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A zombie comedy with guts, brains, heart ... and Deb. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on April 5, 2014.

A zombie comedy with guts, brains, heart ... and Deb.

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*** WE DID IT! ***
Thanks to you all. Some folks have suggested we come up with a "stretch goal" (a new number), but you know what? We came here for $99K, and YOU made it happen!  We don't wish to insult anyone by saying 'okay, nailed that, what else can we get?'

NOW, if you've yet to become a backer... and one of our fabulous rewards catches your eye, JOIN US!  Every dollar we earn above our initial goal will allow us to make DEB that much better – and we promise an inclusive, memorable experience. THANKS again to all our backers – our entire team is over the moon! 

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Update #5!  The apocalyptic sequel to our pitch video:

Update #3!  Like selling candy to a baby:

Update #2!  DAVID KRUMHOLTZ has joined our cast:

And now we TOTALLY remember why we know him: this, this, and of course... this.  

(PRESS - MovieMaker Magazine:  http://www.moviemaker.com/articles/trailblazer-tuesday-crowdfunder-of-the-week-night-of-the-living-deb/ Portland Press Herald: http://www.pressherald.com/life/go/Indie_Film__Bringing_the_horror_home_to_Portland_.html Robot Cowboy Samurai: http://www.rcscomic.com/?p=516 Bangor Daily News: http://cultureshock.bangordailynews.com/2014/03/19/big-screen/filmmaker-raising-funds-to-shoot-zombie-comedy-movie-in-maine/ HDSLR Shooter: http://hdslrshooter.com/night-of-the-living-deb-a-zombie-rom-com-needs-your-support/)


WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO?

  • Make a funny, kick-ass zombie movie with a female lead.

DOES THE WORLD REALLY NEED ANOTHER ZOMBIE MOVIE? 

  • Heck yeah! Next question.

WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU CAN PULL THIS OFF?

HOW CAN YOU BE SURE I'LL LIKE THE STORY?

  • What if ... we let you read the first 16 PAGES of our script?  A risky proposition for us, but we believe you'll laugh, become invested, and want to see what happens next!  Our screenplay is the brilliant handiwork of Andy Selsor (a Hollywood Black List honoree).  

DO YOU HAVE A SOLID PLAN?!!

  • There’s no need to shout (though we appreciate your passion). In March, while this project is being funded here on Kickstarter, our team will be casting, hiring crew, researching locations, and creating a shooting schedule.
  • We’ll shoot in Maine for 17 days (where we can get locations, talent, some food, and some lodging donated), then we’ll come back to Los Angeles for post-production (the best sound & color companies are here, and often willing to work with small budgets).
  • Night of the Living Deb will be finished and gifted to our generous supporters by August of this year (2014)! 

IF I DECIDE TO HELP ... AND I’M ONLY SAYING ‘IF’ ... WHERE WILL MY HARD-EARNED MONEY GO? 

  • Equipment, props, make-up, wardrobe, food, production insurance, travel, lodging, music, sound effects, rewards creation/distribution. 

MAYBE I’ll DO NOTHING AND SEE THE MOVIE ONCE IT’S DONE. 

  • It may never GET done without your help. Since Kickstarter is ‘all-or-nothing' ... the project won’t move forward unless it’s fully funded. 
  • Help us NOW and in exchange enjoy one of our exclusive rewards – items you may never again have access to if you wait! 

AREN’T YOU JUST RIPPING OFF GEORGE ROMERO’S TITLE? EVEN WORSE, AREN’T YOU RIPPING IT OFF IN THE SAME WAY THE WONDERFUL SHAUN OF THE DEAD DID? 

  • Yes! 
  • We believe a good title should tell you what kind of viewing experience you’re in for.  By standing on the shoulders of these giants ... our audience will know immediately that (1) it’s a ZOMBIE picture, (2) it’s gonna be FUNNY, and (3) it’s gonna have a WOMAN in the lead role. 

YOU KEEP FLAUNTING THIS VAGUELY FEMINIST IDEA OF A FEMALE LEAD, BUT YOU'RE JUST A BUNCH OF GUYS ... AND YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHO WILL BE YOUR 'DEB.'

  • True, but we won't let you down – it'll be someone wonderful, and maybe someone you've heard of.  Join us, and be among the first to find out who dons the mantle of Deb.   

I JUST TOYED WITH THE IDEA OF DONATING ... BUT THE PLEDGE BUTTON REROUTED ME TO AMAZON?  IT SAYS I NEED TO OPEN AN ACCOUNT?  I'M TOO BUSY TO JUMP THROUGH ALL THESE HOOPS!

  • We realize it's a few steps, but it's all very legit.  Amazon is Kickstarter's partner ... and handles all the credit cards, etc.  Look on the bright side: once you create an account, you'll be able to donate to any other campaign, too. 

HEY, I'M NOT EVEN SURE I WANT TO DONATE TO YOURS YET.  I HAVE A LOT TO DO TODAY, AND, I DUNNO ... MY CREDIT CARD IS ALL THE WAY IN THE OTHER ROOM ... 

  • Okay.  No problem.  We don't want to pressure anyone into joining us.

NO, WAIT!  YOU WERE JUST STARTING TO CONVINCE ME.  ANY FINAL THOUGHTS TO MAKE ME CLICK THAT GREEN BUTTON?

  • Do it to share in the experience of making a super fun zombie movie!
  • Do it because one of our rewards caught your eye!!
  • Do it because you really want to see Night of the Living Deb exist!!!

NOW WHO'S SHOUTING?

  • Us!  WE'RE EXCITED!!!

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• A SAMPLING OF KYLE RANKIN'S PREVIOUS FILMS (clips & trailers):

Risks and challenges

Every part of the filmmaking process presents risks and challenges, but after creating five feature films and nine shorts (several of them award-winning), we know what it takes to complete an exciting, laugh-out-loud movie. Heck, there were plenty of issues the day we shot our Kickstarter video (like the police almost shutting us down!), but as long as you have a smart, experienced team ... you can handle anything.

Here's the list of great people who helped make our video possible:

CREW:
shooting, editing, sound, and VFX: TONY COPOLILLO (siopio.com)
sound recording: KEITH PAUGH
zombie wrangling & make-up: CAMERON S. DORTCH
production management: EDWARD L. PLUMB
production assistance: FARRAH WALKER
written & directed: KYLE RANKIN

CAST:
MICHAEL CASSIDY – himself
RAY WISE – himself
CINDY VELA – herself
MRS. ROMERO – Holly Clapham
ANDY SELSOR – himself
GREG ARATA – himself

ZOMBIES:
Cameron S. Dortch
Kanitha "Krickett" Dortch
Willow Raven
Marissa "Rissy" Dollins
Jessica Nydegger
Sean Dortch
Hedley Duncan
Sierra Halfacre

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    CRAWLER: you're easily outrun, but a real threat en masse! This level receives regular email updates, access to our production blog, and entrance into giveaway contests.

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    10 backers

    LEG-DRAGGER: maybe you're damaged, but you're frighteningly persistent! You'll receive a digital copy of our shooting script (sent close to the premiere) as well as exclusive, behind-the-scenes videos. Also, with your permission, a personal thank-you on Deb's website and Facebook page (Includes the previous reward, too).

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    12 backers

    STUMBLER: you're walking like a toddler ... but a diseased toddler with open sores and a bloody maw! A special, 12-minute sneak peek of the final film will be emailed to you weeks before its release. (Includes all previous rewards)

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    89 backers

    RACE-WALKER: you're moving as fast as that 80's workout craze ... but without the sashaying hips and WITH an intent to eat brains! You'll receive a hi-res DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the complete "Night of the Living Deb" movie, as well as an exclusive extra video feature only available to our Kickstarter backers at this level. (Includes all previous rewards)

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    145 backers

    RUNNER: You're one of those new-fangled fast zombies ... we HATE them! We'll happily distract you with a DVD of "Night of the Living Deb" ... with extra features including bloopers, a making-of featurette, and cast & crew commentaries. You'll get the script, the production updates, AND your name will be added to the end credits.

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    42 backers Limited (258 left of 300)

    SPRINTER: Okay, wtf? Have you been working out? You're much faster now, and maybe the only thing that can hold you back is the official, limited edition "Night of the Living Deb" poster (shipped rolled, not folded). We promise a high level of quality here ... something you can hang proudly in your home or office (signed by the director and cast if you'd like). Your name will be added to the film's end credits, AND you'll also receive a CD of the original, sure-to-kick-ass SOUNDTRACK!

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    34 backers

    MOANER: an undead with the gift of gab ... and the ability to call for backup. Since you're so good at spreading the word, how about a fabulous "Night of the Living Deb" t-shirt screened on American Apparel T's (in guys and gals sizes). You'll also get a digital download of the film upon its release, so you can spot your name in the end credits.

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    79 backers

    INTUITIVE: you're not 'thinking' per-say ... but dangerous, game-changing concepts have suddenly become clear to you. Before you figure out how that door handle works, we'll fire BOTH BARRELS at you: a region free Blu-ray (or regular DVD) of "Night of the Living Deb" (with all its special features), the limited edition poster (signed by cast & director if you choose), the official American Apparel Deb shirt, AND the film's original soundtrack! (all with FREE shipping inside the continental US).

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    19 backers Limited (36 left of 55)

    TALKER: to be fair, it's more of a guttural hiss ... but you're SPEAKING! Which is why we should give you a part. At this level, come be an EXTRA in the movie. Choose to be a zombie OR a survivor, and we'll do our very best to feature you in an important shot. You must get yourself to set in Portland, Maine – but we'll provide a yummy lunch (with cast and crew). And since you're one of us now, this level includes a ticket to the WRAP PARTY (and everything else from the THINKER level: Blu-ray, poster, shirt, soundtrack). Your name will also be in the end credits, but now as part of the cast!

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    22 backers Limited (78 left of 100)

    DRIVER: a zombie behind the wheel of a car?! We're done for! The good news? You can now get yourself to our RED CARPET PREMIERE. We'll have TWO of these. One in the town where we're shooting (PORTLAND, MAINE), and one where we'll finish the film (LOS ANGELES, CA). If you'd like two tickets to either one (as well as two tickets to the exclusive after-parties), this level is for you. (Includes the Blu-ray, poster, t-shirt, soundtrack, and your name in the end credits).

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    3 backers Limited (10 left of 13)

    THINKER: all those brains you've ingested have gone to your head! Which is why you see the value in cool PROPS and WARDROBE that have been immortalized on film. At this level, we'll send you an authentic prop (e.g. Deb's fake gun, Michael's baseball bat) or a piece of wardrobe (like Ray's suit jacket). You'll also receive a signed 5x7 movie still featuring the actor with the item AS WELL AS a short personal video of the cast member 'gifting' it to you. Items are obviously limited, and the ability to choose from a list of items will be given to backers in order of pledging. This premium also includes two tickets to the wrap party (in Portland, Maine), one of the red carpet premieres (and after party), and every physical item from the INTUITIVE premium (described above).

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    PLANNER: you're smart enough to set traps. Or lure us away from the group. This won't end well for us ... but it will for you: with a SPEAKING PART in "Night of the Living Deb." Only a line or two, but there's no such thing as a small part. You'll have to get yourself to Portland, Maine – or, if you're okay with being a vocal presence on a radio or telephone ... you can immortalize yourself from ANYWHERE in the world. This level also includes two tickets to the wrap party, one of the red carpet premieres (and after party), and every physical item from the INTUITIVE premium (described above).

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    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    PLANNER (TAKE TWO): a SPEAKING PART in "Night of the Living Deb." Only a line or two, but there's no such thing as a small part. You'll have to get yourself to Portland, Maine – or, if you're okay with being a vocal presence on a radio or telephone ... you can immortalize yourself from ANYWHERE in the world. This level also includes two tickets to the wrap party, one of the red carpet premieres (and after party), and every physical item from the INTUITIVE premium (described above).

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    2 backers Limited (7 left of 9)

    FEELER: we know you have a heart, because we can see it beating through your stinking, paper-thin flesh! The surprising fact that you still posses human emotion will serve you well at: OUR TABLE READ. Before filming a movie, all the actors and creative decision makers get together and read the entire screenplay aloud. You can be there in person (Los Angeles, CA), or enjoy special access via Skype (from anywhere in the world). You’ll be given the opportunity to chime in on what you FELT was working, and what wasn't (or simply applaud!). Included here too are: two tickets to the wrap party, the red carpet premieres (and after parties)... plus every physical item from the INTUITIVE premium (described above).

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    LEADER: you've accumulated a gang of undead – awaiting your orders, following your every move, ready to die (again) for you! At this level you'll be listed as an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER in the opening credits. This means your name will also be on the POSTER (and IMDB.com). Included here too are: two tickets to the wrap party, the red carpet premieres (and after parties) ... plus every physical item from the INTUITIVE premium (described above).

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    3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)

    LEADER (TAKE TWO): you'll be listed as an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER in the opening credits. This means your name will also be on the POSTER (and IMDB.com). Included here too are: two tickets to the wrap party, the red carpet premieres (and after parties) ... plus every physical item from the INTUITIVE premium (described above).

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    MAVERICK: you went rogue because you find more flesh alone... playing by your own entrail-licking rules. At this level, you'll be listed as a CO-PRODUCER in the opening credits, and your name will appear on both the POSTER and IMDB.com. Included here too is something special: fine-dining with Ray Wise, Michael Cassidy, Kyle Rankin, and the impressive actress who'll become our Deb. This can happen in Maine on a day off from our shoot, or back in LA after we wrap. Ask us anything about DEB and/or pitch us YOUR movie idea. You also get two tickets to the wrap party, the red carpet premieres (and after parties)... plus every physical item from the INTUITIVE premium (described above).

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    ZOMBIE WITH A SHOTGUN: is there anything more terrifying? You've found a gun, loaded it, and now you're the most horrifying, pants-crappingest thing EVER. At this level, we'll give you a MAJOR ROLE in "Night of the Living Deb" – we're talkin' one or two scenes in which your character is given a name and featured prominently. You won't be edited out, because you'll be a pivotal part of the story. Please have some ability in front of the camera ... or, at least, the confidence to know you can kick ass. This premium means your name is on the poster, in the top credits, and it includes all the physical rewards from the INTUITIVE level. We'll provide travel to Portland, Maine (from within the U.S.), and accommodations while shooting.

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    ZOMBIE GENERAL: you're running this entire invasion from the comfort of your, um ... place where zombies are most comfortable. Scores of your undead brethren await your commands – you're kicking ass and eating brains. At this level, your name will be listed as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER in the pre-opening-title credits. This premium also gives you access to shooting and/or post production at any point you're interested in. You'll be listed on IMDB and sometimes even consulted for a creative opinion during post production (on rough cuts of the film, etc.) This premium includes all physical rewards from every other level as well.

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