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A dark comedy about how the ability to see into the future is not always a welcomed gift. Read more

New York, NY Shorts
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This project was successfully funded on June 18, 2014.

A dark comedy about how the ability to see into the future is not always a welcomed gift.

New York, NY Shorts
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YIKES is a dark comedy from writer/director Michael Fodera which tells the story of Ian, a struggling young actor in a bleak urban setting who is given the ability to see very short distances into the future.  We watch Ian's transformation from a lethargic and indifferent character into someone who decides to take control of his own path, not because of his personal principles but for the sake of his own survival.

There are several influences going into this film but the greatest one has to be, The Twilight Zone.  The most successful episodes of that series deals with the human condition and how when one tiny, minor or seemingly insignificant thing goes awry, the entire world around it is instantly jilted.  This is our aim when telling the story of Ian who receives a call from his agent about an upcoming audition and the events that follow.  In order to tell story correctly, we really need to have the right resources and crew members available to us.  And this is where our Kickstarter campaign comes in.

The amount of effort and coordination needed on a film set is typically overlooked.  Many people might not realize that when you are making a film, you not only need actors and a script but you need cinematographers, producers, hair & makeup, camera assistants, gaffers, grips, high-end equipment, lenses, lighting, and those are just for the production end of it.  When it comes to post-production you need an editor, sound mixer, musical score, colorist, etc.  And even after that, the submission fees for film festivals are not cheap.  To put it simply: film production costs money and it costs even more to do it right.  Every cent is going toward the hard working people who populate a film set to make the project to the best of their abilities.

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Risks and challenges

You would be hard pressed to find a team of filmmakers who claim that, "Successful Kickstarter Funding = A Finished Film" because the funding is only half the battle. Thankfully the crew we'll be working with are seasoned professionals who are really good at what they do.

On set, panic gets you nowhere and when faced with those little hurdles that can (and always will) come up while filming, our crew is more than prepared to deal with them and still knock the project out of the park. We face the same risks and challenges that every other production does and we will overcome those obstacles by not only using the Kickstarter funding for Plan A, but by making sure there is a Plan B, C and D right behind it because Murphy's Law can be a real pain the neck!

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    Your very own copy of "YIKES" via digital download. PLUS everything above!

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    Director Michael Fodera will make you a personalized video message thanking you for your contribution. PLUS everything above!

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    An autographed script signed by the cast & crew will go great with your digital download so you can see what did and didn't make it into the film. PLUS everything above!

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    Come hang out on set for the filming of "YIKES" during the summer of 2014. Michael Fodera might even let you sit in the Director's chair. PLUS everything above! (Must be available during the specific shooting days in the NY area, travel/transportation not included.)

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    You are now officially an Associate Producer of "YIKES" and will have your own IMDb credit! (We call this the Sherman Hemsley package because you're movin' on up!)

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    Ready for your closeup? Because you just got yourself an official Cameo in "YIKES"! PLUS everything above. (Flight/Transport & Hotel not included, must be able to be in the NY area for filming. Cameo may or may not be a speaking part.)

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    Get ready to party. Director Michael Fodera will travel to where you live, equipped with a portable movie theater (projector, screen, sound system) and host a personal screening of the film for you and your friends! (Must be within the USA)

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