About this project
We've successfully funded our KICKSTARTER project—over 162%! This would never have happened without you!
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As a supporter of the Lullaby Kickstarter project you have access to never-seen, uncut Chuck interviews and bonus content. Let's count it down!
- Day 6 - Lullaby, 9-11, & Fincher Showdown
- Day 5 - Chuck Talks Comics, Scripts, And The Odyssey Of Fans
- Day 4 - The David Fincher Story Chuck Isn't Supposed To Talk About
- Day 3 - Lullaby, Ethics, And Magical Resolution
- Day 2 - Chuck Palahniuk On Power
- Day 1 - Chuck on Satisfying Secrets
- Last day - Chuck On Family Approval
If you're just visiting for the first time, we've made big announcements all month. Here are some backers-only exclusives you should check out:
- The Inspiration Behind Fight Club
- Backers only exclusive access to 'Romance'
- #TYLERDURDENLIVES - Backers-Only Inside Look at FIGHT CLUB 2 - Trailers
- Backers-only exclusive access to the second Fight Club 2 trailer
- The Origins of Choke
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We're independent filmmakers in Portland, Oregon who are adapting the novel, Lullaby, from the mind of Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk.
Chuck doesn’t write for mainstream audiences. His books challenge everything about mainstream audiences. His novel Lullaby deploys necrophilia, gender-bending, and no-way-would-this-make-it-to-comfortable-TV satire. We want to make a movie that makes people feel uncomfortable enough to think original thoughts again, just like Chuck’s novels do. To do that we need your help through Kickstarter.
We first got hooked on Chuck’s novels in the late 90’s, like some of you. We're fans first, and so like you, as directors and producers we want to make sure Lullaby is the film we all want it to be, and not some watered-down too easy commercial yawner.
This project is also important to Chuck. He began writing Lullaby during the trial of his father's murderer in 1999. The prosecutor came to Chuck and asked him if he wanted to advocate for the death penalty. This idea spawned the culling song, or the power of the word to cast a spell, and the story of Lullaby was created.
Today, as co-writer of the Lullaby screenplay, Chuck has maintained his vision of what this story should be. As an Executive Producer, he’ll help us make sure that this film stays weird and challenging.
Help us make a movie that doesn’t suck.
So What's It About?
Lullaby follows the life of Carl Streator—an over the hill reporter whose family mysteriously died years prior. After being assigned to investigate a rash of mysterious infant deaths, he discovers the killer of his own family—an ancient culling song published as a lullaby in a simple children's book. Carl sets out to destroy existing copies throughout the world but is surprised to learn that the people he once trusted to stop the deaths may be involved in the heinous acts.
Praise for Lullaby
TIME - “Dark riffing on modernity is the reason people read Palahniuk. His books are not so much novels as jagged fables, cautionary tales about the creeping peril represented by almost everything.”
The Oregonian - “Palahniuk conjures grief, confusion, mystery and fear from the unlikeliest sources . . . [and] teases amusement from the darkest corners of our culture.”
The Daily News - “Twisted and nihilistic . . . the novel packs a dark comic wallop."
People - “Among sick puppies, Palahniuk is the top dog . . . a unique talent.”
- The New York Times - “Mr. Palahniuk further refines his ability to create parables that are as substantial as they are off-the-wall.”
Once we successfully fund this project, we will start production immediately. We've been speaking with some amazing cast and crew, but to solidify any acting professionals, you need to have a budget locked down. We've scheduled the film and have done a lot of pre-production to make the process go quickly once funded.
We plan to shoot in late 2016 in Oregon—we have 27 days planned of principal photography, giving us plenty of time to edit and add visual FX through 2017. If you are trying to be an extra, you'll need to be available during the later part of 2016.
The Budget - To shoot Lullaby, we've put together an initial budget of $250k, but we would like to increase this budget significantly. (Keep in mind, Fight Club was made for $63 million dollars.)
Why give to our project? We, as filmmakers, are dedicated to giving you the best film possible. In the end, a bigger budget will mean a higher quality production. This is where you come in! Here's what a larger budget would mean for the film:
Upgraded visual effects! When it comes to talking cows, it can be a dangerous thing to underfund the VFX! We project an indie VFX budget of at least $200,000, but the bigger our budget, the better the effects, especially for scenes like the Judas Cow and the Seattle Ivy Inferno.
Amazing locations! As Oyster would say, “When you think about it, Johnny Appleseed was a fucking ecological terrorist.” We agree with Oyster. Being that Lullaby takes place at various locations throughout the country, a realistic representation of the environment is important to portray contemporary America and the impact that we've had on our landscape. The bigger the budget, the better the locations.
World class actors! A-list actors are expensive. When Chuck and Andy wrote the screenplay, they had some very notable actors in mind (take a guess at who we're thinking), and are currently in correspondence with these actors. Many of them have read the script and are interested in being a part of the film! That is, so long as we can pay them the salary that their talent demands. With every dollar our budget increases, the closer we move to securing one or more A-list actors.
A kickass crew! Team Lullaby is committed to recruiting and hiring professional crew members, many of which are from right here in Portland, Oregon, but this also includes talented and diverse women and men from around the country. There’s no doubt about it, a great film requires a great crew.
Invested Money Multiplied
We are applying for IOPIF—a film rebate and incentive program for Oregon filmmakers. We have the potential to receive a rebate of 10% on payroll and 20% on goods and services. We will reinvest the funds back into the production. For every dollar we earn, we have the potential of actually spending 120% in Oregon.
Distribution and Film Release
Depending on our festival invitations (wink, wink), we will premiere the film in late 2017 or beginning 2018 and release it publicly thereafter. Distribution usually happens within 18 months after a festival premiere. If we don't secure a distribution deal we are happy with, we will release the film ourselves using art house theaters through our relationship with the Art House Convergence—ensuring that this film will be seen by the public.
Our Key Team Members
The cool thing about our team is that they are all movie lovers. They have lots of experience working on independent films. Our director, Andy Mingo, and Chuck have worked on other projects together including a short, Romance, adapted from a short story of Chuck's, published originally in Playboy, the rights of which were purchased for a bottle of Whiskey and $1.
During Romance's successful festival run, Andy met our producer, and fellow Oregonian, Josh Leake at Raindance Film Festival in London. They were introduced by the Mexican ambassador to the UN during a festival event. Needless to say, they became fast friends and founded their own production company called Mindpollen.
Andy is currently directing the trailers for the Fight Club 2 graphic novel published by Dark Horse Comics with an expected June release date.
You can also see a documentary that our producer helped create on Showtime called Glena, with a feature film adaptation of that in the works. Leake is currently in postproduction on Zombie Day with George C. Romero, which is set to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most extras in a short film.
We've pulled some talented friends together to help oversee the pre-production, creation and distribution of our rewards, and with your help, make Lullaby into a feature film.
WHAT IS A VIRTUAL PRODUCER?
ARE THERE T-SHIRT COLORS OPTIONS? YES.
Risks and challenges
With any project there are always hurdles. We realize the material may be disturbing and not readily distributed by typical theaters, but we've created a distribution plan around art house theaters—what we consider the backbone of independent film.
With over 2,000 theaters worldwide, we are confident that our film will get seen by the public in most cities around the world, whether or not we secure industry distribution.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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