“Horror fiction shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion.”
- Clive Barker
First of all, thank you for looking at this project! There is a myriad of Kickstarter campaigns out there - especially for films - and you've by to see what this one is all about.
Return to Scream Park is a sequel and follow up film to Scream Park (shot in 2012, released in 2014). The first film ran a successful campaign for finishing funds, eventually raising over 200% to goal to complete the movie. We're back because we want to continue the story of Scream Park.
The first film was successful in the sense it was a proof of concept. I wanted to prove I could write, produce, and direct a film from script to screen, going the proverbial distance. Scream Park was picked up for distribution and released on shelves (virtual and physical) in April 2014. The film reached far and wide - including a film festival screening in London and distribution in Germany. A happy ending to a journey requiring persistence, fortitude, and sacrifice.
For a year after the film launched, I was inundated with queries about a sequel. The film ends (SPOILERS!) on an ambiguous note, and many were anxious to see where it went from there. Even with so much interest, and the wide release of the first film, funds have been difficult to procure to advance the project - so I've decided to return to Kickstarter.
RE-OPENING FOR BUSINESS...
Return to Scream Park picks up 2 years after the events of the first film, after a brief interlude at the beginning with a paranormal group investigating the closed park as part of their YouTube show. The park has since been purchased by a mysterious corporation and is undergoing renovations by a group of college co-eds over the summer. The local sheriff continues to dig into the events of the night the employees were murdered, and his daughter is among the co-ed renovators. Then, suddenly, the murders begin again...
PRICE OF ADMISSION
The first film came in at just over $40,000 to finish. The crew was comprised of hungry and driven volunteers, and the cast were primarily local up and comers. Now we're looking to raise $125,000 to produce a professional film and get the footage in the can. We're trading out our DSLR cameras for REDs, hiring SAG and SAG-eligible actors, and upping the ante in F/X and stunts. To be upfront, none of this money goes to me personally. As in the first film, I'm relegating myself to a "points on the back end" recoupment, allocating all funds to everything that goes on screen. $125,000 is the lowest amount we can spent to get the film in the can and not sacrifice story or quality of the film. We can also go out and get some horror icons to appear! This sum also includes Kickstarter fees and rewards costs put into a nice, round number.
Our simplified budget breakdown looks something like this:
The F/X budget has expanded from the first film, and we've had to go to an entire company, Tolin F/X, to help us out. They will be handling blood and gore effects, custom prop fabrication, stunts, and a myriad of other special stuff!
PRIZES, PRIZES, PRIZES!
We wanted to go above and beyond with rewards this time around, offering up all different kinds of cool stuff. We were kind of limited in the original Kickstarter, only being able to offer DVDs, Shirts, Posters, and the like. This time around, we tried to be more creative!
Custom T-Shirt and Return to Scream Park Poster Artwork Coming Soon! We'll make sure to get them up as quickly as possible for everyone to see.
For more information, visit www.returntoscreampark.com or find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Risks and challenges
With minimal financing to move the project into production, our biggest challenges will be to stay on budget, on schedule, and on task while shooting the film. In order to stay fine tuned and well oiled, a lot of thought and prep has gone into the film -- from pre-visual work to block and plan scenes, to Special F/X prep work, to keeping the schedule tight and quick but giving actors enough time to bring several takes.
Setbacks can always happen, including going over schedule or budget. We're prepared to do whatever it takes to get this film in the can and make it as enjoyable and professional as possible! You can follow the progress of the film on Cary Hill's series of articles on www.moviepilot.com.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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