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A man returns home to take care of his father's body during the zombie apocalypse.

The Story

Artwork by Dan McCann
Artwork by Dan McCann

Alex, a travel-worn survivor of the zombie apocalypse, returns to his abandoned childhood home. There, he discovers the plague-ridden body of his recently deceased father. Now, in a race against time, Alex must prepare to say goodbye to his father before he becomes one of the living dead.

Dan McCann
Dan McCann

Monsters Are Real is a zombie film that explores how we say goodbye to our loved ones in a world without hospitals, doctors, and funeral homes. The film also deals with the emotional toll isolation has on an individual.  Influenced by Romanian New-Wave directors like Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks, & 2 Days) and Corneliu Porumboiu (Police, Adjective), the film will be shot in a minimalist style to create a realistic portrayal of a fantastical situation.

Dan McCann
Dan McCann


Funding

For the past five years I've been creating short films and spec commercials with mostly the help of my friends and family on zero budget. With your contribution this will give us the opportunity to tell this story using proper gear and more sophisticated special effects.

Here is how your contribution will be used to make the film:

Production
Crew/Actors
Equipment and Vehicle Rentals
Travel and Lodging

Craft Services
Wardrobe/Props
Makeup
Special Effects

Post-Production
Sound Design and Mixing

Editing/Coloring/Mastering
Film Festival Submissions

The film will be shot in full HD using the RED Scarlet.

The Team

WRITER/DIRECTOR: Adam R. Brown

Adam R. Brown is a New Jersey raised filmmaker and editor now living in Brooklyn. For the past six years he has edited shows for cable television and also worked as an instructor for the Travel Channel Academy. In 2008, Adam directed the award winning short Plane • Face that received the Best Film of 2008 for the National Diesel Film Racing Tour. https://vimeo.com/channels/adamrbrown

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Kyle Kelley

Kyle Kelley is a freelance cinematographer based in Brooklyn. Since graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in Cinema & Photography, Kyle has worked in various formats, from short fiction films to feature documentaries. He is currently Director of Photography on his first feature fiction film as well as a feature documentary, and recently wrapped production as Second Camera Operator and First AC on a 4-part PBS documentary series. http://bullmoosepictures.net/cinematography

PRODUCER: Nicholas Santos

Nicholas Santos is a Brooklyn based filmmaker.  Born and raised on Cape Cod, he went on to study Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College, where he developed his craft and filmmaking style. http://www.nicholaspaynesantos.com/

Photo Credit: Tanya Braganti
Photo Credit: Tanya Braganti

EDITOR Erin Casper

Erin Casper is a rising talent in the documentary editing world. Having worked as an assistant and associate editor on a variety of documentary films, Erin recently completed her first feature as lead editor, Our School, a verité documentary directed by Mona Nicoara about school segregation of the Roma (‘Gypsy’) children in Romania. She is also the first recipient of the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3090950/

CONCEPT ART: Dan McCann

Dan McCann is originally from Massachusetts and a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, NYC. Mr. McCann currently works as a freelance illustrator, storyboard artist and graphic designer. http://danielmccannart.blogspot.com/

MAKEUP/SPECIAL EFFECTS: Elizabeth Piper S. 

Elizabeth was born in Detroit Michigan. She has trained and worked with many successful makeup artists based in New York City and England. Her past work has included commercials, feature films, web series, and shorts. She has also been printed in “THE SOURCE” magazine. Currently one feature film she did special effects Makeup on entitled Jew of Malta is premiering at the Quad Cinema. http://makeupbyeps.4ormat.com/special-fx

A special thanks to Harlan Muir for letting us use his awesome music in this video and Dave Rife for being the magicmaker.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

One of the biggest challenges for our film is presenting the audience with a believable portrayal of a fantasy setting -- such as the zombie apocalypse -- using limited resources. To achieve this we've decided to tell a simplified, but human story to capture the essence of living under such surreal circumstances. We've also put careful attention to detail in the choices of makeup, wardrobe, and props to create a more authentic world. Your contributions will help us hire the right people and to allocate the best resources to create a compelling film.

One risk and challenge we face is shooting on location, especially when it comes to the weather in December on the East Coast. Inclement weather can cause delays on production and can sometimes bring down the morale of a cast and crew. Hopefully we've under-scheduled our exterior production days to give us more time to possibly wait out any unfortunate conditions. We are also planning to rent rain gear for our crew and our equipment to keep everyone and everything as dry as possible, and we are willing to adapt our story with the shooting days' weather conditions to keep the production rolling.

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