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A post-apocalyptic love story. Award-winning horror film. No CGI. Get your name in the credits!
A post-apocalyptic love story. Award-winning horror film. No CGI. Get your name in the credits!
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++ $100 is just an easy goal to get us started! We're trying to raise as much as possible in order to promote the film, enter more festivals (they add up quick), etc. ++

The Sky Has Fallen won Best Horror Feature at the 2009 Indie Gathering Film Festival as well as Best Feature at the 2009 Freak Show Horror Film Festival. It also won Best Practical Special Effects at the 2015 Fantasmagorical Film Festival. At the 2009 British Film Festival LA, it was nominated for Best Score. It won an Award of Merit for a Feature Film and another Award of Merit for Cinematography at the 2012 Accolade Competition. Then it was nominated for Best Special FX and Best FX Makeup at the 2012 Maverick Movie Awards. The film was also nominated for Best Feature and Best FX at the 2013 San Antonio Horrific Film Fest. It received a nomination for Best Use of Blood/Makeup/FX at the 2014 Bare Bones Film Festival and I was nominated for an Indie Auteur of the Year Award. At the 2015 Global Independent Film Awards, it also won Best Horror Feature. It was also nominated for Best Director, Best Feature Film, Best DP, Best Special Effects, and Best Original Score at the 2015 Terror Film Festival. At the 2016 International Independent Film Awards, it won a Bronze Award for Best Narrative Feature and a Gold Award for Special Effects Makeup. It also won Best Horror Feature at the 2016 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards.

Already on IMDb here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1316078/

Quotes from Critics!  

  • "This is a very large win for independent cinema in my opinion and isn’t a film that should be passed by." - Dread Central
  • "FX here are damn good... genuinely creepy and downright scary..." - Ain't It Cool News
  • "Seriously though, so much blood. It was awesome." - The Horror Honeys
  • "One of the gnarliest films I have seen in recent history... the gore is astounding as is the pacing... on par with Raimi’s The Evil Dead." - Repulsive Reviews
  • "Thought-provoking, emotional, and loaded with action." - The Man Cave
  • "From beginning to end, this movie is tense, gripping, and atmospheric... inventive and refreshingly original, dark and creepy, brutal and uncompromising..." - Horror Movie Diary
  • "It didn't suck like most independent films. Effects are top notch." - Howlin' Wolf "A good film. A really good film." - Cinezilla
  • "Amazing special effects." - All Things Horror
  • "I thought it would be just another zombie movie but it's so much more and it manages to put a new spin on the zombie genre." - Independent Flicks

 All practical FX. No CGI. No shaky cam.

We need your help to get this post-apocalyptic monster out into the world. The money you pledge will pay for entry fees and shipping costs to submit to more festivals (we'd like to get into as many as possible), advertising and promoting the film online, etc. Anything you can contribute is greatly appreciated even if it's only referring a friend. Since the film already has an IMDb page, you can get your credits as soon as your pledge is collected. The final cut is already done too so it'll just be updated with your credits, and then you'll quickly get your rewards so you don't have to worry whether the project will be finished or not.

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What's the plot?

Within a couple hours, a new plague wipes out almost all of the world's population. Trying to avoid infection, people flee to remote locations, but they start seeing mysterious black figures carrying away the dead to experiment on them. Now, Lance and Rachel, two survivors determined to fight back, must kill the leader of these creatures before the rest of humanity disappears.
 

Is this just a gore fest?

Absolutely not. We have a lot of makeup FX and blood in this movie, but I think this genre works best when you actually care about the characters. I love Aliens and John Carpenter's The Thing not just because of the amazing practical FX but because of the unforgettable characters like Ripley, Hicks, Hudson, MacReady, Childs, Blair, Garry, etc. The goal was to make this character-driven but still with a lot of action and horror.

Why is the forest still green if it's post-apocalyptic?

In this particular story, the world didn't end with a bunch of nukes or anything like that. If a virus killed billions, the grass and trees wouldn't be affected, which was a way for me to avoid the typical desaturated look of post-apocalyptic films where everything is ugly and bleak. There was no reason for that. Plus, my two biggest influences were Japanese films like Versus and South Korean cinema like A Tale of Two Sisters, Oldboy, etc. The latter often puts beauty and horror side by side.

Is this just a crappy low budget movie?

I certainly hope not :) We actually recorded the score live in NYC with 14 musicians. Our film's composer James Sizemore now works as the technical director for Howard Shore, the Academy Award winning composer of The Silence of the Lambs, The Fly, Seven, etc. Plus, we had real squibs, over 50 creature extras, and besides the awards, we've also gotten over 40 positive reviews (just check the links above).

What's next?

A creature feature with hundreds of monsters and some very cool characters. Again, all practical FX. Heavily inspired by John Carpenter's The Thing and Japanese cinema, the script has been written, and we're already working on the FX, which will take several years to get ready, but it has transforming, flamethrowers, etc. It's going to be nuts. I'm also working on a realistic sci-fi film like Primer and plenty more practical-FX monster movies.

Haven't you already done some crowdfunding?

Yes, we have, and it has allowed us to enter a lot more festivals including the Bare Bones International Film Festival where we got two new nominations, the San Antonio Horrific Film Fest where we also got two new nominations, the Global Independent Film Awards where we won another Best Horror Feature award, etc. We've been able to get new reviews, market the film on social media and in print magazines. The trailer even got a million hits on YouTube. Every Kickstarter we do helps us spread the word and take the movie that much further, which is why we're at it again. The good news for you is we know exactly what we're doing since we've done it before so you'll quickly and easily get your rewards. We have a solid track record shipping everything out on time. I've also backed plenty of Kickstarter projects myself (over 300) so I know what it's like from the backer side as well.

Any other questions?

Feel free to message me on here. Thanks!

My other short films on IMDb:

#Zombies #Horror #Apocalyptic #HorrorFilm #HorrorMovie

Risks and challenges

Normally, just shooting the movie would be a great challenge, but since the final cut has already been completed and only has to be updated with your new credits, there isn't any risk of the project not being finished. In other words, we already filmed everything, edited it, hired a composer, recorded the score, did the sound design and mixing, designed the DVD, made the special features, etc. so delivering your rewards won't be a problem. We just have to reach our funding goal. Then the real hurdle is getting the word out about the movie, but we're making more progress every day, and with your help, we'll be able to do a lot more that will make a big difference: more festival wins, more positive reviews, more promotion and marketing, etc.

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