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Joe, a retiring dentist, enacts brutal revenge on random, unsuspecting criminals, after his nephew is the victim of a violent crime.

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The Retirement of Joe Corduroy has been a dream project of mine that I have pondered and written and produced over the past two years. Largely inspired by the vigilante films of the 1970's, the film is an homage and a love song to those gritty, violent, revenge operas.

Joe Corduroy is retiring. He has approached the beginning of the end. After his nephew is put into a coma due to a mindless act of violence, this gentle dentist declares payback on the lowly scum of the streets. In an act of vengeance, Joe scours the streets for unsuspecting criminals to enforce his own form of vigilante justice; a bullet in the back.

Upon concepting the idea for Joe Corduroy, it was my original intent to make a feature length film out of the story. After pushing, prodding, rewriting, and trimming I realized that this story fared better as a short (20 pages) and told a tighter more poignant story. I could keep the emotional story, yet hang on to the gritty details. It also allowed me to really get to know this character, Joe Corduroy. By the time I had cast and started my first day of shooting, I knew every little nuance Joe had in his face down to secrets he kept inside.

In 2009 I applied for a state grant to make the film. Unsure of my chances with a script full of brutal shootings, politically incorrect satire, and a far from conventional ending, I submitted none the less hoping that my honesty and passion for the project would lead the way. In early 2010, the passion paid off. I was awarded a grant. Knowing that this would only be enough to help me though production (or most of it) I set off revising the script several more times and making hundreds of phone calls. It had begun.

After a good 6 months of pre-production I was ready to get going. Set during Christmas time, the film was a bitterly cold Minnesota shoot over the months of February and March.  Currently I have shot 10 days and the footage is looking fantastic. See below for several production stills of the shoot. Check the video above for clips of the film.

I have been blessed with an amazing crew and an incredibly talented cast. I had the honor of working with a professional pyrotechnics crew for squibs and firearms. The entirety of the film was shot on the RED camera with a Cooke 18-100 zoom lens (A BEAST) all of which was graciously donated to me by my friend and colleague Danny Robashkin at MAKE LLC.

Now I am at the next stage, finish production and start post-production. This is where I need your help! I need to wrap up production which means various equipment rentals, food for the crew, location fees and actor fees. Once production is complete I will move onto editing and color correction. This is an area I plan on taking on myself which will need more time than money.

After final cut, we move onto audio posting. This is critical in the making of a polished cohesive film. More times than not, indie films are set apart from larger budget studio films because their sound design and mixing are very poor in comparison. To me sound is 60% of the motion picture as a whole and can weigh heavily on the audiences experience. I am here to make the most professional product I can and know there is no way around this. I currently have a post house lined up in Minneapolis to do that work...I just need the moola.

Within the realm of audio post, I am also looking to have an original score composed for the film. Equally important, the music of the film needs to sing with it's visuals. With a heavy stylistic emphasis on percussive riffs, castanets, strings, distorted organ, and a little Lalo Schifrin, we could have the making of a great foreboding, retro score. I currently have two composers ready and willing who have been on board since the birth of the project.

Finally I hope to add a little extra flare...a one song soundtrack. The song I want to obtain rights for is called "Dum Dum Ditty" by the Shangri Las. It's a great "girl garage beat" song of the sixties with a dark opening, a heavy castanet back beat, with upbeat lyrics. It will be perfect.

After all of this, my goal is to show the film at festivals and attract the interest of investors and filmmakers alike to bring more visually arresting and exciting stories to life. Let's finish this thing!

*mike

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