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A post-apocalyptic love story. Award-winning horror film. No CGI. Get your name in the movie's credits!
A post-apocalyptic love story. Award-winning horror film. No CGI. Get your name in the movie's credits!
25 backers pledged $2,711 to help bring this project to life.

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New Movie THE SKY HAS FALLEN Practical FX Horror Film

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++ $100 is just an easy goal to get us started! We're trying to raise as much as possible to promote the film, enter more festivals, mail screeners, 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. At the 2009 British Film Festival LA, it was nominated for Best Score. It also won an Award of Merit for a Feature Film and another Award of Merit for Cinematography at the 2012 Accolade Competition. At the 2012 Maverick Movie Awards, it was nominated for Best Special FX and Best FX Makeup. The film was also nominated for Best Feature and Best FX at the 2013 San Antonio Horrific Film Fest. Most recently, it received a nomination for Best Use of Blood/Makeup/FX at the 2014 Bare Bones Film Festival. The writer/director was also nominated for an Indie Auteur of the Year Award.

It's already on IMDb here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1316078/

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 be for entry fees and shipping costs to submit to more festivals (we'd like to get into as many as possible, but they add up quick), making more screeners for reviews as well as mailing them (each costs $5 with the DVD manufacturing and shipping), 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. You don't have to worry whether the project will be finished.

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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 lots of 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.

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, 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.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. 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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    FX GUIDE in PDF format! This covers sculpting, mold making, gelatin masks, prosthetic application, etc. Plus, a digital download of the step-by-step MASK MAKING VIDEO!

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    LIMITED EDITION DVD with 6 behind the scenes featurettes + step-by-step mask making & prosthetic application videos! It's $19.99 on Amazon so you're already saving money! Free shipping too (even international)! Plus, the PDF FX Guide!

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    IMDb SPECIAL THANKS on a short film I made called HUNTED. Plus, the PDF FX Guide & Limited Edition DVD.

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    2 IMDb SPECIAL THANKS credits for HUNTED & THE SKY HAS FALLEN! Of course, you'll be thanked in the end credits of this feature too (meaning it won't just be on IMDb). PLUS, the Limited Edition (2 DVDs) and PDF FX Guide! Your credits on IMDb will be added right away.

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    EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT. On the front is the lovely lead creature with its white eyes and rotting face. Rachel is on the back. Don't forget you also get the Special Thanks credit for this feature and the IMDb Special Thanks for my short, the Limited Edition (2 copies), and the PDF FX Guide!

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit at the end of this feature as well as on IMDb. Plus, the Limited Edition DVD (3 copies), Exclusive T-Shirt, IMDb Special Thanks for my short, and the PDF FX Guide. Your IMDb credits will be added right away.

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    2 IMDb ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credits for THE SKY HAS FALLEN and HUNTED! You'll be an Associate Producer in the end credits of this feature too (meaning it won't just be on IMDb). Plus, the Limited Edition (three copies), Exclusive T-Shirt, and the PDF FX Guide. Your IMDb credits will be added right away.

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    4 IMDb ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credits for THE SKY HAS FALLEN and HUNTED as well as two other shorts of mine: BETRAYED and ANTIHERO! You'll be an Associate Producer in the end credits of this feature too (meaning it won't just be on IMDb). Plus, the Limited Edition DVD (3 copies), Exclusive T-Shirt, & the PDF FX Guide. Your IMDb credits will be added right away.

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    10 IMDb EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credits for THE SKY HAS FALLEN, HUNTED, BETRAYED, ANTIHERO, BEHIND YOU, 1 OF 13, PROMISE, ASPIRING ARTISTS, MIDNIGHT, and IN THE SHADOWS! You'll be an Executive Producer in the beginning and end credits of this feature too (meaning it won't just be on IMDb). Plus, the Limited Edition (three copies), Exclusive T-Shirt, & the PDF FX Guide. Your IMDb credits will be added right away.

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