Homicide Detective Spencer DeSilva (played by Phillip Secca) has a unique friend - an eclectic, odd looking fellow by the name of Dahl Isaac Everheart who seems to show up in the background of fatal crime scenes and accidents. No one seems to notice despite his strange demeanor, hollow eyes, and victorian top hat, but Spencer knows who he is - indeed, what he is.
Dahl, though not directly involved with most of the deaths, is dangerous. DeSilva knows Dahl has been noticed before. On the Titanic. The Hindenburg. The 1906 earthquake and fire that decimated San Francisco. And he knows that he’s not the first Police Officer in history to try to prevent yet another disaster. His goal is to protect the city by protecting Dahl from being noticed.
To complicate matters, Dahl - perhaps out of boredom or even anger born of being abandoned here by God - is expanding his horizons. He is listening. Though he despises referrals and vigorously discourages those who violate his privacy, he delights in bartering with the souls of the doomed and damned. Few have the luxury of knowing when death is coming for them, and in most cases it is a terminal illness that comes knocking uninvited at your mortal doorstep.
So if a Doctor can’t cure you, take a ride to the dark side of town, find a little shop called Fateful Curiosities and cautiously approach the strange man who serves as its dark proprietor. You could argue that you have nothing to lose considering your imminent doom, but alas, there are fates worse than death set aside especially for you when you try to cheat death.
It’s a psychological thriller that offers suspense and dark comedy at the expense of a few select characters seeking audience with a dark castaway who lives alone between the invisible and mysterious planes of heaven and hell. Watch from a safe distance in the comfort of your comfy chair or theater seat as Victor Harland (played by Geoffrey Gould), Marcus Pennington (played by Nathan Shelton), Isabelle Winters (played by Bozana Cavar), and a serial killer named Leach dance with this dark angel and barter for immortality. The price? Everything.
$5 = Screen credit and thank you message from the Director.
$10 = Screen credit, thank you message from Director, and Screenplay PDF.
$15 BONUS = All above + prize AND: Code to view Everything online.
$25 BONUS = All above + prize AND: Everything Insider fan group on Facebook.
$35 BONUS = All above + prize AND: Everything DVD.
$75 BONUS = All above plus prize AND: Everything Blu-Ray + DVD.
$100 BONUS = All above + prize AND: Everything CD Soundtrack.
$1,000 = Prize + BONUS ITEMS = Personal thank you phone call from the Director, screenplay PDF, online movie code, insider fan group on FB, EVERYTHING Blu-Ray + DVD + Soundtrack CD and a signed copy of the printed script w/cover.
DARKSTAR: The Interactive Movie (2010 release, nearly 80K views):
J. Allen Williams is an American Animator, Writer, Producer, Musician, Actor and Director performing all of these duties in the production of this feature film. He founded Parallax Studio in 1997 and has produced dozens of award winning television commercials, shorts, documentaries, video games and music videos over the past 30 years.
Most notably, Williams wrote, animated, edited, produced, and directed the science fiction computer game Darkstar: The Interactive Movie. Darkstar features British actor Clive Robertson, the late, great Peter Graves (his final released performance), and the entire original cast of the cult classic, Peabody Award Winning series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Joel Hodgson, J. Elvis Weinstein, Beez McKeever and Mary Jo Pehl).
The Interactive production was later edited into feature film format, a 100% CGI animated production with live actors composited into scenes. The game took nearly 10 years to produce from conception to its release in November 5th of 2010, costing the studio nearly $3M to produce. It sells to this day on Amazon, through Strategy First in Canada, Lace Mamba Global in Europe, Adventures Planet in Italy, and the Darkstar Online Store in the US. J. Allen wrote EVERYTHING and is Director, Producer, Editor, and one of the principal actors playing the part of Dahl Isaac Everheart.
Roger Jared (Director of Photography/Co-Producer) has been Parallax Studio’s primary Director of Photography since its inception, and has collaborated with J. Allen Williams since 1990 on both animated and film productions.
Not only is Roger a talented photographer, but his technical expertise when it comes to the newest, cutting edge technology helps keep the studio competitive with better funded Hollywood productions and helps keep film-making affordable for this small, independent group located in the midwest.
Sandra Skoglund-Young (Casting Director/Co-Producer) has been involved in production & entertainment for over 35 years and is herself an accomplished actress, recently playing one of the leading roles in New York author Paul Elliot’s critically acclaimed stage play Exit Laughing, a hilarious dark comedy that premiered in 2013.
Sandra was integral in casting EVERYTHING the film, and continues beyond the role of Casting Director on-set as a crucial liaison between the Director and the actors. Sandra has been a friend of the Director since 1976 and is known as "dragon lady".
Brad Ross (Assistant Director) has been involved with Parallax Studio since 2009 serving as Promotions & Marketing Director in promoting Darkstar: The Interactive Movie.
Brad tends to social media and is managing this Kickstarter campaign along side Tim Piland (midwest guru of ghost tours, sci-fi, live theater and owner of Harvest Moon Productions). Brad is a crucial presence on set as Assistant Director, wearing more hats than any person on staff. His involvement in the production is integral to its ongoing success.
Insert your name here. (Associate Producer) We will be offering four Associate Producer credited titles in this fund-raising effort. But make no mistake about it; every penny raised helps get us closer to our goal of making a quality feature film for less than $200K. If you can only throw five bucks into Dahl’s top hat, you are a hero. Everyone contributing to EVERYTHING will be included in the credit roll, but the Associate Producers get a full screen stationery credit alongside the other major players in the film, so it's a special title.
If nothing else, your support is a vote of confidence we will carry with us everywhere as we light and shoot scenes, emote on set as actors, shed tears as frames fall to the editing room floor like snow as we pack five hours of movie into a two hour space, and boldly take our chances with film festivals, distributors, TV, and online venues to get our film in front of audiences. Together we’ll do it.
Primary shooting of EVERYTHING began in the fall of 2013 and the studio has already invested a substantial sum of money in the production. All shots in London are wrapped, and the cast and crew of over 100 are now focusing on Midwest based locations. The group will shoot scenes in Chicago later this year.
A SAG/Aftra registered production, we pay actors beyond what is required, we pay location fees when necessary, and film professionally. 15% of principal shooting is complete, but we have a long road ahead. We shoot out of sequence and edit as we go to optimize our budget. Trailers seen here are based on early production - footage in the can and excerpts from screen tests. Most lead actors have not been shot yet, so editing compelling and emotive teasers for this campaign was challenging – we hope you like what you see. Imagine what we can do with the other 85% of the shots.
We reach out to you, lovers of independent film, to help keep up our momentum. The final budget is $200,000, substantially less than the $3 million spent to produce Darkstar - a studio-funded production with no investors involved. This set-in-stone budget is a cap we’ve implemented to prove to ourselves, to Hollywood, and to you, that a compelling, beautifully shot, well performed, and successful film can be made for that amount of money or even less .
We don’t believe that it's the millions spent by big studios that makes a film good. It is the art of storytelling, and we believe that you are here reading this because it’s how you feel too . While this film is our baby, it goes beyond that - by creating it we become a part of an underdog group of Producers & Film Fans here on KickStarter helping to propel true Independent film making into the mainstream - you can help take us there, and it's already happening.
In our opinion, the term “Indy Film Maker” has been hijacked by some large companies making films costing more than $10 Million. The true warriors of independent film create art with much, much less. Some have made great films for less than $5K, an example is Nathan Shelton’s award-winning epic noir film series Shadow Bound, which exceeded their goal on IndieGoGo a few months back. Our studio proudly invested in that production.
To put it in perspective, imagine a typical film is dinner at a nice restaurant. Wine, dinner for two, dessert, and a healthy tip for the server - a hundred bucks. Indy film makers have a penny, so even the dinner mint is pretty much out of reach if you think inside the box. Its up to us to be game changers. We must reclaim the title of what an Indy group of film makers truly represents, and boot the others upstairs with so-called “Indy” companies like LucasFilm, Mirimax, and the rest. No disrespect intended, but we and other Indy movie makers dare to compete with these billion dollar entities, and it’s not a level financial playing field.
But we know we’re preaching to the choir here at KickStarter, a venue that makes it possible for so many to reach for the stars. It's a huge responsibility for each of us, we must reach a level of excellence that is seemingly impossible to live up to. Our goal-line stand is this: we can make films as good as the big boys on a shoestring and a prayer.
Indeed, film-making is expensive and time consuming. Each and every one of us have “real” jobs that pay the mortgage, and it takes a lot to add this additional tier to your life. In fact, it's that other job that has paid for this film production to date. Some friends and family think we're a little crazy for even trying, but to their credit, they still support us unconditionally.
Our goal is to raise $12,500 to assist the Director who has solely funded the project entirely to date, and has committed himself personally to its completion, this amount representing a mere fraction of the projected budget and just one third of what’s been spent thus far. Funds contributed above our goal will go immediately into the budget, and propel the production forward more quickly. The funds will not change the overall ambitious vision of this movie – we will make the same film we would have made without backing. But your contributions will augment our ability to maintain a steady schedule and focus our energy more on the creative process.
Here at the bottom of the page is a rough mix of the song that will play during the final scene and into the end credits (where YOUR name will appear!). Still to record are vocals and keyboards.
Risks and challenges
Each and every one in this group of artists contributing to this challenging endeavor are 100% behind this film. Writers, Actors, Photographers, Makeup Artists, Editors, Producers, Gaffers, Electricians, Prop Builders, Special Effects Designers...you name it. Our stock in trade is to assemble and create stunning entertainment. The people that make up Parallax Studio have proven to the world that they can meet any challenge and succeed where no one thought it remotely possible.
Our studio group has produced, funded and in 2010 released worldwide a project like no other - DARKSTAR - an interactive movie that took nearly a decade to complete. We were able to attract established name actors like Peter Graves, Clive Robertson, and the entire cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000. It still sells AND HAS SOLD in over 30 countries and all 50 states. We have a great name in the business, especially with fans. We gave away nearly as many free copies of our product to fans as we ended up selling, we believe in paying it FORWARD.
But true success is not about the money, though we strive to stay profitable. Our studio group has already invested 3x what we are seeking to raise here at Kickstarter, and we will spend nearly 20x that amount before we wrap (i.e. our $200,000 total budget). By Hollywood standards, that is a minuscule amount - big studios spend our entire Kickstarter goal ($12.5K) on Craft Services alone (food for actors and crew) in a single day.
These funds will take the edge off our financial burden just a bit, and allow us to keep up the momentum we have already maintained since fall production began. Our people know how to make a lot of magic with very little...it's what we do every day.
Despite challenges that would put a less tenacious company out of business, Parallax cut through Hollywood red tape by going there and refusing to be denied. Though some of DARKSTAR was produced in LA, not one frame of EVERYTHING will be. With a little help from our friends...we’ve got this!
Parallax Studio thanks all who have believed in us thus far, and also those who are just joining us to do even bigger things in entertainment. Thank you for being a part of EVERYTHING.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter