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In 2003, a short Batman film premiered at the San Diego Comic Con. This is the true story behind the cult film and its aftermath...
In 2003, a short Batman film premiered at the San Diego Comic Con. This is the true story behind the cult film and its aftermath...
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In the winter of 2003, commercial director Sandy Collora and some of his friends, set out to make a little short film, to serve as a demo reel, that would hopefully showcase his talents as a filmmaker. What they wound up actually doing, was making one of the most elaborate, most watched, most talked about, and most controversial short films, ever made... 'Batman Dead End' premiered in July 2003 at the San Diego Comic Con and instantly threw Batman fans into a frenzy about what exactly it was, who made it and most importantly, where they could get their hands on it. This documentary will reveal the true story not only behind the making of film, but chronicle as well, the impact and influence it has had on what has come after it. Hardcore fans of both The Batman and Predator around the world, including Kevin Smith and Alex Ross, cite 'Batman Dead End' as the quintessential representation of those characters on film, and to this day, they remain part of the lexicon and mythos of both franchises. Through never before seen footage, photographs and interviews with the cast and crew, this retrospective will reveal, step by step, what it took to get to the screen and follow a few of the key players through the last ten years, to see how this little, 8 minute short film changed their lives forever.

The design for the 10 year anniversary, commemorative T shirt!
The design for the 10 year anniversary, commemorative T shirt!

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The film will consist mostly of archived, behind the scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew. For the most part, we've all stayed in close contact through the years and some have worked with me on projects since 'Batman Dead End', of which there were many. Unfortunately, two very special people who worked on the film, have passed on since then, and not having them included, will be painful to everyone involved, but as we always do, we'll persevere, and get it done. I also would like to interview a few notable celebrities who have publicly expressed their love for the film over the years. I'm sure this will be difficult, but through all my connections in the industry, I'll do my best to get everyone I can into the documentary.

I'd like to make it at least an hour long, but with the conservative goal I have set, this will also be challenging. However, myself and the voluminously talented group of people I have behind me, will do the best we can if we meet our goal. If we are fortunate enough to surpass our goal, I'll have to produce greater numbers of rewards, but I'd like to make it feature length at that point. It's our most sincere intention to give the fans the in depth and comprehensive documentary they expect, and that they so deserve.

Making all the works of art for the rewards will be also quite the undertaking... Especially since I'll be creating them mostly myself, but I've worked on many daunting projects in my career, so I am up to the task. I'm looking forward to it, actually... It will be a lot of work, but it'll also be a lot of fun. My passion not only for the film, but for the subject matter, will inspire me to deliver quality work to my backers, within the given delivery time. If our goal is surpassed, and we wind up with more backers than we expect, your patience and understanding regarding the timing of getting your rewards would be appreciated.

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    A screen credit at the end of the film, in the special thanks section and an email from all of us, expressing our heartfelt thanks and gratitude, containing a link to where you can download the film, and a digital copy of the commemorative postcard.

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    A screen credit in the special thanks section of the film, a DVD copy of the film, and a commemorative, 'Batman Dead End" postcard signed by director Sandy Collora and Batman himself, Clark Bartram.

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    Screen credit, the DVD of the film, the signed postcard, a full color, 8x10 'Batman Dead End' movie still, also signed by director Sandy Collora and Clark Bartram plus a 'BDE; The First Ten Years' commemorative T-shirt.

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    Screen credit, the DVD of the film, the signed postcard, a signed movie still, the 'BDE; The First Ten Years' T-shirt and an original pencil sketch of a character from the film, by director Sandy Collora.

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    Screen credit, the DVD, the signed postcard and still, the original sketch, the T-shirt, and a limited edition, commemorative 1/3 scale, cold cast bronze, Batman bust, sculpted by director Sandy Collora, specifically for the ten year anniversary of the film.

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    Screen credit, the DVD, the signed postcard and still, the sketch, the T-shirt, the limited edition cold cast bronze Batman bust, and a custom mego action figure, made from the same molds as the original figures given only to the cast and crew of the film.

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    Screen credit, the DVD, the signed postcard and still, the original sketch, the T-shirt, the commemorative Batman bust, the custom mego figure and a full size, urethane Batman cowl replica, molded from the original screen used cowl.

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    Screen credit, the DVD, the signed postcard and still, the original sketch, the T-shirt, the commemorative bust, the Batman cowl replica, PLUS you will be interviewed for the film and be included in the documentary! This is your opportunity to tell how BDE affected you, your life and/or your work.

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