*** MARCH 15TH UPDATE!! ***
THANK YOU EVERYONE! We made it to our goal! This means a heck of a lot to me. Getting to make a film is a gift and I will be eternally grateful for getting to make END TIMES. A film that I’ve had in my head for 5 years now! This would not get to happen if it weren’t for YOU and your generous donations. Special shout out to Lee Rubenstein of artsnacks.co for his recent donation to get us over the top!
If you’re just seeing this Kickstarter during the remaining hours of the campaign, we will still accept your donation! I had drafted a 14K and a 20K budget for this film. 14K seemed like a long shot, but 20K seemed completely unattainable. Any funds we raise over 14K will go toward the higher budgeted version of this film! (Whether it be equipment, crew, art dept., etc!) Plus, there are still some great rewards left!
I also want to reiterate that we were only at 39% funded last week! But, you guys rallied and made it happen! It’s been very humbling and moving to me. Thank you again! I’m going to go lay down now! But, only for a little bit because there’s work to do!
*** AND NOW, BACK TO THE ORIGINAL CAMPAIGN PAGE ***
Hi, I'm Bobby Miller. You might know me from my short film TUB (Sundance/SXSW 2010) or my feature THE MASTER CLEANSE (SXSW 2016). Or you might know my digital work at BuzzFeed (where I created the Creep series), SoulPancake (where I helped produce Kid President) or my time in front of the camera at Indy Mogul and MTV. Or quite frankly, you might not know me at all. Let's face it. Let's just face facts here.
When my step-dad passed away in 2011, I wrote a funny, bizarre short film called END TIMES about a man who finds a dying squirrel in a park and has a comedic existential crisis. But, I was so focused on getting my first feature film, THE MASTER CLEANSE made that I made excuses for myself not to make the short. While finishing THE MASTER CLEANSE in 2015, my dad passed away and I thought about the short again. In 2016 I toured the festival circuit with my feature, but it's 2017 now and I'm running out of excuses. It's time to make END TIMES. I love the script so much and it clearly has hung over my head for a long time!
A film that involves death? P.U.! I rather fund something else! I hate the thought of my own mortality! Screw you, Bobby Miller and the horse you road in on!
Hold on a sec, imaginary person who just said that to me in bold type! I know that earlier paragraph was pretty weighty, but the film is actually really funny and absurd. And best of all, it entails the use of good old fashioned practical FX in the form of a dying squirrel! Kids love it!
How does one make a squirrel look like it's dying on screen?
Welcome to my world, folks! I've had lots of creature FX experience with my films TUB and THE MASTER CLEANSE. Practical FX are one of my big passions as a filmmaker. Unlike my other creature work this will be about bringing to life a real world animal and not a made-up goopy creature. So, it will bring with it new challenges, but we're up to the task! (See "Crew" below!)
$14,000 sounds like a lot for a short film. I stand by my original statement of "Screw you, Bobby Miller"
Boy, this imaginary person I'm dialoguing with is really something else! Really giving me the business! So, to put things in perspective, TUB was made for about the same amount of money back when I was a film student (hello, student loan!) and the script for END TIMES is just as long as TUB. We could easily use twice as much money for END TIMES, but luckily I know a lot of really talented, nice people who are willing to work way less than they should be working for. If we raise more than $14k, the money will go solely toward the film and the people who work on it.
Alright. Who you got working on this picture?
So far, production designer Jason Kisvarday (Swiss Army Man & The Greasy Strangler) and sound designer Christian Dwiggins (It Follows & The Master Cleanse) are on board. As well as Bischoff's Animal FX in Burbank, CA.
Okay. Fine. What do we get?
In exchange for your donations, I'm unleashing a ton of blackmail material! Including finishing and finally releasing an abanonded EP of music I started in 2010, special DVD sets of my short film TUB and web series That Movie Show / Reel Good Show, limited art prints, and even props from The Master Cleanse! Check out all the rewards to the right!
This video below covers some of the lower-tiered rewards:
Here are some photos of the higher tiered rewards!
And lastly, if you've somehow read all of this. Here I am as a talking squirrel:
Risks and challenges
It's all or nothing, folks! With your support we get to make END TIMES. Without it, we can't!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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