About this project
CITY OF SIN is the branded destination for a slate of original pulp fiction genre stories. Crime, Horror, Suspense, Sci-Fi, Film Noir, Erotic Fiction. If this project is funded, 6 x 30-45 min stories will be filmed, and distributed through a CITY OF SIN website and mobile devices. The first slate of films will be filmed in Scotland, London, New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.
The long term plan is to continue to make genre stories in cities all over the world for this branded destination. This helps to cultivate a global audience for this type of genre content. If I create fans for my work over time, I will then recruit other filmmakers from cities all over the world to make genre content for this world. TV serials and bigger movies could evolve from this source over time.
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The concept, creative business is obviously the main pitch of this project. I won't be releasing all the details about my stories on this public front page. I want to keep some mystery. These will be original and sensational films that Hollywood or major indies don't make. That is my goal with all the films for CITY OF SIN. No rules!
Actor-Stand-Up comedian KEVIN POLLAK "The Usual Suspects". "Casino", "A Few Good Men", "Comedy Central 's Top 100 Stand-ups of All Time" is attached to one of the stories. The lead character "Nicky Angel" in "SOLD OUT" Schedule permitting and obviously if I can make the target on this campaign. He loves the story and character.
A story about a Bill Hicks like character who can't get on TV anymore because of his rants about the world. He's broke, so his agent gets him a deal in Vegas to play to a mainstream audience. He's also good at doing movie star impressions, but he saves these lighthearted skits for friends at parties. He's encouraged to develop these for the Vegas act.
15 years later, he's still there, but only in body! All he does is skit like entertainment for the masses. His shows are sold out every night, but he's spiralling!. He's the Elvis of comedy who has literally done a deal with the devil. He now wants to break his contract to redeem himself.
The devil will not free him from the contract, so he has to come up with a plan to try and free his soul. He has a plan to do a live show on the internet. It will either kill him for good, or free him from the contract and himself!
"SOLD OUT" is a black comedy in the style of Jack Lemmon movies. The other films on this slate are gritty horrors, and crime films.
"VEGAS PENTHOUSE MASSACRE" is the story that would be the first film to be released from the "City Of Sin" World. I'm a huge fan of grindhouse movies, but I also like intelligent high tension character driven stories. I have one here! If you took Hollywood, indie art films, grindhouse, and porn flicks, and put them into a blender, then served. That's close to what you will get with my City Of Sin films. I promise you, I will blow you the fuck away with them!
VPM is about a gang of armed men who storm a corporate party in Vegas. The gang leader wanted to strike at the CEO of the company at most vulnerable time. He has all his business associates, family, friends, and children at the companies 25th anniversary. He even has his pets there!
The evil gang leaders plan is to expose the companies evil deeds and broadcast them to the world via the internet. The only way he will get them to confess what they have done, is by threatening to kill and torture every man, woman, and child at the party. He will kill them all, unless they don't come clean with what the company has done over the last 25 years.
This will be a strong character driven film, but also an edge of the seat exploitation thriller.
Delivery of the "Main films"
A website would be built for CITY OF SIN. This site will also have it's own branded video player for the films. The films will cost $1 each. The main films will be free of advertising, because I don't want to be restricted by advertisers about the type of content that I want to make. The films will be for an audience over 18.
Delivery of the "Supporting films"
All the "supporting videos" will go through youtube, and video platforms like "Viddy" or "SocialCam" Pictures will travel via "Instagram" and "Pinterest" These will help to build the potential audience for each film.
An app will also be created to hold all the spin off content. The website will also grow into other areas with many potential revenue streams. However, community building is the top priority in the first 18 months.
WHAT IS KICKSTARTER?
You can contribute to this project for the rewards on the right hand side of this page. These range from products from the project, to product placements, extra roles, credits in the films, and even launch party invites. Kickstarter has raised multi millions over the last 3 years for creative projects. From modest amounts, to over $10m for a watch!
ALL OR NOTHING
You are pledging at this stage. If we don't make the target by the deadline, your credit card is not charged. We lose all the pledges.
David Paul Baker
David is the creator and driving force behind City of Sin. He has three feature films to his credit. PASTY FACES, MISSION X, and SCREEN. He has spent the last few years learning how to make films cheaply to practise for the bigger plan. "I wanted to learn every aspect of filmmaking. In a way, I was also biding my time for this bigger plan. I have also been writing for 15 years, so I have enough fresh scripts and treatments to last until I die.
David's latest film SCREEN (Trailer below) See it NOW on the $1 perk (To see the link and password for SCREEN, look at the "Updates" section )
Oklahoma Ward (Filmmaker-Prdouction)
Oklahoma Ward is a filmmaker from Tulsa, Oklahoma. David got SCREEN made with his help last year. He will be the first filmmaker to be brought on board to make a film for CITY OF SIN. He will also help on some of David's Las Vegas shoot. Check out the trailer for Oklahoma's soon to be released Sci-Fi horror CRAWL BITCH CRAWL
David, Oklahoma, and Nikki had a successful Kickstarter campaign last year here
Grant Timmins (Support Camera-Post-Production)
Grant worked on David's second feature film. MISSION X. He acted and shot the camera on the film. He also helped on the post production of MISSION X. He will work on the UK stories for CITY OF SIN. If the budget target goes 50% higher, he will also work on the US films.
Donna Langdon (Co-Producer)
Donna will be a Co-Producer on all the CITY OF SIN films on this first slate. David's partner of ten years. She also worked on SCREEN.
David shot most of MISSION X & SCREEN without a crew. "I'm basically a hybrid version of a filmmaker-youtuber-Documentary filmmaker style. The CITY OF SIN will have a very lean documentary sized crew in each City.
I already have a huge list of potential crew members, but I never recruit people based on a CV or a showreel. I always have to meet them in person. Or at least have quite a few skype chats. I had no cast or crew secured before I left the UK to make SCREEN in Tulsa last year.
The same goes for casting. I am looking for people that I could bring back to City Of Sin for the future, so it's vital to me that I get to know the people I am going to work with. I only invest that amount of my time and ask for theirs, if I know for 100% the project is happening.
I have a huge list of new and some established talent from all over the world that are potentially right for this project. I will reveal them and the casting process through the project if funded.
Nicole Alonso is the only person confirmed for 100% that I am casting in a lead role and a supporting role in CITY OF SIN. She is a lead in SCREEN and CRAWL BITCH CRAWL. Also, I will possibly cast some people from SCREEN too.
WHY I'M GIVING PREVIEWS OF "SCREEN"
To see the link and password for SCREEN, look at the "Updates" section
I use the previous project to get the next one going. I wanted to give pre-release previews of SCREEN for the lowest $1 perk price. This is so people can see what I just made for very little. If they see the potential in me, then hopefully they will increase their pledge, or be motivated to spread the word about SCREEN & CITY OF SIN.
I wanted to show the type of film I can make with very little money and no crews. City Of Sin will look even better, and have more people to help, but SCREEN shows how I am good at working with incredibly low budgets. I am looking to build a world from grass roots, so the skills and discipline I have developed over the last few years were really all prep for this time.
City Of Sin Films
If this project is funded, production will begin on the first film in the UK in December 2012 The US based films will begin shooting from February 2013 for two months. The first film will be released April 2013. A detailed schedule breakdown will come throughout this campaign.
David's video channel
The weekly video channel will follow my progress as I make this project happen. Like a mini documentary web series. This will officially start at this end of campaign. If successful of course.
David "People want to see great stories today, but it's clear that we all need support to make this happen. It's also clear people believe in people, which in turn means it means it makes sense to share your passion and drive. This project would give me the opportunity to do that. Which could be interesting viewing, as I will be reaching for the stars.
This will cover the whole birth of City Of Sin, right through 2013. Some of this content will be released to everybody, but the main weekly videos spots will be exclusive to backers. A lot of this will also go into a documentary I have been shooting since SCREEN, called HUSTLE SHOOT SHARE.
HOW I CAN MAKE ALL THESE FILMS FOR THIS PRICE
Most of the films will be shot very fast in a few days. I have also written stories where I don't need sets built, and they don't have lots of special effects. I will be using the great cities I shoot in as my backdrop to the stories. I have the early Robert Rodriguez attitude towards making films. Anybody can "spend" money, but my ethos and discipline is to solve most problems creatively and with resources.
However, there is still a minimum baseline of cash needed too. The whole goal is to get this branded destination of content up and running, As it grows, the projects can also get bigger, but at this level, it's about making 30-45 minute original sensational genre stories, with lots of spin off content. My updates on this campaign will explain how I can make this project for this cost.
PLATFORM FOR FILMMAKERS?
First and foremost, my goal is to build an audience for my own work. I also want to establish this particular brand of content. However, if I do build an audience and people really like these genre films, then I also want to grow City Of Sin.
I can shoot a lot of films a year, but I will eventually need more filmmakers from all over the world. Especially if I want films to be released weekly, and even daily in the future. The key is building the audience, then bringing in other filmmakers for guest spots who can make great genre films. By that time, the potential audience will be established too.
There's too many platforms created to "Help indie filmmakers" That does not really work. Anybody can start an empty website. I'm just a filmmaker that's trying to build my audience, and if I do, then I will bring talented people to that audience too. That's when there's more chance of other filmmakers work really getting seen by a specific ready made market.
WHY I WANT TO BUILD "CITY OF SIN"
As filmmakers, we all need to monetise form our content. However, the idea for CITY OF SIN never came from that spark. I believe if you build something great, unique, and you evolve, money will follow. My motivation is mainly because I want to create a lot more work and get it to the world.
I want to spend most of my time creating, then getting it to the audience via the web fast. It inspires me to be more creative. I also want to grow an audience that can also potentially fund bigger projects later too. I want to burn it down and start fresh!
If you want to be part of this great project, pick a perk on the right, and make your pledge. Or please share on social media to all your friends.
Risks and challenges
If my project is not a risk and challenging, then I am doing something very very wrong. When you want to push the envelope, when you don't want to deliver something average to an ocean of content out there, then it should be a risky!
Yes my project is risky. It's very ambitious. However, if I say I am going to do it, I do it. I said I was going to shoot a movie in the US last year, and I only had a few dollars in my pocket. Despite all the challenges. I done it. I just want to take everything to another level now.
I will make these films and build the platform if I get the funds. If I get the funds and I don't make these films, or build this world, it's because I am dead! That's the only reason it won't be done if I am funded. I have shot in the US several times before. My track record is not bad. I will deliver! Take a gamble on the crazy ones!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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