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Orlando, FL Film & Video
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This project was successfully funded on November 26, 2013.

Help us bring back the campy, pun-spewing Horror Hostess and reinvent the Haunted Travel Show!

Orlando, FL Film & Video
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The Project

We are raising funds to shoot the pilot episode of the coolest haunted travel show of all time! It will be one part sexy horror hostess, one part real haunted locations and two parts terrifying re-enactments. 

Imagine “Elvira” meets “Unsolved Mysteries” produced by horror filmmakers.

Our goal is to take the original Florida in the Shadows concept (see video below) and make it BIGGER, SCARIER and SEXIER! 

What exactly does that entail?

--A bigger budget means more polish, more horror, and more Amber Sym as Countessa Lenore!

--Half hour format.  At least two haunted locations per episode and more comedic set pieces.

--Re-enactments of the hauntings.  See the horror come to life!

--It all adds up to more thrills, more chills and more titillation!

The video below was shot in less than a day for under $1000.  Imagine the show with five times the time and fifteen times the budget!  It's going to be AWESYM!

Our Goal

We can do the show for $15,000 but we are hoping for much more than that. 

We've priced the reward tiers to be an amazing value that will appeal to both horror fans AND Amber Sym fans!  

We have a great crew in place, an envious partnership with a well-equipped film program and a star-in-the-making in Amber Sym. All we need now is your help and support to make it all happen! 

Our Horror Hostess 

Playing the part of Countessa Lenore is Amber Sym -- actress, Playboy model, talent extraordinaire.  She's sexy, she's witty and she's a confirmed Badass!

Countessa Lenore
Countessa Lenore
Scream Queen
Scream Queen

Our Crew

Directing the show is Bruce Wood -- Writer, Director, Producer and all around decent guy!  

Bruce directing Amber on an episode of Florida in the Shadows
Bruce directing Amber on an episode of Florida in the Shadows

His first film CASSADAGA (writer/producer) received a limited theatrical release and is now available worldwide. His second film MISSIONARY just received distribution and shouldn't be far behind. 

Check out the Extended Trailer for CASSADAGA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLZu8hLEz64

And the Teaser Trailer for MISSIONARY

 http://vimeo.com/68578731

Our Director of Photography is Stuart Hall.  He's a seasoned veteran with a lengthy resume that includes dozens of films, a bunch of television episodes and an enviable career working for Playboy.

Stuart and Amber on set
Stuart and Amber on set

Our Costume Designer is Tuwanda Chandler.  After years of designing costumes for the local theme parks, she's branching out into film and television. 

Tuwanda with actor Norman Reedus
Tuwanda with actor Norman Reedus

Tuwanda will be creating Countessa's new costume as well as her sexy challenge outfits.  Speaking of which...

The Sexy Challenge

This portion of the show will also be getting the BIGGER, SCARIER, SEXIER treatment!  Each challenge will be longer, maximize the sex appeal of the outfit and require bravery on the part of our hostess.  You'll often finish an episode thinking to yourself, "I can't believe she did that, but damn she looked good doing it!"

America in the Shadows is about to blow your mind!
America in the Shadows is about to blow your mind!

Where will the funds go? 

--To feed and hydrate our cast and crew. A happy crew is an effective crew! 

--To pay our Horror Hostess. She’s giving the show an entire week of twelve hour days which could otherwise be spent modeling, doing promotional gigs or other acting jobs. 

--To pay our professional crew. We have a deal in place with a college film program but we need a handful of hired professionals to oversee the different departments. 

--To provide professional make-up and costumes. Amber doesn't wake up looking like a supermodel... or does she?

--To pay for insurance (a necessary evil), location permits (another necessary evil) as well as gasoline and parking (plus a bunch of other necessary evils). 

--To develop and maintain an online presence through websites, social media and internet marketing. 

Don't take OUR word for it!

Here's what past contributors said about Amber's last campaign...

"Where most Kickstarter rewards flatter to deceive, Florida in the Shadows delivered!"   --Andrew Simpson

"The DVD, personalized video, and other Kickstarter rewards were a big hit at my friend's bachelor party. I'll back Amber's next project without hesitation!"   --Stephen Eckman

"Let it be known that Amber Sym goes above and beyond ALL expectations in fulfilling your Rewards.  You will be left awestruck and breathless, and thanking her over and over again. Simply put, she RAWKS. Period."   --Erik Bolog

Amber being Amber
Amber being Amber

After I pledge what else can I do to help? 

You can help the by spreading the word.  Share on Facebook.  Tweet on Twitter.  Subscribe on YouTube.  Hell, you could even start an old fashioned chain letter!

The rest of the world wants and needs this show to happen, they just don't know it yet ;)

Until then I'll be here, waiting in the shadows!

Risks and challenges

This isn't our first Kickstarter Rodeo! Last time we pulled off exactly what we advertised and managed to weave it into a larger VBLOG storyline.

Unforseen challenges do arise (weather, illness, the paranormal) but we have a proven format, a hard-working team well-versed in problem solving and a scheduled shoot date.

Our last remaining obstacle is securing the funds needed to bring this project to fruition.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    27 backers

    VIP

    Get exclusive access to photos, behind-the-scenes videos, show updates, at more at Amber Sym's VIP Facebook Page!

    Amber will also follow you on Twitter and give you a Friend Friday shoutout!

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    Pledge $15 or more

    10 backers

    DIGITAL

    Get a digital download of the AMERICA IN THE SHADOWS episode including the “making of” featurette and special features.

    Also the VIP tier.

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    Pledge $30 or more

    19 backers

    AUTOGRAPH

    Autographed photo of either Countessa Lenore in her new costume --OR-- Amber Sym. Your choice.

    Also the VIP and DIGITAL tiers.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    13 backers

    DVD

    A collectible DVD (including case and cover art) of the AMERICA IN THE SHADOWS episode
    --OR--
    A collectible DVD (including case and cover art) of the never-before-seen feature length edit of the Amber in the Shadows VBLOG web-series. Your choice.

    Also everything from the previous tiers.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $80 or more

    8 backers

    DOUBLE DOWN Get both DVD's (the America in the Shadows show and the feature cut of the VBLOG web-series) AND both autographed photos (Countessa Lenore and Amber Sym).

    Also everything from the previous tiers.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $125 or more

    8 backers

    POSTER

    Get an autographed full size 24x36 inch Limited Edition Poster.

    Also everything from the previous tiers.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    7 backers

    SUPERFAN Get an autographed copy of Playboy's Lingerie Farewell Edition (Dec/Jan 2013) featuring Amber Sym. PLUS get a SPECIAL THANKS credit on IMDB and the AMERICA IN THE SHADOWS show DVD. AND be part of the show's special features -- Amber will either mention your name and tell your favorite joke AND/OR she will will mention your name in a sexy "thank you" vignette.

    Also everything from the previous tiers.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit on IMDB, the DVD and THE POSTER (that's right, you'll have a poster with your name on it!!). ALSO a personalized director's chair back (Your Name, Associate Producer, America in the Shadows). PLUS you and a guest will be welcomed to spend a day on set as a VIP during the shoot (great place to use that personalized chair back!!) and come to the cast/crew wrap party. NOTE: Housing and Transportation not provided. Also everything from the previous tiers.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    CO-PRODUCER credit on IMDB, the DVD and THE POSTER (and your personal chair back). Plus a piece of original art from the show. Either the Countessa costume from Florida in the Shadows, the new sexy challenge costume, the costume designer's original sketches, the slate used during filming, or another significant art/props yet to be determined (claimed on a first come basis). Also everything from the previous tiers.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,500 or more

    3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)

    DOUBLE DATE Dinner and a movie for you and a guest (or just you) with Amber Sym and one of her lovely friends at Universal Citywalk in Orlando. NOTE: Housing and transportation not included. Photos limited to one thousand. If for some crazy reason you would rather do this with Bruce and one of his friends that is also an option. You also get the CO-PRODUCER credit and everything from the previous tiers.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $5,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    PRODUCER credit on IMDB, the DVD and THE POSTER (and your personal chair back). PLUS a theme park weekend for you and a guest with the filmmakers (Amber Sym and/or Bruce Wood) -- CHOOSE to spend a Saturday and Sunday at any two theme parks (Disneyworld parks, Universal Studios, Sea World, Busch Gardens or one of the water parks). NOTE: Housing and transportation not included. Photos limited to one million. Also everything from the previous tiers.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $10,000

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    PRODUCER credit on IMDB, the DVD and THE POSTER (and your personal chair back). PLUS if the show gets picked up by a television network you get PRODUCER CREDIT on all future episodes AND we will do a future episode in your home town area (continental US only) AND incorporate you into that episode in some manner! Also everything from the previous tiers.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

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