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A roadhouse, three rapey rednecks, and a mysterious badass chick dragging a vampire around in a suitcase. Start the music.
A roadhouse, three rapey rednecks, and a mysterious badass chick dragging a vampire around in a suitcase. Start the music.
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A GIRL WITH SOME SERIOUS BAGGAGE. 

Hi! Sam and Scott here! We are beyond excited to bring you our newest and most ambitious horror-comedy to date, Rick and Ruby.

However, before we can put page to film to your eyeballs we need your assistance. We need equipment, props, permits, costumes, and tons of fake blood and prosthetics for your skin-crawling pleasure. Below you will find more info on the project, the cast and crew, and the utterly awesome rewards and rewards packages you can get based on your donation amounts. PLEASE share this with your friends and family (the ones with tough stomachs) and keep up with our progress on Instagram (@rickandrubyfilm), Facebook Page (Rick and Ruby), and Twitter (@rickandrubyfilm)!

Ruby, a mysterious badass traveling the country with unknown motives, stops at a shady road house in the middle of nowhere to get directions, dragging in her oversized suitcase. 

Upon entering the bar she is beset by three overly-friendly country boys whose motives quickly move from helpful to predatory. In the ensuing scuffle Ruby is pinned down and defenseless against the imminent advances of her captors. Things are looking dire, when Ruby’s bag begins moving and shaking and-

OUT... POPS... RICK.

He's an oddly pale and talkative chain-smoking “man” with a sardonic and sarcastic streak. 

 After introducing himself to the rednecks and mocking Ruby for getting herself in trouble, Rick draws the ire of the bar owner and “leader” of the assailants, resulting with Rick at the wrong end of a gunshot. 

 Moments later Rick is back on his feet and laughing about the gaping bullet-wound in his chest, much to the surprise and horror of his antagonists. In lieu of a full explanation of his seemingly supernatural resurrection, Rick jams his finger through the bar-owner’s neck and sucks the blood off of it with a grin.

Things get messy. 

Want to know how messy? Help us make the film!

 

 

Samuel Dunning is a New York-based Actor, writer, and producer from Brunswick, Maine. 

His recent performance work has seen acclaim on both major network television (Fox, AMC, Netflix), online press (Pitchfork, Spin, Stereogum), and film festival circuits (Screamfest, NYC Horror Film Fest). 

He recently premiered a short film “Sitting” he performed in alongside popular musician Mistki to rave reviews and is currently cast in a leading role in another short film currently in production. 

In his three years of acting experience he has been cast as series regulars and recurring roles on multiple high-profile projects including Fox’s “Legends and Lies: The Patriots” and AMC’s “The American West”. 

Samuel is also an accomplished model and visual artist, and an NYU Tisch Film School graduate.

This is Samuel’s second project with Wolfshark Films and first as both writer, producer, and lead.

 

Born and raised in New Jersey, Ellie grew up on "T.G.I.F," "Saved By The Bell," and MTV. She always knew she wanted to be a TV host and began making YouTube videos interviewing local artists and K-pop stars. She was a news host for Anime News Network and hosted her own show on MTV K called "Top 10 Countdown." She climbed her way to working alongside Nick Lachey on VH1's "Big Morning Buzz Live" as the show's pop culture correspondent. In addition to her duties as a correspondent, she was the host for VH1 News and interviewed singers, actors, and comedians like Daniel Radcliffe, Jennifer Hudson, Nicole Scherzinger, and Jemaine Clement to name a few.

Since leaving VH1, she was one of the hosts for People Style's celebrity fashion series, "Style Tracks," and the co-host of Bikini.com's digital show. She was last seen reporting celebrity news on "The Wendy Williams Show" with the queen herself.

Amidst her undying love for hosting, Ellie simultaneously fell head over heels in love with acting. She was last seen in the indie film, "I Can, I Will, I Did," as the movie's female lead and can be seen next in the short comedic film "Gladys Brown" playing opposite actress Anna Maria Horsford.

 

Scott, a New York native, has been working in television, advertising and film for almost 10 years now, as an Editor, Visual FX and Motion Graphic Designer with companies such as MTV, Elite Daily, G-Unit Records and Laundry Service. 

This is his sophomore role as Director, following his debut "It's a Boy" in 2016.

Scott's influences as a director include David Fincher, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino, David Cronenberg and John Carpenter. A film buff himself with a mild obsession with 80's Horror.

 

 

Stephen Michael Simon is a director, cinematographer and award-winning editor based in NYC. 

 After graduating from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Stephen went on to produce digital content for both MTV and Nylon Magazine as a full-time employee. 

 Now, he freelances for companies around the globe including Magna Carta, Vice, Ghost Robot, Viacom, The Bindery, The Human Story, Condé Nast, Tracey Locke, Mustache, All-Expanded, Re-Frame and many more.

 Stephen has edited award-winning feature and short documentaries for indie filmmakers. Accolades include "Best Documentary" at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and "Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature" at the Alexander Valley Film Festival, as well as a handful of Vimeo Staff Picks. ​

 He has also directed and directed photography for a handful of music videos and branded online content. His unique storytelling has clients returning for more and others seeking him out for a first-time collaboration.

 

Rick and Ruby being a deeply sarcastic and mean-spirited horror-comedy will balance cartoonishly egregious violence with a realistic setting to best realize  it's unique blend of action, comedy, and horror. Visually it will be most similar to genre staples like From Dusk Till Dawn, Ash vs Evil Dead, and Tremors while blending in influences from Tarantino, Jody Hill, and Deadpool.

Concept work
Concept work

The characters of Rick and Ruby are larger than life, but their appearances are still based in a real-world appropriation of their personalities. It's their actions and dialogue that will off-set their seemingly normal exteriors and the "by-the-numbers" look of the dingy roadhouse setting.

Rick Concept
Rick Concept

Scott, Stephen, Sam, and Ellie's previous Wolf Shark Films project together, It's a Boy:

 

 

Risks and challenges

We are telling a violent story and with a violent story comes with plenty of things that will need planning out. Prop weapons, stunts, stage fighting, and of course, LOTS of blood, prosthetics, and make-up.

Thankfully our veteran cast and crew is well-prepared to tackle these issues with extensive blocking and safety through our decade-plus of combined experience in production, on and off set.

That said- the majority of risky or complicated action sequences will be split into smaller, more manageable parts with clever editing and creative shot selection.

We are looking to have the film shot and locked in for festival circuits within 6 to 8 months.

General Budget Breakdown:
Equipment: $7k
Crew: $5k
Post-production: $2k
Props/Costume/Set Dressing: $2k
Location: $1.5k
Transportation: $1.5k
Catering: $1k

PLEASE NOTE: After we have hit our $20k goal, we will set a second "stretch goal"! Depending on the additional funds gathered towards this the project will be EXPANDED! (aka: fleshing the short film out into a 20-30 minute TV pilot or maybe even a feature!!)

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    PRIVATE PRODUCTION INSTAGRAM+NEWSLETTER!

    Get access to a private production instagram where you can follow the making of Rick and Ruby as it moves from preproduction to production to post and inevitably to the film festival circuits!

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    TASTEFUL NUDE(S)

    One or possibly two VERY tasteful nudes of writer, producer, and our very own "Rick", Samuel Dunning straight to your email for subsequent framing and adulation. Emphasis on TASTEFUL, possibly more humorous than sensuous.

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    CONCEPT ART PRINT!

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    BLOOPER REEL!

    What's funnier than seeing a bunch of people covered in fake blood and prosthetic wounds having trouble keeping a straight face? After the film premieres at festivals you'll have access to a cut of all our hilarious failures!

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    RICK'S VAMPIRE TIPS

    How is life as a vampire? What are the pros and cons of "living" the vamp life? Answers to these questions and more all provided in an exclusive video from Rick himself!

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    RUBY'S ROAD TIPS

    What's life like on the road while dragging around a vampire? What do you do to keep from getting bored? How many miles do you go between oil changes? Your burning and lukewarm questions answered with a heavy dose of malignant sarcasm from our badass B, Ruby!
    (Link to an exclusive video!)

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    SAM DRAWS YOU!!!

    You've always wanted to see yourself as a cartoon or caricature, haven't you? Well here's your opportunity to get a personalized drawing of yourself from the project creator himself!

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    SCRIPTS SCRAPS!

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    SIGNED RICK AND RUBY POSTER!!!

    A limited edition poster for the very short film you are so excited to see to fruition! Not only that, but it will be signed by the cast and crew! Wowee zowee!!!

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    ORIGINAL CONCEPT ART!!!

    Own an ORIGINAL piece of Rick and Ruby concept art from creator Sam Dunning! A genuine, one of a kind drawing and/or painting from the preproduction stages of the film.

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    SAM DRAWS/PAINTS WHATEVER YOU WANT!

    Yes, that’s right! A private commission piece by Sam Dunning of whatever you want! Please note, it will be in 8.5x11 format or smaller and with materials Sam has access and experience with without breaking the bank.

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    The whole shebang! You get original concept art, a drawing of whatever you want to commission Sam for, and copies of the original storyboards for the film! WOWZA!!!

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    You put your money where your mouth is, so you're getting a big credit and big bragging rights- heck you're even gonna have your name on IMDB!

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