THE ADVENTURE BEGINS:
Our Kickstarter campaign is over, but the adventure has just begun. You can follow Sam & Mattie's epic filmmaking journey -- starting right now -- on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram:
Now, if you'll excuse us, we need to go make the most epic teen zombie movie of all time.
<3 & BRAINS & DEEP GRATITUDE,
- SAM, MATTIE, & TEAM ZOMBIE
WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO?
- Help Sam and Mattie create their Teen Zombie Movie, exactly as they envision it.
- Make a documentary about the process, from initial scriptwriting through the premier, and beyond.
Two movies, one Kickstarter!
WHO ARE SAM AND MATTIE?
Sam & Mattie are teenagers from Rhode Island. They are BEST friends. They met at Special Olympics while they were in grade school and have been pretty much inseparable since.
For the most part, they're normal teenage dudes. They like to skate and play video games and talk about girls and stuff, but the one thing they both LOVE is cinema. They love to go to the movies, talk about movies, brainstorm movie ideas, and act out their favorite scenes.
Three years ago, they started brainstorming their own Teen Zombie Movie (a favorite genre). This was nothing out of the ordinary -- they are constantly hatching zany schemes to "launch their careers." But something about this zombie movie has stuck with them. For three years. Honestly, they won't shut up about it.
Every time they get together, they draw up storyboards, practice fight scenes, film with their iPhones (then pair those scenes with dream soundtracks), and endlessly debate celebrity cameos. They have been so passionate about this film for so long, that their friends and family decided it was time to help them make it happen FOR REAL.
WHO IS RUNNING THIS KICKSTARTER?
This campaign was launched by a big group of Sam & Mattie's friends, loosely organized by Sam’s older brother Jesse (who is writing what you're reading now. Hi!). What we all have in common is this: we love Sam & Mattie, we think they are the coolest two dudes in the world, and we're all pretty sure their movie is gonna blow you away.
If you wanna know more about our creds, check out the "meet the team" section below.
TELL ME ABOUT THE PLOT OF THIS "TEEN ZOMBIE MOVIE."
We think some sample scenes (straight outta Sam & Mattie’s original Storyboards, pictured below) will speak for themselves:
- Police skateboard chase
- “Being cool in high school” montage
- Zombie Prom Ambush
- Selfies / sexting on jetpacks
- Shirtless workout montage
- “Being cool in college” montage
- Hotel party with hot girlfriends
- Buying drugs in the city
- TWO separate arrest scenes
- Prison workout montage
- Zombie yacht battle
- Yacht party with DJ Pauly D (100% unconfirmed)
...so as you can see, this teen zombie movie is pretty much guaranteed to be awesome. Right now it's clocking in as a 15 - 20 minute short, but that might change during script development.
SOUNDS... A LITTLE WILD. WILL IT BE PG-13?
Sam and Mattie are pretty wild dudes, and yes, they do have some racy ideas. We will TRY to keep this thing PG-13, but they have final creative say... so no guarantees.
CAN YOU REALLY PULL THIS OFF?
Hell yes. Sam’s brother and his pals have rallied a team of brilliant filmmaker types. We already have DPs, directors, editors, line producers, graphics people, a sound guy, and more -- and everyone's super excited to get started!
MEET THE TEAM (SO FAR):
Bobby Carnevale (Zombie Film Director / Director of Photography) http://www.robertcarnevale.com/
Tim Forster (Documentary Director / Editor) - http://timfo.info/
Suzy Beck (Producer) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2684688/
Other friends who have helped so far include (but are not limited to): Chuck Westcott & Emilie Holland, Julia Ries, Brian Ries, Ina Burke, Eric Tao, The Prefab Messiahs (thanks for the awesome song!), Debi Hammack (thanks for the awesome illustrations!), Chris Suchmann & Mary Pendergast (Sam's Parents), Eric and Carol Zufelt (Mattie's Parents), Dan Neibles for martial arts training, and many more people I am definitely forgetting (sorry!).
We have the team, now we just need some funding to officially book the crew and rent the equipment.
DO YOU HAVE A SOLID PLAN?
Suzy Beck, our talented producer and long time friend of Sam’s, has put together a budget, crew list, and detailed schedule for a 7-day zombie shoot in Providence, RI. Bobby Carnevale has agreed to direct and coordinate everything zombie related.
Tim Forster has signed on to direct the documentary and edit everything. He will assemble his crew based on the zombie dates and locations, though the doc team will likely be filming long before and after the 7 day shoot.
Post production will probably happen in NYC, as many of us live / work here. So yes, we're pretty sure we know what we need to do.
OK, IF I SUPPORT YOU GUYS, WHERE EXACTLY WILL MY MONEY GO? 50K IS A LOT.
We're making two movies at the same time, but our goal is to spend the majority of our budget on the zombie movie. It will probably be a short -- less than 20 minutes -- but Sam and Mattie watch tons of hollywood blockbusters, and they have extremely high-budget aspirations. Their vision DEMANDS explosions, jetpacks, blood, swords, disco balls, famous DJ’s, props, zombie make-up, music, special effects, and (obviously) an insane wrap party... all of which are very, very expensive.
Then, of course, there's creation/distribution of the amazing Kickstarter rewards we're offering in the sidebar (hint, hint) ------->
After covering those costs, we will use the remainder of our budget to fund a documentary crew to capture the magic of their creative process (it really is magic, trust us) and to follow their journey for as long as possible.
WHY SHOULD I DONATE? CAN’T I JUST SEE THE MOVIE FOR FREE WHEN IT’S DONE?
We will eventually release the zombie short online, but it might never happen at all (definitely not the documentary) if this campaign doesn’t succeed. Supporting this Kickstarter makes you an integral part of the film's creation!
Backing us also offers you a behind the scenes look at Sam and Mattie’s creative process via the production diary, which will be a wild ride, we promise.
You're not just backing a simple movie here. You're backing:
- Sam and Mattie's careers
- The greatest Teen Zombie Movie ever made
- The fulfillment of teenage dreams
- The RI film industry
- A documentary with the potential to inspire every single person on planet earth
- Proof that anything is possible
- A delicious burger buffet
Lastly, it's pretty safe to assume this will be a cult classic, so you're also basically buying bragging rights for life.
MAYYYYBEEE. I’M STILL ON THE FENCE. ARE THERE COOL REWARDS?
Duh. Of course Sam and Mattie brainstormed awesome stuff for you (check out footage from the brainstorm below). Some of the ideas didn't make the final cut for budget and/or legal and/or weirdness reasons, but hopefully one of them will catch your eye!
If you've made it this far, thanks for reading! Even if you can't back us financially, you can help us by sharing this page on facebook or twitter!
"You guys are our fans. Without you guys i'd just be a pretty face in high school. And Mattie would just be a cool guy who wants to be a DJ." -Sam
Thanks for your time!
- Sam, Mattie, & friends
Risks and challenges
We have a team of highly experienced filmmakers.
If this campaign is successful we will have the budget.
That said, Sam and Mattie are in charge of this operation, and this is their first film... so there might be delays, script changes, total rewrites... anything is possible! We all need to stay flexible, because it's all about following their creative vision!
What we promise is this: we will capture all the twists and turns, and share them with you along the way. If all goes according to plan, the journey will be almost as awesome as the zombie movie itself. Almost, but not quite.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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