Hello, I'm Nils Osmar. This Kickstarter campaign is for a movie I've been working on for several years, which is almost completed: a full length independent feature called LIBERATION THE MUSICAL.
LIBERATION is a drama... a black comedy... an explosive action movie... and a musical. It's a wild ride, crazy and intense, and is going to blow people away.
The story begins on earth, two hundred years in the future, where a man named RAWLINS is approached by an old enemy, RIP MERRIT, to find Rawlins's missing brother BILLY. Billy is a clone who was created years ago by Rawlins's father and Rip, when they stole young Rawlins's spinal fluid in a horrific act of violence. Rawlins's mother ANITA is forced to carry the clone until birth, then escapes with Rawlins into hiding. Then she dies, and Rawlins grows up in poverty in the harsh streets of a future earth, seething with fantasies of revenge for his mother's death. He spends his days playing violent virtual reality games with his friend KEVIN, and his nights working at a horrific factory job in the SLIME FACTORY.
Then Rip shows up suddenly and tells him that his brother Billy, who had been created as an organ bank for Rawlins's dying father, has escaped, and that they need Rawlins's help to track him down. Rawlins first refuses, then takes Rip's offer, not for the money, but with a plan of destroying his missing clone brother, his father, and Rip. But he runs into some complications, and an awakening of his own conscience along the way.
LIBERATION THE MUSICAL stars a wonderful cast:
GABRIEL LAND, who bring a tough and good-humored energy to the role of Rawlins;
ANNA RICHARDSON, who plays Lita, a mysterious alien who offers to help Rawlins find his missing clone brother, but for a price;
JOHN FANTASIA, who brings a dark and aggressive energy to the role of Rip;
JAY IRWIN, a wonderful comedic stage actor who plays dual roles as a villain named Zygo, Lita's enemy, and Zygo's clone-cousin the Bailiff;
ELLEN DESSLER, who plays Rawlins's mother;
NICHOLAS ROBINSON as a volatile teenaged Rawlins;
and ZACHARIAH ROBINSON as Rawlins's buddy Kevin, who is drawn into a world of violence and danger when he's kidnapped by Rip and his henchmen to make sure Rawlins goes through with the job.
... and many other excellent actors, along with some fantastic vocalists, extras, prop and costume makers, stunt choreographers, and other volunteers.
LIBERATION THE MUSICAL is 90 percent completed. In a sense I started work on it in 2006, when I wrote the script, but I had actually written parts of it before; its an adaptation of an idea I had for a comic book back in the '90s. I started working on it as a screenplay in 2006, spent some months fine tuning and workshopping the script, then cast the movie and began filming it in high def, using a Panasonic HVX200a, a very cool camcorder).
We filmed it over a two year period, edited it, and have been gearing up for the past few months for this Kickstarter campaign, to raise money for the finishing stages. We're geared up and ready to go as soon as the money is there.
To finish it and deliver it to its audience, we are looking for $10,000 in donations. Every penny raised will go to completing the movie. Three things still need to be done, which your donations will make possible:
1) a musical score. (Rebecca did some great work on the songs themselves, which you'll hear in the video, but we still need to get a musical background score created for the rest of the movie. This will cost about $3000)
2) A professional audio edit (fixing some issues with the audio as recorded, adding in sound effects and foley, and doing the final audio mix) (This will cost another $4000)
3) Finishing the visual effects, including computer-generated environments, robots, and space ships. (The remaining $3000 will be used for this.)
LIBERATION is going to be an amazing movie when it's finished, and anything you can give will be greatly appreciated. If you can give $5, $25, or $50, or $100, it will help greatly. All donations of any amount are welcome and appreciated.
Thank you for reading this, watching the video, and for supporting creativity and independent filmmaking. Your donations, large or small, will make a difference. Please donate now if you can, and please help spread the word to your friends, family, neighbors, strangers, and on Twitter and Facebook. Thanks again and take care.