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$4,670
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45
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 22 2015

About

Thanks for taking a look at our campaign! 

We are totally stoked that you are here and actually reading all of this stuff! You must be really serious about joining our Crüe*! We are massively grateful for any support you can give, from sharing us on social media (click above), to backing our campaign (selections to the right). Yep, we are raising $250,000 for a pilot, and every $127,000 above that ought to get us an additional episode in the can, so even if we hit our target, please, keep sharing and giving so we can give you back even more!

It’s gonna be a MONSTER of a show! 

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The Scoop

Creature Crüe is a killer new reality format mash-up, with a short film reveal. Master Monster Makers, Ed and Marsha Edmunds (owners of Distortions Unlimited and previously on Travel Channel’s Making Monsters™) bring together their team of character artists to design new and terrifying creatures, with a twist: these creatures all have to work on a film set. This reality how-to covers all the fan favorites of design, sculpting, molding, and animatronics, but now includes other special effects how-tos to finish the scene: costuming, make-up and editing magic.

Packed full of the Distortion’s personalities fans love, Mike, Mondo and Janene, with featured sculptors Jordu Schell and Mikey Rotella, you’d think the show was set. But we are going a step further with this series and bringing in all kinds of A-List talent from film including Academy Award winning Robert Short and Horror Legend, Tom Savini, to name a few! 

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The Big Fat Hairy Slobbering Screeching Dream

We’ve worked with Ed and Marsha in the past. Since the passing of the old show (a moment of silence, please) they’ve been contacted by fans in the thousands asking when they are gonna make a comeback. TV deals and contracts being what they are, it was a sticky proposition coming up with a new show. But my crew was spit-balling one day, talking about the great old creature features of the 50s and 60s and shows like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, and we thought what if we did the making of short creature films? We called Ed and Marsha right away with the idea and Eureka! Their contracts had all just expired and they were game!

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Uh, so is this a television show or a web-series? 

The show will fit an hour long television format. Every episode an original creature design! Every episode a spine-tingling short film! Web distribution allows us to fill time to a full hour with extras! 

Our current plan is to keep this bad-boy on the web so all the peeps, fans, Crüe*, that have unplugged from cable and TV can access it, too. But, we are being totally real here: we will consider a television distribution deal if it’s good for the fans and our show, and we can still offer web access. What we mean by “good deal” is that the show could potentially reach a ton more people and increase our production budgets to make our shows even bigger and scarier! 

But, again, then there’s that thing about creative control…yuh huh.

It’s gonna have to be a heck of a deal to put it on a network, and if that’s in the works, backers will be among the first to know. 

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Reaping Rewards

As a no-strings attached "Thank You" for checking out our campaign click the link at the bottom of the next section. In the meantime, here are just a few of the cool rewards we have in store for our backers...

The One and Only Xenowolf $1000 reward
The One and Only Xenowolf $1000 reward
Limited Edition Backer Only T
Limited Edition Backer Only T
Creature Ts from the $93 Reward
Creature Ts from the $93 Reward
Limited Edition Jean Jacket ($497 reward)
Limited Edition Jean Jacket ($497 reward)

But wait! There’s more folks… 

Sure we are funding the making of this show, knowing that every dollar over the goal stretches us to more episodes right out the gate, but we are making moves to include our fans, Crüe*, backers like you to build a diabolical community of creatives at the show’s website, www.CreatureCrüe.com. Check it out, because it’s kind of like a ton of rewards extras, with opportunities to share your ideas and creations! Even if you can’t contribute a dime, you can still be one of us! 

As a special Thank You just for checking us out click here!

*Crüe: We decided to give our fans and backers a name. The most basic form is “Crüe.” We checked on this and it seems that we are not likely to be confused with the metal band Mötley Crüe™, especially in those cases when we get real specific with our terms of endearment, like for the guys: Crüemen; or the naughty ones: Crüe-ups; and even the weird ones: Crüeballs.

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Risks and challenges

There are any number of risks and challenges to any production and we like to think that we have considered everything that could go wrong. Still, the Mother of Disaster is pretty creative so we’ve likely missed a few thoughts, but here is where we know we could see some problems:

1. Acquisition and Distribution: We are open to possible acquisition/merger with the right partners, i.e., web distributor, television or cable network. We know this worries some of our Crüe that don’t watch their media on television or cable. For this reason, we are adamant that any partnership allow us to keep a web-distribution option in play. Also, acquisition frequently means loss of creative control, which is why we are on Kickstarter in the first place! Any partnership in this capacity would have to allow creative control to remain in our community of collaborators.

We keep our minds open to the possibilities of partnerships right now because they allow us to up our timelines and deliver on our promises to our Crüe ahead of time.

2. Talent Accessibility: We’ve already run into this issue in building the campaign! Two of the key talent we wanted to highlight in our trailer reel were scooped from right beneath us to work on a blockbuster film due to be released next May, and a few others scooped for another television show. Well, that’s why we are building our list of featured talent: artists, sculptors, directors, actors, effects people. This is also why we pay people! Even the talent who love us dearly and want to play on our set have to go where the money is.

3. Rewards Fulfillment: We did a ton of research into successful, unsuccessful and the successfully-unsuccessful campaigns on Kickstarter. What do we mean by successfully-unsuccessful? We mean those campaigns that funded but failed to complete fulfillment as promised leaving them with angry backers. We cannot stand the thought of upsetting our Crüe, so we looked into the reasons that successful campaigns failed in rewards fulfillment. A ton of it is over-promising, under-delivering and poor communication. One of the most common over-promises is delivery of a film script before film release…aka SPOILERS! Yeah, I am sure you see why this wouldn’t work well, but a promise is a promise, right?

Here’s how we plan to do better: all of our rewards are timed to allow for every aspect of fulfillment. All of our Crüe backers are greeted with an email that sets the delivery expectation for their rewards package, outlining specifically when they can expect parts of or the whole of their reward. We know how long it will take to produce specific rewards items and ship them. We know that when it comes to preventing spoilers, we can’t promise certain items until the show is released to the public, i.e., the script! And, if we run in to ANY problem, we will be in immediate contact, letting you know what has happened, the solutions that are in place and a new timeline for delivery. Still, if someone needs to bawl us out, well, that’s okay, too. We’d like to make it right, so let us know what is wrong and we will find a way to fix it.

A final thought on this, if our campaign gets so crazy that we have hit our goal, and our stretch goal and have more Crüe than we can handle, we will pull the plug early on the campaign and keep our promises to the first in. It’s kind of our “pigs get fed, hogs get slaughtered” philosophy.

4. The San Andreas Fault, The Big Island and other natural disasters: Well, now, Mother Nature has her own plans, and it is entirely possible that Colorado becomes the new west coast of the United States. In that case, we will gather all of the latex monsters together that we can, lashing them together to a form of rudimentary rubber life raft, then set sail to rescue as many of our Crüe as is possible. But still, no matter our heroic efforts, we will not deliver a script pre-release. Seriously, spoilers!

THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAILS and other disclosures…

Please read the rewards carefully and mind the fine print here, as well as the info and requests made in your welcome email.

Art designs across rewards level may vary.

Please remember, travel and lodging are not included in any of the rewards.

If intending to order a t-Shirt larger than XL please add the following amount to your pledge to accommodate the extra cost: XXL- add $2 XXXL- add $2.50 XXXXL- add $3.00.

For those of you visiting our set for the pilot, we anticipate shooting at the end of July through August in Greeley, CO. However, this has the potential to change. We will keep you updated so you can plan ahead to visit us.

If you become an extra ($2512 reward) or receive a cast credit ($5,001 - 10,000 reward), you must be a US citizen or have a US work visa, and not be a member of SAG/AFTRA.

You must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who will count as your plus one) to attend the premiere, open house or visit the set.

Extras must also be over 18.

The content of the voice and video messages are at your direction, but at Ed's discretion. Ed reserves the right to refuse to say or do what you request if he finds it inappropriate.

Some rewards may require additional paperwork. If you are appearing in the show, you will have to sign a release.

All shooting locations are subject to change for a variety of reasons, including the amount of money we are able to raise and the particular locations giving us the right to shoot.

This fundraising campaign is all subject to applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations, movie guild rules and applicable law. If any of this conflicts, we will work with you in good faith to give you a substitute reward.

Still Reading? Well, then thanks again for your diligence, but go click all over this page, do your thing and then go outside or something. Get some sun. You are starting to look a little pasty from sitting in front of this screen. But, do come back for regular updates and keep an eye on your email for your rewards welcome package…and thanks, we love you, but go. Now.

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    unDYING GRATITUDE!

    Just want to be a part? Backers at this level will get our undying gratitude and their name added to the special thank you on our website.

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    LUCKY 13

    You are looking at rewards? Awesome! We have some cool stuff here! Check it out...

    Crüe backing us at this level receive:
    • Downloadable "Scream Savers" (aka wallpaper slides)
    • A full color 5X8 miniposter postcard delivered to your designated mail box
    • Your name included on our website CrüeMates page as a special Thank You!

    ...and if you send us a photo* of yourself, we will add it to our backer collage on the same page!

    *Photos subject to our measure of good tastes, and PG ratings, so gore it up but no nudity or anything else that would require the intervention of the FCC or FBI. Thanks!

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    DEAD RINGER

    Crüe backing us at this level receive:
    • Everything from LUCKY 13 and...
    • 5 Creature Crüe Screamtone ringtones via download
    • An 8X10 print of original show art
    • 1 time stream of the pilot episode available upon its release

    We just want you to know that some items will be available before the pilot stream is. Where possible, we won't make you wait longer for your stuff than necessary!

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    FRINGE BENEFITS

    Crüe backing us at this level receive:
    • Everything from DEAD RINGER, yep, that includes all the stuff before this, and
    • A killer limited edition t-shirt designed for Kickstarter backers only (see left for image)
    • Unlimited streaming of the pilot episode
    • Personal email invite from Ed to join Creature Crüe Group on Facebook

    *October 1, 2015 release date is subject to change in case we gotta make something better and need one more day on a shoot or in an edit bay. But if that happens, you'll be first to know when you watch the updates here.

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    SCREAMING DEAL

    Been DYING to get your hands on Distortions' media? Backers at this level get everything from previous levels PLUS...

    • Dawn of Masks on DVD, the story of Distortions featuring Tom Savini
    • Exclusive never been heard before Distortions' Music CD
    • Distortions Original Sound Effects CD to add to your creations
    • Distortions Photo Archive download, never before seen photos from Ed and Marsha's attic!

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    CRÜE CUTS

    Crüe backing us at this level receive:
    • Everything from FRINGE BENEFITS plus...
    • Your choice of one limited edition custom full-color creature t-shirt (check out the freaky designs to the left)
    • 1 Download of the pilot episode for keeps
    • PDF download of the shooting script**
    • Download of 10 Distortions Unlimited sound effects

    *Crüe, that's two new t-shirts in this package that have never been wadded up and left on the floor! Your backer welcome email will instruct you on how to place your order for the custom creature T.

    **Remember spoilers...this will be available after the premier!

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    BONE COLLECTORS

    Crüe backing us at this level receive:
    • Everything from CRÜE CUTS plus all this stuff Collectors crave...
    • A SIGNED collectors DVD of the pilot episode
    • A SIGNED Creature Crüe Cast photo
    • A SIGNED copy of the Director’s script with mark-ups and blood splatters*
    • Exclusive membership to our Facebook group for Collectors Only

    *Blood splatters will not be real blood, not on your copies anyway…the Health Department frowns on this for some reason.

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    HELL FREEZES OVER

    Crüe backing us at this level receive:
    • Everything from BONE COLLECTORS, let's see, I think that's 16 perks, plus...
    • A Creature Crüe jacket for those cold, cold nights hanging out at your favorite haunt (see left)
    • 1 custom thumb drive with a 15 second voice message by Ed, and a 30 second video message by Ed*
    • Exclusive entry to 4 live video/web chats with Ed and Crüe where you get to ask the questions LIVE.**

    * Messages may be at your direction, but always at Ed's discretion. Please see left "The Devil's in the Details."
    **Please note: Dates for the chats will be sent in advance via email and downloads of the chat will be available about 24 hours afterward. Chats will definitely begin by August, though scheduling might take us in to December to complete all 4.

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    BLOOD RED CARPET

    Crüe backing us at this level will need to grab a black tie* because they will get:
    • Everything from HELL FREEZES OVER and…
    • 2 tickets to the Denver, Colorado Red Carpet Premier of the pilot with...
    • A walk and photo op on the red carpet plus...
    • Full access to the Red Carpet Filmmaker Crüe Lounge where cast and crew will be hanging out!

    *Black tie not really required for entry, that would be cruel, unless you like that sort of thing, which maybe you do, we're not judging... Um, dates of the event forthcoming.

    **Travel and lodging not included.

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    PARTY CRÜE

    You're still scoping the deals? Awesome, because Crüe backing at this level receive:
    • Everything from BLOOD RED CARPET plus...
    • Entry for 1 (one) to Distortions Unlimited Open House in Greeley, Colorado complete with plenty of grub and grög
    • Private screening of the pilot along side of all the rubber monsters you can handle

    And, for $263 more, bring a fiend...I mean a friend. "Friend good."

    * Dates will be released in September. Travel and Lodging not included.

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    One and Only

    XENOWOLF

    Xenowolf is the one and only of his kind, crafted and signed by Ed Edmunds of Distortions Unlimited, this puppet head comes complete with clawed hands and feet (as featured in video). This package is completed by a short making of video.

    We’ve broken the mold on this one.

    (Stand alone reward)

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    EXTRATERRESTRIALS

    Want an out of this world experience? Crüe backing at this level get:
    • Everything from PARTY CRÜE and...
    • Be an extra on the pilot episode and...
    • Light up your name in the credits
    • And get a short reel of your work on set for your own personal or professional use
    • But wait, add $492 and bring a friend, I mean a fiend, to film as an extra, too!

    *Please note: Being an extra may require multiple days on set. It also requires a certain level of discretion and behavior. And understand that sometimes, extras do not make the final cut for story telling purposes.
    **Travel and lodging not included.
    ***Age limits apply

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    A DEVIL OF A DEAL

    If you're gonna make it in the hellish realm of film and television, ya gotta be able to make stuff happen. Crüe backers at this level receive:
    • Everything from PARTY CRÜE plus...
    • 2 days on and off set with the show producers for a firsthand experience of production and...
    • Producer credit on the pilot episode and...
    • Producer credit on IMDb

    *Note: A certain level of discretion and decorum is required on set to assure the creativity, safety and security of all. We might be CrüeUps and CrüeBalls but we are professional ones on the set, and we'll invite the same of you.
    **Travel and lodging not included.

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    MAKE A KILLING

    Still here, huh? You must be dead set on doing something huge. Back us at this level and you will get everything listed previously except...
    • You will get Executive Producer credit on the pilot and on IMDb, plus...
    • 3 days on set with full access to cast and crüe, and...
    • A feature interview of you in our extras package

    *Note: A certain level of discretion and decorum is required on set to assure the creativity, safety and security of all. We might be CrüeUps and CrüeBalls but we are professional ones on the set, and we'll invite the same of you.
    **Travel and lodging not included.

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Funding period

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