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A family of three must protect themselves within a hand-drawn circle on the floor from evil entities trying to possess them.

About this project

Hi. My name is Terrence Kelsey - Writer/Director. Welcome to our campaign for THE CIRCLE - A supernatural horror short in the vein of The Shining and Poltergeist.

THE PROJECT:

It has taken us (myself and Producer Jason Hampton) two years to prepare for this campaign which has gone through casting and a recast for some of the leads, assembling our crew and lastly creating a creepy teaser trailer for you to view within our opening pitch video - SEE ABOVE! 

THE CIRCLE TEASER TRAILER: 

The look of the trailer is inspired by the TV teaser to Larry Cohen's IT'S ALIVE (1974) with its minimalist set design and dark lighting. VIEW HERE:

and the creepy atmosphere, blood effects and title crawl are literally cribbed from the teaser trailer to Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING (1980). VIEW HERE:

Furthermore, the jarring blitz edits that appear within the teaser were inspired by the opening title sequence to the FX show AMERICAN HORROR STORY. VIEW HERE:

The ultimate goal is to make an intense, scary horror short which we intend to garner attention to make a feature version, either independently, or within the Hollywood studio system. Therefore the quality of this short has to be at a level of a Hollywood studio feature. 

HERE'S A NEW BEHIND-THE-SCENES MONTAGE ON THE MAKING OF THE CIRCLE TEASER TRAILER, PLUS WRITER/DIRECTOR TERRENCE KELSEY GET BLOODY FOR A QUICK PHOTO SHOOT AFTERWARDS TO PROMOTE THE FILMING! FEATURING Producer Jason Hampton, Editor Eugene Baldovino (both of whom did grip work and Behind-The-Scenes photography during the shoot), Special FX/Make-up Artist Jared Guenther and Cinematographer Justin Cruse (of Haberslam Studios) who filmed THE CIRCLE Teaser Trailer! ENJOY!!!

NEW LIMITED PERK - SIGNED NECRO NICKI 8 X 10 PHOTO WITH DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OR SIGNED DVD:

We are now offering in limited quantities a Signed 8 x 10 of Model Necro Nicki wearing a CIRCLE shirt. There's  a version with a Digital Download of the finished short film and a version that comes with a Signed DVD of the finished short film by Director Terrence Kelsey and Producer Jason Hampton

$10 for Signed 8 x 10 with Digital Download (Limited to 50)

$20 for Signed 8 x 10 with Signed DVD (Limited to 50)

Add $10 for overseas orders
To know more about NECRO NICKI  via her modeling and musical interests, plus genre movie reviews, check out here website here: http://www.necronicki.org/
To know more about NECRO NICKI via her modeling and musical interests, plus genre movie reviews, check out here website here: http://www.necronicki.org/

THE PERKS:

We have organized very competitive perks with quality, durability and our customers in mind. Our physical products are not your typical campaign merchandise. For instance, our men's shirts are printed on American Apparel and are %100 cotton using digital silk screening. This quality standard applies to all of our apparel and other merchandise as well. 

PLEASE STAY TUNED to the special video & photo updates forthcoming on some of the perk items such as the above-mentioned T-shirts and Hoodies, as wells our Poster and upcoming website (where I will be blogging regularly throughout the production from pre-production through post-production and ultimately, during the finished short film's festival run). 

THE CIRCLE 16x20 POSTER - to be signed by Director Terrence Kelsey and Producer Jason Hampton

THE CIRCLE STICKERS - originally we were going to have only one design. But then we came up with a second awesome circular design. So we are going to give 2 stickers out now for the various perks that mentions a sticker with them. 

STICKER A: 

STICKER B: 

THE T-SHIRTS & HOODIE PERKS VIDEO (feat. models Tiffini Truth, Sabine Stangenberg, Nicki Necro, Carter Kennedy & Joey DeMartini) - The Shirts & Hoodie come in sizes SM - XL

FOR THE LADIES: They come in Women's Slim Fit/ Women's V-neck/ Women's Tank Top

FOR THE MEN: They come in Men's Heavyweight T-shirt/ Men's Muscle Shirt (these shirts can be worn by the Ladies as well)

FOR BOTH GENDERS: The Hoodie

THE $9500 GOAL: 

We want to make THE CIRCLE look as good as possible. In order to do so, and to present the finished product on a theatre-sized screen, we would like to shoot with 4k resolution on a RED Camera along with a 1 Ton Grip & Lighting Package. In other words - top of the line equipment. 

As for the Special Effects, both practical and visual effects are needed to tell this story. These effects along with stellar Sound Design and Mixing will help THE CIRCLE stand above the competition. 

Your generous donations will enable us to pay our talented, hardworking cast and crew, as well the material needed for them to create and perform their tasks in front of and behind the camera respectively. 

THE CIRCLE CAMPAIGN CREW INTERVIEWS: 

Speaking of the crew, we interviewed some them for this campaign. We will be showcasing these passionate, creative individuals throughout the campaign's duration. You will meet: 

Production Designer ADAM WONG PEREZ - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4181132/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 with his girlfriend/Art Director CAITLIN HALLIBURTON - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3526071/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 

Writer/Director TERRENCE KELSEY with CAITLIN HALLIBURTON & ADAM WONG PEREZ
Writer/Director TERRENCE KELSEY with CAITLIN HALLIBURTON & ADAM WONG PEREZ

Wardrobe Designer/Costumer ISABEL MANDUJANO - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2821562/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 

ISABEL MANDUJANO & "Milly"with Writer/Director TERRENCE KELSEY
ISABEL MANDUJANO & "Milly"with Writer/Director TERRENCE KELSEY

Graphic Designer SABINE STANGENBERG - who created all of the artwork for this project: posters, t-shirts, stickers and website 

SABINE STANGENBERG with Writer/Director TERRENCE KELSEY
SABINE STANGENBERG with Writer/Director TERRENCE KELSEY

Film/Video Colorist TAWAN BAZEMORE - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2249534/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 

TAWAN BAZEMORE with Writer/Director TERRENCE KELSEY
TAWAN BAZEMORE with Writer/Director TERRENCE KELSEY

Editor EUGENE BALDOVINO - currently working on THE TALKING BAD and THE TALKING DEAD - the talk shows for BREAKING BAD and THE WALKING DEAD respectively - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1374471/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 

Writer/Director TERRENCE KELSEY with EUGENE BALDOVINO
Writer/Director TERRENCE KELSEY with EUGENE BALDOVINO

and Special FX/Make-up FX artist JARED GUENTHER - previously worked on Marvel Studios IRON MAN, THE AVENGERS, ENDER'S GAME and more - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2279847/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1  

JARED GUENTHER with Writer/Director TERRENCE KELSEY
JARED GUENTHER with Writer/Director TERRENCE KELSEY

These individuals are just a portion of our crew. I think you will enjoy their interviews and their thoughts on THE CIRCLE

THANK YOU: 

To all of you wonderful Kickstarter Donors - this project CAN NOT happen without your support. Whatever you can give is absolutely appreciated and we hope our perks are an enticing enough reward for your generosity. 

WE PROMISE TO GIVE YOU THE VERY BEST OF OUR ABILITIES in creating a quality supernatural horror short film that you all can enjoy and hopefully be creeped out and scared by.

Thank you very much for viewing this campaign and contributing to THE CIRCLE!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN SEASON!!!

 

Risks and challenges

As with any creative endeavor, film-making has its own unique set of challenges that each project must surmount. For instance, once funding is secured, we will need to lock down below the line crew, locations, insurance, permits, equipment and various other logistics to make our shoot go smoothly.

As dedicated professionals, it is our job to make sure we overcome any challenges that arise. We already have a proven track record in this regard, in that The Circle has had to recast our main talent for unforeseen reasons. This pushed our schedule back, and entailed starting auditions over again, and finding just the right actor to play our main lead Audrey. Now that we have Kelly Ryan we couldn't be more ecstatic about how awesome The Circle will turn out.

These are just a few issues that can arise in the making of The Circle, and we absolutely are confident that we will step up to the challenge and make a rock solid film.

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    $5 reward

    11 backers

    Thank You mention on upcoming website and all social media networks

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    $10 reward

    12 backers

    THE CIRCLE STICKER and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the finished short (which will be available after its film festival run) and PREVIOUS PERK.

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    3 backers Limited (22 left of 25)

    SIGNED 8 X 10 PHOTO OF MODEL NECRO NICKI WEARING THE CIRCLE SHIRT with DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: Necro Nicki's autographed portrait of herself wearing one of our CIRCLE shirts, plus a Digital Download of the finished short.

    Estimated Delivery of Signed Photo Oct 2013 - Dec 2013

    Estimated Delivery of the Digital Download - Sept. 2015

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    7 backers

    SIGNED CIRCLE POSTER and PREVIOUS PERKS: Signed 16 x 20in. Poster from Director Terrence Kelsey and Producer Jason Hampton plus Thank you mention on upcoming website & social media, Sticker and Digital Download of the finished short.

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    DVD & Digital Download Sept 2015
    Merchandise Oct 2013 - Oct 2014

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    5 backers Limited (20 left of 25)

    SIGNED 8 X 10 PHOTO OF MODEL NECRO NICKI WEARING THE CIRCLE SHIRT with SIGNED DVD: Necro Nicki's autographed portrait of herself wearing one of the CIRCLE shirts, plus an autographed DVD of the finished short by Director Terrence and Producer Jason Hampton.

    Estimated Delivery of Signed Photo Oct 2013 - Dec 2013

    Estimated Delivery DVD - Sept. 2015

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    6 backers

    CIRCLE T-SHIRT (specify size and shirt type – see photo samples)
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    Merchandise Oct 2013 - Oct 2014

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    $30 reward

    5 backers

    CIRCLE T-SHIRT (specify size and shirt type – see photo samples) with DIGITAL DOWNLOAD plus PREVIOUS PERKS: Thank you mention on upcoming website & social media, Sticker, Signed Poster from Director Terrence Kelsey and Producer Jason Hampton and Digital Download of the finished short (which will be available after its film festival run)
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    Digital download Sep 2015
    Merchandise Oct 2013 - Oct 2014

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    10 backers

    CIRCLE T-SHIRT (specify size and shirt type – see photo samples) with SIGNED DVD plus PREVIOUS PERKS: Thank you mention on upcoming website & social media, Sticker, Signed Poster and DVD of the finished short by Director Terrence Kelsey and Producer Jason Hampton (which will be available after its film festival run) minus digital download.
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    DVD Sept 2015
    Merchandise Oct 2013 - Oct 2014

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    2 backers

    CIRCLE HOODIE (specify size – see photo sample)
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    0 backers

    CIRCLE HOODIE (specify size – see photo sample) with DIGITAL DOWNLOAD plus PREVIOUS PERKS: Thank you mention on upcoming website & social media, Sticker, Signed Poster by Director Terrence Kelsey and Producer Jason Hampton and Digital Download of the finished short (which will be available after its film festival run)
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    Merchandise Oct 2013 - Oct 2014

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    1 backer

    CIRCLE HOODIE (specify size – see photo sample) with SIGNED DVD plus PREVIOUS PERKS: Thank you mention on upcoming website & social media, Sticker, Signed Poster and Signed DVD of the finished short by Director Terrence Kelsey and Producer Jason Hampton (which will be available after its film festival run)
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    DVD Sept 2015
    Merchandise Oct 2013 - Oct 2014

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    $80 reward

    0 backers

    SIGNED SCREENPLAY/ STORYBOARD BUNDLE with CIRCLE T-SHIRT (specify size and shirt type -- see photo samples) Autographed copies of Director Terrence Kelsey’s short script for THE CIRCLE and his rough sketch storyboards plus PREVIOUS PERKS: Thank you mention on upcoming website & social media, Sticker, Signed Poster and Signed DVD of the finished short by Director Terrence Kelsey and Producer Jason Hampton (which will be available after its film festival run)
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    DVD Sept 2015
    Merchandise Oct 2013 - Oct 2014

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    2 backers

    SIGNED SCREENPLAY/ STORYBOARD BUNDLE with CIRCLE HOODIE (specify size – see photo sample) Autographed copies of Director Terrence Kelsey’s short script for THE CIRCLE and his rough sketch storyboards plus PREVIOUS PERKS: Thank you mention on upcoming website & social media, Sticker, Signed Poster and Signed DVD of the finished short by Director Terrence Kelsey and Producer Jason Hampton (which will be available after its film festival run)
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    DVD Sept 2015
    Merchandise Oct 2013 - Oct 2014

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    $200 reward

    2 backers Limited (48 left of 50)

    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER FILM/IMDB CREDITS (Limited to 50) with SIGNED SCREENPLAY/ STORYBOARD BUNDLE with CIRCLE T-SHIRT (specify size and shirt type – see photo samples) plus PREVIOUS PERKS: Thank you mention on upcoming website & social media, Sticker, Signed Poster and Signed DVD of the finished short by Director Terrence Kelsey and Producer Jason Hampton (which will be available after its film festival run)
    --ADD $50 if you want a CIRCLE HOODIE instead of T-shirt (specify size – see photo sample)
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    DVD 2015
    Merchandise Oct 2013 - Oct 2014

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FILM/IMDB CREDITS (Limited to 10) with SCREENPLAY/ STORYBOARD BUNDLE with CIRCLE T-SHIRT (specify size and shirt type) and ON-SET VISIT OF LAST DAY’S SHOOT (transportation, hotel room and meals not included) plus PREVIOUS PERKS: Thank you on upcoming website & social media, Sticker, Signed Poster and Signed DVD of the finished short by Director Terrence Kelsey and Producer Jason Hampton (which will be available after its film festival run) --ADD $50 if you want a CIRCLE HOODIE instead of T-shirt (specify size – see photo sample)
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    DVD Sept 2015
    Merchandise Oct 2013 - Oct 2014

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