The Storm is an action/horror film about the Antonio Bay Bombshells; a roller derby team pitted against alien creatures from space!
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Since completing A Chance In Hell, the Nazi zombie short film, Tony Wash has been in full swing between promoting the award-winning short film and developing his latest feature length motion picture, THE STORM.
Scotchworthy's second feature film is a roller derby/alien gore fest that combines practical FX work from an award-winning team of artists, 70s/80s thematic elements, and sexy kick ass chicks who don’t take s@#t from anyone!
The story begins with the Antonio Bay Bombshells roller derby team the night of their championship game. They make it home to celebrate their victory, but soon find themselves pitted against alien-slug creatures that have emerged from meteorites, which have crash landed throughout the region that same night!
“I just look around and see all these terrible horror movies being churned out year after year. And I wonder how it’s possible that people keep getting millions of dollars to make movies that are just plain awful more often than not.” – Tony Wash (Director/Writer)
So Wash and his creative team have been hard at work crafting what is sure to be one of this year’s coolest indie horror flicks. Pulling it together hasn’t been easy though. Set to shoot last fall 2011, the production had to be put on hold due to budget concerns and the production team’s commitment to quality.
“When it came down to it, Tony, myself, and the other production heads weren’t as prepared as we wanted to be. We all loved the story, characters, and most of all the creatures, but we knew that we’d either be eating our own words or scraping the bottom of the barrel to get everything done within the time frame we’d originally set for ourselves.” – Timothy Voelker (Co-Producer and Unit Production Manager)
In the end, the postponement turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Having the opportunity to reexamine the production from the ground up while they continued raising funds allowed them to pay time and attention to details that hadn’t fully developed. This was especially true of the special effects.
“The benefit of this extra time for the effects alone is going to make all the difference.” – Jason Kain (Special Effects Co-Supervisor)
SPI has also had the opportunity to learn more about the roller derby sport as a whole. Spending time at practices, bouts, and other specialty events broadened their understanding of not only the rules and regulations, but also opened their eyes to the community and how much they have in common with it.
“The Roller Derby culture relates closely to the independent filmmaking world: A DIY approach. In order to roll out, Derby teams must invest time and money. The majority of these teams must rely on self-financing and outside donations. In order to do what they love, they must have the passion and drive to get it done! It’s been enriching as well as eye opening to see how these two worlds are so similar. Both of these grass-rooted groups rely heavily on team work, passion, and blood...so to speak.” - Olivia Giachino (Co-Producer)
Bottom line is that Scotchworthy Productions promises that when this movie is done, it’ll be nothing short of a sexy, ass kicking, genre melding horror bonanza!
HOW YOU WILL HELP
We've done the leg work and development to carry this project as far as it will go without proper funding. As the video mentioned, we've shot a teaser trailer, scouted locations, completed the majority of our casting (minus hiring of "named" talent), begun development of key concepts/designs, raised "sweat equity" (free goods & services) in excess of $250,000, hired department heads and the majority of our crew, established an online system to manage workflow throughout all phases of production, started a social media campaign to create awareness of the film, organized a fundraiser at The Portage Theater in Chicago (ROLLER JAM), met with production counsel, established relationships and gained support of local roller derby leagues, and the list goes on.
The next step for this movie is to start making it. Now we'd love it (obviously) if you'd help us raise the whole amount we'll need to make this motion picture. But while we are endlessly optimistic, we're also very practical. As such, we've set our goal to cover the costs of what we'll need to finish raising the total budget of $300,000, while continuing some pre-production.
We have a ridiculous amount of legal paperwork which needs to be drafted and tailored to our production before we can approach a number of investors. This includes subscription agreements, operational agreements, a private placement memorandum, as well as a myriad of other important contracts (NDAs, deal memos, intellectual property agreements).
Your contributions will also help cover the costs of securing letters of intent from certain actors/actresses who we would like to attach to the project, thus helping to raise further funds and create buzz for the movie.
Additionally, we will be able to hire a publicist, make deposits to secure certain locations, begin tests for special effects and makeup, and overhaul the movie's website.
Just think: if 12,000 people pre-order this DVD, The Storm will be made!
Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Tumblr for the latest scoop on all things alien/roller derby! It's folks like you that are the reason we do what we do. Thank you for your time and consideration!
In the interest of full disclosure, we want you to know about all of the details regarding your incentives up front. First and foremost, we will keep you updated on our progress throughout all phases. As this is a community effort, we believe in keeping ours informed.
We expect the estimates we've given for delivery of these incentives to be reasonable. In the event we expect an inconsistency in the completion and delivery of any incentives, you will be notified as soon as possible.
The following incentives will be delivered as quickly as we can get them done: 'SPECIAL THANKS' will be posted on the website, facebook, and twitter upon procurement of the funds. The VIDEO thank yous with accompanying performances will be posted as soon as we can get them all done. How long that will take depends on how many we have to do. The more the merrier though. And nothing like some raw, emotional lyrics...
For obvious reasons, the weekly video production diary won't be posted until production.
All incentives which require shipping (T-Shirts, Posters, Props, Models, Comics, Storyboards, Etc.) will await the completion of the film's post-production until being delivered. We are doing this because we want to wait until the DVD has been printed to avoid sending out two rounds of packages.
This will save us money on packing material, as well as a separate round of tracking/insurance costs. It will also mean we don't have to prepare hundreds of packages for shipping on two different occasions.
In event you have any questions regarding anything throughout and/or after completion of funding, please feel to contact us.
MEET THE TEAM
You've already met Tony and Tim, so we just wanted to share with you some of the other creative minds on this project!
CHRISTOPHER PATRICK, Special FX Co-Supervisor
Christopher Patrick has been working with Tony Wash on Scotchworthy Productions since the inception of the company. Mr. Patrick has been one of the leading instructors at the Tom Savini Special FX School in Pittsburgh , PA for the past five years. He is also a member of the east coast Makeup Union and has worked on numerous big budget productions including Super 8 and The Avengers.
OLIVIA GIACHINO, Co-Producer
Ms. Giachino has been integrating her business marketing and media skills in both Chicago and abroad. This includes multiple locally based film and television productions (including Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, and ABC Studios), live performance venues (Onesti Entertainment), international film experience at the British Film Institute in London, as well as experience with corporate event planning and marketing.
Mitch Martinez will be our cinematographer, and Rob Stern will be our gaffer.
Your credit card will ONLY be charged IF/WHEN we reach our goal by June 6th, 2012.
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DOWN (LOAD) 'N DERBY BITS: Your name/organization will be listed in the 'SPECIAL THANKS' section of the end credits, as well as on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. You will also be the FIRST TO SEE THE MOVIE by receiving an HD DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film upon completion!Estimated delivery:
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A 'HIP' CHECK: All of the above + a SPECIAL EDITION (DIRECTOR AUTOGRAPHED) DVD copy of the film upon release! [PLEASE NOTE: Continental US S&H included. Canada, Hawaii, Alaska friends add $5. International friends add $10]Estimated delivery:
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SEXY SWAG: All of the above + a SEXY T-SHIRT for you to wear until it falls apart or gets torn off! Shirts can be made '80s STYLE' upon request. [PLEASE NOTE: Continental US S&H included. Canada, Hawaii, Alaska friends add $5. International friends add $10]Estimated delivery:
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COOL WHIP: All of the above + a LIMITED EDITION DVD with exclusive bonus features not included in the 'Special Edition'. This will be a one time pressing of the movie from a very limited run. The casing and liner notes/book will have art work designed specifically for this edition and will also include a lipstick kiss from the Bombshell of your choice. ORDER WHILE THEY LAST! We'll even still send a copy of the 'Special Edition' DVD for you to pass along to a friend or keep wrapped in plastic so that you can put your kids through college one day! [PLEASE NOTE: Continental US S&H included. Canada, Hawaii, Alaska friends add $5. International friends add $10]Estimated delivery:
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BLOODY BOOTY BAG: All of the above + get EXCLUSIVE ACCESS to weekly updates, behind the scenes interviews, and sneak peaks straight from the front lines of production on 'The Storm'! You will also receive an 11x17 poster autographed by the cast! [PLEASE NOTE: Includes 'Special Edition' DVD, not 'Limited Edition'. Continental US S&H included. Canada, Hawaii, Alaska friends add $5. International friends add $10]Estimated delivery:
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JAM-PACKED PACKAGE: All of the above + a GORGEOUS 24x36 OFFICIAL MOVIE POSTER! You'll also receive a one on one phone call or video conference with director Tony Wash! Here you will be given thanks, and the opportunity to discuss life, love, and of course, The Storm. [PLEASE NOTE: Includes 'Special Edition' DVD, not 'Limited Edition'. Continental US S&H included. Canada, Hawaii, Alaska friends add $5. International friends add $10]Estimated delivery:
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FISHNET BURNS: All of the above + an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit during the end credits, as well as (2) TICKETS with reserved seating to the film's PREMIERE in CHICAGO. [PLEASE NOTE: travel and accommodations NOT included. Includes 'Special Edition' DVD, not 'Limited Edition'.]Estimated delivery:
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SLUGGED: All of the above + a SERIES of (3) STORYBOARDS from the film, hand drawn in a COMIC STRIP format. We'll also let you name one of the characters in the movie (first come, first serve). [PLEASE NOTE: Includes 'Special Edition' DVD, not 'Limited Edition'. Continental US S&H included. Canada, Hawaii, Alaska friends add $5. International friends add $10]Estimated delivery:
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SING DERBY TO ME: All of the above + you will receive a HANDMADE CONCEPTUAL MODEL of one of our alien slug creatures (about 6 inches) to put on your hearth at Christmas! DIRECTOR Tony Wash will also be thanking you personally, as well as SINGING the first line and chorus of any song you so choose (acapella), and broadcast the video on Scotchworthy's official youtube page! To say that this performance will be daring and raw would be an understatement. [PLEASE NOTE: Songs may not be overly explicit or vulgar. We reserve the right to refuse any song request on this basis. Includes 'Special Edition' DVD, not 'Limited Edition'. Continental US S&H included. Canada, Hawaii, Alaska friends add $5. International friends add $10]Estimated delivery:
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HIGH ROLLER: All of the above + YOU just made it into the OPENING SCENE of the movie as an audience member during the championship game! You also receive an 8x10" (unframed) photo of you with the Bombshells to commemorate this once in a lifetime experience! [PLEASE NOTE: Transportation and accommodations NOT included. Includes 'Special Edition' DVD, not 'Limited Edition'.]Estimated delivery:
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INFECTED BY THE STORM!: Not only will you be in the movie, but you get to be one of the unlucky chumps who gets infected by the alien creatures and dies a bloody death! Imagine the alien growing inside you as it eats you from the inside out! Sounds appealing, right? Our award-winning FX crew will give you the onscreen death you've always dreamed of. You will also receive the alien FX prop associated with your death to cherish forever! [PLEASE NOTE: This incentive will include all perks from levels below it, minus the storyboards and limited edition DVD. Transportation and lodging not included]Estimated delivery:
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SOCK IT TO ME: Scotchworthy's award-winning FX crew will work on your movie's practical special FX for free! (PLEASE NOTE: Does not include travel, room accommodations, or FX supplies. Some other limitations do apply. Contact us before pledging for details).Estimated delivery:
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JUST ONE OF THE GALS: Consider yourself an 'Honorary Bombshell'. All of the above + a ONE-OF-A-KIND HAND DRAWN COMIC BOOK SCENE of you side by side with a derby chick, kicking alien slug ass! [PLEASE NOTE: Includes 'Special Edition' DVD, not 'Limited Edition'. Continental US S&H included. Canada, Hawaii, Alaska friends add $5. International friends add $10]Estimated delivery:
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DERBY DEITY: Absolutely EVERYTHING we've included in perks 1-11 + an OFFICIAL PROP from Tony Wash’s award winning Nazi Zombie short film "A Chance In Hell"! Did you want the Thompson Sub Machine Gun, German MP-40, or Zombie FX Props? You’ll also receive an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER title to be shown in the opening credits of "The Storm". [PLEASE NOTE: Continental US S&H included. Canada, Hawaii, Alaska friends add $5. International friends add $10]Estimated delivery:
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