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A young mother with a troubled past must defend her two children and do battle with a legendary pre-historic Spider Goddess.
A young mother with a troubled past must defend her two children and do battle with a legendary pre-historic Spider Goddess.
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 STRETCH GOAL: $55K!

We are so grateful to everyone that has donated so far to help us reach our goal. With additional funds we can take our Visual Effects detailing and Sound Design work to the next level of total realism and add in some of our "wish list" shots for our title character. If we hit our goal we'll premiere a small clip of finished Spider exclusively for our backers as soon as we have a pass completed so you can see the amazing work being done and judge for yourself! You're a HUGE part of this journey and we're very excited to have you on board. 

Your friend in suspense, 

Micah

Hand-painted Poster Art!
Hand-painted Poster Art!

 

Hi I'm Micah, I've spent over 10 years of my life working on this movie and we really need your help to be able to finish visual effects, sound and music so we can finally release the movie.

Our story shares the emotional experience of a family and celebrates strong women in a way that ultimately reinforces appreciating those closest to us.

By supporting us you're helping to ensure that interesting character-driven films get made outside the studio system. We need your generous support to make it to the finish line.

Please help us.

This film has been not only my dream but many other talented people have put a lot of energy and time into this and we need your help in donating and spreading the word.

We've created some cool prizes such as artwork designed by famous poster artist Matthew Peak. Check it out!

- Micah Gallo

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and be a part of our old school suspense thriller.

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"“Fear Spins Its Web” in Creepy Trailer for New Spider-Centric Horror Film ITSY BITSY"
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Help us by sharing with your friends and family. Thank you for your support!

 

 

You can help us by sharing our project, or pledging for cool prizes.  

We invited Matthew Joseph Peak to create a hand-painted poster, so we could offer you an amazing reward for helping out! 

Legendary artist Matthew Peak (Nightmare on Elm Street) in his studio working on Itsy Bitsy poster design. Now, for the price of a late night pizza, you can own first hand a signed special edition poster. Support our project, order it now.

 Exclusive cool American Apparel t-shirt. Help us and get yours now.

 We love cool, comfortable, fashionable t-shirts too.

Get inside of the process of making a movie. Notes, drawings, script and more. Be part of this movie, put your name on the credits and own a piece of it forever. Please, give us your support.

Get a special behind-the-scenes glimpse of the unique process making a high-end film on a low budget. Including directors notes, storyboards, designs and photos! 

 A Itsy tiny Bitsy help can be amazing!

THE STORY

Itsy Bitsy marries the high concept fun of a film reminiscent of Jaws with the edgy character drama of a film like The Exorcist.

At the center of our film is a woman (Elizabeth Roberts) running from her past. Her physical fight is with the creature, her battle inside is ambivalence towards what her life has become versus pure love of her children.

Elizabeth Roberts was cast for her natural style and believable edge. 

Elizabeth plays "Kara" a single mom, who moves from New York City to the quiet rural countryside, with her two young children "Jesse" (Arman Darbo) and "Cambria" (Chloe Perrin).

It’s a job opportunity she can’t afford to turn down. Kara works as a private nurse to "Walter" (Bruce Davison), a man stricken with multiple sclerosis, an appraiser of rare antiquities with a secretive past. The family moves into his humble guesthouse.

 

Her teenage son, "Jesse" (Arman Darbo) is most unhappy being a 14 year old boy in this new place. Losing his friends and moving to the middle of nowhere hasn’t made his job of looking after his little sister, "Cambria" (Chloe Perrin) who's 7 years old any easier. Doom precedes them, "Ahkeeba" (Treva Etienne) a shady international associate of Walter, has brought with him a mysterious relic of ancient origin.


The relic contains more than just legends. Inside is a terrifying creature, a terrifying cave Spider unlike the modern world has ever seen. Walter’s associate encounters a run in with a local sheriff played by genre veteran actor Denise Crosby.

 

Itsy Bitsy is an old-school creature film with a terrifying giant spider at the center, but the movie is about more than just about arachnid horror. Kara will have to deal with her internal and familial struggles while saving everyone from becoming spider food.

It’s as much a story about people and family as it is about an eight-legged monster. Mixing an emotionally charged character drama with chilling scares, Itsy Bitsy is a movie you’ll be haunted by for years to come.  

THE CREATURE

Maybe you’re not scared of spiders now, but when you see our nightmare that we’ve affectionately dubbed Itsy coming after you, well, you might quickly find yourself stricken with arachnophobia. 

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Itsy Bitsys giant spider was brought to life with the help of special effects master Dan Rebert, whose models, prosthetics, and FX design have been featured in True Blood, Stargate SG-1, and James Gunn’s Slither.

Instead of just using computer graphics Itsy Bitsy went the classic route, paying tribute to old monster movies from the 80s and earlier by employing practical effects. Our spider is an original creation and is actually in the room with the actors as opposed to made on a green screen after filming.

Not only do we think this is a nice nod to some of our favorite classic films but there’s a special sort of chill you’ll feel watching this spider creep and terrorize that you just can’t get with computer graphics. 

 

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PLEASE HELP US, EVERY BIT COUNTS.

HUGE THANK YOU FOR ANDY DICK, WHOS HELPING US TO PROMOTE OUR PROJECT. FOLLOW OUR FELLOW @ANDSYDICKSY ON TWITTER. 

 This is the story of what happened when our friend Andy Dick decided to "play" the spider on a motion capture stage

 

THE CREATOR

Writer/director Micah Gallo is a longtime veteran of the film industry, mostly involved in postproduction, editing, and visual effects. In recent years, Micah has transitioned into creating and bringing to life his own stories.

His directorial credits include the short horror films Wick and Massacre Lake, both of which have been honored with awards from festivals such as the Sacramento Horror Film Festival, the International Cinematographers Guild, and the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.   

Micah has been a horror fan for all his life. Itsy Bitsy, his first feature film, is a scary story he’s dreamed of telling for more than a decade. He’s very close to making his dream a reality, but he needs your help.

 

 

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

It’s been a lot of work and a crazy journey, but Itsy Bitsy is almost complete. With all of the movie shot and finished the film now has to go through the costly process of postproduction, which includes editing, sound design, and coloring, just to name a few. Having been a postproduction specialist before Micah knows the importance of these processes and the hard work that goes into them. After that comes costs associated with film festivals, distribution, and other things to make sure as many people as possible see (and are terrified by) Itsy Bitsy.

This movie has been more than a decade in the making and it’s so close to being finished. Micah and the creative team just need a little bit of your help to make it happen.

Please join us in finishing up the journey and share our love for classic horror movies and creature features and support independent film, young filmmakers, and, of course, Itsy Bitsy.

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    Itsy Bitsy T-Shirt Early Bird Pricing!

    Get a limited edition, super comfy, super scary Itsy Bitsy tee shirt printed on American Apparel stock AND a Blu-ray. Super Deal! Special Artwork designed by famous Poster Artist Matthew Peak (Nightmare on Elm Street series).

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    Exclusive Poster by Matthew Joseph Peak

    Receive a copy of Itsy Bitsy’s 80s-style poster designed and painted by artist Matthew Joseph Peak, who is famous for his work on the poster art for much of the classic Nightmare on Elm Street series. A great addition to a horror buff’s wall.

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    Super Fan Package and Production Book

    You’ll receive a book about Itsy Bitsy’s production as well as special goodies perfect for the Itsy Bitsy super fan, including exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, hand drawn storyboards,
    and a signed Blu-Ray of the film. We’re making this book just for you!

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    Signed Itsy Bitsy Poster

    Get our throwback 80s-style poster signed by horror movie poster legend Matthew Joseph Peak. A great collector’s item.
    Each one is numbered and mailed in tube.

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    Yearbook Edition Signed Collector’s Book

    Micah Gallo for sure will sign the book as well as other members of the cast and crew.

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    Collector’s Book AND Signed Poster

    Micah Gallo for sure will sign the Yearbook Edition Collector’s Book for you as well as other members of the cast and crew. We’ve also included poster signed by poster legend Matthew Peak in special tube shipping.

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    2 VIP Tickets to Itsy Bitsy’s Premiere

    Get special treatment and special privileges at our LA premiere and after party, where you
    will be among the first to see Itsy Bitsy

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    Mystery Box Prop (Limited availability)

    Get an actual prop used in Itsy Bitsy. A unique item that’s sure to be a treasure. We can’t tell you what it is or else… well, it wouldn’t be fun. Since we know you’re one of our most exclusive supporters fan we’re also including the signed book and signed poster.

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    Associate Producer Credit

    Have your name immortalized in the credits (and on IMDB) as an official Associate
    Producer of Itsy Bitsy. Receive special correspondence from Micah and production crew regarding updates on the filmmaking process and release.

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    VIP Associate Producer plus LA Premiere

    Have your name immortalized in the credits (and on IMDB) as an official Associate Producer of Itsy Bitsy. Receive special correspondence from Micah and production crew regarding updates on the filmmaking process and release.

    Plus, have dinner with Micah and other cast and crew to catch up and talk about the movie! Take photos and go to the After Party like a VIP.

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    Your Own Giant Spider (limited number)

    Our title monster can be yours to take home. You’ll receive a hand-crafted, numbered, hand-painted, to scale model made by the FX master of Itsy Bitsy, Dan Rebert. Guaranteed to terrify
    houseguests. A Kickstarter Exclusive and the ultimate collector’s item!

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    • Exclusive Production Book
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