A live action British comedy-drama feature film, based on the classic Dark Horse Comic series "Apocalypse Nerd" by Peter Bagge. Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on December 3, 2013.
About this project
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Official Teaser Trailer #1
Adapted from the Dark Horse [300, Hellboy, Sin City] graphic novel by Peter Bagge, APOCALYPSE NERD is a buddy-comedy about a couple of chronically adolescent friends about to turn 40. A week in the countryside has them dealing with their assorted personal issues, as well as an inconveniently timed cataclysm.
Underground comic-book legend Peter Bagge and writer-director Tupaq Felber have collaborated on this feature-film, and now have a script and crew ready to go into pre-production for an Autumn 2013 shoot. The script has been called "The Road meets Withnail and I" or "Old Joy meets Time of the Wolf". A classic graphic-novel made into a wonderful piece of British Independent Cinema, is what it is.
The market and the way films are made is changing. As a group of established filmmakers we live this every day. We think that you and Kickstarter have the potential to be a positive part of this change. The potential to become a creative part of the independent filmmaking process for the future. There's a revolution waiting to happen, and we hope APOCALYPSE NERD and you can help Kickstart it.
Doing this independently means we can do it how we want it done. Doing this independently means you get to choose the films that are made. And doing this independently has never been easier or more exciting. Lets help Kickstart the future of independent filmmaking.
The talent and resources at hand are exactly the same used to produce films at a much higher budget: The APOCALYPSE NERD team already make a living in the film and television industries, our actors will be world-class [keep an eye on here for updates!], we have amazing locations [photos coming soon] and the Red EPIC camera we're filming on is an industry standard [used to shoot films including The Amazing Spiderman, Prometheus and Rust & Bone].
It's basically our attitude to the finance that's different.
Where your money goes
The script was designed to be made at a low cost. Like Withnail and I or Old Joy, it's pretty much a couple of guys in the countryside [only it happens to be the end of the world!].
This budget is enough to make the exact movie we have visualized. The reason the budget is so much lower than other films of it's type, comes down to what the filmmakers get: Rather than raising enough money to pay ourselves salaries [people would normally get paid for each day they work on the film], we're only trying to raise enough money to make the film [people on-set still need to be fed, sheltered, transported. Certain pieces of equipment still need to be hired in, etc]. In return for our work, we'll each own a piece of this film all of us have created.
It's like we're all starting-up a little business together because we love the idea and know we can make it work. Investing our time and resources, and so putting every penny of your money on the screen. And we're going to work our hardest to make this the film you want to see, because then we'll be able to make more. Making movies is all we've ever wanted to do anyway!
What You Get
You're so amazing for supporting us, we thought you deserved some pretty amazing stuff to show our appreciation. You can see it all down the right hand side. We hope you agree that it makes for a pretty awesome list!
Award-winning design agency Bunch Design is doing all the graphics for the movie. They're already designers of the iconic film posters you can see on their website. Their work for APOCALYPSE NERD promises to be simply the best thing ever! Get your hands on this beautiful stuff, a lot of it exclusive to Kickstarter and some of it limited edition that won't be available anywhere else, ever.
Not only do we have the few remaining pieces of original art from the APOCALYPSE NERD comic-book, but Peter Bagge has been kind enough to produce some original artwork for this Kickstarter too! He will even be producing original drawings for some of you.
If you like movies, comics and art, please read through the list. Once again, a lot of this is limited edition and so will have to go to the first people to snap them up.
For members of the filmmaking community there are also some pro-level rewards to boost your profile on IMDb and in the industry as a whole.
Here's a little of our past work, produced independently and together.
Car Advert for FORD MOTOR COMPANY by APOCALYPSE NERD Director Tupaq Felber and Cinematographer Paul O'Callaghan
Short Film shot by APOCALYPSE NERD Cinematographer Paul O'Callaghan.
Music video for TURBOGEIST by APOCALYPSE NERD Director Tupaq Felber.
We love movies, we love comics and between us we've made hundreds of Films, TV shows, Music Videos, and Commercials. We know what we're doing and the amount of money we're asking for represents a professional calculation as to what's needed to make the beautiful, funny, soulful film we've planned.
You can learn more about the cast and crew on the APOCALYPSE NERD IMDb page, but at the core we are a BAFTA nominated Cinematographer, a commercial director, a producer with huge amounts of feature film experience, a US indie-film editor, and a Mercury nominated band doing the soundtrack. We are also in talks with a first-rate cast of British actors with amazing movie credentials. Keep an eye on the Kickstarter page; we'll be updating you on developments soon!
In addition to this we of course have the amazing book APOCALYPSE NERD, published by Dark Horse in 2011. Peter Bagge is an important figure in the history of U.S. underground comics. From his work with Robert Crumb in the 1970s and 80s to his hugely influential series Hate in the 1990s, through to books like APOCALYPSE NERD, and his contributions to the libertarian magazine Reason in the 2000s. He is one of America's most respected comic-book artists working for pretty much every publisher including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Fantagraphics. If you get nothing else from this campaign, we hope you'll at least check out his work. It's brilliant, hilarious and important.
We envision a film which retains the underground spirit of Peter Bagge’s original book. We see the intelligent, profound, relevant comic-book film we've all been waiting for. We don't just want your support, we want your involvement: To help us make a film we will all love, to support a shift in the industry and to help bring about APOCALYPSE NERD.
What Else Can You Do To Help?
Kickstarter is a social machine. The more people know about this project, the better chance we have of seeing it made, and there are lots of ways you can help us spread the word!
We know this movie is a great idea. We know that if you can get enough people to hear about it, we will get to make it: So basically just get the word out! Get people talking about this! Please spend 5 minutes Tweeting, Facebook and embedding this page wherever you can [see links at top of page]. 'Like' and share our Facebook Page, follow us on Twitter, paint/draw/tag our logo anywhere you can find then Instagram it, encourage others to do the same and help us create a buzz so cool it will make film-companies feel stupid about spending all that money on bus-stop posters. We're promoting the end of the world here, and you know it's about time!
Risks and challenges
The work of film-making is understanding the challenges a script sets, and coming up with creative solutions to overcome them. Understanding where the risks lie, and figuring out a plan that allows you to take these risks, whilst always having a contingency.
Our professionally worked out budget will allow us to make a wonderful movie with the best actors, amazing locations and Peter Bagge's terrific story. Of course the low budget will mean our having to be more creative on challenges that might usually be overcome with money. This is something we're excited about. Our experience, skill and passion for this project have allowed us to come up with approaches we don't get to use every day.
Of course there's a risk we won't raise the money through Kickstarter. This platform has the potential to become an integral part of the independent film-making process. Where pre-production starts with a Kickstarter campaign. A future where the audience, as opposed to corporations, decide what we watch. As today's film-makers, we feel a duty to try and push this evolution forward. As today's audience, we think you might too. That's why we're all here.
The biggest challenge is distribution. APOCALYPSE NERD does not have a distributor confirmed yet. We are truly doing this all ourselves. The benefit is not having a distributor demanding we adapt to fit their needs. That said, if you help us make this film you will see it, whatever happens. Apart from the traditional film festivals and markets, today there are a lot new platforms spearheading amazing results. Whatever we have to do, we will get this movie to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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