Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you, The Necronomicon:
What are we doing?:
We are raising funds to produce the pilot episode of our Cosmic Horror web series, The Unearthly. Once filmed and aired, we will have proof there is an audience for this type of show. Which we believe so! And after our pilot has you under its spell, you'll want to know the rest of the story. We have 12 episodes written and ready to fund and film --- the complete season one!
What is "The Unearthly"?:
The Unearthly is an original Cosmic Horror-Noir Web Series that centers on a group of teenagers. This twelve part web series is a dark exploration of forbidden knowledge.
Randy Carter is an emotionally troubled teenager, who has experienced great loss. When one of his friends apparently disappears, Randy assembles his four remaining friends to search.
The students' search uncovers a dark Cult dedicated to extraterrestrials of unimaginable power and influence. Cultists who seek to share their power. Randy and his friends encounter a godlike, extraterrestrial being called Yog-Sothoth, challenging the teens' sanity and resilience.
Briefly, what is Cosmic Horror?:
Cosmic Horror is a literary philosophy developed and used by American Pulp Writer, Howard Philips Lovecraft. We are basing The Unearthly on such concepts and am intending to fund a Pilot as a "proof-of-concept" to lead into a 12 episode series.
Why a "Pilot"?:
The Pilot episode will demonstrate our ability to create a format for a web series. Fans and interested viewers are our resource. You will make this series possible, if you want to see a program like this.
What does the money go towards?:
- Special Effects makeup-The undead need to look good.
- Special Visual effects-Yog-Sothoth needs a...form!
- Music-Soothes the savage monster.
- Artwork-What does a Cosmic Monster look like?
- Props-What is the Necronomicon?
- Costumes-Cultists need robes!
- Post-Production-picture needs to be cut.
- Lighting-Actors need to be seen.
- Equipment rentals-Recommended that the Camera needs mobility.
- Sound recording and mixing-Can you hear the sounds of horror?
- Meals-Cast and crew need to eat too!
- Any additional funds above that will go back into the production to improve value. Also, if we get a great response above our Pilot Production request, we can give some funds to our wonderful cast!
Isn't $3400 a small sum for a pilot episode?:
Yes. This is the amount that is necessary to produce this pilot episode. This amount will pay for the crew, SFX makeup, Special Visual FX, Music, Artwork, sound mix, edit and meals. Production costs for an episode of a web series can range from $0 to $30,000.
Who are we?:
We are filmmakers, artists, musicians, actors, and motion picture technicians.
Some of the Crew:
Mark Fukae: Series Creator, Producer, Writer, Director, Editor
I am the series creator and will be doing many roles. I am filmmaker with over 15 years of experience in motion pictures and video. I love all kinds of narrative projects and The Unearthly will be my first web series.
Les Crandell: Director of Photography
Les has been an industrial videographer for almost 30 years. He has a keen eye for visuals and this will be the first web project that he will shoot on the Nikon D800 DSLR.
Adonis Tsilimparis: Series Composer
Born and raised in New York City, Adonis Tsilimparis began studying guitar and piano at age 11. After graduating with a degree in music he played in several pop and rock bands around New York City as a lead guitarist and singer. In 1997 he became a staff writer at commercial jingle house called Fearless Music, where he wrote and performed countless commercial ads. Many of his compositions can be heard in advertisements for Burger King, AT&T, Sprite and Pepsi. He continued to write at Fearless for several years before expanding to compose music for other film and TV Projects. He has composed music for TV’s, ‘CSI:NY’, ‘NCIS’, 'Primetime Live' and numerous reality shows on the E Network. He recently composed the soundtrack for the indie film "Naked As We Came". His work can be heard at: http://adoniscomposer.com/
Hunter Wink: Sound Mixer
The first time I used a video camera I was approximately ten years old. I would set the camera up in my room and film random skits and stop motion films. I was introduced to video editing in middle school, during a school news program. I was a co-host for the weather, my partner and I would film weather/comedy segments and insert them into the broadcast. After that, I continued filming random videos in my spare time. I would film skateboarding videos; I would edit the videos and add music scores. When I reached college, I decided to pursue a degree in video editing. I learned programs like Final Cut Pro, Premier, Logic Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop. I learned a lot about video editing, but I wanted to explore music production too. So I started producing my own tracks and learning about audio production. Last summer I did an internship for audio mastering at Universal Music Group in California. This helped me further my knowledge in audio mastering. I am a DJ too so I enjoy combining my mixes with video effects. I’ve always had an interest in production. I find it very rewarding to present a finished project to the world. Listen to my work at: www.soundcloud.com/hunterwink
Some of the Cast:
Chaz Grundy as James Carter
Chaz has appeared on stage, in various TV shows, and films such as “Of Mice and Men” ,“Crash”, and “Swing Vote”; respectively. He has also appeared in several commercials for products like Adelphia and Dental Smiles. He studied Marketing at Southern Illinois University before transferring to the University of Colorado and receiving a BA in Communication & Theatre. He was awarded the Vic’y for “Best Supporting Actor” for his portrayal of Inspector Bernard in the stage production of “Harold and Maude”.
Chaz started performing as a dancer in Chicago. He studied with the Southern Illinois Repertory Dance Theatre, the Joel Hall Dance Company, and the Gus Giordano Dance Company. Chaz was also a member and performed with the Industrial Arts Theatre Company, the Second Stage Theatre Company, and the Highlands Ranch Community Chorus.
Christina Longman as Jessica Bell
Christina Longman has been active in the Colorado film and theater industry for over 4 years and has stared in many a short film and play in that time. Some of her favorite roles include Ophelia in Hamlet, The Little Jesus Girl in The Pillowman and the role of camp councilor and zombie attack victim at Colorado School of Acting's annual summer camp. She is currently working on the pre production of an exciting new self generated web-series, to premier in the spring of this year. Some of her hobbies and loves include reading copious amounts of fantasy novels, watching an entirely unhealthy amount of British TV, creating stories and cosplaying. She is very excited to be a part of this web series.
Brian K. Nelson as Randy Carter
Ever since he was a child, Brian has loved to entertain others. From starting in pre school by reciting the nativity story every Christmas for 4 years, into his most recent focus on film acting, Brian has pursued his passion for entertainment. In his years of stage he has portrayed numerous characters from some of William Shakespeare’s most famous works such as Marcus Anthony in Julius Ceaser, Lysander/Demetrius in A Midsummer Nights Dream & Tybalt/Romeo in Romeo & Juliet. Brian’s favorite stage character so far has been Stanley from A Streetcar Named Desire. In the summer of 2010 Brian made his transition into mainly focusing on film acting. Since then he has been casted in numerous student projects, short films & an independent film. Brian also writes, directs & acts in his own comedy skits & other entertainment videos. In February 2011 Brian began training to be a Professional Wrestler, another personal passion of his to entertain people, & regularly performs in shows around the Denver area. Brian is very excited to be apart of this project and looks forward to making a great vision come to life.
Meghan Truckey as Emily Curwen:
Meghan Truckey was born and raised in Merrill, Wisconsin. Her love of film and television was evident from the time she was little but it wasn’t until she finished her graduate studies that she started pursuing an active acting career.
Meghan attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as The George Washington University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Zoology then a Master’s degree in Anthropology and museum training. Her first job post-graduate school brought her to Denver, Colorado. It was in Denver that she was reminded of her love for film and started taking acting classes, workshops, and participating in local films. Meghan continues to look for new opportunities to work with her craft and improve herself everyday.
Mark Mook as Simon Orne:
"I have always loved watching movies. For that ninety minutes you are lost in someone else's world." Mark Mook's film career did not start until his move to Colorado in 2007. Having no schooling in film, no connections to the film community, and no idea what he was doing he jumped in feet first and learned on the fly. His career really took off when he moved to Denver in 2009. "I just kept on learning and growing, every audition, every film set was a new challenge." From 2009 to 2012 he had climbed up the ladder in the Denver film community and has earned the label "valuable asset to have on set". In November of 2012 he was invited to be on the Screening Board for the Emerging Filmmakers Project. Mark has acted in numerous short and feature films, Director of Photography for The Phenom Film Fest Best Picture in the 1story3visions Competition "The Music Box", Still Photographer for "Menschen", Production Manager and lead in "Aquaphobia", and Script Supervisor, Grip, AC, and PA for several short and feature length films. "I have to credit growing up in a small farming community in Wisconsin. I learned you have to work hard, expect things wont always go the way you planned them, and always be willing to lend a helping hand."
Mark on being cast in "The Unearthly": "I am very excited. I met Mark (Fukae) a few years back when we was DP on "Self Portrait" and worked with him later in a short film called "The Betrayal. I love the concept and my character and can not wait until we can start filming!"
Corinne Jackson as Jill Carter
Corinne Jackson comes from a career in modeling but found her true passion when her agent asked her to go on a audition for a feature film. After that day she has put all of her attention on acting. She has been in numerous short films and theater. Corinne is a marathon runner and puts the same dedication into her roles as she does in training. The thing she loves most about acting is in every role you give a part of your self and learn what it is really like being in someone else's shoes.
Josh Nelson as Steve Warren
Josh Nelson is excited to be making his Web Series debut with The Unearthly. Josh is a huge fan of Scifi (and can make the claim that he has seen every episode of Star Trek.) and is excited to play a part in his favorite genre! You may have seen him on stage recently in Ben Dicke Production's Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Martin Van Buren), The Aurora Fox Art Center's A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Future), The Union Colony Dinner Theatre's Titanic: A New Musical (Quartermaster Hitchens), or Up In Lights Production's Seussical the Musical (Horton.) Live long, and prosper!
Kendra Buck as Paula Willett
Kendra was raised in Colorado and has been acting for the past couple years. She has been in a handful of great short films, and loves being a part of the Colorado film community! She currently lives in Colorado Springs, and loves being out in the mountains as much as possible.
William Howell as Robert Curwen
I am fairly new to the film Industry,but my passion for film goes unchallenged… I spent the first part of my life stuck in a small town in Wyoming at a small community college studying theater and wondering if I would ever get the opportunity to challenge myself in Film… Having now moved to Denver 3 yrs, ago the first thing that I sought out was the Film Community and jumped both feet first right into acting classes and landed my first gig being cast as an “Assasain” in the Film “The Hero” by Dream Maker Films. That Experience Ignited my Passion even more that it already was if that was possible. I continue to take Acting classes every chance I get,I jump into every project that I can with every ounce of energy and Passion my Body has to offer!!
Michael Cirrone as Tyler Bradley
Born in Southern California and raised in Metro Denver, Colorado, Michael discovered the fun of acting as a grade school elective at age 12. Through his passion for the arts, he attended the Art Institute of Colorado in 2008 for digital filmmaking, and recognized for Outstanding Achievement for his portfolio. Since graduating, Michael has been involved in several feature-length projects including; upcoming independent films "Big Trouble from Outer Space" and "The Earth is Flat".
Oscar Bramblett as Nick Wolfe
Oscar is a Colorado native who first began to enjoy acting as a high school student. Working with faculty and students to build sets, learning about lighting and creating different props for a production of "Arsenic and Old Lace". He studied acting in northern Colorado and now is very excited to be cast as detective Nick Wolfe in The Unearthly Web Series.
Bryce Stanton as Chuck Ward
Bryce Stanton, a proud native of Lake Placid, N.Y., grew up using the safe sanctuaries of play halls and theaters as an escape from an often troublesome lifestyle. As a youth, live performances on local stages and seasonal sports seemed to be the only thing keeping the law and Mr. Stanton separated. Nomadic in nature, Bryce traveled the country for a time before settling in with the professional Pendragon Theatre in upstate N.Y. during the late 2000's. Having since moved on to New York City and Los Angeles, Bryce continually looks to his friends, family, and hometown for support and motivation in all that he does professionally. Best described as a method actor, Bryce draws from life experiences, both good and bad, as tools of motivation towards any role he embarks upon. When not acting, Bryce enjoys live poker, hanging with his pet dog Vick, and socializing with friends at local watering holes.
Risks and challenges
As with any micro-budget web series, there are always risks and challenges.
Firstly, as with Kickstarter, this is an all-or-nothing venture. If we don't achieve our financial goal, then the money will go back to the contributor.
If we achieve our goal and then some, we will be utilizing BlueBeePrinting.com to produce the magnets, CafePress.com for the posters and t-shirts. The videos will be available via YouTube.com, Vimeo.com and directly via The Unearthly webpage.
Filmmaking is a collaborative process and you are counting on a team of dedicated crew and an enthusiastic cast to make it happen. But ultimately, it is up to the show's creator and producer to not only get the project done, but engage their investors and provide for all.
My credibility as a professional is on the line. I cannot continue to work, were I to shirk my responsibilities to the team and our supporters.
Transparency is the best way to mitigate the risks and challenges of producing a web series and particularly a Pilot episode. I will keep you informed. You know where to find me, if I don't send you a finished show and contributor rewards. If you don't hear from me, you can contact me here or via social media.
- (20 days)