UPDATE 4/7/2012 -------- WE'VE DONE IT! NOW, HELP US REACH OUR NEW STRETCH GOAL!
Thanks to you we hit our $18,000 goal, and we are making ENDANGERED! But rather than sitting back to relax, we are more determined than ever to make this short movie even more exciting. If we reach our new $25,000 Stretch Goal, we’ll be able to improve the film for all of our backers.
If we can hit the $25k mark by the end of our campaign, we’ll be able to:
Improve the quality of the musical score. Reaching our stretch goal will allow our composer to hire session musicians to create a more orchestral, cinematic score rather than a synthesized one.
Add professional color grading. Our stretch goal allows our color grading session to be more comprehensive, so that the look of every shot can be dialed into perfection.
Create multichannel sound mixes. Sound is one half of the movie watching experience, and our stretch goal will allow us to create an industry standard 5.1- channel sound mix in addition to the 2-channel stereo mix. This fully immersive mix will be available for live screenings such as the premiere and film festivals, as well as on the DVD and Blu-ray discs.
We know that getting another $7,000 in pledges in the next 4 days will be tough, but we are nothing if not ambitious. With your help, we think we can do it, so don’t forget to spread the word!
The Endangered Team
HI, EVERYONE! THANK YOU FOR TAKING A FEW MOMENTS OF YOUR VALUABLE TIME TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PROJECT!
ENDANGERED is the new action-packed scifi short film from director, visual effects master, and Project Greenlight winner Efram Potelle.
THE STORY: A man wakes up from cryo sleep expecting to arrive into a futuristic society; instead he steps into a nightmare world devoid of people and technology, but filled with exotic, dangerous creatures that have apparently taken over the world. As these monsters chase him through a decrepit city, he must learn to survive while searching for the answers to very important questions: What are these creatures? Where did they come from? And where is everybody? Is he the only one left? The answers will shock you.
With ENDANGERED, Efram aims to push the boundaries of what can be done with visual effects on a limited budget, while still telling an exciting and compelling story. Our goal is nothing short of creating a huge, exciting and epic new world that people will want to explore long after they’ve seen this film.
Creature scale comparison
We’d never ask for money without offering something in return, and so we'll include our backers as much as possible in the incredible process of making this film. If you look to the right, you’ll see a galaxy of different reward tiers, from $1 (every little bit helps and is appreciated!) to $10,000, and rewards – everything from invitations to swanky LA screenings and Blu-Ray copies of Endangered to the filmmaker's rewards, including behind-the-scenes movies and even instructional videos on how to make your own action/scifi film. Need Efram to personally troubleshoot VFX problems you’re having on your film? We have a reward for that!
After pooling all our resources, stretching ourselves to the limit of what we can personally do, and calling in favors from everyone we know, we still found ourselves just short of the funds which would make this film truly EPIC. And epic is the only way we want to make it. We want this world to feel huge and real, filled with unique and scary monsters that live in their own ecosystem. We want to create a setting that you'd want to explore. Our goal is to raise at least $18,000 to make this project the way it deserves to be made.
The money we receive from Kickstarter will go to the actual hard costs of production that we simply can’t do ourselves or get for free; mainly prop construction materials and location fees. To a lesser extent, the money will be spent on equipment rentals (at a thankfully discounted rate), storage space, travel costs, character wardrobe and set dressing.
Cryotube Prop Design
The bottom line is that, we, the filmmakers, are already getting a lot of bang for our buck, which means that you, the wonderful, amazing, and incredible potential Kickstarting backers will, too. And just to be clear, none of the money we’re asking for will be going to us. It will all be up on screen.
READY TO ROLL
We're deep into pre-production and have finished (or nearly finished) securing locations, creature design, prop building and design, budgets, storyboards, schedules, and countless other odds and ends. Our Kickstarter fundraising drive runs through the month of March into the early part of April, and if successful, we will immediately finish up pre-production and shoot in mid-May. Because of the extensive visual effects work, the post-production will be longer than usual, but we’re going to work as fast as we can to deliver the finished film.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
Efram Potelle is an award-winning director and visual effect artist, and winner of the second season of Project Greenlight (he co-directed The Battle of Shaker Heights starring Shia LaBeouf).
Efram on the set of THE BATTLE OF SHAKER HEIGHTS
Efram's short films have generated millions of hits, everywhere from Atom Films to YouTube; you may have even seen a few. Here are two of them:
"HellHoles" Episode 1
In his spare time, Efram designs his own unique, darkly funny, holiday cards (of which you can get limited edition prints … just check out the reward tiers to the right!!)
Efram's 2011 Holiday Card - The Exploding Santa
You can find out more about him and see the rest of his shorts and reels, including the remaining episodes of HellHoles at his website (http://eframcentral.com), or you can shoot over to his IMDB page (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003768/) for more information.
Geoff Skinner, Jane Lawton Moore & Morgan Patterson are working with Efram to produce ENDANGERED and help bring Efram's vision to life. They bring with them over 30 years of movie making experience, ranging from production work to feature development.
WHAT IS THIS KICKSTARTER THING?
In short, Kickstarter allows anyone to donate any amount they would like (from one dollar up to 10 grand) in order to help support the completion of a creative project.
In return, Kickstarter donors receive rewards based on how much they give (our rewards are listed to the right). If you choose to donate, click the reward tier you’d like, verify the amount you’d like to donate, and at that point you’ll be taken to the Amazon.com payment processing center to make your pledge. It's that easy!
BUT VERY IMPORTANT!!!! No money will be taken out of your account until two things have happened. 1) We have reached the end of our pledge drive on April 11, 2012 at Midnight, and 2) WE HAVE REACHED OUR GOAL OF $18,000.
This is all or nothing for us – if we don’t reach our goal, you keep your money. It’s that simple.
JUST THE BEGINNING
Does this story end with this film? Absolutely not. This short is the first step in a campaign to build a world of story and hopefully many hours of entertainment for lovers of sci-fi and fantasy adventures. So come with us as we begin the amazing journey into this new world!
SPREAD THE WORD
Thank you all for checking out our project! If you do back our project, or if you want to because you like what we're trying to accomplish, please also consider spreading the word via Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or any other way you can think of. Every little bit helps, and everyone here will be forever grateful.
Now, with your help, let’s go make this movie!
- (37 days)