Do you like comic books? Do you like an underdog? Do you like comic books about Underdog? If you answered any of these questions with, "YES!" or even just, "Yes" then you are probably going to like our project, too. But, Underdog is not in the movie, he already has his own film.
We are endeavoring to make a live-action feature film this coming July. Our story is a mix of Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure and Mystery all staged in a single day; Jake's first day of work at the comic book store. It's a place he knows nothing about, at least, that is what he thinks. The film embraces the comic book visual style and incorporates layers of magical realism, and some traditional animation, too, featuring the comic book characters that are large part of Jake and our other characters' lives.
Here's a synopsis:
"On Jake’s first day of work at the comic book store he finds out that he has entered a strange new world where anything is possible. He becomes embroiled in a power struggle of comic book proportions as he tries to keep his job and make it through the day. New friends and enemies amongst his new co-workers help him find his place in a powerful new world, on the most powerful day of the week, New Comic Day."
With your help we can gain the final resources we need to tell this story.
Maggie Marine - Character Concept Art by Joe Bilicic
Our origin story...
This is the first feature-length directorial effort for Michael Seminerio, but no one on the creative team is a stranger to the rigors of filmmaking. Michael and Producer, Cris Silvent, (co-owner of Saturday Pictures have worked together for over ten years, dating back to when they met in the MFA Film Program at Florida State University. Michael and Cris co-wrote Cris's feature length directorial debut, Chronological Order, currently seeking distribution (check out the trailer below).
Our creative team continues to unfold with:
Greg Jocoy, Co-Producer, Editor and Visual Effects Supervisor. Greg has edited several feature films, including U.S.S. Seaviper and Saturday Pictures' Chronological Order as well as many short films. Greg's critical eye and storytelling sense will bring to the film a polish and originality that will powerfully engage the audience in the world of New Comic Day.
Rob Murphree is our Director of Photography. Rob worked with us as Art Director on Chronological Order and his aesthetic and commitment to visual storytelling will be integral in bringing the world of the comic book store to life.
Dustin Cawood, sound wizard, will be lending his talents as Sound Designer to the film. Dustin's professional sound work can be heard in such films as Lincoln, Toy Story 3, Wall-E, Super 8, and many more.
Joe Bilicic, a veteran artist will be bringing his comic book experience to bear as the source of the key artwork and animated sequences in the film. You are seeing some of his conceptual artwork here on this page bringing our comic book and cartoon characters of the story within the story of the film to life.
Kristin Miller Hopkins is our Production Designer who also worked with us on Chronological Order. Her aesthetic and style will bring a unifying visual texture to the film world and its characters.
Captain Action and Vigoro (animated style) - Character Concept Art by Joe Bilicic
Our action plan...
Pre-production on the film started months ago and we have already locked down many key logistics in addition to our creative team members above. Our location is locked; a unique comic book store that is part of a local chain that has been in business since the 1980s and a vital part of the creative inspiration for the film, Past Present Future Comics (please like them on Facebook here).
We have also locked in our full 35mm Digital Cinema production equipment package (camera, lighting, sound, grip and support gear) worth over $130,000 in equivalent rental fees. We are in the process of filling out the remaining roles in our cast and a few more members of our crew. The nature of our story, the single location, single day of story, and the already secured resources for production and post-production allow us to be able to complete the film for our small goal amount.
The funds we raise will go toward insurance, food and lodging for the cast and crew, costs relating to some remaining key props, costumes and set dressing, and some expendable equipment needs. The more funds we raise, the better we can make the film, and cover those costs that spring up out of nowhere, which tends to happen in filmmaking.
Why you should join us...
The story of our film celebrates the community that a comic book store builds for its customers and explores the many worlds it holds within. If you are a reader of comic books and you've ever been to your local comic book store, then you probably have felt the kind of magic we are trying to bring to life with our film. The world within a world.
If you are a fan of the medium of independent film and/or comic books and you think that our project sounds interesting, then we would love your support, and your well wishes. If you are unfamiliar with Kickstarter and the Kickstarter process they have put together a great resource that should answer all of your questions here.
Captain Action (modern comic book style) - Character Concept Art by Joe Bilicic
Captain Combat (modern comic book style) - Character Concept Art by Joe Bilicic
How you can summon us in your time of need...
Here's the trailer for our previous feature film, Chronological Order
Risks and challenges
Filmmaking is one of the riskiest ventures anyone can venture into, but it also has tremendous rewards. We have an extensive amount of pre-production already underway, and even more planned to ensure we can develop the best film possible. We have already locked in a great deal of resources, key creative personnel, location, equipment, and other logistics. We are set for production in July and given Kickstarter funding, only a catastrophe would alter our schedule. Of course, everyone involved will always be kept up to date.
This is not our first production, and it will certainly not be our last, so our word and our reputations are very important to us. If the Kickstarter is successful, the film will get made.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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