Here at Ex Machina Films we have a huge number of connections that allow us to shoot a large-scale film without a large-scale budget.
What we ARE spending the money on:
1. People!: In order to get people to take 24 days out their schedules to work for us we need to pay them something. With such a large cast it's difficult to keep the overall costs down but everyone is being paid enough to scrape by on their rent after missing work the month of September.
2. Food: Working 12 to 16-hour days makes you hungry! We'll need a variety of human fuel to keep our movie-making machine running smoothly.
3. Equipment Rental: Ex Machina films is part of a co-op that allows us access to a certain amount of grip and electric equipment for free. What we do not have access to we'll need to rent but luckily we have access to everything at a local rental house for a discount.
4. Production Design: This is the largest expenditure in the LARP budget as it is the most important category. We need excellent props, costumes, makeup and sets to create the fantasy world inhabited by our characters and every one of those items will require a foam or duct tape version of itself for when the audience is viewing the game.
5.Kickstarter/Amazon fees: In exchange for allowing us the use of their crowd funding platform both Kickstarter and Amazon collect a percentage of our total amount raised. Kickstarter charges 5% while Amazon may charge anywhere from 2.5 to 5%.
What we ARE NOT spending money on:
1. Director/Producer Wages: Neither Director Nicholas Dunn nor Producer Connor Rickman are collecting any pay from shooting this film. They are both volunteering their time to bring this film to life.
2. Story Rights: the script is owned by the writers who are not seeking any compensation for their efforts aside from making the film.
3. Fringe Benefits: This is a non-union film and therefore we owe no money to any labor unions after we finish shooting. You may think this limits our access to cast and crew but because the state of Utah is defined as a “Right To Work” state, many of the professional film crew in Utah have no reason to be union members despite their experience. This allows us access to very good people who are willing to take a pay cut to help us make this film.
4. Transportation: Usually, large films have fleets of trucks to move all the gear around. Luckily for us we have a dedicated crew willing to transport most everything we need to the set in their own vehicles.
5. Locations: Because we'll be shooting exclusively on private property there is no need for film permits. All our fantastic locations have been donated to us by friends of the film.
6. Cast and crew accommodations: Nearly all our cast and crew are local to the State of Utah. For those that aren't, they have agreed to sleep in spare bedrooms, on couches and on living room floors while filming.
LARP is a labor of love for everyone involved. We're young and ambitious and ready to show the world what we can do with a few bucks and a lot of enthusiasm. Please take a moment to pledge your support to our Kickstarter campaign and share us on Facebook and Twitter to help us make “The movie Larpers have been waiting for.”