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Joe MorrealeBy Joe Morreale
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Joe MorrealeBy Joe Morreale
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$126
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, January 11 2015 2:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

THEY WATCHED US KILL

Logline37,000 years ago the so called “Star Parents” revisit their experiment on planet Earth in order to observe the first human to invent agriculture, an invention that instigates a tribal war. 

This ambitious sci-fi script helped attract three experienced screenwriters  and valuable mentors; Justin Trevor Winters, Brad Ingelsby (known for Out Of the Furnace), and Tom Sierchio. Now it's time for the vision to come to life.  I am confident  that with our team and my vision,  we will be able to make this story as amazing on the screen as it is on paper – once our goal is met.

We hope to begin filming in May of 2015. With the help of Def Wood Productions -  a collection of veteran filmmakers and truly talented artist  and with your generosity, this film’s potential is as limitless as the stars. 

I had the privilege of serving as Associate Producer for the music video below, directed by Tighe Kellner.  It was a blast. We are bringing back many of the same cast and crew that helped make that project such a success. They will play a pivotal role in making this project a reality, and I couldn’t ask for a better team.

Check it out! -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP2lYu8KaeU

We will shoot the first weekend in May. With the help of my friends, all truly talented filmmakers, the final product is sure to impress. 

SYNOPSIS OF MY PROJECT:  A perceived betrayal and miss communication dude to a language barrier forces our hero to commit the first act of murderous revenge to play out on this new world. His actions, not surprisingly kick start a tribal war with the pink-skinned clan from the North. Bondi attempts to lure his rivals away from his people and the new food source he has created. In doing so he leaves his clan open to attack from the remainder of the enemy. While attempting to save his people he causes the very thing he meant to avoid, the further loss of his tribes dwindling numbers. 

As a writer/director I want to make this story for several reasons. The first being that I believe it is an exciting tale that has yet to be told. The themes I want to touch upon include: thriving vs surviving, fear of death and the death of loved ones, and the primal almost animal piece of the human person that we often try to pretend doesn't exist. I also want to show how similar humans of that time period would have been compared to today. They certainly would have had the same hopes and fears and only really differ in culture  and setting. 

I also feel that as a filmmaker today we have the amazing ability to tell a story and invite people to take part in it from the start. Why can't the viewer be an active contributor in the storytelling process? This web series will be an experiment to see how a community of likeminded people can collaboratively take part in creating something they love to watch. 

What We Have and What We Need:

1) We will be shooting on the RED Scarlet which we have access to thanks to Andrew, one of our producers. But we would like to use Zeiss or Canon cinema glass which we do not have access to. This will cost 750 dollars for a 4 day shoot. Besides this we also need to purchase upgraded battery packs for the RED and rent or purchase a generator for charging our auxiliary equipment/batteries when we are on location. 

Additional camera accessories and RED cards are estimated at 1,400 dollars.

2) The VFX (aka CGI) for this project, while entirely supplementary are still going to need to be top notch, otherwise what's the point right. We have secured the help of two awesome VFX artists, one of whom is known for his seamless work on the show Blue Bloods. Our VFX Supervisor has estimated this project will call for at least 5,000 dollars to be done right. 

3) Friends and family will be working for free and but we still have to feed and transport them, estimated cost for this is 400-500 dollars for four days. 

4) We have been able to get the material for costumes donated to us but we still need to pay people to fabricated and dye them. This is a labor intensive process and will require time and money, approximately 500 dollars worth.  

5) Casting. Paying a casting director is expensive and we hope to be approved for SAG's Ultra Low Budget which ironicly makes our initial costs for talent more expensive. The upside however is that we will be working with professional actors who wont waste time or money. This will only be possible if our hired actors are paid a minimum day rate of 100 dollars.  With at least four main actors and the rest being extras (friends and relatives who will not be receiving monitory compensation) it is estimate that our cast alone will cost at least 1,200 dollars for four days. It's safer to estimate that cost being closer to 1,600 dollars as we would like to get older actors who likely will not be happy with the minimum SAG regulated compensation. 

6) Hair and makeup effects, valued at 1,360 dollars.

7) Distribution 250 dollars.

8) Remaining costume and set design 820 dollars.

9) Storyboarding costs 100 dollars. 

10) Amazon payment and Kickstarter are poised to take 10% of the after the campaign is successfully completed. 

Risks and challenges

The biggest obstacles we will face with this project are...

- Reaching our goal. Without this important first step out project will not be able to get off the ground.

- If it rains that would really hurt us, luckily we have rain dates scheduled.

- Making it happen. Filmmaking isn't easy, and funding is just one of the many hills we will have to climb to reach our destination. However with the amount of planing and awesome crew that we have invested in this project I know we WILL produce something noteworthy.

- Costuming and set design will be the next biggest obstacle and has been in the works since October. Check out our Facebook page for a taste of how authentic our props and costumes are.

- Distribution, we plan to put aside a small piece of our funding to enable us to effectively tackle this after thought. Filming comes first but distribution is something that we look forward to doing once it's all said and done.

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    And immediate email by Joe Morreale thanking you for your contribution. He will be asking you to play an important role in the journey head. You will also receive a one of a kind piece of artwork or original storyboard crafted by the amazing Jim Penola.

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    Backers will be invited to join us during development in the future. We will be listening to your feedback and asking you to share your ideas as we finalize season scripts and create unique set pieces and ask you to be part of other important creative decisions. If you choose to be involved we can also promise Development Producer credit followed by your name during the end credits of each episode. All this can be done over facetime/skype or similar communication means. Location is not a barrier for being important to our team.

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Funding period

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