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Bloody, brutal, psychological terror is our goal. With your help, we can make "MURDER MILL" an unstoppable force of horror.
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LAST DAY DEAL / $6

$6 = HD digital download of the final film + unreleased alternate trailer + thank you in the credits

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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.

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We have added the MURDER MILL poster to the rewards section! Here's the shot from the film that inspired the poster:

MURDER MILL (2014) - poster inspiration
MURDER MILL (2014) - poster inspiration

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.

MURDER MILL (2014) - poster design
MURDER MILL (2014) - poster design

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We've also added more "WELCH WHISKEY" to the rewards section.

***Does not contain alcohol (I know, bummer)***

"WELCH WHISKEY" - designed by Matt Shively
"WELCH WHISKEY" - designed by Matt Shively

Here's a short stop-motion video of the MURDER MILL team applying labels to the bottles:

The Making of "WELCH WHISKEY" - An Exclusive Kickstarter Reward

For people who ain't got time for videos: http://imgur.com/a/jbBZJ

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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.

SYNOPSIS:

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.

"Grace" ... Leah Wiseman
"Grace" ... Leah Wiseman
"Jane" ... Katie Carpenter
"Jane" ... Katie Carpenter
"Tommy" ... Maxwell Korn
"Tommy" ... Maxwell Korn
"Jerry" ... Blake Smith
"Jerry" ... Blake Smith
"Grace's Father" ... Mel Burch
"Grace's Father" ... Mel Burch

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Now that you've met the cast, let me introduce you to our crew.

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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

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Here's the one-of-a-kind PROP WHISKEY BOTTLE from the film.

PREVIOUSLY SOLD OUT / NOW AVAILABLE IN REWARDS SECTION

"WELCH WHISKEY" ... designed by our Production Designer - Matt Shively
"WELCH WHISKEY" ... designed by our Production Designer - Matt Shively

**does not contain alcohol**

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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.

You now decide how great this project can become!

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    UNRELEASED ALTERNATE TRAILER FOR "MURDER MILL"// Plus you'll get a sneak peak at the behind-the-scenes photos. Have you seen our trailer on Kickstarter? Think that it kicks ass? You ain't seen nothing yet. And because we adore our funders so much, we'll also give you a personal thank you at the end of the credits.

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    **LAST DAY DEAL** // HD DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF "MURDER MILL" and behind-the-scenes-footage PLUS the unreleased alternate trailer AND thank you in credits. This discounted rate is only available for the next twenty-four hours. We recently learned that, due to copyright issues, it might take a while to get our film uploaded to a media site such as vimeo or youtube. This means that you might have to wait a while to see "MURDER MILL." Pick this reward and we'll send you an HD digital copy of "MURDER MILL" the very moment we finish post-production. You'll also get the unreleased alternate trailer AND a thank you at the end of the credits.

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    HD DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF "MURDER MILL" and a digital copy of our top-secret-crazy-hilarious-behind-the-scenes-footage. This is an EXCLUSIVE PREORDER only through Kickstarter. We will send it to you 1 week before we release the film online to everyone else. You also get all the previous rewards.

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    SIGNED COPY OF THE "MURDER MILL" SCRIPT// Plus all previous rewards including the HD download of the full movie. This is where it all started. Personally autographed by the writers and director. Our signatures are sweet. No really, they've got wavy lines and curvy things.

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    "MURDER MILL" DVD + BONUS FEATURES// You'll also get all previous rewards including the signed script and HD digital download. There will be a bloody-awesome dvd menu tricked out with behind-the-scenes extras and commentary and all that stuff that you definitely need in your life. We estimate that the DVDs will be ready by April. We'll keep you updated on the post-production process and ship as soon as it's finished.

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    "MURDER MILL" POSTER// This original design from our production designer, Matt Shively, is inspired by one of the iconic shots in MURDER MILL. 11x17 in size, it'll fit perfectly on your wall. You'll also get all previous rewards including the DVD, signed script, and HD download.

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    PROP WHISKEY FROM THE MOVIE// "Welch Whiskey" is identical to the prop whiskey that you will see our characters drankin' on in the film. The label was created by our Production Designer, Matt Shively. Scroll down the page for pics. We'll also include rewards #1-6. **DOES NOT CONTAIN ALCOHOL**

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    10 MINUTE EDITING SNEAK PEAK VIA SKYPE// WAY before anyone else, you will get an exclusive look at what we have edited so far. You can direct me and I'll show you alternate takes, behind the scenes, pretty much whatever you want. And we will definitely still hook you up with the lower level rewards #1-6.

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    INVITE TO THE PRIVATE CAST & CREW SCREENING PARTY// Come down to Charlotte, NC and party with the beautiful and talented cast and crew of "Murder Mill." We are definitely going to go hard so bring your game face. You'll have to pay for your travel costs to get here, but we will make sure it's worth it. We'll also send you the other lower level items (rewards #1-6).

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    WE'LL NAME ONE OF OUR CHARACTERS AFTER YOU// Can we actually do that? Hell yeah we can. One of the bad-ass characters in our next film will have your name. Capitalize on this chance to be immortalized on-screen. AND you get the other lower level goodies too (rewards #1-6).

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    WE'LL MAKE YOU A 1 MINUTE FILM// You choose the genre and what the film is about and we'll produce a personalized short film for you. It could be anything you want! A one minute infomercial for your grandma... a psychedelic documentary about peanuts... Let us know what you want and we will make it. Plus all the lower level stuff (rewards #1-6). We'll start shooting right away so that we can send your personalized film by mid-February.

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    BE IN OUR NEXT FILM// You have to cover travel costs to wherever we are filming, most likely Charlotte, NC. You also get all the lower level items (rewards #1-6).

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    PRIVATE LUNCH WITH THE WRITERS// Come have lunch with us and we'll talk about whatever you want. It's on us... we owe you since you just single-handedly funded half of the project. This is above and beyond anything we expected. Thank you so much. Of course we will also send you rewards #1-6, which includes all downloads, poster, and DVD. Again, you will have to cover travel costs to Charlotte, NC. (We will be in communication after the funding period to set a date and time.)

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER TITLE CARD// Plus you get all rewards listed above (#1-6). This is more than just having your name in the credits. With this level of commitment, we want you to have a dedicated, personally-designed EXECUTIVE PRODUCER title card. A "traditional" executive producer sees the film through its production and helps secure distribution. The way we see it, that's exactly what you're doing. ONLY 10 AVAILABLE (EACH PERSON WILL GET THEIR OWN CARD).

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER TITLE CARD// This has been one of our most popular rewards. We found ourselves in a predicament because we want to offer more of these, but we don't want to diminish the value of the original 10 title cards. We finally decided to add a final 5 Executive Producer title cards. This reward gets you the dedicated, personally-designed EXECUTIVE PRODUCER title card. Plus you get all rewards listed above (#1-6).
    LAST 5 LEFT (EACH PERSON WILL GET THEIR OWN CARD).

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    PROP WHISKEY FROM THE MOVIE// One-of-a-kind glass bottle of prop whiskey used in the movie. The label was created by our Production Designer, Matt Shively. Scroll down the page for pics. We'll also include rewards #1-6. ONLY 1 AVAILABLE. **DOES NOT CONTAIN ALCOHOL**

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