What is Better The Devil?
Better The Devil is a short form horror/black comedy film written by Alessandro Pulisci for the San Francisco State University Cinema Department's thesis film class and starring Tim deZarn (Cabin in the Woods, Fight Club, Spider-Man, Star Trek, Sons of Anarchy), to be shot in December 2013 and edited during the Spring 2014 semester.
The film is about a group of people who learn the hard way that you can't judge a book by its cover, and sometimes the devil you know is better than the one you don't.
Alright, but why would I want to watch it?
The film is a loving riff on the horror genre, in the vein of the original Evil Dead films, Scream, or more recently, Cabin in the Woods. All the blood and guts for you gorehounds, plus clever dialogue and playful pokes at well worn genre norms that fans of Sam Raimi and Edgar Wright will appreciate.
Fair enough. Who's in this picture?
Tim De Zarn as Lou
Taylor Michele as Amy
Nathan Brown as Chris
Ian C Hopps as Judah
Katrina Sherwood as Jessica
Colby Landry as Bonnie
(special thanks to James Hiser for standing in as Lou in the teaser)
And who's this Pulisci guy, anyway?
Alessandro Pulisci is a senior at SFSU, planning to graduate in the Spring. Born and raised in the Peninsula, some of Pulisci's earliest memories are making movies with his father around the house and backyard, and going to the movies together after school every week. He took an interest in music and spent his high school years playing in bands in the Bay Area punk scene before returning to college and his love of Cinema. His production banner, Ugly Owl Films has had a busy year as Alessandro builds his portfolio (including an entry in the ABCs of Death 2 competition) and 2014 is shaping up to be even bigger.
What of the crew?
Director of Photography: Favienne Howsepian
Assistant Director: Alex Gilbert
2nd Assistant Director: Ariel Sinelnikoff
Producers: Ariana Minolli and Erica Simons
Gaffer: Eric Paulsen
Sound Recordist: Sterling Cook
Art Director: Sarah Mahan
Special Effects Artist: Alyssa Harrison
1st Assistant Camera: Theresa Wong
2nd Assistant Camera: Sydney Cox
Script Supervisor: Daniela Festa
Production Assistants: Sal Jimenez, Kristin Wingfield
Well, what are you doing with my money?
No cash diving for us! Although that would make for an interesting reward... No, all the funds raised here will go towards making the absolute best possible film. This means shooting at a beautiful location with high quality equipment and talented actors. We are planning on using the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, which is relatively inexpensive but captures gorgeous images. If we exceed our goal, the first order of business will be to upgrade to a RED Camera, responsible for films such as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, This is the End, Thor: The Dark World, The Great Gatsby, and many more. Beyond that, we will be able to pay our extremely talented and generous crew, who is working for free, and submit the film to festivals around the world.
We even created this lovely pie chart for you to get an idea of where the money will be going:
And what do I get for donating?
We have some awesome rewards lined up for our backers. Here are a few of the best deals:
$25 - you get public recognition for being awesome, a sticker pack, a special thanks in the credits, AND a digital copy of the film as soon as it's completed!
$35 - in addition to everything above, you get a DVD or Blu Ray of the film which will include outtakes and behind the scenes footage, and an 11x17 promo poster!
$100 - Everything above, plus the option of an 11x17 promo poster or a script, signed by the director and cast!
$150 - we're offering a limited edition art print from the notorious and insanely talented street artist Give Up. We'll only be making 40 of these in this colorway, so once they're gone, they are gone. Plus you get the shout outs, stickers, special thanks, and a copy of the film in the format of your choosing!
$170 - one of a kind, handmade sign from Moon Editions, made for and used in the film!
$200 - Evil Dead trilogy marathon on the big screen with the cast and crew and 5 of your friends! Going to be an AWESOME day.
Be sure to check out all the other awesome rewards, conveniently located just to the right here!
Okay, you got me. What do I do now?
First, make a donation of any size. Even a dollar helps. You can also change your donation amount anytime before the campaign ends and you will not be charged a penny unless we meet our fundraising goal.
After you've done that, Kickstarter will give you the option to send a message out to your friends/followers on Twitter and Facebook and the like. The message will say you just backed us and it will include a link to our project page (you can edit the text). Please send these messages! It only takes a second and will help us tremendously!
Next, convince a friend or your grandmother or your cat to make a donation as well. Everything helps.
Finally, pat yourself on the back! Take solace in the knowledge that you're super awesome and you're helping us realize our vision.
Thank you so much for your support! We cannot wait to show you all the completed film!
Risks and challenges
Every member of the crew is working on this film out of passion for the script and dedication to their individual path. We are committed to make this film a great experience for the audience and we are doing our best to prepare for any possible problem along the way. This means triple checking our gear, checking weather patterns for our outdoor shots, testing our props and effects, and thinking out every possible problem in advance and figuring out how to deal with it. For the next 6 months, we will eat, drink, sleep, and breathe this project, and we know we will come out the other end with something great.
And of course, our graduation rides on the completion of the film. So you can rest assured that we will do everything humanly possible to make this project happen, and be the best we can make it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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