HOW IT STARTED
Kickstarter’s making 2016 The Year of The Trailer, each month “reaching out to the filmmakers we know and love and asking them, ‘if you could make a movie trailer for one crazy idea, what would it be?’”
They're kicking it off with four campaigns from Sundance alumni, and they’ve invited me to make a trailer for a movie that’s yet to be made.
My Sundance film, Cruising Electric, was something I felt was too out-there to pursue. Though I held on to the idea for years, I kept making work-work while the Cruising spot always went ‘round and ‘round in my drowsing mind. Ultimately, I just loved it into existence and once I put it out there, I’ve been floored with the enthusiastic response it's received.
WHAT I'M PLANNING
So when George at Kickstarter first proposed this “fake trailer” idea, I knew it was the boot-in-the-butt that would get me to make my other long-simmering, oft-dismissed idea – an over-the-top modern Western about an American Indian woman who sets out to get back her father’s stolen horse.
WHAT I'M MAKING WITH YOUR MONEY
This is a trailer – a kinetic, frenetic assault of racket and rad images. . F*cking and fighting. The flesh and the flash. It's the movie's best moments ram-rodded into sixty seconds.
What I want to make is really a teaser– a compelling, thrilling set-up of the daughter’s story. But it’s not a horse she's after – it’s a ridable jet engine.
It's an imagined 1989, where Western expansion has stalled somewhere in the middle. The white folks’ westward rush got clogged just beyond the Mississippi. The plains tribes banded together and held the line for seventy-something years. Technology and civilization have continued to evolve, creating many of the advancements of the 20th century – Chevrolets, frozen yogurt, Telex machines. But it’s all a few degrees askew of what we know today – less refined and more cobbled together.
The trailer is a frenzied chase; American Indians riding jet engines in blistering pursuit of a covered wagon pulled by six motorcycles. If the Fat Boy-style A-bomb gets through, it'll upset the balance of power and mean the end of the plains tribes' stronghold. Ultimately the hero gets his jet cycle ripped from between his legs.
The sequence is intercut with the daughter, an American Indian woman, years later walking in an austere museum space. She slowly peels off her clothes and reveals a key around her neck. She's there to recover her father's horse- his captured Jet-Bike now on display in a white-walled museum.
The whole thing will feel like a schoolyard fight, a mosh pit of sweaty, shirtless energy, but it'll be driven by a sharp sense of fun. It should be a blast to watch. And have a lot fewer words than this page.
The money I'm raising here will be well-used in all manner of production. Much of the final product, though, relies on a lengthy post-production phase. We'll be shooting the performers against green screen and will put them onto the JetBikes and covered wagons in post. Along with the initial design and modeling, the whole process could be a lengthy one, so I'm tailoring some of the rewards to keep y'all in-the-know.
I'm also including some incentives featuring my earlier film, Cruising Electric.
Risks and challenges
The real challenge will be to shoehorn this complicated project into my day-to-day schedule. The added weight of the effects means this might not be quickly completed.
I'm aiming to begin shooting this spring, with the summer reserved for starting the post. Be patient, though – this is the project I want to make.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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