We are dedicated and determined to write, produce, and distribute low budget/high quality genre films from the heart of the bible belt.
Carbon-Based Blues will be the first full length feature from the Birmingham Alabama production company, THRACKADOOM.
And, what a feature it will be!
Over the last few years, there has been a resurgence of the Grindhouse feature- ButCarbon-Based Bluesisn't like that..
Carbon-Based Bluesis more of a love letter to the days when Friday night meant a great horror flick, and Saturday afternoon meant Kung-Fu theater. A mix between a Shaw Brother's flick and a Hammer House of Horrors joint-- if it had been abandoned, and raised in the dirty south!
AND, NO, IT'S ABSOLUTELY NOTHING LIKE TRUE BLOOD.
It is the tale the tale of Jeffrey, a vampire that's given up drinking blood and passes the time with his simple yet boring job working nights at the Shop and Buy.
It is the tale of Josie Smokewagon, the woman who hates Jeffrey and his kind, and who will sacrifice everything to prove it.
It is the tale of Bosko, Jeffrey's best friend.
He was born in a coffin.
CARBON-BASED BLUES is the story of no matter how weird things are, things can always get weirder... And more violent.
Perhaps one day we'll mature enough to do a feel good movie about a slow-witted janitor who teaches a debutante the power of hope-- But for now, we want to make twisted and fun flicks that reflect our indie love and horror sensibilities.
Popcorn munching, line quoting, high-fiving fun-time flicks!
(Also, we find it important to note that we know the difference between making a crappy looking movie and claiming it's a homage to "the good old days" and Making a good movie in the spirit of the good old days...)
Which brings us to NOW, asking you to help us through a Kickstarter project. At this point, the script is, of course, finished. The roles are cast, and we own almost all of our own equipment.
So, why do we need your help? Or, more importantly, why should you help us?
Two very important reasons- Practical F/X and Festival Fees.
$7,000 may not seem like a lot of money to get a quality film done, and really, it isn't. But, we have no doubt that we will finish this film on time and it will look good. In order to fully realize the vision, though, there are a few key F/X that simply cannot be done in computer (Plus, we wouldn't want them done in computer...)
We are old school, and we want the excessive amount of decapitations in the film to look as realistic as possible... (plus, there is other stuff but it's be Spoilery to mention it heh heh...)
And, of course, when it is all done we need to be able to pay the fees required to enter out little Southern Vampsploitation Masterpiece in as many film festivals as possible so we can become famous horror icons and do conventions and awesome sequels for 20 years!!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge in making a film with a budget this low, is time.
AFTER the the project is funded, the trick becomes scheduling.
This is made even trickier by the fact that 90% of the film takes place at night.
We are determined to do all of our special F/X practically, but our F/X department is one man so there will be some waiting where that is involved.
We have a fairly small crew, and that means we have to be hands on with almost every aspect of the film. This also means that sometimes, the film will have to take a backseat to the other aspects of life. Everyone has day jobs, children, and other real world engagements so we basically have to steal time to shoot whenever we can.
Right now, we are prepared to make a really good looking movie with a very low budget. But, the more money we raise, the better the film gets.
With a little more, the F/X sequences get deeper. With even more, we are able to pay the actors and actresses a bit to thank them for their hard work and determination. And with more still, we are able to enter more film festivals and get more eyes on our hard work.
Ultimately, we need your help so that we can make the best movie we can possibly make. We also know that lots of people make movies and their biggest audience ends up being friends and family.
Our friends and family have already seen our work.
We're doing this to show people OUTSIDE our community that you don't need millions of dollars to tell a great and fun story. You just need imagination, dependable people, and some good old fashioned know how.
It will not be easy, though. Nothing worth doing is. But, our hearts are in it. This is our passion, and we're determined to succeed. With your help, we can't fail.
Twenty Five big ones will assure that you receive a digital download of the film (that you won't pirate!) AND 5 exclusive collectible character CARDS! Trade em' with your friends! Stick them in the spokes of your Mongoose to make it sound like a motorcycle! (may not actually make your bike sound like a motorcycle)
Forty Bucks gets you a digital download of the film (that you won't pirate!) 9 collectible character cards AND 1 super exclusive sticker card! Stick it on your Trapper Keeper! Be the King or Queen of study hall!
We'll ALSO throw in an awesome THRACKamones T-Shirt! Don't forget to tell us your size...
We're in high roller country now, folks. Hit us with One Hundred bucks and get EVERYTHING listed so far PLUS a COPY of the film on DVD, AND a special, original commentary track where we mention YOUR NAME! Peter and J'Mel and whomever else we can find will ramble over the film, and make sure that the commentary track you're listening to is just for YOU. Fool your friends! Trick your mom!
One Hundred and Fifty dollars? You get AUTOGRAPHED SCREENPLAY, POSTER, COPY OF THE FLICK, YOUR NAME LISTED AMONG THE DEAD SUN-SUCKERS, PERSONALIZED COMMENTARY ON DVD ANNND-- Your very own COLLECTIBLE THROWING STAR prop from the film, complete with certificate of authenticity! Don't actually throw it- It's dangerous. And a collectible.
For $200, you get the best gift of all-- Love. Psych! What you DO get, though, is just as awesome! A copy of the film the way it was meant to be seen-VHS! No, dig it- This one of a kind version of the film is a throw back to the good old days before DVD, when you had to borrow a copy your big brother had taped from late night cable. Sort of glitchy, old commercials, probably different music than the "official" version, Hell, probably a completely different EDIT!...Who KNOWS whats on this tape! There are only 3 of these, and each one is different! What will you get? The Seinfeld finale? Half an episode of Sanford and Son? The tracking is terrible! The collectibility is high!!
Copy of the movie on DVD OR Blu-Ray, CHECK! Copy of the signed screenplay, CHECK! Awesome signed poster, CHECK! AND the keys to the kingdom! We'll send you an official THRACKADOOM Membership shirt. What does this mean? Anything that the DOOM is solely in charge of, you get into for free! The THRACKADOOM Haunted house? You're in! The From Dusk till Doom Movie Marathon? See you there! Our fancy-pants movie premieres? Turn off your cell phone! There are only 20 of these magical shirts of varying sizes, so you may want to jump on it! Our Website will always alert you to the doings and goings on of THRACKADOOM, so you'll know where to show up. Forever! (Of course, your accommodations and travel are NOT free. Come on...) It's just like the Golden Ticket-- Except it's black!!
You ever dream of being a redneck vampire or a vampire hater in an independent Southern Vampsploitation film? Now is your chance!!
For Five Hundred dollars, you get to appear on screen in the final show down AND be dispatched for all the world to see! You will then be mentioned in the credits as a "Featured Vampire" or "Featured Redneck" and receive a copy of the DVD or Blu-Ray to prove it to your friends! * Accommodations and travel not provided... (Of course, it is completely up to you to arrive where and when we tell you to be a part of this special opportunity. So, you better make sure you mean it!)
You get everything listed above, plus a special SANDWICH DATE with THRACKADOOM!! You know who loves sandwiches? We do, and if you contribute 1500 bucks you get to enjoy a spread of many different sandwiches and sides prepared by Peter and J'Mel! Plus, there will be pop and juice. We can discuss Carbon-Based Blues, or whatever other movie you like. The entire affair will be filmed and included as a special feature on the DVD.
** Accommodations and travel not provided by THRACKADOOM. Sorry...
For 15 hundred bucks, you receive an incredible one of a kind prop from the film Carbon-Based Blues. *SPOILER* You get the original Smokewagon BLANK BLANK! Along with this evil device of vampire killing hardware, you'll receive a certificate of authenticity, an associate producer credit, a throwing star prop, also with certificate, a script, a copy of the film, a copy of the poster, and the ability to collect ANY head you wish!*
*BLANK BLANK does not actually work. Please do not take it into battle. It is a film prop!
Another awesome, one of a kind prop! THIS one is really special. BUT, describing it would give away the film. We'll just say that a major character in the film loses an important body part, and YOU can own that body part with a certificate of authenticity. Display in in your Man Cave! Use it at Halloween! Fool your friends! You'll also receive a copy of the film, an autographed poster, and our undying gratitude!
Have YOUR life flash before the viewers eyes! During the film, there is a sequence where a characters life flashes before his or her eyes. For Twenty Five Hundred bucks, that life can be yours! If you choose this reward option, we will contact you in the near future so that you can provide us with pictures and even video of your life. We'll use them to edit together a beautiful but quick montage, then insert it into the film! What a cool and unique way to be a part of "film" :"history" ! With this reward comes a copy of the film on Blu-Ray or DVD, an autographed poster and a copy of the Screenplay!
Money burning a hole in your pocket? PAY FOR THE WHOLE DAMN MOVIE! What does that get you? Your name right up front of the production as executive producer, just like Moustapha Akkad! (Google it)
You get all of these premiums (screenplay, dvd, throwing star, poster) all signed AND a commentary track of your own. That's right, we will set up a mic somehow and record YOU talking over the film as Executive Producer! Did you love it? did you hate it? Is there a secret you've been dying to tell the world? That's all up to you!