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A fan film based on the limited series comic book "Fray" created by Joss Whedon.

"In every generation there is a chosen one..."

What is Lurk?

Lurk is a fan film based on the Joss Whedon comic "Fray" made by Buffy fans for Buffy fans. Everything we raise on Kickstarter will be going towards production so we can provide you, our backers, with a truly epic short film. We want the chance to tell a story in the future Buffy-verse and bring another badass Slayer to life.

Melaka confronts a lurk. Photography by Jason Boulanger.
Melaka confronts a lurk. Photography by Jason Boulanger.

Why "Fray"?

All of us on the Lurk team are huge fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We were there from the pilot until the finale when Buffy Summers watched Sunnydale collapse into a crater. We are the fans that rewatch the series time and time again, though some of us understandably refuse to watch "The Body" more than once.

With Joss Whedon's "Fray" comics, we were introduced to a new Slayer. Melaka Fray, a young thief living in Haddyn (23rd century Manhattan) one with just as much gumption and snark as Buffy and we fell in love with her as well.  She struggles with family tragedy and coming to terms with her destiny as the chosen Slayer.

In the ten years since Buffy has been off the air, there has been a Buffy Summers-shaped hole in our hearts. We love the characters in "Fray" and we thought that telling the story of Melaka Fray on film was both a natural progression and the perfect opportunity to make something cool for the fandom.

Lurk is our contribution to the Whedonverse. It is our little way of giving back and continuing the Slayer legacy, and we need you, the fans, to help us make it!

Practical Props and Effects- Scythe in progress!
Practical Props and Effects- Scythe in progress!

Assembled!

The team behind Lurk is made up of working professionals in the film industry with years of studio, production company, and digital platform experience to students currently in the prestigious film school at Loyola-Marymount University. We all feel very passionately about the project, not just because we love the Whedonverse but because we believe in our ability to bring the story of Melaka Fray to life. This is a film that we want to see and it's time that we have someone like Mel on screen. Please help us make it so!

Melaka "Mel" Fray. Photography by Jason Boulanger.
Melaka "Mel" Fray. Photography by Jason Boulanger.

Even Slayers Need Friends.

All of us on the Lurk team are dedicated to bringing the story of Melaka Fray to life and so every dollar of your donation will go towards this goal. We have the crew, the game plan, the actors, the lurks. All we need now is your support. Help us reach our goal in this continuation of the Buffy-verse. Bring forth the power of fandom!

  • Stunts/Special VFX. While the characters in "Fray" are really interesting and well-done, there's also nothing like a great fight scene. Your donations will be a great help in us making this film safe for the actors and stuntpeople involved. We want to do our fight choreography right, so the end product will not only be completely 100% safe, but also look super cool and unique!
  • Locations. One of the challenges in adapting a story that is set in the future is finding an appropriate location. We have a few in and around the Los Angeles area that we are looking to use, but we need your help in locking them down. The more money we raise, the better the location, and the more believable it will be that we're some 200-plus years in the future.
  • Feeding the vampires. Blood is surprisingly expensive and we'd rather them not munch on our crew. Do you know how hard it is to find a good sound guy?

Most of equipment cost will be covered by LMU, but there's still a number of things we need help with so we can make the best film we can!

Our stretch goal of $15,000 will help us tell an even longer story. 

We'd ideally like to extend the run time of the short film so we can bring in more of your favorites from the Fray-verse. The more donations we get the more we can do, including our pipe-dream of inserting a flying car or two!

Total badass.
Total badass.

"Just Rewards"

We've put together some really exciting things as a thank you for you helping us out. For one, Spencer of Heymonster fame has graciously agreed to design a special edition Melaka Fray shirt for us as part of his art series about awesome female characters.

Donate and you can get a limited edition Mel one not available elsewhere!
Donate and you can get a limited edition Mel one not available elsewhere!

Besides that, we'll also be providing lots of digital downloads, signed copies of the script, promotional stills, and even a special photoshoot starring YOU as the Slayer! Come on, that's a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Help Spread the Word! 

It's not just the financial support we need but exposure, too. Please spread the word on Facebook/Twitter/blogs/forums and help us make Lurk. Feel free to chat with us on any of these platforms. We don't bite! 

Twitter: twitter.com/somethinglurky
Facebook: facebook.com/somethinglurky
Instagram:instagram.com/somethinglurky
Tumblr: somethinglurky.tumblr.com

Thank you for your support! - The Lurk Team

Lurk special effects make-up.
Lurk special effects make-up.

Disclaimer: The people making Lurk are not affiliated with Dark Horse or Joss Whedon. All donations will strictly go towards production of this fan film and not any personal monetary gain.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Before even putting this Kickstarter campaign together, we've spent a considerable amount of time planning as much as we can. We've made sure that the team we have put together are all passionate about the project. We wouldn't be here today if we had any doubt we can make this film happen. Thank you for your faith and support!

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