“MEOW tells the story of Samantha, a strong willed young woman in her 20s settling into her first urban apartment for life on her own. Despite warning from the overly cautious landlord's no pets policy as well as her overbearing mother, she takes in a stray cat she finds in the alleyway. Samantha grows fond of the cat she dubs Meow but amidst a series of shockingly strange and bloody occurrences, Samantha begins to believe the seemingly innocent kitten might be capable of murder.”
MEOW is a tender coming of age story that riffs on the demonic-cat horror-movie genre.
Having recently turned 30, this film is an examination of the fears and anxieties that dominated my, and so many other's, post college decade. A time when uncertainty looms like an ominous shadow and you desperately grasp for whatever connection you can find. Even if that connection is a stray cat in an alleyway. The style of the film is inspired by the midnight movies and coming of age stories that consumed a vast majority of my viewing habits during that decade. It's a genre-mash that will employ familiar elements of horror, coming of age comedy, and film noir, that all unite in a genre defying twist that will challenge viewers’ typical expectations...
Writer & Director / DP / Editor - Chris Jopp
Chris Jopp is a filmmaker based out of Minneapolis. By day he works as a commercial Director and Editor and by night he is an independent filmmaker, capturing stories with a taste for the dark and whimsical. As a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art & Design with a BFA in Filmmaking, he has created numerous award winning ads and music videos and his short films have graced television as well as film festivals from Minneapolis to New York City.
Producer - Henry Schneider
Henry Schneider is Executive Producer of the YouTube series How To Make Everything and owner of Open Window Productions. Henry's expertise is bringing together all of the pieces necessary to elevate the production quality of every project he is involved with. After graduating from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2011 with a BFA in Filmmaking, he spent four years producing local news promotions before making the switch to commercial production where he made dozens of commercials for local businesses. His work earned him a regional Emmy Award in 2013 and 2014.
“Chris and I have a long history of working together and he never fails to impress me with his wild creativity and attention to detail. When I read the script for MEOW I knew it had the potential to be his best film yet. That's why I was so eager to be a part of it and help bring it to life.”
Original Music - Brian Casey
Brian Casey is a composer, producer, song-writer, and multi-instrumentalist musician. In addition to producing original songs and albums, he has led a successful career as an award winning composer for television, film, and advertisements, and was the recipient of a 2012 ASCAP Award for Top TV Theme (Alaska: the Last Frontier). A graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, Brian studied guitar, vocal performance, and composition on his way to a BA in music. He currently works from his studio in Minneapolis, MN.
“I first met Chris when we sat down to discuss a potential music video for my song "Shooting the Moon". He told me he listened to the track on his bike ride home from work and immediately had ideas of a retro-arcade 80's motif. The video game together so well and the whole process felt serendipitous; he was the perfect fit with a clear vision that complemented my music so well. When he mentioned MEOW to me I immediately was interested in working on the score. John Carpenter styled 80s synth horror music?? Yes please! It's been a lot of fun to put together the basic score ideas and I can't wait to see the film come together.”
Orginal Artwork & Design - George Folz
George Folz has been drawing since he was three years old and later received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He’s worked on the web comic Beacon Lights and is currently publishing a creator-owned comic, The Roman Nose, through comiXology. His latest project #darthdays, where he inks iconic scenes from Star Wars and shares them online every single day of 2015, has received write ups by Time magazine, the official Star Wars website, MTV, The Onion, and several other national and international web outlets.
Even with all of theses important assets, a highly stylized film like MEOW still requires the appropriate gear to achieve the cinematic look prevalent in the films that inspired it.
Filmmaking takes a community and that's what makes Kickstarter the perfect place to gather support for this film. We hope MEOW will bring together like minded film buffs, genre nuts, and ANY PERSON interested in supporting a fresh and creative project. Your donation will allow you to share in the experience and receive a reward in return.
- 2,000 - Allows us to rent the camera and gear we need
- 2,500 - Allows us to pay for a professional color grade
- 3,000 - Allows MEOW to run the Film Festival circuit by paying for the associated fees. This is a unique film we believe people will enjoy and we want as many eyes to see it as possible!
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