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A psychological horror/thriller about a man's battle against his own mind....or has it been real all along?

Update#2: National Recording Artist Revealed!

I mentioned in the last update that we are trying to get licensing for a national recording artist for use in the movie and on the limited edition soundtrack (only available at the $50 reward level!) Well, we have been in contact with Victory records to license the song "Head" by Otep, off of the album Smash the Control Machine.

This song will be featured prominently in the opening credits sequence, and heard on the soundtrack. We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with Victory Records and have a song of this high caliber attached to the project. But it can only happen WITH YOUR HELP!

Update #1: New Tier and New Rewards!

Hello everyone! We've been looking at the rewards, and have decided to change things up a little bit!

We have added a new backing tier. At just $10, you get the $5 package, plus a digital download of the FULL movie. Nothing cut out, the whole thing.

At $15, you get the street team kit, but you also get the SINGLE DISC VERSION of the dvd!

At $25, you get the street team kit, but instead of the single disc, you get the TWO-DISC verison of the dvd!!!

At $50, you get the street team kit, your name in the credits, the TWO-DISC version of the dvd, and at this tier only, the SOUNDTRACK to the movie!!! This will include the original music made for the movie, a small booklet with stills from the movie, songs from local artists, and one song from a national recording artist! This soundtrack will NOT be available for sale, and will ONLY be included with the $50 package.

All other tiers will remain the same. The new tiers will show up on the right, and the old versions will be marked sold out. If you already selected one of the other tiers, do not worry! You will still get the rewards for the new tier at that price level, or you can move up one and take advantage of the new offers! Thanks!

Also, wanted to include the very first teaser we did for Nightmare, featuring Anna Bell as Samantha, being as creepy as possible! Enjoy!

Synopsis

Aaron is a young man, plagued with recurring nightmares of traumatic events from his childhood. He must fight his own guilt, coupled by the presence of a dark creature who now inhabits his nightmares. Can he overcome his own demons, or will reality and the nightmare become one and the same?

Official poster for Nightmare
Official poster for Nightmare

What is Nightmare about?

Nightmare is about a guy named Aaron who suffers from PTSD and Dissociation Identity Disorder. A case could be made that he also suffers from Depression and Schizophrenia. Due to his PTSD, caused by tragic events that occurred early in his life, Aaron has nightmares. These nightmares have been present since he was 14, but after a string of therapy and medications, they went away. Recently, the nightmares have come back, but there is something new, something dark, sinister. Is it real, or is it all part of the dream?

Aaron (Barrett Lione-Seaton) wakes from a nightmare, as Kim (Robin James) consoles him.
Aaron (Barrett Lione-Seaton) wakes from a nightmare, as Kim (Robin James) consoles him.

How did Nightmare start?

Nightmare began it's life as an idea for a slasher movie called Him several years ago, but was never put in script form. The original version included a character with PTSD, suffering from nightmares, who is hunted down by a serial killer. The nightmares and mental issues were a side story to the over-arcing slasher flick, and were to be included by creator and first-time director, Tim Webb (who suffers from PTSD and shares a similar backstory to the protagonist), to help him identify with the story and make it personal. In the summer of 2012, while Tim was nursing a broken foot, he was approached about writing an episode for a local horror group, Demented Dane County. 

The group was assembling episodes for their first season, and he was originally thinking of finally putting the idea of Him into script form. After several false starts, and a deadline looming, he had an idea. Take away the aspect of an outside killer, and focus on the problem itself. Within a week, the first draft of Nightmare was finished and accepted, and work started on pre-production.

Samantha (Anna Bell) looking creepy!!
Samantha (Anna Bell) looking creepy!!

Casting took over a month, with some amazing talent joining the project. Barrett Lione-Seaton would come on board as Aaron, Robin James as Kim, screen veterans Tobey Vincent and Jane Leahy would join as Denise and Dr. Jessica Lynn respectively. Newcomers Soulja Gamble and Anna Bell would fill out two very integral roles as well.

Johanna (Soulja Gamble) looking very upset.
Johanna (Soulja Gamble) looking very upset.

The cast was rounded out, locations were chosen, and filming began on December 1st.

How much of Nightmare is finished?

Nightmare is almost complete! We have completed 85% of shooting, with only a handful of re-shoots needed. We also have some of the most important parts of the movie to film, including the ending!

Fred Kraven (Max Blaska) talks to Aaron (Barrett Lione-Seaton) about what may be causing his issues, as Kim (Robin James) and Denise (Tobey Vincent) look on.
Fred Kraven (Max Blaska) talks to Aaron (Barrett Lione-Seaton) about what may be causing his issues, as Kim (Robin James) and Denise (Tobey Vincent) look on.

Where do I come in?

We may be almost done, but it's going to be hard to finish without help. We started as a no-budget film, and as much as we would like to stay that way, it most likely will not happen. You can help by choosing an awesome reward (more on those later) and helping fund the remainder of the movie!

What will the money do, exactly?

We will be renting equipment, feeding the crew and paying transport for those who need it. After we are done filming, we will be paying for certain special effects shots, some of the editing, and it will also help us license a song from a top recording artist to help promote the film and really set the tone.

Justin Beiber?!?!?! (no.....)
Justin Beiber?!?!?! (no.....)

Once the movie is finished (ETA: May/June) we will be submitting to festivals. We are looking at several local festivals, as well as a few horror festivals in New England, California, and Atlanta.

One of the biggest things, however, is that with funding, we can release the movie on DVD. We plan on having a single and two-disc version available, with special features, commentary and more. These will be professionally made, with inserts, shrink-wrap and everything, and with the two disc version, that can get pricey.

One does not simply MAKE two-disc special edition dvds.
One does not simply MAKE two-disc special edition dvds.

Of course, your money can also buy you some cool things! We will have both versions of the DVD available as well as posters, street team swag, plushies, outfits from the shoot, original artwork, screenings, a LOT of things. Most of it autographed by the cast! On top of that, several spots will get mentioned in the credits, given producer roles, associate producer titles with IMDb credits, and even having the film be "A (Your Name Here) Production" in the opening credits and an Executive Producer on IMDb!!! Not a fan of movie swag? Rather save some of that for other people? Not a problem, you can choose to not get a reward and just donate instead!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

There are risks and challenges with any project. If we are funded, our only risks will be not getting the editing done by summer. If that is the case, we may miss some of the festivals we are looking to attend. If we miss the entry deadlines for those festivals, we will look into others. If none of them fit what we are looking for, we will simply move forward into dvd production, allocating the travel expenses for festivals into producing a better final product and more merchandise.

DVD production can also take longer than expected, but if there is to be a delay, we will notify all backers immediately and let them know the new expected delivery time.

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