The Way of Seeming
The Way of Seeming
On the eve of graduation, five friends confront their darkest fears as they are all drawn to a legendary road known as Mystery Mile.
On the eve of graduation, five friends confront their darkest fears as they are all drawn to a legendary road known as Mystery Mile. Read more
About this project
So you like scary movies? Are you ready for this one? The Way of Seeming tells the story of Mystery Mile, a troubled stretch of road that carries with it over 70 years of tragedy and terror. Nestled in a hillside just above the Ohio River, Wolf Run Road seems idyllic by the light of day. But when the shadows lengthen, the restless spirits come to life, and those the forest claims, the forest keeps.
Like all urban legends, the stories of Mystery Mile have spread over the years due to the influence of those who tell them. Which is why we want YOU to help us tell this one! You can join us and influence the creation of the film in a number of ways! From appearing in the film yourself, to renaming characters. You can get your name (and face) up on the big screen or onto IMDB. You can visit the set, chill with the cast, and even act alongside them!
The film's story was born from the imagination of director Joshua D. Maley, whose father once lived on Mystery Mile and shared the frightening tales with him. Maley's fascination with the road is well known, and he was recently interviewed by noted folklore and urban legend author, Professor Thomas White, to contribute to White's forthcoming book on the lore of haunted roads in the Pittsburgh area. Maley's screenplay for The Way of Seeming was a finalist in the well-respected 2013 Just Effing Entertain Me competition.
We are a group of people who love a great film, and love a great scary film even more. We've come together to tell the story of this notorious legend in a way that will not only scare the crap out of you, but will also stick with you after the credits. The tales of Mystery Mile have been told and spread by people just like you, so it's only right that everyone gets to share in what we believe is a unique and very exciting (and terrifying) story.
We live in an age of crowd-funding, and people are looking for help for everything from getting an eyebrow wax to paying for surgeries. There are some tremendously worthy causes out there that we fully support, and hope you do as well.
But there's something unique about narrative fiction. It's the lifeblood of a society. Whether it's an oral tradition, scribbled on cave walls, beautifully written into the pages of classic literature, or told through the magic and beauty of the cinema, stories are what we escape to when we need a respite from an overwhelming world, or when we want to hang out with friends and have a good time, or even be inspired, or yes, even frightened. That's where we come in!
We aren't a big studio. We don't have a massive budget or Hollywood executives to answer to - which is great, because we can tell the story we want to tell and remain independent! We are a passionate group, armed with a fantastic cast and crew, and a unique and exciting script. Kickstarter isn't our only source of funding, but it's a big one and it will help us make "Seeming" one of the most compelling and frightening thrillers you've ever seen. And you can bet a big part of it all!
If we don't make the goal, you won't be charged for anything, and we'll continue to post updates on the project for our backers.
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Ok, let's cut to the chase. We're asking you to donate your hard-earned money, and we want to thank you for that. We've added a ton of new perks and unique items to the campaign for contributions at all levels. From a few dollars, to up in the thousands, from cool knick-knacks to gaining a voice in the film's production, there's something here for every taste and budget. Take a look at some highlights below, and check the full list in the column to the right.
You know what we're doing it, how you can help, and what you'll receive. Let's talk story!
Something is wrong in the small borough of Industry, Pennsylvania. For over seventy years, there have been stories, whispers of strange goings-on in the hills above the Ohio River. In the suffocating darkness of these wooded roads, it's said that animals turn rabid. That the voices of angels are heard amongst the trees. That the shadows themselves will reach out and take you. That those the forest claims, the forest keeps.
All Dawn knows is that her sister went into that forest, and never came out. And too soon after, Dawn's mother perished under psychiatric care, claiming she could still hear her missing daughter calling to her from the forest. Begging for help.
But Dawn hears her too. Since that first fateful night, Dawn's sister has come to visit every time she closes her eyes. And recently, even when she doesn't.
Desperate to find answers before she shares her mother's fate, Dawn's journey is spiraling towards its end. Before it's over, she and those she loves will uncover the truth behind Mystery Mile...or die trying.
Our cast features the most talented actors in the area and beyond. Get to know them below. In addition to the below, we're actively pursuing a few "big names" for some of our other roles. With your support, we can make that happen!
Our "scream team" of experienced filmmakers is preparing even now to roll cmaeras on "Seeming." Get to know them below!
Urban legends belong to everyone. The legacy of Mystery Mile has grown richer for decades, thanks to the people who have added to it and passed it on. This film draws heavily upon many of the stories that have appeared about the road over the years, so it's only right that all of you have a part! This campaign gives you the opportunity to:
- Participate in the film on multiple levels, as cast, crew, or both!
- Receive exciting merch before anyone else, such as the soundtrack, novelization, and special edition BluRays and DVDs.
- Keep up to date on the film through our backers-only site.
- See the film early or even have a private screening.
- Visit the set and hang out with the cast and crew.
We understand that not everyone can contribute financially to the project. No problem! If you're not able to donate, you can still be a huge help to us! Here's how:
- Sharing our campaign and various web pages on social media as much as you're able.
- Tell your friends, family, and others about us, and offer them a link to our campaign page.
- Contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a custom banner and other ideas to help share!
Risks and challenges
We know the risks of an independent film project are not for the faint of heart. Unexpected costs, scheduling challenges, bad weather...all of these things and more can pose unique challenges.
Our crew's collective experience is more than a match for these. Our team includes a highly experienced producer who runs his own production company with his partners, a director with five shorts and a web series pilot under his belt, and a Director of Photography with twenty years of experience working in Hollywood as a DP. Our cast is likewise very experienced, with a dozen features and shorts between them, including one that went to Sundance in 2013 (The Immaculate Reception, starring Jess Paul).
There's no doubt that we are more than up to the challenge of producing a feature like "The Way of Seeming" both in front of the camera, and behind it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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