"River City Panic is a film about six underachieving friends stuck in the monotony of small town life. One particular evening, the friends have had it with their boring routine and decide to leave their basement to have a night on the town. Rumors begin circulating surrounding a recent missing persons case and panic sweeps over the townsfolk. What was just a quiet, peaceful town suddenly transforms overnight into an epidemic of all-out hysteria and chaos, leaving the group wishing they had never left the basement!"
River City Panic Kickstarter Article: by BJ Colangelo
Walt Willey - of All My Childen - River City Panic Promo
Illinois Valley Podcast interview w/writer & director Tyler Amm
Objective: To achieve a unique, cinematic look of 80s cult films while depicting small town life and romanticizing the feel of a group of friends on their adventure.
I want to tell a story about friendship, the struggles of growing up in a small town, and learning to live with who you are and where you are from. Being from a small town myself, I felt this was a story I could tell and had plenty of experiences to pull from. Having a catalyst like a rumor be the center-point for the script's development, and contributing to the character growth, seemed perfect. With a strong story to tell, and a busload of talented actors to pull from, I began to raise funds and search for my crew.
We have already raised $8,000 and have almost assembled our whole crew, most of which are award winners in their field. Our team wants to make this movie because we all believe it is a fun and compelling project to take on, and that is why we should make this movie!
The tone of River City Panic is an homage to 80's cult films; think Goonies meets The Thing. We're embracing the dirtier anamorphic look of these types of films and lighting with a moodier, less contemporary aesthetic that accompanies this style. Along with the lensing and lighting, we're also paying close attention to the wardrobe and art departments, using a unified primary color wardrobe for our heroes and consciously applying darker, more drab tones for the backgrounds when possible. All of these things help attribute to this look and will hopefully feel like something straight out of the 80's.
Every dollar raised goes towards improving the quality of the production. Most of our gear and equipment has already been assembled, so your money would go towards paying our crew, production costs such as food, props, and costumes, and insurance.
We are doing everything possible to make the best use of your dollars. As stated previously, we have already raised half of the funds necessary for making River City Panic. We're also looking for ways to cut costs, and when shooting in the hometown you came from, that can be as easy as asking your neighbor!
Lodging for the entire cast and crew has been donated for free. The whole cast is also donating their time because they believe in the project. Use of every location in the film is costing us nothing and we've also had some essential props donated: cars, emergency vehicles, prop guns, and more.
Kickstarter is an amazing platform that will let us connect directly to the people who want to see River City Panic. In order to make the film our team is imagining, we need the support of the online community. At its core, our film is a community made production. We've been able to raise half the budget within the confines of the Illinois Valley through events, fundraisers, and local sponsorship. We believe that a strong online campaign is just what our project needs to meet, and maybe even exceed, its goal!
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK ARTISTS
- Egon's Unicat: http://egonsunicat.bandcamp.com/album/egons-unicat-2
- Ahymnsa: http://ahymnsa.bandcamp.com/
- Aterra Tale: https://soundcloud.com/aterratale
- Zack Buckley
- Zach Demkovich
- Matthew Pittman
- Billy Niebuhr: Composer for River City Panic
OFFICIAL RCP SITES
Risks and challenges
When evaluating the risks of making our indie budgeted film, my team and I focused on the time and monetary constraints before us. Attempting to shoot an entire feature length film in 10 days with only $16,000 is a tall order, so we addressed this issue immediately upon consciously committing to the project.
The short filming schedule is a reflection of the dedication to streamlining our production process as much as possible. We have partnered with the City of Ottawa, IL to make River City Panic in a location that is willing to coordinate with us every step of the way. With the aid of city officials and services, we are able to maximize the amount of filming we can do in a single day.
This project is also made up of professionals and/or students of film who are dedicated to producing a quality piece of entertainment. Everyone on board has devoted their summer to building props, shot lists, scheduling and facilitating rehearsals, and many more production related tasks.
There will always be hiccups when it comes to film production, but we are prepared to meet every challenge head on. The River City Panic team is ready to make our thrilling and comedic film come to life!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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