About this project
by people who love and appreciate the genre, The Cheerleaders Must Die!
The Cheerleaders Must Die is a horror-slasher film that follows our heroine Tammi and the legendary Armadillo High Cheer Squad on a retreat to Shady Pines Spirit Camp, where they fall under the gaze of a mysterious, blood-thirsty killer! As the bodies pile up and the blood spills our cheer squad is forced to bear witness to what happens when the pressures put on kids to live up to past high school glories are taken to their most gory conclusion.
"This film is a passion project for [Curtis Andersen and I]. We are determined to make a quality film worthy of the genre while having its own unique voice. As horror fans we know there are a list of things we need to deliver on; an isolated location, creative kills, an interesting villain, but we also want to deliver on real scares by ratcheting up the tension. Our approach toward doing that is making sure our killer's targets were characters the audience didn't want to see die and avoid the tired trope of obnoxious nubile teens awaiting a grisly demise. We are extremely proud of the reaction the script has gotten, particularly from female readers who find our well rounded characters with developed personalities, strengths, and flaws refreshing and fun." - Zeke Pinheiro, Director
Where We're At
Most of the heavy lifting has already been done: we've assembled a great creative team, we have secured distribution from National Lampoon, and we have started to reach out to name talent - actors and actresses to help bring these characters to life. We are still finalizing production financing and while that's being worked on we need money to keep the ball rolling.
What We NeedTo keep the film on track we need money for two things 1) a casting director and 2) a story board artist. To help secure our financing we have been asked to bring talent to the table with Letters of Intent. While we have this from actress Shirly Brener and Lochlyn Munroe we need to fill out the rest of the cast. A casting director will have the access and leverage to bring the best people to the table.
The story board artist will help our director lay out the shot plan so that we can make the most of our schedule. When this film is funded we will still be working on a shoe-string so every step we can take to save time and money is an advantage! We were able to afford story boards for one sequence, see below:
We want more of that!
Hey, that's cool. I mean, I'd prefer to give you the rewards that you qualify for, but I will not make you take them. If "reward free" is how you roll then when the time comes and I ask for your contact info you just need to let me know in your reply what, if any, rewards you no longer want.
You can add to your pledge! When you log in it will give you options so you can qualify for the higher dollar rewards!
It is not. While the titles are similar, the stories of the two films have nothing to do with each other. But since you brought it up go buy a copy of the DVD here: http://tinyurl.com/stmdonamazon
Watch it with the audience reaction track.
We will spend it! While we are specifically looking for money to fund our artist and casting director there are lots of other things that need to get paid for like legal costs, printing, permits, make-up tests, camera tests, etc. Every cent that comes out of this campaign will be used to get the film on screen.
NO! As we add the new rewards they will be provided to any one who has qualified for them at the different price points. For example, if you donanted for a "Special Thanks" credit on day 1 then you will receive all the current rewards owed including the personalized "thank you" note added later that first week and the signed photo of Curtis that was added on 8/8/11. So for early givers they will see their rewards get larger as they go!
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