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A horror/comedy mockumentary that answers the question, "Who hunts the hunters?" Christopher Guest meets a slasher movie.
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     *************************IMPORTANT UPDATE**********************

During this final week of our campaign an ANGEL DONOR has pledged to MATCH all donations (up to $1000) - so this week EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS EVEN MORE!!!!!

We can make this movie for $10,000. We already have $5000 from investors...help put us over the top, and make our dreams come true!

The script is written, cast and crew are ready to go, locations are locked. Now we just need your help!

THE PITCH

Do you like Christopher Guest films like This Is Spinal Tap, and Best in Show? Shows like The Office, and Parks and Recreation? Do you like all those things, but some small part of you always wished that maybe, just maybe, they included more...how to put this delicately? Mass slaughter? General mayhem and bloodshed? Severed body parts? If you have, then Hunter's Weekend is the project for you!

In this mockumentary-style horror/comedy, we follow park rangers, Lyle and Victor, as they attempt to hold their annual Hunter's Weekend gathering. This prestigious event is by application only, and whoever bags the most kills receives a lovely trophy, cash prize, and bragging rights for the rest of the year. Unfortunately, the weekend is disrupted when it turns out that someone out there doesn't want to play by the rules, and starts killing the other hunters. DUNH DUNH DUUUUNH! Cue general mayhem and bloodshed.

JESS ARCHER VERSUS

This will be writer/director Amy Taylor's first feature. But it's not her first project. After writing and directing several well-received short films (Deadman - Official Selection of the 2011 LA Comedy Festival, and Jess Archer vs. The Ex - Official Selection of the 2012 Dragon*Con International Short Film Festival), Amy created the web series Jess Archer Versus. After debuting on YouTube, Jess Archer Versus was picked up for distribution on Amazon, and is an official selection of the 2017 HollyWeb Festival, where it screened at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles.

Many of the same cast and crew from Jess Archer Versus will be reuniting for Hunter's Weekend. This is very exciting, not only because we enjoy each other's company, but also because we know each other's rhythms, and will therefore be able to work efficiently together to pull this thing off. Because our shooting schedule is seven days. Yes, we're shooting a feature in seven days. Don't be alarmed! We've thought it through, and we're confident that we can pull it off. More on that below under "Risks and Challenges."

Jess Archer Versus cast members Emily Williams (Jess Archer), Chris Young (Ludo), and Ben Guenther (Loni) will all be returning for this project. They are excited to play roles so different from their characters in Jess Archer Versus.

Emily Williams
Emily Williams

 

Chris Young
Chris Young

 

Ben Guenther
Ben Guenther


Jess Archer Versus Director of Photography, Josh Young, is also returning for this project, and excited for the challenges of shooting in the mockumentary style - a style which is very different from Jess Archer Versus' Edgar Wright-ian (if that's a word) style.

Josh Young on the set of Jess Archer Versus
Josh Young on the set of Jess Archer Versus

WOMEN IN HORROR AND A LITTLE ABOUT ME - AMY TAYLOR

I love horror films. I love comedies. I love horror/comedies. It's the perfect combination. I'm inspired by filmmakers like Edgar Wright, but I'm also inspired by the new wave of female horror directors that are making their mark. Directors like Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), Karyn Kusama (The Invitation), and Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), are creating fantastic horror, and I want to be a part of that revolution, if only in some small way. I don't want to give too much away about the plot of Hunter's Weekend, but, thematically, it touches on the challenges that women face in the workplace. I'm very excited about this script, and I hope that you will join me on this journey to bring it to life!

Risks and challenges

Our greatest challenge will be time. Yes, we're shooting an entire feature in seven days, but with that knowledge, we've carefully crafted a project where that is actually possible. The mockumentary style allows us to shoot quickly and efficiently with several cameras going at once. We will be shooting in essentially one location - the woods around my parents' house, which will also house cast and crew - and because we do not have to move and devote a lot of time to transportation, we will be able to maximize the amount of time we actually spend shooting footage each day.

We also have minimal characters to follow. No big crowd scenes for this film! Crowd scenes can be tough to put together logistically, and generally take more time. In Hunter's Weekend, however, we are usually following the two main leads, while other supporting characters occasionally pop in and out.

Because the cast and crew has worked together before, we all have confidence in each other's abilities, and know very well what we can achieve as a team. Seven days? No problem!

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