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Last updated August 28, 2014

Run with the Beast

Scandinavian inspired crime-thriller set in Copenhagen. A young man deals with his sordid past while confronting a Danish crime lord.

Run with the Beast

Scandinavian inspired crime-thriller set in Copenhagen. A young man deals with his sordid past while confronting a Danish crime lord.

$10,961
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
30
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, August 27 2014 9:20 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 28, 2014

About

The blood, of my blood...

Micah. A young man recovering from the recent death of his father at the hands of armed robbers seeks solace in a sentimental destination: Copenhagen, Denmark. 

A student, Micah's dreams of peace are disrupted when those closest to him find themselves entangled in the seedy, criminal underbelly of Copenhagen. His life threatened by the existence of the very people he holds dearest, Micah is forced to take action. 

Micah is no stranger to running from his past, but to run again would mean becoming the very thing he dreads most. Hunted.

Who Are We?

We're Cameron Alpert and Brando Boyan! Partners in crime, and Co-Producers of Run with the Beast! We're incredibly excited about bringing Run with the Beast your way!

We've assembled a top-notch crew to handle the production, and logistical efforts of Run with the Beast; all of whom bring decades of combined experience, and have dedicated countless hours to pre-production in order to see this film brought to fruition. 

Produced by Cameron Jacob Alpert, Brando Boyan, Dee Bojanic Photographed by Nicholas Matthews Edited by Sean Gowdy Art Director Stefan Freneta Directed by Cameron Jacob Alpert 

Brando Boyan & Cameron Jacob Alpert
Brando Boyan & Cameron Jacob Alpert


So where does my money go?

We've crunched the numbers. We have a line producer in heavy collaboration with the producing team, as well as an external support network to ensure every dollar AFTER fulfilling rewards, is spent DIRECTLY in making this film, Never to line someone's pockets. Here is where the money goes:
  • Studio Space/Shooting Permits 
  • Production Insurance
  • Equipment (Cameras, Sound, Lighting, etc.) 
  • Cast/Crew
  • Travel Expenses
  • Misc. (Props, Food, etc.) 
  • Post-Production (editing, sound design)

Stretch Goal:  The majority of the film will be shot in Los Angeles, CA. If we exceed our funding goals, we will look to shoot a portion of the film on location in Copenhagen, Denmark; in cooperation with the Danish Film Commission. Any additional funding after $50,000 will go directly to adding both exterior, and interior shooting locations in Denmark to scale out Run with the Beast!

Equipment and Tech: The aesthetic of a classic European crime-thriller comes directly from the graininess of 35mm film stock. We realize In today's digital world, it simply isn't economically practical to shoot and develop film. However, digital film does have its advantages far beyond the editing room...We'll be using the RED suite of digital film cameras and accessories to match the gritty aesthetic we require on Run with the Beast. 

Rough Timeline of Production

So tell us about Run with the Beast!

Director's Statement

Run with the Beast is a deeply intimate, and introspective journey. Everyone in life experiences emotional and physical trauma, but to work through them, we all need an outlet. This has been mine. Since I began my career as a filmmaker I realized that the most inspiring stories are ones in which people share a deep personal connection with. RWTB deals with many personal themes that many, as well as myself have dealt with in life; both as an individual struggling to make sense of his cultural identity, and place in the universe. 

Micah, the film’s protagonist, is haunted by the emotional toll taken on him by the loss of his father…and consequently, the distance he has put between himself and his family. He is burdened by guilt. In a dilemma of fight of flight, Micah chooses the latter. Fleeing to Copenhagen, a country which is dear to him for a number of reasons to be uncovered in the film, he begins life anew. There he finds friendship, love, and battles his vices. Little does he realize, like all human beings, we must ultimately face our realities: our ancestral identities, roles in life, and ultimately the impact, either positive or negative, that we wish to have on the world once we’ve departed. Micah represents the fire, or aish in Hebrew, that burns inside us all; and the voice which tells us to choose the road less traveled. Rarely do we choose to heed the words which linger in our thoughts, and engrave them onto our hearts. Micah will learn to do just that. Faced with his own mortality, and pushed to absolute breaking point, he must act. Sometimes, you are the hunted, and sometimes, to do what is necessary…you must "run with the beast". 

Themes

The themes of love, loss, revenge, and redemption are all relevant to the human experience; and as a result, this film. However there is a deeper, and more philosophical component which runs deep in the veins of Run with the Beast. RWTB tackles matters of ethnic identity, human, and drug trafficking, and the recent rise of fascism and xenophobia across modern Europe. I believe witnessing how these themes deeply affect the lives of the film’s individual characters, coupled with the overall action of the film, makes for a truly immersive journey for the audience.

Setting

The setting of Copenhagen was chosen in that it provides a juxtaposition between the seedy Danish criminal underworld, and the seemingly perfect, and mysterious secular identity of Denmark.

RWTB was written bearing in mind the concept of "man overboard", or the idea of a single man lost as sea, journeying to a foreign land. This to me felt natural, because as a child I also felt deeply connected to Where the Wild Things Are. Indeed, fear of the unknown, and absolute uncertainty is an innate part of the journey of life; and a centerpiece of Run with the Beast.

Stylistic Elements

As a crime-thriller, RWTB really caters to our love of European art-cinema. As such, we drew inspiration from many crime-thrillers hailing from Scandinavia in the 1990s and 2000s; especially regarding their back-to-basics grittiness, physical intensity, and the romanticism of the dialogue. The pacing is fluid, like a single brushstroke.

Denmark as a country is also no stranger to experimental filmmaking. Experimentalism is another key theme driving this film, and idea that we can push these characters into the abstract while still keeping the film solidly grounded.

That was a mouthful...

We wish we could delve deeper into the plot. After all, this is YOUR film too. However we'd much rather you have a finished product completely spoiler-free. To that end, be prepared, there will be many a twist!

Kickstarter, this is where YOU come in!

It goes completely without saying that YOUR backing and support is what will make our vision a reality. We'll be squeezing every last dollar to make sure Run with the Beast is exactly the film the team has altogether envisioned. 

Distribution

We are in direct contact with producers, producing agents, distributors, and festivals, to ensure that Run with the Beast reaches the distribution market. Distribution methods will include:

  • iTunes
  • Netflix
  • Hulu
  • Amazon
  • VOD (video on demand)

...additionally, we're aiming for a limited theatrical release!

Even if you are unable to pledge towards the film, you can still help by spreading the word of this project, and effectively becoming part of the team. Like, tweet, phone your congressman, scream it at the top of your lungs! Run with the Beast is coming your way very soon!

The Rewards

We've lined up some cool rewards! All of which are exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign. Here's a few:

Limited-Edition T-Shirt & Limitied-Edition RWTB Beanie
Limited-Edition T-Shirt & Limitied-Edition RWTB Beanie
Limited-Edition RWTB Poster
Limited-Edition RWTB Poster


Links

Be sure to check out the Run with the Beast website to sign up for the newsletter, and spread the love on social media!

Risks and challenges

Like all meaningful things in life, a certain amount of risk is involved. We have assembled a top-notch crew with a wealth of cinematic expertise. As a team, we guarantee to deliver on our promise of creating Run with the Beast. Im banking my livelihood on it. If a setback were to occur, such as a production delay, we have contingencies in place to address them. We are starting strong with a deeply personal script, and an amazing production team who are dedicated to making a film we can all be proud of. The Kickstarter community provides an amazing, obstacle-smashing opportunity which allows us to maintain full creative control of our film, and in the process, keeps us liable to you; our audience.

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    BEAST MODE-We're bring the party to YOU! We're coming to you wherever you are in the United States. We'll have a private screening of the film, Q&A, and have a chef cook you a 5-course meal! If you are in Los Angeles, you'll also party with the cast and crew. In addition, executive producer credit on the film and all rewards!

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