One for the Road a Stephen King Dollar Baby Film
"One for the Road" is a short film based on the 1977 short story by Stephen King that is a sequel to his novel 'Salem's Lot.
My name is Joseph Horning and I am the Writer/Producer/Director of "One for the Road". Stephen King has always been an inspiration to me. In fact he's the reason why I became a writer and got into film making in the first place, so to have his permission to adapt one of his stories and give it my own unique vision is more than I could've possibly imagined. Your contributions to this campaign will help me fulfill a lifelong dream of making a film for Stephen King!
A RETURN TO SALEM'S LOT!
I can remember seeing the mini-series for 'Salem's Lot on television as a teenager long before I read the novel and it terrified me. In all honesty, my first trip into 'Salem's Lot was in King's 1978 short story collection Night Shift which featured two tales of terror about the fictitious Maine town. The first was simply called "Jerusalem's Lot" which explored the towns dark past, letting the reader know that there has always been an evil in the Lot that stretches back centuries. The second tale is "One for the Road" a sequel to 'Salem's Lot.
Set only a few short years after the events that concluded the novel, "One for the Road" tells the story of Herb "Tookey" Tooklander and his friend Booth as they venture into the Lot despite the danger, to help Gerard Lumley rescue his wife and young daughter before they can be attacked by vampires! Though modern in its telling, "One for the Road" always felt like an old fashioned Gothic tale.
The story has been adapted several times over the years into other "Dollar Baby" films but each filmmaker has modernize the tale, setting the events of the novel Salem's Lot and "One for the Road" within recent years.
My plan is to take the story of "One for the Road" and not only make it a direct sequel to the novel but a modernized sequel to the original mini-series directed by Tobe Hooper in 1979. I've also taken some liberties with the story, adapting it to fit my vision by focusing on the Lumley family and their journey through Maine as they barrel towards the fateful events that await them down that dark road in 'Salem's Lot!
ARE DOLLAR BABY FILMS REALLY POSSIBLY?
Yes they are! Ever since the late 1970's and early 1980's Stephen King was asked repeatedly by aspiring filmmakers if they could have permission to adapt his short stories into movies. Mr. King graciously grants the non-exclusive rights for these films to be made with the expressed understanding that they are not to be made for commercial use and that he still retains film rights to do with the production as he pleases.
Probably the most famous member of the "Dollar Baby" film club is Frank Darabont whose adaptation of "The Woman in the Room" was so well received that it led Stephen King to giving him a "handshake deal" to the rights of "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption"!
CKC Quarterly Productions was formed in 2016 by Curtis K Case of CKC Productions and Joseph Horning of Quarterly Entertainment, LLC as a joint venture to co-produce the screenplay entitled ‘WHERE IS MY GOLDEN ARM,’ co-written by Case and Horning.
Since then they have developed and produced a comedy/drama web-series focusing on an African-American family in Washington, D.C. and have won several awards for screenwriting and their production value.
Visit us at: https://www.ckcquarterlyproductions.com
JOSEPH HORNING - WRITER/PRODUCER/DIRECTOR
Joseph Horning is a 2005 graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia’s Video Production program. He has worked on various projects, starting in 2007, working as an Associate Producer on the thriller False Face with Film Zero Productions. In 2009 he wrote, produced and directed his first short film under his company Quarterly Entertainment, LLC entitled Masterpiece, a psychological thriller about a deranged artist and a desperate young woman. In 2012 Joe’s screenplay Darkness on the Edge of Town won the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Regional Award for the Shoot in Philadelphia Screenplay Competition. In 2016 Darkness on the Edge of Town received Honorable Mention at the LA Screenplay Festival as well as coming in as a Top 10 Finalist in the Thriller Screenplay Festival in Delaware. Later that same year he and his partner Curtis K Case developed the web-series Siblings which went on to be a Semi-Finalist in the LA CiniFest Competition, the Hollywood International Moving Picture Film Festival and the LA International Independent Film Awards.
CURTIS K CASE - PRODUCER
Curtis K Case is an up and coming director, producer and actor who started working on his first film under his production company CKC Productions in 2014. Curtis is originally from Atlanta. In 2007 he moved to Philadelphia to pursue a career in acting in the cities thriving independent film industry. Since then he has acted in over 30 productions. Growing up, Mark Twain’s “The Golden Arm” left an impression on Curtis, so much so that he chose it to adapt as his first film, Where is My Golden Arm in the summer of 2014. In early 2015 Curtis moved to Los Angeles to further his career in both acting and filmmaking. In late 2016 he and his partner Joseph Horning developed the web-series Siblings which went on to be a Semi-Finalist in the LA CiniFest Competition, the Hollywood International Moving Picture Film Festival and the LA International Independent Film Awards.
CHRIS WAGLER - PRODUCER
Chris Wagler is a promising producer and director relatively new to the world of film. He started his film career in 2013 both behind the scenes and as an actor, quickly realizing his proclivity for directing and producing. Through a leading role in the former Allentown Film Crew, Chris was actively involved in the production of two short films, Valentine's Day and Carpool. He starred in, directed, and produced Fairy Fight, a 2016 feature in the Montgomery County 5 Minute Film Festival. He continuously pursues new and unique film opportunities whenever possible.
We are seeking contributions in the amount of $5,000 in order to complete this film. We've already raised a good portion of funds needed to begin production but there's still not enough to bring the filming process full circle. Your contributions will help bring "One for the Road" to life. Every dollar you contribute helps towards bringing this eerie and atmospheric tale of terror from the page to the screen. Some of the things we'll be using the money for are:
PAYING THE CAST AND CREW CKC
- Quarterly Productions is a signatory of the Screen Actors Guild and as such must abide by SAG-AFTRA rules concerning paying and insuring all union actors involved in the production.
- We have a cast of 5 principal actors as well as one extra and a dozen featured actors. Our crew is also small. Everyone's time is valuable and many of the actors and crew will be giving up time from full time jobs to work on "One for the Road." Their commitment and dedication to working on this production means a lot to all of us and we want to compensate them for their efforts in making a great film!
- Eric Wade, owner of the Inn at Maple Grove has graciously given us permission to film the bulk of "One for the Road's" scenes in this old historic tavern.
- We have several locations that have committed to allow us to film on their premises as long as we provide them with the necessary insurance.
- The nearly abandoned, ghost-like town of Centralia, PA will stand in for the burnt out remains of Salem's Lot. A coal fire raging beneath the town for nearly 60 years has caused all but a handful of residence to move out and the government to revoke it's postal code and demolish what was left of Centralia. Interestingly enough, Centralia was the inspiration behind the film adaptation of Silent Hill.
- This abandoned home is tucked away in the woods near Phoenixville, PA and will stand in as the ruins of the old Marsten House.
- This abandoned bridge in Upper Hanover Township is where the climax of our film will take place!
- Many of our actors will be from out of state so we will have to provide some place for them to stay.
- We're going to have to transport the cast, crew and equipment to some locations as well as rent two vehicles for the film.
- Everyone needs to eat, even bloodthirsty vampires! We want to provide them with food that they can really sink their teeth into!
- We want to make the best looking film possible and in order to do that we'll need the best gear. We will be filming in 4K Ultra High Definition. Most of the gear is already in hand though there are a few things we still need such as portable LED lights, upgraded camera rigs, extra lenses and car mounts, just to name a few.
PROPS/SPECIAL FX/HAIR & MAKEUP
- We want "One for the Road" to have an old style horror film feel to it, so SFX shots will be at a minimum. No CGI or technical gimmicks. All of our effects will be done on the spot, in camera! One of the most difficult techniques will involve making the actors appear to levitate without the use of standard green screen effects. In order to achieve this, we will need to build a rig that the actors will be suspended from (see, this is where the insurance can save our necks - no pun intended)!
- Many of the props we'll need will basically consist of set dressings for the bar as well as enhancing the special effects and makeup with prosthetics for the actors to wear (i.e. fangs and contact lenses).
- Lots and lots of blood!
- Paying to have the film edited.
- Rental of sound stages for audio overdubs. Everything will be captured during the shoot but there are always unforeseen circumstances that pop up where we might have to do some ADR work.
- Paying for the film score
I know what you're probably wondering "Is a dollar really all you're asking asking for?" Absolutely! There have been plenty of times when people would love to contribute money to a campaign but they just can't spare $50 or $100, and the option of just donating $1 seemed like so little that they end up not pledging at all. So for this movie, in keeping up with the spirit of the Dollar Babies, $1 is all we're asking for!
Now don't get me wrong, if you would like to throw in a few more bucks to help us reach our goal faster I won't stop you. In fact we have perks at higher levels than just $1, but we want you to know we're not asking you to break the bank.
Here are just a few items you'll get:
- The official "One for the Road" Poster designed by Olivia Mendez
- The "One for the Road" hat
- The "One for the Road Dollar Baby" Coffee Mug
- A set of four "One for the Road" shot glasses
- Your choice of one of thirteen t-shirt designs specifically made for the film
Designs 1 through 4.
Designs 5 through 10
Designs 11 through 13
There are plenty more perks to give away for your contributions like props and even a part in the film as a vampire! So check them out!
Risks and challenges
Every film faces certain challenges that could delay production or worse, drive a stake through its heart and bring about its untimely demise! "One for the Road" will be no different. As a filmmaker I've had my share of disappointments in productions I've worked on from crew canceling at the last minute to talent not committing fully to the project we're working on, but I've endured each of those challenges, striving to finish what I started.
The biggest risk we'd have going into production of "One for the Road" would be to fall short of our goal of $20,000. If that happens it's a possibility that the film will not get made. However, even if we fall short but come close to what we hope to make we'd still push forward with production. Obviously the more money we make the better the film will be! Every dollar we earn is required by contract to go into the making of "One for the Road" and helps us move one step closer to seeing our dream come alive on the screen!
As of right now we have raised close to $12,000! The extra money we make through Kickstarter will ensure that all of our financial goals are met!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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