The above video is short and sweet (perhaps a little sour too!)
A quick intro and then the 'teaser' promo - please watch, read on and (hopefully) pledge!
'Judgement' will be a professionally made, full length feature film shot in Los Angeles and made in the same way as 99% of 'regular' movie productions. All of the crew will have extensive professional experience, all of the equipment we will use ( for pre-production, principal photography and post production) will be industry standard, professional grade. The special make up effects and special props (of which there will be a considerable amount) will be created by one of Hollywood's top fx companies with over 70 feature films credits and a resume that boasts some of horrors most well known and successful franchises.
What makes 'Judgement' that 1% different is that for the first time Gary J. Tunnicliffe (Writer/Director/FX Designer) will be allowed complete freedom of creativity, creativity that has been 'feared' by certain studio executives, producers and directors over years for being too intense or too bizarre or for having ideas that were deemed 'going too far' for the public by people 'out of touch' with horror audiences in effect censoring what they saw or making their artistic choices for them...worse still in some instances some of these ideas or images were 'taken' by famed film makers and presented as their own creation whilst Tunnicliffe could only stand by and watch (afraid that retaliation would result in persecution or the public regarding him as petulant)
Now with your help, he will be unleashed to create the kind of film that he thinks audiences will find unsettling, intriguing, disturbing, intense, and thought provoking.
The Mechanics of Film Making
The actual 'film making machine', the process of assembling a crew, equipment and cast etc is simply logistics, you rent, hire and shoot, whether it's horror, comedy or a period love story, that process is identical. The only inherent differences between low budget movie and high budget movie are the cost of the people you hire, the equipment you rent and the amount of days you shoot for.
Joel Schumacher told me once that Studios would be suprised when he would turn down projects because the production budget was too low and the schedule too short, they would say "Hey, you're the guy who shot 'Phone Booth' (2002) with Colin Farrell in ten days" and he would say "of course it's a movie IN a phone booth, you don't need 60 days!" The same is so of 'Judgement' and whilst it is not limited to just the interior of a phone booth, the script has been written to take advanatge of existing sets, locations with a minimal 'build' required.
So, if you write a script that CAN be filmed in a short amount of time, get amazing deals on equipment and crew (through years of establishing professional good will) and provide high quality fx at cost (because you own an fx house) much of the battle is already won.
After that it is simply a question of the imagery and text that you commit to the medium...and we promise you imagery and text like you haven't seen or heard.
The Story, The Tone and The Imagery
'Judgement' is a world within our world, a place where Heaven and Hell collide, one of many hundreds, possibly thousands of 'spiders webs' across the globe, places where the good and the bad are processed...'audited'
One man's demise marks the beginning of a Police Detective's journey into this world, a world where the very blood in your veins reveals the secrets of who and what you really are.
But even the ' processing machine' that has run so smoothly for millennium upon millennium will falter when something 'different' finds its way into the mix and that 'something' will create ripples that become waves, cause black and white to become grey and will shift the powers of good and evil forever.
'Tone and Imagery'
The desire is to create something akin to 'live action' Peter Joel Witkin or Heironimous Bosch imagery but with cohesive Modern Story Telling. The kind of imagery Clive Barker once described to me as 'beautifully disgusting' whilst at the same time trying to create the unsettling tone felt in European/ Asian Cinema or the films of David Cronenberg and David Lynch. Dialogue and conversations that push the story but address issues of faith, religion, sex, death, heaven and hell along with visual images that startle, intrigue and induce fear....put simply if this were a high concept 'Hollywood' Pitch it would be (as my good friend and Producer Joel Soisson put it)
The Film Makers
Gary J. Tunnicliffe has been working in the film industry for over 20 years starting in his home country of the United Kingdom at the famed Pinewood Studios before moving to Los Angeles in 1994 to form his own company (Two Hours in the Dark Inc). He has personally applied prosthetic make up to Johnny Depp, John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Robert DeNiro, Gerard Butler, Christopher Plummer, Ryan Reynolds, Henry Cavill and many, many more, he has worked alongside (and learned so much from) directors such as Tim Burton, Renny Harlin, Wes Craven, Clive Barker, Patrick Lussier etc, he has designed make up effects on over 70 Films and has directed such actors as Christopher Lloyd, Chevy Chase, James Earl Jones, Dakota Fanning, Chloe Grace Moretz and Lynne Redgrave as well as having worked on some of the most notorious horror franchises in Cinema history (Halloween, Candyman, Pulse, Mimic, Wishmaster, Feast) including 8 Hellraiser movies (spanning 19 years) with roles such as make up effects designer, 2nd Unit Director, actor and Writer as well as a host of 'ghost writing' assignments and projects picked up for development.
"I will be calling on many friends who are professionals within the industry to work on this project but due to the nature of the film business some may be busy on other projects but I am excited that the closer we get to actual production we will be able to announce what I know will be an exciting list of A list talent both in front and behind the camera......luckily a few have already agreed (no matter what) to lend their skills to Judgement"
Patrick Lussier - Story / Editorial Consultant
credits include Scream, Dracula 2000, Terminator 5, Halloween H20, Drive Angry, My Bloody Valentine 3D
Marcus Dunstan - Story Consultant
credits include SAW 3, 4 and 5, God of War, The Collector, The Collection etc
Martin Bernfeld - Editor and Post Production Supervisor
credits include War Horse, Drive Angry, The Adventures of TinTin, Piranha 3DD, Bounty Killer etc
Joel Soisson - Producing Consultant
credits include Pulse, Prophecy, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Feast, Dracula 2000, Phantoms etc
Christopher K. Grap - Associate Producer
credits include The Wedding Crashers, A Praerie Home Companion, Bad Santa etc
Mike Regan - Make Up Effects Co-Ordinator
credits include Men in Black, Wild Wild West, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Blade, Exorcist:The Beginning etc
Mauricio Ruiz - Concept Artist
credits include R.I.P.D , Star Trek Into Darkness, Real Steel, Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Shores etc
"We don't have many visual effects in 'Judgement' but I am SO grateful that those that we do we be handled by the incredible team behind 'Chronicle' my good friend Andrew Karr and Atmosphere Visual Effects"
credits include Chronicle, Primevel, Battlestar Gallactica etc
Two Hours in the Dark Inc - Creators of Special Make Up and Creature Effects Credits Include : Killing Season, Olympus Has Fallen, Blade, Scream 4, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Pulse, The Collector / The Collection, Feast, Exorcist: The Beginning, Hellraiser Movies, Halloween Movies, Candyman Movies etc, etc
* (in case anyone is wondering...my company was named after my favorite thing to do growing up, spending 'two hours in the dark' in a cinema)
A great director once told me "90% of directing is casting" (Clive Barker told me 'Wear comfortable shoes") both are INCREDIBLY valid pieces of advice! Luckily shooting in LA means we have a host of great actors on our doorstep and we will go out to the very best we can, read them and cast accordingly...I'm not locking into any names right now, yes I have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing actors in my career and if Mr.Cage gives me a call pleading to be in the movie...I might just have to consider it! But luckily the horror genre isn't as 'cast contingent' as say a Romantic comedy or action film and I am incredibly confident that the script, the visuals and my enthusiasm will net us an amazing cast and I am excited to begin that process and see who we can get!
45 Days and not 30?
We're in no race to fund this project and want to give as many people as possible a chance to 'get on board', although unlike other kickstarter film projects with shorter funding windows we have ours scheduled to be completed earlier. Our script is locked and our pre production window is Oct/ November, (6-8 weeks) with principal photography in End Nov/ early December, this is traditionally a quiet time in the film industry so allows us to maximize our rental deals, get the very best crew and of course actors who are either in between projects or planning to be home for the holidays.
T-Shirts, Bumper Stickers, copies of the script etc will be sent out within weeks of funding (fingers crossed on that funding of course!) props, wardrobe, dvd's etc will obviously go out once we 'lock picture'
The plan is to finish principal photography prior to Christmas and start editing straight away (we will actually start editing during principal photography)
Production stills will be sent out early January with 'The Art of 'Judgement' book following end of Jan/Mid February
We will send out a trailer mid January to ALL pledgees! (I love to cut trailers straight away to show everyone and get everyone excited!) and we should have a have a locked cut by the end of February.
Note: we would then send out props, wardrobe etc
We will then be in post production doing sound, vfx etc with the picture completed sometime April 2014 (worse case May)
Personal (filmed) 'Judgements and Audits' will be film during principal photography and sent out February/March 2014.
Special Edition dvd's will be sent out then, note this will be an unrated, true directors cut special release dvd directly from us to you, with special behind the scenes features, interviews and kickstarter and messages etc that may not possibly exist on whatever 'commercial release' happens in the future.
Some rewards have multiple parts, and so the delivery date on the reward is from when the first part of your reward will be completed/sent out etc
For Example: 'THE GOODIES + DVD' WITH A SCREEN CREDIT PACKAGE! - DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE MOVIE (ONE DAY AFTER THE THEATRICAL/OFFICIAL RELEASE) The Script, Productions Stills, Bumper Sticker, FX Crew T- Shirt AND Film Crew T-Shirt, Crew Laminate, key fob and Parking Pass PLUS a single name credit OF YOU (OR A LOVED ONE) in the end scroll of the movie...the reward that lasts forever! - PLUS PASSWORD PROTECTED ACCESS TO WEBSITE BLOG AND WEEKLY 'MAKING OF VIDEO' POSTS
Access to the websites password protected areas will start in pre production (November) The Script,
Productions Stills, Bumper Sticker, FX Crew T- Shirt AND Film Crew
T-Shirt, Crew Laminate, key fob and Parking Pass (will be sent out December) DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF
THE MOVIE (ONE DAY AFTER THE THEATRICAL/OFFICIAL RELEASE)
(TBD April/May) DVD' WITH A SCREEN CREDIT (TBD May/June)
(I hope that makes sense :-)
No matter what we will get rewards out asap - most physical items (shorts, posters, scripts, key fobs, stickers etc) will be sent out in December (after principal photography) and YES...in case you were wondering in time for Christmas!
The Auditor Bust(s)
Now, clearly the bust above is a bust of Pinhead and Chatterer from the Hellraiser movies, a bust we named 'Two Faces of Evil'. It was a bust I designed to celebrate my association with those movies...and I was happy to give one to my friend Scott Ian of the Heavy Metal Band ANTHRAX (as well as one to the actor who plays Pinhead - Doug Bradley) - The photo is to show the size and quality that you will get with 'The Auditor' Bust, it will be a hand cast, high end item in resin, hand painted and detailed at the Two Hours in the Dark studio - signed, numbered and sent out complete with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Yes, there may be some, after all good horror films have always stimulated opinion and the very best have garnered much 'discussion around the water cooler' and our hope is to definitely create something that has weight and resonance beyond the 'viewing time'...at the very least the 'grammar chat rooms' can have heated discussions on the 'Judgment vs Judgement' spelling debate!
Check out the official website www.judgementmovie.com
Risks and challenges
Risks and Challenges? Well, normally you assume there would be many making a film, but truthfully (and hopefully not coming off as arrogant) I've owned an fx company and been working in the film industry for over 20 years and never lost a cent and always 'delivered' . This reputation has resulted in repeat business with many, many producers - I just completed my 10th film working with Nick Phillips (who was a VP at Dimension Films and Screen Gems before starting his own film Company Revolver Pictures) my 16th working with producer Ron Schmidt and over 21 films with Bob and Harvey Weinsteins Dimension Films.
I truly believe that our only risk and challenge is the risk that the funding will not come through and the challenge after that will be to fund it a different way.
If funded, this project will be managed to the utmost degree in every department - every dollar spent, yours and mine (I'm adding a substantial amount personally to the budget from my own funds) will be analyzed prior to spending for maximum potential, I have a mass of goodwill established and favors that I can 'cash in' on this project (many exceptional film professionals have already volunteered) , I know that with the budget we have calculated we can make a truly incredible project, something that everyone, from the PA's on set and the bumper sticker 'pledgees' to the producers and key personnel can be really proud to say they were involved with!
This will not be a movie for all people....this will not be a PG rated family film, but an intense, horror experience, containing some of the most startling images and thought provoking ideas ever put on camera...if you have a taste for the bizarre, for the horrific, the surreal and the poignant then I invite and welcome you to join me and my team on this journey and a be a part of something memorable and unique.
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