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Derelicts is the feature film debut of Batchain Productions, the team that brought you M is for MindMeld, a finalist in the ABCs of Death competition. We are filmmakers, writers, and producers based out of Austin, and we're bringing everything we've got into this project.
The story follows a group of homeless miscreants who lay siege on an upper-middle class family's home on Thanksgiving, bringing out the ugliness inside everyone. It will be in the style of 70s horror (American and Italian) with a healthy dose of very dark humor.
Pre-production began in November 2014 with the script having been written over the course of a year prior. Filming begins July 2015. The final cut is scheduled for January 2016.
Derelicts is a paean to our greatest influences, from John Carpenter to Dario Argento to the revolution that the horror genre saw in the 1970s.
We already have 65% of our budget. Through Kickstarter, we are seeking $10,000 that will go towards what is sure to be the coolest part of the film: special effects and props. Computers will be utilized for touch-ups, but we want to build the bulk of our aesthetics the old-fashioned way because we know that is what will create the best experience for you, our audience.
Here's a detailed breakdown:
- $2000 for all prosthetic effects (body casts, rain, blood splatter, etc.)
- $4000 to hire the special effects experts
- $4000 for all props, including prop guns, other weapons, and.. some rather unique items that you won't be able to stop thinking about for days after you've witnessed them.
- Total: $10,000
A phenomenal cast, crew, and script go a long way to tell a great story, but spectacular effects are key to the production value of a home invasion thriller like Derelicts.
PLUS WE'VE GOT COOL STUFF FOR YOU TO THE RIGHT
Why us? What qualifies us to make this particular movie, and how do you know that we can pull it off? Let's start with an introduction:
Director/Writer: B.C. Glassberg
B.C. has been writing since he was 9 and making movies since he was 13. In high school he attended the New York Film Academy summer camps, and in college he graduated with a degree in film from the University of Texas at Austin. His claim to fame consists of successful short films including Are We Men Or Are We Coppers? and M is for MindMeld, which landed a finalist spot in the ABCs of Death competition. Spend 5 minutes talking to him about horror and you will find that not only is he completely in love with filmmaking, but he is an encyclopedia of it. Who needs IMDB when you've got B.C.?
Producer: Udoy Rahim
Udoy's got the planning and management covered from start to finish. He's got a degree in business economics and international trade from the University of Texas at Austin and works as a supply chain specialist at a semiconductor giant. His job on all fronts is to get whatever someone needs whenever they need it. He has also been writing since he was 9, and at UT he extended his passion for storytelling into filmmaking. There he served as both the treasurer and vice president of the largest film organization on campus and helped coordinate and fund film festivals.
Co-Producer: Mark Newton
Mark is our trooper. He is a proud Texan and filmmaker with a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked on more than 15 independently produced projects including student films, web series, and short documentaries. He's currently operating as a media gatherer and editing consultant for The Dome: Movie, a feature length documentary on the creation and reputation of the Astrodome (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2012768098/the-dome-movie). Mark's the kind of guy who will drive three hours back and forth every week just to make sure a meeting is going smoothly.
Writer/Actor: Clay Shirley
Clay is the face you see up there in M is for MindMeld. He's a talented actor and writer and longtime collaborator with B.C. on several successful shorts. He got his start in acting by performing in a Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast where he played the title role of Rocky. He also has a degree in screenwriting from The University of Texas at Austin.
Writer/Actor/Art Director: Moon Watcher
Who is Moon Watcher? What is Moon Watcher? How has he been working three roles in this project? How does one watch the moon? Is it true that he was once in the nuclear physics department of the Navy?
(It's Andre Evrenos)
Director of Photography: Herbie Wei
Herbie is our accomplished cinematographer and another graduate of the University of Texas film program. He has worked extensively in Austin, L.A. and all over the country. His experience ranges from feature films, to shorts, to music videos, and commercials. In fact, so confident are we in Herbie's ability, that we are flying him in from L.A. just to shoot Derelicts.
Check out his reel right here:
Special Effects Supervisor: J.T. Zentner
We'll let the man's work do the talking.
Head over to his page https://www.facebook.com/jtzentnerstudios and give it a Like while you're at it. We could not be more excited for what he's got planned to bring to our dinner table.
1st Assistant Director: Matt Stryker
Matt is an award-winning filmmaker who also graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film. Since then, he's worked on a multitude of projects around Texas. Crosshairs and Play Things are two of his most successful endeavors, both of which he directed, wrote, and edited. They have played in such festivals as Cinequest, the Black Maria Film festival, the Lonestar Film festival, and JumpCut Film festival, where it won Best Narrative Drama. Matt continues to hone is craft on new productions and through freelance editorial work for TourGigs in Austin.
We didn't just want a 1st AD who can keep a set together, but one who also has great creative sensibility. Check out Play Things for yourself:
Casting Director: Alexandria Walters
Alex holds a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Texas, and since 2011, she has worked in the Austin film industry as a casting assistant and coordinator. Her resume includes such films as Parkland, Men, Women, and Children, and My All American. She is currently also producing her debut short film.
Exciting news coming very soon. Stay tuned!
- Shooting script: written and completed
- Casting: all actors have been cast and are being finalized
- Funding: 65% raised
- Stunts: coordinator hired, training begins May 2015
- Location: production designer hired, reviewing options for locations and sets
- Wardrobe and makeup: supervisors hired and planning has begun
- Lights, camera, sound: we have an amazing cinematographer and gaffer, reviewing options for sound mixers and recordists
- Other below-the-line crew: 70% hired
- Special effects: We have our amazing J.T. Zentner and he has designed our plans. We need your help to execute it!
This page and our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/derelictsfilm will be updated every step of the way. Stay tuned to hear more about our talented cast, amazing crew, and progress!
Here's a concise look at our timeline
- End of May: Finish current phase of pre-production
- End of June: Finish all pre-production
- All of July, a bit of August: Principal photography
- August to January 2016: Post-production
Derelicts is the biggest film project we have undertaken, and if the past six months has taught us anything it's that we are absolutely capable of pulling it off. However, we cannot do it alone. If you can see even a tenth of what makes Derelicts special to us, then please donate. If you can't donate, please share this page on social media. And if a man wearing a potato sack over his head is holding you at gunpoint with a nail gun to your eye to stop you from sharing, then please at least Like our Facebook page.
We want to entertain you, we want to thrill you, and we want to stare you down the darkest parts of human nature with a laugh.
Risks and challenges
We are not strangers to the pitfalls of micro-budget films. Effects can look shoddy. An actor could be miscast with the filmmakers not realizing it until it's too late. The script could turn out to be more expensive to produce than projected.
That's why we have taken painstaking measures to realistically plan out every square inch of this project.
We have aimed the bulk of our budget towards proper equipment to ensure high production value at the lowest costs.
We have brought a special effects expert with an undeniably impressive track record. Furthermore, no department's budget was set until we spoke to experienced professionals in each department who had read and analyzed the script and breakdowns.
Even with our two-month casting process we will have multiple table reads with our actors between now and filming, and our team is flexible at making changes for more effective filmmaking without compromising our vision.
We also made sure to finalize that script well ahead of time before kicking pre-production into full gear.
It is also important keep our shooting schedule reasonably flexible. We don't want our standard deviation of days to be too high, but we are also ready to take a few extra days if necessary.
Lastly, but most importantly, safety comes first. Our actors and crew will be provided with all the training and equipment necessary to make sure no one gets hurt in the making of Derelicts. The shoot will also be insured.
Oh and don't worry. We haven't forgotten about crafts services ;)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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