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A psychological slasher thriller WITHOUT all the slasher film cliches!
A psychological horror thriller WITHOUT all the horror film cliches!
A psychological horror thriller WITHOUT all the horror film cliches!
279 backers pledged $53,610 to help bring this project to life.

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HELP A PASSIONATE, INDIE, SELF-STARTING FILMMAKER REALIZE HIS DREAM!

"For the past seven years, I've spent my own money making short films to showcase my work. That's my dedication to making my dreams come true, putting my own money where my mouth is. Since I was old enough to go the theater by myself, I'd sit in front of that big screen and marvel at how they did all that. Now I know :). On my own, in my own "short way" I have been able to realize my dreams of becoming a filmmaker. With your help, my...our dreams of making a feature are within reach. We raised half the funds through investors. 

"We are 93% of the way there. We need u. Bring us home. :)" - Jim Rothman

Video update from director Jim Rothman!

UPDATE: PERKS EASIER TO FIND & NEW PERKS ADDED!

 LIMITED EDITION PERK ADDED:

Only 10 created. Pastel drawn still from the short as well as the scene that will appear in the feature. First 10 people who pledge for the $100 promotional page will get this pic, signed by director Jim Rothman. Each one is numbered on the back. only available!

SCYTHE is a psychological slasher/thriller in the same vein of the classic and modern horror films Halloween (1978), Saw (2004), and films from the iconic director Alfred Hitchcock. 

WE. ARE. TIRED. OF.  BAD. SLASHER. FILMS.

There are just simply way too many bad slashers films out there. Slasher films follow too many horror film cliches. This is the reason why there are so many lists of THE MOST ANNOYING HORROR FILM CLICHES!

So, after we thought about, the conclusion was simple: If no one will make a smart slasher film...WE WILL

We are eliminating all the “horror film stereotypes,”and the eye-rolling horror film cliques the slasher genre is known for. You won't find any characters running upstairs instead going out the front door, or identifying themselves by calling out "Who's There" in the dark, or tripping over absolutely nothing. (my personal "favorite").

Instead, we're focusing on character’s human qualities and focusing on developing three dimensional characters that actually have lives, that we  care about, and what you might really do when faced with perilous situations. The girls fight back, killer can be hurt, they are alert, aware of their surroundings, they can use car keys, no cat jump out at anyone!

We are bringing back the essence of what made classic horror films popular in the first place, by keeping the focus on suspense, drama, fear, terror and intensity, rather gore and blood. But don't worry, there will be blood. I mean, after all, it is a slasher film. Coupled with modern technology is what separates SCYTHE from the average horror film, into a thinking man’s horror film where each character must find the fighting spirit within themselves in order to survive against...

Stylistically, we're going to blend the fluidity of compassionate moment-to-moment movement with a handheld, realistic, chaotic, indie vibe. Through the seamless incorporation of haunting music and first person “Point of View” cinematography filmed through the use of filters and color tones, we will contrast the controlled obsession of the FBI Agent, juxtaposed with the unsettling chaotic fear into which the girls are suddenly thrust.  

On the week of prom night in Concord North Carolina, RONALD WADE, known as The Grim Reaper Killer, escaped a prison transport and breaks into a hardware store, surprising high school student EMILY JOHNSON, the store owner's daughter. Under the cover of the store's blackout, a hide-or-be killed cat and mouse game ensues, ending with several stab wounds to Emily's back with a SCYTHE, the killer's signature weapon.

A television left on breaks the news of the Grim Reaper's escape and highlights his exploits, as he swings a scythe at Emily, beheading her. She is his latest victim. And his first mistake.

With prom cancelled and a mandatory curfew in effect, shy teen MEGAN MILLER is forced by her best friend KIM to meet with AMY, VICKY, REBECCA, and JENNIFER after hours at the abandoned pool for a party. At the pool party Megan opens up about her desire to be great, to be worthy of someone worth knowing. This confession leads the girls to bond and build a sisterhood to watch out for one another. Unbeknownst to them outside hovers the Grim Reaper Killer, targeting them as his newest victims.

When young, disgraced FBI AGENT CHRIS GIBSON is tasked with recapturing the killer he encounters the seasoned US MARSHAL JOHN DECKER. After a jurisdictional dispute the two begrudgingly join forces. While examine Emily's body it is Agent Gibson that discovers the killer's mistake: this is not the work of The Grim Reaper Killer. It is someone else...

In order to attract investors and get them excited about the film, not only did we create a feature film packet full of storyboards and awesome conceptual renderings....

We went out and filmed test footage. Shot on location in Altadena, CA, over the course of a three day intensive schedule, the footage turned out much better than we expected. 

So much so that when we edited the entire piece together, our team and I discovered an awesome truth: 

WE HAD A SHORT FILM!

We decided to test out the short film SCYTHE on the film festival circuit, and see what kind of response we'd get. 

The film premiered at the 2015 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival.

At the festival, the head shorts film programmer for the Cleveland International Film Festival asked us to submit it to HIS film festival. And in March, it was announced, that we had been accepted into the 40th Cleveland International Film Festival! 

Since March, a number of articles have been written about the short film...

Since the footage served as a basis for the feature and with everyone loving the footage and with the articles and all the positive feedback, we know we are ready.

It's time to make the feature. 

Here is the Pie Chart of how the $100,000 budget will break down...

"$100,000? You're only asking for $50,000."

That's right! We've already raised $50,000! WE JUST NEED THE OTHER HALF! And we can get there...BUT ONLY, WITH YOUR HELP!

AND NOW....ONTO THE REWARDS!!!

As fellow filmmakers and fans of the genre we made our perks affordable!  We have a Plethora of packages available for every budget! 

Want a copy of the movie? Done. Get the movie later, but want a collectible for the film on a budget? Boom! $20 DS poster. Want to have YOUR PERSONAL props be in the movie? (sorry can't be previously licensed) Send it to us and we'll put it somewhere you can see it!  

All kinds of fun perks for every budget level!

Because low budget films are made...well...low budget, often times a filmmaker will have to make adjustments to his original vision, in order to accomplish the goal of being able to make the feature film at all. 

However, in case we are so fortunate to raise more than our minimum goal of $50,000, we have created STRETCH GOALS to be able to make an even  better film! 

If we don't reach the stretch goals, NOT TO WORRY! We are still going to make a quality film that both you and we can be proud of!

In closing, let's hear from the director:

"Independent filmmaking exists because...of you. Because you care. Because you want to allow us the opportunity to have the ability to make our dreams a reality. Over the course of the last seven years, I have spent my own money making my short films for the opportunity to showcase my work. Now it's time to raise the bar and make a feature. My team and I have already done half the work. Now we just need a little help getting the rest of the way there. 

"We are halfway home. Please help us get the rest of the way there." - Jim Rothman. 

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the campaign & the production!

Risks and challenges

In filmmaking there are always unknown factors. The biggest one is that things can be delayed. That unfortunately is the nature of the business. But the quality of the film will never falter. I've shot 4 short films and in my experiences, while delays may arise, the films always are complete. This is my third Kickstarter campaign. And in each instance everyone has received their rewards in a timely fashion. As to filming, since we've already shot a short film version of the project we understand the challenges ahead and are prepared when they arise.

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    THE FILM PACKAGE - You will a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the FEATURE film (when commercial available) + a Digital Download of the short film + a commemorative postcard.

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    THE FANBOY PACKAGE - You will receive an Autographed Copy of the script by Director/Writer/Star + Digital Download of Feature Film (When commercially available) + a BASEBALL CAP with the SCYTHE LOGO + 3 Pack DVD of my past work + Digital Download of the Short + Commemorative Postcard

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    THE FANBOY BLU-RAY PACKAGE - You will receive an Autographed Copy of the script by Director/Writer/Star + Blu-Ray Copy of Feature Film (When commercially available) + a BASEBALL CAP with the SCYTHE LOGO + 3 Pack DVD of my past work + Digital Download of the Short + Commemorative Postcard

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    THE PROMOTIONAL PACKAGE - You will receive 75 pages of high quality promotional materials, includes storyboards, conceptual renderings, one-sheet images, art, bios + authentic “Scythe” flash-drive with the entire promotional package + Digital Download of the Feature Film (when commercially available) + 3 pack compilation DVD of past work + a digital download of the short film + commemorative postcard

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    YOUR PROPS PACKAGE - Put your “personal touch” in the movie. We will place something personal from you in a prominent place in the film. (This will be your own personal inside gag whenever you watch the film) + BLU-RAY/DVD film (when commercially available) + 3 pack compilation DVD of past work - digital download of the short + commemorative postcard

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    VISIT THE SET PACKAGE - You will get a chance to visit the set and spend the day with cast & crew (Travel and Accommodations not Included) + autographed copy of the script + Digital Download of the feature (when commercially available) + digital copy of the short + commemorative postcard

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    THE FEATURED BACKGROUND PACKAGE - You will receive a Featured Background role in the film (Travel and Accommodations not Included) + Autograph Picture with Director + Personalized Autograph script + BLU-RAY/DVD film (when commercially available) + invitation to wrap party + digital download of the short film + commemorative postcard

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    2 HOUR CONSULTATION PACKAGE - You will receive 2 hours with award winning writer/director Jim Rothman to do any and all of the following: discuss your script idea, discuss the steps from script to screen, review your short/feature script, supervise editing of short/feature film + Digital Download of the feature (when commercially available) + digital download of the short film + Commemorative Postcard (Travel within LA region or Skype Session Globally)

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    WRAP PARTY PACKAGE - You will attend the Wrap Party (Travel and Accommodations not Included) + Script autographed by Director/Writer/Star + BLU-RAY/DVD copy of the film (when commercially available) + Digital Download of the Short Film + Commemorative Postcard

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER PACKAGE - You will receive Associate Producer credit in the film + IMDB Credit + you will attend the premiere + you will attend the Wrap Party (Travel and Accommodations not Included) + Script autographed by Director/Writer/Star + BLU-RAY/DVD copy of the film (when commercially available) + Digital Download of the Short film + Commemorative Postcard

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    8 HOUR CONSULTATION PACKAGE - You will receive 8 hours with award winning writer/director Jim Rothman to do the following: discuss your script idea, discuss the steps from script to screen, review your short/feature script, supervise editing of short/feature film + Digital Download of the feature (when commercially available) + Commemorative Postcard of Scythe (Travel within LA region or Skype Session Globally)

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    VIP RED CARPET PREMIERE - You will attend the VIP Red Carpet Premiere of the Film (Travel and Accommodations not Included) + you will attend the wrap party + Script autographed by Director/Writer/Star + BLU-RAY/DVD copy of the film (when commercially available) + Digital Download of the Short + Commemorative Postcard of Scythe

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    THE DEATH PACKAGE - You will be killed...on camera! Everyone has always wanted to die in a horror film. NOW IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY + get a BLU-RAY copy of the film (when commercial available) + a SCYTHE HAT + an AUTOGRAPHED copy of the SCRIPT + a double sided poster, AUTOGRAPHED by WRITER/DIRECTOR Jim Rothman + digital download of the short + commemorative postcard (travel and accommodations not included)

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    THE COSTUME PACKAGE - You will see an actual and authentic Grim Reaper Costume from the film (blood and all) with Certificate of authenticity + autographed Picture of the Director with the costume + BLU RAY copy of the film (when commercial available) + digital download of the short + commemorative postcard

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    THE CO-PRODUCER PACKAGE - You will receive Co-Producer credit in the film + IMDB Credit + VIP Red Carpet Premiere of the Film + attend the wrap party (Travel and Accommodations not Included) + Script autographed by Director/Writer/Star + BLU-RAY/DVD copy of the film (when commercially available) + Digital Download of the Short Film + Commemorative Postcard

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    THE PRODUCER PACKAGE - You will receive Producer credit in the film + IMDB Credit + VIP Red Carpet Premiere + Attend the Wrap Party (Travel and Accommodations not Included) + Script autographed by Director/Writer/Star + BLU-RAY/DVD copy of the film (when commercially available) + Digital Download of the Short Film + Commemorative Postcard

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    THE SPEAKING LINE PACKAGE You will receive a Speaking Line in the film + VIP Red Carpet Premiere + Attend the Wrap Party (Travel and Accommodations not Included) + Script autographed by Director/Writer/Star + BLU-RAY/DVD copy of the film (when commercially available) + Digital Download of the Short Film + Commemorative Postcard

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    THE EVERYTHING PACKAGE - You will receive a Speaking Line / Producer Credit in the film + VIP Red Carpet Premiere + Attend the Wrap Party (Travel and Accommodations not Included) + Script autographed by Director/Writer/Star + PROMOTIONAL PACKAGE - 75 pages of high quality promotional materials, includes storyboards, conceptual renderings, one-sheet images, art, bios + authentic “Scythe” flash-drive with the entire promotional package + BLU-RAY/DVD copy of the film (when commercially available) + 3 pack compilation DVD + Official “Scythe” baseball cap + Digital Download of the Short Film + Commemorative Postcard

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    THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PACKAGE - You will receive an Executive Producer credit in the film + IMDB Credit + sit in on casting session + an autographed PROP + VIP Red Carpet Premiere + Attend the Wrap Party (Travel and Accommodations not Included) + Script autographed by Director/Writer/Star + PROMOTIONAL PACKAGE - 75 pages of high quality promotional materials, includes storyboards, conceptual renderings, one-sheet images, art, bios + authentic “Scythe” flash-drive with the entire promotional package + BLU-RAY/DVD copy of the film (when commercially available) + 3 pack compilation DVD + Official “Scythe” baseball cap + Digital Download of the Short Film + Commemorative Postcard

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Funding period

- (30 days)