THE SKY HAS FALLEN -- A Post-Apocalyptic Love Story (Award-Winning Horror Film)
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Our movie got accepted into the 2010 Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival in Northern Ireland! Would you like to see your name on the big screen all around the world? We're submitting to more festivals now! Don't miss out!
Tired of remakes? Want to see something original? The Sky Has Fallen is an independent feature film written, directed, and edited by Doug Roos. Starring Carey MacLaren and Laurel Kemper, it won Best Horror Feature at the 2009 Indie Gathering International Film Festival, and it won Best Feature at the 2009 Freak Show Horror Film Festival. Now is your chance to be part of this award-winning indie horror movie.
I need your help to get this incredible, one-of-a-kind film out into the world. It's the final, crucial step in a long journey. Studios spend millions of dollars on promotion, because the simple fast is if nobody knows about a movie, it can't be successful. So many people have poured their hearts into this film and stayed up night after night to make it a reality that I'm determined to get our movie out there.
Post-apocalyptic films are always burdened with exposition. Many start with scrolling text for this very reason. Luckily, we found a creative way to quickly and easily set up our world without resorting to that. By starting with radio broadcasts playing over scenes of the plague spreading and mysterious black figures appearing, we're able to pull the audience into our story. We also wanted to avoid the cliche of these films always looking gray and ugly. Since nukes weren't a part of our apocalypse, it made sense for our movie to break that convention, setting it apart from so many others in this sub-genre. But making this ambitious film still proved to be quite a challenge. It required a lot of complex makeup, sword work, squib effects, night shooting, etc. There were days we were all about ready to collapse, but we kept at it. You can't let go of your dreams no matter what, and we made something we can all be proud of. My composer, James Sizemore, and I spent 6 months coming up with the movie's music. He's now the technical director for Academy-Award winner Howard Shore. We recorded the orchestral score live in New York City with 14 extremely talented musicians, each of whom we were so lucky to have (thanks guys).
I've been working on this film for over 5 years. I grew up on 80s films like The Terminator, RoboCop, Aliens, etc. They were the template for the kind of movie I wanted to make. Something with smart writing, great characters, real emotion and drama, breathtaking imagination, astonishing FX, good pacing, etc. I always thought if you're going to make a movie, you've got to give it everything you've got, which is why this is such a personal project to me. I spent a year writing and rewriting the script. I kept pushing myself to make it better and better. What if this was the only movie I got to make? See? No pressure at all :) Of course, I'll never stop making movies, but I knew I had to make my first feature count. I had to make something amazing and unique that would blow people away.
Unfortunately, Hollywood has turned this genre into an endless string of remakes and sequels. Obviously, they can be good (The Fly and The Thing are some of my favorite films, same for Aliens, one of the best sequels of all time), but it's insane just how many of these kinds of movies studios have been cranking out lately. There were 5 remakes in 2009 and 2006! 6 in 2008! And those are just horror films. Every year more and more are released. This is your chance to support something different. Something with heart made by people who don't just want to cash in on a famous title.
Since the movie will only be updated and added to, you're guaranteed to get your rewards (when we meet our goal, of course). No worrying about the project not being completed. And you'll clearly get to see the results of your donations. We'll be taking photos at conventions and keeping you in the loop at all times with exclusive updates (and videos!).
HOW YOUR DONATIONS WILL BE USED
1. Promote the movie at horror conventions. I'll buy tables and booths, play clips from the film, and use makeup to turn myself and my team into monsters so we get people's attention (we'll also have the name of the movie and the website address plastered all over us). I'll put the poster up on display and sell DVDs, t-shirts, etc. For example, Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend down in Orlando, Florida, attracts 10,000 genre fans every year! That's a great opportunity to get the word out! And I can buy a full page ad in their program too!
These are all the conventions I'd like to take the film to:
-- Monster Mania (Aug 20-22)
-- HorrorFind Weekend (Sept 3-5)
-- Monster Mania (Sept 17-19) or Horror Realm (Sept 17-19)
-- Spooky Empire's Ultimate Horror Weekend (Oct 8-10)
-- Rock & Shock (Oct 15-17)
-- Crypticon Minneapolis (Nov 5-7)
-- HorrorHound Weekend (Nov 12-14)
Tables are not very expensive (about $250 on average) nor is electricity ($100 or less), but there's also hotel and transportation expenses (hotels average $100-$150 a night, plane flights cost way too much, I'd like to actually drive to these conventions to save as much as possible but that still requires money for gas). Ads in their programs usually cost $500-$600, but thousands of people thumb through them.
And if we're able to, these are some other good conventions next year:
-- Texas Frightmare Weekend (April 29-May 1)
-- Crypticon Seattle (June 18-20)
2. Buy full-page ads in Fangoria and Rue Morgue, the two biggest horror magazines in the world. This is a direct line to genre fans.
3. Take the movie around to independent theaters across the country. This is a great way to drum up publicity and let people know about the movie. Most indies that are really successful do this. Ideally, we could schedule the film at some theaters around the convention dates so we could make the most out of our budget. If you have any suggestions on where we should show the movie, just let us know, and we'll do our best to make it happen!
4. Send the film off to more festivals and (whenever possible) attend them to get people interested in the film. I can hand out buttons or small posters and urge people to come to the screening, check out the website, or buy the movie.
5. Advertise online via Facebook and Google Ads.
6. Shoot additional footage to make the movie even better. After watching the film with different audiences, I noticed there's a few tweaks I could do that would add a lot without sacrificing anything or being really expensive.
7. Author DVDs of the final film. These can be a little costly since they have to be replicated in batches of 500 to 1000.
REVIEWS FROM CRITICS
"... it’s always nice to see someone do something a bit different with the genre and this is certainly the case for 'The Sky Has Fallen'... refuses to follow the ’survivors trying to survive’ plot that is all too common... this film is very striking and much attention has been paid both to the look of the zombies and the beings in the background... I really was on the edge of my seat by the time the film ended." - Paul Pritchard, pulpmovies.com
"Roos creates both a sympathetic point of view and a world of oozing horror as well. Of course, Roos would be at a loss without two strong leads to rely on. Thankfully, Carey MacLaren as sword wielding dynamo Lance and Laurel Kemper as revenge encrusted Rachel definitely hold the picture aloft on their two very capable shoulders – offering up performances of taut depth and humor." - Brian Kirst, horrorsociety.com
"... a bloody good movie... worth checking out if you get the chance." - Jude Felton, fatally-yours.com
"The makeup FX are indisputably well done while the eerie premise and shadowy cloaked figures go a long way to amp up the mystery of the plot." - Chris Webster, quietearth.us
REVIEWS FROM PEOPLE LIKE YOU
"Roos's 'The Sky Has Fallen' is an exciting and wholly original take on the post-apocalyptic/zombie film sub-genre... the music, cinematography, effects makeup, etc. are all first class. In fact, the movie as a whole entertains in a way that makes it feel as though it is a much larger film, despite an undoubtedly tight budget... Doug’s biggest achievement (besides his obvious determination and indie spirit) is his talent here for capturing the viewer from the very first frames of the film, and slowly and expertly ratcheting up the tension as it progresses, without sacrificing the developing relationship between the two main characters. What we’re left with then is a film that moves with both suspense and heart... in other words, just a damn good story!" - Vik Maharaj
"I have had the absolute pleasure of talking with Doug Roos... this writer/director has what so many seem to lack anymore and that's passion." - Destiny
"Loved it! Great little film you have here!" - Tony Ramos
THANK YOU SO MUCH
This wouldn't be possible without you, and all the people who've worked on the movie truly appreciate it. You're making all our dreams come true. Even if you can't donate, thanks for reading. Telling friends and family about this project is a big help too. Any place you can post a link makes a world of difference, or if you want to post about it on Facebook, anything helps. Thank you.
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