Z-Com is a zombie movie set in a post-apocalyptic America. It centers around Z-Com Team #409 on a dangerous mission.
One of the things I loathe most is a War and Peace-sized rendition of Kickstarter platforms. And yet, I'm compelled to give you every bit of information that I can in order to sway you to my cause. I apologize in advance if this reads like a military OPORDER. Old habits die hard.
Also: we're going to use a lot of humor. Some of the prize images we made up on the spot. They are not finished products. I hope you find the DVD cover as funny as I did. I drew it, so I have to laugh at myself.
--tim! (writer guy)
WHAT IS Z-COM?
Quite simply, Z-Com is a zombie movie. Within the scope of the movie, Z-Com itself is a government agency devoted to combating zombies. But this film is not just any zombie movie - our approach, we feel, is unique. Our zombies are not the average brain-eating track stars. We don't want to spoil it, but let's just say that zombification in our universe is sort of like rabies. With a twist. And the one thing you will *NOT* see in our movie is a katana. This is our declaration and promise to you. That's rookie Hollywood garbage. See the Katana PSA video!
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN, AND HOW DID WE GET HERE?
Z-Com came about when we discovered an airsoft adventure game in England. We wanted to go do that, but they had restrictions that we couldn't agree to follow, not for a film. We quickly abandoned the idea and decided to produce and film locally. Shooting began in mid-June. A number of "public awareness campaign" spoofs were created, humorous videos that attempt to tie in zombies into historical tragedies. We shot two teaser trailers that were designed to provide a little bit of insight into the characters. We also took publicity photos of the actors and the characters. Our project crew consists of professionals from all aspects of movie-making donating their time: makeup artists, special effects people, editors, camera operators, casting scouts, musicians, to name a few. We also have some volunteers who aren't professionals in the strict sense of the word, but they are very good.
One of our camera operators has twenty-four years of professional shooting experience in the video field on a daily basis - not in his free time. Our editor also has twenty-four years of professional editing experience across a vast variety of linear and non-linear editing equipment, also on a daily basis. Our movie will be edited on an AVID Media composer system. Our video will be shot, in part, on professional (not pro-sumer!) grade video and audio equipment with professional lighting (our real editor would like it also pointed out that the previews are not a reflection of any of the above).
We have a fair amount of work done already, but we're at a critical stage that will require financing. One of the issues we came across was sound (as you can see in the "Meet Brand" teaser trailer). This issue, we feel, has been overcome. We have two boom mikes and some wireless mikes that actors can wear, easily concealed and not out of place. We've done all we can out of pocket, and that brings us to Kickstarter. We need your support to finish this movie. Trust us when we say, you want to see this movie. Don't trust us yet? Okay, how about seeing a mini-gun eat up a crowd of zombies?
Bravo Whisky Charlie Films is producing its first Short film, in an effort to break into film-making by telling a compelling story. We firmly believe that we have a compelling plot, great cast, and solid crew. We have two character-based teaser trailers up, and a number of Public Awareness Campaign ads as a sort of spoof on zombies throughout history. All we need is to get the project finished. Now we are turning to you to help finish the project.
If you support our project, you’re not only joining our team, not only going to help us finish the film, but a lot of students will be able to further their education in Cinematic Arts. You’re also helping to support their future. You're helping upwards of twenty people further their career. This is why your support is so valuable to us. People are able to better themselves. We will not stop with this project. We will go forward with this and others in the future using [almost ;o)] any means necessary. By supporting our project, you're not only going to help introduce a new genre into the Cinematic Arts, but you will also be supporting our ability to influence and mature the genre in the future. This is why your support means so much to us. Plus, our director will love you. Like, really-really love you.
WHY YOU WANT TO SEE THIS MOVIE:
This movie has hot chicks. It has hot guys. It has guns- even a mini-gun. It has zombies. It has a special type of monster that you will not want to miss (no spoilers, sorry!). More importantly, it has plot. It has characters you can believe. It has drama. It has suspense and mystery. It has loss and tragedy.
This movie will show the efforts
required- human, emotional, physical, mental- to recover from a
zombie apocalypse. The story is told from the very beginning of, and
still incomplete, human reorganization out of a chaotic and dismal
existence. Z-Com operators face untold challenges as they attempt to
work for a government which, in trying to help the situation,
virtually destroyed a nation in the process. Not only must they
combat horrors without end, they have no support from the public, who
have absolutely no faith in what used to be the American government.
"Z-Com: Dead, White, and Blue" is one team's attempt to
help rebuild the human civilization through their sacrifices, a goal
which in which they will most likely not be successful.
Most Zombie movies tend to focus on the initial infestation. If they do get to some sort of salvation at the end, it's very briefly covered and very, for lack of a better term, cheesy. None really focus on the recovery, because maybe it is assumed there either won't be one, or it would take too long to tell that story. Few movies, if any at all, show the aftermath. Falling down is very easy, getting back up is where the real story lies.
We took the zombie movie and we made it better. Think A-Team meets Ghostbusters meets Night of the Living Dead. Now think about that Frankenstein of a movie, and set it in Mad Max or the Book of Eli. With zombies. Did we mention zombies? Like this zombie...
Our movie is written and crewed by a heavy dose of military veterans. If you're like us, and you hate watching military movies done by people who have no idea what's going on and then they do it wrong, you'll love this movie. Need more eye-candy? Me three.
The final reason why you want to see this movie: it's not a remake or a rehash. It's not a comic book movie. It's not a movie based on a book or video game. And there are no Michael Bay explosions to screw it up (and no warping of your childhood ninja turtles either - KEEP AWAY, BAY!). Did we mention hot chicks?
We've lined up about thirty Short Film festivals in which we want to compete or achieve recognition. Our goal with Z-Com is to take this project and go places (once you've helped make the movie - we'll get to the festivals on our own dime). We also have enough script material for a longer 20-25min version and for a sequel. We're also thinking this could be a web series. We dream big. And we achieve big.
We're running a funding campaign for a little under thirty days, so as to avoid losing momentum and to allow us to reach our goal of beginning final principal filming by mid-August. Once principal photography has been shot, we will need to edit the footage and mail Kickstarter prizes. We believe we can have the film completely done by Labor Day, which will allow us to send certain bits of swag around the second week of September. If we're going to be late, we promise we will let you know. We're very communicative.
Quality movies aren't cheap. Those of you who have made Shorts know this. Many of our cast and crew are prior-service or active duty military, and we don't like to do things half-assed. Our first rule is "Never Quit" and our second rule is "Do It Right".
Whilst some of our actors are working without pay, many of them require compensation. We do have to feed them, too. We also have to transport our gear, cast and crew to our shoot sites. Which means we need to grease the wheels a little and take care of them. Crew pay and travel are factored into our budget. Additionally, you'll notice one of the things that features in a few of our videos is crappy editing. Our director thinks he's a Renaissance Man. Paying a good editor is one of our top priorities, no matter how hurt the Director's feelings get.
Rule Number Two is "Do It Right". To that end, we have contacted local municipal governments to get permission to film in their jurisdictions. This requires administrative paperwork fees. Nothing is simple anymore. We also need to hire a security guard for one of the shoots. We're gun-toting actors, meaning the police do need to be notified so that nobody freaks out. And let's be honest - police presence is nice, we'd like to be able to hook them up with a light snack and some water or coffee.
Some of the gear we need, we already have. Our production team has made a huge effort to acquire everything we can get without paying - loaners and borrowed stuff. Some things you just can't scrimp on, like editing software and sound effects. Those things require money - ever had to pay for Adobe products? Arm & Leg.
Props and costumes take up a decent chunk of the budget. Our director has found the best deals on used and new props. We have a list of things we can get at Thrift stores, and those stores' locations. Periodically we go back and check to see if stuff is still there.
Swag and prize production, plus shipping costs, are another big part of the budget. We'll talk about those things more directly in the Prize Tiers.
PROJECT PRIZE TIERS:
Any contribution helps. In recognition of these tough economic times we're offering an array of small-donation gifts. We're also offering some enticing gifts for people with a little more to spend. We think you'll find something for everyone. The tiers are self-explanatory so enough about that. We'll just throw pictures at you. In most cases, these are not the final products. Part of our budget is actual products. Some of these are stand-ins. So far we've got patches and t-shirts already produced. Enjoy the DVD cover art!
RANDOM EYE-CANDY (aka proof of life):
We're going to ramp it up a notch. The pledge contribution, regardless of amount/package, that puts us over the halfway mark ($4,400) will receive - in addition to their package - the mini-gun prop that character Maks Vasilyev uses in the Short. BAM. You want a mini-gun? Come get some!
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Our eternal gratitude, your name on our website's "List of Donors" and (where applicable) your website or Kickstarter. You also get a Z-Com "combat patch". All donors will be contacted with the links to the finished video, hosted on Youtube.Estimated delivery:
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Previous bracket award, plus we put a photo of you somewhere in the movie. You supply the photo. It has to meet our standards (no nudity, nothing obscene).Estimated delivery:
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Previous bracket awards, plus we give you a Z-Com t-shirt.Estimated delivery:
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Previous bracket awards, plus we give you an autographed copy of the DVD with bonus material that you won't find anywhere. We're even going to throw in a movie poster.Estimated delivery:
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Previous bracket awards, plus we put your name in the credits as a major contributor. Not only do we put you in the credits, but we will also name-drop you in the movie as part of our line deliveries.Estimated delivery:
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Previous bracket awards, and we extend to you an invite to perform a brief cameo in the film *IF* you are in the area *AND* can make it to the shoot (we can't pay for your travel expenses but you can eat our food on the set). You'll probably be killed on-camera. Everyone loves an awesome death scene.Estimated delivery:
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We'll give you the full package: T-shirt, poster, DVD, and a combat patch. and we give you a unique, custom-made Z-Com: Origins comic book. Collector's Item! Imagine how much that sucker will be worth when we make it big.Estimated delivery:
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Because you're dropping major bank to fund this project, we're giving you a spot in the credits as an Executive Producer. Plus we'll give you the full package: T-shirt, poster, DVD, comic, and a combat patch. We'll have the comic artist autograph the comic book. The director will also autograph the comic book.Estimated delivery:
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