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This project was successfully funded on June 4, 2014.

A group of hikers on the Appalachian Trail stumbles across an ancient secret that threatens their survival.

About this project

WE DID IT! THANK YOU!

We are so excited to have hit our goal of $20,000! Thank you to all of our backers for making this happen. We could not have achieved this without you. Post production is already in full swing and these extra funds will definitely take the movie to the next level. We will continue to post updates and keep you informed. Stay tuned, it's going to be awesome.

STAY UP TO DATE WITH BEACON POINT

THE WEBSITE 

www.beaconpointmovie.com

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/beaconpointmovie

Beacon Point Movie Poster - Get a limited edition signed poster as a prize
Beacon Point Movie Poster - Get a limited edition signed poster as a prize

WATCH THE TRAILER!

Please watch the trailer in HD by clicking the "Full screen" option next to the YouTube icon on the player below.

THE STORY

Beacon Point is a feature length thriller about a group of hikers on a 10 day hike of the Appalachian Trail. The group hikes deeper into the Great Smoky Mountains, and soon realize they are lost. Things start to go from bad to worse. They stumble across an ancient secret, the shadow people, that threatens their survival. It's a wild ride and a real nail biter. Watch the trailer above and join the Beacon Point team to be part of an amazing movie experience.

WHY WE NEED MORE FUNDS

We are 80% completed with Beacon Point! It has already been shot and edited, and the movie looks AMAZING! The hard part is over. We just need a bit more money to really take our movie to the next level. We plan to use the money from this campaign to get world class visual FX, sound and color correction, and then share our movie with the world. You can be part of Beacon Point by pledging your support. Check it out! We have a ton of great prizes and pledge levels for you to chose from.

Hanging in a creepy cave in north Georgia. After 19 hours in here I was wondering if I'd ever see the sun again!
Hanging in a creepy cave in north Georgia. After 19 hours in here I was wondering if I'd ever see the sun again!

THE PROJECT

If you’ve ever been hiking or camping alone, far away from civilization, you’ll know how creepy things can get. That was my inspiration for writing Beacon Point. I've had some very strange and very creepy experiences deep in the woods. Late at night, away from the world, even the smallest noise can make you question why you are out there. My goal was to take these experiences and channel them into a fresh story. I wanted to write a horror-thriller screenplay that would break many of the cliches and imagery that so many movies have rehashed. My co-writer, Traci Carroll, and I set out to do just that and within 4 months we had an awesome screenplay, Beacon Point.

The movie melds American Indian legends and an ominous and remote area of the Great Smoky Mountains to create the perfect environment for our story. As filmmakers, we love well made, entertaining movies, that challenge the viewer. We wanted to make a movie that we’d want to watch, and that we could be proud of.

Director Eric Blue on the set of Beacon Point.
Director Eric Blue on the set of Beacon Point.

We shot Beacon Point in 23 days in Georgia and North Carolina during the summer of 2013, and what we have is truly incredible. As local Georgia filmmakers, we tapped into the amazing industry here. It was a real advantage. We had a phenomenal cast and crew, who worked their butts off, gorgeous locations and really stretched our budget to shoot an incredible movie. Everything worked. What we need now is a few extra bucks to make our entire vision come to life.

Dualing RED EPIC cameras on the set of Beacon Point. Camera operators Ian Forsyth and Kelli Lee rocked it. Jim McKinney, our Director of Photography, gave our movie the amazing cinematogrphy you see in the trailer.
Dualing RED EPIC cameras on the set of Beacon Point. Camera operators Ian Forsyth and Kelli Lee rocked it. Jim McKinney, our Director of Photography, gave our movie the amazing cinematogrphy you see in the trailer.

WHAT WILL THE MONEY BE USED FOR?

When you help us reach our goal, we will use the funds to finish our movie. This includes:

  • World Class Visual FX - This is a process of digitally creating visual FX elements on a computer, then adding them into the movie. We want our visual FX to look incredible. Through our contacts, we've been lucky enough to have some of the best visual FX artists around ready to work on our movie. This will give Beacon Point even more production value and marketability.
  • Audio Work - Sound design / FX, audio mixing and dialogue cleanup. Audio is one of the most important parts of the post production process. Amazing audio will separate our movie from 95% of the other indie movies on the market.
  • Color correction (adjusting and leveling the overall look of the movie), is another key element in finishing our film. We have a stellar colorist, ready to finish Beacon Point. This will really make the movie pop visually.
  • Lastly, we will need money to sell the movie.This includes providing deliverables (DVD copies, licensing, legal work, photos, music copies, etc...), festival submissions and marketing the movie. This is crucial to get our movie out to the world and sold.

We have some amazing movie professionals lined up to work on Beacon Point and take it to the next level. But we can’t do it without money. That’s where you come in. Pledge your support and join our team!

Color Correction Example - It makes a big difference!
Color Correction Example - It makes a big difference!

PRESS COVERAGE

Beacon Point is already getting recognized for our amazing trailer and art work. Wait until you see the finished movie!

Dread Central

http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/74845/new-beacon-point-poster-goes-underground#axzz2x7oDhHbJ

The Horror Asylum

http://www.horror-asylum.com/news/article.asp?item=11082

OZ Magazine – pg. 6

http://issuu.com/ozonline/docs/ozmagazine_augsept2013_issuu_sm?e=1005677%2F4411419

THE TEAM

We have an incredible team. Meet some of the people that made Beacon Point happen.

(From left to right) Matt Ackerman, Eric Blue, Karen Blue, Scott Salamon and Malissa Peace
(From left to right) Matt Ackerman, Eric Blue, Karen Blue, Scott Salamon and Malissa Peace

Eric Blue - Writer/Director/Producer

Eric Blue, known by his friends simply as “Blue”, is an award winning writer/director. Currently Blue is finishing his feature film, BEACON POINT, for a summer 2014 release. Other notable films by Blue include; THIS SIDE UP, LOST CROSSING, LOOK, BROKEN MOMENT and the comedy, PARKED AND EMPTY. His films have been chosen as “Official Selections” by film festivals around the world. In 2007, Blue won the Accolade Competition – Best of Show award for LOST CROSSING. He was also runner-up for the Southeast Media Award Screenplay Competition, won 2 “Best Of” awards for his work in the 48 Hour Film Project, won the Audience Award at the Decatur Film Festival and won the Atlanta Film Slam. In 2004, Blue was a semi-finalist in HBO’s Project Greenlight director’s contest, chosen out of thousands of other candidates.

Scott Salamon - Editor/Co-Producer/Post Production Supervisor

Scott is a long time collaborator with Bluelantern Films. As producer and editor on numerous BLF productions, he’s proven to be a rich creative source. With over a decade of experience in broadcast and commercial editorial, Scott continues to cover new ground in the world of feature films. Currently, Scott is dailies producing for clients such as Paramount, Sony and Universal. He brings a strong background for story concepts, content creation, as well as media management and delivery. Scott’s role as lead editor, on the award winning short film Lost Crossing, was the genesis of a long running partnership with Blue.

Matt Ackerman - Producer

Since an early age, Matt’s sights have been set on the film industry.  For the past 10 years, Matt has been involved in the pre-production and filming of 4 independent films, over 100 music videos and tons of commercial work. He has worked on projects with artists ranging from The Rolling Stones, LeAnn Rimes, and Usher. Commercial projects have included clients such as Nike and Taylor Made.  Being on-set is like a second home to our guy. Strong as an Assistant Director and Producer, Matt propels himself to deliver an experience and a product that will be indelible in any viewer's mind.  Matt is passionate, youthful, and enthusiastic for his ideas and the business, making Matt a truly remarkable person to work with.  He’s not so bad behind a drum kit either.

Karen Blue - Production Designer

Production Designer Karen Blue brings an impressive design resume to the BlueLantern Films team. Karen was part of the design team on such restaurants as the Eiffel Tower restaurant in the Paris Casino, Las Vegas, Quattro, part of the Four Seasons in Houston, and Fearings, Dallas. Her past credits include the short films, This Side Up, Lost Crossing, Look and Parked and Empty, as Art Director, Set Decorator, Costume Designer and Make-Up Artist.

Actor Jason Burkey getting his head cast at Toby Sells' make-up FX. Toby has done make up FX for The Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries and Zombieland to name a few.
Actor Jason Burkey getting his head cast at Toby Sells' make-up FX. Toby has done make up FX for The Walking Dead, Vampire Diaries and Zombieland to name a few.

Toby Sells - Make-Up FX

Toby has been working as a Special Make Up FX Artist professionally since 1983.  He has done make up FX on The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, and Zombieland to name a few. He has been featured on Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, and in Fangoria magazine, Scars magazine, Horror 101.com and Killer Film.

Kevin Riepl - Composer

Kevin Riepl is an award-winning composer writing for film, television and video games. He is renowned for composing epic signature scores for blockbuster sci-fi action video games such as Microsoft’s best-selling GEARS OF WAR and the UNREAL series, and RESISTANCE: BURNING SKIES, nominated for "Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media" at (IFMCA) International Film Music Critics Association Awards as well as film festival winners HENRI and Oddball Animation Studios’ stunning concept film, RUIN. 

THE CAST

The cast of Beacon Point (from left to right) RJ Shearer, Jason Burkey, Rachel Marie Lewis, Jon Briddell and Eric Goins
The cast of Beacon Point (from left to right) RJ Shearer, Jason Burkey, Rachel Marie Lewis, Jon Briddell and Eric Goins

It means so much to care about the characters in a movie. It's the life blood of a story. Beacon Point is not only a great story, it has memorable characters that will engage you. You want to see this movie.

REWARDS

This is really what we all want, right? We’ve assembled an awesome collection of rewards. All you have to do is pledge your support so we can reach our goal. Many of these prizes are unique to the Kickstarter campaign and will never be available again.Thank you for your support!

Eric Blue and Melissa McBride (Carol from The Walking Dead) shooting the Beacon Point Kickstarter video
Eric Blue and Melissa McBride (Carol from The Walking Dead) shooting the Beacon Point Kickstarter video
Drone copter cam shooting aerial shots for Beacon Point
Drone copter cam shooting aerial shots for Beacon Point
Beacon Point Chronicles
Beacon Point Chronicles

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BEACON POINT

https://www.facebook.com/beaconpointmovie

http://www.beaconpointmovie.com/

Risks and challenges

The movie is amazing and we are 80% completed. It is shot and edited. With a little more funding, we can really push the movie to the next level. We can't do this without money though. Please PLEDGE NOW and join Beacon Point team to be part of an incredible project.

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  • We shot Beacon Point in 23 days during the summer of 2013. It was an incredible experience, though the bugs in the woods were miserable. It felt like Indie Film Summer Camp. I'll never forget it!

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    THE TRAIL HEAD - Get access to exclusive Beacon Point production updates, news, behind the scenes photos and stories and much more. All higher level pledges will receive this prize as well.

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    THE TENDER FOOT SHOUT OUT – Get a shout out on the Beacon Point Facebook and Twitter pages and a LOT OF LOVE from the entire team. You’ll also get the exclusive Beacon Point updates. All higher level pledges will receive this prize as well.

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    THE TRAIL MAP – Get an exclusive download of The Beacon Point trail map from the movie. You’ll get the same map that Zoe uses, plus all the prizes above. This map shows the journey the group takes in the movie. All higher level pledges will receive this prize as well.

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    BEACON POINT SOUNDTRACK – Download the official movie sound track by composer Kevin Riepl (composer from Gears of War, Unreal Tournament and more).

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    BEACON POINT MOVIE DOWNLOAD – Be the first to download an exclusive digital copy of Beacon Point. You'll get to download the movie in HD, a week before it's released so you'll be one of the first to see it.

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    MOVIE DOWNLOAD AND SOUNDTRACK – For just $5 more you can download both the digital copy of Beacon Point and the soundtrack. You'll get to download the movie a week before it's released so you'll be one of the first to see it.

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    DVD – Get an official Beacon Point DVD, signed by the director, Eric Blue, with cover art and all other prizes above.

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    (EARLY BIRD PRICE) A PAIR OF TICKETS TO WHOLE WORLD IMPROV THEATRE - Two tickets to Atlanta's premiere, award-winning improv comedy theatre in Atlanta, GA and theatrical home of Eric Goins, who plays Dan in Beacon Point. More than a mere comedy show, Whole World Improv Theatre is a theatrical event that has been exciting Atlanta audiences since 1994 with their high energy performances creating an UNREHEARSED, live theatrical experience based entirely on audience suggestions. www.wholeworldtheatre.com

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    LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT – Get an official Beacon Point T-Shirt that shows your support plus the movie download. This is a Kickstarter only prize, no others will be made. Most sizes will be available.

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    SIGNED POSTER – Get a limited edition signed and numbered Beacon Point poster. It's sure to be a cult classic collectible! The poster is professionally printed on quality paper ready for framing. You'll also get the movie download.

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    A PAIR OF TICKETS TO WHOLE WORLD IMPROV THEATRE - Two tickets to Atlanta's premiere, award-winning improv comedy theatre in Atlanta, GA and theatrical home of Eric Goins, who plays Dan in Beacon Point. More than a mere comedy show, Whole World Improv Theatre is a theatrical event that has been exciting Atlanta audiences since 1994 with their high energy performances creating an UNREHEARSED, live theatrical experience based entirely on audience suggestions. www.wholeworldtheatre.com

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    BLU-RAY – Get an official Beacon Point Blu-Ray, signed by the director, Eric Blue, with cover art and all other prizes above.

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    NAME MY CAT - I'll rename my cat, to any name you see fit. I'll call him that daily, I'll post about it, I'll send you a signed picture with him wearing a funny hat with the name, and I'll send you a DVD.

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    PROPS! – Get a real prop, used in the movie, for your own collection. These props were made by Billy Gantt, prop maker for The Walking Dead and Vampire Diaries, and are handmade, one of a kind. The props vary, but most of them are small, the size of a quarter, but they have cool detail work. The props are a key part of the story and a major spoiler, so we can’t tell you what they are. You'll also be sworn to secrecy, not to share them until after the movie is released. They are cool, and once you see the movie, you’ll wish you had one!

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    MELISSA MCBRIDE SIGNED POSTER AND DVD – Before her role as Carol on The Walking Dead, Melissa starred in Lost Crossing. She's a good friend of ours, and was amazing in this movie directed by Beacon Point director, Eric Blue. This is a very unique prize for true Walking Dead fans. Get an original, limited edition Lost Crossing poster, signed and numbered by Melissa McBride, a Lost Crossing DVD, and the full Melissa McBride conversation download. Get these while they last! Once they are gone, that’s it. You'll also get the Beacon Point movie download.

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    MELISSA MCBRIDE SIGNED POSTER AND DVD – Before her role as Carol on The Walking Dead, Melissa starred in Lost Crossing. She's a good friend of ours, and was amazing in this movie directed by Beacon Point director, Eric Blue. This is a very unique prize for true Walking Dead fans. Get an original, limited edition Lost Crossing poster, signed and numbered by Melissa McBride, a Lost Crossing DVD, and the full Melissa McBride conversation download. Get these while they last! Once they are gone, that’s it. You'll also get the Beacon Point movie download.

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    MOVIE PREMIERE TICKET – Walk the red carpet with us and attend the first screening of Beacon Point with a friend. We'll screen the move in Atlanta at a classic art house theater. Meet the filmmakers and cast and watch the first screening of Beacon Point.

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    SKYPE WITH THE DIRECTOR - Skype for 30 minutes with Director Eric Blue and co-producer Scott Salamon. Pitch your latest idea, talk film, or get tips on how to raise money for your project. This is a great opportunity to get insight on making a movie or becoming a filmmaker. We'll also throw in the movie download.

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    MOVIE PREMIERE AND AFTER PARTY – Attend the premiere of Beacon Point with a friend and then roll over to the after party to hang out with the cast and crew. You also get your name in the credits of the movie as a Special Thanks.

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    MOVIE PREMIERE AND AFTER PARTY – Attend the premiere of Beacon Point with a friend and then roll over to the after party to hang out with the cast and crew. You also get your name in the credits of the movie as a Special Thanks.

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    SPECIAL THANKS DVD – Get the DVD prize above plus get your name in the credits of the movie as a Special Thanks.

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    MOVIE PREMIERE AND AFTER PARTY – Get them while they last! Attend the premiere of Beacon Point with a friend and then roll over to the after party to hang out with the cast and crew. You also get your name in the credits of the movie as a Special Thanks.

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    COMIC STAR - Appear in the next episode of the Beacon Point Chronicles comic strip. See episode #1 at the bottom of our Kickstarter page. The art is awesome! Your likeness will be in the comic as one of the characters, experiencing something crazy scary, and taking part in the adventure. You'll get a copy of the comic that you appear in.

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    LET'S DO LUNCH! - Enjoy lunch at a great restaurant with Jon Briddell and Rachel Marie Lewis in LA or director Eric Blue and co-producer/editor Scott Salamon in Atlanta. You'll have a great time, eat some good food, and talk about whatever floats your boat. With this level, you also get your name in the special thanks credits of Beacon Point. You've got to get to the restaurant on your own.

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    LET'S DO LUNCH! - Enjoy lunch at a great restaurant with Jon Briddell, Rachel Marie Lewis and Producer Matt Ackerman in LA or director Eric Blue and co-producer/editor Scott Salamon in Atlanta. You'll have a great time, eat some good food, and talk about whatever floats your boat. With this level, you also get your name in the special thanks credits of Beacon Point. You've got to get to the restaurant on your own.

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    BIG PROPS! – Get a large prop from the movie. These props measure approx. 4x4x3 and are made of heavy duty Styrofoam, though they look like aged stone. They are perfect as an art piece for your home or yard. Unfortunately, due to the size, we cannot ship these outside of the USA. You also get your name in the credits of the movie as a Special Thanks.

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    PITCH YOUR PROJECT TO A SUNDANCE AWARD WINNING PRODUCER - Do you have a great movie or television idea? Deliver your "elevator pitch" of your movie or television concept during a 20 min consultation with award winning producer, Marc Henry Johnson. Marc has executive produced shows for Spike Lee, Michael Moore, Mario Van Peebles and Danny Glover as well as won awards ranging from a Peabody Award to a Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. This is a chance to make a great industry contact and get real feedback on your concept. You also get a DVD and Special Thanks.

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    SCREENPLAY CONSULTATION – Got a screenplay that’s sure to be the next big hit? Want to improve your overall writing? Receive development notes for your feature-film screenplay by Beacon Point Co-Writer and industry professional, Traci Carroll. Traci is an Executive Creative Director at a major movie studio and usually only does consultations on a referral basis.This is a huge value and an awesome opportunity. It includes a 3-5 page write-up plus one 30 minute follow-up phone call to discuss the notes. This is recommended for screenwriters who have already mastered screenplay format and structure, who are looking for an objective analysis of their screenplay concept, story and dialogue. With this level, you also get your name in the special thanks credits of Beacon Point.

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    FILMMAKER CONSULTATION – Talk about your project with writer/director Eric Blue and get objective feedback to take it to the next level. He will read your treatment, script, watch your rough cut, give fund raising advice, or work with you on developing your project. This is a unique opportunity to work with an established filmmaker and learn more about how to make your project a reality. Consultation can be in person, phone or skype depending on availability. With this level, you also get your name in the special thanks credits of Beacon Point.

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    BE IN THE MOVIE! - Start your acting career with a BANG! You'll be filmed against a green screen and inserted into a crazy, scary scene in Beacon Point. This is not just being an extra, or some random person in the background, you are featured in a shot next to a main character. You’ll also get your name in the credits as one of the actors and on IMDB. You'll be invited to the premiere and after party where you can talk with the cast and crew and be treated like a super star. Of course you get a DVD and T-Shirt to boot. Travel and accommodations not included. All actors must be 18 years or older.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT – Become an associate producer of a feature film! You’ll get your name and credit in the movie and on IMDB for the world to see. You’ll get lunch with director Eric Blue and the producers in Atlanta. You’ll also get invited to the premiere and after party where you can talk with the cast and crew. Of course you get a DVD, concept art and T-Shirt to boot.

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    THE TRAIL MASTER aka AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT – This is the big daddy prize. You will be an executive producer of Beacon Point and get your name in the credits and on IMDB. You’ll get a dinner at an awesome Atlanta restaurant with director Eric Blue and the producers. You’ll also get invited to the premiere and after party where you can talk with the cast and crew. Of course you get a DVD, concept art and T-Shirt to boot.

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