About this project
NEW THEATRICAL TRAILER!
STORY AND CONCEPT
The Lord of Catan stars Amy Acker (Angel, Much Ado About Nothing) and Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods, Dollhouse) as Krysta and Todd, a young married couple who find themselves thrust into an apocalyptic rivalry over a game of Settlers of Catan.
SETTLERS OF WHAT?
The Lord of Catan is designed to be accessible to anyone, regardless of their knowledge of the game. The dynamics between husband and wife, the unity and discord of competition, and the domestic tensions from their marriage that are forced out into the open will be familiar to anyone, regardless of your familiarity with the game.
Also there are penis jokes.
L.A. SCREENING NOW AVAILABLE
We are making a limited number of tickets to our Los Angeles Cast and Crew Screening available to backers. This is a chance to bring together the crew that got us through production and you backers that carried us through post. Afterwards, there will be a reception where you can meet the cast and crew, hear the war stories and poke our bruises.
If you would like to attend, simply go to "Manage Your Pledge" and increase your pledge by $30 for one ticket or $50 for two tickets. Afterwards, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, all backers who pledge over $200 are automatically signed up to receive two tickets if they can attend. Date and location TBA.
POSTERS ALSO AVAILABLE
Limited Edition Lord of Catan posters are now available to order. The posters, which will measure 20"x14" are being designed by the amazing Mark Dos Santos. Plus, each poster is individually numbered and SIGNED by his Lordship Fran Kranz!
We're only printing these for Kickstarter backers. Once the campaign is over, the posters will cease to be available. You can see some of Mark's art below.
A huge thank you to everyone who has made this a successful fundraising campaign. The support has been overwhelming. Even though we've hit our initial goal, there's still a lot that can be accomplished. All funding over our initial goal will allow us to devote even more care and attention to the film, specifically:
VFX -- On set, our visual effects guy said to me, "Anything's possible. It's just a matter of time and money." So with more to put into the VFX budget, the more perfectly we can make the film fit my vision. Also included in this are titles and graphic design.
Music -- with a higher music budget, we can not only get an amazing composer, but also license one or two choice songs that I used in my temp track for the rough cut which perfectly fit the film.
Festival Entry Fees -- way more expensive than you'd think.
Theatrical Screening -- We are still working out some details, but one of our stretch goals will be to put on a theatrical cast and crew screening. Any backers who donate to the screening will get a ticket to the event you made possible. I will let you know when this reward is going up.
Online Distribution -- apparently, it's a costly process to get a film cleared for iTunes and other such venues. If we can cover those costs, we'll be able to eventually share The Lord of Catan with all those Johnny-come-latelies who weren't cool enough to join the Kickstarter.
Seductive Packaging -- Since we surpassed our fundraising goal, one of the first things additional funds will be used for is to make sure the DVD and BluRay packages can sit on your shelf in style. Or your floor. If you're like me, you ran out of shelf space for your DVD's and books a long time ago.
PERSONAL STATEMENT FROM THE WRITER/DIRECTOR
It was like remembering something that had never actually been forgotten. It had just been set to the side.
Quick bullet points. Always knew I wanted to be a writer. Loved movies. Hated quotation marks. Went to USC Film School. Studied Screenwriting. Graduated in '05. Spent the next eight years in the trenches of the studio system. Wrote some comics. Got paid for some stuff. Nothing got made. Realized I was just feeding the machine. I am Jack's organ grinding monkey dancing for the corporate overlords.
Remembered that I had gotten into this game to make movies.
Decided to make a movie.
The problem was that every time I sat down to write something to shoot, I ended up with a script that would cost approximately a bajillion dollars to make. What I needed was something simple. Something small. Or at least small-ish. Then the universe slapped me across the face and said, "Here you go, you idiot! A movie about two people in one room. No space oceans. No six-phalanged magical gunslingers. A monkey could make this for five thousand dollars!"
As it turns out, the universe was underestimating by a factor of ten (maybe eleven or twelve). I never do anything simple. In fact, I'm sure I'd be a much more successful screenwriter if I didn't put so much effort into twisting layer upon layer in pursuit of a singular goal: to create a tapestry of awesomeness that will blow your mind into an alternate dimension.
The script was simple. The way I planned to shoot it was not.
To fully express what we self-important types call MY CREATIVE VISION for the film, I would need the kind of equipment usually reserved for Michael Bay movies. I was going to take a story about two people in one room and present it in a way as epic as Frodo and company crossing the cliffs of Middle Earth. It would blend a wide variety of influences from Aronofsky and Kubrick to Woody Allen, John Woo, Werner Fassbinder and Japanese anime (namely Furi Kuri for any otaku out there).
After months of preproduction, when we finally got on set, it was like coming home. The crew was top notch, and as you can see from the video, the actors tore apart the fabric of space and time with their performances. I'm very excited to share this film with the world.
But we're not quite there yet.
SO WHAT DO YOU WANT?
We shot the film in early May. It's in the can. Now is where you come in. I'm asking for your help to get the film through post-production as soon as possible, so we can get the movie looking and sounding pristine, at which point it will be beamed through your eye holes and into your brainpans where it will impregnate your medulla oblongata and rip a hole in the fabric of the 11 dimensions of the cosmos. Reaching our Kickstarter goal will allow us to complete post production and finish this film. Any additional funds we raise will be used to cover the debts and expenses accrued during physical production of the film so that I don't have to continue pimping out my kitten to cover the rent.
In addition to the knowledge that you have saved an innocent kitten from a life on the streets, our Kickstarter supporters will be the first ones on earth to see the film. Everyone else will have to wait for festivals. You'll also get access to all kind of awesome schwagg. Thanks for checking out the campaign and please consider joining me, my fellow Lords of Catan.
Some of the perks (mainly the props and art) will be available soon after the campaign is over. The actual film (digital downloads and DVD/Blu Rays) will be available after its festival run. However, the Online Premiere Party lets you see it BEFORE its festival run!
WHY SHOULD I HELP?
Because you are awesome and you like things that are awesome and want to help bring more awesome things into your world. Besides that?
If you are married, you will love this film.
If you have a boyfriend or girlfriend with whom you have completely ridiculous arguments, you will love this film.
If you like movies that live on the fringe and push beyond border of reality, you will love this film.
If you think Amy Acker is freaking awesome, you will love this film.
If you want to break into Fran Kranz's house and wear his face like a hat, you will love this film.
Because if you don't stand up and support the kinds of movies you want to see, some business major will decide for you.
NOW FOR THE BRIBERY!
Check out all our PIMP SAUCE REWARDS! For only $15 you get to participate in an exclusive online premiere of the short film months before its release! You'll also get a Special Thanks on the website and a digital download of the film when it is released! We're also offering DVDs, BluRays, props, artwork used on set, and much, much more!
REQUISITE "WHY KICKSTARTER?" PARAGRAPH
Kickstarter is the perfect venue for The Lord of Catan. In the 70s, the studio system collapsed and it was a Golden Age of original filmmaking. In the corporate world of today's studio system, such a thing could never happen. But with Kickstarter, there is no barrier between the artist and the audience. This is even more the case with short films since they have no real market. They are made purely for the love of the medium--the definition of independent cinema. This means that you, the fans, are the most important factor. Your mind is the theater of our Catanian ambitions. And that is why I'm asking you for your help.
Check out writer/director Stu Paul's interview with Sci-Fi Pulse: http://scifipulse.net/2013/07/interview-stuart-c-paul-on-indie-movies-comics-kickstarter-and-the-lord-of-catan/
And another one here at Word of the Nerd: http://www.wordofthenerdonline.com/new-kickstarter-project-the-lord-of-catan-features-joss-whedon-favorites/
And for those who prefer old-timey radio, check out this podcast interview with director Stu Paul and actor Fran Kranz on Giant Fire Breathing Robot: http://gfbrobot.com/2013/06/26/episode-174-director-stu-paul-and-actor-fran-kranz-talk-about-catan-and-the-settlers-thereof/
CAST AND CREW
Amy Acker (Krysta) and Fran Kranz (Todd) are no strangers to working together. They both starred on Joss Whedon's Fox series Dollhouse, as well as the Whedon produced horror send up The Cabin in the Woods. They currently star in Joss Whedon's critically acclaimed Much Ado About Nothing. Acker is best known for her roles on the television series Angel as Winifred Burkle and Illyria, and on Alias as Kelly Peyton. She stars as Samantha "Root" Groves on Person of Interest and has appeared on numerous shows such as CSI, How I Met Your Mother, Happy Town, No Ordinary Family, Grimm, Once Upon a Time, The Good Wife, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Private Practice, October Road and Supernatural. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, where she graduated Lake Highlands High School, Amy Acker is the oldest of four children, two sisters and one brother. An acting major at Southern Methodist University, Amy acted in several college theater productions. She appeared in various roles during the fantasy segments for the popular award-winning children's TV series Wishbone, which was filmed in Texas and consisted of Dallas theater actors. Kranz made his television debut on Frasier back in 1998. Since then he has appeared on numerous television programs including: Welcome to the Captain, Private Practice, The Good Wife and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. His film credits include Matchstick Men, Training Day, Donnie Darko, Orange County, The Village, The TV Set and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. He currently stars alongside Greg Kinnear and Nikki Reed in Murder of a Cat. Fran has also cut his chops on Broadway where he played the role of Bernard opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield in Mike Nichols' 2012 staging of Death of a Salesman. Kranz started acting in third and fourth grade and knew from a very young age that he wanted to be an actor. Kranz grew up in Los Angeles, California and attended Harvard-Westlake High School. Kranz graduated in 2004 from Yale University, where he was a member of the improv comedy group The Ex!t Players.
WRITER / DIRECTOR
Stuart C. Paul received his BFA in Screenwriting from the USC School of Cinema-Television. His television pilot, Mankind, a re-telling of Cain and Abel set against the backdrop of the extinction of the Neanderthals, sold to NBC/Universal. On the publishing side, his six-issue comic series Ides of Blood, which chronicles the true story of vampires assassinating Julius Caesar, was published by DC Comics and nominated for multiple Comic Buyers Guide Fan Awards including Favorite Writer, Favorite Issue and Favorite Limited Series. Moving from comics to film, he penned the film adaptation of Whitley Strieber's graphic novel The Nye Incidents for RKO Productions with Todd Lincoln attached to direct. Most recently, his sci-fi spy thriller Convergence found a place on the 2012 Hit List, which compiles the best specs of the year. He is currently preparing to reinvent the samurai film.
Lisa McGuire founded Peas and Carrots, an emerging film and television production company, in January 2011. Her slate includes the feature ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY, a drama on which the book released by Disney/Hyperion is based, and Emma Roberts and AnnaSophia Robb are attached to star. On the television side, Lisa is in development on a scripted dramedy that she is producing with Elizabeth Banks and another dramedy co-written by World Boxing Champion Sugar Ray Leonard, that she is producing with Trigger Street Productions. Previously, Lisa was Vice President of Development at Southpaw Entertainment. During her six year tenure working under producer Richard Lewis she was an executive on multiple feature films including the Academy Award® nominated film, AUGUST RUSH, directed by Kirsten Sheridan and starring Keri Russell, Robin Williams and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Most recently Lisa Co-Produced a series of short films with Jameson Whiskey and Trigger Street Productions, starring Willem Dafoe.
Jason Dolan studied acting at the prestigious Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia before moving to New York where he trained under Flo Salant Greenberg. He is former VP of Creative Development for film producer Martin Poll ("The Lion in Winter"). In 2006, he sold his first screenplay, "Sidney Hall" (co-written with 2013 Academy Award winner Shawn Christensen) to Fox Searchlight and Scott Free. Dolan collaborated on two more projects with Christensen, "Enter Nowhere" which they also executive produced, and "The Creek Don't Rise". "Enter Nowhere" was released by Lionsgate in April of 2012, and "The Creek Don't Rise" is currently in pre-production for director Brinton Bryan and producer Joel Newton ("The Kids Are All Right"). As a solo writer, Dolan wrote and optioned his thriller "Polar Seasons" to actress Jaime King, who intends to direct. He also served as a producer on the Caliber Media Co productions "Refuge" starring Krysten Ritter and Brian Geraghty, and "Dark was the Night", starring Kevin Durand and Lukas Haas. He is repped by UTA, Caliber Media Co and attorney Alan Hergott.
Andrew Napier is a director, producer and writer. He was a producer and assistant director of the 2013 Academy Award®-winning short film 'Curfew'. He grew up in Wisconsin where he made his first feature documentary 'Mary and Bill'. After attending the University of Wisconsin - Madison, he worked on the set of 'Inglourious Basterds' in Berlin, Germany. From 2009 to 2012, he was a director/producer for Cenk Uygur’s news show 'The Young Turks'. During his tenure there, Andrew co-created the movie review show 'What the Flick!?' and filmed behind the scenes for his upcoming documentary 'Mad as Hell: Rise of the Young Turks'. He directed the short film 'Grandma’s Not a Toaster', which was written and produced by the same team behind ‘Curfew', and premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. He was a Co-producer and Additional Editor of the successful Kickstarter funded feature film 'Lust for Love' (with Fran Kranz and Dichen Lachman starring), a Consulting Producer of the upcoming feature documentary 'Doc of the Dead' (from the director of "The People vs George Lucas" and featuring Simon Pegg and George A. Romero) and an Executive Producer of "The Culture High" (from the director of 'The Union: The Business Behind Getting High' and featuring Snoop Dog). Currently Andrew is working on the feature film version of 'Curfew' and will soon be directing his first narrative feature in 2014.
Amanda Cryer is best known for her work in philanthropic based film and multimedia projects. She has worked with Nobel Prize recipients, leaders at the United Nations, renowned scientists, media professionals and founders of non-profits and triple bottom line organizations that are making a difference in the entertainment business. She produced the film "What They Wanted, What They Got" and wrote, produced and directed the pilot for the documentary series "We Rock" based on Canadian musicians and their rise to success. She has also been a featured writer for several lifestyle magazines. Currently, Amanda is producing the feature Bloodloss with Emmy Award winning Special FX Producer and Director, Rik Shorten.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Pawel Pogorzelski is an award-winning and well-traveled Cinematographer whose hope is to portray the human psyche through challenging and beautiful images. His work has been captured in features and shorts on 16mm and 35mm film, digital, as well as through photography and artistic collaborations. Following his undergraduate degree at Concordia University, Canada, Pawel has shot numerous stirring movies such as The Forgotten Ones, a sci-fi film that was written by autistic and physically disabled teenagers. Pretty Dresses, which documented the reality of child soldiers lives in Uganda was co-produces by the NFB, and featured at the 2005 Montreal International Film Festival. After successfully completing his MFA in Cinematography at the AFI Conservatory with two scholarships granted by AFI and graduating at the top of his class, Pawel Pogorzelski's thesis was shown at the DGA Showcase, at the 2011 Slamdance Film Festival, and at the NYFF. Continuously aiming for perfection, Pawel furthered his knowledge by meticulously shadowing his mentor Rodrigo Prieto AMC, ASC, during his internship on Water for Elephants. Today, Pawel Pogorzelski lives & works in Los Angeles and abroad and has additionally under his belt commercials, music videos, TV and web series. - pawel-dp.com
Kickstarter Video Music Credits: "J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No4-1 BWV1049" by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
ARTWORK REWARDS (Title and Dimensions)
For more information on artist Kelly McKernan, please click here: http://www.kellymckernan.com/
Risks and challenges
We've already shot our film so much of the Force Majeure risks are out of the way. It's now just about making this film the best it can possibly be! It is more about how fast can we get our film to the public and that's where this funding will help!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
This is a short film.
More than you can possibly imagine.
Longer than 10 minutes, shorter that 15.
The digital download will be available in 1080p Quicktime as well as other formats. No DRM.
We plan to burn region-free DVD's and BluRays.
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