"Whispers from the Dark, Vol. 1" is an independent horror anthology in the tradition of "The Twilight Zone: The Movie" and "Creepshow."
You do not have, because you do not ask. --James 4:2 (AMP)
Raging Dogs Productions, LLC is seeking funds to complete the full production of our first feature-length film Whispers from the Dark, Vol. 1. In August of 2007, we finished production on our most ambitious short film to date, Love Lost in a Boat. Since then, writer/director Michael Angelo has written two new short stories that he has adapted into screenplays. The plan is to shoot these two screenplays--"You Always Have a Choice" and "Angler/Fish"--back to back and put all three together as an anthology. Here is the description from our website:
Whispers from the Dark, Vol. 1 is an independent horror anthology in the tradition of such genre classics as Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, The Twilight Zone: The Movie, and Creepshow. It is composed of three stories: the gritty revenge flick "Love Lost in a Boat," "You Always Have a Choice" (a stranded motorist/haunted house tale), and the sexy creature-feature "Angler/Fish."
The Exclusive Sneak Peek
This is a Kickstarter-only exclusive sneak peek at "Love Lost in a Boat"--one of the three stories to be featured in our horror anthology Whispers from the Dark, Vol.1--featuring an introduction by writer/director Michael Angelo.
WARNING: The following scene contains strong language and may not be suitable for all audiences or environments. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.
“Love Lost in a Boat”
A tale of love, betrayal, and revenge based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado.” This segment has already been completed and has enjoyed positive audience reactions thanks largely to the quality of the script and the performances of lead actors Tommy Bo and Amy Rene. Edwin Neal, one of the stars of the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, has a voice cameo as the narrator at the beginning of the film.
“You Always Have a Choice”
Our contribution to the pantheon of classic “stranded motorist” ghost stories: Jones and Charlie are traveling during a hurricane and forced to shelter in an old bed & breakfast known as Grandma's House, but the history of these two men, their reasons for traveling in such dangerous conditions, and the malevolent nature of Grandma's House itself will turn this into a night of judgment.
As much about coming to terms with the past as it is about obsession, sex, and violence, it is the story of a young man keeping alive the memory of his late father by carrying on their tradition of summer fishing trips. But when a tropical storm blows in on one such fateful weekend, forcing an early retreat back to the family beach house, a mysterious vixen blows in along with the storm, and the lines between reality and the fantastic quickly blur.
With your help, we plan to start filming early next year. Due to several items--including many of our props, costumes, and one important piece of set dressing--that need to be special ordered, we anticipate it will take us 6-8 weeks from the time this campaign (successfully) ends to be able to start rolling. Allowing for unexpected delays and schedule conflicts during the holidays, that puts us beginning right around the start of 2012. We literally can't think of a better way to kick off the new year than launching full speed into production! Our mantra is "a bad day on set is better than a great day doing anything else."
And in case anyone is wondering, here is the Top Sheet of our budget:
Story and Screenplay: 5.00%
Producer and Director: 8.24%
Studio Overhead: 11.95%
Crew and Materials: 38.62%
Michael Angelo; writer, director, producer, DP, editor
Paul H. Fielder; producer, assistant director, co-creator
Matt Faulkenberry; unit production manager
Tommy Bo; "Davin" (lead actor, "Love Lost in a Boat")
Amy Rene; "Ellie" (lead actress, "Love Lost in a Boat")
Edwin Neal; "Narrator" (voice, "Love Lost in a Boat")
More cast and crew coming soon!
All of us here at Raging Dogs have chosen a career in films because we're just crazy enough to not be able to imagine life any other way. I think the following dialog from the movie Along Came a Spider really sums it up:
You do what you are, Jezzie.
Jezzie: You mean you are what you do.
Alex: No, I mean, you do what you are. You're born with a gift. If not that, then you get good at something along the way. And what you're good at, you don't take for granted. You don't betray it.
Jezzie: What if you do betray your gift?
Alex: Then you betray yourself. That's a sad thing.
With your help, we can "do what we are." We're offering several different rewards packages covering a broad range of pledge amounts: there's literally a rewards package for any budget and everything helps. With Kickstarter's All-or-Nothing policy, either we make 100% of our goal before time runs out, or no money exchanges hands, and it's back to the drawing board.
So please, pledge what you can honestly afford and tell everyone you know about our project; "many hands make for light work," and many donors can take achieving our goal from being a dream to a reality. On behalf of everyone here at Raging Dogs Productions, thank you all very much for your support, and we look forward to entertaining you with the fruits of our collective labor.
Yes and no. Kickstarter policy states: "If you're offering more than one thing in a single reward tier, set your estimated delivery date to when you expect everything in the reward tier to be delivered."
Since we can't deliver a DVD of the film until we're picked up for distribution and the DVD is manufactured, every reward tier from $50 and up has an estimated delivery reflecting our goal of when we hope to get picked up.
Having said that, upon successful completion of our Kickstarter campaign, we will make good on our rewards as applicable as quickly as we can.
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Oct 5, 2011 - Nov 14, 2011 (40 days)
Pledge $10 or more
“Personal Thank You”: Get a personal “Thank You” phone call from writer/director Michael Angelo and/or producer Paul H. Fielder. Because good manners are important!Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $25 or more
“Public Thank You”: Get a personal “Thank You” phone call and special recognition on the “Thank You” page of RagingDogs.comEstimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $50 or more
“Autographed DVD”: Both of the above plus a DVD of "Whispers from the Dark, Vol. 1," once it’s released, autographed by writer/director Michael Angelo, producer Paul H. Fielder, and principal cast!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $75 or more
“Autographed Screenplay”: Personal “Thank You” phone call, shout out on our web site, autographed DVD of "Whispers from the Dark, Vol. 1" (once it’s released) and the screenplay for "Whispers," autographed by writer/director Michael Angelo, producer Paul H. Fielder, and principal cast.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $100 or more
“Screen Credit”: All of the above mentioned rewards plus your name listed alphabetically in the “Special Thanks” section of the closing credits of "Whispers from the Dark, Vol. 1."Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $135 or more
“Poster Art T-Shirt”: You get a super cool T-shirt featuring your choice of poster art: "Whispers from the Dark, Vol. 1," “Love Lost in a Boat,” “You Always Have a Choice,” or “Angler/Fish” (in addition to all of the above mentioned rewards).Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $175 or more
“Poster Art, um, Poster”: Everything mentioned above, plus a poster autographed by producers Michael Angelo and Paul H. Fielder, principal cast, and crew, featuring your choice of design: "Whispers from the Dark, Vol. 1," “Love Lost in a Boat,” “You Always Have a Choice,” or “Angler/Fish.”Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $275 or more
“Poster Pack (all 4 designs)”: "Whispers from the Dark, Vol. 1," “Love Lost in a Boat,” “You Always Have a Choice,” and “Angler/Fish” (plus the phone call, web shout out, DVD, screenplay, screen credit, and the t-shirt).Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $350 or more
“Advertise on RagingDogs.com”: All of the benefits of “Poster Pack” plus we’ll advertise your business (as long as it’s legal) on our web site. Don’t have a business? That’s okay, we’ll put just about anything you want on there as long as it doesn’t violate any laws or our own consciences.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $500 or more
“20 min. of Skype”: Same as the previous package, plus you get 20 minutes of Skype time to ask the producers whatever you want: questions about the film, questions about filmmaking in general, shaved or 70's...literally anything. It’s like Truth or Dare, but without the “Dare.”Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $750 or more
“Set Visit”: Phone call, web shout out, DVD, screenplay, screen credit, t-shirt, poster 4-pack, advertising (or whatever weirdness you want to decorate our site with), and as if all that wasn’t enough, you get to spend the day (or most likely night since it’s primarily a night shoot) on set with us (travel not included, but feel free to hit up the craft services table as hard as you want).Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
“On-Screen Extra”: What’s better than visiting the set? Actually getting to be in the movie, duh! You get all the benefits of “Set Visit,” but instead of just hanging out behind the scenes, you actually get to be part of a park scene for “You Always Have a Choice.” Obviously you’ll be responsible for making sure you’re available the day we’re filming that scene, but we’ll try to make sure it’s on a weekend (travel not included).Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $2,500 or more
“Associate Producer Credit”: “So what do you do, Trent?” “I'm a producer.” “Oh! Cool!” You get all of the “On-Screen Extra” benefits, but instead of your screen credit going under “Special Thanks,” you’ll be listed alphabetically in the end credits as “Associate Producer.” You’re so money and you don’t even know it!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $3,500 or more
“Dinner with the Producers”: “Associate Producer” perks plus producers Michael Angelo and Paul H. Fielder will take you and a guest out for an evening of wining and dining: you pick the restaurant, we’ll pick up you and the tab (limited to Houston, TX and the surrounding areas only; out-of-towners will need to make their own travel arrangements to get to Houston).Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
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“Advertise in a Scene”: As fate would have it, there is a scene in “Angler/Fish” where the male lead is thinking about what a fool he just made of himself in front of a beautiful stranger, and as he does, there is a late-night infomercial playing on the TV. That could be your infomercial. Obviously, we can’t stop the scene to show a commercial in its entirety, but we can show it long enough for a web site to flash and make the full-length commercial available on our web site and as an extra on the DVD. You provide the commercial (and the pledge) and we’ll make it visible. This, in addition to the perks of the “Dinner with the Producers” package.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $7,000 or more
“Co-Producer Credit”: Same as “Dinner with the Producers” package, but your screen credit gets bumped up to “Co-Producer.” Did we mention that also puts you in the opening credits? Because it does.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $8,500 or more
“Executive Producer Credit”: “Co-Producer Credit” package with a title upgrade that costs most people millions and millions of dollars.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $10,000 or more
“Private Screening”: We start you off with the “Executive Producer” package, but replace the “Dinner with the Producers” part with this: upon the completion of "Whispers from the Dark, Vol. 1," writer/director Michael Angelo and producer Paul H. Fielder will fly to your city and screen the director’s cut in your home! And we’ll even bring enough drinks and hors d’oeuvres for up to 20 people. What could be better? Answer: Nothing. You’ve arrived, baby.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012