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Teacher's Lounge is an ensemble horror short film about a sadistic ritual new teachers must partake in on the first day of school.
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GOALS

$3000 - We get to film the project, pay for the practical effects, and part of the post-production sound and music costs.

$4000 - We get better equipment rental options, pay for a quality post-production sound design and musical score.

$5000 and up - We get to pay the cast and crew something for the hard work and time they are otherwise donating.  Anything else would go to film festival submissions.

THE STORY

Teacher's Lounge is an ensemble horror short film about a sadistic ritual new teachers must partake in on the first day of school.  It provides one possible answer to the lifelong question: What really goes on behind those closed lounge doors?

WHAT WE NEED AND WHY

This is an ambitious project.  The truth is, making movies isn't cheap.  The majority of it this one takes place in one room, but a lot of stuff happens in there.  There's a lot of logistics in play with a number of practical effects we will be doing, as well as balancing the dialogue and action of eight characters in our story.  So we're looking to our supporters to help us get this off the ground. We have a cast and crew of talented friends who are awesome enough to work on the project, taking time out of their busy schedules to help realize this passion project.  We will take any shortcut we possibly can, but some of the things we can't do that with are:

- Practical Effects.  We will be creating a series of puppets for a worm creature featured in the film.  There are also some blood/gore effects that will be happening as well.  Here's one of our concept designs.

Worm Concept Design by Matt Baehr
Worm Concept Design by Matt Baehr

- Production Sound.  We will be hiring a trusted sound recorder along with their recording equipment.  We want to make sure we get really good audio so that the performances we capture on the day are what you get to see in the final film.  We want the recordings to do justice to the actors who will be giving it their all.

- Feeding the cast and crew.  Principal photography on the project will be 3 days.  There are eight people in the cast and at least that many on the crew.  There will be a lot of mouths to feed.

- Props and Art Direction.  We will be dressing our featured teacher's lounge location, and want to make it look as interesting and accurate as possible.

- Equipment rentals.  We have acquired a lot of equipment ourselves, but there are certain rigs and lights that we may have to rent.  Certain things would be LED lights and dolly equipment.

The less shortcuts we have to take, the easier it will be for us to focus on what's happening in the scene and the better film we will be able to make. If we exceed our goal, the same goes. The more we raise, the more luxury we will have to make every shot, every scene, and every detail as awesome as we imagined.

THE FILMMAKERS

Best of Fest 2018 Z-Fest
Best of Fest 2018 Z-Fest
DIRECTOR/EDITOR JOSH MRUZ
DIRECTOR/EDITOR JOSH MRUZ

Josh has worked in Minneapolis and Los Angeles as a freelance editor for the last nine years.  His passion for directing stems from his love of movies.  And his love of editing.  He loves the problem solving aspect of it.  Every part of his process is inspired by how it will all cut together.  He has directed more than a dozen short films since graduating from MCTC in 2012.  A few of those have been featured in various film festivals in the Minneapolis area and beyond.  His most recent film relativ(ity) was featured as one of the 10 best shorts at this years Z-Fest Film Festival.

Directing Reel: https://vimeo.com/118318891

Editing Reel: https://vimeo.com/37146521

Get Uphttps://vimeo.com/229489792

WRITER/PRODUCER JOHN KARSKO
WRITER/PRODUCER JOHN KARSKO

John is also an MCTC alum.  He and Josh met while he was studying directing there.  They have collaborated on a number of projects ever since.  Similar to Josh, his approach to filmmaking is fueled by his specialty, which is writing.  He has written a number of feature and short film scripts.  He has also had more than a dozen projects produced since graduating, both as a writer and a director.  He won the MCTC excellence award for his writing on the short film Night Surf, as well as the Best Screenplay award at the Harrisburg-Hershey Film Festival.

Play Dirty: http://www.shortindies.com/detail/108_PLAY_DIRTY.html

Manhunt trailer: https://vimeo.com/30891344

Bad Cop/Bad Cophttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EvG88cX3-8&t=2s

PRODUCER ANTHONY COUSINS
PRODUCER ANTHONY COUSINS

Anthony is a skilled filmmaker based in Minneapolis.  He's a horror expert, and elevates any project in that genre.  Another MCTC grad, he works very closely with Josh and John.  His short When Susurrus Stirs toured the festival circuit around the country, as well as a few stops over seas.  It took home a number of awards for its special effects as well as Best Short Film at the H.P Lovecraft Film Festival.

When Susurrus Stirs: https://vimeo.com/226046118

The Bloody Ballad of Squirt Reynolds trailerhttps://vimeo.com/242430505

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival Trailer: https://vimeo.com/226104431

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER VICTOR KIRKSEY-BROWN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER VICTOR KIRKSEY-BROWN

Victor is a talented writer and performer.  He met Josh when they worked at AMC together.  They quickly bonded over their love of movies and teen drama tv shows.  It didn't take long for them to start writing together, which somehow developed into Victor starting to take a role in front of the camera as well.  Victor's positive presence and energy is contagious and makes every set more enjoyable.  Victor also recently published the young adult novel Succorance.

Killing Time: https://vimeo.com/161446568

Saturdaze: https://vimeo.com/264797005

Risks and challenges

Again, this is an ambitious project. We'll be cramming a lot into the 3 main shooting days. There are 8 characters/actors involved, so we will be trying to find the best way to balance all of them in a short period of time. We are also trying to achieve as many in-camera effects as possible to achieve the realistic and tangible feeling we want the film to have. Doing it that way instead of in post-production can be a very time consuming process. Luckily we are working with a great crew and are determined to use our collective skills to make a unique and exciting film. We just need your help to get us there!

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