The End of Forever is a character-driven horror film with a unique visual style that will both entertain and leave a lasting impact.
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In addition, we're excited to announce that now every pledge will come with an assortment of fantastical coins from the bottom of the well! That's right: free treasure for all!
The End of Forever will be a horror film driven by multidimensional characters and shot with a unique visual style created byexpressionistic lighting, split screen, crazy makeup and special effects, and intricate props and set pieces.
The End of Forever follows a loving high school couple on their last night together before they are forced apart by college. Lily (Helen Highfield), an edgy girl with a taste for the macabre, is tired of being sheltered and is planning on breaking up and moving on after this last perfect night with Camden (Reese Mishler). Camden, however, is determined that this night will not be their last.
Everything starts to go horrendously wrong when Camden unintentionally makes a cruel wish which takes form and transforms Lily into an ever more hideous monster every time she tries to break up with him. What follows in the film is both a struggle to undo the wish before Lily’s life and future are ruined, and an emotional conflict as Lily and Camden come to grips with the pain of departure, each in their own way.
While remaining a story heavily grounded in realistic emotional conflict, The End of Forever is set in a gothic fantasy world, similar to those seen in the films of Tim Burton and Guillermo del Toro. Both magic and fate are very real and sinister forces that play a prominent role.
The central locale of the film is a clearing in the middle of the woods with a mysterious well in the center. The well is also secretly home to a degenerate creature who grants the wishes of people above in exchange for small offerings thrown into the well. One of the central conflicts of the film comes after Camden makes a truly selfish wish and both him and Lily are forced to climb down into the well and retrieve the promise ring that Camden has unknowingly given to the creature.
In order to better showcase the mystery and fear found in this world, a sizeable portion of the film will be shot and edited in split-screen. This will be a powerful tool in building suspense and in reflecting the horror of what the characters don’t at first see.
In order to bring this story and setting to life, and to truly do it justice, our production team is seeking to raise additional money to supplement what we are already putting into the project out of pocket (which is about $6,000).
Any money you donate to the film will go toward one of several key expenses which our production team will be working to overcome.
· A generator for shooting outdoors at night - $400
· G&E Equipment for outdoors at night - $600
· Camera Rentals - $1,500
· A truck for carrying the equipment – $500
· Catering and snacks for the crew - $900
· Permits for Locations - $500
· Building the bottom of the well - $3,000
· Special effects and Monster make-up - $3,000
$5 – Thanks in credits, included both at the end of the film and in the DVD case
$10 – Digital download of the film, sent upon the film's completion
$15 – PDF packet of all the concept art from the film
$25 – DVD of the finished film (add $10 for Blu-Ray)
At this level you receive a shirt (100% Organic cotton, white on hunter green) but you also get all of the previous perks (unlike the $30 JUST A SHIRT perk).
At the bottom of the well around which the film centers there is a collection of treasure, including coins, jewelry, and other valuable tokens. At this level, you will receive a bag of coins and trinkets from the bottom of the well!
This poster, signed by the crew, is a limited edition item featuring eerie but gorgeous artwork by Elizabeth Iverson. It also includes an invitation to the premiere of the film at Marion Knotts Studios (transportation and lodging not provided) on March 16th 2013.
Received a limited edition prop from the film. This includes, but is not limited to, creepy lanterns, eerie jewelry pieces, and parts of the monster's costume. Which backers get to choose which prop will be determined by order they backed the project (first to fund is first to choose from list).
All of the above PLUS an invitation to the premiere of the film (March 16th 2013) including a one-night stay at a local hotel and SPECIAL BREAKFAST MADE FOR YOU BY THE DIRECTOR. Transportation to Southern California not included.
When will I receive my perks?
We will be mailing things in two rounds:
DECEMBER 2012 – Shirts, Concept Art PDF, Bag of Treasure, Posters, Props
MARCH 2013 – DVDs, Blu-Rays, Soundtracks, Thanks, Invitations, IMDB credit
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Thank you so much for making this project a reality!
Ben Kepner (Director) - Ben is a writer and director seeking to specialize in imaginative horror and fantasy driven by strong characters. For the past year he’s interned as an assistant to a director with an indie production company based on the Paramount lot. This summer he was hired to write and direct a short film for the web funded by Epic Level Entertainment about a fat vampire which will be released later this September. Going into his senior year, Ben is excited to bring all of his training to bear on what
is shaping up to be both a beautiful, frightening, and deeply personal film.
Kaitlin Borden (Producer) - Kaitlin is currently undertaking an internship at the award winning film production company Aperture Films in addition to finishing her senior year at Chapman University. Hardworking, committed and thorough, Kaitlin puts in 110% into any project she works on and works endlessly until everything aligns perfectly.
Elizabeth Iverson (Writer and 1st Assistant Director) - Elizabeth is currently the president the Underground Showdown Film Festival, Chapman University's largest and longest lasting filmmaking club. Through her work in the club and on her own she has won several awards and grants, most notably the O. L. Halsell Scholarship that allowed her to work side by side with director Betty Thomas (dir. Dr. Doolittle, John Tucker Must Die) and the Women of Chapman Filmmaker Endowment.
Alan Litteneker (Cinematographer) - Alan is a senior cinematography student whose work includes such films as Five Years in Paris, Do Not Disturb, and Filth, just to name a few. He hopes that he can bring a strong visual style to this ambitious project.
Jasper Anderson (Production Designer) - Jasper has been designing sets and props for theatre, haunted attractions, and film for the past ten years. He has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and numerous industry websites for his horror and special effects work. He is currently a student of Oscar-winning makeup effects artist Dick Smith.
Zach Shultz (Editor) - Zack is a senior Film Production major with an emphasis in Editing. Zack decided to pursue a career in film after volunteering at his local church where he produced live recordings of services. Along with editing and sound designing numerous student films at Chapman University, Zack has worked with radio personalities such as Tom Leykis to produce radio shows and manage internet streams.
Mike Agnew (Sound Designer) - Mike is a senior at Chapman University. He loves to make documentaries and also sound design fiction films. Mike hopes to one day work at Discovery or National Geographic and tell awesome stories about people all over the world.
The final film will be 15-20 minutes in length, perfect for submitting to film festivals!
We request that you please add $10 if you would like us to ship your perks to a location outside of the United States.
October 15th, 2012. Production will last 6 days and take place both on location in Orange County at on a soundstage at Marion Knott Studios.
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SIGNED POSTER + INVITATION TO PREMIERE! Own one of these gorgeous posters, signed by the entire cast and crew. You will also receive an invitation to the premiere at Marion Knott Studios (does not include transportation or hotel). Also includes: signed poster, shirt, DVD, CD, digital downloads, concept art packet, and thanks in creditsEstimated delivery:
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LIMITED EDITION PROP! Received a limited edition prop from the film. This includes but is not limited to creepy lanterns, eerie jewelry pieces, and parts of the monster's costume. Which backers get to choose which prop will be determined by order they backed the project (first to fund is first to choose from list). Also includes: signed poster, shirt, DVD, CD, digital downloads, concept art packet, and thanks in creditsEstimated delivery:
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PREMIERE PACKAGE! All of the above PLUS an invitation to the premiere of the film including a one-night stay at a local hotel and SPECIAL BREAKFAST MADE FOR YOU BY THE DIRECTOR. Transportation to Southern California not included. Also includes: limited edition prop, signed poster, shirt, DVD, CD, digital downloads, concept art packet, and thanks in creditsEstimated delivery:
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