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 HERE. We'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!
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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
Port Clinton News Herald - quoting producer Caleb Thusat
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 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
Teaser script written by Ben Kurstin and John Klein.
Executive produced by Glass City Films.
Cole Simon as JOSHUA
Sara Gorsky as PENELOPE
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.
Gary Film Office
Good Deal Garage
- (30 days)