Never Hike Alone - A Friday the 13th Fan Film
Never Hike Alone follows the story of Kyle McLeod, a young backpacker who discovers the long lost remains of Camp Crystal Lake.
Hello Horror Fans!
Womp Stomp Films is excited to welcome you to the Kickstarter campaign for our Friday the 13th Fan Film NEVER HIKE ALONE!
Never Hike Alone is a 22-minute short film that follows the story of KYLE MCLEOD (Andrew Leighty), an avid backcountry hiker who, while on a solo backpacking trip, discovers the long lost remains of CAMP CRYSTAL LAKE. Ignoring the old campfire ghost stories from his childhood, Kyle’s curious nature draws him in to see what is left of the camp since it was closed after the infamous 1980 Friday the 13th murders.
However, Kyle’s innocent search of the camp turns deadly when he is attacked by Camp Crystal Lake's last remaining resident, JASON VOORHEES. Stranded alone in the middle of the wilderness, with no equipment, and a legendary mass murderer on his heels, Kyle’s survival skills will be put to the test like never before. Will he make it out of the woods alive or become another victim of the infamous cursed camp?
The story of Never Hike Alone is one of man vs nature in the most extreme way. Taking inspiration from films such as 127 Hours, The Martian, and The Descent, this film takes a tale as old as time and shines it through a lens of the Friday the 13th universe.
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Womp Stomp Film's original intention was to complete production in late Summer of 2016, but decided to put the project on hold when they were informed of a potential game-changing location discovery.
Following up on a lead from a pair of South Fork locals, the team found an actual abandoned camp out in the middle of the San Bernardino National Forest. After many hours of research, it was discovered that the rundown camp had been shut down since the mid to late 80's making it the perfect spot for Camp Crystal Lake. However, gaining access to the location required the team to step back and analyze the proper measures needed to film at the camp. They needed to assess technical and creative challenges.
Flashing forward to present day, the team has completed its due diligence of re-writing the script, scouting the set, researching permit and insurance requirements, as well as collaborating with several industry professionals in order to bring the project to life.
We at Womp Stomp Films truly believe that if we are given this opportunity, Never Hike Alone will be a Friday the 13th Fan Film like never seen before. Our team has devoted this year to crafting story, characters, action, and a film style that will look high budget and keep you on the edge of your seat.
Our fundraising goal of $40,000 is to support the individuals recruited to make this film look great and keep the cast and crew safe while filming in remote locations, executing complicated and dangerous stunts.
To help you better understand where your contribution will be going, here is a general breakdown of where campaign funds will be invested:
Production: These are items such as camera and equipment rentals, sound and lightning crew. Also included are things like the cost of insurance and permits required for the location.
Kickstarter: This portion of the budget will go towards Kickstarter fees and the purchase of rewards for backers.
Stunt Department: Womp Stomp Films is excited to team up with the crew at Iron Relic Entertainment to handle our stunts.
VFX / Post: This is where we make the pretty pictures look a whole lot more pretty.
Props / Wardrobe: Production Designer Brittney Porter can't wait to fill up Camp Crystal Lake with all sorts of interesting things.
Make Up / FX: This would not be a true Friday the 13th without a little blood or, rather, a whole lot of blood.
Music: Over everything, the score may be the most important element in creating an impactful horror film. Good thing we have a talented composer / all around musician Trevor Vaughn to help set the mood.
Volunteers: This project would not be where it is today without a dedicated team of volunteers who have donated their time at no cost to the project. Made up of friends, family, and colleagues, this group also includes the core Womp Stomp Films team who are taking no payment for their services.
Posters, Beanies, T-shirts, Pins, Blankets, Bags, and more! We've got plenty of Never Hike Alone swag to choose from and with lots of savings in our CAMPER PACKS!
Vincente DiSanti moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and has since worked in several aspects of the film industry including live-action, feature animation, story development, voice acting, Visual FX, commercials, and much more. A jack of all trades, Vin is known for his work on Free Birds (2013), The Red Room (2015), and Rock Dog (2017). Currently, he is a Project Manager on the upcoming feature film Duck, Duck, Goose releasing in 2017 from Original Force Animation.
Christopher Thellas is an American Cinematographer, Producer and Director. In 2009, He enrolled in the Art Institutes of California – Hollywood, earning a Bachelor of Science in Filmmaking & Video Production. Since then, he has worked on many live actions films. He is known for his work on The Ones Above (2016), Mobster’s Wedding (2015) and Follow Me (2015).
Kyle Klein began his film career in film working on the set of Kamen Rider Dragon Knight while enrolled in the film program at Seattle Central Community College. After graduating, Kyle made the move to L.A where he began producing live-action shorts and a feature with film director, Michael Bonomo, before transitioning into feature animation with companies such as Mandoo Pictures and Original Force Animation. Kyle's past projects include Unsaid (2011), Porcelain (2011), Assassins (2014), Rock Dog (2017), and Duck Duck Goose (2017).
Drew is a Los Angeles based actor originally from Santa Barbara, CA. He began his acting career at Santa Barbara City College in the Theatre Arts program while playing 3rd base on the Santa Barbara City College baseball team. After his transfer down to Cal State Los Angeles University he continued to play baseball and study theatre, eventually leading him into the entertainment industry. He’s been featured on television shows, as well as worked on national commercials, however he may be known best for his many cover images on romance novels.
Like most children of the 80’s, Fridays were always a special day for our family as it marked the weekly after-school trip to Silver Screen Video. From the start, I became a big fan of horror movies with the first experiences coming form of films like Night of the Living Dead, Pet Semetary, An American Werewolf in London, and The Shining.
Eventually, I was introduced to Friday the 13th when I happen to lay eyes on the cover for Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter. There the iconic hockey mask sat in a pool of blood with a buck knife jammed into the eye-hole. When I returned home with the tape, I watched the film on repeat until I was ripped out of my hands to be returned on Monday morning.
Needless to say, I was hooked.
In the weeks, months, and years that followed, every Friday I would return to the horror aisle working my way through the franchise, which was up to film 8 at the time, only to start back at the original all over again when I reached the end.
Growing up by a lake, Jason was basically my worst nightmare. After watching Part VI: Jason Lives, I was convinced that Crystal Lake’s resident mass murdered was chained to the bottom of our lake just off our dock. You would think that all that sense of fear would keep me away from the films, but the more afraid I became, the more I watched.
As my views of each entry increased over the years, I began to notice all of the discrepancies and continuity errors laced through out the series. Timelines didn’t match, logic didn’t make sense, and where the hell did Jason’s hair go? Didn’t the people making the films notice?
Around the time the internet became available to the masses, I began a dial-up speed search to figure out why Friday the 13th was so all over the place. During those late nights, I found the answers to all my burning questions, but more importantly I discovered so much more about the people and teams that brought the films to life. Seeing all the behind the scenes photos and featurettes opened me up to an even more fascinating world and it was in those moments I realized how badly I wanted to become a filmmaker.
My pursuit of a film career lead me out to Los Angeles where I have been working in the film Industry for the past nine years. In that time, I have had the opportunity to meet and work alongside countless numbers of producers, directors, actors, and many more who have taught me so much about film than I ever thought possible.
After all these years, my dream has still remained to one-day make a Friday the 13th film of my own. Never Hike Alone is the chance for me to make that dream come true. This project is the result of many late nights and long weekends preparing to do something special and memorable for all fans.
After all it is you, the fans, who will ultimately decide whether or not this project will become a reality. To those of you who do decide to back this project, I will be forever humbled by your generosity and grateful for this opportunity.
Thank you again for your continued support of independent films.
Please donate and share this page with any friends or family you believe will enjoy this film. We hope to welcome you as a part of this campaign and are greatly appreciative for any support you can give us.
See you on the trails!
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Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge will be executing a demanding film shoot in a remote location with limited resources and time. Dates will be scheduled, permits will be filed, but anything can happen on set. Technical glitches, injuries, weather, and even wildfires are only a handful of factors that could potentially delay production.
With that said, Womp Stomp Films has dedicated countless hours to addressing and preparing for those concerns. Scouting locations, speaking to county officials, testing equipment, walk–through rehearsals, reviewing test footage, and much more have all been apart of our extensive pre-production process. The last thing we want to do is ask for your support and then find ourselves unprepared.
In addition, we have sought out some of Los Angeles County's best and brightest independent film talent to fill out our crew. They are there to keep us safe and help achieve the vision we are looking to bring to the screen.
In any case, this production will be insured which will financially protect Womp Stomp Films and its Campaign Backers in the unlikely event of an emergency.
No matter what happens, all rewards will be fulfilled.
FILM RIGHTS vs FAN FILM: a NON-PROFIT HORROR VENTURE
On the subject of the rights to Friday the 13th, we would again like to formally acknowledge that Womp Stomp Films is in no way affiliated with Paramount Pictures, New Line Cinema, or anyone one else associated with the Original Friday the 13th Franchise. If anyone from those entities takes issue with what we are trying to accomplish, we will happily comply with whatever is asked of us by those parties.
The budget for this project is to cover expenses needed to complete the film. We are in no way trying to profit or compete with the actual franchise. The final product will be made available to everyone in the world via various web outlets while backers will receive an EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK at the completed film and BONUS BEHIND THE SCENES updates over the course of production.
To remain non-profit, any and all funds left over upon completion of the project will be donated to the Penny Pines Reforestation Program. Every year, wildfires destroy large sections of the forest we are shooting in. We are lucky enough to filming in a safer zone, but if you have been keeping up with the news, you can see there are fires burning at this very moment.
If we are fortunate enough to exceed our campaign goal of $40,000, Womp Stomp Films will invest in more effects, time, and action for the film as well as additional campaign rewards for our backers.
WHY MAKE A FRIDAY THE 13TH FAN FILM?
Friday the 13th is one of the most beloved and celebrated horror franchises in the history of motion pictures. As kids, films like Friday the 13th and countless others inspired us to get involved in the industry and pursue our own film making dreams. This project, more than anything, is a thank you for inspiring us as artists.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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