We're extremely excited to be finishing up THE BLUE ROOM! A year ago, when the project was first conceived, it didn’t seem like this day would come. It’s taken blood, sweat, money, and a fair amount of unsavory arcane magic to bring this story to life.
The Blue Room was made by a group of obsessive horror fans who know way too much about David Lynch. Having absorbed the surreal insanity of the new Twin Peaks, we felt we had no other choice than to channel our collective anxiety into a nightmare of our own. The seed of the weird plant that is The Blue Room came to me when I found a giant playing card leaning against the dumpster in back of my apartment building. I immediately had a vision of a man sitting alone in a room and a voice saying, “Is THIS your card?” Like all the best flashes of inspiration, the story came to me surprisingly quickly after that. A little research into the history of stage magic, and the rest seemed to write itself.
I should probably look into where these creepy ideas come from someday, just in case my brain is connected to something unnatural and unpleasant outside of space and time. However, the more likely explanation is that I’ve spent the better part of my life absorbing every horror story I could. Cinematically, my heroes are Lynch, Hitchcock, Carpenter, and Cronenberg. But behind them lurk the inscrutable horrors of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert W. Chambers.
The film would never have made it without the sheer luck that allowed us to find Michael Chen and Nick Ellingson. It felt like fate when we first heard these two read together. Their chemistry is astonishing, and they took the characters further than I could’ve hoped for. I also could never have approached this project without the constant inspiration of our producer Michael Prince, the dedication of our production manager Eryn “Scary” McGarry, and the remarkable talent of our art director Kenton Visser whose beautiful paintings and animation give the film a hypnotic atmosphere. In fact, one of the rewards we’re offering is a book of his concept art for the project.
Here’s where we need your help. The film is in the can, as they say, but we need to raise some money to get the sound professionally mixed, get the film color corrected, submit it to festivals, and do some PR. As I'm sure you're aware, these can all get pretty expensive. We've set a modest funding goal in the hopes that we can meet or exceed it. The film is very close to completion, so the money will go directly to the most important step of getting it out there in front of viewers. We really believe in this project, and we want to be as ambitious as possible in promoting it. You’re here because you love hearing new voices in indie horror, and hopefully because you want to see films that grab you in that spot just behind your brain where the reptile nightmares live.
If you like suspenseful, surreal stories that feel like a trap slowly closing, then this film is for you. I hope it will convey that feeling you get when you’ve just seen a magic trick that’s completely impossible. Suddenly everything feels unreal, and you wonder for a few moments if you’re really living in the world you thought you were. If you’re lucky, you’ll find your way back to reality. If not, you may find out what it’s like to meet gods who wear masks and hide in the dark, and they may tell you: “When we speak, it’s always tonight.”
There’s only one way to learn the meaning of these words, just like there’s only one way to find out what’s in the box in Room 815… and that’s to watch The Blue Room. With your help, we can make this strange, suspenseful, skin-crawling experience a reality for everyone who wants to see it.
We filmed The Blue Room in not one but two haunted locations (verified by professionals), so like any good stage magician of a bygone age, we call upon the spirits to bring forth an apparition for your entertainment.
Thank you in advance for your support, and we hope you enjoy the show!
Risks and challenges
Fortunately, our risks are minimal on this project. Most of the work has already been completed by our extremely dedicated volunteer crew. We feel confident about our budgeting and our ability to deliver rewards on time. We're industrious artistic folks who like to spend most of our free time working on creative projects, so we can produce the rewards pretty quickly. The majority of them have already been designed and are ready to print. The film itself has been our obsession for months, and we're getting very close to the finish line. We just need to pay for professional sound mixing, color correction, etc. and then submit it to festivals and pay for PR (which can get expensive). Our main challenge is finding the funds to match our ambitions. We've set a fairly modest funding goal, and we hope we can meet or exceed it so that as many people as possible get the chance to see THE BLUE ROOM. We've got our promotional strategy and festival submissions ready to go, so if you choose to back us, you can be confident that your dollars are going straight to where they're needed: creating maximum exposure for a film that deserves to be seen and helping to launch the careers of hopeful first-time filmmakers. That's what it's all about, right? Thank you so much for your time and support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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