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A film about life, death, violence, morality, immortality, love, and loss in the USSR during Soviet times and in present day Latvia.

We Won "Project of the Week"!!!

We just won Indiewire's "Project of the Week" Contest!!
We just won Indiewire's "Project of the Week" Contest!!

Velta Buka, the star of Hybrid Vigor, has a short message for you. Please take a second and watch it.

This is a mock-up of what our poster will look like. Everyone that backs us can get their photo on it. Even for just $1!
This is a mock-up of what our poster will look like. Everyone that backs us can get their photo on it. Even for just $1!

The Story

Hybrid Vigor is a feature film about life, death, violence, morality, immortality, love, and loss in the USSR during Soviet times and in present day Latvia. It opens on frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia during Soviet times. Most of the film takes place in present day Latvia. More details about the plot will be revealed in the coming months. 

Production Status

We have already begun shooting. The photos you see on this page are from scenes we have shot. Hybrid Vigor is not being made like a normal film with a fixed shooting schedule and clear phases of production. We decided to use a more organic method of filmmaking. We may be editing scenes we recently shot while in pre-production for scenes we will soon shoot. Maybe we will shoot 2 days, edit 2 days, shoot 2 days and then take a break for a week or two so we can edit and prep the next scenes we will shoot. 

We are organized and have a clear plan, but everything will be done in a very flexible way with a small dedicated crew and eager cast. This is how we are going to make this little film look as good as anything you will see in your local cinema and for less than the price of the catering budget on a "normal" film.

Hybrid Vigor is being made on location in Eastern Europe. One scene was shot in Estonia on a frozen lake on the Russian border. Most of the rest of the film is being made in and around Riga, Latvia.

Prior to moving to Latvia I was living in Los Angeles and I didn't really like the direction my life was going. I had never left the US and wanted to get out and explore the world so I took a 10 day trip to Europe. One of the places I visited was Latvia. Immediately I decided I must make a film here one day. 

After I returned home from my trip, literally as I stood in front of my door with my suitcase, I stopped and said to myself, "What am I doing here? I'm moving to Latvia." I immediately booked a flight and sold my car. A week later I was living in Latvia. I had absolutely no plan, but I had a very clear goal.

Latvia is a small country with a population of just over 2 million people. It borders Russia to the East and was once part of the Soviet Union. Latvia broke free from Soviet rule on August 21st, 1991 and has been an independent nation state ever since.

Hybrid Vigor stars Velta Buka (top) in her feature film debut and co-stars Jevgenija Mirosnicenko (left) and Aleksandr Ivanov (right). All three actors are native to Latvia. No other parts have been officially cast yet.

Current Cast

  • Velta Buka
  • Jevgenija Mirosnicenko
  • Aleksandr Ivanov

We will have more casting news soon.

My Story

My name is Brandon. My first film was a low budget independent film I wrote when I was 18 years-old and directed when I was 20. The film co-starred Dee Wallace (The Howling, ET), Dennis Haskins ("Mr. Belding" in Saved by the Bell) and Joyce DeWitt ("Janet" in Three's Company). It was professionally done with a large crew of around 30 people and shot on 35mm film with Panavision cameras. Unfortunately the film negative and sound was stolen and the film has never been completed. I was able to recover the film negative, but was never able to get the sound. After nearly a decade of effort I had to accept that it was over.

Moving On

A few years ago I Executive Produced the critically acclaimed arthouse film Loren Cass. Variety called it, "A starkly radical film debut of uncommon power and artistic principle." The New York Times said it was, "Remarkable... One of the year's great discoveries." The film was solely the director's vision. I was just there to help support the talent I saw in him.

It's Time

I learned a lot working on my first film and even more in the years since. I got my start as a writer/director in this business at a very young age, but lost more than 10 years due to my first film being stolen and unfinished. The last decade did not go to waste though. I made a plan for how I would make my next film and now I'm executing it. With your support we can make this film a reality.

Summer in Latvia does not last long and we must shoot much of the film during this period. Our goal for this campaign is the absolute minimum we need to get the film "in the can". We certainly intend to raise more than our goal! We hope to raise enough money to fund the entire shoot and all of post production.

We are able to dramatically cut the cost of making the film because we own our own RED Scarlet-X camera, lenses, audio gear and some lighting. There really will not be much that needs to be rented. Also, in addition to producing and directing the film, I am shooting and editing and will be handling at least some of the visual effects work myself.

We plan to make a "photomosiac" movie poster using photos of all our backers. There will be a printable PDF of the finished poster available online for you to download. Once our project is funded we will send everyone that backed our film a request for a personal photo. The example above was quickly made to illustrate the concept. The finished poster will be professionally done and on par with anything you would see at the cinema, with just one exception: you will be on it! 

Take a good look at the Rewards section to the right for the details. Below is an overview of what you can get for backing us.

  • Your photo on the above mentioned poster.
  • A "shout out" on Twitter (250k+ followers) and Facebook.
  • Digital Download of the film.
  • DVD copy of the film.
  • Blu-ray copy of the film.
  • Our Twitter marketing secrets (we didn't get 250k followers by accident).
  • Our Kickstarter marketing strategy.
  • One of a kind collectible props from the film.
  • A walk on role in the film.
  • Your commercial/video featured on our DVD, Blu-ray and website.
  • Your logo on our film poster and in the end credits.
  • Associate Producer credit.
  • Executive producer credit.
  • Co-production credit.

Free Rewards

  • Most campaigns offer "Backer Only" video or blog updates. We don't want to restrict anyone from following along as we make the film. You all get access. 
  • Have a short film? Send a Tweet to your Twitter followers with the link to our Kickstarter page and we will RT your short film to all our 250k followers.
  • We will choose the short film we like the best and offer to include it in the "New Talent" section of the Hybrid Vigor DVD/Blu-ray when it's released. This is something we want to do for all our films.

4 Things

  • First make a donation of any size. You can change your donation amount anytime before the campaign ends and you will not be charged anything unless we meet our fundraising goal.
  • After you back us and completed your transaction, Kickstarter will give you the option to send a message out to your friends/followers on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. The message will say you just backed us and it will included a link to our project page (you can edit the text). Please send these messages! It only takes a second and will help tremendously!
  • Find at least one other person to make a donation. Even if it's just $1 they can get their photo on our movie poster. $5 and they get their name in the credits too!
  • Know that you seriously rock! Your donation goes a long way towards helping us achieve our dreams. We sincerely appreciate it!

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    POSTER PACKAGE: We are going to make a "photomosiac" movie poster using photos of all our backers. Yes, your photo on our movie poster. Yes, ALL backers. For $1 we will put your photo on our poster and give you a link to download a PDF of the poster when it's done. You will also get a shout out on Twitter and Facebook pages and your name on our official website (when it's live)! Has anyone offered so much for $1 on Kickstarter before? Not that we have seen...

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    FILM CREDIT PACKAGE: Want to see your name in the end credits of a movie? This is your chance! Everyone that throws in at least $5 gets to see their name on the big (or little) screen! You also get everything in the POSTER PACKAGE. Has anyone offered so much for $5 on Kickstarter before? Not that we have seen... (another first?)

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    DOWNLOAD PACKAGE: You get everything in the POSTER and FILM CREDIT PACKAGE plus we will mail you a physical 4" x 6" copy of the poster and you will get to download a digital copy of film when it's released! (Non-US, please add $2.50 for shipping)

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    DELUXE DOWNLOAD PACKAGE: You get everything in the POSTER and FILM CREDIT PACKAGE plus we will mail you a physical 4" x 6" copy of the poster SIGNED by the Director and Cast and you will get to download a digital copy of film when it's released! (Non-US, please add $2.50 for shipping)

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    DVD PACKAGE: Everything in the POSTER, FILM CREDIT and DOWNLOAD packages plus a full size copy of the movie poster mailed to you and your name with a link to your webpage (or Twitter, Facebook, whatever...) on the backer page of our official website. Oh, and we will throw in a DVD copy of the film! (Non-US, please add $10 for shipping)

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    DELUXE DVD PACKAGE: Everything in the POSTER, FILM CREDIT and DOWNLOAD packages plus a full size copy of the movie poster SIGNED BY THE DIRECTOR AND CAST and mailed to you and your name with a link to your webpage (or Twitter, Facebook, whatever...) on the backer page of our official website. Oh, and we will throw in a DVD copy of the film! (Non-US, please add $10 for shipping)

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    BLU-RAY PACKAGE: You get everything in the POSTER, DOWNLOAD and DVD packages except you get a BLU-RAY copy of the film and we will add your name and photo to the "Backer Gallery" on our DVD/Blu-ray Extra Features. You are welcome to use a company name or logo in place of your personal name if you want and if you want the DVD copy and not the Blu-ray copy that is fine too. (Non-US add $10 for shipping)

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    DELUXE BLU-RAY PACKAGE: You get everything in the POSTER, DOWNLOAD and DELUXE DVD packages except you get a BLU-RAY copy of the film and we will add your name and photo to the "Backer Gallery" on our DVD/Blu-ray Extra Features. You are welcome to use a company name or logo in place of your personal name if you want and if you want the DVD copy and not the Blu-ray copy that is fine too. (Non-US add $10 for shipping)

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER PACKAGE: You get everything in the POSTER, DOWNLOAD, DVD and BLU-RAY packages (choose DVD or Blu-ray) PLUS you'll be listed in a SPECIAL SECTION OF THE END CREDITS of the film as one of the ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS. You will also be credited on our website and we will submit your credit to the IMDB, but we can't guarantee they will credit you. We will try though!

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    MARKETING PACKAGE: You get everything in the POSTER, DOWNLOAD, DVD, BLU-RAY (choose DVD or Blu-ray) and ASSOCIATE PRODUCER packages PLUS all our MARKETING SECRETS. How did we get 250,000 Twitter followers in 4 months? It was not an accident. We will tell you how we did it in detail. Planning a Kickstarter project? We will share our KICKSTARTER BLUEPRINT with you. Everything we did over a 4 month period to prepare for this Kickstarter campaign and what we learned along the way analyzing other Kickstarter campaigns.

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    ONE OF A KIND PACKAGE #3: See the girl in the mask on the poster? We can't give you her, but we CAN give you THE MASK. It's going to be beat up, quite dirty and rather bloody, but it's all yours! You will also get everything in the MARKETING PACKAGE and 2 tickets to the LA or NYC premiere of the film!

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    ONE OF A KIND PACKAGE #1: You know what an USHANKA is? It's one of those old fur winter caps with ear flaps from the Soviet Union. Jevgenija Mirosnicenko's character wears a black military one in a large part of the film and YOU CAN HAVE IT when we finish shooting! This is a 100% AUTHENTIC USSR MILITARY HAT and a 1 of a kind collector's item. You will also get everything in the MARKETING PACKAGE. You will also get 2 tickets to the LA or NYC premiere of the film!

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    ONE OF A KIND PACKAGE #4: We are making available a VERY LIMITED set of framed COLLECTIBLE QUALITY prints from the film. EACH FILM FRAME IS UNIQUE and numbered. No two are alike! The frame/plaque can be signed by the Cast and Director if you would like. There will be a CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY included! You will also get everything in the MARKETING PACKAGE and 2 tickets to the LA or NYC premiere of the film!

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    3-DAY FILMSCHOOL PACKAGE: Want to see how we work on Hybrid Vigor and learn to use a RED Scarlet-X? Come spend 3 days with us in Latvia! You will be credited as both ASSOCIATE PRODUCER and a HYBRID VIGOR 3-DAY FILMSCHOOL GRADUATE. We'll even give you a cool certificate of completion! You will also be able to shoot footage with one of the actors and keep the original R3D files for your own use. You get everything in the ASSOCIATE PRODUCER PACKAGE too! (You pay for transportation to Riga, Latvia, food and lodging.)

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    ON SCREEN PACKAGE: Want to be in the film? This is your chance. We will give you, at least, a walk on roll in the film. You will also be listed in the credits and on IMDB. We will also send you a digital copy of your scene (before the film is released)! You will also get everything in the ASSOCIATE PRODUCER PACKAGE. (You pay for transportation to Riga, Latvia and lodging.) You will also get 2 tickets to the LA or NYC premiere of the film!

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    SPONSOR PACKAGE: Want your commercial or video on our DVD, Blu-ray and Website? We will have a "Sponsors" section on all three featuring your video. They can be up to 3 minutes long and can include a logo, short description and URL to your website. (we have final approval of videos). You also get everything in the POSTER, DOWNLOAD, DVD and BLU-RAY packages (choose DVD or Blu-ray) PLUS our marketing secrets! You will also get 2 tickets to the LA or NYC premiere of the film!

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    CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PACKAGE: You get everything in the EXECUTIVE PRODUCER package except your credit will read "CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER". THIS REWARD IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO 1 PERSON!

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    DELUXE SPONSOR PACKAGE: You get everything offered in the sponsor package plus your LOGO will be in the end credits of the film and on our poster. You will also get 2 tickets to the LA or NYC premiere of the film!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER PACKAGE: You will get everything offered in the POSTER, DOWNLOAD, DVD, BLU-RAY, MARKETING, ON-SCREEN and DELUXE SPONSOR Packages PLUS be credited as an Executive Producer in the film. You will be credited in the film, in the IMDB, on our DVD and Blu-ray packaging, on our posters and publicity materials as well as any trade magazines or print media that normally lists Executive Producers. You will also get 2 tickets to the LA or NYC premiere of the film!

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    CO-PRODUCTION PACKAGE: You or your company will be listed as one of the production companies making the film ("in association with [YOUR COMPANY OR NAME]"). Your name will be in the opening credits sequence and you will get IMDB credit as a production company. We'll invite you to any early screenings we have for the film. DISCLAIMER: You will not have any creative control of the film, no ownership in the film and no share of the profit. You will also get 2 tickets to the LA or NYC premiere of the film!

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