Sleepwalkers is a feature length urban fantasy love story set in a world where after you go to sleep, you wake up as someone else.
NEW STRETCH GOALS! SLEEPWALKERS MINISODES
Hooray! We've reached our goal, and that is AMAZING, but we're not done funding yet! The more money we raise the better our movie will be - we could pay for music licensing, film festival fees, and maybe even hire a professional post production house - so we still need your help! Along the way we'll be adding stretch goals so that the more we raise the more awesome rewards we give to our backers!
Here's a list of our unlocked stretch goals so far:
$14,000 - We'll write an anthology of short stories set in the Sleepwalkers world. The stories will be written by people involved with the movie, and will explore different aspects of the Sleepwalkers concept that might not have been touched on in the film. We'll send out a PDF to all backers! REACHED!!!
$16,000 - If we reach $16,000 we will write and produce a “Sleepwalkers Minisode” featuring some of the cast of the movie.
$17,000 - If we reach $17,000 we will get the Sleepwalkers Anthology Book partly illustrated! That means a bunch of the stories will have pictures to go with them, so you can just look at those if you don’t like to read!
$18,000 - Sleepwalkers Minisode 2
$20,000 - ????
Watch the Trailer:
It's the greatest secret in the history of civilization... Or, maybe people find out all of the time. Millions of people all around the world have Sleepwalkers - alternate personalities that take control of their bodies when they fall asleep. The life of a Sleepwalker is short but fun: no stress, no responsibility. All you have to do is not get caught. If a person starts to suspect something strange, that’s it - their Sleepwalker disappears forever.
Ben (Jeff Ronan) is one such Sleepwalker, and he loves his life. Every night he gets up, steals some money from Awake Ben’s rainy day stash, and goes to hang out with his three best friends - all also Sleepwalkers - Danny (Marco Torriani), Flynn (Ron Barba), and Trey (Ryan Nicolls). Together they try to make the most of every night, getting into adventures and trying new things (no matter how trivial, childish, or weird). At the end of the night, they usually end up at Ben’s favorite diner, where they get served pancakes by their friendly waitress Allison (Jessica DiGiovanni). And all Ben has to do is get home before the alarm goes off so that his boring waking self can continue his life completely oblivious.
One night, after his friends abandon him, Ben starts spending a lot more time with Allison. The more he connects with her, the harder it gets for him to keep his “sleeping” and “waking” lives apart. Pretty soon Ben has to make a choice - just how much is he willing to risk?
About the Project
The screenplay for Sleepwalkers was written in 2010. It won the Creative Concept Award in the 2011 Creative World Awards, then it was rewritten about ten more times. We filmed Sleepwalkers in the summer of 2013 on an ultra low budget made up of our own savings and contributions from our families and friends. We're incredibly proud of what we accomplished, and we think we have what could be an amazing movie on our hands. BUT, we're also out of money. And we need your help to give our movie that final push into greatness.
About the Production:
The movie was shot in just under three weeks on location in New York City. This proved to be... complicated, to say the least, but the team really felt like it needed to be here. There's nowhere else quite like it.
We had a very small team. There were usually roughly 10 crew members on set, though some days we had more and some days we had less. The size of the crew meant everybody on the production had to wear a lot of hats - figurative hats - and work three times as hard to make sure this production was everything it needed to be. And boy, did they work hard.
Check out some of the Production Diaries below, edited together by Ivan Moutinho (our boom op and general handyman, who is also an award winning filmmaker). The behind-the-scenes camera changed hands often on set, but most of the footage you'll see was shot by Ivan, too.
Cast and Crew
Jeff Ronan as Ben
Jeff Ronan is an actor/writer who can be seen on stage and screen. You can check him out in hit web series Stunods (stunodswebseries.com) as Sheriff Brian and web cartoon Astro-Cons (blip.tv/astrocons) as the voice of Spivack and Lifshitz.
Jessica DiGiovanni as Allison
A native Chicagoan, Jessica came to NYC to study theatre at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Recently Jessica played the leading role in the Off-Broadway Premiere of Bike America. She can also be seen and heard in several commercials playing all over the world. Visit her website and "Like" her Facebook Fanpage!
Ryan Nicolls as Trey
Ryan Nicolls is an accomplished writer and actor for stage and film. He is currently studying at Columbia.
Marco Torianni as Danny
Marco Torriani is an independent film, television, voice, and stage actor in NYC. His latest work includes GasMask (Telluride Horror Festival), The Amateurs (Brooklyn International Film Festival), and Margarita With A Straw (Award Winning Director Shonali Bose).
Ron Barba as Flynn
Ron Barba is an actor and filmmaker living in New York City. He is currently selling his pilot television series KING OF THE LIST (about a Craigslist talent agent) through his agency Craybaugh and Copeland.
Cristin Gallagher as Kate
Linda Browne as Mrs. Collins
Lauren Steffany as Kelsey
Ryan Correll as Todd
Jason Merrin (Writer/Director)
Jason Merrin started making movies when he was thirteen years old. His past work includes over 70 short films (most of which are available for viewing on his youtube page) and a handful of scripts and TV show pitches - many of which received awards or honors from major festivals and contests. Sleepwalkers will be his first feature film.
Rachel Liu (Producer)
Rachel Liu graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an engineering degree. With an award winning mind for problem solving and logistical planning, she discovered after college that she fit the role of a producer/production coordinator perfectly. Sleepwalkers will be her first feature film.
Nicolas DeMiranda (Director of Photography)
Nicolas DeMiranda is a highly sought after cinematographer who brings a mastery of both movement and authenticity that is difficult to find. Nico prides himself on strong collaboration and the ability to work from the elements of a story to find the best look for a film. He has experience in both narrative and documentary with the versatility to shoot in both controlled settings and in fast-paced situations. He was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and now lives in New York with his wife and two young sons.
Aaron Senser (Assistant Director)
Aaron Senser is a writer/director living in St. Louis. His writing has received awards from The New York Screenplay Contest, The A.E. Hotchner Festival, and The St. Louis Dramatics Club, among others.
Ivan Moutinho (Boom Operator)
Ivan Moutinho moved to America from Portugal when he was 6 years old, and is currently a student at the University of Pennsylvania and an award winning filmmaker. His past work includes a mix of action, comedy, and visual effects. He single handedly created the Sleepwalkers production diaries, and he one day hopes to work as a professional film editor.
Thomas Zaccheo (Sound Mixer)
Andres Arias (Lighting Design)
Jenna Merrin (Costume Designer)
Alexandra Marsh (Hair and Makeup Artist)
We had many, many friends who helped in all kinds of ways with all stages of production - far too many to list here - but you can be sure that if you helped with the movie you will be properly thanked in the credits.
We're asking for $12,000 to help make our movie look and sound as professional as it can be. That money will go towards scoring the film, hiring a sound designer, hiring a color corrector, paying for film festival submission costs, and of course getting all of our backers their rewards. The more we get, the better though! With more money we can hire more people for the post production process, including a professional editor and effects artist, as well as being able to afford some licensed music for the movie soundtrack. Any leftover money in the budget will go into paying our talented cast and crew, who generously gave their time to this project with very little given to them in return.
In return for your generosity, we've prepared a series of rewards that you can select from (with descriptions by guest writer Michael Kraus). Check them out in the sidebar on the right! Feel free to ask us questions about any of the rewards tiers (or anything else).
NOTE: If you pledge to a tier that includes a physical reward (any tier $40 or higher) and you live outside the United States, please add $10 USD for international shipping.
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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Sleepwalkers has already been filmed, and the movie will be finished. Right now our biggest challenges are finding a colorist and sound designer who are talented and will work within our budget and time frame. Our other biggest challenge is keeping to our timeline, as that will depend on external factors like film festival rules/schedules and finding distribution. We've tried to be conservative in picking estimated delivery dates, but we have no way of knowing what might hold up the film's release going forward.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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For just $1 you can get access to a special downloadable Sleepwalkers coloring book, along with special updates and access to the director's and producer's emails! That's right, their personal emails! From now on, we'll assume any messages from Nigerian princes or sexy singles in our area are from Kickstarter backers, and will respond accordingly. Hello, new friends!Estimated delivery:
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For $2, you get our undying thanks. You will be thanked publicly on the official Sleepwalkers Facebook page, Twitter account, and website! Prove to that ex you've been stalking that not only are you doing much better without them, but you've also got two dollars to just throw around wherever you please. That'll show them.Estimated delivery:
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For $10, you can get a PDF of the movie script! For those who prefer reading to watching movies. (Also, all non-limited rewards above.)Estimated delivery:
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For $30, you can get a digital copy of the soundtrack! Then maybe you could burn it to a CD and... oh, forget it. Just beam it to the chip in your brain or whatever you kids are doing these days. (Also, all non-limited rewards above.)Estimated delivery:
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For $40, you can get a special thank you card hand-signed by members of the cast and crew! We definitely didn't get our unpaid intern to hand-sign the cards for college credit. (He doesn't even get that!) (Also, all non-limited rewards above.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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For $50, you can get special "Kickstarter Backer" thanks in the credits! Now, all those nerds who stay until the very end of the credits will see your name and say, "Huh. Neat." (Also, all non-limited rewards above.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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For $60, lead actor Jeff Ronan will do a dramatic reading of your choice. We didn't teach him to read for nothing. (Note: must be a dramatic reading within reason. That means one page of text or less, nothing outrageously offensive. If you want him to narrate a 500-page racist manifesto, he does enough of that in his free time, thank you very much.) (Also, you get all non-limited rewards above.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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For $75, you can get a signed copy of the printed script! Then you can take pictures of all the pages and have a PDF! (Also, all non-limited rewards above.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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For $90, you can get the official Sleepwalkers T-shirt! Sure to be all the rage next season, if you aren't wearing an official Sleepwalkers T-shirt, you might as well just smear wet garbage all over your torso. (Also, all non-limited rewards above.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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For $100, you can get a limited edition poster signed by members of the cast and crew! Plus, with all this signed material, the ability to forge documents with our names on them! (Also, all non-limited rewards above.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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For $110, you can have your screenplay read and critiqued by one of two award-winning writers - Jason Merrin or Aaron Senser! (Note: Positive feedback is extra.) (Also, all non-limited rewards above.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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For $150, you can take part in an hour-long Q&A with members of the cast and crew on Google Hangout! See how weird and ghoulish movie stars look when they're not properly lit! (Also, all non-limited rewards above.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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For $300, you can have lunch with some of the cast and crew! Bring a friend! Don't have a friend? Extra lunch! (NYC only) (Also, all non-limited rewards above.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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For $500, you can go on a date with lead actor (and renowned dreamboat) Jeff Ronan! We pretty much own him. You want him to sing you a beautiful song over a fine Italian dinner? Eggplant parmigiana goes well with falling in love. You want him to go in for the good night kiss at your front door? His gentle hand cupping the small of your back as he pulls you in closer? You want a little... something more? Easy there, killer. You only paid $500. (NYC only) (Also, all non-limited rewards above.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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For $600, you can get two tickets to the premiere in NYC! See all the big-time movie stars in their fancy clothes and find out which ones you could beat in a fight. (Also, all non-limited rewards above.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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For $1000, in addition to two tickets, you can get a big Special Thanks section in the credits, where you can have your name and your company's name and/or logo printed! The chance to advertise in a hit movie? I'll raise my cool refreshing glass of Coca-Cola™ to that! (Also, all non-limited rewards above.) (Logos must be approved - offensive material will not be allowed.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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For $3000, you can get Executive Producer credit! Fun fact: nobody actually knows what an Executive Producer is - until now, that is. Now we know it's you! (Also, all non-limited rewards above.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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For $5000, we will help you make your short film/music video/commercial! You are responsible for any costs beyond our fees and equipment, and the concept needs to be pre-approved. We've been burned one too many times by the old "they're not real ransom demands, it's just for fun!" bit, and we won't fall for it again (for less than $7500). Production must take place near NYC, or backer will cover travel cost. (Also, all non-limited rewards above.)Estimated delivery:Add $10 USD to ship outside the US
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