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Mike GasawayBy Mike Gasaway
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Mike GasawayBy Mike Gasaway
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$11,937
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About

Help Me First!, a supernatural horror film from acclaimed television director, Mike Gasaway, tells a tale about a haunted asylum, waiting to claim more residents for eternity.

Tired of sitting through a "scary movie" only to be NOT scared?

Tired of the endless jump scare and violin stings?

So am I. Whatever happened to just a good old fashioned ghost story? Something about going into an abandoned place, hoping to find something but deep down you hope you don't? I LOVE THAT FEELING.

I feel most horror movies don't capture that essence but that's what I intend on doing.

After watching another snoozefest, I yelled at the theater screen and told myself I was going to write something that scared me. I had been directing shows for so long so I knew how to make it look good on screen, all I had to do was write a story that I didn't want to read - because it would make me pee my pants.

What this movie isn't - it's not hugely original. Looking for the next original masterpiece - this ain't it. But it will be unsettling. It's a simple premise but one that we have all wanted to do: break into that creepy old building and see what lies inside.

test still from short
test still from short

A group of ghost hunters just want to be famous. They break into the local nuthouse, that's been shutdown for decades, hoping to hear noises and maybe catch it on video. It helps that the girl is cute too. Who knows? Maybe the guys are looking for something more than ghosts.

While they are there, they find they aren't alone but they can't see what is there. Until they look on their cameras. That's when the creepfest begins.

Why kickstarter? It's the only piece of the puzzle I don't have. We have the cast lined up. A top notch crew both for production and post. I know that part of the biz inside and out.

I'm even doing a full 3d animatic of the film before we shoot.

We just need the funds. Every single dollar we generate goes into the film. I'm not making a cent and neither are the producers. Most of my crew is working on slightly lower than their going rate because they believe in this project this much.

I've had most of the people involved sign on without reading the script first! That's dedication.

And I'm BEYOND dedicated to getting the bestest, scariest short I can get. I want to create a buzz. I want to create the next movement in horror.

Help Me make that happen!

 Mike Gasaway - Writer/Director

A 20 year veteran of the animation industry, Mike has directed over 30 episodes of such shows as The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Back at the Barnyard, and Planet Sheen where he also served as co-producer. MIke’s shows have won Emmys and Annie awards and he has personally been nominated for an Emmy and Annie. IMDB credits

Tim League - Executive Producer

Tim League is a producer of such films as Follow, The ABCs of Death, and The Greasy Strangler. He is also CEO of Alamo Drafthouse and Drafthouse Films as well as co-founder of genre film festival Fantastic Fest. IMDB credits.

Steve Tolin - Co-Producer/Head of FX

Producer Steve Tolin owns and operates Tolin FX. Some of Tolin’s most notable film credits include work on Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, Jack Reacher, Warrior, and Adventureland. Tolin recently produced the feature film It Came from Yesterday, for which he and his team created the creature effects and Production Design. IMDB Credits.

 Maggie Carr

 As a dedicated Horror fan, Maggie Carr is beyond excited to be a part of this project. Born in Pittsburgh and currently living in New York, Maggie is a co-writer and co-star of the web-based comedy “The Sisters Sorella“, as well as the creator and star of the horror-comedy short “Maggie vs. Evil Dead“. Other web: “Conversations w/ My Ex” (Fifty2andNine Productions). Stage credits include Evil Dead: The Musical (No Name Players), First Date, Judge Jackie Justice, and Kopit and Yeston’s Phantom (Pittsburgh CLO). Readings and workshops: Walken on Sunshine (NYC), First Date, Judge Jackie Justice (PCLO).

Lori Cardille

Lori Cardille - Day of the Dead
Lori Cardille - Day of the Dead

Lori Cardille, is an American actress, best known for her lead role in George A. Romero's Day of the Dead (1985). Her father, Bill "Chilly Billy" Cardille, appeared as a reporter in the original Night of the Living Dead (1968). She is well known for her role as Winter Austin #1 on the ABC soap opera The Edge of Night. Cardille has recently starred in a short horror film called The Three, which reunited her with her Day of the Dead co-star John Amplas. In the film, Amplas and Cardille play a pair of scientists, as they did in Day.

Luke Halferty

Luke Halferty is a versatile actor and singer who can be seen on the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret Theater stage in the lead role of Aaron in the musical First Date from February 4, 2016 to April 24, 2016! He played Young Ebenezer Scrooge, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come and on the Byham Theater stage in Pittsburgh CLO's A Musical Christmas Carol in December, 2015. Luke has worked with PICT Classic Theatre in their gripping production of Macbeth as Malcolm, The Pittsburgh Playhouse REP Professional Theater Company's Of Mice and Men as Curley, and the Point Park University Conservatory's production of Urinetown, the Musical as Officer Lockstock. The Pittsburgh, PA native is a graduate of Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts with a BFA in Acting and a minor in Musical Theater.

Megan Rüger

Performs, "Somebody Help Me" an exclusive song for the movie.

MEGAN RÜGER, IS A COUNTRY/POP ROCK ARTIST, ORIGINALLY FROM TWIN LAKES, WI. AFTER PERFORMING IN HER TEEN YEARS IN WISCONSIN, INCLUDING THE EPIC COUNTRY THUNDER USA, SHE DECIDED TO MOVE TO NASHVILLE TO MAKE A NAME FOR HERSELF IN THE MUSIC CITY. SHE QUICKLY BEGAN PERFORMING DOWNTOWN ON THE FAMED BROADWAY STRIP. WITH THE COMBINATION OF HER ROCKIN’ STAGE ANTICS, POWERFUL VOICE, AND BIG PERSONALITY SHE BECAME KNOWN AS A GREAT ENTERTAINER & REBEL! IN ADDITION TO PERFORMING HER OWN VERSIONS OF CLASSIC COVERS..... HER ORIGINAL MUSIC IS INFLUENCED BY 80’S & 90’S ROCK MIXED WITH A BIT OF HER COUNTRY ROOTS AND SOME POP ATTITUDE TO TOP IT OFF!

Risks and challenges

I think the biggest challenge is making that leap from animation to live action. I've done it on a small scale by directing a commercial for Nickelodeon and I loved it because I got immediate feedback.

I HOPE we don't have extra visitors on the set. The asylum is haunted - I've DEFINITELY heard things there - so we could have issues with equipment. Although, that would make a great story, it would hurt our production for sure.

If the ghosts just want to be on camera, I'm fine with it IF they can take my direction.

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