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NEW STRETCH GOAL: $12,000
FIRST GOAL, CHECK!
There's been such a positive response to The Horizon Project and after obliterating our initial goal with two extra days to spare, we want to push it just a little bit further while we can. The technical reasons are in the numbers (see chart below) and we had so much fun crossing the finish line last night we want to do it all over again on Saturday!
If we can reach our new self-imposed goal of $12,000, every single backer (currently 76) who has helped us get this far (and every backer yet to come over the next 48 hours) no matter what their pledge, will receive a bonus DVD copy of our last film Children of the Dark in their prize package.
WHAT IS CHILDREN OF THE DARK?
Our most recent film, Children of the Dark has just finished its festival run playing all over the globe and securing domestic and international broadcasting deals (you'll see it on TV in the future) and garnering acclaim at every stop. For example, check out what this lovely gentleman critic said about it here.
We're going to send you all a copy if we reach $12,000.
The reality of the Kickstarter program is that the total looks great but there are many hidden percentages that widdle away the final numbers. Internal processing fees, income taxes for our silent US partner and of course the manufacturing and printing of the prizes... When you break it down, there's a big chunk of the pie that never gets to the artists working on the project.
We want to use the extra time and continuing interest to help chip away at some of the hidden costs and end the campaign a little closer to our actual intended funding goal.
Remember, if we can cross $12,000 by the time the clock stops, you get a free copy of Children of the Dark on DVD.
NEW PRIZE ADDED
HORIZON COMBO PACKAGE #2 ***Your name in the Special Thanks Credits of "The Horizon Project"' ***Limited Edition DVD or Bluray of the "The Horizon Project" With Cover Art and Special "Behind The Scenes Featurette" ***Framed Cast and Crew Photo from "The Horizon Project" ***Autographed 12" x 18" "The Horizon Project" Poster
POST PRODUCTION VIDEO UPDATES:
What is The Horizon Project?
Hello! I am Scott Belyea, the director of The Horizon Project from Vancouver, Canada, and I'd like to tell you a little bit about our film.
The Horizon Project is a short film that has already completed principal photography. Shot over six days in July, the dystopian sci-fi follows a group of survivors as they travel through the post-apocalyptic wasteland on a bus towards sanctuary.
The production story is an interesting one and I'll ramble on about it below, however it is the post-production story that remains to be written... And it's why we've turned to Kickstarter for your help.
We are so excited to share this film with the world, but it needs a little post-production love before we can call it a wrap...
The Horizon Project is already filmed and edited. I'll even post some clips below for you to check out.
Since we've locked the cut, we've assembled some of the best post-production artists we can find to work their magic on the image and sound... But we want to pay them fairly for their talents to help us complete the film and get it out into the world!
A team of industry professionals - masters of their craft - are standing by waiting to begin work on the following:
- Visual Effects
- Additional Dialogue Recording
- Sound Design
- Foley Recording
- Voice Actors
- Sound Mixing
- Color Correction
- Musical Score
- Online Editing
- Media Distribution
Now we need a team of film fans and funding financiers like you to help us see it through to completion!
Yeah, yeah, yeah, but where does the money ACTUALLY go?
LET ME SHOW YOU! Below are some links to every visual effect shot and the work required to make it great and an estimate from the Visual Effects team we hope to work with!
VFX Shot List: http://bit.ly/Srgf4V
VFX Cost Estimate: http://bit.ly/11oWqA6
Along the way, we'll introduce you to all of the talented artists we hope to work with as our campaign unfolds.
With your help, we'll be able to complete our epic post-apocalyptic tale and get it in your hands and onto screens around the world.
STILL FRAMES FROM THE FILM
Check out some still frames from the actual film!
Our epic post-apocalyptic project was shot using the Red One camera system behind Lomo Anamorphic Lenses, a rare set of Russian primes built in the 1970s to give the picture a cinematic, dreamlike look.
Keep in mind, all images are untreated as of yet. Color-correction is part of the reason we need your support!
THE PRODUCTION STORY
Just how did all this happen in the first place?
Myself and cinematographer Scooter Corkle attend a film festival in northern Alberta, Canada every year in the spring. It's known as the Reel Shorts Film Festival in Grande Prairie. As friends of the festival, we've watched it grow into the fantastic annual community event it has become.
Not only do we showcase our work in the festival, we're tasked with demonstrating the art of filmmaking to groups of high school kids over a two-day workshop called the Youth Filmmaking Challenge. We go through all the stages of production: writing, casting, shooting and editing - and the kids walk away with a short movie to call their own. Some of the films shot over the two day workshops can be seen here if you're up for a light-hearted chuckle.
However, we've always wanted to expand the project into something greater. It has been said our ambition knows no limits... Myself and festival programmer Terry Scerbak dreamt up what would be known as Shoot For Reel. A two-week hands-on intensive training and production exercise where a dozen interns would learn the craft from industry professionals by being on a real film set.
So we brought them a film set.
Six film professionals from Vancouver, would travel with us to northern Alberta with all the experience and production equipment it would take to turn a group of novices into filmmaking veterans. They would learn by being thrown to the wolves... By working as crew on the hugely ambitious post-apocalyptic fever dream that would become The Horizon Project.
We pulled out all the stops for the production that included buses, helicopters, soldiers, flamethrowers, a combined cast and crew of over 60 people, thousands of dollars in community donations and a whole bunch of can-do attitudes.
We're proud of the film we've assembled and hope you're as excited as we are to see it completed.
Check out some sample footage from the film! You'll spot some of the work that still needs the finishing touches. Keep in mind there is no sound or image correction and the scene is scored with temp music.
Be warned! The clip contains potential spoilers and bodily fluid...
Also, worth mentioning: The project was a complete success from an inspirational standpoint. Everyone who worked on the project came together as a family and left infected with the film bug. They've since banded together forming two associations and have a slate of their own films in various stages of production. The community now has a budding independent film scene!
With your help, we'll be able to complete the film. In exchange for your generosity, we'll arrange to send you various fun prizes that revolve around the film.
- Special Thanks in the Movie Credits
- Horizon Corporation Sewn Patch
- Custom USB Key With the Movie Loaded
- Limited Edition DVD including Behind The Scenes Featurette
- Unique Designed 16" x 20" Promotional Art Print
- Full Size 24" x 36" Movie Poster
- Unique Framed Movie Stills (not the exact frame)
- Framed Cast & Crew Photo (not the exact frame)
- Autographed Unique On-Set Prop Gas Mask (only one available)
- Associate and Executive Producer Credit Opportunities
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Scott Belyea | Director - Scott has been working in film for nearly a decade on various films at all budgets levels. He's employed as a commercial director but prefers getting his hands dirty in the world of indie film. He thinks he's pretty cool despite mounting evidence to the contrary.
David A. Rice | Producer - Dave has been working in Vancouver film for longer than he'd care to admit, specializing in post-production. He's an entertainment industry true-blood who has the unique title of being the only person in the world who moved away from California to make movies.
Scooter Corkle | Cinematographer - Scooter has been working in film for almost a decade, studying the craft hands-on from within almost every department a set has to offer. He's also enjoys holding hands and soft kisses in the moonlight. Ask him about it, you'll be glad you did.
Zack Mosley | Writer - Zack has been writing motion picture screenplays since the pencil was invented. A film lover and an accomplished wordsmith, he's been the recipient of Telefilm Development Financing and moonlights as a beloved critic for Quiet Earth http://www.quietearth.us/
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Risks and challenges
Almost every project has associated risks and creative projects are no exception. A film by design is a very collaborative enterprise, often relying on people and technologies you've never worked with before to deliver a product on time and up to specification.
Though post-production is the most controlled and regulated part of the filmmaking process, it is the first time the movie is handled by separate people who are not in the same room together. It involves frame-accurate restrictions and constant communication.
You are forced to rely on the word, skills and experience of craftspeople who've never met each other. The result must be a seamless amalgamation of their parts coming together to make up the whole. Sound, music and picture must be married together at their highest qualities before the film can be officially locked and ready for screening and distribution. If one person fails to live up to the quality held before them, it can jeopardize the success of the entire picture. If one person delivers late, the whole process stalls and the delays can be costly.
We've prepared for this scenario by finding the best technicians in the industry whose experience and reputation comes pre-packaged with professionalism and reliability. We hope their track-record helps us limit some of these risks.
The process also involves the use of finicky technology capable of causing headaches, long nights and worst case scenarios. A big crash, though highly unlikely, could be disastrous and expensive on time and money. We prepare for these scenarios by backing up every piece of media in multiple locations.
Post-production involves many metaphorical balls in the air. This is where a good post-production supervisor is worth their weight in gold. Delivering feature films for theatrical release or broadcast television helps you maintain the highest levels of efficiency because of the strict regulations and specifications. One person must over-see the process throughout. Luckily, this is job I've held in the past, so I am well aware of the demands and requirements needed to successfully execute on this level.
Dave Rice, our producer has been employed by Finale, a Vancouver-based post-production facility for eight years. Finale is considered the top facility in the city and regularly works with the highest calibre productions from the biggest studios in the industry. His knowledge of the ins and outs of the post-production world is second-to-none.
Our record of delivering high quality projects in a timely, cost-efficient manner is flawless and we expect The Horizon Project to be no exception.
With such an endeavour there is likely to be speed bumps along the road to delivery - but we feel we're in the car with the right team and can drive right over them.
We expect to have the film completed by Spring, 2013.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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