LAST DAY DEAL / $6
$6 = HD digital download of the final film + unreleased alternate trailer + thank you in the credits
NEW STRETCH GOAL / $2500
$2500 = higher quality visual effects, audio effects, score, and soundtrack. Help us take MURDER MILL to the next level. 100% of the funds raised will go directly to the film.
We have added the MURDER MILL poster to the rewards section! Here's the shot from the film that inspired the poster:
We wanted to use a minimalist design to convey the sinister mood of this scene. We all sincerely hope that you guys like the design as much as we do.
We've also added more "WELCH WHISKEY" to the rewards section.
***Does not contain alcohol (I know, bummer)***
Here's a short stop-motion video of the MURDER MILL team applying labels to the bottles:
For people who ain't got time for videos: http://imgur.com/a/jbBZJ
WHAT IS MURDER MILL?
"Murder Mill" is a short horror film (15 mins) set inside a creepy industrial warehouse. We discovered this location by chance and could not pass on the opportunity to use it as the sinister setting of a horror film.
Four teens break into a local abandoned mill for a night of partying. They get more than they bargained for when they discover the truth behind the legend of "Murder Mill" and its connection to the recent town suicides.
WHY DO I NEED YOUR MONEY?
Here's the deal. We've been working on television series and films for the past two years and managed to save up enough cash to shoot a short film. In the course of a month, we wrote, cast, and shot "Murder Mill." Before we even thought of coming to you for funding we took the initial risk and shot the film with our own money.
We did not skimp when it came to production. We hired a professional Make-up FX Artist, purchased almost all wardrobe for our actors, bought legit props, and provided the crew with food and gas money. Our amazing crew offered their own equipment to us... this included a Canon 5D M3, lenses, lights, a steadicam, and sound equipment.
WHERE ARE WE NOW?
Broke. We spent every last dime on the shoot.
And even though it's been shot, there's still a TON of work to do. We are absolutely capable of editing the rough cut ourselves (it's being edited as I type), but there are a few crucial phases of post production that await us.
Before we get into all that, let me be honest with you and say that "Murder Mill" will be made with or without funding. What it comes down to is this: you are in a unique position to directly impact how awesome we can make it. You are the difference between a mediocre project and a memorable one.
Here are the essentials.
- Original Music // All great films have unforgettable music. "Murder Mill" needs a haunting melody to guide the audience through the carnage. Sound effects can help accomplish this, but we need something beyond that... we need a haunting score that will set the mood from the very first note.
- Color Correction & Visual FX // We can handle the basic stuff, but we really need the blood to shine and the gore to look grimy and real. Unfortunately, there are a couple of shots that could not be executed solely through the talent of our Make-Up FX Artist. A skilled post manipulator will be able to add the finishing touches to these critical scenes.
- Sound // This is a huge category. We need a professional mixer to make our actors sound perfect. Our mixer will combine the musical score and the sound effects so that it all flows seamlessly. We also need help with capturing Foley sound. "Foley" is the act of reproducing sound effects, which are then added in post-production to enhance the audio. The resounding thud of a body hitting cement, the ooze of blood as it flows from a fresh wound... These types of effects will subversively add to the atmosphere of our film.
- Festival Fees // These can be costly and they add up fast when you're submitting to a handful of them. Most festivals charge $30-$60 to enter a film. Then there's the hidden cost of burning DVDs and paying for shipping (even though most festivals have gone green, a number of them still only accept hard copies). Our goal is to submit "Murder Mill" to 5-6 horror/short-film fests.
100% of all donations will go directly to making "Murder Mill" the best it can be.
WHO WE ARE
Our crew is a mixed bunch. Half of us come from the big budget world of TV series such as "Banshee" and "Homeland." We are grateful to have worked on these shows, but our daily contributions are typically non-creative in nature. Production Assistants are stuck with stereotypical tasks like getting coffee and gathering lunch orders.
While sometimes monotonous, working on large shows has allowed us an invaluable glimpse into the business side of filmmaking. We are all experts on the basics such as making sides, filling out POs, and distributing scripts. We have been lucky enough to work consistently for a couple years and have been waiting for an opportunity to use our collective talents to create a film of our own.
The other half of our talented crew is based in the indie filmmaking world. Our UPM/1st AD, Kevin Welch, has assisted a number of lower budget films through production. We knew he would be the right person to bring our story to life (it didn't hurt that he was a fellow PA working in the same office as us).
Kevin's experience along with that of our shooting crew has already given us a huge advantage. I know first-hand how committed this crew is because we had some long-ass days on set. They all stuck it out and I would jump at the chance to work with any of them again.
We can't forget the actors!
Our cast is... simply phenomenal. They are all amazing actors in their own right and they each played their parts to perfection. There are some amazing behind-the-scenes interactions that you just have to see. I don't want to give too much away, but I gotta say that the there's a "motor-boating" outtake that is freaking hilarious.
See below for the cast.
Now that you've met the cast, let me introduce you to our crew.
WRITER / DIRECTOR ... Tyler Borden
WRITER / PRODUCTION DESIGNER ... Matt Shively
UPM / 1ST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ... Kevin Welch
2ND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ... Matt Daly
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY ... Colby Hopkins
A CAMERA OPERATOR ... Justin Hoogeveen
1ST ASSISTANT CAMERA ... Sean Cassidy
SPECIAL FX MAKEUP - Nicole Bolin
COSTUME DESIGNER - Willa Efolmar
GAFFER ... Alex Harrell
BOOM OPERATOR / SOUND UTILITY ... Rafael Smith
CASTING / BTS FOOTAGE ... David Superville
SET PRODUCTION ASSISTANT ... Melanie Miller
LOCATIONS COORDINATOR .. Dieter Wagner
ART DIRECTOR ... Leah Dorenfeld
PAINTER ... Andrew Bumgarner
Here's the one-of-a-kind PROP WHISKEY BOTTLE from the film.
PREVIOUSLY SOLD OUT / NOW AVAILABLE IN REWARDS SECTION
**does not contain alcohol**
Please check out the rest of the rewards section and see if you find something that interests you there. If for some reason you want a high level item without the lower level rewards that are included, just message us to let us know (e.g. you want the executive producer title card, but don't want a copy of the signed script).
We see this as a unique win-win situation. You get something cool and we get funding.
TOGETHER we can complete this fresh little horror film.
Now that we've made this film, please help us MAKE this film.
Risks and challenges
We've all been in the business for years and are familiar with how harsh it can be. We are constantly dealing with setbacks, disappointments, and the fear of rejection... But we've made it this far.
We've learned from larger budget shows that success is only achieved through absolute dedication. For one month, we walked, talked, and dreamt "Murder Mill."
It all started after our 12-13 hour shifts at the "Tusk" production office. We started staying a few hours late to brainstorm ideas. We knew we had to make a horror film and that we absolutely had to incorporate the creepy warehouse that we had found. The first draft was sloppy, but 4-5 revisions later we began to see a story with potential.
The next couple weeks were a blur.
The turn-out for the casting session was impressive, and that same night we cast the entire film. The very next weekend we began principal photography. Our first day wasn't too hard... 5-6 hours of shooting followed by rehearsals with actors.
The next day (our first full day) we shot for 13 hours.. and the crew was exhausted. 2nd meal and gas money helped raise moral. Kevin, our 1st AD, made an excellent decision in pushing our next day's call time to 10am.
There's no way around it... our last day was brutal. It was our big day for Make-up FX and we honestly scheduled too much for a single shoot day. But our entire cast and crew stayed focused and we got every shot we needed.
The biggest obstacle of the shoot was completing the last three scenes of the final day. To make sure that we didn't waste any time, we had to cut a handful of lines and simplify our camera setups. We still ended up shooting for 16 hours, but we somehow we made it through!
If we could conquer those three crazy shoot-days, then I know that post-production will also be a success.
In this technological age, we are in the unique situation of being able to reach out and ask for the support of actual individuals. If this project interests you, please donate any amount that you can.
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