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Predator becomes prey when a child kidnapper picks up the wrong "victim" - a vampire boy.
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Thank you for visiting my Kickstarter page! :) With your help and support, my short film can bring a different perspective to Stephen King's short story, "Popsy."

“Popsy” is about a man who is in debt and tries to pay it off by kidnapping a child. Although the man manages to kidnap the child, the tables are turned as he becomes prey to the boy's vampire father, affectionately referred to as Popsy, who uses the kid as bait. This is not a typical vampire story.

In the film, we reverse the roles of human and livestock; the main character, Angus, is treated like an animal.  The vampire father talks his son through the process of preparing a human body, much like a dad would teach his kid how to clean a fish. The techniques he uses to kill and bleed Angus are actual factory farm practices.

Horror films are often used to make social and political statements. For example, slasher films in the '70s covertly promoted teen abstinence. The message in my film is similarly covert, but I hope to provoke some discussion and thought about our meat consumption habits.

My short movie is also designed to be used as a portfolio piece to inspire investor confidence for future film projects and to provide my actors with quality material for their acting reels.

I am raising funds to pay for props, equipment, actors, and crew that can help me express my visual interpretation of the material, as well as cover fees associated with film festival submissions.  The finished product will be a completed film on DVD to be submitted to film festivals and, as required by his office, to Stephen King himself.

Thank you!

"Popsy" © Stephen King
Used with permission.  All rights reserved.

Risks and challenges

Our proposed budget accounts for variables throughout the production process and the submission of the film to festivals.

The requested amount reflects what would make this project ideal. With your financial support, we can add visually interest effects - particularly in scenes with Popsy. For example, we would like display his supernatural strength when he stops Angus's car, ripping the door off, and dragging him out. We also want to film underwater, in a specialized tank, with light emitting from below.

Finally, we have accounted for potential setbacks - like not finishing the film before a festival due date - by staggering our submissions. Should we miss one major festival, we will be able to submit to others at set intervals until the submission opens again for the following year.

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