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Chrysalis is a post-apocalyptic horror film in the vein of 28 Days Later and The Road, produced by the award-winning Glass City Films.
Chrysalis is a post-apocalyptic horror film in the vein of 28 Days Later and The Road, produced by the award-winning Glass City Films.
Chrysalis is a post-apocalyptic horror film in the vein of 28 Days Later and The Road, produced by the award-winning Glass City Films.
372 backers pledged $35,772 to help bring this project to life.

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CHRYSALIS - A Post-Apocalyptic Horror Film

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UPDATE 8/30/12: Almost to $33,000!  If we cross $40k, we'll be designing and distributing a prequel comic book to our backers; more information in this update HEREWe've also still got our backer-exclusive DVD promotion and our Zombie, IL contest going on till our Friday deadline.  Check 'em out and keep spreading the word!

UPDATE 8/28/12: We've crossed our $30,000 threshold, which is AMAZING!  But the journey's not over yet.  If you're still interested in backing the film, don't hesitate to take advantage of our prizes and promotions in the next three days!  Every extra dollar makes Chrysalis a better film, and in the next few days we'll be outlining other possibilities for reaching higher targets as well!  Thank you all SO much - you rock our world.  Let's shoot for the moon!

UPDATE 8/21/2012: We've just crossed $20,000 in backer pledges, with over 200 backers and counting! We're so incredibly thankful. As a reward, here's a scene from the script, courtesy of screenwriter Ben Kurstin, in which Abira chronicles the history of the Drone Virus for Josh and Penelope. Keep in mind the final script may differ, as we're still revising and fine-tuning here and there, but we hope you enjoy this insight into the Chrysalis mythos!

Download the scene here by right-clicking on the link and choosing "Save As...": http://www.chrysalis2013.com/Chrysalis_SampleScene.pdf

Check out previous projects of ours: www.youtube.com/GlassCityFilms

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChrysalisMovie2013

Follow Glass City Films on Twitter: www.twitter.com/GlassCityFilms

And look for us on Instagram (user: GlassCityFilms, #chrysalis)!

PRESS MENTIONS:

ReelCHICAGO

Igorslab.com - 8/19/12 audio interview with John Klein and Ben Kurstin

Post-Tribune (a Chicago Sun-Times publication)

MovieTimes.com - interview with director John Klein

Scott Kenemore's Zombie Blog

Port Clinton News Herald - quoting producer Caleb Thusat

SUMMARY:

Chrysalis is a post-apocalyptic horror film, set 25 years after a bio-terrorist attack unleashes a virus upon the world, transforming much of humanity into vicious creatures and laying waste to civilization.  The remnants and survivors have staggered about for years, as the "infected" slowly starve and die off. 

Our story follows Joshua (Cole Simon) and Penelope (Sara Gorsky), two such survivors who have banded together in the hope of rescuing others and hopefully rebuilding civilization.  When they encounter Abira, the lone survivor of another group, their worlds and goals are irrevocably altered, and they must face new and terrifying challenges if they are to survive.

This is our fourth feature film as a company, which means a couple of things to YOU, the donor:

- WE'VE DONE THIS BEFORE!  We know exactly how much this film will cost to make, we already have our entire creative team on board, we've been through the stress of crazy on-set emergencies and last-minute tweaks in editing, and we've gotten very good at this.  So you can rest assured your money's going to a project that will get finished on time, under budget, and at a high quality, far outstripping most indie films.

- WE LOVE THIS STUFF!  Our deep catalog of short and feature films shows that we're not only experienced, but also itching to keep making films at all costs.  To that end, our production team includes a core group of incredibly talented and professional volunteers, generously donating their time, talents, and energies and allowing us to put more of our resources towards what really matters: making the film look and sound awesome and scary as hell.

(And if you want evidence of both things, the teaser above was shot just two weeks ago, in one day, with no budget, by the same cast and crew who will be making the feature!)

Now, you may be asking a very real question:

WHY KICKSTARTER? 

Why not just go to a single investor and ask for money? 

First of all, Kickstarter is ALL OR NOTHING.  If we don't make our goal, you don't get charged a dime, and we don't get a dime!  Other sites like IndieGoGo would give us a portion of our funds even if we didn't make your target, which in our minds results in too much compromise.  We know how much Chrysalis will cost to produce, and to ask for any less would mean giving you a finished product that doesn't reflect the quality of work YOU signed up to create!

Secondly, if - and when - we're able to raise more than our goal, we've got a lot of other exciting additions to share with our fans and backers.  Plans to craft a graphic novel that will expand the scope of the Chrysalis universe.  Pursuits of loftier distribution deals.  More behind-the-scenes elements.  The possibilities are endless, and YOU have the power to make that happen.

And the truth is this: a lot of indie films get made whether the fans want it or not.  We want YOU to have the right to say whether or not you want to see the next feature film from Glass City Films.  We want YOU to help us make it a reality.  It's not just about donations and cool prizes (but seriously - you could get to be a zombie!), but about the excitement of being a part - even a small part - of making a labor of love a reality.  It's not about sponsoring our lives or funding us as artists, but about connecting us, the creators, with you, the audience.  What do YOU want to see? 

We hope it's our next film.

And we hope you'll join us in making that happen.

~ John Klein, director of Chrysalis and producer of Glass City Films

Poster and artwork design by Dan Pedersen and Dariya Trot.
Poster and artwork design by Dan Pedersen and Dariya Trot.
TEASER CREDITS:

Teaser script written by Ben Kurstin and John Klein.

Executive produced by Glass City Films.

CAST:

Cole Simon as JOSHUA

Sara Gorsky as PENELOPE

CREW:

DIRECTOR - John Klein

PRODUCER - Caleb Thusat

CINEMATOGRAPHER - Ben Kurstin

1st AC - Lawrence Marshall

PRODUCTION DESIGNER - Megan McDonough

MAKEUP (contributions) - Cirque Du Face

EDITOR and ON-SET SOUND - Mike Molenda

SOUND MIXER and DESIGNER - Jordan Fehr

COMPOSER - Darren Callahan

Shot on location in Gary, IN with the assistance of the Gary Film Office, and in Chicago, IL.

SPECIAL THANKS:

Northwoods Revolution

Gary Film Office

Ben Clement

Good Deal Garage

Elvis Dardagan

Limegreen Entertainment

Michael Stratta

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