For too long we've been misled that, in order to make a good movie, you must have an uneccessarily large budget and A-list actors or be doomed to collect dust on a shelf somewhere.
Well, we're here to try and help prove that model wrong with your help.
Cool story, what's the movie about?
After the mysterious death of his mother, Caleb Wright returns to his estranged childhood home to deal with his family's affairs. Little does he realize that the house has become residence to unexpected visitors; dissatisfied by the sudden interruption in the property's vacancy.
A terrifying game of cat and mouse unfolds, along with the truth behind his mom's untimely death and the fates of everyone who walks through the home's front door.
Got it. Now how?
We've been extremely fortunate to have a fantastic location essentially handed to us, thanks to some truly amazing friends and family, and decided to write a script that catered to it. With the added benefit of knowing some incredible actors, we concocted a plan that would minimize the necessity of an expensive budget, much like our previous collection of short films. This time, though, we're going for broke.
In Residence will be the first feature length film by both me, Tim Buel, and my co-conspirator in this endeavor, Cody Rhyse. We're setting out to shoot something both memorable and inventive, using the restrictive limitations of "no-budget-filmmaking" to our advantage by harnessing every trick of the trade we've collectively picked up together over the years.
So what's the money for?
Good question! Based upon our design of the script, our initial goal of $5,000 will be the minimum required to bring this flick from paper to screen. This amount will secure our camera packages, cover the costs of submission into a number of festivals throughout the 2014 season, and take care of the cost of incidentals needed for the shoot (makeup, props, food, etc.).
Any amount we earn above and beyond goal will only get this project done faster and better. We rely on the heavy utilization of practical effects in our productions, and those get expensive real quick. The more breathing room we have on cash, the better those turn out. Not being strangers to limitations in filming (re: 15 Seconds of Horror), we have grown somewhat fond of restrictive production. That being said, having more flexibility with our "restrictions-ceiling" will pave the way for some more adventurous opportunities on set.
When are you filming?
Principal photography is scheduled to start in mid to late-January. This gives us the necessary time to lock down and acquire our equipment, schedule all of our actors, and fight off any last minute production gremlins that might make their way into our shoot.
We are aiming for a very quick and tight shoot, allowing us all the time we could need for cutting it and wrapping up post while still managing to hold down our day jobs.
And who are you?
Check out the bio over to the right to find out a bit more about us, and take a peek at some of our previous work from the links therein.
Risks and challenges
"You're shooting a FEATURE... on $5000?!? You're crazy!"
To your point; yes, we are. More so what we are is resourceful. See, nearly every aspect of our production is capable of being done in-house, by the two of us. Money has never been a luxury for either of us in our previous shoots, and as a result we've gotten quite good at DIY'ing almost every solution possible.
Suffice to say, you learn to wear many hats at once when filming within limitations. We hope your faith in us matches our fervor to create our first feature length entry into the horror genre.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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