It's been over 10 years, 2700 pages and 20 graphic novels since I drew the beginning chapters of "Misfile" and put them online, turning it into my career. In that time I've always wanted to turn them into either an animated series or a live action show. Well, I don't own an animation studio, but I do have a BFA degree in film making and eight years of experience working in feature film production, so my intention is to get behind the camera again (something I deeply miss) and take that first chapter of Misfile (about the first 40 pages of comic or so) and turn it into a live action film/tv episode. I'm hoping to use it to provide another point of accessibility to the wider story and perhaps re-introduce it to people who've read the comic throughout the years it has been available.
For those new to the series, Misfile is the story of how a pot smoking angel working for the Celestial Filing Depot in heaven accidentally turns a boy into a girl and erases two years of another girl's life and is forced to live with them on earth. The full story is available here:
1) All DVD copies will be both signed and numbered.
2) At the marked donation levels, the following official crew patch will also be sent out along with a yet to be designed movie release sticker:
3) For the Book of the Movie, I will be putting together notes, production photos, interviews and a copy of the final shooting script. This will be a signed limited print book and will not be available after the kickstarter except at conventions at which I appear.
WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING:
The budget will go toward acquiring camera equipment, lights, editing software, paying cast and crew, renting the right car (got to have Ash's XR4Ti on set), locations, makeup and effects, set dressing, costuming, licensing and commissioning music, paying to have the DVDs and covers made and printed, along with the extras and mailing it all out. There are a lot of hidden costs. Luckily, I've done this before. I won a national communicator award of distinction for low budget film making for my 1995 science fiction film "Freezone". I've got a budget, and I've got it covered.
I've also already started prepping. The set for Ash's room is being painted and dressed. I've found a local crew, director of photography, and assistant director: Raymond Smith, who also has a film degree and has recently been working on Sleepy Hollow and several other productions, department heads for Costumes and Make-up: Mike Schwaner, former head of production at the Fear Factory, the largest indoor haunted attraction in North Carolina and started casting some of the smaller parts. I think I've even managed to procure Ash's car.
If funded, the film will be shot at various locations in the Sandhills region of North Carolina in late May and early June of 2015. I'm excited to get back behind the camera and bring Misfile back out in a whole new format for new and returning audiences alike!
To produce a live-action film version of the long running comic "Misfile" to reward long time readers and introduce the story to a new audience.
STRETCH GOALS: (UPDATED!)
As a stretch goal, if we manage to hit $30,000 (A more realistic goal at this point) I will additionally produce a complete behind the scenes "Making of" to add to the DVD release.
Risks and challenges
I feel the biggest challenges will be time, money and casting. Time and money I can handle. That leaves casting as my biggest challenge. I've grown to love these characters over the years and finding just the right people to play them on screen will be difficult for me, especially in the area where I live, but I believe it it certainly a surmountable problem. I've made films before, but as part of a team and on my own. I'm excited about getting back into the world of film after about a decade off.
In addition, this project comes together just as I have another child on the way and my wife's job has disappeared. This means I have both more time now (since my wife can help with the kids I already have), less time in a few months (once the new born arrives), and less money to get everything together.
This will be my third kickstarter project. My last two both made their goals and were completed and shipped successfully. I'm hoping this one will continue that streak.
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