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Playing off the urban legend that Walt Disney had himself cryogenically preserved, a new feature film is being produced & 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 and around Orlando. 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.
The majority of filming was done with a stand-in for the part of Walt, however we are proud to announce that we have finally cast our leading cryogenically frozen head!
Actor Ron Schneider will be taking on the iconic role of Walt Disney…well the cranial part of him anyway.
Ron brings his own rich history with Disney to the role. For over 40 years, Ron has been an actor, writer, director and consultant for themed attractions and events across North America. A passionate fan of Walt Disney's since the 1950s, he attended Disneyland on opening day and 25 years later was performing in the original Golden Horseshoe Revue in Frontierland.
Ron was the first strolling Dreamfinder for EPCOT Center's Journey Into Imagination and one of the opening crew at the Magic Kingdom's Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. All this while contributing to Six Flags and Universal Studio attractions on both coasts as well as half a dozen themed dinner shows. Ron regularly performs with Orlando's Mad Cow Theatre, Mount Dora's Ice House and the Orlando Shakespeare Festival, and has written a memoir/textbook - From Dreamer to Dreamfinder: A Life and Lessons Learned in 40 Years Behind a Name Tag - for Bamboo Forest Publishing.
While most of the film has already been completed, Ron’s work will soon be recorded and digitally composited into the existing footage.
Although principal photography has been completed there's still a lot more to be done in post-production before we have a finished movie! Your donations will go towards covering things like VFX, color corrections, a film score, sound editing, special effects makeup, and more.
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!
$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.
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.
Mickie Garcia is an aspiring filmmaker working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies with a minor in Digital Media at the University of Central Florida. She has produced short films and worked on two other features. This is her first time producing a feature.
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.
Since we're through most of production, these are unlikely, but it's possible that someone will back out before they finish their ADR or we'll loose a production member and can't find a replacement.
All our footage could be mysteriously wiped from the four hard drives in three states. It's not likely, but it's technically possible.
What happens if the money runs out? (Again) 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 fair use 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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