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When Slide Parker's car breaks down, he gets caught in a web of small-time criminals, bullies, crazy mechanics and alien conspiracies

Slide Parker is about to have a really bad week.

His car broke down just outside a small town, and everyone's acting strange.  Stranded until his car is fixed, he makes friends with a small-time criminal, faces off against testosterone-fueled bully Wheels Davis, falls in love and gets caught in the middle of an alien conspiracy.

Break Down is the first feature-length movie by Cannibal Troll Film, a Long Island-based production company.  It's a movie for anyone who loves the '80s, quirky humor and real human drama.  It's about about beating the bully, winning the girl, and leaving your modern life behind you.

We have the equipment, but we lack the props, costumes and cast to make this movie all it can be.  Our shooting schedule is a total of 20 days from July to September.  With the money to buy props, shop for costumes (a huge deal when inspired by the '80s) and buy lunch for the cast and crew every day, we'll be able to pull it off.  We have the experience making movies, screening them, and promoting them... now what we need is the support of the community to make this movie happen.

A breakdown:

  • Props
  • Costumes
  • Food for hungry mouths
  • Travel expenses
  • Payroll

This is a non-profit film, bootstrap filmmaking at its core.  If it were a short film we could get by on the dedication of the cast and crew alone, but the scope of the project (20 days over four months) requires more incentive.  Although we plan to pay the people who help us, the producers (myself included) will not be included in payroll.  The reward for us is the film itself, and the rewards for you will be that and more.  Speaking of...

Everyone who donates will get their name in the credits.  This will be your movie as much as it is ours.  We're also giving out signed screencaps and copies of the DVD to our backers.

Each backer option includes the one before it.  Our special Producers Packages include credits on the film as an Associate Producer, plus additional involvement in the film itself.

We'll be screening Break Down at festivals throughout 2013, talking to distributors and making sure everyone knows about it.  When your local arthouse theater advertises that our movie is playing, you can tell them that you made it possible.

Our plan is to have the film edited and ready by July 2013, with a run in festivals and theaters for months afterward and a Fall 2013 release on BluRay and DVD.  See the backers' packages for details on how to receive your copy early.

We plan to license the film for digital streaming on multiple platforms.

Now that you know what the movie is, what we need to make it, what your role in it will be and where it's going, let's talk about specs.

  • 1080p HD Digital Video
  • Planned prints on 16mm and 35mm
  • Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Approx. 1hr 45mins
  • Total Cast: 6 Main, 6 Supporting
  • Total Crew: 5 Main, 3 Supporting
  • On-set Crew will Include: Director, 1st Assistant Director, Unit Production Manager, Director of Photography, Sound Engineer; Production Assistant, Focus Puller/Assistant DP, Script Supervisor
  • Pre-production will last from May 2012 to July 2012

You'll receive updates every step of the way, every day.  Take a video tour of the studio with us next week; look for designs, storyboards and crew bios to be posted each day.

You'll stay updated with casting calls, location announcements and new developments as they happen.  We plan to not only be transparent, but inclusive.  Comments left by our backers will be considered valuable feedback and we will consider any and all input as coming from a source that cares about this movie.

Our Kickstarter campaign will be over by the time on-site production starts, but the updates will keep coming.  Backers who offer support of $35 or more will be included in a special e-mail list to receive updates on production that the general public won't see.  Backers who choose one of our Producer Packages will be granted special access to the set itself.

FAQ

  • Everything. To be honest, this movie will likely not happen--at least this year--without the support of the community.

    An example of expenditures: to supply a cast and crew of 12 with lunch (the very least we can do for them in return for their work) over 20 days comes out to over $1,000. Travel expenses run similarly. Tangible expenses such as props, costumes and permits are also a huge part of the budget.

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  • We are currently talking to distributors now in regards to our last project, and will be speaking with them again once the final shooting schedule is locked in. We have plans to screen the movie across the country, attend conventions, and attempt to license the movie for streaming through services such as Netflix.

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