Midnight Animal is a retro action thriller based on the popular Indie game Hotline Miami.
The story follows an unnamed man who receives mysterious cryptic phone messages pertaining to assassinations. With his motives unclear, we follow the man, known only to the public as "The Midnight Animal" as he leaves a trail of blood in his wake. With the police always a few steps behind, the midnight animal begins to unravel the mystery of who's been leaving the messages, and answer a question he's plagued with from the start. "Do you like hurting other people?"
After the release of Hotline Miami 2 – Wrong Number, I was inspired to create a short film that would accurately capture the tone and feeling of the game, in a way that most other films had not.
The games story is both intriguing and vexing at times, because of how ambiguous the events of the game are, it leaves a lot of room for creative interpretation when it comes to devising a story based in the game world. One thing is certain, it must contain the fast pace violent action that made the franchise so successful.
Making a film is hard work, but above all else, there are some costs that are simply unavoidable. Here is a rough breakdown of the budget.
Equipment – Though we are lucky enough to have some equipment required for the film, there is plenty that will need to be rented or borrowed in order to achieve the look and feel that we are striving for. (Lights, Lenses, Grip Equipment)
Art Department – It’s important in a film like this that we really nail the tone and feel of the source material, this means purchasing set decoration, wardrobe, animal masks, and a whole lot of fake blood.
Craft Services – Working with a small budget means that most if not all the cast and crew will be working for the sheer joy and passion of the film, but they still need to eat. A good portion of the budget is dedicated to feeding the cast and crew over the course of the production to keep everyone’s stomachs full and spirits high.
Pledge Rewards – As you know, when you choose a certain pledge tier you are guaranteed an item depending on the amount pledged. Some of the money will go towards fulfilling those obligations (Printing Posters, Packaging, Burning DVD’s / Blu-Rays)
Below is a pie chart showing where the money is being allocated to.
Lastly, whether we succeed in reaching our goal or not, we would like to thank Magic Sword, and El Tigr3 for allowing us to use their music in the making of our teaser video, and Jonatan Söderström for allowing us to make a Hotline Miami short film.
Risks and challenges
Equipment, scheduling, weather, and a short time frame to shoot the film are just some of the challenges we face in putting together this production. However we are highly confident that these challenges will be overcome and that the final result will prove to be worth the effort.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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