About this project
(Updated on April 10)
We're offering some new rewards to contributors, including, yes, t-shirts!
You've asked for them, now we're offering them -- we've added new reward tiers for Wasp-Men From Mars! t-shirts, featuring the cool teaser poster illustration:
$75 - T-SHIRTS! Get a Wasp-Men T-shirt, plus a digital download, wallpapers, postcard, and a "Thank You" online and in the film credits. (Please note that the DVD and Blu-Ray is NOT included.)
$125 - ULTIMATE FAN PACK! - Get a Wasp-Men T-shirt, poster (your choice of autographed or non-autographed), DVD or Blu-Ray (your choice), HD download, desktop wallpaper, postcard, and Thank Yous on Twitter and in the film credits.
$180 - SKYPE + T-SHIRT. Get all of the rewards available at the existing $150/Skype reward tier, but now with a t-shirt.
If you've selected one of the $200 or $400 Party Packages, you can add a t-shirt to your reward by adding $40 to your contribution. After you adjust your contribution, please send us a message via Kickstarter that you want a t-shirt added to your reward.
If you selected one of the $500+ rewards, then we'll throw in a t-shirt for free.
Free Wasp-Men Wallpaper for Your Mobile Device
Everyone who contributes, from $1 on up, gets a free wallpaper for their mobile phone and/or tablet featuring the teaser poster illustration.
And we want to see how good the wallpaper looks on your device. Tweet a screen capture with the hashtag #WaspMenWallpaper and we'll retweet it for all our followers to see.
Wasp-Man Costume for Only $1500!
We're planning to make multiple Wasp-Men costumes for the film, and now we're offering a second costume to one lucky contributor for only $1500! It will be one of the full-body rubber monster costumes made by our FX costume and makeup artist, Julian Bonfiglio, who was one of the final 4 contestants on the latest season of Syfy's Face Off. You'll get all of the lower-level rewards, including a t-shirt.
Wasp-Men From Mars! is a sci-fi short film inspired by the monster invasion flicks of the 1950’s but with the more modern sensibility of today’s sci-fi and horror.
It starts in 1959 with three teenagers on a stargazing trip that turns into an evening of heartbreak, jealousy, and sexual confusion — and then giant wasps from outer space invade Earth and make things even worse. The teens need to put their feelings aside if they're going to survive the night. (These are teenagers we’re talking about.)
Wasp-Men From Mars! is my love letter to creature features.
My first exposure to these movies, like many people my age, was through Mystery Science Theater 3000. Yes, they were lampooned for their writing, acting, costumes, etc., but I admired them for trying to do something big on very little money and tackling important subjects like Communism and nuclear war by using rubber monsters. Plus, they were fun to watch, even without Joel, Mike, and the robots.
Sci-fi and horror have matured since then, but a lot of my favorite films and TV shows, like Tremors, Buffy, and The World's End, have been influenced by those earlier films. One of my favorite shows, Doctor Who, started as the BBC equivalent of those creature features, and carries on the rubber monster tradition to this day.
With Wasp-Men From Mars!, I hope to honor those earlier films and merge them with the sensibility of modern sci-fi/horror, where the monsters are used as a way to explore characters and their relationships in addition to giving them something to fight. My hope is that audiences will not only identify with our main characters, Suzie, James, and Timmy, but that the fun and spectacle of the film will encourage them to seek out the original creature features, like Invaders From Mars and THEM!
In the end I hope to create a short film that's fun, scary, overdramatic, and at its heart, very sincere. And with really cool Wasp-Men.
Wasp-Men From Mars! is an ambitious short film, and the most expensive and time-consuming part is the Wasp-Men costumes. These won't be cheap, campy rubber suits — we're going to create some scary monsters.
The costumes are being made by special effects makeup artist Julian Bonfiglio, a contestant on Season 8 of Syfy’s Face Off. Our Kickstarter goal will cover the costs for three Wasp-Men costumes for the film.
Our shoot is scheduled for June 2015, with a November 2015 premiere at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco.
The crew is mostly made up of members from the Scary Cow filmmaking cooperative. We’re currently casting in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
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Gerrit Thompson. Writer and Director. Gerrit is a San Francisco-based independent filmmaker and a member of the Scary Cow filmmaking co-op. His first short film, A House of Ill Fame, has been shown at film festivals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland and will be screening at the Indie Horror Film Festival in Chicago in late March. You can watch a clip from A House of Ill Fame here.
Julian Bonfiglio. Special Effects Costumes and Makeup. Julian is a San Francisco Bay Area-based special-effects makeup designer and costume creator whose creative talents have been realized on the screen, the latest being a key contributor to Johnny Depp’s ‘Tonto’ creation for The Lone Ranger. Julian completed Cinema Makeup School’s Master Course and can be seen on the latest season of the special-effects reality show Face Off, currently airing on Syfy.
Tora Chung. Producer. Tora is a producer in the Scary Cow filmmaking co-op. She has worked on everything from indie shorts to big-budget studio features like Superbad and Syriana. Before that she worked in development and events production for the San Francisco, Mill Valley, and Sundance Film Festivals.
Van Dyke Roth. Production Designer. Van is an award-winning creative professional currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family. An executive and marketer by profession, he also writes and directs short films as well as contributes his designs and art to help fellow film makers bring their visions to life.
The Wasp-Men will be full-body costumes constructed by Julian Bonfiglio based on designs by Van Dyke Roth. It will take an estimated 6 weeks to create three Wasp-Men costumes.
Here is a look at the Wasp-Men costume designs:
Below is a sample of Julian’s makeup work from Face Off on Syfy.
Here are a few of the many rewards that we're offering contributors.
All Backers: Get Exclusive Behind the Scenes Updates
All contributors will receive updates on the film during production, including photos and video. You’ll get to watch as the the film comes to life.
$5 - Get the Wasp-Men From Mars! Desktop Wallpaper
$20 - Get an HD Download of the Film
See the film before anyone else! A high-definition download will be available to contributors in November.
$30 to $40 - Get a DVD or Blu-Ray of the Film
We’ll ship you a DVD ($30 reward) or Blu-Ray ($40) of the film this November.
$60 to $75 - Get a Copy of the Teaser Poster
This amazing 11” x 17” poster will only be available to Kickstarter supporters. And for $75, you can get it autographed by the cast and filmmakers.
$150 - Skype with the Filmmakers
Have an hour-long Skype conversation with the filmmakers. Ask them anything you’d like about movies, filmmaking, or giant insects from outer space.
$200 to $400 - Attend the Premiere in San Francisco
See Wasp-Men From Mars! at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco and go to the afterparty with the filmmakers! ($200 reward.) You can also have brunch with the filmmakers before the film ($400). Please note: transportation and accommodation will NOT be provided.
$2500 - Get One of the Wasp-Men Costumes from the Film!
This is the biggie! Get one of the Wasp-Men costumes made by Julian Bonfiglio and used in the film itself. We promise to ship you the costume that’s in the best condition, but be aware that it may have some wear and tear from filming.
Risks and challenges
Filmmaking is always a risky venture. Problems can pop up at any stage of production. You’re dependent on location owners, the actors’ schedules, and much, much more. We’re also using rubber monster costumes in this film, which has its own challenges and could lead to delays.
However, Wasp-Men From Mars! is being made by an experienced and passionate crew. Many of us have spent years working on independent short films. We’ve overcome many obstacles in the past. We’re dedicated to this movie and we’ll get it done, come hell or high water.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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