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Brent Sims' Dreadtime Stories follows three sinister horror stories that occur at bedtime. Horror cinema with bite, blood, and monsters
Brent Sims' Dreadtime Stories follows three sinister horror stories that occur at bedtime. Horror cinema with bite, blood, and monsters
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Let's bring true horror back to cinema for the fans, by the fans.

Happy Halloween ghost, goblins, vampires, killer robots, dark ones, zombies and every manner of creature that goes bump in the night. Over the next 30 days help fund "Dreadtime Stories."

Creature concept design for "Dreadtime Stories" (The Immortal)
Creature concept design for "Dreadtime Stories" (The Immortal)

The State of Horror Movies

Do you remember when Hollywood made incredible horror movies? I do, I grew up influenced by the greats. In the late 1970s I would sneak a peek -- The Exorcist, Alien, Halloween, Phantasm, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Eaten Alive. And by the time I was in elementary school my fascination with horror films was solidified with the likes of The Shining, Creepshow, Hellraiser, Gremlins, Beetlejuice, Fright Night, and An American Werewolf in London.

If you visit Hollywood it is undeniable that every producer, agent, or executive has one thing on their mind when it comes to horror -- and that is "found footage." Thanks to movies with extremely affordable budgets like Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity, this "documentary" style of filmmaking has proven to be some of the most profitable movies in recent years. But we, the horror fans, have lost something along the way -- we lost monsters, we lost the long beautiful and graceful cinematic shots found in The Shining, we lost the beating dark heart of horror.

This Kickstarter is a call to action for true horror fans. We're making a horror film project, funded by horror fans, for horror fans and it's going to be bloody amazing.

The journey so far...

So who in the hell is Brent Sims? I'm Emmy nominated and award-winning writer/director from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I got my start back in the late 90s doing indie films and playing film festivals around the world including Sundance, Cannes, Hamptons, Cinequest, Los Angeles and many others. I then moved into writing screenplays that landed at Tim Allen's Boxing Cat Studios that has a deal with Disney, Mosaic Entertainment Group that has a deal with Sony and produced Batman Begins and Anchorman. I've also written and/or directed commercials for national brands like Plato's Closet, John Deere, and many others.

Hey that's me! Brent Sims, writer/director, to the right. I'm on location directing a national television spot and talking with our police detail.(looks like we're filming Die Hard)
Hey that's me! Brent Sims, writer/director, to the right. I'm on location directing a national television spot and talking with our police detail.(looks like we're filming Die Hard)

As of late, I've been hired to write the Hollywood remake of a classic cult grindhouse horror movie from the 70s(so not all hope is lost).

THE STORY(ies) BEHIND, "DREADTIME STORIES"

Our(that's you and me) project is called "Dreadtime Stories." The short film features three unique stories, much in the vein of Creepshow with bite, blood, and monsters. The project will shoot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this December.

Chapter 1: "Teddy Scares" -- Children go missing in a small town and a young girl fears a monster hiding in her closet is responsible. Her only protector is a third generation antique teddy bear called "Bear-Bear." Disney meets Clive Barker, so we can demonstrate to Hollywood how to adapt incredible creature effects with killer source material. (The perfect mix of practical and CGI effects).

Chapter 2: "SHHHHH! You’ll Wake The Dead" -- A vengeful Girl Scout Troop seeks revenge on their missing friend's killer. The Accused meets The Craft. (All practical effects)

Chapter 3: "Teething Tiffany" -- A Dad tucks his daughter into bed, but it's not his daughter, it's a monster hiding in plain sight. Gory factor, 10, Creepy factor, 10. (All practical effects)

Why are they short? Because nobody has time for a three hour version of Transformers 4, people need to get on with living -- so I'm packing all the good stuff into each short which will run 5 minutes each.

CONCEPT ART

The creature design and concept art for the project is being created by world renowned Russian horror artist, Anton Semenov. Several of his existing pieces are being adapted and utilized within the short films. Anton has also created several original sketches and pieces for the project.

Pre-visualization for "Dreadtime Stories," Chapter 1: Teddy Scares, monster entitled "Immortal." (Immortal in the Desert, Print 1)
Pre-visualization for "Dreadtime Stories," Chapter 1: Teddy Scares, monster entitled "Immortal." (Immortal in the Desert, Print 1)
Concept art for "Dreadtime Stories"
Concept art for "Dreadtime Stories"
Concept art from "Dreadtime Stories" (Monster Hill, Print 3)
Concept art from "Dreadtime Stories" (Monster Hill, Print 3)
Immortal character study for the CGI team in London. "Dreadtime Stories" Chapter 1: Teddy Scares
Immortal character study for the CGI team in London. "Dreadtime Stories" Chapter 1: Teddy Scares

VISUAL EFFECTS

"Dreadtime Stories" will have a nice mix of practical and CGI visual effects to provide a seamless viewing experience. My Visual Effects Supervisor is Joseph Harford from the UK. His team has worked on major video games and films. Here are a few examples of his amazing work.

Joseph Harford, Visual Effects Supervisor, in action and extremely British
Joseph Harford, Visual Effects Supervisor, in action and extremely British
Visual Effects Supervisor - example work
Visual Effects Supervisor - example work
Visual Effects Supervisor - example work
Visual Effects Supervisor - example work
Visual Effects Supervisor - example work
Visual Effects Supervisor - example work
Visual Effects Supervisor - example work
Visual Effects Supervisor - example work
This antique, third-generation, Teddy Bear will be the lead character of the short Teddy Scares, as both a practical and CGI character.
This antique, third-generation, Teddy Bear will be the lead character of the short Teddy Scares, as both a practical and CGI character.
Real mint condition 1925 Roosevelt's The Rough Riders (own this book, see the rewards section)
Real mint condition 1925 Roosevelt's The Rough Riders (own this book, see the rewards section)
Rough sketch ratio study "Dreadtime Stories"
Rough sketch ratio study "Dreadtime Stories"
"Dreadtime Stories" concept artwork, "The Immortal vs. Bear-Bear" (Print 2)
"Dreadtime Stories" concept artwork, "The Immortal vs. Bear-Bear" (Print 2)
The "Immortal" pre-vis from the CGI team in the UK
The "Immortal" pre-vis from the CGI team in the UK
The "Immortal" pre-vis from the CGI team in the UK
The "Immortal" pre-vis from the CGI team in the UK
The "Immortal" pre-vis from the CGI team in the UK
The "Immortal" pre-vis from the CGI team in the UK

COMPOSER

Cris Velasco, multiple award-winning composer of epic orchestral, dark experimental and modern hybrid music scores for video games, film and television. A few of his video game projects include Mass Effect 3, Borderlands 2, Darksiders, and Clive Barker's Jericho to name a few.

CINEMATOGRAPHER / CREW

I'm working with the very talented Ryan Booth, cinematographer, Jordy Wax, and Chase Smith. Ryan's work has been compared to movies like Children of Men. This amazing team has worked on commercial projects with me before, and are some of the most talented and hardworking people I've had the pleasure to know. Ryan has worked for MTV Networks, A&E, History Channel, Lifetime, Sony, and Universal. Jordy and Chase have worked on feature, television, and commercial projects across the world.

Ryan Booth, cinematographer, in action
Ryan Booth, cinematographer, in action
Ryan Booth, cinematographer, in action
Ryan Booth, cinematographer, in action
Jordy Wax and Chase Smith in action
Jordy Wax and Chase Smith in action

Production Designer

The super talented Claire Sanchez is working on "Dreadtime Stories." Her past work includes the upcoming Nicolas Cage movie Left Behind, 20th Century Fox's Maze Runner, Anchor Bay's The Demented, and Fox Searchlight Pictures' Knights of Glory.

Claire Sanchez, "Dreadtime Stories," Art Director
Claire Sanchez, "Dreadtime Stories," Art Director

 THE ACTORS

I have cast Jason Buuck, from Los Angeles, who won the Irene Ryan Kennedy Center Award(top theatre acting award in the U.S.), as a leading actor in two of the stories. As well as introducing Hayden Hoffman, a young dynamo, as the lead actress in the two of the stories.

Jason Buuck, lead actor
Jason Buuck, lead actor
Hayden Hoffman, lead actress
Hayden Hoffman, lead actress

STORYBOARDS / GRAPHIC DESIGN

I have the amazing Grant Hurlburt, commercial and comic illustrator/designer, working on storyboards and poster design for the project.

Grant Hurlbert, Storyboard and Comic illustrator/artist
Grant Hurlbert, Storyboard and Comic illustrator/artist

Behind the Scenes / Set Photographer

The extremely talented photographer, Christina Deare, will be on set to take behind the scenes and set photos which will be utilized in marketing materials and Kickstarter fan updates. Her creative style aligns perfectly with the "Dreadtime Stories" overall tone. 

Christina Deare, behind the scenes and set photographer
Christina Deare, behind the scenes and set photographer
Christina Deare, behind the scenes and set photographer
Christina Deare, behind the scenes and set photographer
Christina Deare, behind the scenes and set photographer
Christina Deare, behind the scenes and set photographer

Thank you for your time and consideration. Check out our rewards, let's bring true horror cinema back!

Risks and challenges

Making a film is in itself a challenge, let alone one with limited resources. But I have a few things going for me that many others don't. I don't have to learn the process of film making, I know it already. I have support from professionals in all areas, including Artist, Cinematographers, Visual Effects Supervisors, Sound Designers, Post Production facilities and more.

It is my goal to provide proof of concept short films along with feature screenplays that will peak the interest in the studio sector. Studios tend to ignore the wishes of fans, so I want to provide them the voice of the fans -- bring horror back. I think that you all get what I'm trying to do here. But at the risk of being obvious, there are some things I need to say:

-Gifts requiring your presence (set tours, tickets to the screening, dinners, etc.) mean you must pay for your own travel/lodging.

- T-shirts and art prints include shipping

-Any age can attend the set tour, as long as minors (under 18) are accompanied by an adult (over 18 years old). Accompanying adult will be held responsible for the minor.

Lets bring back horror to cinema. I need your help.

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