About this project
Hello Horror Fans!
Womp Stomp Films is excited to welcome you to the Finishing Fund 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 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 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 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 The Descent, 127 Hours, and The Martian, this film takes the fear of extreme isolation and shines it through a lens of the Friday the 13th universe.
Development for Never Hike Alone began in early 2016 when a group of friends decided to get together and make a Friday Fan Film of their own. By that Friday, May 13th, a concept trailer was released, receiving overwhelmingly positive responses from film community and fans alike.
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 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, making it the perfect spot for their own Camp Crystal Lake. Gaining access to the location required the team to step back and assess the creative opportunities as well as the technical challenges that came with them.
In October of 2016, Womp Stomp Films launched their first Kickstarter Campaign for the project, but fell just short of their goal. Not to be deterred, the team continued to make due with internal resources so that the project could continue production.
Flashing forward to present day, the team has captured 80% of the principle photography and is now returning to Kickstarter in order to raise the remaining funds to complete the film.
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 before. Our team has devoted the past 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 new fundraising goal of $13,000 is to complete the remaining principle photography, post-production, and of course, give our fans new and old the opportunity to walk away with some really great backer rewards.
With the pledges made by our backers, Never Hike Alone will return to the forest to wrap principle photography in April of 2017 with post-production starting shortly after.
Our ultimate goal is to release the completed film later that summer along with all of our backer rewards.
To help you better understand where your contribution will be going, here is a general breakdown of where campaign funds will be invested:
Production: This covers all of our crew and equipment. Camera, sound, lighting, you name it. Also included are items such as 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 welcome back Jessica Bennett and the Iron Relic Entertainment crew in April to help us with the final fight scene.
VFX / Post: This portion includes both visual and audio post production services which completes the film's final look and feel.
Props / Wardrobe: Production Designer Brittney Porter and Costumer Stephen-Boyd Morales will dress the set and our actors to fit the part.
Makeup / FX: Makeup artist Kelsey Berk is on a mission to make sure this is film lives up to its Friday predecessors! The final scenes we are planning to shoot require a WHOLE LOT OF BLOOD!
Music: A film's score may be the most important element in creating an impactful horror film. Good thing we have a talented composer Joe S. Bebeasi to help set the mood. He will be partnering with talented artist, Trevor Vaughn, who is tasked with creating all the film's original source music.
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.
If you are interested in joining the team, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posters, T-shirts, Pins, Stickers, and more! We've got plenty of Never Hike Alone swag to choose from or just get it all with our CAMPER PACK!
BONUS REWARD LEVELS
$1 or more Special Thanks Screen Credit
Backers who pledge $1 or more will receive a Special Thank You Screen Credit
$5 or more Never Hike Alone Merch
Backers who pledge $5 or more will not only receive a Special Thank You Screen Credit, but they get to walk away with some cool Never Hike Alone swag to show off to their friends!
$25 or more High-Res Download of Never Hike Alone
While some folks will watch Never Hike Alone on various streaming services, backers at this level receive a link to a High-Res Download of the film. No way Grandma's Wifi will ruin movie night now!
$50 or more First-Look Access to Final Version of Never Hike Alone
Backers at this level will see their generosity result in the form of a First-Look Access to Final Version of Never Hike Alone.
$100 or more Live Screening @ Camp Crystal Lake! / or / Live Chat AMA
The first (25) Backers at this level are in for a really special treat as they will receive an invitation to join us for our premiere screening on the Camp Crystal Lake set of Never Hike Alone.
This reward will not cover travel and is only be eligible to those willing to make a trip to sunny Southern California sometime in the Summer of 2017. We will continue to notify backers at this level, in pledge order, until all slots are claimed.
If you can't make it, don't worry, backers at this level are also welcome to join us for a special live on-line chat Q&A session with the Cast and Crew of Never Hike Alone!
$150 or more Screen Used Prop
All backers at this level, and above, will walk away with not only a screen used prop from the film, but a guaranteed invitation to our Premier Screening.
$500 or more Welcome to Team Womp Stomp Films!
Wow, what can we say? If you are finding yourself at this level then you must really want this film to happen! To show you our deepest gratitude, we want to put your name alongside ours by receiving actual IMDB Producer-Level Credit for the film.
Founded in early 2016, WOMP STOMP FILMS was created by Vincente DiSanti as an avenue to pursue live-action genre entertainment. Partnering with Producers Barry Jay Stitch, Kyle Klein, and Daniel Evans, this group was drawn together by a common passion for Friday the 13th and turning great stories into visually engaging films. This project will allow the team to demonstrate their keen ability to tell character driven stories with a look that exceeds the expectations of its budget.
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), Rock Dog (2017), Duck, Duck, Goose (2017).
Drew Leighty 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 California State University, Los Angeles, 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.
Barry Jay is a Los Angeles based Producer and Writer as well as the founder of the global fitness chain Barry's Bootcamp. A lover of film, he has written projects THE CHOSEN (2015), and PATIENT 7 (2016) which is currently available on Amazon Prime. A lifelong fan of Friday the 13th, Barry joined the production shortly before the beginning of principle photography and has enthusiastically shepherded the project ever since.
Kyle Klein began his 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 LA 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).
Daniel Evans is a native from Los Angeles, who studied Film Production in Indiana where he produced and directed live-action short films and documentaries. He has worked on Boss Baby (2017) at DreamWorks Animation and Amusement Park (2019) at Paramount Animation, and is now currently working on the upcoming Animated Spider-Man movie at Sony Pictures Animation.
Sarah DiSanti moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and has since worked in several aspects of the film industry including live-action, feature animation, voice acting, Visual FX, commercials, and much more. Sarah is known for her work on Free Birds (2013), The Red Room (2015), and Rock Dog (2017). Currently, she is an assistant editor on the upcoming Animated Spider-Man movie at Sony Pictures 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-action films. He is known for his work on The Shadowman (2016), Mobster’s Wedding (2015) and Follow Me (2015).
Johnathan Cabrera is one cool guy. When he's not running all over set to make sure the Womp Stomp camera department is on point, you can find John shooting our behind the scenes an aerial cinematography. Make sure to check out his personal youtube page for updates during production.
JD Martz is a multifaceted artist who has worked as an After Effects Artist, Director, and Graphic Designer with companies such as Boston Productions and WheelsTV, directing all manner of automotive related videos. Since graduating with a Film degree from University of Vermont, JD has been working on art house installations, skate/snowboard videos, comedy and horror short films ever since.
Born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan, Evan Butka graduated from College for Creative Studies located in Detroit. He studied photography and cinematography and received his BFA in 2010. Besides CCS, Evan also studied photography in London, Edinburgh, and Prague in 2008. He now resides in Los Angeles, California working as a cinematographer.
Joseph Debeasi is a film composer and conductor whose work includes original underscore for Oscar nominated, Clint Eastwood’s AMERICAN SNIPER. Earlier that year, he composed the music for the award-winning feature documentary, KIDNAPPED FOR CHRIST.
Trevor Vaughan is a multi-talented producer and recording artist from New Bedford, Massachusetts. A staple of the South Coast music community, Trevor is one of the pioneers of the unique sound and attitude generated from that scene. He has produced albums for such bands as The Rival Mob (Revelation Records), Have Heart (Bridge 9), and Battle Ruins. He is also an active member of Wound Man, Danger Street, and other various self titled projects that can be viewed courtesy of Mass Glory.
Representing Camp Crystal Lake's home state of New Jersey, Kelsey Berk is a now Los Angeles based Make Up and FX artist. Her unique and high quality skill sets have landed her roles with American Horror Story, Fear the Walking Dead, and several other horror projects.
Composite Effects is a prop and makeup effect studio based in Baton Rouge, LA, that caters to both the individual collector and big budget productions. With a dedicated team of skilled artists, their work includes realistic silicone masks, functional and detailed props, and fully custom pieces designed to a production's specifications.
Stephen Boyd-Morales began building puppets and later developed that skill into designing costumes. Once there he expanded to theatrical costumes and special effects makeup. Over the past 15 years, he has worked on many different stage shows as well as creating customized CosPlay outfits.
Brittany Porter is a Los Angeles native and current student at Art Institutes of California – Hollywood, earning a Bachelor of Science in Filmmaking & Video Production. Despite attending school, she has not let that stop her from working on several live-action projects including her directorial debut "The Good Life," which is currently in production.
Ashly Covington is a set photographer based in LA, NYC & Richmond, VA. An avid photographer from childhood, Ashly has spent most of her free time cultivating her passion of creating images of live music and portraits of awesome people doing awesome things. Clients trust her to create images that tell the stories and save the emotions from the moment. Ashly has been published in numerous publications including; PDN, The Village Voice, The LA Times, Theater Mania, and RVA Mag.
Dariush Derakhshani is a VFX Supervisor with decades of experience in commercial, television, and motion picture visual effects. He is also a best selling author with several published books and articles. For the last 14 years, Dariush has spent time teaching the next generation of VFX artist through higher education courses at USC and CAL-ARTS.
Greg Emerson is a colorist and finishing artist with over 100 feature and television credits to his name. In post, his passion for the intersection of art and technology has defined his career and allowed him to contribute to both indy projects and blockbusters, across a variety of disciplines. With a list of credits that spans documentary, to feature animation, live-action VFX epics to 'Saturday morning' cartoons. His most notable credits include Avatar (2009), The Avengers (2012), Godzilla (2014), The Spongebob Movie; Sponge Out of Water (2015) & Batman: The Killing Joke (2016).
Jessica Bennett is a SAG/AFTRA Stunt woman and stunt coordinator/choreographer represented by Justine Martin with BMG Talent. Her background includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the Theatre School at DePaul University and 20 plus years experience as a horse woman. She began her storytelling through violence career in Chicago theatre and stunt work in Chicago film and TV. Some favorite recent credits include the lead stunt double for Leighton Meester on Making History for FOX, Casting Assistant on Corbin Nash (Starring Corey Feldman), For more credits, reels, and information, please visit www.jessicaerinbennett.com. Jessica is very excited to be working with Womp Stomp Films and this stunt team to bring Jason to life... again.
Donny Nichols (Kyle McLeod) has been performing in live shows for over 6 years from dinner theaters to Universal Studios Hollywood. He has performed for over a million people and been in videos with well over 100 million views on YouTube, from Buzzfeed videos to Rachel Platten's Fight Song. He's been on fire over 30 times with no injuries and practices fencing as well as movement philosophies such as parkour.
Brian Forrest (Jason Voorhees) is a diverse entertainer known for not only his work as an Actor on stage and screen but also as a blacksmith, stunt fighter, voice over artist and puppeteer. He attended university and studied at the acting conservatory there to become a classically trained actor. He filled what little spare time he had in studying every other form of performance art he could.
Andrew Luckbill (Assistant Stunt Coordinator) started his performing career in Chicago working in theaters at the age of 12 and shortly after moved into films as well. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Acting. At school he became a head Teaching Assistant for the Stage Combat Program and then attended the United Stunt Association’s Stunt School where he started his training in stunt work. During his time in Chicago he performed in Stage shows from Chorus Line to Shakespeare and was seen in films such as Divergent and The Dark Knight. Now out in California, Andrew is continuing his path to create amazing performances and dynamic stunts.
Carolyn Feres (Stunt Safety) an entertainer at heart and a storyteller by nature, has been charming audiences since childhood. Her passion for the arts lead her to many years of studying acting, dancing, writing and stage combat. We find her today, a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. You can be sure to find her on set either as an actress, a stunt woman, a makeup artists or even line producing. Whether she is working in front or behind the camera she will always have a home on set.
The gang here at Womp Stomp Films consider of ourselves huge Friday the 13th fans, so when we got got a e-mail from film student, Christian Ascencio, we knew we found one of our own. Since then, Christian has worked as our volunteer production assistant and become an essential member of our crew. If you want to be like Christian, you can reach us at email@example.com
Being that Never Hike Alone is a product of Fan Fiction, we cannot make or use this project to create any sort of revenue for profit and that's just fine with us. This project has always been about our passion for Friday the 13th, but we also thought we should find a way to do some added good as well. So, at the completion of production, Womp Stomp Films will donate all leftover funding to the Penny Pines Reforestation Program.
The national forests in California cover some 20 million acres, or about 1/5 the state. These areas of great beauty and majestic stature are plagued by divesting problems, such as natural and man-caused fire, pests, and disease. This causes vast depletion and destruction of the national forests in California.
It takes hundreds of pieces of specialized equipment and thousands of firefighters working long hours to control these blazing infernos. Fires like these leave total destruction in their wake. Over the years, groups have contributed more than a million dollars to the Penny Pines Reforestation Program. Through these donations, more than 27 million seedlings have been planted, renewing 88,000 acres of national forest land in California -- truly an outstanding achievement.
If you would like to donate directly to Penny Pines, you can do so by following this link.
Thank you again for your continued support of independent films.
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Risks and challenges
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.
That being said, we know for a fact that studios love fan films and most often support them. That is why there are so many Friday Fan films currently floating around the web. As long as one does not try to profit or compete, studios usually see them as a free marketing tool.
However, in a case like with Axanar: A Star Trek Fan Film, which you may have read about, it was only when the filmmakers raised 1.13 million dollars on Kickstarter before Paramount stepped in and shut the production down.
The budget for this project is astronomically lower and is only meant to cover the unavoidable expenses needed to complete the film. A majority of our staff volunteering their time for free.
We are also 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 a 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 $13,000, Womp Stomp Films will invest in more action, time in post-production, 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.
Anyone who has ever been a part of making a film knows that it is a labor intensive and stressful venture. Never Hike Alone is certainly no different. Throughout this production we have been faced with tremendous adversity. Weather, scheduling, equipment failure, and even trips to the emergency room at 1 in the morning.
No matter what has stood in our way, our team has faced our challenges head on and will continue to do so until this film is finally made available to all.
We don't do this because it's easy, because it is far from that. We continue to pursue this venture because we love making films and Friday the 13th. For us, this is a chance we never thought we would have and we are grateful to have found each other in order to make something we are passionate about.
It's that passion, and your support, that continues to push us forward on this project and hopefully for the many that come after it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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