About this project
We released a new video every day of our campaign (sometimes two) featuring our super talented friends. Here's a playlist compilation of #APOCATIPS 1-30 followed by some special messages from Armin Shimerman, Harry Groener, Janet Varney, Barry Bostwick, and even Mark Twain. Check out more of our videos on the Diani & Devine Youtube channel.
is a feature-length comedy film about a struggling comedy duo who discover that surviving the apocalypse is almost as difficult as surviving in Hollywood. It's like one of those old Bob Hope/Bing Crosby ROAD TO... movies meets Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD. It's THE ROAD TO THE ROAD!
Great question. We love making movies and love how crowdfunding has helped level the playing field for independent film producers. Thanks to your help we're raising funds to make our next film DIANI & DEVINE MEET THE APOCALYPSE, a modern take on the classic Abbott & Costello/Martin & Lewis/Hope & Crosby comedy team genre set against the background of the collapse of civilization.
Another great question. You're so smart. We're award-winning actors, writers, and comedians who are often compared with classic comedy teams like Nichols and May and Burns and Allen. We've performed at comedy festivals all over the country, raised over $30,000 on Kickstarter to replace the “N-word” with “Robot” in Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” and garnered over 1.4 million hits on our web series Mary Olson.
Our first film, the horror comedy feature THE SELLING, played at over 30 film festivals, was in the Top 10 of About.com’s Best Horror Movies of 2012, and received rave reviews from The Huffington Post, Ain’t It Cool News, and FilmThreat. It's available on DVD, iTunes, Amazon, the Fearnet channel every once in a while, and a bunch of other VOD platforms. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the trailer and some of our other videos!
Take it easy. We're all friends here. This more detailed description of what the movie is about will hopefully satisfy your curiosity.
Are you prepared for the End of Civilization? Comedy team Diani & Devine are not. Like, not at all. So when all power and communication systems mysteriously shut off, the unprepared couple pack up their things and hit the road in search of a safe haven to wait out the possible extinction event. Accompanied by their trusty dog Watson and their miserable cat Mrs. Peel, the duo must struggle against the mundane realities of the collapse of civilization while retaining their decency and rationality as the rest of humanity starts getting really, really weird.
One of the benefits of being actors is that we know some pretty amazing and talented people who have agreed to be in the film. Now sometimes things come up and people get cast in big projects that can conflict but schedule permitting these are some of the folks we've already cast in the film.
Aside from us, we've got BARRY BOSTWICK ("The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Spin City"), HARRY GROENER ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Dear John"), ARMIN SHIMERMAN ("Star Trek: DS9," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), COLE STRATTON ("Pop My Culture" podcast), KITTY SWINK ("Star Trek," "Nikki and Nora"), JOCELYN TOWNE ("I Am I"), and JANET VARNEY ("The Legend of Korra," "Burning Love").
And there are still more parts to cast!
$100k is a lot of money, but it's not very much in terms of making a movie. We made our last film for a lot less than you might guess from looking at it, but much more than we're asking for this one. We have experience working cheap. Our crew is going to be small, we're trading in ALL the favors, getting some locations for free and everyone is working wayyyyy below their market rate because they're awesome friends but there are still costs that can't be avoided.
So let's break it down:
Post Production/Deliverables: $30,000
Kickstarter Incentive Fulfillment: $10,000
Kickstarter/Amazon fees: $10,000
Movies take time to make. Low budget movies often take longer because you can't throw a bunch of money at it to make it move faster. It's got to be shot, edited, scored, color corrected, and have all kinds of other bells and whistles added before it's sent off to film festivals in search of a fantastic premier. There can be unforeseen delays at every step but this is our best estimate for our timeline.
SEPT 2014: Start submitting to festivals & prepping Kickstarter incentives (please note the estimated delivery date for your reward level).
JAN 2015 and onwards: It's tricky to estimate when your festival premier will take place. We will start by submitting to the January festivals and continue submitting through all the summer ones. We will start fulfilling all the DVDs and Digital downloads as soon as the film premiers!
Everybody likes cool stuff! Check out the sidebar to the right for a full listing of our rewards.
Let's say you're getting a limited reward that doesn't include something you want like a DVD, Poster, Special Thanks, or a T-Shirt. Or maybe you want another one of those things to give as a present? No problem.
- Click "Manage Your Pledge" or "Back This Project" button (depending on if you're a backer already or not).
- Select the base tier you want to pledge at (i.e. "MEET THE HEADSHOT").
- Use the "Add-ons" information below to determine how much to add to your pledge (don't forget to include shipping if you don't live in the U.S.).
- Click "Go to Next Step" and confirm your pledge. We will ask you to specify via Kickstarter survey what item you have added when it is time to start fulfilling rewards. Make sure your email is set to receive emails from Kickstarter and info@DianiAndDevine.com!
All right. You know what the project is and you want to see our past work. Check out the trailer to our first feature, THE SELLING:
And while you're at it you might as well check out the video for our first Kickstarter project "Replacing the 'N-Word' with 'Robot' in Huckleberry Finn" which went viral and helped us raise 400% of our initial fundraising goal:
And our web series MARY OLSON:
And this video we made for our theatre company.
Behind the scenes, we've got lots of our team from THE SELLING returning including cinematographer MATTHIAS SCHUBERT, editor CHAD MESERVE, composer GEOFF MANN, and Key Art/poster designer LEE THOMPSON. And we're excited to welcome choreographer Paula Christensen and VFX supervisor Dan Jenkins to the team!
We'll be posting a new video every day of the campaign (sometimes two!) featuring friends and various members of our cast doing ridiculous things. If you're a fan of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, STAR TREK, or THE LEGEND OF KORRA you'll want to follow the campaign.
Every Like, Share, and Retweet helps. The more eyeballs we get on the campaign, the more likely we are to reach our goals!
Absolutely. Our Kickstarter videos were put together with the help and good will of a lot of wonderful and talented people who donated their time and talent to help make this possible. Everyone went above and beyond the call of but Dan Jenkins (cinematography, VFX, rainmaker, ADR), Chad Meserve (editing, sound design, titles), and Lee Thompson (Key Art, Graphics, website repair, marketing) certainly earned the title of most hours spent.
Matthias Schubert (cinematography), Ryan Weeda (cinematography), Alexandra Goodman (costume design), Geoff Mann (music, boom operator), and Ryan W. Kimball (storyboard art) were no slouches either. Big thanks to all these folks and to Alexandra Goodman, Ian Stark, Buck Zachary, Doug Stern, Alex Knox, Bryan Coffee, Karianne Flaathen (who also came out to the middle of nowhere with us and got a crash course in driving a stick shift), and Rob Schultz for showing up on an early morning to chase us.
Also, we would be remiss without mentioning the contributions of our publicity interns Patty Jean Robinson and Victoria Eden for helping us with our media outreach efforts. We're calling them interns because we want you to know they worked for free out the kindness of their hearts and their passion for art but that doesn't do them justice. Really, they're just classy ladies who we'd have been lost without.
Thanks for checking out the project!
Risks and challenges
Movies are hard work and sometimes things go wrong. Our famous friends who are going to be in the movie might get cast in the next Star Wars movie and have to cancel on us, hard drives containing all the footage might be wiped clean by an electro-magnetic pulse set off by the protagonists of OCEAN'S THIRTEEN, or we might have trouble finding a film festival to premiere at and delay the delivery of the finished film.
We faced many challenges during the course of making our first film THE SELLING and we never gave up. We found a way to keep going. We finished the film and got it out into the world. So unless something catastrophic happens we will always keep going and we will always get to the end. Some of the delivery dates might change but we will always be clear and up front about why.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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