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A crew of MIU film students team up once again to create a chilling creature film that is sure to scare even the grown ups!
A crew of MIU film students team up once again to create a chilling creature film that is sure to scare even the grown ups!
31 backers pledged $12,628 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello Kickstarter Backers. Thank you so much for checking out IN THE DARK, our latest venture into sci-fi/fantasy storytelling!

WE HIT OUR GOAL!!! But that's just scratching the surface.

$10,000 allows us to make this film with the bare minimum. We are eager to tell this story and will produce it with any means we have access to. Thanks to our backers, this story will be told!

$20,000 - WORLD TOUR! With this goal we will be able to submit IN THE DARK to film festivals around the world. We will be able to produce marketing material to promote via social media to gain the greatest audience for the film!

$30,000 - ULTIMATE CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE. We budget the film with the bare minimum to complete it. If we reach this goal, we will be able to create the film with the greatest cinematic production quality. This includes using cinema grade anamorphic prime lenses & 4k RAW Cameras, a larger crew and gear, producing an original score, and exporting on theatrical ready DCP format. This allows for the best possible version of the film.

Every dollar will be utilized for the production and distribution of the film.

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This project is our third and last thesis film produced at Miami International University of Art & Design.  Each film student is required to produce, direct, or act as cinematographer for a thesis film to include in their portfolio for graduation. For graduation, Michelle Coulson co-wrote, produced, and directed DREADWOOD, Michael Leon wrote and directed STILLBORN, and Christine Llerins co-wrote and will act as cinematographer for IN THE DARK.

IN THE DARK is a cross of horror's two iconic genres, part haunted house story and part creature film.  It's a tale of discovery, growing up, and coming face to face with insurmountable odds.

Cyrus, an introverted youngster, has just moved into his new home with his family.  With his fear of the dark, Cyrus depends on night lights and a lit hallway to help him sleep. But when the lights start to go out and a dark presence surfaces, Cyrus must put his fears aside to face the ancient malevolent creature, the drakor.

Storyboard #1 - Startled, Cyrus reaches for his glasses.
Storyboard #1 - Startled, Cyrus reaches for his glasses.
Storyboard #2 - Jacob covers his mouth, hiding from the drakor.
Storyboard #2 - Jacob covers his mouth, hiding from the drakor.
Storyboard #3 - Henry glares over his newspaper at Cyrus.
Storyboard #3 - Henry glares over his newspaper at Cyrus.

The drakor is an ancient beast that feasts off children. It is tall, lanky, and grotesque, utilizing its large ears to compensate for its lack of eyesight.  This creature is extremely dangerous and is a grave threat to our protagonists, Cyrus & Jacob.

Concept Art #1 - The Drakor.
Concept Art #1 - The Drakor.
Concept Art #2 - The Drakor's head.
Concept Art #2 - The Drakor's head.

In order to create this creature, a prosthetic suit must be produced.  We want to bring as much realism and practicality to our creature, and are opting against the use of creating it digitally as we've done in the past (Jack's ghost from STILLBORN).  In order to create this creature, our team is collaborating with Syfy's Face Off contender Omar Sfreddo.

ABOUT OMAR SFREDDO: http://www.syfy.com/faceoff/cast/omar-sfreddo/9

With $10,000 we can complete this film!

The film's budget allocates the bare minimum required to complete the project while maintaining the film's vision. Our experience on DREADWOOD & STILLBORN has allowed us to discern where to allocate our expenses. We are filmmakers, with a strong emphasis on visual storytelling.  To us, presentation is just as important as the story being told. A film's story isn't just told with the script, it is also told with camera compositions, production design, and our cast's appearances.

 Our budget has been broken down into 5 distinct sections (production design, equipment rentals, post-production audio & score, catering, and special FX makeup).  These sections cover the areas to which our resources cannot financially accommodate. 

 CAN WE DO IT?

STILLBORN is a staple of our capabilities.  The project required sets to be constructed from scratch, multiple visual effect shots, and the direction of 60 cast and crew members. It was ambitious and a journey to complete, but the story we where telling was compelling and showcased our favorite cinematic styles and homages to the movies that inspire us.

We use STILLBORN as our base to build upon, following it up with IN THE DARK.  Our goal is to tell a more personal story with a greater level of cinematic production value! Its going to be a fun ride and we'd love for you to be part of it.

CHECK OUT THE TRAILER FOR STILLBORN

Risks and challenges

Making any film is a challenge. The logistics of gathering a group of people, in our case for free, to arrive on location and completing the shoot on time is a challenge. However, we have gone through this process before and have successfully completed productions on many projects including five thesis films we've been heavily involved in.

Our greatest challenge is financing, we can't afford to make this film with the same cost of our past projects because we've utilized our funding to make those projects the best they can be. We want to maintain quality and spectacle in our film and after meticulous planning we know with your help we will achieve it!

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