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62
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, October 11 2013 12:39 AM UTC +00:00

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 Here is Jordan Hearn getting his head cast in alginate so we can create his Dead bullet in the head effect.  This process takes about 30 minutes.  Then from the alginate we pour up a cast of the head in molten oil based clay.  When the clay hardens we have a exact duplicate of Jordan's head that we can sculpt the bullet holes into.  Its gonna be cool!

The Project

We are making a monster movie called "The Monster Master". It is an anthology monster movie in the vein of "Creepshow" and the Amicus Films of the early 1970's: lots of different monsters in a number of different stories. Half of "The Monster Master" has already been shot (in 35mm) and is in the can. Follow the link below to view "Samuel", our first completed short. "Samuel" gives a great idea of what we are going for: practical effects with lots of monsters and, we hope, an engaging story.

The Goal

The reason we are on Kickstarter is we want to continue to keep shooting another short segment. We are asking for $25,000.00 to shoot our "Graveyard of Horrors" sequence. When it is finished it will be about 5 minutes long and have a lot of bang for the buck. Because it is short we feel we can get more play in Film Festivals and on the internet. If we can achieve more awareness and gain more popularity we are hoping to be able to raise even more money to finish the entire feature. For now, we are concentrating on "Graveyard of Horrors". The link below shows exactly what we plan to shoot: two grave robbers steal from the dead and severe retribution ensues.

 You'll notice after the character of the Monster Master introduces himself we slam cut to other scenes of horror and mayhem. Anything live action we have already shot and anything that is animated is stuff that we have yet to shoot. Note - we are not planning to shoot this later animated material after the graveyard sequence (the giant robot, sea monster, or the purple alien) as part of this Kickstarter campaign: this will happen later on when we acquire more money. For now, we can and will shoot the Graveyard sequence and this is going to happen. In any event, we will have a really cool sequence that will screen in film festivals and we invite you to be a part of it.

The People

Jon sculpts bust of Tiffany Shepis.  That's right: we've got scream queen Tiffany Shepis!
Jon sculpts bust of Tiffany Shepis. That's right: we've got scream queen Tiffany Shepis!

 I, Jody, will be directing and producing and my brother, Jon, is in charge of designing and creating all the monster and gore effects. We have scream queen Tiffany Shepis as the girlfriend and a new comer Jordan Hearn as the boyfriend. Jordan just finished shooting Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, "Inherent Vice".   Our Director of Photography is Joe Setele.  Joe shot my last two shorts so he knows the drill.

Gifts

Coffee tastes much better out of this mug!  $50.00
Coffee tastes much better out of this mug! $50.00
Monster Master T-Shirt - a steal at $100.00
Monster Master T-Shirt - a steal at $100.00
Blank gravestones waiting for your name!  $500.00
Blank gravestones waiting for your name! $500.00
Boyfriend Zombie under construction: finished and painted mask - $1000.00
Boyfriend Zombie under construction: finished and painted mask - $1000.00
Zombie suit: chest with arms, neck and head: $2000.00
Zombie suit: chest with arms, neck and head: $2000.00

 Samuel - The Chronicles of The Monster Master

This is the short film I made back in 2000 which lead us to want to make an anthology feature film.  Its just over twenty minutes long.  In 2001 we did the festival circuit and won two awards: The Audience Award in Oklahoma's Dead Center Film Festival and Best Special Effects in a Short Film in Shriekfest in Los Angeles.  The effects are mostly practical: force perspective miniatures, oversized sets, guys in rubber suits along with puppets.  I shot it myself with a Russian made 35mm movie camera I bought out of a catalogue for $6000.00.  I wrote, directed, produced, built the props, and edited it.  Jon made all the demon suits and the puppets.  A friend of mine made all the miniature landscapes out of plaster and plywood. We also had a lot of favors to help pull it off.  Hope you enjoy!

There you go.  Thanks for looking at our stuff. 

Risks and challenges

Movies are hard to make. Good movies are harder. Weather and other forces can shut down a shoot. However, we have successfully shot and finished one of the shorts on 35mm. The other two are shot and just need post. We are qualified to see the "Graveyard of Horrors" sequence completed and submitted to film festivals, and then to the internet. Its part of a bigger film and must be completed. Finishing the feature film "The Monster Master" is a bigger challenge which will take longer. But for now, we are asking for just shooting this short sequence to build awareness. We can and will do that. Jody

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    Gravestone prop with your name inscribed on it. We will put your name of gravestone and your birthday (we will subtract 100 years from your birthdate). Gravestones are made out of Styrofoam, sealed in urethane and fiberglass, with PVC pipe inside for mounting. Not only will your name be on the gravestone but we will mail it to you! (Note - there is no guarantee that your personal gravestone will make it into the film, but we'll do our best to place these gravestone close to the action). Also, DVD of completed short. Special thanks in credits.

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