Superhero stories are almost always told from the hero's point of view, delving deep into their struggles as they seek to overcome the overwhelming challenges they face. Screw that: time to see what it looks like out of the other side of that spectrum.This is the tale of the Dark Specter... Actually, this is the continuation of that funnily sad and tragic story. If you love smart, off-kilter, action-packed, super-anti-hero sagas, then this is the project for you. What are the challenges that a villain must overcome in his pursuit of world domination? Come join us and find out.
The Dark Specter was born on the stage at a presentation of Fred Willard's MoHos sketch Comedy Group. The sketch went over so well that it would have been a travesty to not take it further, and so I decided to take the plunge and film it. The end result was the award-winning comedy short Dark Specter (password: bertrand) The short has been making the rounds at various film festivals.
About this project:
Superhero films and shorts usually fall into either fan films or parodies, and I wanted to do something a little different. My original short brought up questions about the lives of these characters: what it would mean to actually live a life where you could melt through steel walls? I'm sure you wouldn't use a microwave either, Dark Specter 2 will explore some of these ideas. Combined with the original short, this will be the basis of a series pitch.
What will we do with your money
Dark Specter 2 is a much larger production than the original and the costs are much higher. We will be shooting it across several days. The money we are asking from you will mostly go to production days. Where the first short was a single location, this time we are multi-location. Our major set piece is going to be an effects-laden brawl shot right in the center of a downtown city street, which comes with a whole series of costs, not the least of which is closing down that part of the city for a day!
Major expenses include:
1. Shooting permit for street closure. (We're be blocking off a downtown city street for filming!)
2. Production insurance. (No insurance = no permit)
3. Prop rentals.
5. Camera and light rentals.
7. Craft services (We have to feed a crew of about 15 and between 15 to 25 actors).
8. Port-a-potty rentals & washing station, including same day drop off and pickup.
9. Rental of chairs, tables and popup tents for our location. (You try not being able to sit for 15 hours)
10. Cleanup services.
Additional money will go towards our additional indoor shoot day. That money will cover location rental, additional equipment rentals and more food.
You might have noticed that there isn't wasn't a mention of putting money towards post. This isn't an oversight, or a lack of understanding about how important the post production process is. The fact is, our post is already covered. The experienced and talented people who have been involved and invested in Dark Specter since the beginning are back on board and ready to do what they do best, which is make it all look and sound incredible.
The rest will be going towards advertising. We did well getting the word out on the original; this time around we really want to blast it out and that requires a budget and know-how.
Risks and challenges
The first and biggest risk to the completion of the short is: Can we get all that we need in the one day of shooting we will have on March 20th? I believe the answer is yes; however I'm not just going on blind faith. We have a professional fight choreographer who has laid out the exact sequence of what we are shooting. We have had several previsualization meetings and rehearsal so that we have already mapped out exactly what we are shooting and how we will shoot them to achieve the effects we will need. There will be no guesswork on shoot day: every camera shot we will need will have been tested.
We have an amazing director with clear vision working with a highly professional DP. Our entire crew is experienced. To help speed up setups, as we will be racing the sun, we will have two cameras on set so there will be less time between setups. If we are funded, it will allow us to get all the equipment we need to make it all work smoothly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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