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About

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. 

PLOT SUMMARY

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.

Joshua Schilling

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 Murphy 

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?

The Fest

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. 

The Film

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! 

The Felon

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. 

Until now.  

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...

  • Equipment
  • Props
  • Wardrobe (for Puppets and People)
  • Safe Stunts/Guns/Special Effects
  • Locations
  • 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.

OUR TIMELINE:

Preproduction:
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.

Production:
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.

Post Production:
We'll be working on editing, sound mixing, and special effects throughout the summer of 2015. Again, we'll be distributing relevant rewards throughout.

Release:
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.

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    CONCERNED CITIZEN: You get a digital commendation (via Facebook/Twitter) and weekly updates on Monkey Horse Cop! We will also record a special "thank you" video to toast each of our $1 supporters individually, and we won't cut until we've thanked every one of you, or until we run out of booze (clue: we won't run out of booze).

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    ROOKIE: You receive the entire 1st season of Monkey Horse Cop, via digital download, after the premier of the season-one finale, and we list your name on a website of our backers. PLUS, we'll send a handwritten postcard, scribed with a fountain pen while we are coherent, sober, and fully alert, sincerely thanking you for your contribution to Monkey Horse Cop. It'll be really classy.

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    DETECTIVE: Be the first to see the show! You receive the entire 1st season of Monkey Horse Cop via digital download BEFORE the launch of the first episode! With the link, you get exclusive access to special behind-the-scenes, creator commentary and outtake footage! We'll also send you a Limited Edition F.O.P.P. (Fraternal Order of Puppet Police) "Get out of Jail Free" Sticker, in case you ever get pulled over by a puppet police officer, and need a little leniency. (WARNING: not for use with non-puppet police officers). All this, PLUS the ROOKIE rewards.

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    CAPTAIN: You receive a DVD copy of the entire 1st season, including exclusive behind-the-scenes, commentary, outtake footage AND the entire Monkey Horse Cop soundtrack/score, all BEFORE we launch the first episode! We'll also thank you by name in the credits of each episode.
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    BAD MOTHER...SHUT YO' MOUTH:
    You receive a limited-run Monkey Horse Cop T-Shirt available ONLY to our Kickstarter backers. You can vote on the final design! You also receive a one-of-a-kind, personalized "Thank You" video starring Det. Monkey, and Det. Horse, and an invitation for you and your +1 to the official Monkey Horse Cop Premiere Party! PLUS you receive all CAPTAIN, DETECTIVE, and ROOKIE rewards.

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    SHOOTOUT: Write us a line of dialogue or send us a prop, and we'll put it in the show! We take your line, or your art/toy/company logo/whatever-object-you-can-imagine, and weave it flawlessly into an episode of Monkey Horse Cop. As evidence, you will receive an official certificate, and an autographed photo of your item on-set (if a prop), or an autographed script with your dialogue included (if a line). PLUS you receive all BAD MOTHER...SHUT YO' MOUTH, CAPTAIN, DETECTIVE, and ROOKIE rewards. (Special Note: Please do not choose a anything that contains any copyrighted material unless you have specific, written permission to do so)

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    RIDE ALONG: Spend the day with Redleg Films! You are invited to an epic team-up with us on the set of Monkey Horse Cop, followed up by dinner and drinks with the members of Redleg Films. We'll talk about filmmaking, puppets, orangutans or whatever you like! To remember your visit, we'll take a photo of you with the cast & crew, autograph it, frame it, and mail it to you along with your BAD MOTHER...SHUT YO' MOUTH, CAPTAIN, DETECTIVE, and ROOKIE rewards. (Special Note: you must provide your lodging & transportation to/from Chicago).

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    PUPPET WITH A GUN: Appear in the show as a puppet! You send us a picture of yourself, we turn you into a puppet and put you in the show! You will also receive a certificate, and an autographed picture of your puppet and puppeteer on set to use as evidence. PLUS you receive all RIDE ALONG, BAD MOTHER...SHUT YO' MOUTH, CAPTAIN, DETECTIVE, and ROOKIE rewards.

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    PUPPET PRISONER: Own a piece of the show! Once filming is complete, we will carefully package, gift wrap, and send you a puppet that we used in the actual filming of Monkey Horse Cop, complete with an autographed photo of your puppet on set, and an official certificate of authenticity. You will also receive all RIDE ALONG, BAD MOTHER...SHUT YO' MOUTH, CAPTAIN, DETECTIVE, and ROOKIE rewards. (Special Note: due to limited availability, you may not be able to choose which puppet you receive)

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Raising funds is an essential part of any creative endeavor, especially film. You are a filmmaker, and we will credit you as "Associate Producer" both before the title sequence at the beginning of every episode, and on the official Monkey Horse Cop IMDB page. You'll get an early look at a rough-cut of the each episode, and we'll listen to any critiques or comments you have. Of course, you will also receive all the RIDE ALONG, BAD MOTHER...SHUT YO' MOUTH, CAPTAIN, DETECTIVE, and ROOKIE rewards.

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    You get POTATO SALAD. Last time we checked, the "Potato Salad" Kickstarter raised over $50,000 for this delectable deli dish, so this offer is a steal! The members of Redleg Films will use all our powers combined to make you the best potato salad you will ever taste.

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