Remote: The First Chapter in The Red String Theory
Remote: The First Chapter in The Red String Theory
Remote is a psychological thriller, focusing on missing persons, the dangers of social media, addiction, grief, and obsession.
Remote is a psychological thriller, focusing on missing persons, the dangers of social media, addiction, grief, and obsession. Read more
Remote is a psychological thriller. The story follows Daniel Grey and the events behind the disappearance of his brother and friends. Remote addresses several key themes and important issues in our society, including missing persons, the dangers of social media, addiction, obsession, and the profound impact of deep personal loss. We have assembled a diverse, experienced, passionate team that is both eager and committed to this project.
This film is the first chapter in a much larger universe, The Red String Theory. This complex storyline was first conceived of in 2011 by Dakota R. Kuhlman. Dakota founded Exit Reality Entertainment in the summer of 2015, with the goal of bringing Remote and The Red String Theory to a wide audience. Exit Reality Entertainment is a young, dedicated, media production company with the goal of bringing entertaining, original media to film, the web, and print.
We are currently in the final stages of pre-production. We have the team, the cast, the screenplay, and the budget. Our team is ready and excited to make the jump to production.
THE MOVIE - SYNOPSIS
Remote is a psychological thriller and independent film with underlying elements of comradery and humor. The story introduces the character Daniel Grey, who is compelled to perform his own investigation after the disappearance of his brother and friends. During this investigation, he discovers a series of disturbing, unsolved cases too similar to be coincidence. Daniel Grey receives a call from Charles Dawson, a realtor, who informs him there may be a link between one of his listings and the missing students. The film reveals the shocking and sometimes hilarious events that take place leading up to the disappearance of Daniel's brother and friends.
ABOUT OUR CAMPAIGN
Our production budget for Remote is $25,000. By achieving this goal, we can move forward and begin production in early June.
We decided the best way to fund Remote is in two iterations: production and post production. We have chosen this approach so we can begin principal filming as soon as possible and to ensure an accurate, post-production budget.
This Kickstarter campaign only covers the production stage of this film. If the community likes our project, we hope to cover post-production costs later this year through a second, smaller campaign.
We have designed a solid production budget that cuts all possible costs without sacrificing production quality. The Exit Reality Entertainment team has opted-out of any payment for the film - we are not paying ourselves from this campaign. We have diligently polished and reduced our budget to it’s lowest possible level. Our total production costs are approximately $17,000, excluding the cost of running this crowdfunding campaign. Ultimately, there are some costs we simply cannot cut.
This is our most ambitious project. However, we believe this story is worth telling and that we can deliver a great film - which is why we’re asking for your help in the development of this film.
Our costs are broken down into nine major categories: equipment, essential personnel, location and legal, craft services, props and set design, hair and makeup, contingency, incentive costs, and crowdfunding fees.
Some of our costs have been mitigated and delayed. Specifically, we are hiring three essential outside personnel who are willing to delay the bulk of their payment. While we still need to rent or purchase some equipment, we are borrowing what we can from within our network. We are even opting to build our own jib, rails, dolly, frame, slider and other rigs.
We have reduced other costs, such as hair, makeup, props, and set design to their bare minimum.
We believe we have a realistic, accurate, and frugal budget for this production, and are taking every opportunity to minimize costs, while also ensuring the quality of the film.
MEET THE TEAM
We’ve hand-picked a fantastic, talented team for this project. Our team is both committed and capable of producing a compelling film. We are all very grateful and excited to work on this project. Get excited! ;)
Dakota Kuhlman - Writer/Producer
Dakota Kuhlman is the founder of Exit Reality Entertainment and creator of The Red String Theory Universe. Dakota is the screenwriter and producer for Remote and also plays the character Daniel Grey. Dakota was nominated for the ACTF Region 3 Acting Award. In addition to his degree in Theatrical Production and Performance at Bradley University, Dakota has received training from the Royal Shakespeare Company at The Globe in London. Among his past works include the short film, The Interview and an original Slender Man feature-length film, The Pale One, both of which have inspired Remote and The Red String Theory.
Jason Snydacker - Director
Jason Snydacker, of Snydacker Production, has worked with the production team to secure casting, break down the script, and prepare for production. Jason has produced and directed numerous short films, including Junkie.
Matthew Pleasant - Co-Producer/Casting Director
Matt Pleasant is a Peoria, Illinois native and graduate of Columbia College Chicago, with degrees in Creative Writing (Fiction) and Theatre (Acting). He has received training in Improv and sketch comedy from the renown Second City training center and worked as a Voice Over talent for Performance Associates Inc. Pleasant went on to write and produce the short It Doesn't Happen Any Day, and currently Produces and stars in the comedy web series, Define: Normal.
Mark Serletic - Director of Photography
Mark Serletic studied at the Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago. His past works include videos such as the Hippocrates Trailer.
Emily Wilson - Assistant Director & Line Producer
Emily Wilson is the Central Operating Officer for Exit Reality Entertainment, as well a the Assistant Director and Line Producer for Remote. Emily acts as head of Peoria's Project Canvas. Additionally, she is the project manager for the upcoming YouTube series, Drunk Retro Movie Reviews, and facilitated the production of Memorial For A Dove's music video, If Only By The Light Of Our Lanterns.
Cedric Knuth - Costume & Set Design
Cedric Knuth, of Exit Reality Entertainment, is the costume, set, and prop designer and is also responsible for production journal updates. Cedric was the Vice President of APO at Bradley, University. He has participated in numerous theater productions, both on stage and behind the scenes. He is the creator and lead role of the newly launched YouTube series, Knight Vision.
Phantom Noise - Composers
Phantom Noise, Brandon Ousley, Brandon Jones, and Marc Redshaw, is a Peoria-based industrial rock/metal band that has produced music since 2006. Phantom Noise will producing the full original soundtrack for Remote. You can view their music and Facebook page here.
That, friends, is our production team!
We also have a fantastic team working behind-the-scenes. This team is responsible for the business side of pre-production and post-production, handling research and design for the crowdfunding campaign, developing the production budget, outlining contracts, editing videos, writing content, updating social media, and preparing strategies for distribution and marketing.
Additional cast members include:
- David Dunn as Mr. Pleasant
- Gabby Fernandez as Heidi Smith
- Brian McKinley as Jesse Chance
- David C. Brown as Howard Tanner
- Matthew Pleasant as Mr. Vice
- Juanita Williams as Waitress
- Mary Moore as Operator
WHY THIS PROJECT IS IMPORTANT AND WORTH FUNDING
We believe our project is important and worth pursuing. It's worth our time, energy, labour, blood, sweat, and focus. But why is it worth funding for you, Kickstarter reader?
- Maintains a Sense of Humor - Remote touches on serious issues while conveying a true-to-life sense of comedy through the close inter-personal relationships of the characters.
- Offers an Engaging Production Process - We promise transparency and engagement throughout development, so you may closely follow production, offer input on final product, and get to know our team.
- Has a Talented and Committed Team - Our team has diverse creative experience and areas of expertise, which means that we can actually deliver a compelling and entertaining movie.
- Addresses Real, Important Issues - The story covers the important topics of missing persons and the danger of social media.
- Focuses on Key Central Themes - Key themes include the inner struggle of addiction, the profound impact of a personal loss, and the consequences of obsession over something outside of your control.
- Is Complex in It’s Storytelling - This movie has many intertwined elements and is innovative both in story and delivery.
- Is Part of a Large Immersive Storyline - This film part of a much longer, complex, and compelling story within the The Red String Theory universe.
PROJECTED TIMELINE & ACTIVITIES TO DATE
We have made huge progress in the development of this film since it was first conceived.
To date, we've formed a great team, created a great script, held auditions, secured a full cast, secured ideal filming locations, developed a budget, and created promotional materials.
You can view our interactive timeline here.
Check out our Facebook page for fresh, daily updates, promo materials, and behind-the-scenes content.
THE RED STRING THEORY
Remote takes place within The Red String Theory storyline. Over the next several years, we will release a series of films within the larger universe of The Red String Theory.
The Red String theory follows the interconnected storylines of several individuals and revolves around the concept of predetermined circumstances. As the characters develop, they all eventually discover they are not there by chance. In fact, they should not be there at all.
The Red String Theory follows three families through stories of hidden political agendas, power struggles, military conspiracy, global affairs, and the manipulation and control of human experience.
Everything you’ve done, everything you believe, is a result of the choices you’ve made in the past. This is the undeniable truth. But is everything you believe a result of actions within your control? Is it possible that the choices you have made - the choices that have brought you down this path to where you are today - were designed and intentionally placed in front of you by an unseen person, one with a hidden agenda? What if every choice you’ve made has been designed and orchestrated. Not predestined, but predetermined, calculated, implemented.
After three generations of these families, three young individuals discover that their very existence is due to events that took place framed within this illusion of choice. As this discovery is made, a dark plot unfolds to transform the entire world that they know into something different.
The question remains: if every choice you ever made was predetermined, how can you stop the inevitable?
We thought about our incentives carefully.
Our incentives are designed to be engaging, to provide additional insight into our characters and story, to give credit where credit is due, and to be unique, handcrafted, and personal. Our incentives also needed to provide value and involve you, our supporters, while also limiting the need to inflate our production budget - and consequently our total Kickstarter goal. We believe we have accomplished all of this.
In addition to our unique incentives, we are also including some traditional incentives, such as the digital and physical movie and soundtrack, along with movie memorabilia.
Our favorites incentives include:
- $5: Special Thanks Credit in the Film!
- $10: Behind-the-Scenes Production Journal and Q&A’s Access
- $25: Digital Download of Full Original Soundtrack by Phantom Noise *recommended*
- $50: Live Stream of Production, Pre-Release Digital Premiere, Custom Missing Person’s Flyer
- $75: Memorabilia Package
- $125: Bizarre Skype Call from Mr. Vice, Personalized Thank You Video
- $175: Vinyl Figure Character Collectable
- $250: Your Missing Persons Poster in the Movie!
- $300: Incorporate an Easter Egg in the Film
A full list of our incentives is also listed on the right sidebar of this page.
We hope you enjoy the incentive options. We put a lot of time and thought into them and would love to hear from you.
THANK YOU for reading about Remote and getting to know us and the scope of this project. This project, like anything worth doing, is difficult, but we are very excited to be a part of it. Remote and The Red String Theory are stories we want to share with the world.
To make this movie happen, we just need your support. Everything else in place.
Please help support this project by making a Kickstarter contribution on the right side of this page.
We can’t do this without you. Thank you.
Risks and challenges
RISKS & CHALLENGES
As with any film production or entrepreneurial endeavor, there is an element of risk - both to the producers and the financiers. There will be challenges we must overcome, some which are expected (and that can be planned for), and others that may arise without notice.
Risk to this project include: underestimating our budget, scheduling conflicts, breach of contract, film delays, conflicts within the team, copyright protection, successful distribution and audience reach, and of course, not achieving our Kickstarter goal.
We believe our budget is tuned to near perfection, and should sufficiently cover production, with post-production funding to come later. We’ve done our best to factor in the cost of this Kickstarter campaign and all production costs while keeping a modest 10% contingency fund of our budget before factoring in crowdfunding costs.
Other challenges will have to be solved if they arise, and will be mitigated by clear contracts, prudence, good team communication, and advanced planning.
In examining the risk to you, our supporters, there is the risk of non-delivery, delays in production, and delays in shipping. We believe we’ve taken all possible steps to mitigate these risks.
This project will be completed.
We have a team extremely committed to this project, as can be seen in our Kickstarter video. To show our progress, we will post weekly video updates, announcements on our production journal, and social media updates.
We will monitor and allocate our funds closely to ensure they are spent only where needed and pre-allocated, and that spending is done so frugally. To ensure this, we are requiring approval from two of the following positions: Executive Producer, Operations Manager, and Finance Director.
Lastly, there is the risk that our incentives may be delayed. Unfortunately, this is a common issue on crowdfunding platforms. We are taking steps to ensure we meet our projected timeline by planning deadlines for incentive production, setting internal shipping deadlines, developing content-delivery systems, significantly overestimating our delivery dates, and delegating responsibilities.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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