SHALLOW WATER: terror runs deep...
It's Mother Nature vs Human Nature. A gritty, moody and terrifying horror film about the dangers of abusing our environment.
If you love HORROR, PRACTICAL EFFECTS, and HIGH QUALITY, INDEPENDENT GENRE films, are tired of REBOOTS, SEQUELS, and REMAKES, and appreciate COOL REWARDS - please join us to help make this original, high concept, scary film.
"I hear people complaining about how the Hollywood machine is cranking out the same stuff OVER AND OVER, choosing economic safety over the creative art of filmmaking. I grew up on the original Alien and Predator films. I love them. But where are the NEW iconic creatures and characters? How long has it been since we've seen something truly unique and powerful in a genre film? Too long. If Hollywood won't do it, I will. With your help, we can raise enough independently to crowd fund a great genre film. Maybe together we can even change the paradigm a little bit in Hollywood as well as break through a glass ceiling in the horror subcategory here on Kickstarter to the benefit of all horror fans now and in the future. " -- Sandy Collora
"Shallow Water" is an independent horror film from Sandy Collora, a longtime special effects artist, designer, sculptor and creature creator who is also an award winning commercial director, filmmaker and... a highly skilled freediver and fisherman.
"With all the time I've spent in and on the water over the past 40 years, I've seen the impact man has made on the ocean environment firsthand. I've dedicated a lot of my time to helping preserve our ocean resources and manage our fisheries, in the hopes of keeping them sustainable for generations to come. "Shallow Water" embodies all this and is a perfect fit for me as a filmmaker."
"Shallow Water" combines the best of the two worlds with which Collora is so familiar. It is physical horror and psychological horror. It is eerie and intense. With a strong story and script, believable characters, and top flight performances, it strives for quality as a FILM, not just as a horror film.
"This project combines so many things that I'm passionate about: great horror, borne of mood and suspense; a memorable iconic creature; the ocean and the environment. "Shallow Water" is a perfect storm of sorts, allowing me to combine my love of all these things into one film. This is why I'm so excited about this project..."
The PLOT of the film --
An innocent adventure: a fishing trip to a remote and mythical fishing hole goes awry and becomes a terrifying predicament that keeps getting worse. Nestled deep in the Sea of Cortez is a tiny island you won't find on any map. Six fishermen scour the Baja peninsula to find this magical place, but when they finally reach their destination, they encounter some sea life that they did not expect. This puts them all at odds and it quickly becomes every man for himself. Which will prevail, Mother Nature or Human Nature?
What happened to CLASSIC horror movies?
"So many horror films these days rely on gimmicks. Found footage, shaky camera nonsense to seem more "real" and of course, the whole "based on true events" thing. The original masters of horror, like F.W. Murnau, James Whale and Tod Browning, never needed those things and paved the way for great directors like Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and many others who created true horror through mood and suspense. Then the 70's and 80's exploded with a whole new crop of amazing, iconic horror films like "The Exorcist", "ALIEN", "Halloween", "The Terminator", "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Predator". That was 30-40 years ago! Where did films like that go? Why has the horror genre taken such a turn? Well, I have my own opinions, but what I will tell you here, is that I'm going to make a film that IS a gritty, real, moody, suspenseful film, with a new, striking, original creature. No shaky cam, no gimmicks, no teenagers with cell phones or video cameras and no pale school girls with stringy black hair and white eyes."
BELOW: SANDY COLLORA ADDRESSES "THE SIZE OF THE RAISE" AND "THE CREATURE" IN A TWO MINUTE VIDEO ...
The meaning of "SHALLOW WATER" --
So much of the unique and odd life that we see come out of the ocean, dwells in the darkness of the deep. The abyssal plain. Depths of 500 feet or more. There's life in the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of our seas, that is yet undiscovered. Hydrothermal vents over a mile deep, contain life almost alien to our human eyes, but what about the shallows? How hard would it be for something that lives in the deep to swim up into the shallow water? Especially if it was hungry. It's a chilling thought what dangers lurk right under our feet in the murky shallow waters of our shores.
The BAJA Peninsula --
The Baja Peninsula is a long narrow strip of land South of California and West of mainland Mexico. Its Eastern border is the Gulf of California and its Western border is the Pacific Ocean. The peninsula formed when it split apart from Mexico 12 to 15 million years ago; it is laden with rifts, faults and seismic zones, as well as volcanic activity. The land is remote, largely unspoiled and pristine. It is home to migrating gray whales, and a great many other species which serves to lure tourists who enjoy sport fishing. This makes it the perfect setting for "Shallow Water".
About PRACTICAL EFFECTS --
Practical Effects are special effects that are produced physically, without the use of post-production techniques like photographic manipulation and computer generation. These effects involve the use of sculpture, prosthetic makeup, animatronics, puppetry, body suits and other techniques that most realistically create the appearance of organic, living creatures. Especially for a film that has a creature with a human form, this is the best and most realistic way to achieve the desired effect.
Other Practical Effects include scale models (Miniature Effects), aerial rigging (Mechanical Effects), pyrotechnics (for fire and explosions), and squibs (for gunshot wounds). "Shallow Water" will feature many Practical Effects of the highest order, designed by Sandy Collora and created by Magee FX and an All-star team of makeup and special effects artists, all with experience on big budget FX films.
The TEAM --
"As most of you know, it takes a LOT of people to make a movie. I'm incredibly fortunate to have a group around me who are not only enormously talented, but understand me as a creative person and support my vision. Most of them have been with me for quite some time and have worked on several commercial, music video and film projects with me. They are a very special group who have contributed so much."
Here are just some of the people that will help make "Shallow Water" a reality:
Not only is he America's most trusted fitness professional, he's an inspiration to such a vast spectrum of people, all over the world. Clark was Batman in the 2003 short film by Sandy that swept San Diego Comic Con that same year. His commitment to excellence, work ethic and excitement is inspirational to all - the other actors and the entire crew as well. Sandy has said he simply could not imagine a production without him on the team.
Eric S. Dow
An accomplished editor who brings his experience to the team from reality television on shows like Pawn Stars, Counting Cars and American Restoration. Last year, Eric wrote, directed and edited the popular documentary "Behind the Mask: The Batman Dead End Story". He was an assistant editor on "Hunter Prey" and will cut "Shallow Water". He is currently an editor for worldwide creative content at SONY Pictures.
Co-producer, dive master, extreme location specialist and underwater cinematographer, Dale Pearson met Sandy in 2006, when he wanted to charter a dive expedition to the Islas Encantadas in the Sea of Cortez. Since then, they have been on many dive trips and adventures on the Baja Peninsula and worked on many projects together. Dale was instrumental in getting the "Hunter Prey" production team set up in Mexico, and was a major player in the trailer for "Shallow Water'. His experience on shows with the History Channel and National Geographic makes him a perfect, hands on producer and expedition team leader, especially in extreme shooting locations.
Felipe Perez Burchard
One of Mexico's most talented, up and coming cinematographers, Felipe did a phenomenal job as camera operator on "Hunter Prey" which earned him the job of cinematographer on "Shallow Water". He has worked on many feature films, the most notable being "Apocalypto", in the camera department.
Timeline, budget and USE OF PROCEEDS --
- PRE-PRODUCTION: Oct, 2015
- SHOOTING: Mar, 2016 (Est)
- POST-PRODUCTION: June, 2016 - Nov, 2016
- PROJECTED RELEASE: 2017, TBD
After Kickstarter fees, credit card processing fees, and the fulfillment of all Rewards, the balance of the budget will be spent as follows:
- 35% on Pre-Production: props, costumes, set building, and special makeup and other practical effects.
- 35% on Shooting: cast and crew (talent and staff); camera and lighting and sound; and misc (location fees, food & amenities, etc. ).
- 15% on Post-Production: mostly (sound and video) editing.
- 15% on Pre-Marketing and Pre-Distribution efforts
"Simple. Kickstarter is collaboration and creative freedom. It affords me flexibility I would not have with a publisher or a studio. By funding a project on Kickstarter, it can be collaborative yet still allow me to execute my vision. It really is a wonderful model. I love engaging with my backers, and I enjoy delivering what I've promised. Kickstarter has been a welcome change to the way I do business, and my life."
About the REWARDS --
- DELIVERY DATE: The delivery date of January 2017 reflects the outside date when the film will be available. Most other Rewards will be fulfilled earlier.
- CHOICES: All "choices" involved in any Reward tiers (t-shirt style and size, DVD or Blu- Ray, etc.) will be made after the campaign, on the Kickstarter survey form.
- COMBOS: If there are Rewards you'd like that are not available in quite the exact combo you prefer - send an email to Sandy and team by clicking "contact me" on the upper right; we'll be glad to work it out.
"Besides having a really cool project, the rewards are the backbone of any campaign. I know when I back a project, they're the first thing I look at after the video..."
With a film campaign, you've gotta have the basic stuff everyone expects; Posters, T shirts, and course the film itself; DVDs and Blu-rays, etc... It kinda goes with the territory. But what we've done is come up with some really special rewards that are pretty different as well. Check out the Art of Shallow Water book! Wanna see pretty much every stitch of art that went into making this film? Pledge for this awesome book, which will have all the storyboards, poster designs and production art!
This full figure, painted, resin production maquette (below) was used as reference to create the full body creature suits for the film. It was sculpted by writer/director Sandy Collora and renowned creature creator Jordu Schell. This absolutely stunning piece stands approximately 15 inches tall and will be offered painted and unpainted as well, for all the model kit enthusiasts who want to paint it themselves.
For the ULTIMATE reward - a screen-used creature head or full suit from the film! There will be a VERY limited number of these available after we finish shooting the movie. This is your chance to own an original screen used piece from "Shallow Water". Hey, you never know... if this film becomes a cult classic, you'll own a piece of horror movie history!
9/28 NEW REWARD ADDED!!!
Well, here it is, the ReAction style action figure of THE TIBURONERA! Check out the two new reward tiers or add it to any existing tier or pledge, for 45 dollars (plus 6.00 shipping on the $6-$70 tiers) Just adjust your pledge accordingly and send us a message so we know to include the figure in your package!!!
A prototype of our poster (below). Sent to you rolled and signed by Sandy and the cast and crew (subject to availability) - how cool is that?!
A FINAL thought --
"A half million dollars may seem like a lot, but for the type of film I'm making and how I want to make it, it really isn't. Every single cent will be on the screen, I promise you. This money, after all the rewards are made, shipped and the fees paid, is the bare minimum needed to make this ambitious film. And the more we go past the goal (knock on water), the better I can make the film." -- Sandy Collora
Risks and challenges
Making a film is, by its nature, an incredibly complex and challenging endeavor. But this isn't my first barbecue. I've been in and around the industry almost 30 years and learned from some of the best in the business.
We've got a great story, and an excellent script, and I've already created the primary creature. A significant portion of the crew is already aboard and they are accomplished veterans, many of whom have worked with me before on my previous films and commercials. The locations for the shoot have been determined and negotiated, and there are a limited number of sets. All these variables increase efficiency and ensure that upon funding, everything promised will be delivered.
I understand the film making process; developing a realistic schedule, a scope of work, and a budget. I know how to adhere staunchly, and when to adjust. And I've asked for the amount of money needed to deliver a supremely high quality product, on schedule.
Finally, I am a veteran project creator on Kickstarter. Backer rewards from my earlier campaigns were not just delivered on time... many were delivered early.
For all these reasons, if this Kickstarter campaign succeeds, the film Shallow Water will be made, all rewards will be delivered fully and on a timely basis, and I believe you will be proud to have backed it.
Thank you. -- SCLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (45 days)