Thanks so much to all our backers! We couldn't have done it without all your shares, posts, likes and favorites!
We've got everything we need to make a great movie, but we could always use a little more. We're specifically looking at some of our post production costs, where a few extra thousand dollars could go a long way in getting the best sound and visual effects we can give you.
So here's the deal, if we make it to $7000 by our deadline, EVERYONE who donated at the $28 level or above will receive a Walt's Frozen Head pin, suitable for your lapel or your lanyard.
We wouldn't recommend using them for pin trading, but if you try, let us know what happens!
(International shipping is an extra $3-$10, depending on the level pledged.)
Special Offer #2
Pledge at the City of the Future Level ($82), Citizen of the City of the Future Level ($82) or higher, and you'll have the option of receiving a DVD version of the film, instead of the digital download. We'll send out surveys once funding is finished, and you'll be given the choice of an HD digital download or a physical DVD.
Special Offer #1
*Have you every wanted to do something on a film, but didn't want to put in the time, energy, or effort? Well, here's your chance!
Donate $7+ AND share the link to the Kickstarter with a personal message on Twitter or Facebook, and you can choose your own credit on the film! (Credits are subject to approval and must not be a real thing.) Have you every wanted to be the Dole Whipping Supervisor? How about the Hatbox Wrangler? The Rural Ursine Vocal Coach? The choice is up to you!
The credits will appear in a special section at the end of the film and on our website. Just send us a message indicating what credit you'd like and attach a screenshot of your post.
Also, do you not want your name on this movie for...reasons? We're glad to list you by a pseudonym. Just let us know that as well.
Playing off the urban legend that Walt Disney had himself cryogenically preserved, a new feature film is being produced and shot in the Orlando area. The movie was made without the knowledge or permission of the Walt Disney Company or family.
Significant portions of the film have already been shot on location at the Walt Disney World resort. However, we need your help to finish the rest of the film!
The Further Adventures of Walt’s Frozen Head is a quirky comedy about the unlikely friendship between the frozen head of Walt and Peter, a low level theme park employee.
During his yearly thaw to oversee the direction of his company and guard his creative legacy, Walt demands to be finally allowed up to see his park, Walt Disney World. When management scoffs, he recruits Peter to kidnap him for a day in the Magic Kingdom.
Right now the entire film is cast, with the exception of the main mouse, eh, uh, man himself, Walt. Depending on the success and publicity of this Kickstarter, we’re looking to lure someone to the project who would be a recognizable name talent. Obviously, we make no guarantees, but we’re hopeful that someone out there with some recognition and who wants to star in an indie film would be interested.
Since the effect of Walt’s head in a jar will be achieved using post production compositing, we have a little bit of time before we need to finalize this casting.
We’ve already cast the rest of the film with local professional and semi-professional actors from Central Florida, and have already shot several scenes at Orlando landmarks.
I’m sure you know filmmaking is expensive, and we’ve sunk every dime we can into this project. It’s a labor of love for people who are pouring their own sweat equity into the film. We’re getting our insurance and filmmaking equipment for free, so that’s not a cost for us, but the cast and crew are working for meals and credit. People involved with the production team have already supplied a lot of the budget, and we’re at a place where we have the bare bones minimum of production costs covered.
So what could we do with an extra $5000? The initial money will be split between the art department for costs like costumes and prop construction. Anything left over will go towards post production, getting a professional sound mix & color correction. If we raise anything above our goal, we’ll be even more excited, because that means we have more to put into set construction, costumes, and location fees! We’ll also be looking into a professional special effect house to do the final compositing. Frozen heads don’t come cheap, after all!
Writer/Director Benjamin Lancaster is a native Missourian who has completed two feature narrative films, both of which have been screened at festivals across the country. His latest, Lightning in a Bottle, won the second place prize for features at the Gen-Con film festival in 2012, and is currently available to screen on Amazon.com. He has also written, produced, and directed for Indiana public broadcasting, including Vagabond Indiana, a travel documentary about Central Indiana’s historic theaters. For two years he was the producer/director of Indiana Public Radio’s annual live Christmas Radio Drama. Benjamin has a Masters degree in Digital Storytelling from Ball State University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of Central Florida.
Tyler Marino is a producer from Orlando, Florida. In early 2012, he started his production company, Nebula Productions. He is currently producing a television program called Star and Shield’s Copout Adventures, an outdoor adventure show that rewards hometown heroes with the trip of a lifetime. The show airs Saturdays on Destination America. In addition to his television show, Tyler is finishing a feature documentary entitled Code 9: Officer Needs Assistance, about the harsh realities of post-traumatic stress within the law enforcement community.
Amber Steele is a cinematographer and director from Mesa, Arizona. While this is her first time shooting a feature, she’s worked on several high profile projecting including the new Kevin Smith biopic, Shooting Clerks. Her short film “FREEFORM” has been screened at both the Starlite and Sarasota Film Festival in competition. Amber is in her third year of getting her Bachelors’ of Fine Arts from UCF while working as a cinematographer and colorist at a high end commercial production company in Downtown Orlando.
Risks and challenges
As you probably know, there are inherent risks in filmmaking that could result in the film never seeing the light of day. While these are unlikely, we want to remind you that these are a slim possibility.
There are any number of dreadful things that could get in the way of a successful production process. Our lead actor breaks his leg. Our gaffer wins the lottery and does a peace-out, mic-drop before leaving the set. Some sort of magnetic pulse wipes all of our hard drives, leaving us without any footage. And we’re shooting in Florida; I hear alligators are a problem.
This isn’t to make light of anything, just to point out that there are innumerable little things that could cause a catastrophe. I don’t have a way to avoid them, but we want to assure you that however much you want this film to be made, we want it more! We will do everything we can to finish this project, and we have a successful track record of professionals and near professionals who can make that happen.
What happens if the money runs out? Once again, always a challenge for filmmaking on this budget level. There’s no studio to go to, hat in hand, and ask for additional funds.
Luckily, we’ve structured the budget so that if anything gets cut, it’s on the post-production side. For a low budget film, things like professional color correction and sound mixes are certainly wonderful, but not completely necessarily, especially when you’ve got a few favors you can call in with talented people. We’d love to get these additional finishing services, but we already have people on board our team who can do them in a pinch.
Ok, so we recognize we’re tweaking the largest, most powerful, and most beloved media corporation in the world. They have an army of lawyers, and we have... impressive looking stationery. We believe that we’re completely within our First Amendment rights, but they might see otherwise, and keep us from selling the film.
But as far as we can tell, there’s nothing they can do to keep us from getting it to you some other way. If we can’t get a regular distribution, we’ll find some way to ensure you can see this film!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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