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THANK YOU EVERYBODY! WE DIDN'T REACH OUR GOAL, BUT IF YOU'RE STILL INTERESTED IN SEEING THIS FILM GET MADE, AND IF YOU WANT TO HELP MAKE IT, GO TO http://cassavafilms.com/contact AND LET'S TALK!

This funny, fast-paced 2-minute animated pitch will give you a taste of this (live action) film's dark humor, and it lays out the first half of the story as well:

WHAT IS THIS MOVIE?

It's a feature-length thriller - with black comedy and horror elements - about a smart young woman named Robin who accepts an under-the-table temporary position at a tech company in suburban California. She has just days to find out that the charming man who runs the company likes to hunt down and murder his temps - and that she's the next target on his list.

"Office Space meets The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is not a bad jumping-off point for describing this film.

WHY DOES IT NEED TO BE MADE?

Because I love suspense. I love the tension in shows like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and Hannibal, and yet I don't find this tension in many feature films today. DIAL 9 TO GET OUT will be one of those rare films.

There also aren't enough thrillers out there with truly interesting characters - especially female characters - and I want this to be one of those too.

But mostly I just want to glue you to the edge of your seat for an hour and a half. When you watch this movie, I want you to be able to say, "Well, that was awesome."

DIAL 9 TO GET OUT is funny, scary, smart, unpredictable, a little thought-provoking, and definitely popcorn-friendly. I want it to do for working late at the office what Jaws did for going to the beach.

SO IS THIS OR IS THIS NOT A HORROR FLICK?

Okay, yes, there's a maniac in a mask who goes around stabbing people. But it's about the tension, not the gore, so DIAL 9 TO GET OUT is more for the Breaking Bad crowd than for the You're Next crowd (though I hope the You're Next crowd likes it too). The emphasis is on a tight story, crisp dialogue, and rich suspense.

If I do sell this movie to a distributor, they might market it as horror, which is what happened when Lionsgate released my second feature Claustrophobia (which they retitled "Serial Slayer" for the English language market).

But between you and me and the blood-spattered water cooler, this is a thriller.

Story is everything, and DIAL 9 TO GET OUT has a great one. Now that we're at the end of the campaign, I've posted pages 1-67 of the full 105 page screenplay for all to read. You can read it here.

If you want to know how the movie ends, you'll have to get it funded!

From left: Mark, Meta, Scott, Christopher, William
From left: Mark, Meta, Scott, Christopher, William

MARK TAPIO KINES, Writer/Director. I've made two feature films. Foreign Correspondents (1999) was the first movie to be crowdfunded online. It starred Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures, Up in the Air), Wil Wheaton (Big Bang Theory, Star Trek: TNG), Corin Nemec (Stargate SG-1, Parker Lewis Can't Lose), Lisa LoCicero (General Hospital), and other fine folks. Claustrophobia (2003) also starred Ms. Lynskey, as well as Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), Sheeri Rappaport (NYPD Blue), and Judy O'Dea (the original Night of the Living Dead). I've also made a number of short films, I authored a screenwriting course on Lynda.com, and I sometimes write for Indiewire. More about me here.

META VALENTIC, Producer. Meta has produced a number of independent features, including Sundance favorite Urbania, Hunting of Man, Ladrón que roba a ladrón, and several shorts. In her TV life, she's worked on hit shows such as Castle (we shot my talking head in the DIAL 9 intro video on the Castle set), Bones, and Lost.

SCOTT SPEARS, Director of Photography. Scott's got more than 45 credits as DP and cameraman. Among his accomplishments: winning an Emmy for the short film The Birthmark and shooting Richard Hatch's 1999 Battlestar Galactica trailer, which revived interest in the show and led to the reboot. Scott was the DP for Foreign Correspondents and I'm happy to work with him again. He shot the creepy office building footage in the DIAL 9 intro video.

CHRISTOPHER FARRELL, Composer. The extremely gifted Mr. Farrell wrote the scores for my first two features Foreign Correspondents and Claustrophobia (as well as several of my shorts, including A Trophy). He's also scored a ton of genre pictures with great titles such as Dead Scared, Nightmare Man, and House of the Witchdoctor. That's his music you hear in the intro video.

WILLIAM LEBEDA, Titles Designer/Visual Effects Supervisor. William did the amazing title work on the intro video as well as my first two features. As Creative Director of Picture Mill, William has designed the title sequences for a slew of major Hollywood releases, most famously for David Fincher's Panic Room, but also for Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell, Jason Bateman's Bad Words, War of the Worlds, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Signs, Anchorman, and many others.

WHAT ABOUT THE CAST? ANY CELEBRITIES?

We're casting this movie the old-fashioned way: by holding auditions and hiring the very best actor for each role.

Back when Meta and I were trying to raise a million bucks from Hollywood types, they kept saying, "You need to cast bankable names so we can sell the picture to foreign territories." Yes, even if an actor is not right for the part or is impossible to work with. And of course, said actor's salary would eat up half the budget. A gloomy proposition.

One of the great things about crowdfunding this film is that there's no pressure to be "bankable". We can cast who we want. So if a complete unknown is better for a particular part than someone who was on a semi-popular TV show 15 years ago, we're going to cast that unknown.

That said, we're not dumb. If Jennifer Lawrence wants to star in this movie, she's gonna star in this movie. And in fact I have a good track record with casting well-known actors: I got Wil Wheaton and Mary Lynn Rajskub to star in my first two features, with little money and no industry connections. DIAL 9 will be a SAG-AFTRA signatory production, allowing us access to the best talent, so I will do everything in my power to land some recognizable actors.

MARK, ARE YOU REALLY THE FIRST PERSON TO EVER CROWDFUND A MOVIE?

Yes! I earned this claim to fame in 1998, when I raised $150,000 in finishing funds for Foreign Correspondents through my website for it. (Warning: ancient site.)

1999 newspaper articles, from left: The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The San Jose Mercury
1999 newspaper articles, from left: The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The San Jose Mercury

And here's an interview I did for a PBS show called "Net Cafe" in the summer of 1999. Dig that long hair! Ah, the '90s.

If you need further proof, you can read scans of all the newspaper articles on this page. Or check out the 1999 Chicago Tribune article, which is still online in digital format.

HOW DOES THAT $120,000 GET SPENT?

We're all about transparency here at the DIAL 9 Kickstarter page. So here are preliminary figures, based on a 12-day shooting schedule, with 3-4 weeks of pre-production and 2-3 months of post-production.

  • $12,000 goes back to Kickstarter and Amazon for their commissions.
  • $8,000 goes back to YOU - in the form of all those DVDs, Blu-rays, T-shirts, flash drives, shipping, etc.
  • $5,000 for pre-production (office space for auditions and meetings, salaries for casting director, production staff, etc.).
  • $30,000 for production crew salaries (based on 20 full-time crew members).
  • $8,000 for cast salaries (based on the SAG-AFTRA Ultra-Low Budget rate of $100 a day per actor, plus agency commissions and SAG-AFTRA pension & health fees).
  • $3,000 for 2 weeks digital camera package rental.
  • $20,000 for lighting/grip/electric rentals, costumes, props, and set dressing.
  • $3,000 for production insurance (required).
  • $10,000 for main location rental (suburban office building) for 10 shooting days. The other 2 shooting days will be at (hopefully free) private homes.
  • $7,000 for meals and craft services.
  • $10,000 for post-production (editing, sound editing, music composition, titles).
  • $4,000 for final sound mix and digital mastering.

If we can score any deals and use some of that money for higher production values, we will. (Anybody got an office building that we can shoot in?)

Here's a trailer for my newest short A Trophy. Everybody who backs the DIAL 9 campaign at $9 or more gets to see this short in its entirety. While I am exceedingly proud of this dark little film, its visual style is completely different from DIAL 9 TO GET OUT.

Below are the two different T-shirt designs that you can choose from. After the end of the campaign, we will contact you about your preference and size.

 THIS COULD BE YOU:

I am modeling both shirts. These are mockups; nothing's been printed yet.
I am modeling both shirts. These are mockups; nothing's been printed yet.

If enough people ask nicely at the end of the campaign, we will also print style #2 (the shirt on the right) as a white graphic on a black T-shirt.

Aside from making movies, I'm also the author and host of Screenwriting Fundamentals, a tutorial on Lynda.com. Here's a sample:

I've gotten a lot of requests from people who want me to critique their screenplays. I have always told them no. But for 10 screenwriters who back DIAL 9 TO GET OUT at the $450 level, I will say yes! This won't be just a perfunctory glance, either. I will really spend time with your script, pointing out what works and suggesting fixes for what doesn't.

These make great holiday cards, "save the date" announcements, direct mailers for your business, etc. You send me the background artwork, and I'll do the magic. I spend hours making these things, so it's worth your pledge.

Here are two examples, using graphics from the DIAL 9 Kickstarter campaign. (They're heavily Photoshopped: the hallways were in Columbus, Ohio, and I was in my bathroom in L.A.!) Your cards don't need to be this creepy. Unless you want them to be.

(Please note: I may ham it up in these photos, but I am NOT an actor, and I will NOT be starring in DIAL 9 TO GET OUT.)

A lot of filmmakers offer speaking parts as a reward, but isn't it weird that they won't tell you up front what you're going to say? If you're going to cough up $1,100, you should know what you're in for.

Below are the lines for "GARY" (the male character) and "MELISSA" (the female character). They're not Shakespearean monologues. But you will come off well, and the audience will enjoy your little moment. I promise.

Yes, Melissa has a little more dialogue than Gary. But whoever plays Gary gets to work with the movie's leading lady, which will make up for it.

Risks and challenges

This is where I have to say that there are plenty of things that could derail this production. An earthquake could hit us in the middle of the shoot, or our leading lady could run off with the Hare Krishnas.

But I have already written and directed two independent features. Each production had its share of challenges (my favorite might be the Claustrophobia production sound recordist having to get his wisdom teeth removed on the first day of the shoot), but there was nothing that couldn't be overcome. In the end, I finished both films and I sold them. The fact that I'm coming back for a third feature tells you how committed I am to making movies. It's hard work, but I finish every film I start.

Foreign Correspondents was shot on 35mm, filmed all over California, and cost $500,000 to make. Claustrophobia was shot on SD consumer video, mostly in one house, and cost $60,000 to make. DIAL 9 TO GET OUT has a budget, scope, and shooting schedule right in between those two. We do have some particular challenges: There will be tricky stuntwork. There will be messy practical effects (blood). We're going to have to make every penny of our budget count. But with a solid cast and crew - and lots and lots and lots of planning - I know we can handle it.

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    YOUR ARTWORK OR PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE FILM: I will display your work (I have to approve it first) in DIAL 9 TO GET OUT. It will appear somewhere in the film (on a wall, on a character's computer desktop, etc.). You'll also see it in the end credit crawl! You will get a special "ARTWORK BY" or "PHOTO COURTESY OF" credit. You must own all rights to the work.

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    NAME ONE OF THE KILLER'S PAST VICTIMS: The villain in this movie has killed at least four young women in the past. The actor playing the villain will say those names OUT LOUD in the film - and you will see those victims too! Feeling morbid? Then name one of them! You can submit your own name or make up something. (I have final approval.) The actress playing that victim will record a THANK YOU video for you, and the name you choose will appear in the end credits.

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    NAME A CHARACTER IN THE FILM (FEMALE): Name the receptionist of DIAL 9's fictional company! Invent something, submit your own name, or that of a loved one (with her consent). This is an inoffensive character with at least one big scene, and who doesn't get killed. You will hear and/or see her first and/or last name in the film. The full character name will appear in the end credits, IMDb, etc. You also get a thank you video from the cast - with a SPECIAL THANK YOU VIDEO FROM THE ACTRESS playing the receptionist - and the ID badge that she wears in the film! (I have final approval of name.)

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    NAME A CHARACTER IN THE FILM (MALE): Name the dorky young IT guy in DIAL 9's fictional company! Invent something, submit your own name, or that of a loved one (with his consent). This is an inoffensive character with at least one big scene, and who doesn't get killed. You will hear and/or see his first and/or last name in the film. The full character name will appear in the end credits, IMDb, etc. You also get a thank you video from the cast - with a SPECIAL THANK YOU VIDEO FROM THE ACTOR playing the IT guy - and the ID badge that he wears in the film! (I have final approval of name.)

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    SCREENPLAY ANALYSIS: Fans of my Lynda.com Screenwriting Fundamentals course have asked me to critique their scripts. Back DIAL 9 at this level and I'll do it for you! Copyright or register your script and I will read it, write a thorough 1-2 page analysis, and have a 30-minute follow-up with you via Skype. And I'll send you a copy of the DIAL 9 screenplay, autographed by me and the cast!

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    BE A FEATURED EXTRA IN THE FILM: You'll be an office worker. No 12 hour days in the hot sun. You'll have a non-speaking part, but I'll give you something fun to do so you will stand out. You will be in the final cut, you will work with at least 1 of the 3 main stars, you'll have lunch and/or dinner with all of us on set, and you'll get an HD video with your scene(s) and the prop ID badge you'll wear in the film! I'll even let you name your character! (I have final approval.) You'll be in the film's end credits and on IMDb. We will shoot around L.A. in July; you cover your own travel and accommodation and bring your own wardrobe. Must be 18 or over. SAG-AFTRA talent not eligible.

    YOU ALSO GET: Seating for you and 1 guest at the L.A. or Bay Area premiere; 1 T-shirt; 1 digital download, DVD, or Blu-ray; 1 flash drive; all the "A Trophy" stuff.

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    PERSONALIZED "SPOT THE DIFFERENCES" CARD: I'll design a unique "Can You Spot The Differences Between These Two Pictures?" postcard for you (see sample at left). You supply the source artwork. I will email you a hi-res image that will print at 4"x6", including an answer panel for the back.

    YOU ALSO GET: Seating for you and 1 guest at the L.A. or Bay Area premiere; 1 T-shirt; 1 digital download, DVD, or Blu-ray; 1 flash drive; all the "A Trophy" stuff.

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    PERSONALIZED "WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE" CARD: I'll design a unique "Wrong With This Picture?" postcard for you (see sample at left). You supply the source artwork. I will email you a hi-res image that will print at 4"x6", including an answer panel for the back.

    YOU ALSO GET: Seating for you and 1 guest at the L.A. or Bay Area premiere; 1 T-shirt; 1 digital download, DVD, or Blu-ray; 1 flash drive; all the "A Trophy" stuff.

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    BE THE COMPANY'S CEO (MALE, PHOTOGRAPH ONLY): The film's fictional company is run by a very young CEO in New York. He is seen in a full-page photo in a magazine. You must look between 20 and 25. Your photo (which I must approve) will appear in close-up. You can name your character (I have final approval), you will be listed in the end credits and on IMDb, and you get the actual prop of the magazine that you appear in!

    YOU ALSO GET: VIP seating for you and 1 guest at the L.A. or Bay Area premiere; digital download; 2 T-shirts; 2 DVDs and/or Blu-rays; 1 flash drive; all the "A Trophy" stuff.

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    BE THE VILLAIN'S POLICEMAN FRIEND (MALE, PHOTOGRAPH ONLY): A local policeman is mentioned several times by the characters. He's seen twice in a photograph, shaking hands with the villain. The photo will appear in close-up. If you can come down to LA, we'll photograph you. Otherwise we will Photoshop you into a photo. You can name your character (I have final approval), you will be listed in the end credits and on IMDb, and you get the actual prop photo used in the film! You must look between 35 and 55 and pass for a cop (short hair, clean-shaven, mustache OK). I have to approve this look.

    YOU ALSO GET: VIP seating for you and 1 guest at the L.A. or Bay Area premiere; digital download; 2 T-shirts; 2 DVDs and/or Blu-rays; 1 flash drive; all the "A Trophy" stuff.

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    RENAME THE COMPANY IN THE FILM: The company that these characters work for is currently called Keyshelter Technologies. Change it to any fictitious name you want! (I have final approval.) The name and logo will appear throughout DIAL 9 TO GET OUT. Characters will say it out loud many times and you'll see the logo all over the place. You will get a prop ID badge (with a photo of one of the main characters, as well as your company name on it), another branded prop if possible, and you'll get a special "[COMPANY] NAMED BY" credit in the end credits and on IMDb.

    YOU ALSO GET: VIP seating for you and 1 guest at the L.A. or Bay Area premiere; digital download; 2 T-shirts; 2 DVDs and/or Blu-rays; 1 flash drive; all the "A Trophy" stuff.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: You'll be listed as an Associate Producer in the film's MAIN credits (not the crawl) and on IMDb. I'll ALSO treat you to a nice lunch, next time you're in L.A. or I'm in your neck of the woods. And you'll get a cool souvenir prop from the film.

    YOU ALSO GET: VIP seating for you and 1 guest at the L.A. or Bay Area premiere; thank you video from the cast; autographed screenplay; digital download; 2 T-shirts; 2 DVDs and/or Blu-rays; 1 flash drive; all the "A Trophy" stuff.

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    SPEAKING PART IN THE FILM - "GARY" (MALE): I've written some simple but humorous lines for you. (See dialogue snippet at left.) You will interact with "Robin", the leading lady. You will appear in the final cut and get an HD video of your scene as well as the ID badge you'll wear in the film. I'll even let you name your character (I have final approval). You'll be in the film's MAIN credits, sharing a card with 1 other actor-backer (see below), and on IMDb. You must be available for 1 full day of shooting. We will shoot around L.A. in July; you cover your own travel and accommodation and bring your own wardrobe. Must be 18 or over. SAG-AFTRA talent not eligible.

    YOU ALSO GET: VIP seating for you and 3 guests at the L.A. or Bay Area premiere; digital download; up to 4 T-shirts; up to 4 DVDs and/or Blu-rays; 2 flash drives; all the "A Trophy" stuff.

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    SPEAKING PART IN THE FILM - "MELISSA" (FEMALE): I've written some simple but humorous lines for you. (See dialogue snippet at left.) You will interact with "Boyce", the main male hero. You will appear in the final cut and get an HD video of your scene as well as the ID badge you'll wear in the film. I'll even let you name your character (I have final approval). You'll be in the film's MAIN credits, sharing a card with 1 other actor-backer (see above), and on IMDb. You must be available for 1 full day of shooting. We will shoot around L.A. in July; you cover your own travel and accommodation and bring your own wardrobe. Must be 18 or over. SAG-AFTRA talent not eligible.

    YOU ALSO GET: VIP seating for you and 3 guests at the L.A. or Bay Area premiere; digital download; up to 4 T-shirts; up to 4 DVDs and/or Blu-rays; 2 flash drives; all the "A Trophy" stuff.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, LOS ANGELES: This gets you so many things! First, a PRIVATE SCREENING IN L.A. for you and your friends. I will pay for the venue and show up for a Q&A, bringing DIAL 9 actors with me, schedules permitting. Theater size varies (1 backer at this level = 50-seat theater, 2 backers = 100-seat theater, etc. Maximum cost: $1,000). You also get 2 SET VISITS (we shoot around L.A. in July), sit in on the TABLE READ (where the cast reads through the script together), and 1 EDITING ROOM VISIT to watch the rough cut with me. And I will treat you to a nice dinner! Each Executive Producer receives a SINGLE CARD CREDIT (unshared) in the main credits. You'll be credited on IMDb as well.

    YOU ALSO GET: VIP seating for you and 3 guests at the L.A. premiere; souvenir prop from the film; thank you video from the cast; autographed screenplay; digital download; up to 10 DVDs/Blu-rays, T-shirts, and flash drives; all the "A Trophy" stuff.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - S.F. BAY AREA: For my NorCal homies: A PRIVATE SCREENING IN THE BAY AREA for you and your friends. I will pay for the venue and show up for a Q&A. Theater size varies (1 backer at this level = 50-seat theater, 2 backers = 100-seat theater, etc. Maximum cost: $1,000). You also get set visits, etc. (see above) if you can make it down to L.A. on your own dime. And I will treat you to a nice dinner when I'm in the Bay Area! Each Executive Producer receives a SINGLE CARD CREDIT (unshared) in the main credits. You'll be credited on IMDb as well.

    YOU ALSO GET: VIP seating for you and 3 guests at the Bay Area premiere; souvenir prop from the film; thank you video from the cast; autographed screenplay; digital download; up to 10 DVDs/Blu-rays, T-shirts, and flash drives; all the "A Trophy" stuff.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - ANYWHERE IN THE U.S. OR CANADA: I will travel out to you, on my dime, and host a special DIAL 9 screening in (or near) your home town, with Q&A and schmoozing afterward. (I'll pay for venue rental; maximum cost: $1,000.) You also get set visits, etc. (see above) if you can make it down to L.A. on your own dime. And I will treat you to a nice dinner while I'm in your town. As Executive Producer, you get a SINGLE CARD CREDIT (unshared) in the main credits, and will be credited on IMDb as well.

    YOU ALSO GET: Souvenir prop from the film; thank you video from the cast; autographed screenplay; digital download; up to 10 DVDs/Blu-rays, T-shirts, and flash drives; all the "A Trophy" stuff.

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