Earlier this year we shot a promotional trailer for Banjo to help generate the production budget for the feature length movie through Kickstarter. The trailer shoot lasted one week and filmed in South Yorkshire, UK.
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Peltzer has an imaginary friend... Unfortunately for him, it's Ronnie!
Banjo follows a bullied office worker named Peltzer, who is humiliated daily by his fellow colleagues and cheating spouse.
Once news about his embarrassing bedroom accident makes it's way around the workplace, Peltzer decides to put up with his torment no longer, and conjures up his childhood imaginary friend "Ronnie", through the use of a Ouija board.
Peltzer's world is soon turned upside down, as Ronnie attempts to manipulate him, to exact revenge on his tormenting co-workers in the most gruesome fashion.
As Ronnie starts wreaking havoc and ruining Peltzer's life and relationships, Peltzer soon finds that the genie is out of the bottle, and no longer able to control his imaginary friend. In this twisted tale of romance and revenge.
Banjo started life as a thirteen minute short film titled Confessions of Peltzer, which was shot on a shoe-string budget with a three person crew in South Yorkshire, UK back in April 2012.
Confessions of Peltzer was the directional debut of Liam Regan and premiered in November 2012 at the Cochise Film Festival in Retford, UK. In 2013 the short film started making it's rounds internationally and was screened at the 14th annual TromaDance Film Festival in New Jersey, USA and Mondo Baltimore in Maryland, USA.
Once Liam began receiving positive reports from the TromaDance screening, he was inspired to take the characters from the short film and present them on a much grander stage in a feature length screenplay titled; Banjo.
A two and a half minute promotional trailer based on the feature length screenplay was shot in one week back in July 2013, with a self funded budget of only £1,000. The trailer was created to help generate interest for the feature length movie through Kickstarter.
The trailer shoot used eight different locations to represent significant plot points of the screenplay, and help present the narrative plot throughout the trailer.
Cast and crew of the trailer project lived in a small three bedroom house, which also served as a location for three separate scenes. Together the team brought segments and characters of the feature length screenplay to life, with the limited resources that were available.
The project couldn't have come to life without the dedicated team involved, with that said, the following people made this promotional trailer possible, without them, they would be no Banjo trailer;
James Hamer-Morton brought to life the bullied and vengeful protagonist "Peltzer Arbuckle" Roxanne McConnell brought sexual appeal and attitude to the cheating spouse "Deetz", Sara Hunt as the innocent girl next door "Melissa" and returning from the short film Confessions of Peltzer is Mik Crone who played the boss from Hell "Mr. Sawyer". Mik has worked on many independent horror film productions, and shares the same love of the genre with Liam, he's also toured and sold albums worldwide.
The trailer was produced by Mark Finch and Dan Moxon, who worked around the clock organising props, locations and making made the daily schedule. Dan has worked with Liam ever since 2010, and together have developed screenplays and short stories. Mark worked on Troma's Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1 & 2 and met Liam whilst on set in Niagara, New York.
Director of photography David Pickering brought his unique visual flair to the production, mastering shots that Liam strived for, even came up with developing the infamous "Pickering Rig" which can be seen in the final shot of the trailer. Sound was recorded on-set by Robert Wingfield who has worked on Safehouse PIctures UK earlier production The Eschatrilogy: Book of the Dead (2012), he also composed the music for the Banjo trailer. Chris Carr helped design the interior office location, and Mila K worked on the art design of the project. Paul While of Graphic Delusions brought to life all the special effect set-pieces within the trailer, providing blood and guts, and creating the facial prosthetic for Peltzer's imaginary friend "Ronnie".
Last and certainly not least, Steve Day as production manager, Steve started working with Liam on the Confessions of Peltzer short film, designing graphics for the production, as well as co-ordinating transport and accommodation for all the cast and crew involved. Steve has been a dedicated member of Team Banjo since the short film and is an invaluable member of the production team.
The concept of Banjo has been Liam Regan's passion piece for the past three years. Developed from a story, to a short film, and now it's latest incarnation; a feature length movie.
"Banjo is basically a morality tale, in which the meek shall inherit the earth by gaining revenge and retribution over his tormentors. I've always described this project as Drop Dead Fred (1991) meets Basket Case (1982) due to the uncontrollable imaginary friend aspect mixed with the underground grand guignol stylisation...
... I have been a fan of the horror genre since I was five years old, I would walk into my local video rental store and quickly navigate my way to the horror section. I instantly got goosebumps each time by just looking at the video covers, and being mesmerised by the art-work and the still photos found on the back of the video cases...
... These movies were fun, over the top, character based, exploitation horror movies with an edge. They knew no boundaries, and it seems that in today's genre, everybody is trying to play it safe, and be everything to everybody, thus becoming a carbon copy generic shell of what the genre originally birthed. I truly miss the envelope pushing, twisted movies that I grew up watching. With Banjo, I want to bring back the sensibilities of the exploitation genre, and add a fresh dash of dark British humour...
... With the cast and crew that we have secured for Banjo, we can bring this feature length movie to life on such a low budget. Working with Safehouse Pictures UK is a true blessing, because here you heave the heart of the independent British film industry. A select group of filmmakers, with like-minded beliefs and passion towards the horror genre. I was literally blown away by the production value on their latest movie The Eschatrilogy: Book of the Dead (2012) when I discovered the little budget they had...
... I want to replicate the production value of the movies I grew up watching, with the heart of a truly independent film, that takes no prisoners and doesn't insult fans of the genre. If we're able to receive our principal photography production goal of £5,000 via Kickstarter, then Banjo will begin production in May 2014."
Banjo is set to go into production in May 2014 and will have a 21 day shooting schedule for principal photography.
Due to the amount of resources, locations and talent that are needed to bring Banjo to life, the funding raised by Kickstarter will be used for the following costs:
- WRITER/DIRECTOR – Liam Regan (Return to Nuke 'Em High)
- PRODUCER – Nicola Morter (The Eschatrilogy)
- EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - Damian Morter (The Eschatrilogy)
- SPECIAL EFFECTS – Paul While/Graphic Delusions (Dead Love)
- MUSIC SUPERVISOR – Rob Wingfield (Treasure Trapped)
Banjo will be directed by Liam Regan of Straight to Video Productions. Liam started his film career by working as a production assistant on local independent film productions, whilst writing screenplays for prolific genre based film studios. He made his directional debut with his short film Confessions of Peltzer (2012).
In Summer 2012, Liam worked in New York with the President of Troma Studios and the creator of The Toxic Avenger, Lloyd Kaufman on his most recent Troma productions Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1 (2013) and the upcoming Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 2 (2014). The following year, Liam travelled to the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France to work on the documentary sequel to Troma's All the Love You Cannes! (2001) titled; Occupy Cannes! (2014) which will be released in 2014.
Banjo is set to be produced by Nicola Morter and executive produced by Damian Morter of Safehouse Pictures UK, the company was formed in 2010 by the husband and wife duo. Their plan was to create innovative and commercial feature films to showcase their talent within the UK.
Bicycle Day (2011) was Safehouse Pictures UK's first feature length movie and produced on a nano budget of £90, proving that hard work and dedication through storytelling was the main ingredients needed to create an entertaining and thought provoking visual picture. The film received amazing reviews and festival success.
Their next picture The Eschatrilogy: Book Of the Dead (2012) was born from Nicola's love of the zombie genre, cross bred with Damian's passion for anthology pieces. The 700 strong cast made the film stand out in epic proportions. The film premiered on October 2012 at the GRIMM UP NORTH film festival in Manchester, UK. The Eschatrilogy: Book of the Dead (2012) has played film festivals worldwide, in countries such as America, South Africa and Germany.
Banjo will be be the next in-house Safehouse Pictures UK production, if funding of the £5,000 production budget is successful via this Kickstarter campaign. With the in-house talent and crew of Safehouse Pictures UK, we're able to make this movie on such a low budget, using the very best cinematography, sound design, editing, grading and producing that Safehouse Pictures UK prides itself on.
Pledging towards the production of Banjo will earn you unique and limited edition rewards, such as; autographs, posters, t-shirts, invitation to a private screening of the finished movie, limited edition screenplays, IMDb credit listings, hand numbered and limited edition VHS and special edition DVDs of the short film Confessions of Peltzer (2012) and much more.
The Confessions of Peltzer special edition DVD contains the following extras: audio commentary, deleted scenes, documentary, behind the scenes and rehearsal footage. The special edition DVDs and VHS are individually hand numbered and limited to 50 copies on each format, once these have been sold, no more will go into production.
You can also pledge towards a screen-used, worn prosthetic mask of "Ronnie". Only six of these were created and used whilst filming. Each mask comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by the director Liam Regan.
T-Shirt sizes come in small, medium, large and extra large, the size of your t-shirt can be quoted once you have made your pledge.
Estimated date of delivery on all physical items is January 2014. On-set visits and appearances in the movie will take place during the production of Banjo. Invitation to a private screening of the movie shall take place in late 2014, once the film has completed it's post-production phase. Dinner with the director will take place in December 2013.
Travel expenses aren't included for any of the rewards on offer.
Please look below to see the full range of rewards that are available at the monetary amounts listed, and then please scroll to the top of the page, and pledge on the rewards found on the far right hand side.
Risks and challenges
Due to time constraints and the availability of cast & crew. May 2014 is the only available window to shoot the feature length movie. With a shooting schedule of 21 days, we will set aside 5 extra days for potential pick-up shots within the month of May if the schedule needs to be amended.
Shooting the promotional trailer has helped us as a production team discover the types of camera angles and lighting set-ups that work for each scene, due to covering 95% of locations within the trailer's narrative form. As a production we are well versed in the characters and the production design within the movie's genre.
Once production on principal photography has completed, all post-production work shall be created in-house, which includes, but not limit itself to; editing, grading and sound design. With the cost of post-production being taken care of in-house, the only budget that's needed is the £5,000 production budget that we wish to raise via Kickstarter.
Distribution would be the next step upon completion of the feature length movie, however we are very confident that with the production value that we're able to create for the movie, and the genre that we are working within, the movie will be marketable to prolific distributors and studios.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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