be after any theatrical or TV release. Postage is included anywhere in the world.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or moreYou selected
Executive producer credit, invite to the premier and film festival circuit with the crew. PLUS above rewards. All expenses covered.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or moreYou selected
Producer credit and ABOVE REWARDS INCLUDED. All expenses covered. That's a lot of stuff, holy crap!Estimated delivery:
- (60 days)