Pulp Boy, a Feature Length Comedy
I am making a movie called Pulp Boy about the fictional pulp-writing legend Emerson LaSalle , played by New York comedian and veteran actor Allen Enlow. The movie takes place today--a time where a writer like LaSalle is losing his place in the world as technology continually shrinks down our imaginations. Once known as the "pulp boy wonder" in his heyday, an aging LaSalle finds out that he is being dropped by his publisher in favor of a more profitable genre--diet books. LaSalle sets out on a pseudo-epic promotional tour to try and save his career by promoting the classic pulp science fiction genre, but he has lost touch with his readers and he finds himself fleeing from angry mobs of sci-fi fans and avoiding blows from his young, long time nemesis, Stone Q. Mann (played by Trevor Snarr of Napoleon Dynamite). With the help of his attractive publicist Amanda Crownthistle, he fights for his right to make dreamers as he attempts to climb his way back to the top in a hilarious romp across the country through sci-fi conventions, book stores, and hotel bars.
Pulp Boy is an Independent film--without the angst. It isn't an "art" project--it is entertainment. It has a big fat score to rival any major Hollywood movie--and the music has already been nominated for awards thanks to our award winning composer, Randin Graves. The story has been masterfully crafted by master storytellers Victor Gischler and Anthony Neil Smith, and Allen Enlow is a side-splitting hoot to watch on screen as Emerson LaSalle. It will be a big fun ride to watch, and you've never seen an independent film like it.
When You Say It Will Look Good, How Good Is That?
Curious just how good Pulp Boy will look? Well the person responsible for the look of Pulp Boy is our Director of Photography, Cinematographer Bill Otto. He's the man with the plan when it comes to cameras, lenses, dollies, cranes, lights, etc. Check out this clip from one of his most recent movies, and see what we have to look forward to with Pulp Boy!
The screenplay was written by Victor Gischler (current writer for MARVEL Comics' X-Men, Deadpool, Punisher MAX) and Anthony Neil Smith (Yellow Medecine, All The Young Warriors)--for which I hold the exclusive option to purchase. The major roles have been cast, scenes broken down and shooting schedule created. A budget to make the movie for $200,000 (minus Kickstarter fees) is in place, and I am ready to begin principal photography within three months of securing the financing.
I wish I could even get away with making Pulp Boy with sack puppets, but the truth is that I can't even do that if I don't raise the dough. The Pulp Boy script was concieved and written by Victor Gischler and Anthony Neil Smith--guys who pedal their writing for a living, not some fresh-out-of-school wanna-be's. Their script deseves much more than paper sack puppets. With various offers on the table, they chose me to bring this story to life, but at 11:59pm on March 31st, my time is up--and not just on Kickstarter. The script will be out of my hands.
Why So Much Money? Can't You Make It For Less?
Pulp Boy is an independent film, but I am going for the look and feel of a major motion picture so that it has a better chance to have a full theatrical release. In order to do that, we can't cut a lot of corners in regards to certain aspects of the production values. The look has to be on par with any major motion picture, which means we can't skimp on lighting or cameras. I am shooting on the either the RED ONE or RED SCARLET digital cinema systems, which looks as good as 35mm film with only a fraction of the cost. We may use a DSLR (basically a consumer grade digital camera) for some "B" unit footage and pick-up shots, but the vast majority needs to be top notch, and the fact of the matter is that DSLRs just don't cut it for what we need to do. We also need access to professional grade cranes, tracks and dollies, and lenses. That also means that I need to employ some professionals who know how to use all of that equipment. Those are all things that I can't get cheap, and they make a huge difference in how the movie will look and feel.
I spent three years trying to get investors to front the cash for this project, and while the project was appealing to most investors, one problem kept them from investing. Investors are funding projects that guarantee profits in the billions of dollars--and that is something I could never promise about this project. Getting rejected over and over again like that is heartbreaking. Most meetings ended with an investor asking me, "have you tried Kickstarter?" So I'm here!
Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects using "crowdfunding." The concept is pretty simple. Rather than being funded with a lot of money from a few people, I am trying to be funded with little donations from a LOT of people--removing the financial risk faced by investors; a major stumbling block for any creative project. Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. If we don't raise ALL of it, we don't get ANY of it. If we fall short of the fundraising goal--even just $1 short--then Pulp Boy is dead in its tracks.
In exchange for making a pledge to our project, you get cool rewards and you will be helping to make a great movie! Check out the rewards over on the right side of the page, if you haven't already.
Use of Proceeds
The major costs that we have to deal with are: Creating the rewards, which includes production of the movie; Rights to the script/story, cost of actors/crew/professionals who are unable to work "pro bono," and the cost of food to keep them up and running durring the shoot, the cost of building sets and set-pieces, costumes, electricity for lighting, camera/lens/rig rentals, consumables (tape, markers, and anything that gets used up by being used), costs of renting locations when we are unable to use them for free, the costs of legal work, insurance, permits (where needed), and office costs, such as copies of the script, schedules, call sheets, film festival entry fees, shipping/mailing, and airfare or ground transportation to locations. Fortunately, there are easy ways to keep these costs to a minimum--such as shopping for supplies at discount/thrift stores, etc. but we still need at least $200,000 for the costs that can't be avoided or cut to make sure we aren't loosing production value.
The major costs that we do NOT have to deal with thanks fo volunteers are: Post production editing/effects/coloring/sound mastering, and creating a Digital Cinema master "reel" for screening in major theaters, music composition and recording, extras and stand-ins, production design, make-up, and marketing design.
I am not cutting a paycheck for myself out of the proceeds of this Kickstarter campaign. I am doing the production/post production work unpaid, with the hope that I will see a profit from the end product. Allen Enlow, playing Emerson LaSalle, has agreed to work at a rate far below what he really deserves for his talents. Our composer Randin Graves has offered invest his time and resources into creating the score, cutting out an enormous cost leaving more of your pledged funds free to go towards other necessary costs, as well as adding enormous value to Pulp Boy. I have the help of many volunteers to help make a million dollar movie for only $200k, but all we need is your pledge. Thank you for your support, and please help spread the word--this only works if lots and lots of people help out in little ways, and every little bit helps!
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