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Who are we?
Hey everyone! We're Jason Zink, Elliott Abel and the rest of the gang. All old pals and collaborators. Jason directs, Elliott is gonna shoot and all our friends help on set and corral all of our acting talent. As 20-something year old college students in 2011, we set out to make our first feature horror anthology... It's called Night Terrors. We're here now to raise funds for an ambitious follow up, but this time around -- we need you guys to make it bigger, better and something you wouldn't be embarrassed to wake up next to after a blackout!
What is Night Terrors? A low-budget comedy/ horror anthology about a killer Santa, a mad scientist and a sexually transmitted flesh eating virus. The movie was shot for only $5,000 and took over two years to finish. When the dust had settled, we garnered some notoriety, found ourselves in some fests and received worldwide distribution through Camp Motion Pictures. Not too bad for that scratch, huh?
What's in our drink? ... we mean movie.
Straight Edge Kegger is a movie inspired by the punk scene that most of us grew up in as well as the GRINDHOUSE flicks that have continued to inspire us well into our late-20's. But don't fret, boys and ghouls. The aesthetic will be much less destroyed on the feature than in the trailer -- we'll probably just keep the destroyed version to watch by ourselves 'cause we're cool like that.
AND ON THAT NOTE: The proof-of-concept trailer was meant to be just that. The actors in the trailer are NOT who we have planned for the feature -- including Jason Zink who would prefer to stay behind the lens. So make sure we get enough money so that you don't have to sit through an hour and some change staring at his ugly mug!
Punk is something that we've always tried to incorporate in our flicks, here at Weird on Top Pictures. From our Mohawk logo to our soundtracks, the DIY ethos and DAMN THE MAN mentality permeate all that we do. This film intends to be a culmination of all of those tendencies and we hope to do justice for both straight edgers and partiers alike!
Who're the guilty parties?
Over the years, we've been lucky enough to meet a lot of really talented people. Putting those connections to good use, we've assembled a dream team of brilliant minds and funny peeps to be a part of our project.
Here's some of our lineup:
With your help, Tim Gick plans to create the best damn Carpenter inspired synth score that you could ask for! Try to imagine if Disasterpiece had a baby with Goblin! If you check out the original trailer, you'll hear what we're talkin' about!
A very special thanks to Craig Tribble of Low Class Gallery who designed these killer buttons for us! Craig is a process artist with a sick sense of humor and a love for horror flicks. Naturally -- we get along just fine. Check out his Online Store to see some of the cool stuff he's servin' up!
When we released the mock trailer, our new friends over at The Hard Times dug the idea and plugged us on their antisocial media. Within a week, the trailer had right around 40,000 views and a whole bunch of shares and positive feedback. Just to be clear, they don't have anything to do with this Kickstarter. They just thought our idea was cool... so you should too!
Our theory is that IF every one of those 40k viewers donates only $1, all our dreams can come true. Well maybe not ALL our dreams... sometimes I dream that Matt Pinfield and I are best friends but we always cutely argue about music. Wait... what?
Check out some of our favorite comments. Maybe you'll be one on here!
And last but not least, our favorite... We've come to recoup, John.
Of course, they can't all be winners:
We're sorry to hear that you didn't dig the title Nickolys, but we'll cut you a deal. If you contribute at the AUTOGRAPHED DVD level, we'll send you a personalized cover with whatever title you'd like! But just one 'cuz it's gonna be a big pain in our ass.
Our close friends UGLYBoNES (and a good band as well) are more than happy to get bloody with us. They'll be one of the bands playing in the show and will definitely be featured on the OST (original soundtrack).
Check out their bandcamp if you don't believe us!
100 million homes... here we come! Because of the success of Night Terrors and our relationship with our previous distributor as well as some new friends, we're fortunate enough to already have distributors interested in purchasing the flick! That is a HUGE motivator for us this time around and all-the-more reason to make it a film that they can't say no to... or to which they can't say no? "Damn it Bork!"
The plan is to be released on VOD (Video-On-Demand) in the fall of 2018 around that special holiday that we all love... HALLOWEEN! Platforms you'll see the flick on (hopefully):
& more! We're aiming for a limited theatrical run as well. There's a chance the exclusive Kickstarter autographed DVD (which you get by pledging just 50 smackers) may be the only hard copy released... potentially making it very rare. That means you can sell it later and make your own movie! We'd be so proud.
What will your money go towards?
Movie makin'! Every cent goes directly towards the flick and the pledge perks... and mostly the flick. That covers everything from insurance, cast and crew wages, location fees, mustache grooming, costumes, props, camera and lens rentals, production design, grip and electric package, post-production, marketing, and distribution. As a backer of even just 1 buck, you'll have a direct hand in getting a movie made!
100 PROOF Concept
We've been lucky enough to have been garnered some success on the festival circuit from our proof-of-concept trailer alone. Check out some of the honors below --
A FEW EXTRA SHOTS
At Weird on Top Pictures, we pride ourselves on being different. With that in mind, we've got a couple extra things up our sleeves.
- If we reach our goal of $14,995, Jason Zink will get this number tattooed on his body and photographic evidence will be sent out to the backers.
- If we make more than our goal, the remaining balance will continue to get you perks at your tier level (minus physical goods) on the next project! So what does that mean? Basically, you're getting two for one. We can't supply all the posters, DVDs, etc. BUT if we make extra money that doesn't get spent on this particular project, then on the next project you will continue to get THANKS, PRODUCER CREDIT, etc. on the film!
We know... pretty cool, huh?
Thanks for givin' our page a read and double thanks for all of your support! Without friends, family and fans like you-- this film would not be possible.
We like to be a one-stop shop at Weird on Top Pictures so if you go to our site or follow us on our social media, you'll be able to check out all of our future projects.
AND if you're somebody that missed out on the campaign but still want to lend a hand, submit music or give us some cash for a project-- feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Again-- THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!
Risks and challenges
Everyone over here is feeling confident about making Straight Edge Kegger. Most of the legwork (securing locations, hiring the crew, putting together a reasonable schedule and budget, etc.) is already done! The difficulties in producing a movie are well-known to our seasoned crew but we will be going into this as prepared as possible. At this point, the biggest risk AND challenge will be meeting our Kickstarter goal. As you probably know, if we don't meet our goal within 30 days, the money is returned to you and therefore: no movie. Womp. Womp. But with your help, we can do this together. Here's your chance to be the movie producer you always wanted to be!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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