Join the head hunt! "Bring Me the Head of Lance Henriksen"
"Bring Me The Head of Lance Henriksen" is a unique mockumentary about the "Golden Ageism of Hollywood" and all its many players.
"(God's Ears) brilliantly written and directed by Michael Worth, touches deftly upon issues of women, self-esteem, and the isolating conditions of people in two completely different but equally hidden worlds." - Methodfest 2008.
We have all heard the stories and in some cases even seen a few films about the effects of growing past your golden years (the 20s) in the studio system of Tinsel Town. But there are some unsung heroes that at this very moment are waiting outside of those big studio doors in the low budget, straight to video world of filmmaking. Some of them you have heard of and just wondered where they went. Others you have never known, and possibly may never get to. But they are all real and they are all waiting. In some cases.... tables.
Writer/director Worth's follow up to his film festival winner drama "God's Ears" is a comedy "mockumentary" in the tradition of the TV series "Unscripted" and the feature films "Best In Show" and "Spinal Tap". "Bring Me The Head of Lance Henriksen" follows an ensemble group of creative (and not so creative) artists in the straight to video film industry, focusing on one man in particular, Tim (played by Tim Thomerson). Tim is facing the fact that ageism is alive and well in Hollywood as he discovers every morsel of a part in his age range going to character actor, Lance Henriksen. Tim will confront the not-so-pretty pretty people in Hollywood including an out of work nude body double, a reformed martial arts star and even an actress turned romance novelist as he works his way to a face to face with the man booking every available role for those 65 and above. Done in a truthful yet comedic way, "Henriksen" will take the viewer through the low budget underside of Hollywood using some of its most notable faces as themselves....
How this will be done: a group of talented, and many well-known actors, have agreed to participate in a unique project. Told in a humorous way (ala "Best in Show", "Spinal Tap") the story will touch on the real stumbling blocks and trails through the hidden side of hollywood. Each of the scenes are scripted as for the direction or goal of the characters but how they get there will be through the magic of improvisation as 90% of the dialogue will be improvised to give the film a more spontaneous quality. Actors will be portraying semi-biographical characters reflecting some aspect of their own true adventures in the business. It will incorporate a talented group of familiar faces (including Thomerson, Henriksen, Adrienne Barbeau, John Saxon, Cerina Vincent, etc.) as they take on the monolith of Hollywood and its many sacred cows. The shoot will last no more than 15 days. And you can help us make this all happen!
We are aiming for an early February 2011 start date if all goes well here on Kickstarter. This will be our more refined attempt to launch our project. This previous summer we tried to reach a goal of $20,000, and like many a filmmaker, fell at the gate. But, like any filmmaker worth their salt, we got back up and here we are back with some new additions. Firstly, our last film "God's Ears" recently won the Grand Jury Prize at both The Feel Good Film Festival in Hollywood and The New Media Film Festival in San Francisco.
With those very humbling awards, came plenty of camera and grip equipment, in fact $70,000 worth, so we are no longer in need of the money to cover those areas. We have also since our last go-round here brought on the "Head" himself, Lance Henriksen to help us get this on its feet.
Using a very experienced crew of technicians and cast, the film will be shot in and out of Hollywood over the course of 12 days using two HD cameras to capture the impromptu performances. These cameras were recently used by Worth on a World War II film starring Eric Stoltz to great success and will be applied here as well. This team of filmmakers and performers have a strong and familiar working process that has continued to evolve over the years together.
The financing goals for the project from Kickstarter will be oriented mainly towards the practical side of shooting such as permits, fees, insurance and cash to make the stars I will have to beg feel like they are at least making some lunch money! While the rest of the cast and crew work for gum and a t-shirt (Please don't tell them yet) your hard earned donations will also cover tape stock, DVDs for sound storage, sound rentals and various other important aspects to keeping this in the professional realm. Your pledges will go towards these practical aspects of filmmaking and turn this unique project into a reality. The working background of our crew in film will bring many years of experience behind and in front of the camera to lend quality and professionalism to the shoot. The film is not a comedy farce, but rather the truth of the low budget film business turned up to "11".
To view some of Grizzly Peak Films' recent work, you can look up "God's Ears" on hulu.com and "Dual" which were done with more money than this project is looking to shoot for (our budget here suits the subject matter though), but they were still produced under extremely low budget conditions with a quality output (We have also co-produced several straight to syfy channel feature films for quite larger budgets but the dynamics always change once you get over a certain budget). To view a bit of what goes on into making one of these SyFy opus', take a look at this one with the target of our affection, Lance Henriksen:
All of our films, be they dramas, thrillers or comedies, revolve around some universal truth in which through an entertaining medium we try and tackle. In "Bring Me The Head...." we will examine the dwellers of the underside of Hollywood and what the "B" in B-movie really stands for....... (well, you'll find out in the film).
God's Ears trailer:
Our eventual total budget goal of $20,000 will also cover post-production and we will return to Kickstarter after principal photography with some footage and a REAL trailer to raise some of that goal. We hope to surpass the current goal amount here so even if we are at the max, PLEASE keep the pledges coming in!
This "experiment" of sorts to do a documentary-like expose' of the little viewed independent world of Hollywood is a long time dream for us and our intentional minuscule conditions seem to make it an appropriate partner with this web site. We are making our second appearance here on Kickstarter armed with nearly $70,000 in equipment already and are excited to see if the second time is a charm and "kickstarts" some great working relationships between all of you and us during this unique and entertaining shoot.
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