What is Ezekiel’s Landing?
Ezekiel’s Landing is the first feature film produced by Valiant Dead, a small independent film company from Indiana. Alien encounters, UFO cultists, and a town shrouded in dark secrets are just a few of the elements that make up the mystery of Ezekiel’s Landing. Written by Valiant Dead’s own James Treakle, it will be the filmmakers’ first feature length production. They have teamed up with producer Kate Chaplin and Karmic Courage Productions to bring the film to life.
UPDATE #1: Since we started our campaign we have been approached by interested distributors.
UPDATE #2: We reached our goal for production!!!! Thank you!! Our stretch goal in these last few hours goes to pay our crew & cast. Right now they are working on deferment and we'd love to pay them as soon as possible because ...they are all unbelievably awesome!
UFO hunter Emma Wright is a believer, a writer, and a fraud. After Wright endures a tense interview with professional skeptic Joel Hooper, Kass Burroughs, an obsessive fan, comes to her with a compelling mystery, one that gives her a new reason to believe and to lie. Before long, Wright and Burroughs discover a deadly secret protected by a small town’s UFO cult -- a secret that lies in the skeptical Hooper’s past, and which could destroy his future. It’s up to Wright and Hooper to battle the UFO cult and reveal the truth, about the town and each other, before it’s too late.
Chaplin's Previous Work
Valiant Dead's Previous Work
The idea for Ezekiel’s Landing came to fruition almost two years ago when James Treakle presented the idea to the fledgling group that would become Valiant Dead. He wanted to weave a classic alien abduction narrative that, at the time, was well beyond the capabilities of the small team. After many drafts and numerous revisions, the story has been sharpened and its scope refined into something we are not only capable of making, but one we are passionate about.
Today, pre-production stands nearly completed with the final draft of the script in hand and a full cast assembled, ready for action. Filming is slated to begin at the end of February and will stretch through the end of May. In the coming months, many incredibly talented actors and artists will be sacrificing their time to ensure that the story of Ezekiel’s Landing is told.
The film will be shot across several locations in Central Indiana, including Indianapolis, Noblesville, and Irvington. All told, it will amount to quite a few miles being logged by our cast and crew (some of them will be driving 120+ miles just to get to the set).
A great deal of care is being put into making Ezekiel’s Landing an amazing visual experience. Part of this effort includes shooting the entire film in RAW, giving us maximum control over the quality of each shot (RAW is the digital equivalent of a photo negative). Our Director of Photography, Bobby Dalley, will be shooting everything on a Canon 6D with the assistance of Magic Lantern.
As with any film, the sound plays a critical role in creating a truly immersive experience. Our composer and master audiomancer, Miles Harris, will be building a complete 5.1 soundtrack for the film. Some of the tools in his vast arsenal include Reaper, a Focusrite Scarlett 6i6, and a gratuitous collection of keyboards.
Cast & Crew
During the casting process, several open auditions were held and requests for video auditions from those who couldn't attend were put out. We were completely overwhelmed with the number of incredibly talented individuals that responded. Short bios for everyone can be found on our Facebook page, but allow us to introduce you to the cast of Ezekiel’s Landing.
Many of our crew are veterans of the litany of Valiant Dead shorts that were produced last year, while others are joining us for the first time. Every single one of them has amazing talent and dedication to the making the best film possible. Coming soon to the Ezekiel’s Landing Facebook page will be interesting bios about each of them.
- Director - James Treakle
- Director of Photography - Bobby Dalley
- Executive Producer - Kate Chaplin of Karmic Courage Productions
- Executive Producer - Adam Bailey of Valiant Dead
- Executive Producer - Charles Baker of Valiant Dead
Please check out the Valiant Dead YouTube channel to see some of our past work.
Goals & Stretch Goals
Our primary goal for this Kickstarter is $3500. This will give us sufficient funding to pay for props, practical and visual effects, transportation, costumes, makeup, and food. Some of these elements are essential to the completion of the project. Others will allow us to give Ezekiel’s Landing the polish it needs to look great. With your support, we can make an amazing sci-fi thriller that is sure to entertain.
We have established two stretch goals that we hope you will help us meet. The cast and crew have graciously agreed to work pro bono or on deferred payment (meaning they only get paid if we can raise the money). We want to be able to compensate the cast and crew properly for their hard work on this film. If we are able to raise $7300, we will be able to pay the members of our crew. If we are able to raise $10,100, we will be able to pay our actors as well. Ezekiel’s Landing will be made with or without us reaching these stretch goals -- but you can help us reward everyone involved for their time and talent.
For those of you who choose to support Ezekiel’s Landing, we have assembled a laundry list of gifts for our wonderful benefactors. Veteran artist Scott Story is creating a gorgeous poster for the film in the style of Drew Struzan. You can check out the reward tiers in the section on the right.
Risks and challenges
There are numerous challenges inherent in any film project, challenges we have met and overcome many times before during the shorts we produced last year. Ezekiel’s Landing will be a test of endurance, however, and it is a test we will conquer with enthusiasm.
We also face certain technical challenges with this film. Because are shooting the entire movie in RAW, a great deal of hard drive space will be required simply to store the footage. Additionally, a great deal of cloud storage space will be needed to transfer that footage between our editors and visual effects artists. While we already have a framework in place to deal with these challenges, expansion of that framework will be required.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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