WHAT IS THIS MOVIE?
"Limbos" is a hilarious paranormal rom-com set in modern day Bushwick, Brooklyn. Katie, sweet and a little naive, moves into a new apartment with her half-genius/half-buffoon best friend Jake. Between their awkwardly creepy landlord Eugene and a build-up of unexplained phenomena, Katie and Jake realize that there is something in the air, and it's not just long repressed sexual tension. It's a ghost! A teenage ghost who can't cross over until he sees our two heroes hook up. How much can they take before giving in to the ghost's demands and endangering their lifelong friendship?
The film will be 15 minutes and shot on the Red Scarlet camera on location in Bushwick. Our goal is a successful international film festival campaign in 2013 and eventually, total comedy domination.
WHO THE HELL IS IN THIS?!?
Neil Casey plays Jake and Katie's eccentric and creepy Landlord Eugene. Neil is a member of the UCB Weekend team Death By Roo Roo. He is also a regular performer at ASSSSCAT. Neil has been seen on Adult Swim's Fat Guy Stuck In Internet, IFC's The Whitest Kids U'Know , promos for ESPN and Comedy Central and on the internet in original videos from CollegeHumor, FunnyOrDie and UCBComedy.com and was a contributing writer to the sitcom Big Lake on Comedy Central. He is taking over your TV set!
Freddi Scheib [producer/writer/actor]graduated from NYU in 2010 after spending three years as a writer/actor in the prestigious NYU sketch group, Hammerkatz. She performs long-form improv all over the city with her up-and-coming indie team Florence. She has appeared in numerous films, TV shows, commercials, and UCBComedy.com sketches as well as producing/co-producing such successful works as The Untitled Webseries Morgan Evans in Doing, Upload (Friars Club Comedy Fest Official Selection 2011), and Max Ages. You can see links to all her work here: www.freddischeib.com.
David Rysdahl [producer/actor] is the co-creator of Limbos and plays the unforgettable nerdy neighbor Thomas on Missed Connection. He is currently in a play directed by John Gould Rubin. You can see him Wednesday nights at the PIT with his improv team CA$H ONLY! He has appeared in hundreds of shorts, web series, and plays including his recent guest star role on SRSLY. David's Reel
Michaela has appeared on The Good Wife and will soon be appearing on SMASH and in an ABC showcase. Michaela will be playing Clarissa, Jake's dreaded ex-girlfriend. She's overly sexual, used to getting what she wants, and the bane of Katie's existence. Jake invites her over in a last ditch effort to get rid of the ghost, but will this decision break Katie's heart and ruin their friendship forever???
You might know Grant best as young Ari Tenenbaum in Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums. He's also appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Dave Bluvbandis a writer/performer born and raised in NYC. He has been studying at UCB since 2006 and performs in the Harold Team GoodGirl! He also appears as "The Human Fish" on The Chris Gethard Show and just finished his own short film Sleep Well (dir. Morgan Evans). Dave's work.
Bek is best known in the Shafted Writers Universe as Bek, the quirky bathroom-obsessed best friend of Jamie's in Missed Connection. He also appeared in Salt.
WHO ARE YOU AND HOW DO I KNOW YOU CAN PULL THIS OFF?
Last year, Freddi Scheib came up with an idea for a genre-busting web series and thanks to AMAZING donors like you, that web series went from demented dream to wildly popular reality! Missed Connection has since garnered over 1.1 million views and continues to build a global audience. Here's what the Serial Optimist had to say:
"SO many great comedy series are hitting the web, as you can see here, and another hilariously amazing gem is “Missed Connection” from writer, comedian, and actor Freddi Scheib. “Missed Connection” comes from a personal place, but you wouldn’t know it because it’s so relatable, in a beautifully absurd way. With a stellar cast that includes New York’s finest (comedians), and witty sharp writing from Scheib, “Missed Connection” is no doubt en route to being an online watch-the-newest-episode-as-soon-as-it-hits favorite."
Each member of the Shafted Writers crew is dedicated, professional, enthusiastic, and has a successful track record of their own:
Mike Cheslik [director/editor] is the director of Limbos, he's an NYU senior with an impressive directorial reel. He's an improv champion and a born comic genius. Not only did he create the awesome Missed Connection title sequence, he is also a skilled editor, animator, comic book artist, and web designer. You can see all his work at www.mikecheslik.com
Ben Dewey [cinematographer] was born and raised at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado. In 2000 he got his first 2.1 megapixel camera and was PSYCHED. In high school he began taking video cameras on mountain climbing trips and making adventure documentaries. Now he lives in New York and shoots narrative films, music videos, and documentaries but his mind still spends a lot of time in the mountains. You can see his work at BenDeweyFilms.com.
Jack Kyser [1st AD] is a senior film student and Dean's Scholar at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He serves on the Tisch New Theatre (TNT) Executive Board and recently wrapped shooting on his new film Jake the Cinephile. He won the Best Student Film award at the 2012 Metropolitan Film Festival of New York for his last film, The Wheels, and his film With Love, Marty was an Official Selection of The 2011 Big Apple Film Festival. Jack has interned at Troublemaker Studios in Austin, and currently interns at Martin Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions in New York City. jackkyser.blogspot.com
Bobb Barito [sound mix and design] is our go-to sound guy. If you have a question about sound, he can hear you ask it! He's done sound mix and design for Missed Connection, Max Ages (also wrote/directed), Wheels, Quitting, and many more. His film Lead Me to the Clouds, was an Official Selection of the 2011 Big Apple Film Festival and the NYC No Limits Film Series. His film The Pit played last year at the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival. Bobb's Sound Reel
WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?
We love to make movies. When the crew met on the set of Missed Connection, we had such a fun time filming that we decided that we had to work together again. This film is a passion project that allows us to come together to create something that's gonna knock your socks off. We're all artists who are pursuing our dreams of working and creating full-time in Hollywood and this film, with it's aim of a successful international festival run, will help all of us gain a foothold in the industry.
WHERE IS ALL THIS MONEY GOING?
$9,959 is the minimum that we need to make sure that we get to start shooting this movie. We're shooting for 4 days with a crew of 23 and a cast of 8. We work long hours, so we have to provide everyone breakfast, lunch, and dinner and snacks. That's a lot of food! We have to pay for all of our camera, sound, lighting and grip equipment. Any props or costumes that we can't borrow or get for free we have to rent or buy. There's a lot of paranormal activity special FX in this movie, so we have to buy the props and equipment to make that happen. We have to get insurance to cover any accidental damage, theft, or other misfortunes (we all know how expensive insurance can be). We have to rent a truck to transport the equipment to and from set. That's just to make the movie happen. Once it's done we'll have to raise more funds to pay someone a fair rate to score the movie, spend hours digitally building the special FX so that they look good, and we have to pay festival entrance fees (plus postage for sending in the DVDs).
We believe that something worth doing is worth doing right. Everyone involved holds themselves to a rigorous standard of high-quality production value. We're also thrifty, so we find every way possible to make the best movie for the lowest possible price. None of the $11,173.98 of the final budget (production + post) will be wasted. We're all volunteering our time and talents to the project because we think it's a kick-ass script that needs to get made. Any contributions you can make, even if it's just sending this Kickstarter to your friends will make a difference!
HOW WILL THIS BENEFIT ME?
You can be a part of the magic! We at Shafted Writers are dedicated to our fans, our friends, and our families. We know that we can't make anything without your support. In return for your contributions you'll get your own little piece of this movie, you'll know that you were instrumental in making it happen, and on top you'll get our undying gratitude.
We love you. (For real.)
*Estimated delivery date of Limbos DVD is after film is completed and finished film festival premiere requirements.
*T-shirt sizes are dependent upon availability.
WE ARE PLANNING TO SHOOT AUGUST 31ST -- SEPTEMBER 3RD 2012.
If you choose the "Be an Extra" Reward, please note that we will be shooting the party scene either Friday or Saturday in Brooklyn, NY. Emails will be sent to all backers ASAP.
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