OUT OF THE WILD
OUT OF THE WILD
The hardest part about hitting bottom...is getting back up. A powerful story of love, redemption and the resilience of spirit.
The hardest part about hitting bottom...is getting back up. A powerful story of love, redemption and the resilience of spirit. Read more
A film inspired by actual events...
So what’s the story?
OUT OF THE WILD is based on the Mark Rashid novel by the same name. It’s the story of Henry McBride, a down-and-out modern day cowboy with a painful past he can't drink away.
Living on his last dollar with nowhere to go, McBride ends up finding a job at the last place a real working cowboy wants to be: a dude ranch. It is here he meets Jessie King, the independent, no-nonsense ranch owner - a spirited woman with a quick wit and a deep love and understanding of horses.
Relegated to a string of menial and degrading tasks by the ranch's cocky young foreman, McBride is soon looking only to make enough money to buy his next drink and move on. However, his plans slowly start to shift when a troubled mustang, a horse whose past and temperament mirror his own, is brought to the ranch for training.
McBride's self-discovery begins as Jessie introduces him to a quieter way of gentling the young horse, a process that unwittingly causes McBride to start facing his own demons as well.
As the story brings together the paths of these two beaten souls, man and horse, it is King that sees a shared spirit deep within them - one that is hidden beneath anguish, torment, and years endured in the darkest of places. Behind the broken heart of a family lost, a soul burdened with guilt, and an endless haze of booze to dull the pain, Jessie knows McBride is a good man. She knows, just as the mustang will once again find that spirit, so too must McBride.
What transpires is a story of love, redemption and both horse and man moving beyond their deepest wounds to discover lives they never thought possible.
How is this story different from other movies?
OUT OF THE WILD is a story driven by powerful characters, beautiful scenery and most of all, by portraying the horses and the work that is done with them in an honest, humane and believable way.
The horse in the film, "Tico," is loosely based on a real mustang that had been captured in Nevada when he was very young. Tico was eventually taken to New England where he was adopted as a yearling, and eventually trained as a saddle horse (using the same handling methods that are portrayed in the film). At the age of 10, Tico's owner released him back into the wild to live out the rest of his days as the protector of a band of mares at a wild horse sanctuary in South Dakota.
The script is written by a world renowned horseman, clinician, rancher and best selling author whose background and insights into horses and the ranching way of life brings a gritty authenticity to the script and its characters that is seldom seen in movies these days. His many years of experience in working quietly and humanly with all breeds of horses - particularly wild mustangs – allows for a perspective on the animal with which moviegoers of all ages will quickly connect.
In addition, he has written into the script a way for the viewer to be able to physically see things from the horse’s point of view – a visual experience that has never been portrayed on film before!
Why Kickstarter? After all, isn’t it easier to just find some big money people who have connections in the business and have them foot the bill for a project like this?
Easier? Maybe. Better? Maybe not.
During the search for investors for our film OUT OF THE WILD, one thing became abundantly clear fairly early on. Any deal with big money people would involve making sacrifices that would ultimately end up hurting the project. Sacrifices that we didn’t want to make, such as losing control of casting choices, location preferences and in some cases, losing control of the story line, script, and even the final cut.
We feel very strongly that this is not only a story that deserves to be told, but one that deserves to be told in a way that honors its characters and the way of life that they portray. Losing control of the project didn't seem like a productive way to make sure that would happen.
And that’s where you come in. By going directly to the people we would love to have not only as our financiers but also as our audience, we can be allowed to make this film without compromises, and thus maintain its integrity. What that means for you, the moviegoer, is that you get a final product just as the writer, director and producers envisioned it, NOT a final product that had been manipulated by people whose primary goal is to see how much money they can make off of it.
Hey, don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing wrong with making money, and our hope would be that we would make enough with OUT OF THE WILD to maybe be able to help finance a second project that we have in mind. But everybody on our team agrees that making money at the expense of integrity would be a pretty hard pill to swallow.
How far along is the project?
For the past three years members of our team have been hard at work getting all of the pieces in place so that when our funding does come through, we can go right into production.
Not only have we been in talks with and even secured some wonderful talent, but we have commitments from experienced and talented crew members, and have also scouted locations in New Mexico, settling on the perfect spot just south of Santa Fe. The setting and scenery we chose are second to none and will be sure to give the viewer a real feel for the way of life the film portrays.
In addition, we have purchased various ranch trucks and other items and props to fit the characters who will be using them. We have also partnered with the very talented folks at Out West Saddlery in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, who have built (to our exact specifications) a replica, 1880’s era saddle - an important “character” in the film its own right, and one that plays a very pivotal role in the movie. We have also filmed a first class, 4-minute promotional trailer for the film.
I’ve heard that training horses for movies can be pretty traumatic for the horse. How have the horses been trained for this project?
Mark Rashid, the screenwriter for the film, is a lifelong horseman who focuses his training methods on communication rather than force. Many of the horses that will be used in the film are Mark’s personal horses, the ones he uses for his every day ranch work and for his job as a horsemanship clinician. Each have been trained in a very quiet and respectful way and will be handled the same way during the filming of the movie. The horses will only be asked to perform maneuvers they already know and are comfortable with and because Mark and his wife Crissi will be the ones doing all of the work with the horses during filming, they will make sure the horse's best interest is always in the forefront.
Another thing to keep in mind is that for most horse movies, multiple horses are usually used to portray the lead horse. However, the problem with using multiple horses is that in most cases, the knowledgeable (and even not so knowledgeable) moviegoer can usually tell the difference between the animals – thus taking something away from the ‘reality’ of the story.
In our movie, we will be using one horse to fill all aspects of the role of Tico, the mustang, to maintain the utmost in continuity, with another horse that will be used primarily as a stand in. Both horses have been in training to fill that particular role and are able to perform all of the duties the role will require. Other horses have also been in training to fill various other horse roles in the movie as well.
Is there a website for the project?
Heck yeah there is! In fact, you can check out the movie’s full, 4 minute promotional trailer there as well as some of the bios for members of the production team. www.outofthewildmovie.com.
Who is on the production team?
Our production team includes award winning director Paul Krizan; best selling author and screen writer Mark Rashid, who has published 14 best selling books on horses and the ranching way of life, ten of which have been translated into nine different languages. Producer Ben Ashbrook, who has 8 years of experience in the industry and time spent working with Warner Brothers and George Clooney's production company; producer Tim Rhine who has over 30 years of experience in investment banking and the financial industry, and award winning composers, Steve Rashid and Jimmy Sferes.
Once the project is funded, how long before we get to see the movie on the big screen?
We already have distribution companies who are interested in distributing the film both domestically and internationally, so we would expect the film to reach theaters sometime mid 2015.
Because we will be filming on location, we will more or less be at the mercy of the weather gods. As such, we have a relatively small “weather window” in which to work, that being late spring to early fall of 2014. Our goal would be to wrap filming no later than mid September, which would get us out of postproduction in time to premier the completed film at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015 – one of our primary goals.
Sounds good! How can I help?
Helping is easy! Just click on the big green button that says “Back This Project," follow the prompts and pick a reward you can't live without. We have come up with a number of pretty cool rewards for you, including opportunities for both you AND your horse (if you have one) to be in the movie!
All of us here on the OUT OF THE WILD team (Paul, Mark, Ben, and Tim) are extremely excited that you are giving us this once in a lifetime opportunity. Seldom is it that a group of independent filmmakers are given the chance to tell a story so rich with life, love, drama, and even a little laughter…while at the same time honoring both a rapidly disappearing way of life and the animals that have made that lifestyle possible.
As we mentioned before, we are committed to telling this story with all of the heart and integrity that it deserves. And when it is all said and done, you, our faithful backers, will be able smile and say, “I helped make it happen.”
And for that, we will always be grateful.
Risks and challenges
As soon as our project is funded, we will immediately go into pre-production. However, as with any project of this type, problems and delays may arise. Our target times for filming will be between late spring, early summer, and late summer, early fall. This should give us ample time to get the filming completed no later than the end of September, and get out of post-production no later than mid December.
We will be using an independent contractor to fill orders and ship rewards, and our contractor will be working side by side with the production crew every step of the way. Items such as T-shirts and hats will be shipped as soon as they are ready, which should be late spring, early summer 2014. Shipping dates for several of our rewards are estimates, and are dependent on when filming is completed (in relation to the blue ray discs) and when recording is finished (in relation to the soundtrack CD). Our contractor will keep everybody appraised of any changes or delays in shipping of items, and of course, we will keep everybody updated here on our Kickstarter page as well.
This fundraising campaign is subject to applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations, movie guild rules and applicable law. If any conflicts arise, we will work with our affected backers in good faith to give you a substitute reward of equal or greater value.
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