24 hours left in our campaign!
The target we were aiming for was enough to cover the bare minimum we would need to wrap post and submit to festivals, so our first stretch goal is to raise an extra $500 to push our 2018 Kickstarter fundraiser to $2150. With the additional funds we are hoping to add one more day of Visual Effects work, submit to a few more festivals, and upgrade our final audio mix. At the end of the day, we want to make the best film possible, and with your help we can make it happen.
'The Crows of Culver' is a short horror film that chronicles a year in the lives of the Turner Family. It's mostly good times - carnival rides, rock collecting, and trick or treating. When a dark spirit is awakened in the neighborhood, the Turners must cope with the possession of their 3 year old daughter Sadie. It ends badly.
From an early age, I fell in love with films that creeped me out. Whether it were horror films that scared the hell out of me, or TV shows like The Twilight Zone which altered my perception of reality, watching these films and TV shows had a deep impact on me then, and still do to this day. That type of cinematic experience is what I wanted to create with 'The Crows of Culver' - haunted environments, urban legends, super natural elements, and an ordinary family dealing with extraordinary things...scary things.
Influences from such films as The Shining, Poltergeist, Blair Witch, Troma's The Children and, of course, Hitchcocks's The Birds can be seen throughout 'The Crows of Culver'. I drew upon those influences but I wanted to focus on a core fear I personally have right now as a father - that is the safety and wellbeing of my children. As parents, our worst nightmare is something terrible happening to our kids. It's that primordial fear I wanted to tap into and explore with the film.
One of the main inspirations for the film are the actual crows that fly into Culver City, California - they're real. Every summer and fall, thousands of crows fly over the town at dusk, darkening the sky. This murder of crows create an eerie, creepy skyline but they are also fascinating and beautiful at the same time. Neighbors would consistently comment on how someone should make a horror film about the crows and our 'haunted' neighborhood. After 3 years of batting around various ideas for a film, in the summer of 2017, we started a year long process of filming that would ultimately become 'The Crows of Culver'.
Playing the roles of Robert, Lauren, Max and Sadie Turner are...Robert, Lauren, Max and Sadie Krisch. To create an authentic sense of family, a real family of four was cast in the lead roles - my family. The 'Turner' family photos on the wall are the Krisch's photos. The home movie footage is authentic. Arguments between parents are real. Conversations between father and daughter during a bedtime routine are genuine and loving. It is this sense of reality that grounds the film, and sets it up for the twisted nightmare that unfolds.
Here's the trailer for 'Earworm', another creepy tale I edited last year:
( It's working! We're scaring people! )
So where are we at?
The film is basically done! Woohoo! We have a few post production loose ends to tie up but we are transitioning to the festival stage of this process. That's where we'd love for you to join us on this adventure!
We've dipped our toes in the festival waters - submitting to a few select festivals. The programmers over at the Hollywood Horrorfest said they loved it and have selected the film as an honorable mention. They sent us over our first set of laurels, which are pretty cool!
Also the VideoScream Film Fest just awarded us our first official selection! Their big event is January of 2019, so we're hoping to head up to Portland and watch some scary movies with all the great folks at VideoScream!
And apparently the film has creeped out a few other people we've shown it to in town. Max and Sadie are now represented by Envy LA talent agency. So, who knows, maybe you'll see them pop up in a movie or commercial sometime soon (or, maybe not, and that would be OK as well).
Last year, during our 2017 Fundraising push, we were able to raise enough money to get the film shot, get it edited, and complete the bulk of post production.
Whats left in our 2018 Kickstarter campaign is to fund our remaining finishing costs, and most importantly finance our big film festival submission push scheduled for the end of 2018 and beginning of 2019!
And that's where you come in!
We've got some cool rewards for all the kind souls that join the Crow's team and get this project over the finish line. Copies of the film, digital artwork, Polaroid's from the set (taken and signed by the uber creative Max Krisch), credits in the film, deleted scenes and alternate endings, original music and much more, so check that out.
And most importantly...
Risks and challenges
The challenges that we faced with this project are pretty much in the rear view mirror. Those hurdles being shooting a film starring a 3 year old and 6 year old as leads, and 10,000 crows as supporting actors.
Now the challenge is wrapping post production and getting the film out into the world.
Again thank you so much! And we hope to see you at a festival screening real soon!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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