WE ARE TRYING TO RAISE $20,000 FOR THIS PROJECT AND HAVE RAISED $6000 SO FAR. THANKS AND PLEASE KEEP CONTRIBUTING TO ROAD TRIP OF THE DEAD
Before you decide to help us fund our project or not I will share the words of a very great man and the most famous horror director to ever live...
"It was no big thing man. Nobody knew if we were even ever going to finish this movie. It was just like a bunch of people getting together and we were going to try to make a movie... and none of us knew that it was ever going to get finished... let alone become something as well known as it is." ~ George A. Romero (Regarding Night of the Living Dead)
Fans come to Pittsburgh by the thousands to see Romero filming locations and these fans are dying to see them! We are in pre-production of a reality based horror film "Road Trip of The Dead" in the Pittsburgh, Monroeville and Evans City/Cranberry area, Our film stars celebrity and effects artist Tom Savini ( Dawn Of The Dead 1978, From Dusk Til Dawn and Django Unchained ), Gary Streiner (Night Of The Living Dead 1968) and more. Our film centers around a group of friends (fans of George Romero films) are attempting to complete a documentary about filming locations of Romero Films in and around Pittsburgh. The friends set out on the tour unknowing the horror they love is about to become a reality.
This is NOT a zombie film, but a reality based slasher horror- fiction tale.
This film will not only be an entertaining fictional tale but will also be combined with documentary style information on filming locations of classic Pittsburgh films. 90% of all locations used in our film will have been in other films. Think of it as location cameos, so fans will not only get cameos from stars Gary Streiner and more. They will get to see great locations like the Monroeville Mall (Dawn Of The Dead), Evans City Cemetery (Night Of The Living Dead 1968), Wampum Mines (Day Of The Dead) Etc.
We need your help to secure funds for production such as talent fees, travel, props, equipment, etc. We are trying to keep this film as much about Pittsburgh as fans, in doing so we have secured product placement from Iron City Beer/Pittsburgh Brewing Company and are working with them to help sponsor our project. We are also in talks with Kings Restaurant about filming at a location and sponsorship. Please take a look at our sponsor packages and perks thank you in advance for your time and considering our project.
UPDATE: Additional "Dawn Doe" Information
Pittsburgh Independent horror documentary film Road Trip of the Dead, a production by Evans City Productions raises funds to place marker on the grave of the unknown skeletal remains used in the 1978 film George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.
In doing research for the documentary/reality horror film the group of independent filmmakers stumped upon a story of a real skeleton used in the 1978 horror film. Tom Savini borrowed a skeleton, thinking it to be a prop, from the late Larry Wintersteller for the production. After the film was completed, Mr. Wintersteller sold the skeleton to Marilyn Wick of the famous Costume World costume shops and Wick Theatre. Mrs. Wick placed the skeleton in her window at the old location until authorities noticed it and how real it looked. The skeleton was confiscated in 1982 and an autopsy was performed by the famous Coroner Joshua Perper, who later performed the autopsy of Anna Nicole Smith. After the autopsy the skeleton was determined to be the remains of a 35 year old woman and approximately 100 years old. All in connection to the skeleton was questioned and Mr. Wintersteller stated that he knew the skeleton was real and had purchased the skeleton from an Old Fellows Lodge that used the skeleton in ignition ceremonies and events. Both Mr. Savini and Mrs. Wick stated they had no knowledge of the skeleton being a real person. The corner added that the effects that Mr. Savini had added to the skeleton was very impressive and seemed like aged flesh. That is actually what had drawn attention to the skeleton in the first place. In late 1982 an Allegheny County Pennsylvania Court Judge ordered that the skeletal remains were to be buried. David Fryer Funeral Home of Pittsburgh donated services including a funeral, limo and grave plot at Mount Lebanon Cemetery also in Pittsburgh.
The plot remained unmarked for the last 31 years until documentary filmmakers Harmoni and William Sanders, Russel Douglas, Lawrence DeVincentz and Matt Blazi decided to make a documentary/reality hybrid film called Road Trip of the Dead under Evans City Productions headed by Harmoni and William Sanders. Mrs. Sanders and the group decided that it was the right thing to do to finally give this woman a proper marker. Since the remains are unknown, the group and the cemetery decided to mark the grave “Dawn Doe” Unknown Finally laid to rest March 19th, 1983.
The down payment has been made by Mrs. Sanders and group but $1100 needs to be raised to finish purchasing the marker, preparations and fees over the next year.
UPDATE: Marilyn Wick of Costume World and Wick Theatre has donated the rest of the cost for the grave marker for Dawn Doe. Thank you Mrs. Wick for your support of our project.
The synopsis of the film couldn’t be truer. A group of friends set out to make a documentary about Pittsburgh Horror Film Locations. The group soon find out that the horror they love is becoming a reality. The film is currently filming and stars Tom Savini, Gary Streiner and Jim Krut and more Romero stars are being added as they film all across Western Pennsylvania at all the Romero based sites. More Information can be found at www.facebook.com/roadtripofthedead or on twitter @evanscityprod
Additional Dawn Doe (Dawn of the Dead Skeletal Remains)
Risks and challenges
Our only challenge is securing the funds for insurance, locations, travel and talent. All equipment, crew and cast are secured. The film at this point will be made with or without additional funding. So our contributors can rest that the money will be used for the production no matter what funds we secure. The only difficulty or problem we face is that some scenes and plot of the film can not be completed without the funds. So the success and quality of the production depends on how much we can raise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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