About this project
WHAT ARE WE RAISING MONEY FOR?
With the money raised here, the production intends to shoot a fan made web series revolving around the the characters from the Batman franchise. What makes this series unique is the fact that we are giving these characters a gritty medieval makeover. Giving Batman and his villains a complete new look as each character will receive a custom set of armor and unique twists built upon their existing story lines.
Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing fundraising platform. We want to see this fan fiction become a reality; if you want to see that as well, please pledge a few dollars and in return, we promise not to disappoint.
OUR FINANCIAL GOALS AND WHAT WILL ACCOMPANY EACH OF THEM:
At the $20,000 base goal we will be able to:
-Create a ridiculously awesome, super special scalemaille Batsuit. This Batsuit will be handcrafted from over 25,000 small scales and 50,000 steel rings. Accompanied with custom weaponry, helm and scalemaille cape to create a BATMAN you will never forget.
-Create a seductive chainmaille dress for POISON IVY
-Create a seductive chain and plate armor set for HARLEY QUINN
-Hold a spectacular photo shoot to show off our talent and their unique medieval look on the classic characters. Then, of course, we share these photos with the world.
-Put our hired actors through training and fight rehearsals to become their respective characters. Then, in late summer shoot 3 episodes for the world's entertainment.
If we raise $30,000:
TWO FACE will receive a medieval makeover and be added to the cast.
If we raise $40,000:
JOKER will receive a medieval makeover and be added to the cast.
If we raise $50,000:
ROBIN will receive a medieval makeover and be added to the cast.
If we raise $60,000:
CATWOMAN will receive a medieval makeover and be added to the cast.
If we raise $70,000:
BANE will receive a medieval makeover and be added to the cast.
If we raise $80,000:
RA'S AL GHUL will receive a medieval makeover and be added to the cast.
If we raise $90,000:
SCARECROW will receive a medieval makeover and be added to the cast.
If we raise $105,000:
KILLER CROC will receive a medieval makeover and be added to the cast.
If we raise $120,000:
PENGUIN will receive a medieval makeover and be added to the cast.
If we raise $130,000:
MR. FREEZE will receive a medieval makeover and be added to the cast.
February: If funding is successful, the money will be transferred, supplies will be ordered and pre-production will begin. Casting begins for the main. characters and the behind the scenes excitement commences.
March: Construction of the different suits of armor begins.
May: With spring comes set construction.
June: Fight Choreography begins and we have a group photo shoot for posters and press.
August: Filming in central Pennsylvania.
October: Editing finishes and it's sent to our sound team and score team.
December: Trailer is released for the series.
January: We release episode: one!
THE WHO'S WHO?
CHRISTOPHER JAMES CRAMER (CREATOR, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER)
Christopher first pursued the arts by attending the studio program at AMDA, NYC. After AMDA, Christopher worked professionally on the east coast and west coast; working in the industry as an actor, producer, director, director of photography, sound engineer and stunt man/fight choreographer. He considers himself a "jack of all trades" and believes it's his knowledge of each department of filmmaking that makes him an exceptional producer/writer/director.
BRENT MATA (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, CREATIVE CONSULTANT)
Brent is a Director of Photography & Imaging Specialist from Pasadena, California. Born and raised in Michigan, he gained notoriety as one of the leading Digital Imaging Technicians. Combining his knowledge of workflow, color grading, and his eye as a stills photographer, Brent’s end results are images that come alive with stunning color and content.
NICHOLAS JOHN LANSBERRY (PRODUCER, CREATIVE CONSULTANT)
Nicholas is a true film enthusiast, creating his own short films since he was ten years old. Nicholas has recently found himself working with Dreaming Tree Productions of Chicago and Los Angeles as a technical director. He has since returned to Cambria County, Pennsylvania to expand upon his education and work with Poke The Bear Productions. Nicholas prides himself on his work as a gaffer, director of photography and editor.
POKE THE BEAR PRODUCTIONS; LLC (PRODUCING COMPANY)
Poke The Bear Productions; L.L.C. is an independent film production company created in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania. This company was founded to create profitable independent art that breaks the confines of the way Hollywood typically operates. Its purpose is to create art that provokes thought, rattles a few cages, and pokes the bear. (Do you see where the name came from?) The company was founded by Christopher James Cramer, Nicholas John Lansberry, and Joanna Haffner
STEELE MATA CREATIVE (PRODUCING COMPANY)
In the ever-changing environment of media, STEELE MATA CREATIVE brings a knowledge base allowing for the most optimized and creative production techniques.
SMC is a production company dedicated to working on the pre-visualization, production, and post for every facet of media, with an emphasis on Feature Narrative, Non Fiction, Commercial, and music video.
Founded by a group of the top Digital Imaging Technicians, SMC boasts a creative staff whose rounded experience allows them to serve their productions with a unique perspective and technical prowess. Steelemata Creative is fully capable of bringing any creative endeavor to life.
Special Thanks: Your name will forever be attached to the project in the "Special Thanks" of our credits.
Digital Photos: Since we are taking such a unique approach to the classic characters in the series, we will be having a photo shoot of the characters to show them off.You will receive a HD download package of our best photos.
Digital Series Download: Download the first season in HD so that you can enjoy it in full HD!
Digital Commentary Download: Are you a fan of the behind the scenes aspect of film making? This will give you a great look into the world that created the series.
Limited Edition Production T-shirt: This t-shirt will only be available to Kickstarter supporters and the production team that develops the series!
Mini Movie Poster (Signed by the Cast): 11 x 17 mini movie poster that will be signed by the cast... or not if you would prefer it untouched.
Byzantine Chainmaille Bracelet: Bracelet is hand made by our Creative Director, Christopher James Cramer! Christopher will be crafting these while the project is live and we will be mailing these out the week the project closes! This means you would receive it in time for Valentine's Day! Support us and yourself by getting yourself this perk! Colors Available: Crimson Red, Pastel Pink, Hot Pink, Brown, Sky Blue, Royal Blue, Black, Orange and Green
DVD of the First Season (Signed by the Cast): DVD of the first season, which will also include behind the scenes, commentaries and additional movie making fun! Of course it will be signed by the cast... unless you would prefer it untouched.
Blue-Ray of the First Season (Signed by the Cast): BLUE-RAY of the first season, which will also include behind the scenes, commentaries and additional movie making fun! Of course it will be signed by the cast... unless you would prefer it untouched.
Full Sized Movie Poster (Signed by the Cast): 27 x 40 movie poster that will be signed by the cast... or not if you would prefer it untouched.
Very Special Thanks: Let the world know you're a big supporter of this project by receiving a very special thanks in the credits of the film.
Small Prop Used in Production: This may be a Batarang, a key or even a poisonous plant used in production.
Large Prop Used in Production: This prop will be a key turning point in an episode and featured.
Batman Helm (Signed by the Cast): We're having custom armor made for each character. Receive a Batman Helm signed by the cast.
Associate Producer Credit: Receive this credit and have your name attached to the project as more than just a special thanks!
Walk on Role: Want to be seen in the series, this is your chance to be part of the making of! Step in front of the camera as a henchman or victim! Have your voice heard in the series as a walk-on character.
Custom Batsuit: The Batsuit will be the most intricate and time-consuming design of all the characters. The suit will be identical to the one we are using to shoot except for the cape. The cape we are making to film will consist of small scales and this cape uses large scales. This will certainly be a piece to show off!
This project is an unofficial fan series made by Batman fans. Batman and all related things are TM of DC Comics.
Every penny received from this Kickstarter campaign will go into the project.
Risks and challenges
There are a multitude of small things that go wrong with every production from bad weather to broken equipment. Our production team excels at crisis management to keep ourselves on schedule. Baring a large act of god our productions finish on time.
Being 100% honest... this will not make everyone happy. Batman is beloved by millions and there is no way we will appease all of our donors. All we can do is promise to provide a dramatic storyline full of action and adventure.
This is a fan film, as such we can't make a profit from this project. We need to certain that 100% of the funds raised in this kickstarter go into the making of this short series. Meaning every dollar raised makes this project that much more badass!
This is not my only in-progress Kickstarter, in July I successfully received funding for another project titled MOREAU (Which we are very proud of and excited to share with the world!) Since then, Moreau has moved through pre-production/production and is currently on schedule in post production. The reason I am now launching this second project is because MOREAU is out of my hands. MOREAU is being edited by a partner of mine and my involvement is minimal. Therefore, I am able to put my personal focus elsewhere until the process of editing, sound engineering and scoring is finished. Rather than twiddle my thumbs, I can propel my company forward with it's second project.
It is not expected that either project will affect the other's delivery of donation incentives. However, the production team has taken measures to further reduce the odds of this happening by adding members to the production team and scheduling "catch up time" IF production falls behind schedule. In the small chance that we are late with our incentives, the production team will inform you of our progress, assess new delivery dates and ask for your continued support in the form of patience and compassion.
DC comics is O.K. with letting you use their intelliectual properties, trademarks and copyrights? Could there be legal issues?
This is a fan film series and therefore we can make it provided we do not sell the product. Crowd fundraising through sites like kickstarter isn't selling a product, it's donation based incentives looking for help to create a project. However, it is possible that DC may send a Cease and Desist order... if that happens, we cancel the project and everyone gets their money back.
DC Comics was known to actively discourage the creation of fan movies in the 1990s. In 2008, however, DC Comics changed its tune when its president, Paul Levitz, gave provisional permission to fan filmmakers, stating definitively, "We’re against anything that monetizes our assets and our copyrights without our permission. We are not against things where people use our assets if they don’t do anything monetarily with them."
When the project is finished it will not be sold. This project is created by fans of the Batman franchise, we love the universe DC created and we are simply trying to pay homage to it.
This is also great for those of you who pledge to this project because it means that every penny we receive MUST go into the project.
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