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A short horror/thriller film about a home invasion in the middle of the night. Produced for Damnationland 2016 by Ross Morin.
A short horror/thriller film about a home invasion in the middle of the night. Produced for Damnationland 2016 by Ross Morin.
52 backers pledged $4,600 to help bring this project to life.

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Welcome and thanks for visiting our Kickstarter! We reached our baseline budget goal within three days of the campaign and we are now moving on to our Stretch Goal and Beyond. Read below to see how you can be a part of the team and help make this film truly awesome.

The Film:

A Peculiar Thud is the new short horror film written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Ross Morin. It is his latest co-production with Matthew Herbertz, who will be shooting the film. Ross and Matthew are the award-winning filmmaking team that created the feature length horror film, A Wheel out of Kilter (2015), the award-winning short drama film, A Man of God (2015), and the recently completed short horror film, Deadpoint (2016). Together, their past two films have screened at nearly 30 film festivals and won five awards. Their websites can be viewed at www.rossmorinfilm.com and www.matthewherbertzfilm.com

A Peculiar Thud is a short horror/thriller film about a home invasion in the middle of the night. It takes place in real time as Bill wakes up to an unusual banging sound downstairs. He makes his way through his labyrinthine home to find a man at his door asking to come in – and he won’t take no for an answer. Bill is forced to defend himself in his own domestic space until he eventually takes matters into his own hands and confronts the intruder. One of them doesn’t make it out alive. 

A Peculiar Thud is an unrelentingly suspenseful horror film in the vein of The Strangers, Them, and Inside. Thematically, the film explores and interrogates the norms of violent masculinity and maleness. It is written and directed by award-winning independent filmmaker Ross Morin whose previous horror films, Deadpoint, A Wheel out of Kilter and Ad Noctum, play against tropes of the horror genre by critiquing aggressive masculinity, condemning physical violence, and rejecting traditional representations of the female body as object of sexual desire. As a gay filmmaker and feminist film professor, Morin brings a unique approach to his body of work, shooting his work through a “queer” lens and bringing political and intellectual perspective to a traditionally oppressive film genre - all while telling a terrifying and breath-stoppingly scary story.

Exhibition plans:

A Peculiar Thud has guaranteed exhibition and distribution! The film is part of Damnationland's 2016 program (www.damnationland.com). Damnationland, now in its 7th year, is a showcase of short horror and thriller films produced by Maine filmmakers. The films will premiere on October 14 at the State Theater in Portland, Maine. Following the premiere, Damnationland will tour at independent film theaters and venues nationally. Additionally, Damnationland distributes the showcase on DVD. 

Of course, after all of the Damnationland excitement is over, we will be submitting A Peculiar Thud on its own to festivals around the world. We want this film to be seen by audiences everywhere!

Baseline Budget: $3,000

In three days, we raised our $3,000 to make this film possible. The dates are set, the crew is locked; the film is ON! Our baseline budget covers equipment rental (including the Arri Alexa – the camera that shot films like Guardians of the Galaxy, Selma, Birdman, World War Z, Ida, Thor, Skyfall…), transportation and food for the volunteer crew, location rental, postproduction equipment, and casting. Thanks to our donors and backers, we have a budget that covers all of this already! So, now we have the opportunity to raise additional funds to make the film even more awesome!

Stretch Goal and Beyond Budget: $4,000+

This is where we can really excel! New donors and backers - here is where your donations will go:

Postproduction hard drives for editing the film across state lines; a website for promoting the film and giving it a web presence; Blu rays and DVDs for film festival exhibition; posters, postcards, stickers to promote the film at festivals and galleries.

And Beyond –

We’ve set our stretch goal for $4,000 but there’s even more we can do with your donations! Our stretch goal and beyond will also cover:

Film festival submissions. $30/festival. The more donations we get, the more film festivals we can submit to! Our recent work, for example:

Casting. $XXX. Let’s shoot for the stars! (Sorry, terrible pun) With more donations, we can consider hiring a “name” actor from film or TV to star in the film. Thanks to project backers like you, one of my recent projects, Cigar Man, was able to cast M. Emmet Walsh (“Blood Simple,” “Blade Runner,” “Ordinary People”) and Steven Culp (“Desperate Housewives,” “Revolution”).

What we've done so far:

As of 6/14/16, the baseline budget goal has been met! We have locked the crew and secured the shooting location. The screenplay is in its final tweaking stages and we are just about to begin casting. We'll post more updates throughout the two week fundraising campaign - stay tuned!

A Peculiar Thud will film the weekend of July 15, 2016 in Stonington, Connecticut. It will be completed by September 2, 2016 and will premiere on October 14, 2016 in Portland, Maine. For more information check out our temporary website here.

Risks and challenges

Our next challenge coming up will be casting. The film's co-producer, Matthew Herbertz, will be throwing a wide casting call across Connecticut and into NYC. We'll be casting over the next three weeks as we prepare for the upcoming shoot in July.

Of course the two-day shoot will be a challenge, as all filmmaking is, and our team of eight is prepared to tackle it! We'll be pulling in some of our past collaborators such as RJ Wilson (Ad Noctum), Kyle Clark (A Wheel out of Kilter) and Tom Digges (A Man of God). Our team is ready to make this film!

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