Red is a low-budget psychological thriller that will be shot in San Francisco and released worldwide. Starring Jodelle Ferland of Twilight: Eclipse and Silent Hill, the film is the debut feature effort of Films by Neptune, a dynamic new production company based in San Francisco. Red will be distributed by RSquared Distribution.
Based on the classic fairytale Little Red Riding Hood, Films by Neptune's Red follows teenage Rowan as she moves to San Francisco to live with her grandmother. But when unforseen circumstances force her to stay in a hotel instead, she tests her newfound independence out in the city, falling in with an older man who seems too good to be true. Are his intentions for her good? And if not, can she get away before it's too late?
Leading our cast as Rowan is Jodelle Ferland, star of Case 39 and Tideland, and recently featured in Twilight: Eclipse as the vampire Bree.
Claudia Christianalso stars as Marlena, a woman with a mysterious connection to Rowan.
Joining Jodelle and Claudia is James Russell, star of 476 AD and festival hit short film The Crustacean Crisis. Two of the lead roles are still being cast - and that's a big part of what brings us to KickStarter.
We have a fantastic crew of experienced Bay Area filmmakers working on the film, including Ben Einhorn and Wes Warfield on camera, Randy Hall on sound, Rachael Bell handling production design, and Alex Neil heading post-production. We'll start posting crew bios and interviews as the campaign progresses, and one of the first things we'll do with the money we raise is hire more crew to fill out our key departments. Our writer and director is Danielle Colman, and our lead producer is Benjamin Yennie.
How Kickstarter Works
KickStarter is a platform for filmmakers and artists like us to raise funds from our audience: people like you. Anyone can pledge to the project, and in return we keep you informed about our efforts, and send out incentives and rewards once the money is raised. You can pledge any amount you like: for $1, you get access to exclusive updates from the cast and crew, and for $10,000, we'll fly the director, producer and a limited-edition DVD or Blu-ray of the film out to your location for a private screening party. In between, we're offering downloads of the film, special edition DVDs and Blu-rays, and replica production art, props and costumes from the film itself. Have a look to the right to see what we're offering at different pledge levels.
To help out, click on the amount you'd like to pledge, and Kickstarter will guide you through the process of selecting your reward and setting up your payment. Your card won't be charged until the end of the campaign, and only if we raise our goal. For more information, have a look at the Kickstarter FAQs.
NEW: SPECIAL REWARDS
In response to requests from some of our backers, we're now offering select original prop and wardrobe items from the film. Keep checking back: we'll be offering more as the week goes on!
Isn't $50,000 kind of low? Is that enough to make a feature film?
In order, yes and sort of. $50,000 is only a fraction of our full budget, and it's not enough to make the whole film. But what it is enough to do is take care of a few key things that will persuade our other investors to come on board. Firstly, we'll be using the money to attach more actors to the project, since a great cast is one of the first things an investor looks for in a film project. We'll also use the money to kick pre-production into high gear, so that by the time we get to shooting we'll be ready to put something truly incredible on film.
What happens if you don't reach $50,000?
Absolutely nothing. You don't get charged, we don't send out the incentives, and we go back to more traditional methods of trying to get the film financed. Unfortunately, that makes it anyone's guess whether we'll be able to get the film made at all.
What happens if you raise more than $50,000?
You mean, aside from lots of celebration and possibly some very dorky dancing at Films by Neptune HQ? Well, that really depends on how much! Every penny raised on Kickstarter (aside from what goes to Kickstarter fees) will go straight into the film's production. The more money we raise here, the less we have to get from investors, and the sooner we can start filming!
Absolutely! Where the green "pledge" button used to be, you should now see a blue button that says "manage my pledge". Click on it, and it'll take you to a page where you can change your pledge amount or reward choice.
Yes, it just takes a few extra steps. You'll need to get a pre-paid Visa or Mastercard debit card, and - and this is important - put at least $1 more on it than you intend to pledge. Then you can add it to your Amazon account and use it just like a regular credit or debit card.
Sort of. You can't pledge as "Anonymous", but you can choose to sign up for Kickstarter with any name you like. So, if you don't want us to know who you are, just pick a username that's nothing like your real name!
The DVD and Blu-ray will be region free: since they are special editions available only to Kickstarter backers, we'll be printing them to order to make sure our international backers can watch them without any issues.
One Dollar Pledge Party Special! For $1, you now get a copy of Rowan's custom ringtone (you'll hear it several times in the film), and a high-resolution desktop wallpaper of production art from the film, delivered right to your e-mail.
Another One Dollar Pledge Party Special, for anyone feeling a little more generous: for $3, in addition to the $1 package, you also get a free digital download of two tracks of your choice from the "Red" soundtrack.
Now it's personal - for $5, you get a personal thank-you on a production art postcard. The front wil be a limited-edition print of one of five pieces of production art, and the back will be addressed to you - by hand - by the producer or director.
Feeling special? For $25, you get a special, limited-edition, Kickstarter-only DVD, featuring an introduction and thank you from the director and a bonus behind-the-scenes featurette. This version will not be available to the general public!
Gratitude via postcard just isn't enough: at $100, you get a personal phone call or Skype with the producer of the film. You'll get our personal thanks and gratitude, plus you can ask any question you like about the film and we promise to answer truthfully! You also get all the rewards for $75.
For dedicated collectors, at $200 you get to add one limited edition production art print to the $150 package. There are five prints to choose from, each one an exact replica of a piece of artwork from the film itself.
Special thanks credit not enough? At $300 you get everything you get for $200, but we'll make you an Associate Producer too! You'll be credited right after the cast, director, producers and executive producers.
SPECIAL ITEM: ROWAN'S HOODIE
You asked, and it's here: pledge $500 to receive the *original* signature hoodie, as worn by Jodelle during filming of "Red". Only one available, includes your choice of DVD or Blu-Ray but does not include the rest of the "Associate Producer" package.
SPECIAL ITEM: MARLENA'S DRESS
Another one-of-a-kind item: pledge $750 to own the custom-designed evening dress that will be worn by Claudia in the party scene, one of the most important scenes in the film!
SPECIAL ITEM: ROWAN'S DRESS
Another one-of-a-kind item: pledge $750 to own the custom-designed evening dress that will be worn by Jodelle in the party scene, one of the most important scenes in the film!
Get ready for your close-up! If you pledge $1,000, you get to be an extra in one of the key scenes - and we let you choose which one! Pick between the party scene and the cafe scene, and we'll make you part of the action for a day.
This one's for the diehard collectors. Pledge $2,500, and we'll send you a custom printed sports bag stuffed with exclusive production memorabilia. You'll get the replica hoodie, the poster, the art prints and four DVDs (or Blu-rays) to give to your family and friends. We'll also throw in a hardcover, signed copy of the "Behind the scenes" book, a replica of Rowan's track suit in your size, and two tickets to the premiere nearest you - all perks not available at any other pledge level!
This is a real VIP experience, and the only one of its kind: pledge $3,500, and Films by Neptune will fly you out to San Francisco for lunch with the cast, including Jodelle, Claudia and James. We'll fly you from anywhere in the continental US, give you a night in a San Francisco hotel and treat you to lunch with key cast and crew members. This is the only "come-to-set" reward that includes travel and accommodation! (Non-US backers, contact us and we'll work something out.)
Want to really see what happens behind the scenes? Pledge $5,000, get yourself to the set in San Francisco, and we'll give you a day of shadowing the production crew and picking their brains. You'll even get your own director's chair with your name on it, that you can take home at the end of the day.
Pledge $10,000, and the whole movie comes to you! You provide the location, and the director and producer will fly out to give you and your friends a private screening of the film. We'll hand-deliver your hoodies and goodies, and we'll stay for a Q&A after the film so you can get a unique opportunity to find out what goes into the making of a film like "Red".