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Nancy begins to question her relationship with a masked psycho killer over the course of this slasher comedy musical.

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A leisurely Sunday afternoon read for a psycho killer.
A leisurely Sunday afternoon read for a psycho killer.

It's Hard to Find a Man.

Relationships are hard, especially when you're Nancy-- instead of a knight in shining armor, she's got herself a psycho killer in a mask. But hey, no relationship is perfect, right?

Well, that's not necessarily true. Jacob and his would-be fiancee, Christine, have an amazing relationship. There's just one problem: the masked murderer who wants to end it all in a bloodbath.

Throw in some classic horror tropes, fun locations like a dark forest and creepy basement, and SINGING (that's right, we're making a musical, or as we like to call it, a musikill)-- and we've got a larger-than-life short film that's sure to be the most fun ten minutes you've spent in a long time.

It's Hard to Find Inspiration.
(A Note from the Director
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This film is extremely important to me because I'm able to combine the suspense of a horror film, the laugh-out-loud moments of a comedy, and the catchy tunes of a musical. I'm drawing inspiration from my favorite filmmakers and artists-- some of the greats like Wes Craven, Kevin Williamson, John Carpenter, with musical influences like Andrew Lloyd Weber and Danny Elfman.

As my senior thesis film at the University of Arizona, this may be my last chance to have easy access to talented cast, crew members, and high-quality equipment and software. What does this mean? Well, I'm going all out. I've always wanted to make a musical, and I finally found a way to combine that with my other genre interests.

SLASHED! is fun and bombastic, with a strong message about misunderstanding our wants and needs as humans. This film means a lot to me and there is something in it for everyone to enjoy.

It's Hard to Find a Budget.

Here's the deal. Films-- even student films, like this one-- cost a lot of money to make. Why, you ask? Well, we've got quite a few costs to worry about.

First, there's the matter of transporting the cast and crew to our location. (Come on, it just wouldn't be a slasher/comedy musical if it didn't feature a real-life cabin in the woods, am I right?) For a twenty person cast and crew, that adds up to quite a bit in gas money!

We've also got some equipment that we need to rent. The university does provide us with quite a few things that we need, which is fantastic, but since this film features a ton of night exteriors in the woods, that means we've gotta find an outside source to rent generators from so that we can still create cinema-quality lighting!

We've got to go all-out with makeup, costumes, and set design in order to sell the film. This means we've got to acquire blood, guts, machetes, spiderwebs, fog machines, and much more to create the world of the film-- all of which add up!

Then there's the issue of feeding the cast and crew-- with so many mouths to feed, this can get pretty costly. On student films, it's pretty much a given that we can't offer cast and crew any payment, so this is how we compensate them for their efforts!

Any size of donation would be extremely helpful in making this dream a reality!

Risks and challenges

Like all film projects, we face many challenges. Coordinating a large cast and crew's schedule can be difficult, and once you get onto set there's no knowing what to expect! Equipment can malfunction, the location might not be what you expected. Footage looks different on-set compared to when you're in the editing room.

But filmmakers are resilient-- we will do anything to bring the story we want to tell to fruition. If my time in film school has taught me anything, it's how to roll with the punches. Things will go wrong. But with a dedicated, smart, and talented group of collaborators, no problem is too big to handle.

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    When it comes to fighting a psycho killer, every little bit helps!

    You'll receive a Special Thanks in the film credits and a link for online viewing.

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    That's gonna leave a mark!

    You'll receive a handwritten thank you along with some exclusive photos from set, a Special Thanks in the film credits, and a link for online viewing.

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    What a big heart you've got there... wait, put that down, you don't know where it's been!

    Along with a Special Thanks credit, handwritten thank you, and link for online viewing, you'll receive an exclusive audio clip of the opening song, "It's Hard to Find a Man" sent via email in September. Your face will also be featured in an exclusive poster to thank our supporters, created by none other than our head of art department.

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    Did you guys hear a noise out there...? Oh, it's just the sound of our contributors being AWESOME.

    For your donation, you'll receive a spot on an "Associate Producers" card in the credits. You'll also receive an audio clip of the opening song, "It's Hard to Find a Man" sent via email in September, a handwritten thank you, and a link to the finished film. You'll also receive a digital drawing of yourself as a comic book character, created by none other than our head of art department.

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    If we split up, I'm going with you! For your contribution you'll receive a spot on an "Executive Producers" card in the credits plus an exclusive link to a work-in-progress cut of the film in December. You'll also receive an audio clip of the opening song, "It's Hard to Find a Man" sent via email in September, a handwritten thank you, and a link to the finished film. You'll also receive a digital drawing of yourself on the front of a comic book cover being chased by the horrific creature of your choosing, created by none other than our head of art department.

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    Wow, you really came saved the day!

    For your contribution you'll receive a spot on an "Executive Producers" card in the credits PLUS an exclusive film poster. You'll also receive a link to a work-in-progress cut of the film in December, plus an audio clip of the opening song, "It's Hard to Find a Man" sent via email in September, a handwritten thank you, and a link to the finished film. In addition, you'll receive a digital drawing of yourself on the front of a comic book cover being chased by the horrific creature of your choosing, created by none other than our head of art department.

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