SHOOT, POST & RELEASE A FILM A MONTH!
These films will range from 10-50 mins in the first months, then feature lengh too as the City Of Sin website grows. Once they are shot and posted, they are released directly to the web and mobile devices.
MARKETING & DISTRIBUTION
All my films will then be placed into the one area. www.cityofsinworld.com This will help me build a global audience around the one destination. The body of work will also be a great showcase, and the talent that are involved also get their work shown fast.
WHAT IS THE £5000 BUDGET FOR?
The budget will be used to buy a camera for all the films that will be made, and sound kit. It will also fund the first two films. The first episode of CRIME LORD (50 Mins) and a short film (10 mins)
I am also using my own wages, and some small sponsor deals to fund the following months films. This budget will start the ball rolling on making a film a month for this CITY OF SIN world.
WHAT IS THE FIRST FILM ABOUT?
CRIME LORD is about a gangster who is released from prison. He took the heat for his crime family, after he wiped out a rival crime family to protect them all. He's released after twenty years. He now wants some compensation from all his family. Who now have legit businesses.
His family won't give him a fair cut of their businesses, even though he stayed silent in prison about them all. They all agree to kill him incase he talks about them now. The hit squad fail to kill him. He is now forced to take down his whole family tree to protect himself.
In episode two, he plans to kill them all at a wedding. The same way he killed the rival gang years before. All in the one room at the wedding reception.
WILL THIS CONTINUE AS A SERIES?
If the audience grows for this, we will follow this character build an empire over months, years. He sees areas in this new world he can exploit. A world were the lines are blurred between legal and illegal criminality.
The plan is to make CRIME LORD a series of films. Video pitch HERE
THE NEXT FILMS
I will give the audience the choice of picking some of the next films after CRIME LORD. Backers will get the chance to vote on pitches and posters. Whatever film idea gets the most likes, that film will get made. New pitch titles will go on the CITY OF SIN website through this campaign.
WHAT GENRES WILL YOU MAKE?
Crime, Horror, Suspense, Thrillers, Supernatural, Drama, Comedy, Erotic Fiction, SciFi. The goal is to experiment with new and sub genres too in the future. I also want to reinvent genres. Bring fresh angles to them
WHERE WILL THESE FILMS BE SHOT?
The first films will kick off in the UK. Scotland, London, and possibly various UK cities. The plan is to spread to the US, and eventually European countries as my following grows.
PRODUCTION AND RELEASE DATES
If funded, CRIME LORD will shoot in August, and be released 4 weeks later. Then the next film will be shot and released. As will others every month.
WHAT IS THE "CITY OF SIN" WEBSITE?
All the films I make will be city based stories. They have their own individual titles, but the "City Of Sin" name is the branded destination title. In the same way the anthology series "The Twilight Zone" was the brand name for that universe of suspense stories.
ALL my films will be placed into this social website to keep them all in the one destination to cultivate a fan-base.
CASTING-WHO WILL APPEAR IN THESE FILMS
In the first instance, new talent. Some great actors, crews from my previous films are attached. I also have US name actors attached for some of the films.
Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects, A Few Good Men) Bill Oberst Jr. Star of a 100 horror films. Other top talent and name actors are also showing interest. The US shoots will come later as I grow.
In the first instance, I'm building this with new talent here as my body of work goes out there. I will not be casting film by film, I will be casting like a rep theatre company.
I will cast for several films, then I write for the talent I have. I have already attached Kevin Pollak and Bill Oberst Jr. this way.
If funded, backers will get to see me casting via skype for all my films. And the whole process. (Below, goal is to shoot film below in US next year. As I grow the following. Bill Oberst Jr. is 100% attached after reading script)
David Paul Baker
David is the creator and driving force behind this project. He has three feature films to his credit., and a short. PASTY FACES, MISSION X, SCREEN, and CALL GIRL. He has spent the last few years learning how to make films cheaply to practise for this bigger plan.
"I wanted to learn every aspect of filmmaking. In a way, I was also biding my time for this bigger plan. I have also been writing for 15 years, so I have enough fresh scripts and treatments to last until I die.
Grant Timmins (Support Camera-Post-Production) (UK)
Grant worked on David's second feature film. MISSION X. He acted and shot the camera on the film. He also helped on the post production of MISSION X.
Donna Langdon (Co-Producer) (UK)
Donna will be a Co-Producer on all the CITY OF SIN films on this first slate. David's partner of ten years. She also worked on SCREEN.
I use very small crews. I already have them attached from my previous work. I also have a lot of other talented people who want to work on these projects.
I have also recruited many post people, composers, bands. Too many to mention here, but they are attached for various projects. Not just one film.
WHAT IS KICKSTARTER?
Kickstarter is a crowd funding platform that allows people to pledge donations to support projects. In return, the backers get perks from the filmmaker, and get to follow the project as it's made and completed.
Films have always been made by pre-sale funding, but now, pre-sales can be done direct to supporters. Kickstarter has raised over $340m for projects. New talent and established talent have been raising funds there. The Most recent was Veronica Mars, which raised just under $6m, and Actor-Filmmaker Zack Braff, who has just raised $3m.
PERKS DELIVERY DATE?
Physical perks will be sent out in September 2013. Check the dates beside each perk to see earlier releases for digital content.
ANY MORE INFO ABOUT THE PROJECT?
SEE MY LAST TWO MOVIES!
MISSION X (£1 PERK)
I am offering my second feature film MISSION X on the £1 perk. You can stream or download it. You will be sent a link to view it after you pledge.
SCREEN (£2 PERK)
You can also see my most recent horror film SCREEN. This won't be officially released until October the 25th. But if you pledge £2 to my kickstarter, you get an early preview of the whole film. You will also be sent a link of this after you pledge.
Risks and challenges
scIn the film business, EVERY project is risky. However, I have tried to create a project here that takes every aspect into consideration. My goal is to make and release a film every month.
With three Features behind me, and the speed of the new technology, and post, I now know I can do that. My last feature was shot in seven days, and posted in 3 weeks. I also shot CALL GIRL at the beginning of the year for £450. It was written, shot, and released within 4 weeks as a test for this bigger plan
I already have a lot of resources and contacts to do this, but I need this minimum cash. Possibly risky challenges? After I have finished the first few films and released, there is no gaurantee I will build a big enough following to continue making a film a month.
Films are risky, but I am approaching this in a very sensible way. Also, unlike most features, I am not relying on distribution. I have my own direct to market distribution and marketing plan to start building my community. Making a conventional single feature film, then taking that to sales agents, festivals, distributors, is VERY risky.
This is not my approach. I am evolving with the new world to build my audience grass roots style over years with a prolific output of micro budget films.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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