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A psychedelic Horror/Sci-Fi short film about dreams, dignity and terror.

DEMAND NEW SCI-FI. START HERE.

JOHNNY SHOTGUN AND THE WOMAN IN BLACK is a story that takes place in a dreamlike dystopian future. Bringing this world to life has been a long journey for me, but I am almost done. To finish, I need the support of sci-fi junkies and fantasy goons. People with the imagination to ask more of the genre than remakes and referential content. I need the support of fans who value original science fiction, who remember their dreams when they wake up, and who aren't afraid to hallucinate now and then. Hopefully people like you.

The Future: Man is no longer in charge.
The Future: Man is no longer in charge.

I’m reluctant to describe the movie in too much detail. What I can say is it’s about our Earth at a crossroads. In a not-too-distant future when a terrifying alien intelligence -- with a sick, sick agenda -- have launched a sadistic terrestrial crusade, and the survival (and dignity) of humans hangs in the balance. Our hero Johnny finds himself in this grip of aliens, zombies, and mind control, and he doesn’t know up from down. But one thing becomes clear: IT’S TIME TO FIGHT.

Scott Jackson as Johnny
Scott Jackson as Johnny

Why I Need Your Help

The film is in the can, and we're at a solid rough cut. But we have several post-production steps to complete before the film's ready to show the world. Many of which involve hiring professionals to sit in dark, expensive studio spaces and fiddle with expensive equipment for long, long hours.

Concept art for The City of The Children by Sean Thurlow. Help me bring this to life!
Concept art for The City of The Children by Sean Thurlow. Help me bring this to life!

Most immediately, I need funds to hire my Matte Painter and my Composer. I have a few composers in mind, and I already know the matte painter I need: his name is Sean Thurlow, and he’s incredibly talented. After this campaign I will turn him loose creating the vast, breathtaking, exterior backdrops for my scenes, which will make JOHNNY SHOTGUN the believably nightmarish world it needs to be.

I know you’re out there, and I cannot wait to connect with all of you and begin forming a community around this film. I want to honor all my talented friends and colleagues who believed in this vision, and worked for far less than they’re worth to see it realized. With your help, this Kickstarter will be the rocket-boosters that take us home.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Post-Production Budget Breakdown

Just Launched 9/12 - a YouTube short I directed for Geek and Sundry (producers of "The Guild")

70k+ views in just over 2 weeks! Here's what Wired.com's GeekDad has to say about my episode, "Written by a Kid: Fire City" -- starring Aaron Douglas (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) and Cory Williams

Enjoy the episode, and the behind-the-scenes "Making Of" video below!

Highlighted Prizes - UPDATED!

Sterling Silver Bat Skull Cufflinks by MiyuDecay
Sterling Silver Bat Skull Cufflinks by MiyuDecay

Sefania Ingaki is a brilliant designer who had a hand in styling the look of my film. She also makes incredible jewlery which is available in limited numbers here and now, in some cases at greatly discounted rates.

Pewter Bat Skull Necklace by MiyuDecay
Pewter Bat Skull Necklace by MiyuDecay
Miyu Decay Noir Filigree Spike Earrings
Miyu Decay Noir Filigree Spike Earrings

BECOME ONE OF THE CHILDREN.

At the $135 level of support, you can become one of the mysterious Children of the Stars, the antagonists of my story. Inhabit the body of a dead human! Believe the suffering of a thinking being to be the highest spiritual good! Love opera! Drink the madness of your subjects to sustain your terrible immortal essence! Become one of The Children today! 

One of our supporters becomes one of...THE CHILDREN!
One of our supporters becomes one of...THE CHILDREN!

Our co-lead Erin Loggins, whose "Hotline to Oblivion" will either terrify, enlighten, or just leave you laughing:

Loggg as The Woman in Black
Loggg as The Woman in Black

Some of our one-of-a-kind props!

Prosthetic hand + typewriter
Prosthetic hand + typewriter
Mailbox with *real pig bladder* sides!
Mailbox with *real pig bladder* sides!

And my last psychedelic horror film DEBBIE (premiered 2010 Boston Underground Film Festival) starring Kate Freund.

DEBBIE poster
DEBBIE poster
The Bloodies! Sticker set by JR Goldberg! Cover your stuff in BLOODS.
The Bloodies! Sticker set by JR Goldberg! Cover your stuff in BLOODS.

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    I FILM YOUR DREAMS - Dreams played a big part in the development of JOHNNY SHOTGUN. As such, I will turn one of your dreams into a Dogme 95 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogme_95) two-minute short film and post it on the Facebook page. Submit a brief account of a dream you had. Any dream. And I'll represent your subconscious in moving images + EVERYTHING AT THE $100 LEVEL Est. Delivery: Nov 2013

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