About this project
We’ve all been there. Your career isn’t going anywhere. Your relationships with your loved ones are strained. What are you doing with your life?
Some people find solace in buying new toys or chasing new fancies. Others re-invent themselves from mild-mannered marketing guy to steely-eyed assassin for hire. It goes about as well as you’d expect.
This film is about making a bold change with your life, no matter how crazy and outlandish. It’s dedicated to everyone who took that first step and survived.
4 or More: A Short Film for Horrible People is a dramatic dark comedy about Robert, a middle-aged man suffering through a midlife crisis. Instead of buying a convertible or skydiving, he decides to give up his boring, lifelong career in marketing to become a hitman.
Robert’s optimistic wife, Helen, and her snarky brother, Tom, are caught up in the mix when Robert kidnaps his first mark - an insightful artist named Dave, and brings him home on Helen’s designated “family night”. To pass the time before Dave’s demise, the family forces him to be the fourth player in their game of Cards Against Humanity.
Alex “Tonic” Hall is a Houston/Chicago based independent filmmaker, screenwriter, and editor. She has written and directed multiple short projects including The Replacement (2013), which was awarded second runner up at the Houston 48 Hour Film Project, as well as Hours of Our Lives (2014), a spoof on daytime soap operas.
Gin “Gin” Yu is a Taiwanese born, Brazilian raised film producer and director. Gin was the recipient of the 2015 Skye’s The Limit Award by the Skye McCole Bartusiak Foundation, and under Gin & Tonic Films has produced and directed multiple short projects. Propelled by their desire to create and share stories, Gin and Alex founded Gin & Tonic Films, a Houston/Chicago based independent film production house to bring their visions to screens of all sizes.
Check out some of our previous work by clicking the image below!
We don’t want to be like the guy at the end of the film: gagged and tied to a chair with our hands behind our backs. We need financial support. People, equipment, food, blood... all of these things cost money.
The absolute minimum cost to make this film is $11,563. This is what we would call the “beg, borrow, and steal method of filmmaking”. Pretty much self-explanatory but with potential jail time.
Back the Project! Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing deal. If we don't meet or exceed our $11,563 goal then we get nothing. Zero. Nada. Zip. Which will make us really sad and probably send one of us on a table flipping rampage. If you care about tables then please back us. No amount is too great or too small. Not only will your heart be happy, but you'll also be supporting the growth of the indie film community.
Tell EVERYONE and their mother! No, really. Call your mom and tell her about the project. Even if you can't donate, sharing this kickstarter with friends and other likeminded horrible people via email or social media will really help build a community to rally behind what we're trying to accomplish.
Ask us anything! And we do mean ANYTHING. Have questions? Want more information about the film? Our shoe sizes? Ask away!
Filmmaking is fun, challenging, rewarding, and costly. Independent films are often financed through grassroots campaigns or by going into debt. We are working with other passionate filmmakers and actors who are devoting their time, energy, and talent into the making of this film- it would only be right to pay them for their craft.
Like custom illustrations? So do we! That's why we asked our good friend Jake Ekiss to design an exclusive 4 or More poster! Jake is an incredible Dallas-based comic creator and illustrator and we are so excited to share his art with you! Included in the VIP tier and above in an 11x17" print.
Yup. That's an arm. And you can only imagine what will happen to it. We had Houston Special FX and Make Up artist Kristi Boul make 2 of these bad boys for the film. There are also 2 spots (well, 1 now) for the "Can You Give Me A Hand" tier... What an odd coincidence! Here's a quick video of the process:
Ideally, we'd like to aim for $18,180. This would include a symbolic compensation for cast & crew (when we say symbolic, we really mean it. It would be like: “Aww, that’s cute. I’m going to frame this as a souvenir”). This would also improve production values dramatically by allowing us to rent bright and shiny toys (equipment), feed the cast and crew (ever work with “hangry” people? It’s real. And it’s not fun), location expenses, props, wardrobe, production insurance, film festival entry fees, etc.
For the low, low price of $32,201 we’ll get all of the above (minus the jail time) as well as a professional post-production studio for sound mixing (with a REAL audio engineer and everything!). Sound is a crucial part of the film and is the independent film’s achilles heel. This goal would also cover music rights, ADR work (fancy acronym for audio stuff), color correction and grading, etc. In all seriousness, post-production is costly, and this number is just an estimate of what we will need to polish the film.
NOTE: We are NOT affiliated with Cards Against Humanity, nor do we work with/for them. We just really like the game.
Risks and challenges
As with any project, things are bound to go wrong when you least expect them. We’re prepared for that. We’ve got the crew, we’ve got the actors, and we’ve got the know-how. Our biggest challenge (and risk) is the practical effect that takes place- and for that, we need a Special FX Coordinator to make sure everything is done safely.
Storytelling is our passion. A lot of time and care has gone into the development of 4 Or More. We know what is needed to complete the film to the professional level that it deserves. We are excited to share 4 Or More with the world and invite you to join our team to make this project become a reality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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