Throughout my career, regardless of what platform it is, I've been on a mission to prove that there's an audience out there for the stories I want to tell. And yes, we're totally going out of the box with our first Kickstarter project. Not only are we doing a sequel to a homemade movie, but we're still out to prove that... everyone loves that LUMPIA!
Here's our Kababayan Today segment that aired recently with host Jannelle So http://youtu.be/hVYJnuLiKgI?t=49s
THE ORIGINAL MOVIE
Named after the deep-fried Filipino dish, LUMPIA is a home made feature we shot in Daly City, CA with our neighborhood friends over a seven year span beginning in the summer of 1996. When it finally debuted in 2003, the film won over film festivals and community screenings, gaining itself a cult following. The home made movie even got noticed by Hollywood with a positive film review from VARIETY:
"Taking low-budget to new heights, LUMPIA is a youth project that got delightfully out of hand. "
-- Variety, January 14, 2004
LUMPIA became the first of many collaborations between my Kid Heroes Productions company and Xylophone Films during the last decade, including high profile music videos with the Black Eyed Peas, and commercials for L&L Hawaiian BBQ, DIRECTV, and Lincoln.
10 years later, we've come up with a fresh new story that has us and the original cast ECSTATIC! Reuniting the characters of Fogtown, LUMPIA 2 (Working title for now) is an action comedy sequel we're sure will excite the fans of the original movie, yet stand on its own and appeal to a whole new audience.
15 years after the events of the original, the LUMPIA-wielding avenger reappears in Fogtown to prevent an escalating drug war between Filipino factions. This causes more drama and comedic mayhem for MON MON, KELLY, JART, TYRONE and their old Fogtown High School counterparts who find themselves all reunited under unique circumstances for a wedding.
LUMPIA 2 is an action comedy, a mystery thriller, and a wedding movie mashed up all into one. A Filipino syndicate has united all the different street gangs, controlling all the underground activity of Fogtown. KUYA the Silent Avenger is on a mission to stop the flow of drugs infiltrating his old high school, and soon finds out the key to stopping them requires him to team up with the 2 most unlikeliest partners, former rivals TYRONE and MON MON. The problem is that MON MON has a wedding to go to and TYRONE isn't exactly acting like the TYRONE we know.
Conflict, romance, and FOB bashing dominated the first film. In this sequel, we get to see how these characters have grown after high school. The fun part for fans of the original is discovering what happened between MON MON and KELLY. Does JART and COSTANCIO still have Karaoke Night? The sequel will answer all the hard-hitting questions like... how does the SILENT AVENGER keep his LUMPIA fresh and restocked in the heat of battle? And finally, we get to meet MON MON'S & COSTANCIO's parents... and sister!
- FRANCIS CUSTODIO as JAMES/MON MON
- EDWARD BAON as TYRONE
- CARLOS BAON as KUYA
- ELIZABETH TEODORO MENDOZA as KELLY
- plus MORE to be confirmed later!
And this time, they'll be supported by a new set of characters created for the sequel.
We'll be announcing more of the cast additions through campaign updates.
DIRECTOR: PATRICIO GINELSA ("Yup yup, that's me!")
Here are 2 videos I directed that will inspire the tone and look of the LUMPIA sequel:
Since we plan on shooting this in my hometown of DALY CITY, CA, I've recruited a BAY AREA team of LUMPIA-lovin' producers to collaborate with.
LIke all of our projects, we'll strive to create a professional team that includes the community in front of and behind the camera.
Filled with the same crazy humor and comic book style of the original, LUMPIA 2 will distinguish itself with beefed up action choreography, special effects, and KICK-ASS high definition cinematography! This is the LUMPIA movie we always dreamt of making. That can only become reality if you BACK THAT LUMPIA!
THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN...
You won't see these kinds of movies funded by the major studios and even the independents. This is a movie featuring a primary cast of Filipino Americans starring in an odd story revolving around a HERO who fights with a FILIPINO EGG ROLL?!!! They'll get more grease then green from this movie. So the only ones who can really greenlight LUMPIA 2 is our core audience! We know the potential size of our open-minded LUMPIA LOVERS out there. We just need to make sure this KICKSTARTER campaign finds them! That's why we need our LUMPIA Lovers' help in sharing this campaign.
- You were there in the theatres when we unleashed THE DEBUT self-distribution tour forcing Hollywood to recognize our growing market leading to a home video deal with Columbia TriStar.
- You were there in full force when we launched our BLACK EYED PEAS Apl Song campaign to play our music video on MTV in honor of the Filipino World War 2 veterans.
And now, we're asking you to join us in raising the funds for our next feature. Our goal is $50,000. Now that's about 50 times the budget of the original home made movie, but for what we're aiming for in this sequel, it doesn't sound like much. While our preferred goal is twice that amount, $50,000 is the minimum threshold that proves to us that there is indeed an audience HUNGRY for this movie. And THAT will be more than enough to motivate and push us to complete this movie all the way through.
Once our campaign makes its minimum goal, then the FUN PART begins! We immediately begin pre-production while we continue to push and stretch our funding goal
What will the funds be used for?
The final budget we raise will determine what we exactly use them for. All of our Kid Heroes/Xylophone Films projects inherit less than average budgets and we creatively decide how to utilize those funds in the most resourceful way, It ULTIMATELY determines which cast/crew we can hire, what equipment/gear we can afford, and which locations we can shoot. Obviously, the more we raise, the more we can afford and the better our overall production value is. A $50,000 budget means we beg, borrow, and pull favors just to get through production and have the movie "in the can", leaving little funds left for post and beyond. What we can't afford, we pay with TIME. So the movie will take much longer to complete through post production. A $100,000 budget allows us more breathing room and a complete post production team that includes visual effects, sound mix, score, color correction, etc.
In return for your support, we're providing these fun LUMPIA-themed packages with different levels of rewards Are you Fogtown's Finest or the ultimate Thrilla from Serra Manila?
We just added a NEW $5 package called "THE WRAPPER"
and now... everyone who donates at least $5+ gets one of these cool BUTTONS made by LUMPIA 2 producer Lillian Prijoles!
Here are some of the notable rewards we've created just for this Kickstarter campaign...
For $30+ everyone gets this shirt!
For $50+ everyone gets the remastered 10th Anniversary DVD of LUMPIA 1!
For $100+ everyone gets the LUMPIA Sequel DVD or Digital Copy!
*JUST ADDED* $150 RAKENROL *LIMITED SIGNED DVD ONLY 10 AVAILABLE*
For $250+ everyone gets this screen printed LUMPIA poster by Gerald Pilare!
*EXCLUSIVE* to the $250 FOGTOWN'S FINEST Package, you get this!
*JUST ADDED* $400 DA-BUTT! *LIMITED ONLY 2 AVAILABLE* EVERYTHING from FOGTOWN'S FINEST plus a Special Edition DVD of "THE DEBUT" AUTOGRAPHED by lead actor DANTE BASCO on the set of our "GEEKING OUT WHILE EATING LUMPIA" episode.
*EXCLUSIVE* to the $500 LUCKY CHANCES BALLA Package, you get this!
*EXCLUSIVE* to the $650 DC REPRESENT Package, you get this!
*EXCLUSIVE* to the $10,000 THRILLA FROM SERRA MANILA Package, you get this!
*NEW* THE ADD ON MENU!
So you want MORE rewards? Check out some of the other collectibles we're offering below. You can add these à la carte style. Scroll all the way down to find out exactly HOW to ADD these BONUS REWARDS
ORIGINAL LUMPIA CD SOUNDTRACK - $5
ANY CLASSIC LUMPIA, XYLOPHONE, or INDIE SHIRT - $10 each
You tell us what size, what style, which color, how many, and it's yours!
ORIGINAL LUMPIA MOVIE DVD *DIRECTOR SIGNED* - $25
The out of print DVD (don't confuse this with the new remastered version coming out this holiday season) and signed by me.
"LEAVE IT TO CHANCE" MOVIE DVD *DIRECTOR SIGNED* - $25
BAR (BAMBU/PROMETHEUS BROWN) SIGNED "BARKADA" CD - $40
Native Elements "Bigger They Come" 18 x 24 Screen Printed Poster *LIMITED QUANTITIES* - $25
Only 100 of these were printed. These high quality posters are screen-printed on French muscletone pure white and hand-numbered. Drawn by Daly City artist GERALD PILARE who also illustrated our LUMPIA 10th Anniversary Poster!
Native Elements "Bigger They Come" COMIC BOOK *LIMITED QUANTITIES* - $30
We don't have many of these left, which explains the hefty price. These were our 2012 SAN DIEGO COMIC CON EXCLUSIVES promoting the music video/short film. The story was written by me and again drawn by Gerald Pilare. It's basically the PRINT EDITION of our digital comic PROLOGUE trailer which you can watch HERE !!!!!
LUMPIA LOVE APRON (as seen in the LUMPIA INVITATIONAL) - $50
LEGACI "Never Got Over You" SIGNED 18 x 24 Screen Printed Poster *LIMITED QUANTITIES* - $40
Only 100 of these were printed. These high quality posters are screen-printed and hand-numbered. Drawn by Daly City artist GERALD PILARE who also illustrated our LUMPIA 10th Anniversary Poster! SIGNED by all 4 members of LEGACI plus the artist.
========================================================HOW DO I ADD THESE REWARDS?
IF YOU'RE ALREADY A BACKER - Click on MANAGE YOUR PLEDGE. Since Kickstarter won't allow you to grab more than one reward package, you just need to add the additional amount to your current pledge. For example, if you chose the $50 HELLA FRESH LUMPIA level but you also want the $50 LUMPIA LOVE Apron, manage your pledge, keep the $50 Reward selected BUT change your PLEDGE AMOUNT to $100. DO NOT CHANGE YOUR REWARD LEVEL to the $100 LUMPIA-SILOG. When the campaign ends, we'll also send you a survey and you can remind us and verify your add-ons.
FIRST TIME PLEDGES - click on BACK THIS PROJECT. You need to choose at least the $5 WRAPPER Level then you ADD the VALUE amount of the ADDED REWARD(S) you want. Since Kickstarter won't allow you to grab more than one reward package, you just need to add the additional amount to your current pledge. For example, if you choose the $5 WRAPPER LUMPIA level but you also want the $50 LUMPIA LOVE Apron, keep the $5 Reward selected BUT change your PLEDGE AMOUNT to $55. DO NOT CHANGE YOUR REWARD LEVEL to the $50 HELLA FRESH LUMPIA Level. When the campaign ends, we'll also send you a survey and you can remind us and verify your add-ons.
I know this can get confusing but just message us for any questions. BACK THAT LUMPIA!
OUR ORIGINAL VIDEOS CREATED JUST FOR THIS LUMPIA 2 KICKSTARTER!
Risks and challenges
We understand the many pitfalls of creating a sequel to any movie. Will this be an EMPIRE STRIKES BACK or will this end up like GHOSTBUSTERS 2? In the end, all we can do is make the best possible movie with the resources and funding we have. The added bonus is that we are all passionate about this crazy story. The first scene alone hooked us! So our confidence level is at an all-time high and it can only get better when our funding goal is reached.
Many of the challenges will stem from budgetary issues. In those cases, we'll need to scale down and decide what's best for the overall project without sacrificing any creative integrity.
The biggest issue will be scheduling as many of our crew and cast, including yours truly, have full time jobs. Also, it will be a huge change for our original actors to adapt to the professional movie set environment. But it wouldn't be filmmaking if it was easy and my team and I are up to the challenge. We've weathered every storm and solved every problem that's come up with all the various projects we've shot in the past decade. So we're prepared to tackle all the unique intricacies that LUMPIA 2 will throw at us.
And besides, you're talking to a 72-Hour film champion here. I don't just create challenges, I win them! HA!
This is our first ever Kickstarter campaign, a project we've been planning since the 10th Anniversary began. If you help get us to $50,000+, then we guarantee you the LUMPIA sequel will become a reality. So WHAT are you WAITING FOR?
BACK THAT LUMPIA! LOVE IT, SHARE IT, SUPPORT IT, KICKSTART IT!
Peace and LUMPIA grease,
Director, LUMPIA 2
- (30 days)