This project's funding goal was not reached on September 18, 2012.
About this project
Kelley Darcey was a normal little girl... until one fateful night, she unleashed an ancient curse from the fabled Witch of Silent Valley... After many years of paranormal hauntings and nightmares, the curse is coming closer to pass allowing the Witch to keep her promise... her return, and there’s only one person who stands in her way who knows the secret to her destruction. The only hope she has is a spiritual Native Shaman named John who helps her prepare for the battle of her life against all hope before the curse is fulfilled and the Witch rises again! Dream team cast and crew members now join Director Don Ranow to bring you a chilling story of good versus evil.
“One of my goals is to reinvent the character of the Witch... to take the character away from the traditional accounts like in ”Hocus Pocus” or “The Wizard Of Oz”, or even “The Blair Witch Project”, and to really breath new life and character into an relatively unkown monster that she could be, and to bring that to the screen in a fresh, action packed horror film that will thrill and entertain.” --Screenwriter/Director DON RANOW
The film delivers the best ensemble cast, nail biting action and chilling horror moments, and spectacular stunts and Special Effects that will leave the audience wanting more. “The Silent Darkness: Rise of the Witch” delivers a quality story and high production value in a period of Hollywood remakes and reboots, and provides a fresh new horror film for the big screen.
“This film breaks all the rules of Independent Filmmaking taught by the film schools, and that is never have more than two or three locations and one or two good actors, and forget about stunts or special effects... Well we say ... not us! This film is jammed packed with a very talented ensemble cast... many locations... high action stunts... and mind blowing special Visual Effects, all filmed with the best professional crew of filmmakers, artists, technicians, and craftsman available!”
Who are we?
We are a group of passionate experienced filmmakers, actors, artists, technicians, and craftsmen assembled together to make this film EPIC! Our team comes from a variety of backgrounds and experiences in Motion Pictures. We have a high regard for high production values, an entertaining story, and executing our plan with a high degree of professionalism and efficiency, all to deliver the best horror film for everyone!
What are we going to do?
This fall, THE SILENT DARKNESS: RISE OF THE WITCH will go into Principle Photography and will be shooting for approximately 33 days. Our film includes a large amount of stunts and Visual FX to compliment a very action packed story. We currently have several channels of Distribution available to us once the film is complete, including a theatrical run in theatres.
What's so exciting about this film?
THE SILENT DARKNESS: RISE OF THE WITCH has attracted many professional crew members and actors for one reason... it is a fresh new tale of horror featuring a new reinvented monstor character, the Witch. Don Ranow set out to reinvent this character much of the same way Stephanie Myers recreated the Vampires in the Twilight Saga from traditional Vampires. Also the film offers many challenges that were just too appetizing for our professional team to not want to tackle, such as Special Effects Makeup, Stunts, Visual Effects sequences too mind blowing to believe we’re going to shoot, and the level of talent the cast will have to bring to their roles to bring the characters to life.
What movies would we compare it to?
In writing the screenplay for “The Silent Darkness: Rise of the Witch”, Don Ranow envisioned a story that would be action packed, filled with humor with a dash of love story mixed in... full of drama and above all, be scary! Films that were inspiring for this formula were:
* THE MUMMY * ALIENS
* POLETERGEIST * VAN HELSING (2004)
We’re campaigning here because we all feel strongly about this film and it’s potential! The money we raise here on Kickstarter is in addition to the Private Investors and other sources that have contributed to this project, but we need more funds to make this film a reality! The more we have, the higher production value we can give this film, especially in Post Production. And it’s a great way to get others across the world involved in this film and to pro- mote it! In as much as we need every- one’s financial support, we also need an audience to insure this film is seen and appreciated by everyone!
Who's in the Cast?
We have GERALD AUGER, of AMC’s HELL ON WHEELS as our Native American Shaman, John, who leads our main character on the path to confront her enemy. ADDY MILLER of AMC’s THE WALKING DEAD, played the very first little zombie girl to appear in the series. She has since appeared in numerous films such as “It’s Supernatural” (TV Series, 2011), 20th Century Fox’s “The Secret Life Of Bees” (2008).
Addy Miller will appear as the young Kelley Darcey who accidentally unleashes the curse of the fabled Witch of Silent Falls, Abigial Dupree. APRIL HOLLINGSWORTH is Kelley Darcey. She just recently wrapped on “The Legend of Seven Toe Maggie.” She also played the Witch in “Prosper” currently in post production. CHRISTOPHER MARRONE is playing the role of Nathan Sinclair, Kelley’s new love interest in the film. He has starred in “The Escapist,” “Miracle,” and Asylum’s “Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies.” Check out our “Cast” attachements included below!
The Production Team
DON RANOW -- Screenwriter, Producer, Director: Don has written a number of short films including “The ‘J’ Chronicles” for 4JC Prod., and the family film, “The Adventures of Neebo” for NACOG media. He has appeared in music videos such as “Save Us” by the JJ WEEKS Band. He also had a guest appearance in “Unsolved Mysteries” about the case of the Juliette Murders in 1996. Don’s influences are Steven Speilberg and George Lucas. He is also a long time theatre veteran having worked on over 30 productions spanning 15 years as a stage manager, stage hand, sound, set contruction, and direction. Don has also had extensive career experiences in Cinema Exhibition, having founded Regency Cinemas Entertainment, Inc. earlier in 2003.
RENONDA ANDERSON -- Producer, SFX Makeup: Renonda Anderson has been in the entertainment industry for over 10 years. She has produced three features including “Dixie Times,” “Prosper,” and currently “Sick People.” She is a seasoned veteran in Special Effects Makeup. Her latest project was as Department Head for Special FX and Beauty Makeup for Asylum’s “Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies.” Her ex- tensive contacts and networking has earned her respect in the Indie Film Community, and has helped assemble a crew consisting of the best artisians, craftsmen, and technicians available in independent film production.
AUTUMN BAILEY-FORD -- Producer, Distribution Head: Autumn Bailey-Ford is a graduate of Shaw University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Degree. She is a partner at Autumn Bailey Entertainment, LLC and has partnered with the Peachtree Village International Film Festival, working to build relationships throughout the world and atrracting more than 4,500 festival goers each year. She is currently producing many film and television projects and was just named EVP of Acquisitions for a Indpendent Distribution Group, LLC. Her recent producing credits include “SIck People” (pre-production), 2012; “The Cinema Dolls”, 2011; “Reply or Delete: An Internet Love Affair”, and many other films and tv series.
SAM GREEN -- First Assitant Director: Sam Green is a graduate of the University College of the Creative Arts in the South of England. His experiences expands many film projects. Sam is a freelance Assistant Director who began his career in England in 2009. Since having moved to Atlanta a year ago, Sam has established himself as a professional who get the job done. He handles a set with skill and knows how to get the most from a crew. Sam’s experience ranges from Feature Films, TV Shows, Music Videos, and Commercials; having worked with a wide range of talent such as Michael Madson + Daryl Hannah to Neyo, T-Pain, T.I. and Ludacris. His recent projects are “The Razzle” as 1st Assistant Director, and “The Mansion” as 2nd Assistant Director, and most recently wrapped “Prosper” as 1st Assistant Director.
ADAM LAVENDER -- Stunt Coordinator: Adam Lavender brings a unique skill-set and professionalism to any project he is involved in. Since 1997, Adam has built quite a resume of stunt skills, specialzing in fight choreography, fire stunts, high falls, wire works, car stunts, tumbling and various types of weaponry, Adam prides himself on making action as realistic as possible all while maintaining safety and efficiency. Recent projects include “Prosper” currently in post.
About the Rewards!
Our rewards are designed to give you the most for your support and contributions! They include DVD and/or Blu-Ray copies of the film, the Original Soundtrack Score on CD, autographed Posters by your favorite actors, including your choice of Addy Miller or Gerald Auger! Other rewards include your being able to visit the set and become an intern for the day! You can “mark” a shot with the slate, and even “Toast” our first day of shooting, a tradition observed by many Speilberg films! Other rewards include receiving a digital compilation of the Production Designs by our Production Illustrator, David Harland Rousseau! You can also receive certain props from the film and an autographed Slate to keep! You can have your photo taken with the cast and crew! Where else can you truely become part of film and take home part of the experience as well as meeting many talented individuals with one one goal on their mind... to make this film EPIC! But that’s not all! You can actually become a “Ghoul” to be shot behind our witch in a scene! You can get exclusive tickets to the Red Carpet Premiere in Macon, Georgia and party with us at the wrap party!
How to support this film!
Just click on the Reward you would like to receive and click “BACK THIS PROJECT” button and you will asked the amount you want to donate as well as the rewards you will get for participating! You will need to setup an Amazon account where you will give your payment information. You will only be charged at the END of the campaign!
The answer is: We hope we exceed the goal! The more pledges we have, the better the quality of the film will be, especially in the post production phase where we MUST have an epic soundtrack mix at a reputable sound studio! Also some VFX wishlist shots could be added to make the film even better! And let's not forget about marketing! There are several distribution channels available to us, but we have to make the film first to show them! This film has a very good chance of seeing some screen time in your local theatres! But to get there, we need the funds to make it happen! So let's EXCEED THE GOAL!!!
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