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"Gialli typically introduce strong psychological themes of madness, alienation and paranoia."

"From the Wikipedia Giallo Listing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giallo"

                                           "THE MAIN GOAL"

RottPro wants to make and release an innovative, smart, and scary Classic Italian Giallo film to release THIS December. We're bucking the trend by making it the old fashioned way, NO CGI.That's right, all the blood, make-up, creatures and sets will be shot ON SET. When the film is completed we'll start with the local premiere and sceen at film festivals nation wide with a limited video release by RottPro of the film on a special edition DVD, BLU-RAY and VERY LIMITED VHS.

                                         "WHAT IS IT ABOUT?"

Savannah Faye Salmons as Claire Wilmenson
Savannah Faye Salmons as Claire Wilmenson

"Giallo Girl" is the story of 17 year old Claire Wilmenson, a girl stricken with a new, and incurable parasitic virus that threatens all those around her, but for some reason has allowed her to live past it's normal fatality period.

She has been isolated to an indefinite quarantine in her own home, while her family has been relocated, and her friends ostracized to internet only video chats and cell phone texts. Daily visits from her hazmat clad Doctor are the only interactions Claire has an actual human, and even he is only there to study. Claire sees herself no longer as a girl, but an animal, caged and tested upon endlessly. No cure truly seems in sight, and she has started to get SICKER.

Her world soon becomes a fractured mix of reality and terrifying fever dreams.

As Claire's lines of communication are cut off one by one starting with the disappearance of her cell phone and slashing of her Ethernet cables. Claire suspects SOMEONE is in the house despite the quarantine. She can only hope and wait for her Doctor to arrive.

When she witnesses the brutal and elaborate murder of her Doctor at the hands of a gas masked, black gloved KILLER outside her home her world is sent into a faster downward spiral of terror, alienation, and paranoia as her fears are rendered true, But why? Why kill a dying girl?

Is the Killer real, a part of Claire's fevered decaying psyche, or her imminent death personified?

As Claire's fevered world begins to turn on her, AIDING the Killer in a bizarre and twisted series of torments, she is forced to survive the increasing onslaught long enough on borrowed time to find the truth behind the Killer's mask, and perhaps even her sickness itself.

                                      "WHY GIALLO GIRL?"

Giallo Girl is a culmination of where I've seen my films heading for quite some time. It is also a means to explore and address some things that interest and scare me within the context of classic Italian cinema and Giallo look and feel accentuated by a blast of color drenched visuals both striking and shocking.

Modern isolation scares me. People cut themselves off from the outside world, hide in their homes, and live through a monitor. The faces they see, the people they love, sometimes even marry, all exist on a screen strapped to a box. We'd rather text then talk, and face the world through screens. What does this do to us? Does it cause a strange kind of social awkwardness when they are faced with the real world? Are social skills skills compromised? Is physical intimacy even desirable, or just flat our frightening and foreign?   When I decided to approach this topic in the context of a classic Giallo picture it was decided early on that the best representation of this broken off section of society be represented by a teenager, the generation that seems to be the most effected by the digital domain.

So Claire was born.

Diseases scare me. I'll be honest and upfront. Parasites, diseases, anything that lives off the human body and makes us sick. Scares me. When you're sick no one wants to be around you, and anyone with a conscience is afraid to be near the people they love. Who wants to inflict that kind of thing on another? For the time you have that fever, you are alienated beyond your control from everyone you care about. Not being able to hold my daughter when I'm sick kills me, and hence this concept came into play.

I had an insanely high temperature the last time I was sick, and the "fever dreams" were truly frightening and felt very very real. I felt as if my world had turned against me. This loss of control to my body's state of being really inspired the concept of Claire becoming sicker with her mind perhaps getting the best of her. It also allows us to twist the world she exists in, creating a visual landscape that will be a dark work of art unto itself.

                                "THE CLASSIC ITALIAN LOOK"

"Giallo Girl" is being shot in High Definition 24p digital in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio. While the films themes are very modern, every effort is being put forth to guarantee the film is as exacting in it's duplication of classic and practical film techniques from the golden era of Italian Giallo films as possible. We love this genre and want to add something new to it, and also directly evoke a different time and place in film that is very special to many fans, including us.The look of the film is to be an "art explosion" of sorts with much effort being forward into every aspect of the stylized world Claire lives in.

We will be taking the following measures in order to make the film as authentic as possible in it's look and feel regarding a bygone era.

There are only four things digital in this film; The camera, the edit, the film elements pass and the technicolor conversion.

The film is being shot in 2.35:1 aspect ratio with all settings exactingly calibrated to match the look of a film shot in the late 1970's technicolor widescreen.

All make-up and creature effects will be shot ON SET. No composites, no digital effects, no CGI of ANY kind.

All lighting and lighting effects, of which there are many, will be shot live ON SET. No post production tampering.

While the film is meant to look EXACTLY like an Italian film shot in the late 1970's, there will not be a "grindhouse" look applied to the film. Only ONE pass with mild film elements, such as stock specific grain, and reel changes will be added to the final print and only to ensure that the film looks as much like an older film that has been preserved and released properly.

The film will be processed through a digital version of classic Technicolor process, again to insure the look of the film is accurate.

                             "WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING?"

One of the most important questions is just that. What are we spending this money on? Below is simple list to ensure you that the money is going on screen and nowhere else. This is very much a film created with an eye on it's intricate visual design with most of the money being allotted to that aspect of the film.

I'll start first by telling you where your money ISN'T going and what we've covered already as to keep the budget down and only ask for what we NEED.

Our overhead is small due to the fact that our post production facility is already in place and being done by in house by myself. The post production facility represents thousands of dollars spent and has been responsible for all of the films in my filmography. Having the post production 100% covered from the edit and sound mix, to the final mastering and authoring of the film, allows us to put more money on the screen.

Being shot in a small town has it's advantages. We have the location for FREE. A large and isolated 200 year old home that screams horror and is located on 6 acres of land in Wooster, Ohio. The entire production will be housed here given the nature of the story. Less travel means less money spent.

Our catering has been organized locally. All food for cast and crew is being taken care of by the wonderful donations of restaurants from around the town.

 Our wonderful cast and crew have agreed to work on the film at no up front cost in order to get the film made. They will be compensated on a percentage of the films profits. There are many talented people working to make this picture something special, and much bigger looking by making decisions out of their desire to make it happen by taking a leap of faith that the picture will make money, and we believe that it can.

The Camera: After much consideration and research based upon on the needs of the production we have decided upon the powerful, yet affordable, Canon Vixia G10. The camera is a consistently 5 star rated piece of hardware that features the same cmos chip as Canon's pro line. While the camera seems deceptively small it packs a major visual wallop in it's color reproduction, full set of manual controls and customization. The camera features a built in hard drive and two expansion slots. We will be purchasing 2 additional SD memory cards in order to maximize our recording time. Our previous efforts were shot on a similar Sony camera and the final product was every bit as professional as far pricier cameras when properly lit and treated as something shot on real celluloid. We have the utmost confidence that this model can fully realize the film well beyond it's low budget.

Lights and gels. With the film being so dependent on a stylized lighting scheme, one sequence requiring the stylized lighting of an entire overgrown driveway a quarter of a mile long, it's important for us to have the lights we need to create the fever dream look of the film with an array of lights and colors. In order to maximize our budget we will be using an assortment of affordable, but effective lights proven on our past productions, just in greater numbers. 

Make-Up and Creature Effects. In a Giallo film the deaths are spectacular, and our set piece death of Claire's doctor's death and another "surprise character" will certainly be no exception. There are also many assorted make-up gags within Claire's mind as well as part of her sickness, including a major set piece where Claire struggles to pry the visual manifestation of the parasite  from inside her body. Claire also endures varied and frequent torment and wounds from her battles with the Killer and the house that has revolted against her. The finale of the film also features a fearsome creature that may or may not be in Claire's head as well as an intricate set piece involving the killer.

The "Bowels of the House" set. This is the location of the finale of the film. We will be heavily modifying the existing houses dirt and stone basement into a living nightmare including a large pit and twisting, claustrophobic corridors.exploding mirrors, and other assorted mayhem. This set is planned to be a sensory overload of the final stages of Claire's mental and physical journey. 

The costumes. While there are not many costumes we do require the Hazmat suit, the killer's outfit, and 3 costume changes for the lead actress that we will need to double up on in case they are damaged during a stunt our effect. Claire sees allot of bloody torment and action in this film and it's most certainly more safe than sorry.

The gas. I always promise my actors gas. They've been kind enough to not get paid until later, so we always cover their travel. Luckily on this film the cast and crew are VERY small and isolated to ONE location. Our cast and crew all live locally, the furthest travel time will be the lead actress who has 20 minutes to and from set each day.

                                            "THE UPDATES"

We aim to make the pre-prodcution, shooting, post production, and release of the film as interactive and informative as possible for everyone. There will a day to day on-line journal kept by myself for the entire duration of the process that we may later release as a book on the making of a low budget film in Ohio. There will be a twitter account that will be updated from the set, guiding the audience through the process. Video journals will be kept and frequently uploaded by the cast and crew in the form of candid self shot photography to on set interviews. We will frequently encourage and answer questions posted about the film on it's online blog via video posts. On set photography will be posted regularly to give one more point of perspective on the film's making.

                                             "IN CLOSING"

Thanks everyone for reading and taking the time to take an interest in our picture. We want to make a film that looks like it's much bigger than one could ever expect from it's budget, and I have the utmost faith in our crew that this is more than possible. The raw talent, planning and ingenuity pouring into this project is really something special, I believe that.  I hope here on kickstarter.com that we've earned your faith and belief as well. I know we can make an amazing picture, lets do it together shall we?

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