MONKEY HORSE COP: PUPPETS WITH GUNS
MONKEY HORSE COP: PUPPETS WITH GUNS
Hard Cops Made of Soft Foam, Lethal Weapon meets the Muppet Show, the asphalt jungle of Sesame Street after dark, with more explosions.
Hard Cops Made of Soft Foam, Lethal Weapon meets the Muppet Show, the asphalt jungle of Sesame Street after dark, with more explosions. Read more
What is a MONKEY HORSE COP?
Monkey Horse Cop is an over-the-top, buddy-cop web series dreamed up 3 years ago by redlegfilms.com. It's about a duo of hard-nosed puppet cops who protect the citizens of Chicago while battling the prejudice that naturally comes with being a puppet with a gun.
With your help, we'll push the buddy-cop genre to its ridiculous limit with as many gunfights, chases, kung-fu fights, and explosions as we can afford.
When a risky undercover sting goes wrong, Detectives Monkey and Horse stumble upon a crime overlord's plan to take over the asphalt jungle of Chicago.
Who is REDLEG FILMS?
Redleg Films is a boutique film company based in Chicago, IL. USA. We focus on audience-friendly films that we, ourselves, would enjoy watching. Having met on a feature-film shoot on location in the hinterlands of Wisconsin in 2011, we four freelance filmmakers became fast friends and founded an award-winning film company.
Daniel John Harris
Dan is a former army redleg (i.e. artilleryman) who not only gave Redleg Films its name, but also its heart and drive. If we were the Avengers, Dan would be Captain America.
Josh is the wacko who first concocted this crazy idea 3 years ago. He firmly follows Alfred Hitchcock's quote, "A lot of movies are about life. Mine are a like a slice of cake." If we were the Ghostbusters, Josh would be Peter Venkman.
Chris is an expert photon wrangler, and production-value multiplier. He points the camera, and magic happens. If we were the crew of Serenity, Chris would be Wash.
Patrick J. Bresnahan
Pat is a film junkie who makes his living with a microphone on a stick. He intends to live forever or die trying. If we were the Guardians of the Galaxy, Pat would be Rocket Raccoon.
Founded by working freelance filmmakers, Redleg Films is also lucky enough to work with a cavalry that includes many of the most talented filmmakers and artists in Chicago--far too many people to name here!
What's our STORY?
Shortly after Redleg Films was founded, we entered what seemed like an amazing film fest--the Windie City Shootout, a 72-hour film festival. Like most shootouts, the judges would give us several elements that must be included in the film, then we'd have to turn in a completed movie only 72-hours later.
With a grand prize of $12,500, the festival attracted the best and brightest filmmakers that Chicago had to offer, so we knew that if we were to have a chance at winning, we'd have to do something really special.
So, we made a musical...in 72 hours.
We invested roughly $2,000 for the budget, enlisted a huge cast and crew, all who worked sleeplessly and for free (these guys/gals were amazing! No way we could have done it without each and every one of them), and 72 hours later, had our hands on a truly magical movie of which we are all super proud. You can watch it here.
...and best of all, we won!
With the festival won, and a huge budget (in our eyes, anyway) incoming, we started to plan the greatest show ever, Monkey Horse Cop. We would use the festival prize money to make our silly little puppet-police idea the most adrenaline-addicted, pee-pants-funny show possible. We started making puppets, writing and rewriting scripts, working on concept art, and even recording a theme song. There was only one problem.
The money was gone.
One of the founders of the festival, a man claiming to be a producer from Focus Features, was actually a life-long conman. He stole all of the fest's proceeds and disappeared. Suddenly, our dream show was just that, a dream.
You can read more about our story here. We were just the latest in a long line of victims for this career criminal. As embarrassing as it is to admit, he was just too slippery for a bunch of filmmakers to find. Even if we did find him, and eventually could get him to cough up the $12,500,we'd spend more money than that simply on lawyers and court fees. We were screwed and no one could help.
Without your help, there will be no Monkey Horse Cop. The bad guy wins.
Fighting Through It All
It’d be easy to think that all of our work, and the work of all the people who came out to support us was for nothing, but that’s not true. Prize money or not, we still have Role Initiative, the friendships we formed throughout, and we still remember that weekend when everything came together perfectly.
We wouldn't trade anything for that experience.
So, we soldiered on. We made more movies, all the time growing as filmmakers. In reality, we may not have been ready three years ago to make Monkey Horse Cop the way it deserves to be made, but now we are.
Which is where you join our story. Our dream show is, once again, within our reach. Help us grab it.
What will we do with the MONEY?
With so much of the show revolving around our two main stars/puppets, we plan to spend the lion's share (or monkey-horse's share, if you prefer) of our budget on bringing to life the funniest, most expressive puppet-police ever created. Our puppets will also need to be able to take a beating. They'll fall out of 5-story windows, get beat to a pulp by goons, be masters of kung-fu, and of course, withstand explosions (while not looking at them).
OUR PUPPET STARS
Detective Zaius Monkey - a crack-shot, loose-cannon orangutan with a chip on his shoulder.
Detective Charles Horse - a grizzled, old family-horse who is definitely "getting too old for this shit”.
However, don't think that Det. Monkey and Det. Horse are the only puppets in our world--far from it. We have several other puppet characters that make an appearance to help, and sometimes hinder, our heroes. Check out our incentives and even you may make an appearance as a puppet!
Besides puppets, your support also pays for...
- Wardrobe (for Puppets and People)
- Safe Stunts/Guns/Special Effects
- Food for our fantastic Cast & Crew
As you can see, we can't do it by ourselves. We need an army of selfless artists, technicians and other friends if we hope to be successful.
We also need you.
If you, like our puppet heroes, want to fight for justice, we ask that you check out our rewards and support our show by giving $100, $50, or $25.
Remember, if we don't make our goal, we get NOTHING, and Monkey Horse Cop disappears forever!
Risks and challenges
Monkey Horse Cop is a very ambitious project, to say the least. We'll need to secure puppets, puppeteers, actors, locations, stunt performers, and, of course, explosion-wranglers, all at little to no cost.
Fortunately, Redleg Films was founded by working filmmakers with years of experience on set and connections to tons of talented artists and gobs of generous vendors. We did make a D&D Musical in 72-hours, after all.
We'll start preproduction as soon as our kickstarter ends successfully. In truth, we've been in preproduction for Monkey Horse Cop for almost 3 years already, so we're more than ready to give it a final push.
We'll begin sending out applicable rewards during this time.
We plan to start production sometime in Spring 2015. Few rewards will likely be sent during this time, as we'll probably have enough on our plate.
We'll be working on editing, sound mixing, and special effects throughout the summer of 2015. Again, we'll be distributing relevant rewards throughout.
If all goes according to plan, we'll be ready to launch Monkey Horse Cop in Fall of 2015.
All remaining rewards will be awarded at this time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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