It's kind of amazing what happens when you say "Hey, wanna do a horror series?" Shockingly (and yet, not shocking at all), people come out of the woodwork!
I'm so excited to announce three of our guest stars for the PENNY HORRORS series. Of course, IF you want to see these guys on screen(maybe even screaming like little girls), the project has to get funded first!! But here they are, in all their beauteous glory:
Colin Ferguson is a science fiction staple, best known for his starring role as Sheriff Jack Carter on SyFy's Eureka. He has since moved on to another SyFy original series, Haven, where he portrays not-so-nice guy William. Funnily enough, Colin first appeared on one of the better known horror anthologies, Nickelodeon's Are You Afraid of the Dark back in 1995!
David Blue is best known for his stellar turn as Eli Wallace in Syfy's SGU: Stargate Universe opposite Robert Carlyle. He's also appeared as fan-favorite Cliff St. Paul on ABC's hit Ugly Betty, which inspired a submission for a possible Emmy nomination while concurrently working on CBS's Moonlight as technology-obsessed vampire Logan Griffen. Recently David has appeared in guest starring roles on both Castle and Rizzoli and Isles.
Guy Wilson has appeared in numerous television shows (Bones, Hawaii Five-O, Castle and Breaking Bad, just to name a few), but is currently breaking hearts as the newest Will Horton on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives.
I saw a Reddit thread a few months back that asked the wide world of the interwebs to do a single thing: Tell a scary story in two sentences:
After reading three or four I knew I wasn't getting any sleep that night. I felt the only right thing to do, dear reader, was to share the horrifying moving pictures that my brain came up with to accompany these stories. I thought Kickstarter was the perfect venue for this idea because really, it means this project will be BY the internet, FOR the internet and FUNDED by the internet! It's all about YOU, my pretties!
I knew you would.
I, like so many rapscallions in Hollywood, have worn the hats of award-winning producer (for my films with Team Unicorn that collectively have garnered over 6 million views, featured on FearNet.com and nominated for several Streamy Awards),
PENNY HORRORS is going to be a series of seven web shorts (the first of which is already finished! You can see it above! We're 1/7th there!) that will air on the PENNY HORRORS YouTube Channel. We're going to aim for releasing them every other week until all seven have aired.
The first one in the series, "Mine", that you watched in the above video was done with a 2 person crew working for hugs and sandwiches.
Unfortunately landlords don't accept such payments, so the people working with me for the next six Penny Horrors are going to need to make some bread money. I also want to make sure to have a full film crew to continue on with the next six because darn it, these stories deserve it!
For the remaining six shorts I'm going to be working with a ridiculously talented Director of Photography, Paul De Lumen:
to ensure the best versions of these stories come to life.
We also have a fabulous POSTER for our $100 reward level backers and above. 18x24" of creepifying wall art for your lair.
Even making the Kickstarter video wouldn't have been possible without the wonderful friends John Nania, Mike Woolston and Curt Sandvig, so THANK YOU, guys!
We're also happy to be part of 'Kicking It Forward', because at its heart, crowdfunding is really about community. http://kickingitforward.org
Risks and challenges
I'm purposely postponing principal photography until January to give us ample time with pre-production to ensure all Kickstarter funds are being spent the best way. Challenges inevitably happen, especially with film making because there are just so many moving parts. Once funding is secured we will need to lock down location permits, insurance, equipment and other logistics to make sure the project goes smoothly.
I made most of the rewards digital to ensure that I'm putting most of the money towards production while still taking care of our backers. From experience, my OCD comes in extremely handy making sure merchandise is handled properly.
I've worked with some amazingly talented and professional people in Los Angeles while working here. The more people I've told about the project, the more people are willing to be a part of it. They can tell I'm passionate about it, and if it's one thing entertainment people understand, it's passion. Everyone's excited about getting to work!
All the rewards above PLUS a high-res digital download of Penny Horrors desktop wallpaper designed by Adam Levermore (http://www.adamlevermore.com) and Efehan Elbi (http://efehan.ca/). Because everyone needs a creepy girl with her head on backwards!
All rewards above PLUS: early access links to all Penny Horrors shorts AND a high resolution digital download of all Penny Horrors shorts once all episodes have premiered. Achieve the internet dream of 'FIRST!'
All rewards above PLUS: password access to Penny Horrors Production Diaries Tumblr, where Michele will post behind-the-scenes videos, notes and pictures about the making of Penny Horrors. Management is not responsible for nightmares ensuing from watching Michele's face this often.
UPDATED!! New reward for $100 level!! All above rewards PLUS: 18x24 poster of the Penny Horrors logo! Freak your parents out by telling them you want this as a Christmukkahwanzaa gift! Unlimited amount of posters! Add $10 for shipping outside of USA.
All above rewards PLUS a personalized thank you VIDEO from Michele AND a signed, printed copy of final shooting scripts (scripts will be mailed out after final short has aired). That's right! A hard copy! Physical evidence to be later held against you in court of law! So keep it secret, keep it safe.
All above rewards PLUS: 30 minute Skype/Google+ Hangout with Michele. Play Halo together, find out how to throw a bitchin' Harry Potter party, get ideas for a new tattoo! Up to five people per hangout session. ($10 fee for out of US poster shipping)
All rewards at $350 level and lower PLUS: Co-Producer credit on all Penny Horrors shorts AND 30 minute ONE ON ONE Skype/Google+ Hangout with Michele. Compare My Little Pony collections, beat her at Magic: the Gathering, ask her what it was like to make out with Sandeep Parikh or Teal Sherer...Whatever you like! ($10 shipping fee for out of US shipping of poster)
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit on all Penny Horrors shorts! PLUS a set visit to one of our shoots (travel to Los Angeles and lodging not included) AND all rewards at $350 level and lower ($10 fee for out-of-US shipping of poster)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT on ALL Penny Horrors shorts, walk-on extra role on a Penny Horrors short (at director's discretion) AND lunch with Michele in Los Angeles (her treat, naturally! Travel and lodging to LA not included) AND all rewards at $350 level and lower ($10 fee for out-of-US shipping of poster)