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A prison with a gang problem installs a 12' robot guard: GOLIATH. When it goes berserk, the cons must work together to take it down. Read more

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A prison with a gang problem installs a 12' robot guard: GOLIATH. When it goes berserk, the cons must work together to take it down.

Los Angeles, CA Shorts
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We’re humbled by the support we’ve received, and we’re announcing our first stretch goal.

GOAL
7k - A short film and two webshows! - FUNDED

STRETCH GOAL
9k - Additional episodes of Human Harvest!

Every dollar over our goal will make the film better and give us more freedom to create additional content for you.

The GOLIATH is the gigantic robot now guarding Derleth State Penitentiary. Derleth used to be awful; some would have called it hell on earth. The convicts were dangerous, with factions constantly at war with one another, and the guards couldn't step in for fear of their lives and the lives of their families. 

The GOLIATH has changed all of that. The threat of a robot with the programs necessary to hunt and the weapons built to decimate human life has kept the prisoners in line. 

Reporter Jena Ortiz goes in with the hopes of getting the scoop on how the warden managed to tame Derleth State. What she doesn't count on is the GOLIATH going berserk. Now she may never get out.

No one is safe. The gangs must unite under the leadership of a man doing time for a non-violent offense. They must work together to take down a walking tank with nothing more than six shivs, a flashlight, and an uneasy alliance.

ERIC BROSS
Director/Producer

Star sign: Aquarius
Weirdest job: Dabbing the sweat off of Morgan Freeman's forehead
His preferred last meal would be: Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream

MATT LAZARUS
Writer/Producer

Fun fact: A South Korean adopted by Ashkenazi Jews
Drives: 1997 Mazda Protege
Aspires to: 1999 Mazda Protege

SEAN ALBERTSON
Producer/Editor

Has edited: Rocky Balboa, Rambo, Heroes
Wishes he edited: Ben Hur, Citizen Kane, City Lights
Road not taken: He played drums/sang in several bands in the 1980's - whamtastic!

HORACIO MARQUINEZ
Director of photography

Country of origin: Panama
Number of films he's worked with Eric on: 9
Eric-related pet peeves: Many, but the love is there, brawh

KENNY ROY
3D Modeling/Animation

Nerd Cred: King Kong, Scooby Doo, multiple published author
Has he seen every episode of Naruto?: No, only 90% of them
Hope for us all?: He has a beautiful wife and kids

FERNANDA ANDRADE
Actress: Jena Ortiz

Vital stats: 5'5, Brazilian, Pieces
Fun fact: Vegetarian
Less fun fact: She cried when Brazil lost the World Cup

LUIS AND DANIEL MONCADA
Actors: The Capablanca Brothers

The role to remember: The Cousins in Breaking Bad
Actual twins?: Nope, just brothers
Weirdest tattoo: Luis has his eyelids tattooed

JAMES ASHBY
Actor: Jeff the cameraman

Claim to internet fame: He's one of the guys behind SMBC Theater
Favorite existentialist: Kirkegaard
The best kind of bacon?: Raw

And featuring a cameo by a knife-wielding SULLY ERNA

Why he's a badass: Lead singer of Godsmack
Acting pedigree: Just wrapped a lead role in Army of the Damned
Extra features: Stars in a forthcoming webisode

We want you to be a part of GOLIATH. We want this to be an experience, a community, not just a film. We want to draw you into the world of GOLIATH, with concept art, behind-the-scenes footage, and even two special companion webshows created just for Kickstarter

We've already raised some money, enough that our shoot is already planned out. We have rented our abandoned prison. We have reserved our equipment. We've put together an all-star cast and crew.

What's missing is the robot.

We're hoping to raise robot money ("finishing funds" if you want to get technical) because without the GOLIATH, the film is just a bunch of people getting scared of a great big blank space slightly to their left. 

Right now, we are financing a short film, proof of concept version of GOLIATH. It ends on a cliffhanger, but we have a full-length feature script as well, and we would love the opportunity to film that as well one day. Maybe if we build an audience with this short film, we will get that chance. 

Check out our Twitter and our Facebook for more updates.

Risks and challenges

Production itself isn't likely to be an issue. The problems that could arise will all come from the post-production side of things. Post-production would include adding in all of the elements that aren't captured directly on film, including but not limited to the GOLIATH robot itself.

The biggest challenge comes from the fact that this is a side-project that all of us are working on - we all have day jobs so that we can actually make rent and support ourselves and our families. Unfortunately, those bread-winning jobs will have to be our priority, no matter how much we would rather be working on GOLIATH instead. This means we will have trouble predicting when the short will be ready to go live.

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