On Halloween, four people must defend themselves from a horde of vicious children who crave candy. The rules are simple: provide treats, or tricks will ensue.
Pray for Daylight is a short horror film with a comedy twist, written and directed by me, Stephen DeLorme. My friends and I conceived of this plot when we were in high school, and we recorded it as a home movie. Now, ten years later, we are determined to remake it.
Our goal is to shoot this as a short film in February, carry out post-production over the next several months, and release it in September or October of 2013, in time for Halloween. The estimated running time is between 20 and 30 minutes. I want to enter it into a couple of film festivals, as well as do a small DVD and soundtrack release.
I have amassed a small squadron of talented and creative people that are going to help make this a reality: actors, camera operators, visual effects compositors and even our own soundtrack composer, who will be giving the movie a nice industrial twist.
The majority of the movie will be in black and white. The trick-or-treaters, who take the form of demonized mascot costumes, will be rendered partially using 3D graphics software. Instead of building out physical heads, we are finding it easier to construct their heads on the computer for greater creative control. However, specific shots will involve makeup and prosthetic effects.
While I have a ton of volunteers lined up, I need help with wardrobes, props, set decoration and DVD/CD duplication for the release. So, that's why I'm here!
Wardrobes I need include four SWAT team uniforms with tactical gear, crime scene investigator uniforms, wigs and more. Props include lumber, printing costs for signs and banners, and latex and other makeup for creature effects we are building. I am aiming for a CD and DVD release of 100 each, but I will up that number if more people are interested. I will put any additional funds towards buying food and drinks for my volunteer cast & crew on our 2+ days of shooting. Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions!
Risks and challenges
There is always the possibility an actor could have an emergency or bail out before the shoot; however, I can find a replacement. This would only delay our shoot, not completely stop it.
Also, there is the risk that post-production could end up taking longer than anticipated. However, if it looks like the editing and 3D compositing is too much for my 3 man post team, I will bring other people into the project in order to get the movie out on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Once we finish the movie, we will be doing a DVD release, a paid digital download release, and we will also be entering it into several film festivals. Depending on the response we get, we very well may pursue getting the movie onto iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, etc.
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