Get it for $5!! Help support a thriller film based on the story of Calaveras County serial killers Leonard Lake and Charles Ng.
“No one reveals everything. But when our darkest secrets are revealed, accepted by others, or even encouraged...then what are we capable of?”
Movies of today tend to be one-dimensional, following closely to the guidelines of one genre. Death Pact is not at all like this. Death Pact is based on the true stories of the serial killers, Leonard Lake and Charles Ng. Due to the nature of the subject matter, it does include some traits of a horror film, but it is so much more than that. Audiences will care about the characters and what happens to them. It has humor. It has a little romance. It has suspense. The emphasis will be on entertaining the audience by drawing them in, not simply shocking them or grossing them out.
The total value of the project is a little over $100,000, yet thankfully we've gotten the majority of the budget covered through contributions from the community (using locations for free, donating food for the cast and crew) as well as funding thanks to the Richards and a few key investors.
However, we still need $25,000. That's where you come in!
This project has been in development for over three years, and we know it will be something special. If we hit our target goal, we will begin shooting this July. Your donations will be used enhance the production value, paying for below-the-line costs, specifically:
- Cabin rentals
- Set design
- 2 Police car rentals
- Equipment rental
However, if we are even just a dollar short of our fundraising goal, all of the pledges will disappear, no money or rewards are exchanged, and Death Pact will have to be postponed even further.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about Death Pact. The screenplay, as well as the detailed budget analysis are available upon request. Please visit www.perpetualpictures.com for more information. Thank you!
THE BACK STORY
One of the big news stories in the mid 80’s was about the serial killers, Leonard Lake and Charles Ng from Calaveras County, CA. They captured their victims, took them to their cabin, and tortured and killed them. This story had quite an impact on Deborah Richards, the screenwriter. She grew up going to her family’s cabin every summer, which was near the scene of these horrors. A few months ago she and her husband, Grant Richards, the director of the film, got the chance to interview the sheriff who was in charge of that investigation, and he provided even more insight to this case. The Lake/Ng case was so infamous that it created a possible copycat case: the “Speed Freak Killers,” who went on a rampage in the 90’s. These two murderers, Wesley Shermantine & Loren Herzog, have been in the news lately when more of their victims were discovered.
In Death Pact all the characters and events are fictional, but they were inspired by real people and events.
Tasha Standridge is playing Sarah, and this is her fourth film with Grant. They first worked together on Spyware, and since then they’ve made two shorts together. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3721307/
Kristina Denton is playing Kim. She grew up in the Bay Area, and she has since moved to Hollywood to work in the industry. She just produced her first feature film, Worth the Weight, which played in the Cinequest Film Festival. In addition to acting in Death Pact, Kristina will also be producing it. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3076305
Tom Post is playing Joey and has extensive acting experience. He also acted in Spyware. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3271783/
Marissa Macias is playing Michelle. Marissa is also from the Bay Area, and she now lives in Utah. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4520820/
Michael Farnia is playing the part of Jeff, and he also worked with Grant in Spyware. In addition to acting, Michael is working as a producer for the film. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2462286/
Charles Hull will also be acting in Death Pact. Charles has on-stage experience, but this will be his film debut. Charles is an Operations Manager at AOL.
Sarah Smith is playing Jessica. Sarah has extensive stage experience and has done numerous short films.
Danny Froeming and Ryan Mull will also act in Death Pact.
Grant teaches film production at Gavilan College, and several of the crewmembers are his former students. Some of these people include Alex Thomson (Director of Photography), Ryan Wood (Gaffer), Alex Potter (Assistant Director), Kelly Kloster (Sound), Will Chavez (Key Grip), Hector Sanchez (Grip), and Jacky Denton (Production Assistant). Teresa Widdowson, who also teaches film production at Gavilan College, will be the film’s Script Supervisor and Art Director.
Perpetual Picture’s previous feature film, Spyware, was written in a similar genre. The film was made on a sub-$10,000 budget over the Summer of 2007. What sets Death Pact apart is that the film will be made with no compromises in regards to the production value of the film. The ten-fold increase in budget reflects our commitment to making Death Pact the best film it can possibly be.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on April 30, 2012.
Mar 15, 2012 - Apr 30, 2012
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A Special Thanks! We'll send you a photo of the cast and crew, signed, sent straight to your house! Thank you for your support!Estimated delivery: May 2012
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SD Digital Download! You'll get a digital download of the film when it's finished. Watch it on your phone or your computer! DRM free.Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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Digital Behind the Scenes Footage! We'll give you *Kickstarter exclusive* behind the scenes footage of the production process in action. You'll be able to see sneak peeks of the film, and get an inside look on how Death Pact is made!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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High-Def Digital Download! You'll get a HIGH DEFINITION digital download of the film when it's finished AND behind the scenes updates of the production.Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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"Death Pact" DVD! You'll get a copy of "Death Pact" on DVD when it's released! Plus, all previous rewards.Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
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"Death Pact" Blu-ray! You'll get an HD copy of "Death Pact" on Blu-ray when it's released! Plus, all previous rewards.Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
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Get the DVD! In addition to getting behind the scenes updates and an HD digital download of the film, you'll also get the official Kickstarter Exclusive DVD of the film! (**If shipping international, please add $10 to your pledge.)Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
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Get the Death Pact/It'll Happen/Spyware Triple Pack! In addition to getting behind the scenes updates and an HD digital download of the film, you'll also get the official Kickstarter Exclusive Blu-Ray of the film! With commentary, pictures, extra behind-the-scenes clips, and more! We'll also send you "It'll Happen" and "Spyware" right away, so you can enjoy Perpetual Pictures' first two narrative films while Death Pact is being filmed! (**If shipping international, please add $10 to your pledge.)Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
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Death Pact Movie Poster! You'll get a 11x14" "Death Pact" poster signed by the cast and crew, PLUS everything listed above! (**If shipping international, please add $10 to your pledge.)Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
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T-Shirt! Get the EXCLUSIVE "Death Pact" t-shirt which will only be available to Kickstarter backers. It'll look great when you wear it to the premiere! Speaking of which... (**If shipping international, please add $10 to your pledge.)Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
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V.I.P. Tickets to the Premiere! In addition to behind the scenes updates, an HD download, DVD, poster, and the exclusive t-shirt, you and a guest will be invited to the cast party and will receive 2 V.I.P. tickets to the Northern California premiere of "Death Pact." (Airfare and hotel not included.)Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
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Associate Producer! Congratulations! You've just become an Associate Producer of "Death Pact!" Your name will appear as such in the title credits, and because you are an Associate Producer, you'll get a V.I.P. tour of the set in Northern California. And you'll of course get all of the previous fantastic rewards! (We will attempt to arrange a time that works best for everybody in July of 2012 while filming is taking place. Airfare and hotel not included.)Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
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Own a Prop from the Movie! You'll get everything listed above, PLUS you'll be the proud owner of a prop that was used in the movie! Props will be chosen at random, so everyone will receive something unique!Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
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Appear in "Death Pact!" You'll get behind the scenes updates, an HD download, DVD, poster, t-shirt, 2 V.I.P. tickets, a tour of the set, a prop, AND you'll appear in the film! You (or someone you designate) will be a prominent extra in "Death Pact." (Airfare and hotel not included.) If you're not able to come to the set in Northern California sometime during July of 2012, we'll figure out a way to incorporate your likeness into the film. Either way, your friends will be so jealous.Estimated delivery: Nov 2013
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Executive Producer of Death Pact! As one of our most valuable backers, you'll be personally involved with the production of "Death Pact," and you'll even have a unique SPEAKING ROLE in the film! As an Executive Producer and an actor in the film, your name will also appear in the credits. And you'll also receive all of the previous rewards. Thank you so much! You (or someone you designate) will have a speaking role in "Death Pact." Filming takes place in Northern California July 2012. Airfare and hotel not included.Estimated delivery: Nov 2013