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Sam & Mattie are best friends. They've spent years writing the most epic "teen zombie movie" ever. Let's help them make it FOR REAL!
Sam & Mattie are best friends. They've spent years writing the most epic "teen zombie movie" ever. Let's help them make it FOR REAL!
1,494 backers pledged $68,936 to help bring this project to life.

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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:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/samandmattie

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/samandmattie

Instagram: http://instagram.com/samandmattie

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:

  • Friendship 
  • Sam and Mattie's careers
  • The greatest Teen Zombie Movie ever made
  • Happiness
  • 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!

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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.

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    SURE, I'LL CHIP IN | The cheapest way to brag that you were a part of this movie BEFORE it was a cult classic.

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    WELCOME TO THE ZOMBIE CLUB | You'll receive access to the production diary, which includes written / photo / video updates throughout the production process + a digital copy of the official movie poster, which is going to be epic

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    ZOMBIE BACKER | You'll receive an HD digital download of Sam + Mattie's teen zombie movie, with kickstarter-backer exclusive extra features and outtakes not available to the public. (Includes all previous rewards)

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    ZOMBIE + DOCUMENTARY BACKER | You'll receive an HD digital download of BOTH films: Sam & Mattie's Teen Zombie Movie + the Making-Of Documentary. Each will include kickstarter-backer exclusive extra features and outtakes not available to the public. (Includes all previous rewards)

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    THE OFFICIAL DVD (or Blu-Ray) | Includes both films, extra features, outtakes, and exclusive Sam + Mattie commentary.

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    SIGNED ZOMBIE POSTER + OFFICIAL DVD | Sam and Mattie will sign an official movie poster (this includes a dedication, if you choose). It will be mailed directly to your house so you can frame it and pass it along to future generations. You will also receive the official DVD.

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    "A PICTURE OF A KANGAROO, A HYENA, A TIGER, AND A LION" | Drawn by Sam and Mattie and signed.

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    VIP ZOMBIE FILM SCREENING IN NYC (You +1) | Sam and Mattie will be in attendance with the rest of the cast and crew. After the screening there will be a Q&A, and refreshments will be served. Signed posters will also be available at the event.

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    VIP ZOMBIE FILM SCREENING IN PROVIDENCE, RI (You +1) | Sam and Mattie will be in attendance with the rest of the cast and crew. After the screening there will be a Q&A, and refreshments will be served. Signed posters will also be available at the event.

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    YOUR NAME ON THE WALL | Your name or nickname will be spray-painted on the wall in one of our post apocalyptic urban scenes. We will also send you a picture to show off to your friends! (nothing too offensive, please)

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    SUPER LIMITED EDITION SIGNED SANDALS | "You know, for summer." -Sam

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    ████ PLEASE NOTE █████ All contributions $100 and above include a signed DVD and access to the production diary.

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    YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS | Your name or the name of your organization will be listed and thanked in the documentary film's credits. You'll be immortal, man!

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    BE A ZOMBIE EXTRA | Launch your career! Be a star! Be part of the zombie horde! You'll be invited to spend a day on set with Sam & Mattie, complete with your very own professional zombie makeover. Shoot date / location TBD in Providence, Rhode Island. You will be responsible for your own travel and accommodations.

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    VIP TICKETS TO THE WRAP PARTY (You + 1) | Come hang out with Sam and Mattie! As decided in our rewards brainstorm (video below), there will be RAP BATTLES, a burger buffet, soda shots, dancing, and more! Date / Location TBD in Providence, Rhode Island.

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND TEEN ZOMBIE PROP | We will very carefully package and mail you a prop or smallish set decoration from the film. It will arrive complete with a hand made certificate of authenticity and a personal thank you note from Sam and Mattie. Put it in your curiosity cabinet or donate it to a museum—your call! **Includes signed poster, DVD, access to the production diary, and 2 tickets to the screening of your choice**

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    A SPEAKING ROLE | You or the person of your choice will have a speaking role in Sam & Mattie's zombie movie! Shoot date / location TBD in Providence, Rhode Island. You will be responsible for your own travel and accommodations. **Includes signed poster, DVD, access to the production diary, and 2 tickets to the screening of your choice**

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    SIGN MATTIE'S CHEST | "Girls preferred." -Mattie. Come spend a day on set with Sam & Mattie, where you will be invited to sign Mattie's chest and take a selfie together. Shoot date / location TBD in Providence, Rhode Island. You will be responsible for your own travel and accommodations.

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    AN EVENING WITH SAM AND MATTIE | You and one guest are invited to enjoy "Breakfast for dinner" with Sam and Mattie, which means dining on breakfast food around dinner time at the restaurant of Sam & Mattie's choosing (they may also bring friends with them).
    You may choose to hold the dinner in Providence, RI, or New York City. **Includes signed poster, DVD, access to the production diary, and 2 tickets to the screening of your choice**

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    SAM'S SIGNED GUITAR | "It's worth it." -Sam

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT | You'll be immortalized with an official credit on iMDB and a prominent thank you in the credits. You'll also be invited to join conference calls during the development process. **Includes signed poster, DVD, access to the production diary, and 2 tickets to the screening of your choice**

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    YOU, YOUR BUSINESS, OR YOUR PRODUCT WILL BE WRITTEN INTO THE TEEN ZOMBIE SCRIPT | Sam and Mattie are eager to work with their supporters, especially if those partnerships come with free stuff! Sodas, snacks, restaurants, and hair/cologne products are preferred. Local RI and NYC businesses are also welcome. You will have a chance to meet with Sam & Mattie in advance to hear their ideas, and final approval rights. **Includes signed poster, DVD, access to the production diary, and 2 tickets to the screening of your choice**

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT | iMDB official EP credit + all the high-level perks an EP expects. We'll send you the storyboards, involve you in major decisions, and welcome you to join us on set. **Includes signed poster, DVD, access to the production diary, and 2 tickets to the screening of your choice**

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