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Michael LovanBy Michael Lovan
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Michael LovanBy Michael Lovan
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$10,560
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, February 23 2019 7:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

MURDER BURY WIN - TEASER TRAILER

I love board games and I love dark comedic thrillers. So, I made a movie that weaves them together! 

The film is almost completely done - and we just have one last leg of post-production left before the film is ready to be seen by gaming enthusiasts and genre film lovers.

This Kickstarter will not only help us finish the film (we reached our goal!), but it allows us an opportunity to give away all of the amazing and original film props created for the production, as well as provide opportunities to share in the success of the film. 

Update: With several weeks left in the campaign, and lots of rewards yet to give away, we are adding one stretch goal to this campaign to cover the costs of film festival submissions. Please see below for more details!

THE STORY

This movie is about three young dreamers that want to strike it big in the indie board game industry with their game - Murder Bury Win. The objective of their game being how to kill someone and get rid of the body.

They run a crowdfunding campaign online - and fail. And just when they think they have no shot of ever realizing success - along comes a mysterious man who says he can publish Murder Bury Win - on the condition that he is credited as the sole author of their game.

Murder Bury Win is a cautionary tale about the measures peoples are willing to take to win. And it also might be about how to kill someone and get rid of the body.

FUNDING: THE FILM FESTIVAL SUBMISSION STRETCH GOAL!

Update: We did it, everyone! Thanks to your support, we managed to reach our goal exactly halfway through the campaign. Post-production plans are a go, and we are now in the process of finalizing plans for color correction and final sound mix. We could not have done any of this without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

We are adding exactly one stretch goal to our campaign - the Film Festival Submission Stretch Goal! We want this film to go to every film festival possible, and for $12,500 (only an additional $2,500), we should be able to cover the costs of every festival submission.

To celebrate, we are adding one new reward - the Film Festival Package. If you pledge to this tier, you'll get all of the previous rewards (digital copy of the film, the look book, original film props, the Puppies on Fire hoodie, a copy of the Murder Bury Win board game, a game character design based on you), a special thanks in the credits, and a pass to join us at any film festival we play at worldwide.

Once again, we are grateful for all of your support, be it through social media likes, shares, and direct contributions. Thank you for making this happen for us.

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This Kickstarter will raise the funds necessary to finance the last leg of post-production: sound mixing and color correction. Any dollar raised beyond that point will go towards film festival submissions and recouping the budget.

We have a very successful cast & crew, having worked on a number of award-winning films, television shows, and projects. Murder Bury Win is the perfect confluence of everyone's talent and hard work, with a script that is tense, performances that are memorable, and a score that is both exciting and original. 

I'm really proud of what we've accomplished, and I am excited to extend an opportunity for the audience to join all of us as we get ready for the next step of our journey. Together we can produce an original thriller that is both thought provoking and super fun to watch - especially with a crowd.

CAST & CREW

We have an awesome cast & crew.

Craig Cackowski ("The Mysterious Man") - Cackowski is an actor and highly acclaimed improviser, best known for his recurring appearances on Drunk History, Community, and Veep. In the improv scene, he is an original member of the Thrilling Adventure Hour, and has guest starred on Spontaneanation, Comedy Bang Bang, and more.

Erich Lane ("Adam") - Lane has worked as an actor his entire life and presently can be seen as the star of Comedy Central's mockumentary series Handy. He is a regular on Dear White People, and has appeared in a myriad of television programming, including Criminal Minds, HBO's Enlightened, and Jane the Virgin.

Mikelen Walker ("Chris") - Walker is a rising talent, having caught the eye of John Singleton and being cast in his production of Rebel on BET. He will soon be guest starring in The CW's All American. Murder Bury Win is his first feature film.

Henry Alexander Kelly ("Barret") - Kelly is a versatile Los Angeles-based performer on both stage and screen, starring in countless productions such as the popular Mitú and Super Deluxe websites, several national commercials, and as a performer at the Encuentro de Las Americas at the Los Angeles Theater Center. 

Brian Slaten ("Officer Dan") - Slaten is a prolific actor with a diverse theater portfolio nation-wide, having starred in Angels in America at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and Straight White Men at the Steppenwolf Theater. On television, Slaten has guest starred in Criminal Minds, Masters of Sex, Law & Order: SVU, and Fringe.

Jonathan Snipes / David Rothbaum (ORIGINAL SCORE) - Snipes and Rothbaum hail from iconic horror cover band Nilbog, but are best known for their work on many films, such as Room 237, The Nightmare, and the upcoming Hell is Where the Home is. Snipes is also in the Hugo Award-nominated rap group CLIPPING, the first musicians to be nominated for the top science fiction prize since 1971.

Amy Everson (ART / GAME DESIGN) - Everson’s art was the basis of the 2015 award-winning feature film, FELT. Since the success of her feature debut, she has served as art & costume director for musical group Modest Mouse and works in the video game industry as an artist and illustrator. For Murder Bury Win, Everson designed the titular game, as well as the dangerous-looking set.

Michael Lovan (WRITER / DIRECTOR) - Lovan is a San Francisco-based filmmaker. Prior to Murder Bury Win, he co-directed Japan in a Day for producer Ridley Scott, wrote and starred in A Reunion for Ariztical Entertainment, and has served as art director for musical group Modest Mouse. He currently works as a video producer in the video game industry.

This film wouldn't have been possible without an amazing crew, including Jerome Stolly (Cinematographer), Matt Thompson (1st Assistant Director), Ryan Nelson (Gaffer), Ashley Valenzuela (1st Assistant Camera), Aleksandra Seiger (Key Grip), Heather Galipo (Hair, Makeup, Props, & Special Effects), Carson Wright (2nd Assistant Camera), Bryan Nunes (Art & Script Supervisor), and Steven Lagosh (Sound Wizard).

REWARDS

Note - All contributions above $20 come with a digital copy of Murder Bury Win!

$5 - Thank you! You're now on the back end of our Kickstarter, with exclusive filmmaker diaries documenting the post-production process. These will begin the week we begin work on color correction!

$20 - Digital copy of the film. As soon as get get distribution, we will personally reach out to make sure it gets to you.

$50 - The Murder Bury Win Look Book - an in-depth guide to the film's production, complete with storyboard-to-screen comparisons and exclusive an behind-the-scenes look at how it took to get this film made. Plus a digital copy of the film.

$100 - Original game boxes as seen in the film. Depending on availability, your choice between Mummy Picnic, Puppies on Fire, Monkey Panic, Arctic Assassins, Murder Wall, etc. Plus a digital copy of the film.

$150 - Murder Bury Win Collector's Set. First and foremost, this comes with a Puppies On Fire hoodie (see Puppies On Fire, below) in any size you like. Puppies On Fire is a fictional game in the world of the film. You will also get one of the original game boxes as seen in the film, as well as a digital copy of the film.

$250 - You get the complete Murder Bury Win board game, an original game created from the ground up for the movie. This comes with the game board, game pieces, die, rule sheets, and the Murder Bury Win game decks. In the event that the game is sold commercially at some point, it will never be as film accurate as these copies. Plus a digital copy of the film.

$500 - Become a character in the game!  In the Murder Bury Win game decks, we have a number of characters who appear on the cards. That can be you! If you want to be in the Bury deck, as - say -  a cannibal that helps the player dispose of the body, it can (and shall) be done! You will be included in all decks I send out, and even if we go commercial with the game at some point, you’ll be a part of the game - forever. Plus a digital copy of the film and a copy of the Murder Bury Win board game.

$750 - The Film Festival Package (added 2/10/2018 to support our stretch goal). Join us on the film festival circuit! For this reward, you'll get all of the previous rewards (digital copy of the film, the look book, original film props, the Puppies on Fire hoodie, a copy of the Murder Bury Win board game, a game character design based on you), a special thanks in the credits, and a pass to join us at any film festival we play at worldwide (airfare and lodging not provided).

$2,500 & $10,000 - Join our team as Associate Producer or Executive Producer! Get your name in the credits, and join us at any film festival we have! Plus a digital copy of the film and a copy of the Murder Bury Win board game.

THE GAME

We made a board game from the ground up for this film.  Here you can see the police officer on patrol - catching a criminal in the act. 

No cops, no problem. Use the Murder weapon to take out the intended victim before anyone else does!

Once you have a body on your hands, you'll need to dispose of it. Here, Adam contemplates whether "Put it in a meat grinder" is truly the best option.

The game comes complete with an extensive rule sheet. Here's the cover page.

I'll be offering a very limited batch of the game as a reward to donors $250 and up. 

Follow Murder Bury Win on Facebook. Contact us via email at MurderBuryWin@gmail.com.

Risks and challenges

Q: If Murder Bury Win is almost done, what is this campaign for?
A: We have a final cut of the film completely ready to go, but we have a little bit further to go in post. All that’s left are the final touches: sound mixing and color correction.

Q: When will it be completed?
A: With your support, the movie will be completed by March, at which point we will be submitting to film festivals year round in pursuit of distribution.

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