WHAT'S THE PLAN?
The plan is simple. We are going to make an amazing film, which is both aesthetically gorgeous, compelling in story, and stunning in both written and spoken dialog.
Once we finish the film, we are going to seek both distribution and theatrical success to get the cast and crew placed firmly on the map in an acknowledgement of their collected talents.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Villanelle is "Horror-Noir" in it's purest sense. What exactly does that mean? Well, "Horror-Noir" is a genre that combines the grit, feel, and snappy dialog of a Mickey Spillane type detective drama, and combines it with the suspense, terror, and supernatural elements that used to make horror so much fun! In this sense, it revitalizes and holds true to two time tested genres.
Villanelle tells the story of a hard drinking but honorable, down on his luck detective, Travis Burke, who after a storied career taking down high profile criminals in Boston, has an, "indiscretion", and gets exiled to the township of New Shoreham, where he's made Chief of Police. Old habits die hard for Chief Burke, who is pulled back into his old school sense of justice when he's approached by Dawn, a beautiful creature who's been attacked, and left for dead.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO MAKE VILLANELLE?
Well, to be perfectly honest, we need money. Film making is expensive if you want to do it right. Villanelle is no exception. First of all, we have an amazing cast and crew (both professionals and awesome friends who are donating their time to the project). Secondly, we couldn't ask for better locations than the ones we already have in place (We got REALLY lucky). The main backdrop and principle base of locations is New Shoreham, RI, also known as Block Island.
Unlike Rhode Island, Block island is an actual island. The only way to reach it is by ferry, and let me tell you, it's not cheap when you need to get a full cast and crew out there four or five times. Beyond that, there are the costs of additional equipment to make our camera guys lives easier, and the finished product amazing. We are shooting on the Canon 7D, which is a film quality camera, but needs some bells and whistles in order to tap it's full potential.
Costs on films, even ones made for little money, can spiral out of control if you aren't realistic. We've attempted to come up with the realistic breakdown, but there's always something you miss.
Here's a breakdown of what your donations are going towards...
** Ferry Fees for Cast and Crew ** Color Correction and Visual Effects ** Food and Beverages ** Professional Sound Mixing ** Musical Score and Soundtrack ** Camera Accessories ** Practical Effects ** Gas Money for the Cast and Crew ** Festival Fees
SO WAIT. WHY USE KICKSTARTER?
Simply because Kickstarter represents the exact way we want to make our films; Supported by friends, family, and lovers of film. Totally independent of studios. Grass roots based, with local talent both on screen, and behind the action. In the end, we get the type of movie we want to go see in theater, and watch over again.
IS ANYBODY GONNA SEE HOW MUCH I DONATE?
Just us! And our lips are sealed!
OK. I'VE DONATED. WHEN DO I GET MY DONATION INCENTIVES?
Well. Incentives are only sent if we reach our goal. With your help we can. Once the goal is reached, we make the movie. Incentives will start flying out the door between the start and end of production (A DVD is a good example. We gotta finish the movie before we send it to you) However, our crack team of Donation Updaters will get to work the second our goal is reached, and keep you posted the whole ride through.
CAN WE EXCEED OUR TARGETED GOAL??
Yes, yes and yes! Once we reach our goal, you can continue to donate, and let's face it, the more money, the better. Additional funds will go towards things like better editing and coloring services, better sound mixing, and things of that ilk. the more the merrier!
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE MONEY ISN'T RAISED IN TIME?
No one gets anything and no money is exchanged. Meaning we don't get to live our dream, you don't get to be part of something awesome, and it turns into a really boring situation. I don't think we should collectively allow this to happen!
SO, DO YOU HAVE A WEBSITE?
It's in development. Our Art department is working their tails off and quite frankly, hasn't got around to it. We plan to launch the site by the start of production. In the meantime, here'a a link to our Facebook group where you can see the stars of the film, read a little something about it, and stay up to date on press for the film!
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