Directed by Robert Mai
No one knew exactly what made the epidemic swept through the nation. Maybe a rat sneezed on a little kid. Perhaps an old man dropped a hot dog in the toilet and fished it out. Whatever it was, it was merely a simple sanitation blunder, hardly newsworthy. But then people started turning green. Falling apart in grotesque ways. Bleeding from places they never thought possible.
Zoom forward 89 days. It is now January 23rd, 2032. Abandoned stores and houses dot the trash-filled streets like ugly cement zits. Thousands of cars sit silently, save for the occasional car alarm that punctuates the suffocating silence. Sewage is everywhere. Homeless people are everywhere. Dead bodies are everywhere.
Behold. The collapse of the Healthcare system.
An old, crumbling hospital squats at the end of the block. It seems ready to explode with activity, despite being surrounded by stone-faced death. Gaunt specters coated with blood shuffle towards the hospital in droves. They are silent, save for the soft shuffling of their feet, which seem to underscore a silent desperation.
Behold. The hospital waiting room.
Sick people lie prone against the graffiti-choked walls. They rub their hands and stare nervously at the display monitors. Waiting for their number to get called. Waiting for the slim chance that they’d somehow get medical treatment, no matter how shoddy, because the alternative is too terrible to imagine.
Meet Nelson Weebles and his friend Carl Widdershnaps, two of the numerous hapless patients in the waiting room. Although Nelson is reasonably healthy, Carl is on the verge of literally falling apart. Nelson wants to save his friend from a gruesome demise, but is constantly foiled by the bureaucracy of a failing medical system. Until one day, when his number finally appears on the display monitor.
But the troubles don’t end there. Thanks to a failing friendship and a manipulative receptionist, Nelson must undertake an enormous battle of wills in order to ensure that Carl manages to reach a doctor. And there is the matter with a rather bizarre secret concerning the hospital itself… a secret that will throw Nelson’s unstable world into a vortex of wacky chaos and colorful destruction.
Risks and challenges
Like any project, there are bound to be potential obstacles that we will face throughout production. Here are some of the most important challenges we face and how your funding will help to eliminate these problems.
This is a makeup-intensive film that pushes the boundaries of our designer's skills in an effort to deliver striking, professional quality results. In a production with our limited funds, the expensive materials and tutorials that the makeup will require leaves us with very little room for experimentation and refinement. However, through your donations, we will have access to more materials should a problem arise.
2. Production Design
We are planning on filming inside of a recently rennovated elementary school. This poses two potential problems. Everything will be looking new and we need to make it look old. This means that along with the intensive make-up work, we will also be doing some awesome set design to make the school look run down like it has been through the apocalypse and converted into a hospital. The other potential problem is clean up. That means that we need to leave the set exactly or better than the way we found it. But we are only human. Should an accident arise, we will be able to handle any mess that is thrown our way.
3. Festival Entry
Like any filmmaker, we want to create a captivating story that takes the audience into a whole new world and allows them to become a part of the world they are watching. This often times causes most of the budget to go into making the movie, and less gets put into sharing the movie. Part of the funds for this film will go into entering festivals to share the film with the world and allowing young creative talents to shine.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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