12/7/15 - We are down to the final few days! Check out a clip from the film below. It's only available on Kickstarter until the campaign ends! Don't miss out on getting your hands on the film!
11/28/15 - I still can't believe we hit our goal 11 days early. I underestimated the level of support this campaign would get. With 10 days still to go we have the opportunity to stretch the reach of this film farther than I estimated. Every dollar over the initial goal will help send this film to an additional festival it may not have gone to. It will help create promotional materials needed for festivals and film markets. And it will better the chances of this film finding the right distributor. For those of you who have backed it already...I can't wait to send it to you.
One year ago we launched the 'Wild Men' Kickstarter campaign: Wild Men
It was a complete failure. We tried to build support for the film as we were shooting it. It would be an interactive campaign where we updated the backers right from set. Trying to promote a campaign while filming a movie proved to be too much to tackle at once. However, our backers were extremely supportive and because of that we were able to still get the film shot and edited in 12 months.
All that remains now is the final step of post-production...color. Once color correction is complete we can begin the process of getting the film out to distributors and festivals.
And if you've made it this far and you're still wondering what this film is even about...here's a condensed version from the original campaign...
"Dick Heffelfinger and his team of Bigfoot "experts" have just wrapped on season 1 of their surprise hit reality-tv show that takes them all over the country searching for the elusive, wild man. Not being content with high ratings, an obsessed Dick decides to lead the cast and crew on a 3 month long expedition into the Adirondacks in New York State and refuses to return without proof. The overworked crew attempts to sabotage the legitimacy of the show by staging fake evidence and making the cast look downright incompetent...and silly. However, neither the cast nor crew are prepared for how to handle actually disturbing the hunting ground of a wild beast. This is a comedy."
Wild Men is a found-footage style parody with a little dash of terror sprinkled in there. Shooting took place in September and October of 2014. The film was shot throughout the Pocono Mountain region and across towns and forests in New York State and Pennsylvania. The film has an immensely talented, and rather large, ensemble cast including Zack Abramowitz, Alexander Stine, Erin Anne MacDonald, James Rich, Sarah Grace Sanders, Chaka Desilva, Joshua Payne and Rica de Ocampo.
The 'found-footage' genre of horror really got into my head in 1999. Thanks to Eduardo Sánchez I didn't go camping for five years. He took that joy from me. So it's only natural that my first feature film take place through the lenses of off-screen characters and be set in the woods. I had been racking my brain for years over what could work as a manageable first feature film. It wasn't until after binge watching 20 hours of a certain hour long Bigfoot reality show my thoughts became clear. My thoughts were...this show needs a proper parody with characters who take themselves way too seriously and then, of course, be utterly unprepared for discovering the creature they have been searching for. I had found my calling as a filmmaker and I set out to make it happen.
Wild Men is a low-budget indie feature but that doesn't mean it can't be done right and done great. Many months of planning went into the logistics of filming on a tight budget with a talented cast and crew. That preparation paid off as we were able to shoot the entire film in under 2 weeks. Thanks to the dedication and commitment of everyone involved we are a mere few weeks away from realizing a polished feature film.
The money we are trying to raise here will pay for the remaining expenses involved in having a professional colorist grade the film so it looks as good as it can possibly look. The money will also be going towards the costs of festivals and creating screening materials for distributors.
Thankfully the bulk of expenses for this film are in the past and the small amount we are raising here will send us over the finish line. It will also help us deliver the rewards in less than a month after this campaign ends.
The rewards we have planned range from a digital copy of the film to tickets to a private screening in NYC. No matter which one you choose you also get the rewards from all previous tiers.
$5 - Thank you credit in the film
$25 - A digital version of the film
$50 - A digital download of the films original musical score
$100 - A 24"x36" signed poster
$150 - A hardcopy of the film
$250 - 2 tickets to the films private premiere in NYC
$500 - A producer credit in the film
A project of this size and scope requires the collaboration and effort of many hard working individuals.
Bobby Sansivero / Director - I directed my first 'film' with my brother when I was 12 years old. It was a 5 minute long version of Jurassic Park, in theaters at the time, starring action figures from the film. It was the best. Since then I have steadily worked as a producer/camera op/sound tech, etc., in television and film. Wild Men is being produced under my new production company.
James O'Connor / Cinematographer - James has been shooting and cutting material for broadcast TV for over a decade now. We met while shooting for E! Entertainment almost 6 years ago. There is no one I would trust more shooting a film with a reality-tv style to it then someone who does it for a living.
Ken Wilkinson / Sound Designer - Ken is a multi-talented artist in the field of sound mixing and post-prodcution sound engineering. He brings a level of professionalism to the film only found in the crisp sounds of broadcast audio.
Thank you so much for checking out this campaign. Our only hope is that you have as much fun watching this flick as we had making it. None of this is possible without the support of friends, family and fans of the genre.
Risks and challenges
There are innumerable risks that come with making a feature film. I have tackled almost everyone of them over the last two years. Since the film is practically done you can be sure it will be finished on schedule and delivered to you as promised. All the risk has been taken already over the last year and we are so close to realizing a dream. This project would be nothing without the people that brought it to life and that includes every single person that contributes to this campaign. Contribute with confidence. It's going to be a fun ride.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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