BIGFOOT (feature film) - Part One of The Legends Anthology
Here we go! We're making a BIGFOOT film unlike any other! So, "How BIG can we make it?" We need your help! READ MORE BELOW!
BIGFOOT (feature film) - Part One of The Legends Anthology
Here we go! We're making a BIGFOOT film unlike any other! So, "How BIG can we make it?" We need your help! READ MORE BELOW!
What you're about to see is just a little taste of what's to come. Consider it a live-action sketch, solely for the purposes of capturing the idea or mood of the film as well as aid in the creative process.
I could go the route of making a typical financing deal in order to get the money to make "Bigfoot." It would involve making a lot of sacrifices that I believe would ultimately hurt the film. Or, I could go through Kickstarter. I've seen it work for others before. But, could it work for me?
After I saw how “Veronica Mars” and "Wish I Was Here" fans rallied around Kristen Bell and Zach Braff's films respectively, I couldn’t help but think maybe I could get my film financed through Kickstarter!
Financing an independent film through a studio traditionally means having to give away your right to “the final cut.” This includes casting and location choices, as well as cutting down your script to be able to shoot it on the cheapest budget possible. What if there was another way?
Ok. Here's the scoop! If no one can prove that Bigfoot exists, then how can they say for sure what he's really like? If Bigfoot really does exist, how in the world has he managed to keep himself hidden for so long? Therefore, he must be intelligent and resourceful. He must...wait for it...understand and speak language. What?! (Mind blown!) That's where we started. Here is where we ended up:
For millenniums, BIGFOOT, as The Keeper, has silently protected the environment and man from himself, yet the evil of industry brings him out of the darkness to battle for the complete control of nature.
JACK DONOVAN has partnered with SENATOR GAINES to illegally ravage Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but when fracking machinery is mysteriously destroyed, he calls in ADAM REYNOLDS to fix the equipment. Upon arriving in Medora, Adam comes face-to-face with Bigfoot, a beast that can rip apart ten-ton machines, cloak his body to match his surroundings, and move at speeds near one hundred miles an hour. Adam has been chosen as the next Torchbearer.
An imaginative look into history, Adam pieces together that a young TEDDY ROOSEVELT was the last Torchbearer, had befriended Bigfoot, and later became the founder of the National Parks to protect Bigfoot and all of wildlife. Upon Roosevelt’s death, he imparts the Torch to his friend and protégé, GEORGE REYNOLDS, Adam’s great-grandfather. Yet the Torch, which holds great power, has been lost for over a hundred years.
BECCA, a geologist, also seeks the Torch, and Adam and Becca’s paths cross, leading them to quickly realize they need one another--for many different reasons. An epic battle for the Torch ensues, for whoever bears the Torch controls all of creation. Can Adam and Bigfoot recover the Torch and restore the balance between Man and Beast?
This film was written by my friend Jerad Beckler and I over the course of 9 months.
Bigfoot is just the beginning! This film is meant to be part of a bigger cinematic universe or what we call The Legends Anthology. Similar to what Marvel and DC have done, we have an amazing line up of films just waiting to be greenlit. If you can help us make "Bigfoot" a reality, we're confident that we can bring these other legends to life! Each film is a re-imagining of major legends all throughout Western civilization. Check out our line up below!
Below are just a few of the talented cast members that will help bring Bigfoot to life!
Michael Joiner - From full time photo double for mega star Bruce Willis to becoming an action star in his own movies. Michael lived and worked in Los Angeles for several years where he private coached with John Swanbeck (Kevin Spacey’s acting coach), and studied with some of Hollywood’s “A” list acting teachers. Michael also worked in many national TV commercials, as well as starring in several movie and TV projects. Michael’s most impressive credit to date has him playing the lead role opposite Oscar winner Louis Gosset, Jr. In Sony/Provident’s powerful drama, The Grace Card (2011). Michael has received rave reviews from critics like The Hollywood Reporter who said, “Actor-comedian Michael Joiner delivers a POWERFULLY INTENSE PERFORMANCE as ‘Mac’ MacDonald in The Grace Card!”
Rachel Hendrix - Rachel’s film debut was in the feature film October Baby (2012) where she played the lead, which was released in select theaters across the country. Since October Baby’s release, Hendrix has starred in two feature films, The Perfect Wave, next to Scott Eastwood and Cheryl Ladd, and Letting Go with Andrew Cheney (Beyond the Mask, Seasons of Gray) both released in the Spring of 2012. You can also find her in the INSP Network’s first ever original-scripted short form mini-series titled Old Henry (2013) next to The Waltons’ veteran actor, Ralph Waite.
Brian Krause - A native of Orange County, California, Brian Krause is best known for his portrayal of Whitelighter Leo Wyatt on Aaron Spelling's popular program Charmed (1998) [1998-2006/The WB] opposite Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, Holly Marie Combs and Shannen Doherty. He starred on the popular program for eight seasons and appeared in 154 episodes. Krause has also starred in numerous TV programs, including The Closer (2005) (TNT), Ties That Bind (2006) (Lifetime), Devil's Diary (2007) (Lifetime), Beyond Loch Ness (2008) (Sci Fi Channel), Warbirds (2008) (Sci Fi Channel) and CSI: Miami (2002) (CBS).- Riley, Charles. "Brian Krause - Biography." IMDb. IMDb, 23 Oct. 2015. Web. 23 Oct. 2015.
Cameron Arnett - Cameron Arnett is an award-winning actor in television, film and theater as well as a television and radio talk show host. Past film credits, to name a few, are Marc Pease Experience, Man’s Best Friend, and the five Dove Award winning Stand Your Ground. His past television credits include NBC’s Miami Vice, Fox’s Star Trek: The Next Generation, and ABC’s China Beach, Doogie Howser MD, and Tyler Perry's Meet the Brown's. His roles as Dr. Corso in the film Badge of Faith, Derek Dallas in Mission Improbable, and Pastor Barnes in the film Adrenaline of which he and his wife, BJ Arnett, are also associate producers are among his most recent credits. Recently, Cameron has wrapped the production of the movie Champion playing the role of Logan Evans.
Patrick Thompson - Patrick is an accomplished actor and international fashion model. After high school, Patrick signed with the FORD Modeling Agency in both New York and Chicago. Soon, he was walking the runway in Italy and France as well as appearing internationally in high fashion magazines. Patrick signed with top-tier commercial agent Daniel Hoff after his arrival to LA. He has since appeared in commercials for K-Swiss, Snickers, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Sony and more. Patrick studied acting under the tutelage of the highly regarded Harry Mastrogeorge (Ray Liotta, Djimon Hindsu, Darryl Hannah). His film credits include Lights Out for which he was nominated Best Supporting Actor at the Long Beach Action On Film Festival and The Jaybird for which he was nominated Best Actor at the Van Wert Film Festival. He will be making his Chicago theatre debut in the fall when he stars in Provision Theater’s three-person show Heaven: How I Got Here.
Joe Wiegand - Joe Wiegand is a political science graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, later serving as a graduate assistant at the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Joe has been named a Wilkins Scholar, a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and a Thomas J. Watson Fellow. At the pinnacle of a twenty-five year career in public policy and political campaigns, Joe began performing as Theodore Roosevelt in 2004. Performances at the White House and TR’s New York City birthplace highlighted the fifty state adventure. Joe has been featured as President Roosevelt in The Men Who Built America on the History Channel, served as the model for the newest TR sculpture at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and has a feature role in Wild America, a film about our national parks due in IMAX theaters in January 2016.
Matthew Hallstein - Born on Long Island, NY, Matt grew up around sports and stunt acting. He later moved to Minnesota to study musical theater and broadcasting. He has recently starred in the independent film A Shallow Grave (2012) as Nolan Delatorre. His past credits on the stage go back to 1983 when he started his musical theater debut as ‘KoKo’ in the Mikado. Some notable theatrical roles include, Harold Hill, Henry Higgins, King Arthur, King Alfonso (Medieval Times), King Mongkut of Siam, John Barrymore, Pirate King, and Scrooge.
Brandon Galatz - A Chicago born and raised actor, Brandon started his acting training at a young age. It wasn't until studying at The University of Iowa, that Brandon first discovered the teachings of Sanford Meisner. Studying under Carol MacVey, John Cameron and others, Brandon was introduced to the magic that could truly take place upon "living truthfully under imaginary circumstances". After receiving his BA in Theatre, Brandon moved back to Chicago where he continued his post graduate acting studies under Ted Hoerl, Eilleen Vorbach, and Laura Sturm while attending Act One Studio's Meisner Program. Additionally, Brandon is also a graduate of "The Conservatory at Act One Studios," the Studio's 2 -year full time graduate theatre and acting training program. Since graduating from Act One's Conservatory, Brandon has been cast in a number of film and stage productions. To Brandon, "Acting is nothing more than the reality of doing. If you believe it and are able to truly share it, your audience will believe it as well."
Danny Miller - Danny was born and raised just outside of Chicago in 1988. At the age of 14, juggling sports and school, he began his career on stage doing mainly musicals. As his career progressed, Danny moved forward with training by taking classes at The Second City Training Center and studied a semester at CCPA at Roosevelt University. At the age of 25 he continues his acting career on a new playing field focusing mainly on film and television. Danny was recently in the horror film House of the Witchdoctor (directed by Devon Mikolas). Danny can also be seen in Investigation Discovery’s Season 1, Episode 1 of Deadly Affairs (hosted by Susan Lucci) in which he reenacts the true love triangle of murderer Mark Mangelsdorf.
Joe Quinn - Joe Quinn has a B.A. in theatre from Western Illinois University and has worked in Chicago theatre, film and commercials for decades. He hit the L.A. scene back in the eighties and has been in hiatus, as a truck driver, for the last twenty years. Joe was last seen as the villain in A Shallow Grave and will soon be releasing his biographical documentary Diary of a Bodybuilder, which follows him on his journey from youth to adulthood as a bodybuilder.
Rachel McGinley - Rachel McGinley is 19 years old and has been performing for local audiences for the past five years, most recently in Inhabit Productions’ sold out productions of Scenes in a Coffee Shop as Lindsey. Her film debut came as Annabele in Sleeping Cloud Pictures A Shallow Grave. Rachel is trained in the Meisner technique through Inhabit Theater.
The soundtrack to "Bigfoot" is better than I could have ever imagined. A film’s score is so important to me for many different reasons. I am excited to say that I have found an amazing duo to bring the soundtrack to life. Ladies and gentlemen…meet “Fight Mannequins.”
Founded in 2009 by Brett Aveni and Chris Pennie, the duo brings innovation at the ultimate. Some of their clients include: Ford Motors, Google, Bentley Motors, Soma Intimates, Maire Claire, Dwell Magazine, Mary Kay, Flex o Lite Productions, Revlon and Consumer Reports. One of the cool things about being a backer is that you can be the first group to listen to the soundtrack.
The world of “Bigfoot" that we have created is unlike any other. It contains several unique characters that I want to bring to life in a very specific way; something that has never been done or seen before. When operating on a tight budget, it's super helpful to have such a wonderful art team to be able to keep everyone on the same page.
Nina Palumbo is our storyboard artist. Her keen eye for composition and movement are essential to making our film stand out from the rest. Nina is a Chicago based illustrator and musician. She graduated from The American Academy of Art in Chicago.
Ethan Brewerton is the man responsible for creating the fresh new look of Bigfoot. His artistic skills will bring our Bigfoot into the 21st century and I can’t wait to show you what he looks like.
Mark Gardner is our set design/prop master extraordinaire. Mark has been an artist for most of his life. Starting out as a custom painter/fabricator in the automotive field led him to opening his own company where he continued in custom work, and also began to travel within the US and abroad as an airbrush artist. Mark worked for ten years at Universal Studios Orlando as a scenic artist on attractions such as Harry Potter. He later moved to Illinois to work in Theater. He continues to work in the Chicago-land area as a freelance artist designing, building, and painting sets, props, and backdrops within the Theater/Film Industry.
Check out the concept art below:
Here are some of the storyboards Nina created for our pitch trailer:
Having an experienced team of people is essential to making “Bigfoot” a success. That’s why I have made sure to seek out some of the best in the industry when it comes to special effects, costumes, visual effects and post-production. Below are just a few of the people who have joined our team:
Randall P. Dark - Producer: Randall is a pioneer within the digital media industry and renowned expert in emerging technologies. Dark and his companies, have been involved in more than 2,000 high-definition (HD) projects including feature films, documentaries, commercials, music videos, corporate presentations, product launches, and live events. He has received one of the International Electronic Cinema Festival's (IECF) top honors, The Pioneer Award, in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the success of HD. HD programs produced and directed by Dark have received awards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Telly, IECF, Communicator, Aurora, Axiem, WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, Videographer, The American Corporate Video Awards, and Cinema Chicago to name a few. Dark was the Executive Producer of "Closing Escrow," and the Executive Producer of the independent feature "Angels Sing," starring Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton and Willie Nelson playing Santa.
Jack Skyyler (Dear Skyyler Productions) - Director of Photography: Jack has agreed to shoot the film. A seasoned veteran of the film industry and serves as a Producer, Director, Writer, Gaffer, Cinematographer and Visual Effects Artist. Jack won a REMI and 2 Best Director awards for his first feature Hitting the Wall. His series Point Society is now in its third season. The series stars Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story) Adam Berry (Ghost Hunters), Amy Bruni (Ghost Hunters) and Tyler Green of (Face-off). Jack founded Dear Skyyler Productions, a bi-coastal production company with everything from 4K cameras to state of the art editing systems.
Janet DiVenere - Line Producer: Janet graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Arts Management and from Roosevelt University with a Masters in Marketing. She has held a variety of roles in advertising production, special event management, construction/interior redesign and retail marketing and brings to a project a passion for details, organization and bringing a vision to life. She lives in the northwest suburbs with her high school sweetheart and two independent and wickedly talented daughters.
Rowena Kuo - Script Editor/Development Executive: Rowena is a Development Executive for the 168 Write of Passage Short Screenplay Competition, as well as being a screenwriter, producer, and director. Rowena recently won an award for Best International Film for "The Artifact" at the 168 Competition. When not working with books and film, Rowena is a full-time wife and mom.
Ryan Pribyl - Sound Editor: His passion for sound started at a young age of 10 when he started running live sound at his church. But his interest in sound design took shape when he went to college for film/audio post at Columbia College Chicago. After graduating with a BA in Film / Video with a concentration in Audio, Ryan got a job in audio post production and has been doing it ever since.
Shane Dzicek - Special Effects/Costumes: Shane Dzicek was born on October 16, 1987 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Credits include: Surrogates (2009), Ghostship Chronicles: Origins (2014) and Skookum: The Hunt for Bigfoot (2014).
Adam Hlavac - Visual Effects Supervisor: In 2010, he began working in the visual effects industry professionally, working on such films as Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) and The Green Hornet (2011), in San Diego. In late 2011, Adam relocated to Los Angeles to continue working on films like The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and most recently Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).
Denise Wynbrandt - Hair/Make-up Department Head: In addition to music videos, she has worked extensively on over 20 films – including such titles as High Fidelity, 1408, Barbershop and The Ice Harvest – along with numerous television commercials, live performances and print productions. Today, Ms. Wynbrandt’s talents are sought after by many A-list actors/actresses, musical performers, athletes, politicians and production companies demanding highly discerning and impeccable make-up and hairstylist work.
Jonathan Bross / Alex Gaudieri (Periscope) - Post-Production: Periscope Post & Audio provides film, television, music and digital media producers with a highly skilled and proven post-production and audio team, state of the art equipment, and attentive service that truly enhances any production. Credits include: Empire (FOX), Betrayal (IGN), Sirens (USA), Crisis (NBC), Mind Games (ABC) and Kickboxer with Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Nykko Lazar - Visual Effects/3D Modeling & Animation/Costumes: Born in Pontiac, MI on August 13, 1990, Nykko Lazar started drawing at an early age, which led him to attend the American Academy of Art in Chicago. It was there he discovered his passion for film and earned his Bachelor’s degree in 3D Modeling/Animation. Since then, he has taken on Costuming and Prop Making and has worked as an extra on the upcoming “Batman vs Superman” (2016) film.
Jeremy Atkins - Visual Effects/3D Modeling & Animation/Costumes: Jeremy Atkins was born in Gurnee, Illinois. As a kid, Jeremy loved art and often drew his favorite cars and characters from TV shows. He found his love for 3D modeling and animation while attending the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Jeremy currently resides in Waukegan, Illinois, where he is pursuing his passion for film and special effects.
Christopher Cowley - Visual Effects: After pursuing a degree in graphic design, Chris’s passion quickly switched to video and digital media, starting as an indie actor and director creating short films. Chris was a multi-faceted part of the team, many times running the camera, editing and creating the special effects. After working on many projects in different positions, he settled on being an editor and cinemotographer. His present work includes editing short films and music videos, as well as manning the lead camera on a new documentary series.
I want YOU to be my financiers and my audience so I can make a killer movie for you with no compromises. Here are a few reasons why I think it's worth it to fund via Kickstarter.
Final Cut: "Final Cut" is a term used for the person who has the "final say" on how a film will be edited. A lot of financing deals make it so the final cut go to the films financiers, NOT the director. Sometimes films are tested in front of “test audiences” to see how an they respond to what has been made. This can be helpful, as you can obtain a sense of when the pace is too slow or when certain aspects of the story don't come across as you thought they would. However, it can also be destructive, as a financier with final cut may use feedback from the test audience to "strongly suggest" you to make changes to the film that, ultimately, go against your original intent. You basically have no right to fight against these changes because you've signed away those rights in order to get your film financed. I don't know about you, but I always want to see exactly what the filmmaker intended.
Casting Choices: A lot of the time, if a filmmaker wants to gain financing, he/she will have to choose from a group of pre-approved actors/actresses with whom the financier is willing to feature in the film. These actors could be some of the best in the industry! The problem is, they may not be right for the role, according to the director's vision. For the financier, it's a money game. The actors names are put into an equation that determines how much money the financier will be able to make in foreign pre-sales. Blah blah blah! Pretty much, you have to cast whoever they want, not who you want.
Location Choices: This film is set in North Dakota. However, I’ll have to shoot the film in and around the Chicagoland area and fake it to look like the North Dakota badlands. Wouldn’t it be amazing to instead shoot the film where it takes place?
Cuts for Budget: Every film makes cuts to trim the budget; that’s completely sensible. But there are always places where, with a little extra money, the film could be better. In “Bigfoot,” there are several action sequences that extra money would strengthen what shows up on the screen, as I could shoot those in the way that would do them justice.
I look at it like this: Come join our team. Join for whatever you can afford to. And then, together, this team’s gonna make a really awesome film, and you'll have made it happen. If you like what you’ve seen so far, I know you're going to love what we have in store for you. Whether you end up with a sweet t-shirt (soft as a babies patootie) or an invite to a special event, you'll know that without you, this film wouldn't have gotten made.
To become one of our backers, just click on the big green button to the right of our video. Kickstarter will ask you for your pledge, which reward you want, and how you want to sign up. Signing up is easy; you can even do it through Facebook.
Thanks for your time! Now let's make a movie!
Risks and challenges
The Bigfoot film project faces the usual risks of film and TV production — what if the entire cast and crew decide to revolt and start a Bigfoot uprising? What if Bigfoot arrives and claims he has been misrepresented? Never fear: we are offsetting those risks with production insurance, contingency plans, and a production team with decades of experience.
One of our biggest challenges is visual effects. Creating a feature film with this magnitude on this budget will take lots of creative problem solving. Not to cut corners, but to make sure that what you see truly is believable and not distracting.
Distribution is always a challenge with low-budget films, but the money raised by this project is going to help us distribute the movie, and try to get it out there as widely as possible.
With respect to rewards fulfillment, we will be working with our fulfillment team to get all your DVDs, digital downloads, and other goodies delivered safely and on schedule.
We’ll be sending regular updates about our progress to all backers, so you’ll be the first to know about what’s going on.
IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT REWARDS:
• Kickstarter campaign and rewards fulfillment limited to U.S. and Canada (except where otherwise noted).
• Travel, lodging and transportation to events and set visits not included in any reward bundle.
• Must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to attend events (premiere/set visit/etc.).
• Some rewards may require additional paperwork (to protect us and you).
• Distribution schedule not finalized, but Kickstarter backers who are rewarded with the digital version of the film will receive it within a few days of the theatrical premiere. Exact digital retailer TBD.
The biggest challenge is distribution – "Bigfoot" does not have a distributor attached yet. The producers and I are truly doing this all ourselves. Lack of distribution can also be a blessing. We want to make this film the same way we made "A Shallow Grave," without a distributor or financier demanding we adapt it to fit their needs.
Our goal is to debut the film at the Sundance Film Festival. If you fund the project, we intend to start pre-production right away, shoot next August, and finish the film in time to submit it to the festival. There's a very accomplished team behind the scenes.
Your goodies like T-shirts and posters for helping us make this possible will be sent out by our fulfillment team. Many elements of the rewards will be fulfilled well before Summer of 2017, which is when we hope to release the film and have all of our premieres and screenings. For those of you who are attending an event or joining us on set, we will do our best to keep you in the loop on our schedule.
THE FINE PRINT (stuff my lawyer wants me to say):
• For those of you visiting our set, we anticipate shooting in August in Illinois and North Dakota. However, this has the potential to change. We will keep you updated so you can plan ahead to visit us.
• If you become an extra or receive a cast credit, you must be a US citizen or have a US work visa, and not be a member of SAG/AFTRA.
• You must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who will count as your plus one) to attend the premiere or visit the set. Extras must also be over 18.
• The content of the voice and video messages are at your direction, but at my discretion. I reserve the right to refuse to say or do what you request if I find it inappropriate.
• Some rewards may require additional paperwork. If you are appearing in the film, you will have to sign a release.
• My final cut of the film may have to be further edited in certain cases to adhere to the laws in the country which it is being viewed, or for different types of media.
• All shooting locations are subject to change for a variety of reasons, including the amount of money we are able to raise and the particular locations giving us the right to shoot.
• This fundraising campaign is all subject to applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations, movie guild rules and applicable law. If any of this conflicts, we will work with you in good faith to give you a substitute reward.
To sum it up, film making is a crazy business, with a lot of unknown factors. We start with a script we're really proud of. Then, we assemble the best team possible, get insurance, and make contingency plans. It's impossible to guarantee everything will come together exactly as planned, but in the end, we will have created a movie that hopefully all of us can be proud of. It's a great journey, and I thank you in advance if you can help make this dream possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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