[Punchline] is a movie created by a team of dreamers, hard workers, filmmakers, and fools. We started this project back in September and finished shooting it April hoping to have a finished product by July. We wanted to make a film that showed our love for Noir and Crime films but had it’s own unique twist on it… Set it in a world completely inhabited by clowns.
First and foremost, to tell as good and creative story as possible. No classes, no paychecks, we're just making a cool movie because we believed it had to be made. Rather then being a straight up whacky comedy, [Punchline] is a serious movie set in a bizarre silly world in the vein of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” or “Brazil”. Mixing detective story and clown logic was a lot of fun, and we think you will enjoy the payoff.
Chuckles is the only sad clown in the city, a detective with a bright red nose, a drinking problem, and a past that haunts him to this day. He and his all too manic partner Noofles find themselves on the trail the most deranged serial killer the city has ever seen. A killer so twisted he wears flesh colored makeup and a false human nose over his face. As Chuckles follows the clues and tries to piece things together, he finds out the hunter has become hunted.
The money that we’re making from this kickstarter is going to paying off the cost of the equipment rentals, festival submission fees, recording studio time, other post production expenses and making kickass rewards. Any additional donations would go to more festival submissions and possibly manufacturing T-shirts if we get enough interest.
[Punchline] was a true labor of love and if you dig hardboiled crime stories or clowns, you’re going to enjoy this movie. While it wasn’t our intention to make something long, we ended up with a beefy 22 minute short that you can watch again and again. Art shouldn’t always be a charity case, we believe in getting bang for your buck, and we want to thank our backers with truly unique and premium rewards. Also since we finished shooting you won’t have to wait long to see the flick! Making [Punchline] was an exhausting and endurance challenging experience. If you can donate or even just spread the word about this kickstarter it’d mean the world to our team.
Slickbaron productions consists of a superteam of film makers based out of Emerson College. It was founded by Jackson Birnbaum (Writer/Director) and Luke Palmer (Producer/Co-story). [Punchline] was shot by our DP team of Matthew “The Tompkins” Tompkins and Jordan “Spritely Pixy o’Doom” Michauld-Scorza. [Punchline] was also made in part by Warlords Productions, Emerson College’s only action film production organization.
$30 Deputy Clown Prize : DVD, Letter and Downloads
$45 HIGH-WIRE Patrol: Poster, Nose, DVD, Letter and Downloads
$100 Sergeant Clown Prize: Prop Bottle, Poster, Nose, DVD, Letter & Downloads
$250 Lord of the Clowns: Custom Clown Portrait, Prop Bottle, Poster, Nose, DVD, Letter & Downloads
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If you have any questions email Luke_Palmer@Emerson.edu
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