To quote Oscar the Grouch, I love trash. Though I suspect he means literal garbage, while I'm more obsessive over trash films.
Slow Creep is a fun monster movie in which a rad-as-hell 15-year-old girl trounces a monster that is essentially a living pile of putrid garbage, because it murdered her brother and his boyfriend (spoiler alert). It's funny, charming, occasionally genuinely upsetting, and it's as in love with 1994 as you are. There's nothing wrong with Slow Creep.
I'm not just inspired to make this movie. It's bursting into the world and I can barely confine it to film.
Film is expensive. You have to buy it, process it, and transfer it to digital information (or make more film prints, if you're avoiding computers entirely). Why, then, would I choose to shoot on film? Maybe I'm crazy, but I think it's important to the aesthetics of this movie, and important to keep alive for the art of filmmaking.
Our Creep has to be the filthiest, nastiest thing that can walk (or shuffle, I guess). We are going to have to build a suit that can both horrify the children AND allow our actor to stumble and do “the creep shuffle”. The costume needs to be extra disgusting and totally convincing, which is why we're working with local business Hawgfly on making it. They're the best, but that means investing some significant dollars.
We will also be bringing a film crew and a monster and a ton of slime into someone's home, and we will need to compensate them with real U.S. currency.
The film is set in the 90s, so anything left over will go toward making the set look like a 90s mirage: transparent phones, dial-up internet, station wagons, scrunchies, waffle print, weird-colored ketchup, Full House, and Bill Clinton.
Our goal here is a small part of our budget. About a third of it. Until we hit $20,000 we're just talking normal goals. But if you want to talk stretch, Slow Creep is the final film in a trilogy: if we hit $25,000, we will shoot a small story to go before, after, and between the shorts. And it will be RAD.
Jim Hickcox (Writer / Director) Jim has written and directed four short narrative films (all shot on 16mm), and cinematografed many more. He is fixated on a spectrum of films that runs from Frank Henenlotter to Hollis Frampton.
Tom Rosenberg (Director of Photography) Tom has produced films on several continents, from rural Sri Lanka to the American Bible Belt. A nominee for the ASC Linwood Dunn Heritage Award, he has shot films for numerous award-winning directors. He enjoys surfing and Houston rap.
Makena Buchanan (Producer) Makena likes movies. If he could take movies on a date, he would probably take them to a movie. Right now Makena is an Austin based filmmaker and photographer. He produces some rad short films, one of which was screened at SXSW in 2013.
Natalie Shea (Producer) Natalie has worked in production on television and features, but gets an odd rush from producing short films, and from being a a criminal (on the dance floor). She studies Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas.
Nya Garner (Otter) Nya has been working on her film, commercial, and theatrical career since the age of 10. In addition to acting Nya is also a retired basketball player and 300 meter hurdler. She attends school in Austin where she is an active member of the arts.
Jacques Colimon (Sto) Jacques is an Austin-based actor. In high school he fell in love with the stage, exposing himself to several forms of performance. Film found him in high school as well; with his first foray as the lead in "Sweet Old World". He has recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with two degrees, one in acting and the other in filmmaking.
Tyrell White (Trace) Tyrell is originally from Tacoma Washington. He has always loved the performing arts, it's weirdness, the creativity, the life that flows through a person or group's performance. Tyrell was in the Lehman highschool top mixed ensemble choir, as well as the top band ensemble, and marching band. He was a member of the student council and has been a part of theatre programs since he was 11 years old.
Amanda Haiker (The Creep) Amanda is 14 years old. She was born in Southern California and relocated to Austin four years ago. She has been dancing for two years. Prior to her passion for dancing, she competed in horse vaulting, having the opportunity to compete at the Kentucky Equestrian Horse Center. She is very creative and would much rather be doing than sitting. Her goal is to be a professional dancer.
The Slow Creep team is knee-deep in pre-production: we’re confirming crew schedules, cleaning up locations, and nailing down props (both figuratively and literally). We're fabricating the Creep costume and rehearsing with the actors. We have locked down the rental of a Panavision camera kit through their New Filmmaker Program. Very exciting stuff.
We will be entering principal photography on Slow Creep in early November. Come back to this page or like our facebook page to receive updates.
We won't judge you; we don't either. If you can’t donate, we still want you as part of the Creep team. Like our Facebook page for updates and charming photographs. Passing this Kickstarter link around would be really helpful as well. Little films like ours need all the exposure we can get.
Risks and challenges
There is always the risk that one of our prop VHS tapes will actually be haunted by an oozing, shuffling monster. But in all seriousness, our production is taking on a huge risk by choosing to shoot on 35mm film instead of digital. We will not know what we have on our film until we send it all off after production - after it’s too late to fix anything. We hope to overcome this challenge through diligent planning, and our on-set shaman.
Of course we acknowledge that there are some things that are out of our control. Something will always go wrong, but we have a large and whip-smart crew that is just waiting to take on big problems.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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