THE STORM - Feature Horror Film: Roller Derby gals VS Aliens
THE STORM - Feature Horror Film: Roller Derby gals VS Aliens
The Storm is an action/horror film about the Antonio Bay Bombshells; a roller derby team pitted against alien creatures from space!
The Storm is an action/horror film about the Antonio Bay Bombshells; a roller derby team pitted against alien creatures from space! Read more
About this project
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Since completing A Chance In Hell, the Nazi zombie short film, Tony Wash has been in full swing between promoting the award-winning short film and developing his latest feature length motion picture, THE STORM.
Scotchworthy's second feature film is a roller derby/alien gore fest that combines practical FX work from an award-winning team of artists, 70s/80s thematic elements, and sexy kick ass chicks who don’t take s@#t from anyone!
The story begins with the Antonio Bay Bombshells roller derby team the night of their championship game. They make it home to celebrate their victory, but soon find themselves pitted against alien-slug creatures that have emerged from meteorites, which have crash landed throughout the region that same night!
“I just look around and see all these terrible horror movies being churned out year after year. And I wonder how it’s possible that people keep getting millions of dollars to make movies that are just plain awful more often than not.” – Tony Wash (Director/Writer)
So Wash and his creative team have been hard at work crafting what is sure to be one of this year’s coolest indie horror flicks. Pulling it together hasn’t been easy though. Set to shoot last fall 2011, the production had to be put on hold due to budget concerns and the production team’s commitment to quality.
“When it came down to it, Tony, myself, and the other production heads weren’t as prepared as we wanted to be. We all loved the story, characters, and most of all the creatures, but we knew that we’d either be eating our own words or scraping the bottom of the barrel to get everything done within the time frame we’d originally set for ourselves.” – Timothy Voelker (Co-Producer and Unit Production Manager)
In the end, the postponement turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Having the opportunity to reexamine the production from the ground up while they continued raising funds allowed them to pay time and attention to details that hadn’t fully developed. This was especially true of the special effects.
“The benefit of this extra time for the effects alone is going to make all the difference.” – Jason Kain (Special Effects Co-Supervisor)
SPI has also had the opportunity to learn more about the roller derby sport as a whole. Spending time at practices, bouts, and other specialty events broadened their understanding of not only the rules and regulations, but also opened their eyes to the community and how much they have in common with it.
“The Roller Derby culture relates closely to the independent filmmaking world: A DIY approach. In order to roll out, Derby teams must invest time and money. The majority of these teams must rely on self-financing and outside donations. In order to do what they love, they must have the passion and drive to get it done! It’s been enriching as well as eye opening to see how these two worlds are so similar. Both of these grass-rooted groups rely heavily on team work, passion, and blood...so to speak.” - Olivia Giachino (Co-Producer)
Bottom line is that Scotchworthy Productions promises that when this movie is done, it’ll be nothing short of a sexy, ass kicking, genre melding horror bonanza!
HOW YOU WILL HELP
We've done the leg work and development to carry this project as far as it will go without proper funding. As the video mentioned, we've shot a teaser trailer, scouted locations, completed the majority of our casting (minus hiring of "named" talent), begun development of key concepts/designs, raised "sweat equity" (free goods & services) in excess of $250,000, hired department heads and the majority of our crew, established an online system to manage workflow throughout all phases of production, started a social media campaign to create awareness of the film, organized a fundraiser at The Portage Theater in Chicago (ROLLER JAM), met with production counsel, established relationships and gained support of local roller derby leagues, and the list goes on.
The next step for this movie is to start making it. Now we'd love it (obviously) if you'd help us raise the whole amount we'll need to make this motion picture. But while we are endlessly optimistic, we're also very practical. As such, we've set our goal to cover the costs of what we'll need to finish raising the total budget of $300,000, while continuing some pre-production.
We have a ridiculous amount of legal paperwork which needs to be drafted and tailored to our production before we can approach a number of investors. This includes subscription agreements, operational agreements, a private placement memorandum, as well as a myriad of other important contracts (NDAs, deal memos, intellectual property agreements).
Your contributions will also help cover the costs of securing letters of intent from certain actors/actresses who we would like to attach to the project, thus helping to raise further funds and create buzz for the movie.
Additionally, we will be able to hire a publicist, make deposits to secure certain locations, begin tests for special effects and makeup, and overhaul the movie's website.
Just think: if 12,000 people pre-order this DVD, The Storm will be made!
Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Tumblr for the latest scoop on all things alien/roller derby! It's folks like you that are the reason we do what we do. Thank you for your time and consideration!
In the interest of full disclosure, we want you to know about all of the details regarding your incentives up front. First and foremost, we will keep you updated on our progress throughout all phases. As this is a community effort, we believe in keeping ours informed.
We expect the estimates we've given for delivery of these incentives to be reasonable. In the event we expect an inconsistency in the completion and delivery of any incentives, you will be notified as soon as possible.
The following incentives will be delivered as quickly as we can get them done: 'SPECIAL THANKS' will be posted on the website, facebook, and twitter upon procurement of the funds. The VIDEO thank yous with accompanying performances will be posted as soon as we can get them all done. How long that will take depends on how many we have to do. The more the merrier though. And nothing like some raw, emotional lyrics...
For obvious reasons, the weekly video production diary won't be posted until production.
All incentives which require shipping (T-Shirts, Posters, Props, Models, Comics, Storyboards, Etc.) will await the completion of the film's post-production until being delivered. We are doing this because we want to wait until the DVD has been printed to avoid sending out two rounds of packages.
This will save us money on packing material, as well as a separate round of tracking/insurance costs. It will also mean we don't have to prepare hundreds of packages for shipping on two different occasions.
In event you have any questions regarding anything throughout and/or after completion of funding, please feel to contact us.
MEET THE TEAM
You've already met Tony and Tim, so we just wanted to share with you some of the other creative minds on this project!
CHRISTOPHER PATRICK, Special FX Co-Supervisor
Christopher Patrick has been working with Tony Wash on Scotchworthy Productions since the inception of the company. Mr. Patrick has been one of the leading instructors at the Tom Savini Special FX School in Pittsburgh , PA for the past five years. He is also a member of the east coast Makeup Union and has worked on numerous big budget productions including Super 8 and The Avengers.
OLIVIA GIACHINO, Co-Producer
Ms. Giachino has been integrating her business marketing and media skills in both Chicago and abroad. This includes multiple locally based film and television productions (including Universal Pictures, Sony Pictures, and ABC Studios), live performance venues (Onesti Entertainment), international film experience at the British Film Institute in London, as well as experience with corporate event planning and marketing.
Mitch Martinez will be our cinematographer, and Rob Stern will be our gaffer.
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