"Wild Men" - A found-footage feature comedy
Discovering Bigfoot was the last thing the cast and crew of a reality show about discovering Bigfoot planned for.
Wild Men has wrapped day 2 of production in Pawling and if it weren't for spotty internets we'd be posting much more footage. For the time being, check out what one of the shows cast members has come across in the woods...potential Bigfoot scat.
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 2 month long expedition into the largest national state park in the United States 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 begins on September 27th and production wraps in late October of this year. The film is being shot throughout the Pocono Mountain region and across towns and forests in New York State and Pennsylvania. Shooting the film while this campaign is in mid-stride will allow us to update backers like yourself with daily video and photos from the set! Gotta love that. The film has an immensely talented, and rather large, ensemble cast including, but definitely not limited to, Zack Abramowitz, Alexander Stine, Erin MacDonald, James Rich, Sarah Sanders, Chaka Desilva, Joshua Payne and Rica de Ocampo. There are many others who will be featured and mentioned as this campaign unfolds.
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. Which leads us to why you should back this film...
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 have gone into the logistics of filming this project on a tight budget with a talented cast and crew. So many people have already donated their time and effort to the planning stages of this film and production isn't even under way yet. It's the dedication, commitment and plain old good nature of people who want to help that will see it through with me till the end. But...
Shooting a feature costs money! Who knew? So far we have already raised enough funds through multiple sources including investors, private donors and my bank account to cover the costs of the crew, the cast, 50% of the special FX materials, props, qualified production facility fees (Windmill Studios), auditions, grip rentals, aerial videography, insurance and most post-production elements. Many others have lent their time for casting, scouting, producing and design work.
But we have run short and must turn to you, the wonderful backer of fine entertainment, to help put us where we need to be. To get a better sense of where all the funds will be going we put together this sweet graph and list so you can rest easy in knowing that all of the ducks in our possession are neatly lined up. No amateurs here.
1 - Transportation - $2,008 (15 Pass. + Equip. Vehicles / C.C. Rentals)
3 - Practical Special FX Materials - $5,860 (MindFearGore FX Group)
4 - Location Lodging - 12 Days - $5,023 (Pine Grove / Dutchess Motor)
5 - Food for 20 + - 12 Days - $2,250 (Vinny's Deli + Catering)
6 - Kickstarter Fees - 5% ($1,075)
Stretch Goals - Yes, please.
Let's not forget about these. Hitting our main goal is...well, the goal. But every dollar over our goal will go directly into pushing this film to a higher level. With additional funds we will be able to...
- Get promotional elements designed and made faster
- Spend more hours in the edit bays fine tuning
- Cover the costs of re-shoots (let's hope this isn't needed)
- Add additional personnel so crew members aren't stretched thin
- Festival costs, distribution costs. All the costs.
This is why you're really here isn't it? Sure sure, you can't wait to just see a hilarious movie about reality stars getting torn to pieces, but what's in for you? Why, this sweet swag...
A project of this size and scope requires the collaboration and effort of many hard working individuals. Without them this project just lives in my head. This hardworking group of individuals deserves all of the credit in the world.
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 Mixer - 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.
Additional key crew members include...
Devin Williams - Assistant Director
Kenny Simon Yu - Producer / Project Coordinator
Marc Riou - Camera Operator
Rob La Rosa - Key Grip
David Rodriguez - Lead FX Artist
Jessica Roscetti - Key Make-up
Justin Moriarty - Key Production Utility
Alex Valderana - Production Utility / BTS Stills
If you've managed to make it this far through the novel I'd like to personally thank you for taking the time to look at it. It means the world to me and the entire team working on this film. Getting a film in the can means nothing without supporters and fans. This is the promise to you, the backer, that we will put 150% into this project until you have a rock solid entertaining film in your hands. This is why I've only slept 4 hours every night for the last 4 months. This film is all I can think about when I wake up, while I'm eating lunch and when I get into bed. I am passionate about this project like no other that has come before and I will see it through to the end, no matter what. Thanks in advance for your support. - R.S.
Risks and challenges
Everyone knows that risks and challenges arise with complex film productions. Good thing we enjoy a good challenge. Having spent two years putting this project together we feel that we have addressed every conceivable problem that may arise during filming. And if we haven't, we've put ourselves in a position to tackle it efficiently.
What's great about the timing of this campaign is that the potential backer will be getting daily updates from the actual production. You will be able to see our progress and setbacks as they occur. You will also see how we forge ahead and solve problems. And at a certain backer level you can actually participate.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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