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The above stretch goals are all additional elements that we will add to the film; everything from making the miniatures more interesting and complex to little mini-sequences that will fold into the story. 

 

Campaign Wide Rewards Upgrades:

  • $15,000 - Everyone's initials will be hidden in the film 
  • $19,000 - Digital Download of all original music created for the film
  • $21,000 - Digital Storyboards 

Centuries ago, a desperate battle left a village wasted, a new bride dead, and two mortal enemies dependent on each other for survival. Forgotten amongst the crumbling ruins, our two heroes have eked out a meager existence, each responsible for feeding the other.

One fateful day, a villager trespasses into Frank's hunting grounds. The resulting 'harvest' provides Zed with a full tummy and sets the entire town on a course of bloody retribution.

 

"We open on Frankenstein's Monster in a HUGE rotten castle..."

How do you tell that story if you are an independent filmmaker in the Pacific Northwest? Our answer: Puppets.

Murder Village Throne Room
Murder Village Throne Room

We can create our characters exactly as we see in our heads, mis-stitched eyeballs, gaping head wounds, and all. We can take our time making sure each shot reaches its full potential. Our characters can chop, maim, kill and be killed in the fantastic locations in which they belong. 

We were shocked to discover this!
We were shocked to discover this!

The vast majority of 'puppet films' also have human actors in them; far fewer are done using only puppets. We were shocked to discover that, according to Wikipedia, Frank & Zed will be the first classic glove-puppet feature film to be made in this millenium.*1 

Of course, the price you pay is that every shot becomes a special effect!

There's nothing more rewarding nor challenging for us than making an inanimate object come to life; it's just magic when it works. To do that and to scare people is the greatest thrill we've found in the world of filmmaking.                                                   

We love practical effects. (You don't get into horror to play with CG blood.) The visceral realism and happy accidents that occur bring the film to life in a way that is worth the extra time and effort.

We've also committed to hand-building the entire world of Frank & Zed. Whether it's constructing a silicone puppet from scratch or re-purposing an old candle holder to create a stained glass window, we want every element on screen to be something you've never seen before.

We've completed 90% of the film. However, we still have major elements to complete like the miniatures, score, and special effect insert shots. 

A screenshot of the 90 minute film.
A screenshot of the 90 minute film.

    

We are asking for support to finish the major components of the film left to do: the large-scale miniatures, score, specialty inserts shots, color-correction, and sound. 

 

Painted to show detail
Painted to show detail

 

 

  

The Dark Maker's Castle needs 12 gargoyles. Pledge at the Totem Gargoyle level and we will create a one-of-a-kind miniature stone creature bearing the totem of your choice. When filming wraps we'll send you the little demon to stand guard over your abode. 

Bonus - Totem Gargoyles now come with a production still of the gargoyle signed by Director Jesse Blanchard & Sculptor Erin DeBray. 

So far, there are over 100 names hidden in sets & props
So far, there are over 100 names hidden in sets & props

 

 

Everything in the world of Frank & Zed is handmade. Add $15 to any pledge level and we will include a prop (chunk of puppet, stained glass, gear, squirrel head) to your pledge.   

  

 

 

                             

To our Existing Backers:

Thank you so much for your support so far. 

Please check the update here for more info (including getting your rewards shipped before the film is finished.) 

1- Is this really the first puppet film in 30 years?: As far as we know, this is the first feature-length film (60+ mins) to be made using classic glove-style puppetry since Peter Jackson's Meet the Feebles. The few puppet feature films that have been made have either had human actors (i.e. The Muppets) or were made with marionettes (Team America) or other forms of puppetry. (Source, wikipedia)

2- Share the Project and Get a Storyboard info: Use #FrankAndZed then let us know in the comments below or via Facebook that you helped spread the word. Storyboards will be added to pledges while supplies last. 

Risks and challenges

There is no shortage of Risks & Challenges in this film. We know, because we have been traveling this road for four years.

- Challenges -
Finding music that will match the level of detail and craftsmanship of the fim. Ideally, it will be handmade like the rest of the film.

The remaining shots are almost all incredibly complex. They include the large miniatures, each of which will have small elements puppeteered within as well as fire and smoke effects,

Although many of the tasks before us are daunting, we take great comfort in what we've achieved so far.

We hope you will join us for the last leg of this journey.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    Sit back and watch the world's greatest puppet horror film with the satisfaction of knowing you helped make it possible.

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    BLU-RAY + NAME IN THE CREDITS

    Decorate your movie shelf with the finest in independent horror animation with a Blu-ray of the finished film complete with Blooper Reel, Audio Commentary, Behind-the-scenes, and more!

    Then stick around to see your name in lights on the big screen.

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    BLU-RAY, NAME IN CREDITS, + K. MEDALLION

    Murder Village worships the Kult of Krampus. Take home a handmade medallion depicting the horned forbearer of Santa Claus.

    We hand cast these ourselves from our original sculpt. A truly unique item.

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    BLU-RAY, NAME IN CREDITS, + FILM PROP

    Our actors were all hacked to pieces - take home one of these chunks yourself. You might get a zombie eye, one of Zed's teeth, or an entire puppet arm. We'll surprise you with a prop or other goodie made for the film.

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    GOODIES PACKAGE 1

    Cut out the Blu-ray and swap in other goodies from the film.

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    Jumbo Frank & Zed Mini's (Signed!)

    We have six sets of Jumbo Mini's left. Each hand cast in unique colors, over 4" tall and made of solid resin, these are high-quality collector's items. Leave them in their candy-colored glory or paint them yourself. Signed by Director Jesse Blanchard. This pledge can be combined with any other pledge level or add-on.
    Mini's Ship in time for the holidays!
    Film arrives separately when completed

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    Bottle of Goo!

    When it came to goo - only the best would do. Take home a vial of the same slime used in Return of the Jedi, Ghostbusters, and Aliens.

    We've got a little bit left over and we want to send it your way. We'll get some into a little vial and tie it with a bow just for you.

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    EXCLUSIVE BACKER T-SHIRT

    A Kickstarter exclusive backer T-shirt to show everyone that you're one of the cool kids.

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    EXCLUSIVE BACKER T-SHIRT

    Prove to everyone that you were into Frank & Zed 'Before it was cool' with the Exclusive Kickstarter T-Shirt Design of your choice.

    We'll also sign your BLU-RAY as an extra 'Thanks' for supporting this film.

    Note - All Discs signed above this level!

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    Hero Prop + Signed Production Still

    You will receive one of 10 hero props from the film. (Props include Topher's severed head, the blade from Frank's Axe, and the Cursed Krampus Armor!) as well as a still from the film of your prop signed by the Director, Sculptor, and Lead Puppeteer.

    These are the ultimate collector's items from Frank & Zed.

    Ships in time for the 2017 Holidays!

    Note - You can add a Hero prop to another reward by adding $100 to that pledge amount.

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    Hoodie

    Stay warm and wear your Puppetcore street cred in style with the FZ Hoodie.

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    NAME IN THE FILM

    We'll immortalize you by fitting your name into the world of Frank and Zed. Maybe it will be on a tombstone in the background, or part of a sign over the village tavern. We'll also send you the set-piece or prop bearing your name so no one can doubt your glory!

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    Totem Gargoyle

    You will stand guard over the Dark Maker's Castle! We will sculpt a gargoyle in your honor inscribed with your name or initials and bearing a totem of your choice, then place it atop the ruins for all to see. When the film wraps we will send you this one-of-a-kind work of art to guard your crypt at home.

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    Featured Credit (You make it up!)

    Give your resume that extra edge the competition lacks.

    Onsite Brain Caterer, Squirrel Wrangler, Fake Shemp, Assistant to the Undersecretary. See your name mixed in with the crew in whatever completely bogus credit you create for yourself (credit is in name only & must be approved by us).

    We'll also give you a prop from the film that best matches your unique skillset.

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    Featured Credit (We make it up)

    We're hiring but we're not telling you the position. We will stick your name into the main crew credits without your input whatsoever. Revel in the glory of being film's first 'Mediocre Boy', Dolly Parton Grip, or 'Editor Schmeditor on Frank & Zed.' We will even call you in person to give you the good news as well as give you a prop that best matches your unique talents. (Credit is in name only)

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    More Cowbell

    The score has yet to be written but we already know it's gonna need more cowbell.

    So, we need you to supply it.

    We will handcraft a cowbell and engrave it with your name. Then send it you to play and record so we can dub it into the score. You will also receive Official Credit in the orchestra for your playing prowess and the crew hoodie you've earned. (Credit is in name only)

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    CREW SCREENING + AFTER PARTY EXPERIENCE

    Attend a cast and crew screening of the film, plus after party! See the film on the big screen and mingle with those of us who brought it to life. (transportation/lodging not included)

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    The Drunk Mini-Me

    We need to launch someone out a window and we want you to help us bring it to life.

    We will handcraft a miniature version of the Town Drunk and throw him out the window of the Dark Maker's Tower. Your task will be to add extra screams of terror to the scene and the zombie grunts of his rise from the dead. We'll also give you the credit you deserve as 'The Drunk' in the main crew credits as well as the mini-corpse we used for the shot.

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    YOUR FACE IN THE FILM

    Will you be a gargoyle guarding the castle or the face of the Drunken Bard at the village
    inn? We'll immortalize your mug in film history up on the screen for everyone to see.

    Then, we'll send you the item to prove to everyone just how awesome you are.

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    Set Visit + Movie Prop

    Spend the day here at Puppetcore Studios as we film a scene. We will probably rope you into helping us film so you might as well snag an Official Crew Hoodie while you're here and we'll all sign it for you.

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    Landlord: Miniature Building w/your Face

    Sponsor your own piece of Murder Village Real Estate. We'll incorporate your name into the design and send it to you when we're done.

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    Weapons Master

    You will receive one of the hero prop weapons used by our mob of villagers, each one hand sculpted and painted, mounted on a plaque, and likely still glistening with fake blood. Each piece will be individually signed by the Director, Sculptor, and Puppeteer and come with an exclusive Behind-the-scenes photo of the prop weapon in action.

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    Dungeon Master Reward!

    The Dark Maker's Castle has fallen into ruin, take home a piece yourself. We'll carve your likeness into the stone so no one can doubt what you made happen.

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    Associate Producer

    Become an Associate Producer on Frank & Zed. You will get credit as such on IMDB as well as in the credits of the film. We'll also give you a personal tour of the studio for you and your friends as well as 6 tickets to the opening screening and premiere. (Credit is in name only.)

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    CAST YOURSELF AS A PUPPET

    It's not too late to get yourself immortalized in felt! We have one spot for a puppet...that must die.

    You will be the character that launches our poor monsters into the arms of the mob. Currently, this section has just a characters hands but we want it to show your face!

    We will create a puppet from your likeness and build a custom set to shoot your scene. Then you will receive the mounted remains of your felt double to prove how cool you are.

    We'll even invite you to the set that day to watch the fun.

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    Executive Produce (Frank)

    Become an Executive Producer on the first all-puppet feature film in almost 30 years. Receive a one-of-a-kind Frank created just for you from the original mold. Cast and hand painted in extreme detail. (Credit is in name only)

    - Private Studio Tour
    - Private Screening for you and friends
    - IMDB Credit as Executive Producer
    - Custom Director's Chair with your name

    Includes:
    • IMDB Credit
    • Featured Crew Credit
    • HOODIE
    • Personalized Director's Chair
    • Official CREW Hoodie
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    Executive Produce (Zed)

    Become an Executive Producer on the first all-puppet feature film in almost 30 years. Receive a one-of-a-kind Zed created just for you from the original mold. Cast and hand painted in extreme detail. (Credit is in name only)

    - Private Studio Tour
    - Private Screening for you and friends
    - IMDB Credit as Executive Producer
    - Custom Director's Chair with your name

    Includes:
    • IMDB Credit
    • Personalized Director's Chair
    • Official CREW Hoodie
    • Featured Crew Credit
    • Studio Open House
    • ORIGINAL STORYBOARD
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