This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, March 4 2019 8:13 AM UTC +00:00.
My name is Nic Sell, I am the writer, creator, and director for this film. I am a former student from the New York Film Academy where I studied screenwriting and filmmaking. I have worked on many short film projects such as 'The Curse' and 'The Wife'. I also worked as production assistant for a Tyga music video. This is my first official feature film project, but I have been working on it the last five years.
I am telling the story that is more than just a horror, monster film. This story deals with guilt, trauma, and learning to forgive yourself. It shows how far a mother will go to protect her children, even if it means facing her nightmares. The display picture on this project is the early design for the creature itself. We are scouting the lands to film, we even found a small stone shack that would be perfect to film the most important scenes in this film.
We have a dog and a cat involved. There is a wonderful cast put together. I have found a wonderful video production company: ganc.io, who do amazing, beautiful camera work and they are working to help me bring this project together. I have two wonderful makeup artists, Melissa K. Webb (Sharknado 4) and Heather Benson (The Walking Dead), involved with the makeup work. I have the talented, Kevynn Brewer (Killer Kate), working as the head of the wardrobe department.
ganc.io highlight reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIZ2YtPN8uA&t=93s
A scene from my project 'The Wife': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DHTZwfszqc
This project started out as an assignment when I was attending the New York Film Academy. I was assigned to write about a legend in my home state. In Wisconsin we have the story of 'The Beast of Bray Road' and that's where it started. It started off as a werewolf script, but as time went on and the more I kept writing and rewriting it, I wasn't connecting to the story. I couldn't connect to the characters or why the monster had any sort of connection to the main character.
I was doing some random research one night and I came across the legend of the 'Wendigo', and I read about how terrifying and dangerous they were. Then it hit me, a monster that is nearly the PERFECT hunter. It sparked this entire idea of a monster and then it slowly slipped into the childhood memories I had growing up about my fear of the woods. Slowly it just snowballed into this story, more than just a monster film, it has a story.
My plan right now is collecting the funds I need to create this story. I need to be able to pay my cast, my crew, and anyone else that is involved. I also need to pay for the locations, food for everyone, and lodging for everyone. Many of them are traveling out of state to Michigan to film this so I need to pay for their traveling expenses as well. My crew and I would like to begin filming this project in June, that is our desire and our plan.
ganc.io: they have quoted me at $120,000 for all of their services, which includes scouting locations, storyboards, film crew, drone work, and producer work.
Makeup department: $30,000 the entire budget that Heather had sent me in our negotiations
Wardrobe: $15,000 for everyone including walk on roles and the monster
Cast: 63,100 there are 13 important characters in this film
This film is my world, I have put the last five years of my life creating this. I put my heart and soul into this, there have been rewrites after rewrites and now it's finally ready to be filmed. I have spent weeks finding a production company I can trust and a crew that could read my lines without it making them sound like a high school play. This project is my biggest accomplishment in my life and I will do anything possible to make it happen.
Risks and challenges
This project, there are so many risks to not completing it. One of them being the relationships I had built over the last several months to create this. The lead of my cast, she was the only person I wanted for my lead to read her correctly and I risk losing my relationship with her that I am building. She is a SAG actress and I am in the process of talking to SAG-AFTRA to let her be part of this project. I can't even go forward without promising them money in return for the project. I can't offer money to my crew yet because there isn't any, but they all want to be part of it. They are all relying on me to pull together the funding so everyone is paid for their hard work.
I have had several projects in the past that fell through all because I couldn't gather the money for it. They have been shelved for rewrites and for everything to be reworked again.
I plan on overcoming these challenges by showing the world that I can create a story. I can work with the relationships I have made and create a story. I plan on doing anything that is needed of me in order for me to gain the funds that 'Wendigo' needs. I will not give up, I haven't given up on this story yet and I refuse to give up on it ever.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter