We're making a feature film version of our internet series "The Hunted" and we need your help!
What is The Hunted? The Hunted is a sword-slinging, vampire-slaying cross between "Buffy" and "Cops". It's one of the longest running shows on the internet with an estimated million+ views (www.thehunted.tv). It's also the first series based on user content - meaning episodes can be shot by virtually anyone anywhere. The show now has over 50 episodes online with 6 affiliates producing episodes all over the country and has been featured in numerous online and magazine articles such as Impact Magazine, Scifinal, Cinescape, and Martial Arts Insider (www.thehunted.tv/interviews.htm)
The most amazing thing is that this has all been accomplished on virtually no budget. But now we're going to take the show to the next level - a feature film version of The Hunted.
The Story The feature film tells the story of the origins of The Hunted and takes place in Los Angeles "where dreams go to die". An actor is bitten by a vampire and is thrown into a world where vampires hide in plain sight, and their victims (known as The Hunted) are fed upon until they are eventually turned into the bloodsuckers. The actor fights back by assembling a small army of misfit slayers made up of sword-slingin' grocery clerks and soccer moms, and becomes a hero by helping others discover their own potential.
The Film The plan is to create a professional looking film which will be eligible for a theatrical release, cable pilot, and screenings at film festivals (such as Sundance and AFM). The film would also raise awareness for the internet series, inspire our fans to create new content, and gain the attention of major studios who can help fund our affiliates and possibly create a network series.
This show is unique in that it's the first feature film directly linked to an existing internet series and fanbase. It will be shot in the same reality TV style as the internet series, but will have a more theatrical look (along the lines of "District 9") thanks to Canon's new 7D cameras mounted on a steadicam rig, with better lighting and sound. Shooting will take place over six weekends in the summer of 2011 with post-production scheduled to finish in time for AFM during the first week of November.
Resources The project already has the support of several investors with additional support from New Deal Studios (www.newdealstudios.com) - one of the top Hollywood studios that has worked on shows like "Dark Knight" and "Inception". I'll also be lending my 20+ years of experience as a VFX artist, having worked on films such as "X-Men", "Fantastic Four", "Cloverfield" and "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon". You can see my resume and VFX reel at www.robertchapin.com/cg2.htm.
The other skills that I'm bringing to the table are my 30 years experience as a swordsman working on shows such as "Hook" and "Army of Darkness" (www.robertchapin.com/stunt.html), my experience as an actor starring in films such as "Ring of Steel" (www.robertchapin.com/acting.html), and my experience directing and producing The Hunted for the past 10 years.
There are also the professional contacts I've made in the film industry over the past 20 years (actors, writers, directors, crew) who have been completely awesome - offering their skills to help make this film happen.
Why do we need financing? With the project we've assembled and the resources we have, we could approach major studios for funding. We could probably even ask for a budget of several million dollars. However, studio films can take forever to get made (if they're not shelved), and you will ultimately lose some (if not all) control over your project. We actually don't need that much money to make this happen, and we'd like to preserve the fact that this is a truly independent project supported by friends, family, filmmakers and fans of the show.
How are you going to shoot this for 20K? Even though there are serious professionals working on the project, the budget is ridiculously low for a few reasons. First, the show is shot in the style of reality TV which allows us to shoot with less crew and equipment. Secondly, we're shooting on weekends so folks don't need to take time off work. And finally, the film is a labor of love working with professionals that I've had the good fortune to work with over many years in Hollywood.
Still, I would like to be able to pay our cast and crew something, make sure everyone is well fed, and pay for insurance and permits so we don't get arrested.
And shooting on a crazy low budget is not unusual. To find out how filmmaker Ed Burns (Brothers McMullen) shot his latest film for $9,000, click here.
Kickstarter We based our budget on the minimum amount of money required to make this film. A project like this could easily cost $100,000. If we are fortunate enough to meet our goal of $20,000, this does not stop us from raising additional funds through Kickstarter to make the film even more awesome. If, however, we are unable to meet our goal, all donations will be void and we get nothing.
Any donation will help! It may seem like a drop in the bucket, but for just the price of a cup of coffee (like one of those grande frappacino ones at Starbucks), you can make sure that a poor young starving grip doesn't go hungry on set. And we've got some great rewards you might want to check out.
But whether or not you are able to donate, please help us spread the word to others to help us meet our goal.
Thank you for helping us to make this happen!
Robert Chapin, Series Creator - The Hunted
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