LOVE IS DEAD
LOVE IS DEAD is a short film about the emotional violence we can subject love ones to, when love dies. It's a very dark story, one that features honest dialogue that goes for the jugular. It's a very personal project for me, and something that I've worked on for years, until recently, when the opportunity arose to make the film with great people, all of which love the script and are excited about our "emotional horror" film.
Here is a short video, giving off the tone of the film:
This film has been years in the making for very specific and personal reasons. Nobody has perfect relationships and though some storytellers feel more comfortable venturing into stories and films that are fantastical and unique in that way, I have always been a "Blood on the page" kind of writer. This is a very true story, and though the real life story ended without the film's finale, it was pretty close. It's something I've wanted to make for quite some time, and if you wonderful pledgers help make it happen, I SWEAR to you, it will be one emotionally brutal ride.
JERRY SMITH (Writer/Director)
A very active film critic/journalist in the horror genre, Smith is the Editor in Chief of Icons of Fright, a site that was created in 2004 and is still going strong. Also actively writing for Blumhouse.com, Fangoria and Delirium Magazines and various other publications, online and in print form, Smith is a work horse whose very personal approach to his writing offers something different than just the typical, sometimes robotic fare.
A writer of various scripts in developmental stages for other directors, Jerry has been working on this project for quite some time. Equally in love with Cassavetes as he is with Carpenter, Smith aims to offer for something different in the form of LOVE IS DEAD.
AARON "SMALL HANDS" THOMPSON
Our cast features Aaron Thompson, who is an accomplished adult film star under the name of Small Hands. Aaron is a complete asset to the film and is going to give a very dark performance as Peter, a man telling the support group about the death of his wife.
As Mara, we have the always wonderful Tristan Risk, from genre favorites AMERICAN MARY, THE EDITOR and the upcoming film FRANKENSTEIN CREATED BIKERS. In LOVE IS DEAD, Risk will bring Mara to life, being Peter's wife, someone who just wants to know the truth about her husband and like many people, gets more than she bargained for.
As Michael, the leader of the support group, we have Ruben Pla, who has been featured in films like INSIDIOUS, BIG ASS SPIDER and CONTRACTED. Ruben's ready to bring to life a man who wants to help Peter recover from the pain and regret of pushing someone to the absolute edge.
Our goal is get the film into as many festivals as possible and we've figured that into the budget. I've attended Fantastic Fest for three years now and I think it's time to attempt to have a film playing there, instead of sitting there writing about someone else's film.
Like I said, it's a very personal film to me, having went through a similar situation, which ended with a loved one's attempted suicide. It's a blood on the page kind of short film, and we have great perks including signed DVD's/Photos from Aaron (ladies, don't tell me you don't want a signed photo or better yet DVD of that dude), signed photos from Tristan (Hell, if this wasn't my campaign, I'd donate just for that) and exclusive artwork (horror icons or commissions) from Morbidlybeautiful.com 's Stephanie Malone.
The funds raised through the campaign will go towards the filming of the shoot. All funds are to used for equipment rentals, actor's fees, locations, etc. Not a penny is going to waste.
People are already starting to hype the short up, wanting it to be made, so that's awesome, but in order to bring this one to life, we need you guys, the generous pledges, people who feel inclined to help us get this mean beast made. Thank you guys and gals,
Risks and challenges
After the project is successfully funded, the only obstacles that I can think of is needing an additional day with the actors, which would require more pay. I don't think this is even a possibility, because I've planned this film for months and have every single shot in my head and I work like a wild beast. No Fincher "shoot picking something up for 40 takes" stuff here. We have a two day filming goal and My crew and I are ready, prepared and wanting to show this one to the everyone.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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