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A man finds a dying squirrel in a park and has an existential crisis in this surreal, absurd, live-action short film about death.
A man finds a dying squirrel in a park and has an existential crisis in this surreal, absurd, live-action short film about death.
232 backers pledged $15,626 to help bring this project to life.

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*** 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!

Thank you!!!

Sincerely,
Bobby Miller

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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!

Storyboards from 2012
Storyboards from 2012

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!

Click on the image above to read the script!
Click on the image above to read the script!

 

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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!)

Listen. This image has nothing to do with the movie. But, I didn't want to post a dying squirrel photo here cause that would bum you out.
Listen. This image has nothing to do with the movie. But, I didn't want to post a dying squirrel photo here cause that would bum you out.

 

Directing one of the large animatronic creatures in "The Master Cleanse" (Blurred for Spoilers!)
Directing one of the large animatronic creatures in "The Master Cleanse" (Blurred for Spoilers!)

$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:

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Here are some photos of the higher tiered rewards!

$100 - Limited Gallery Quality Art Print!
$100 - Limited Gallery Quality Art Print!

 

NOTE: This is just a sample of one of my previous paintings! The $500 reward will be a BRAND NEW 5x7 inch painting (not a print) made on the topic of YOUR choosing!
NOTE: This is just a sample of one of my previous paintings! The $500 reward will be a BRAND NEW 5x7 inch painting (not a print) made on the topic of YOUR choosing!

Click HERE to see more of my previous paintings! 

 

 

NOTE: This is just a sample of one of my previous paintings! The $1k reward will be a BRAND NEW 9 x 12 inch painting (not a print) made on the topic of YOUR choosing!
NOTE: This is just a sample of one of my previous paintings! The $1k reward will be a BRAND NEW 9 x 12 inch painting (not a print) made on the topic of YOUR choosing!

 

And lastly, if you've somehow read all of this. Here I am as a talking squirrel: 

 

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    You seem like a nice guy, Bobby

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    Blackmail material? Yes, please.

    A slightly larger thank you email from Bobby, PLUS a super rare mp3 of a podcast Bobby made back in 2005 that features him interviewing Tom Cruise and Jay-z. This thing has been scrubbed from the internet and could be considered blackmail material.

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    SING, DAMN YOU! SING!

    A slightly larger thank you email from Bobby and an mp3 of "END TIMES" - a new gospel number written and sung by Bobby exclusively for this Kickstarter. Plus, that rare podcast from the $5 reward.

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    Finish that Lost EP of Music!

    Not a ton of people know that Bobby released two EPS of music under the moniker "The Bmill Project" back in 2007. Even fewer people know that he was working on a third EP of music when he moved from NYC to Los Angeles in 2010. But, he still has all of the garageband files for it and will FINALLY FINISH IT! It will be anywhere from 3-5 songs long and will include such unreleased gems as "Unemployed Screenwriters". There's also a song where he talks about seeing Kevin Bacon in a bar. Will it change music as we know it? Will it be an embarrassment to Bobby's friends and family? Only you can decide!

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    I want to own this film!

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    I want DVDS & more blackmail material!

    All of the digital awards above PLUS a signed and numbered double DVD set featuring the TUB and That Movie Show DVDs (from thebobbymiller.com/store) This will feature new artwork, be signed &numbered and limited to 100 copies. On top of that, we'll throw in some more blackmail material: an 8x10 glossy shot from Bobby's extremely short-lived side career of commercial acting. Each one will be signed & personalized with things like "see you in hell", etc. Fun!

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    I want a limited edition art print!

    Everything above PLUS a signed and numbered limited edition gallery quality giclée print of Bobby's most popular watercolor painting, "It's all about Networking". It'll be approximately 5" x 7" with a thick white border. Signed and numbered and limited to 50 copies!

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    New End Times Painting Limited Print!

    Everything above PLUS a brand new watercolor painting print inspired by END TIMES. It will be a signed and numbered limited edition gallery quality giclée print like the $100 donation print (which you will also get!) Approximately 5" x 7" with a thick white border. Limited to 50 copies!

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    Sing me a song ON MY OWN TERMS!

    All of the aforementioned rewards PLUS Bobby will write and record an original song for you, on the topic of your choosing.

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    The original End Times Painting

    All of the digital rewards and physical awards + the original one-of-a-kind 5x7 painting designed for this kickstarter from the $150 donation instead of a print!

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    The Master Cleanse Props Pack!

    All of the previous rewards (minus the $400 award) plus FOUR, count em, FOUR props from The Master Cleanse! My first feature film! They include 1.) One of the actual jars used by the cast in the film. 2.) A Nuddy Budders Wrapper (Johnny's character's preferred brand of Chocolate in the film) 3.) "The Purification of the Lemon Cleanser" booklet with CD! (This is the literature the characters in the film read about before going on the retreat!) and 4.) and perhaps coolest: One of the bags that Johnny and Anna carry their creatures around in the film! These are all original items! Only TWO SETS available!

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    An Original TUB prop + Producer Status!

    All of the aforementioned rewards (minus the $400 award) PLUS a one-of-kind prop from TUB! The original ceramic head mold! Plus, a Producer credit in the credits and on IMDB and we can chat on the phone, talk notes on the script, and other fun producer activities!

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    Larger Orig Painting + Producer Status

    I usually make watercolors in the 5x7 size, but for this Kickstarter I will create 3 original 9x12 watercolors on the topic of your choosing! These are not prints, but original paintings that will be signed and one-of-a-kind! If you're unfamiliar with my paintings check out the image to the left labeled "1000 painting"! Plus, a Producer credit in the credits and on IMDB and we can chat on the phone, talk notes on the script, and other fun producer activities! You'll also receive all of the previous rewards (minus the the sold-out $1k Tub Prop reward, $400 award painting, $500 smaller painting, and the $750 Master Cleanse Props pack).

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    The Baby from TUB + Executive Producer

    The actual, one-of-a-kind, mutant baby puppet used in my short film TUB. It will come with a display stand and the rights to make TUB 2! Why would anyone want to see this? I don't know, you own the rights to it now! Plus, an Executive Producer Credit! Chat with me about the script on the phone, offer notes, and have a seat with our filmmaking family when we premiere! You'll also receive all of the previous rewards (minus the sold-out $1k Tub Prop reward, $400 award, and the $750 Master Cleanse Props pack. You'll also have to decide which painting size you want: either the $500 5x7 painting OR the $1000 9 x 12 painting). But, look on the bright side, this original TUB prop cost easily more than 1K just to fabricate! I actually don't remember how much it cost in 2009. All I know is I had to make a payment plan for it! If you like my work, you literally can't top this one! And I'd be more than happy and proud to hand it over to you for the opportunity to make END TIMES!

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