A documentary about Wisconsin's most famous historic buildings and the exploration of the paranormal folklore inside. Read more
This project was successfully funded on May 22, 2013.
About this project
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Why we are here
This film has been in production since April of 2012. There are 14 of us on this production & so far we have gotten by with heart, passion and a lot of duct tape. Now we have reached a point where we have 1/2 of a great film .. but there are costs we need covered to finish this right.
About The Film
The film content is one half history, one half paranormal investigation. The history focuses on the historic buildings we investigate and validation or invalidation of paranormal claims said to take place inside. We interview experts on the science behind paranormal investigation and of course you get to come along for a ride on our own paranormal investigations.
Film Title - The film title comes from Wisconsin folklorist Robert Gard's quote ... "Wisconsin may have more ghosts per square mile than any other state in America."
Our Locations - We will be traveling to locations in/or around: Appleton, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, Eau Claire, Wisconsin Rapids, Door County and North-woods locations. It's important to cover the whole state to uncover the history and explore the local paranormal folklore to every region of the state. What are our goals?Not knowing what to expect, we set our goal low to cover our travel budget. Our actual goal is a higher (as you can see below) but we are thankful to raise what you provide us.
Here is a breakdown of our budget:
See the itemized budget here >>
Kickstarter Goal - $1,650
Overall Goal - $10,000
Below is a rank of the most important costs, in order.
(Commission Fee to Kickstarter & Amazon Payments included)
We need to have our travel expenses covered .. The film can't be completed if we can't get to our locations. Gas, hotel stays and food. We have six more locations to film and we are looking for the bare essentials just to get by. - COST $1,650
Liability & Accident Insurance. If we have 1 million dollar liability coverage and volunteer accident coverage it would allow us to get into some VERY high profile locations in Wisconsin. Places most of you may know of ... Without this coverage we can not get access. With coverage, access is all but guaranteed. This would make a great film an excellent film. - COST $850
Better equipment would make our film look better on the screen. Three nightshot Cameras, Three LED Infrared Light Illuminators 150 AA batteries, 400 AAA Batteries, 32' LCD Monitor, Two REM Pods and Two Phantom Lites are a list of items we could use to make this film the best it can be. - COST $2,750
Marketing is the real driving force behind any successful film. We need this money to get the word out via print and radio. Also, some funds to obtain independently owned theaters, should we need the funds to rent the theater. - COST $5000
Risks and challenges
Our physical safety is at risk every time we film. Some could have asbestos or lead in the paint. We could be breathing that stuff. The locations also have many hidden dangers that could cause bodily harm, plus it's pitch dark. We can see only from the view finders of our nightshot cameras.Shooting with night-vision equipment is challenging along with having to produce what we capture.
Producing / editing this film is like having puzzle pieces without the box as a photo reference. Having updated equipment would simplify the editing process and make this process less of a challenge.
We all are very passionate and proud of our state, Wisconsin, and we believe it is worth the physical risk to preserve these locations on film and document any paranormal activity that may take place inside (if any). In the end we want to bring an informative, creditable, exciting and educational documentary film to you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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No donation is too small. You will get a personal heartfelt thank you email from Executive Producer Michael Brown.Estimated delivery:
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You will get a digital copy of the film when it comes out this fall, plus a public thank you on the list of supporters section of the Haunted State website.Estimated delivery:
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The above reward, plus as an added bonus, you will get special access to the VIP members section of the Haunted State website (you get access June 1st), which includes behind the scenes clips from the filming of Haunted State & footage from the film. This is released only to VIP members before the film comes out this Fall & get a digital copy of the film when it comes out.Estimated delivery:
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Want to be famous? This will get your name in the credits of the film as a person who supported this project. You will also receive your name on a special supporter section of the Haunted State website as well as VIP access to the Haunted State website (June 1st) & get a digital copy of the film when it comes out.Estimated delivery:
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Bring a flashlight. You are coming on a paranormal investigation with the members of the film! Also, get your name in the credits and on the special supporter section of the website and VIP access (June 1st) to the website & get a digital copy of the film when it comes out. Does not include travel expenses.Estimated delivery:
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You and a friend will join members of the film Haunted State for a Paranormal investigation. You'll both also get your name in the credits, get a digital copy of the film when it comes out, VIP website access (June 1st) & your name listed on the special supporter section of the film's website. Does not include travel expenses.Estimated delivery:
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This July you and one friend will join members of the film Haunted State for a Paranormal investigation that will appear in the film. Your names will go in the credits as cast members, you both get a digital copy of the film when it comes out, VIP website access (June 1st) & your names listed on the special supporter section of the film's website. Whew! That's a lot of stuff. Does not include travel expenses.Estimated delivery:
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