While we get to the halfway mark on our latest film, I want to shift your focus to this, our new fundraising plea for the improv-horror film I want to make in January. The cost of a new camera, new audio equipment and the location is going to number in the thousands. We need to heat the summer camp where we're filming, I need food for all twelve cast and crew members for the week we're there and I might need to buy firewood. This is one of the most exciting things I've ever been a part of and we're only in the planning stages. The idea is to make a horror/sci-fi film where not even the actor's know what's going to happen. The plot, as far as everyone knows is this: a group of camp counselors stay a week later than their young charges at their camp. When the week is up and they attempt to go home, they call their parents only to be told that everyone is sick and dying and that they need to stay at the camp, for it's the only safe place left, if no one's sick up there yet. Weeks go by and no one answers their phone anymore, they can't even get the police on the phone. That was the end of summer. Now it's the dead of winter and they haven't heard from anyone in months. They've settled into a routine of sorts, but they're running out of food and are starting to get on each other's nerves. That's where the "plot" ends. From there only I know what's in store for the actors, who have to adapt to every new development in character.
This film is a huge, huge deal to me as I'm still trying to A. make a name for myself in the film community, B. help out the local artists who have supported me and C. make enough money to make a home for myself, so if you could find it in your heart (and wallet) to help me take another step towards adulthood and my ideal artistic expression, I'd give you the biggest hug you've ever experienced in your life. There's a lot out there to spend your money on, I know that, and I know the economy is shit. I'm one of the many unemployable and basically unskilled workers out there with no job, so believe me I know it makes zero sense to spend your money on this film, but if we get cameras and audio equipment out of it, I'm going to use it for good. When the film is done I want to use it to promote Doylestown's independent film, music, literary and retail scenes. Between Lolly Hopwood's music video and Jonathan Maberry's book trailer and Nick Smerkanich's kickstarter video, I know that Doylestown has a need and a use for film. I want to bring it to everyone who needs it. If you pay for the camera, you get use out of it. It's that simple. And if you're an artist, I can put your art in the film. I want to get everyone thinking collaboratively. Which I know is easy for me to say, but for god's sakes I have too many talented friends not getting recognition for me to not want to help them. This is just the starting point. So please, please, please spare what you can. From me and the Honors Zombie players, we appreciate and love you.