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Kingdom EntertainmentBy Kingdom Entertainment
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Kingdom EntertainmentBy Kingdom Entertainment
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About

OFFICIAL TRAILER BELOW
OFFICIAL TRAILER BELOW

CAPTIVE is a short film that follows the abduction of main protagonist JACKSON REED (30s) and his female counterpart ESTHER BANNER (late-20s/early-30s) by an unknown, disturbing, group of armed soldiers known as ‘Bag-Heads’. The Bag-Heads do not openly speak to any of the captives that they take prisoner. The dungeon itself a mystery, as well, an ancient monolithic structure that is located directly beneath an extremely rural farm estate. The captives are kept isolated in single cells, forced to wear dingy, weathered, uniform-like clothing, and are selected special diets that are custom tailored for each individual. Some time into Jackson and Esther’s captivity, several of the soldiers attempt to rape Esther, leading Jackson to violent action against the Bag-Heads and escape with Esther into the wilderness, where the two happen upon an impossibly placed artifact... an elevator with only one direction: up. CAPTIVE not only revels in a tale of thrilling mystery, but chooses to explore themes of human self-destruction, human desperation, the fine line between science and religion, as well as bringing into question numerous ideas about society’s quick and absolute devotion to the validation of religion in both our personal and existential existences’. 

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First Festival Poster
First Festival Poster

Mystery/Thriller/Drama

CAPTIVE is the third short film written and directed by Michael Bachochin. The first was Communicators (June 2012) - a micro-budget short film that he wrote, directed, produced and shot. 

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Michael followed Communicators up with Pro Reo (August 2012), which he was hired for last minute. He drafted a script eight days before principal photography began, casted two days later, and storyboarded and shot-listed up until the day before shooting. 

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Michael has also had his hand in the following projects as a producer and writer: Ringfinger, Photographic Memory, and Windy.

Kingdom Entertainment was founded in early 2012 by Michael Bachochin. Working by himself to build the company in the areas of film and photography, the company redefined itself in mid-2012 with the addition of several key staff, some of whom are still attached the company. Throughout the third and fourth quarters of the 2012 business year, Kingdom Entertainment produced and shot three short films, seamlessly guiding them through pre-production. As of the first quarter of 2013, Kingdom Entertainment has undertook a massive staff and structure revision with a new Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Marketing Officer, as well as ‘cleaning house’ with their production staff. Now determined to take a small-scale project and launch it to new heights, Kingdom Entertainment is taking 2013 by the reigns in the world of independent film and media. 

CAPTIVE on its own may be an enjoyable, entertaining, and thought-provoking short film, but this is far from its only potential. Already penned and inked, Captive has two full-length features ready to be further developed and pitched to distribution companies, as well as another in pre-development - all of which written and created by Michael Bachochin to retain creative strings from project to project. With this being said, your investment does not ‘die’ when Captive reaches its Internet streaming stage of distribution. Instead, you may very well be aiding in the creation of an epic science-fiction franchise that, with all intensive purposes, could extend endlessly. The world of Captive is much larger and much more grand than most science-fiction of today, allowing the concept development stage to continue without limit. 

Michael Bachochin - Director|Writer|Producer 

Michael Bachochin has been writing and drafting scripts for almost eight years and has been directing for just shy of a year with two short films in currently in festival circuit: one of which was shot on the award-winning Red ONE MX. Having deep knowledge for all fields of filmmaking including writing, directing, producing, and cinematography, Michael has cited dozens of inspirations and fused them together to create a unique branding of story-telling to separate each and every story as individuals, rather than reusing and recycling old concepts or “bland” directorial and cinematic techniques. Sitting as the Founder of Kingdom Entertainment, LLC, Michael is confident in his company's approach to this next endeavor. 

Kyle Downs - Lead Producer|1st AD 

Originally attending Columbia College Chicago to pursue a degree in audio production, Kyle Downs was sadly disappointed in the available curriculum and soon after found a new love: producing. Discovering a natural managerial fit with producing, Kyle went on to Lead Produce ‘Captive’. In simultaneous post-production, Kyle worked in depth with Bachochin’s other, unfinished works - primarily focusing on discovering, negotiating, and locking talent to complete the nearly finished projects. As of early-2013, Kyle has stepped into the role of Chief Operations Officer in the original company he had begun with as a sound mixer and is currently aiding in the restructuring of the company and the interstate expansion of its resources with high hopes of producing his debut feature-length late 2013. 

Tom Downs - Executive Producer 

Tom Downs is one of the newer additions to the Kingdom Entertainment production team. With years of experience dabbling and managing everything from budgetary restrictions, business law, and general managerial work - Tom handled all finances and nearly all contractual and ‘agreement’ based work in pre-production and principal photography for CAPTIVE, as well as all future work to be produced and shot by Kingdom Entertainment. 

Andy Eclov - Chief Marketing Producer 

Andy Eclov, one of the absolute freshest Kingdom Entertainment newcomer to the bunch, as well as the latest to join the CAPTIVE team, has years of experience developing marketable images for bands, clothing lines, and start-up distribution companies. Andy has already proved himself invaluable in the world of film, plotting methods of viral and block marketing to aid in the sales of the Captive line to desired distributors. 

Bobby Pavliga - Business and Marketing Operations

Bobby Pavliga, a newcomer to the Kingdom team, has always been highly interested in the process of filmmaking and film producing, but never on how to create, instead, much more interested in how to sell. Bobby is Captive's frontline marketeer, working hand in hand with Kyle and Andy to develop ways for Captive to be viewed by a larger and more loyal audience. Deeply committed to the project and the cause, Bobby is responsible for providing statistics, research, analysis and networking for what can be viewed on this page, as well as other Kingdom Entertainment projects.

Korey Vanhuis - Director of Photography 

With years of experience behind the camera, Korey and Bachochin had the pleasure of working with each other on Bachochin’s second short film: ‘Pro Reo’. Artistic and suave behind the camera, Korey’s vision of Bachochin’s story and script may have just been a Godsend on this project, as well as his tacit ability to network and build a crew willing to work pro bono to simply support such a passion-filled project. This will be the biggest project that VanHuis has been the Director of Photography on to date. 

Other Important Crew - 

Nicholas Guy Wilson [Co-Producer] 

Dustin Reed [Production Designer] 

Becky Reed [Art Director] 

Regi Bachochin [Co-Producer] 

As well as all the invaluable crew who worked arduously day and night to complete this film. 

*Rounding decimal places for exact pie-chart^
*Rounding decimal places for exact pie-chart^

Now, we are asking you and everyone on Kickstarter for $6,000. This money will be put towards the following investments: 

Post-Sound ADR/Design/Mixing/Mastering (in Dolby 5.1): $3,500.00 

Explanation: Hiring only industry trained and professional sound artists, Kyle and Michael have worked tirelessly to lock and confirm a sound artist with over twenty-years in the business (working on films as a post-sound supervisor with the likes of George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, and many others). The film will receive all original sound design, sound ambience, as well as professional ADR in Chicago, and then final mixing and mastering with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound for maximum entertainment and effect. We, as filmmakers, have found that great-looking films can easily be destroyed from the inability to match sound quality with visual quality, and we intend to breach that gap. 

Composition: $500.00 

Explanation: This expenditure will go towards a personal friend of the company who will be doing us a great service and composing all original score for the film for a discounted rate. Years of experience as a writer and composer, the artist locked will be creating a surreal, industrial-rock based score for CAPTIVE. 

Coloring: $500.00 

Explanation: Coloring is a highly glazed over concept of post-production. The way film is treated and colored can completely alter the way the audience views and understands the piece of art. Examples of this can be found when watching any work of film that is left ‘untreated’; it just doesn’t feel the same. 

Film Festival Runs: $500.00 

Explanation: With all of this time, effort, commitment, and now your investment, we don’t want to simply release this onto YouTube and call it a day. The show must go on. Even with CAPTIVE’s pitch-potential, there is no reason to limit the amount of people that see Captive. Without a doubt, we, as a production team will STILL be pulling out of pocket for film festival entry, but any little bit helps. To consider: the average festival submission is $50, so at this rate, this is only entering 10 festivals - and we are guaranteed acceptance to: NONE. The more submissions provided to a bigger variety of film festivals, the better the chance that Captive will find its way to one of the many big-screens. 

Incentives & Fees: $1,000.00 

Explanation: Now, you are guaranteed wondering why we would dare allocate a thousand dollars for rewards (incentives) and taxes. The reason is that we want to make it worth it to you. We believe that we have provided a great amount of items that will make your general investment even sweeter, although, most of these items are pricey (per item) and many are handmade and designed by Andy Eclov (Chief Marketing Producer). Nearly 10% of the final amount raised will go straight towards processing fees for Kickstarter and Amazon. This is an unavoidable part of the procedure. 

For every penny raised over the amount requested, CAPTIVE will be closer and closer to making its way into a film festival closer to you. We desire to see Captive accepted into a minimum of ten film festivals, but as stated above, the likelihood of it being the first ten entered is slim to none, no matter how much we believe in the story and the project - acceptance can be a rough thing if those judging don’t see the merit thematically or artistically like we, as the producers, may. 

Fans of the following films may take more than average interest in the film: 

  • The Saw Franchise 
  • The Matrix Trilogy 
  • Minority Report 
  • 12 Monkeys 
  • Dark City 

But, you'll never know until you try it out! Which we highly encourage you to do!

CAPTIVE, from a directorial point of view, was to be approached as a rendition of a Neo-Noire classic. I intended to use deep, contrast-y key lighting, dark scenery, night-like environments, and camera movements all notoriously used through 1970s and 1980s Crime Noire flicks. With Captive having a touch of science fiction and a dash of mystery, the film puts itself in a category that is commonly overpassed. Captive was to be shot extremely stylistically in accordance to my criteria as a director, and to fit the true, gritty vision of the film. Continuing on this note of audience interaction, both I and Korey, intended to follow a ‘Character-Eye’, or ‘Familiar Camera’, with camera set ups, creating a singular point-of-view that interacts with the characters directly. In other words, the camera never ventured beyond the character’s line of sight, generating a claustrophobic, and overwhelmingly limited view of space, bringing the audience closer to both the story and the characters. The color scheme of the film was to follow with interiors being black-based with blue and green accents, creating a grimy, disgusting feel to the interior of the monolithic structure. Outdoors will be white-based with orange and yellow accents. Focusing on the actual story itself and what I feel I brought to the table is easy: I pride myself as a director of not entertainment, but showing the world how messed up and perturbed society is through my writing and direction. Captive is no different in this situation. Captive, fundamentally, poses questions about legitimized social norms, as well as bringing into reality theories and ideas that are commonly discredited, despite the fact that there may be more situational evidence to prove legitimacy than the above mentioned ‘social norms’. An example of this that Captive touches on is the social acceptance of religion. Captive calls socially acceptable religion into the spotlight by suggesting alternatives for commonly practiced and agreed upon ideas. Thoroughly, as a director, I feel that I can do the story, the themes, as well as the characters justice, while continuously keeping a marketable and product-efficient short film at its peak. 

“Captive is a story of the human condition and our personal battles with fears both mental and physical. I wrote it with the intention of forcing the viewer to put themselves in the place of the lead characters and reasonably justify how they would react in a similar position, as well as pushing the audience to question beliefs we all as humans take for granted, such as our dependence on religion, science, and even common sense to answer life’s questions.” - Michael Bachochin 

Risks and challenges

RISKS AND CHALLENGES AS AN INVESTOR

As an investor, there are very few risks. In our mind, this project gets done one way or another. Kingdom Entertainment has already invested close to $10,000 in personal capital - and that is far too much to simply shelve a project. Including the potential expansion upon the completion of the project, CAPTIVE is too sweet a child not to see grow up. With principal photography wrapped and editing nearly complete, the risks are limited to you growing bored with the project - and that’s about it.

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    CAPTIVE PERKS: All of $10 rewards + Level 2 DVD, 1 limited run poster (5 Kinds), Captive T-shirt. Downloadable copy of the film’s final score.

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