Welcome to our vibrant Indiegogo! Above, you can watch our eerie trailer and a few words from writer/director Jorge Enrique Ponce, cinematographer/vfx artist Chris ONeill, and actors Andrea Bogart (America) and Tyler Johnson (Eddie/Christian/Two-Face).
Please give what you can and share this with as many friends and family as possible, because with your help we can make something unique and special. If we go over the goal, all funds will go towards increasing the production value where most needed to deliver an even better product!
Cain & Abel. Jacob & Esau. Thor & Loki. Romulus & Remus. Blanche & Baby Jane.
Sibling rivalry… a tale as old as time.
“Beautiful Monsters” is a dark psychological thriller that plays with the concepts of identity, duality and perfection. Divided into two parallel storylines, it tells the tale of a perfectionist father who feeds deep-rooted rivalry between his twin sons (Christian, a glorified celebrity and Eddie, a meek and repressed student), until one has an accident deforming half of his face, triggering him to spiral out of control; ...and America’s story, Hollywood’s hottest superstar who suddenly becomes the target of the scarred low-life (one of the twins), unraveling a tale of revenge and brotherly-love. The project would shoot this summer/fall in Los Angeles, for about 35 days.
- 10% of the budget is going to talent. Our actors are getting paid $100/day which is quite low, but luckily we’ve found our two leads, who aside from being incredibly talented, want to see this film come to life.
- 45% is going to crew. We have 13 crew positions, ranging from script supervisors, to 1st AC. Just like with talent, we’d like to pay our crew at least $100/day (since they’ll be working around 12 hours a day for at least 5 days a week). We want to keep them happy :]
- 12% is going to post. This includes sound design, mix, soundtrack, hard drives and festivals.
- The remaining 33% is going towards food (breakfast & lunch/dinner for cast & crew), locations (studio apartments, Hollywood-style homes, an operation room), miscellaneous equipment rental and a scorpion wrangler. Yes, we have a live scorpion in the movie.
Still, why 100k you may wonder? Considering most "low-budget indies" are shot for around one million dollars, it's well, rather... inexpensive. We are used to working with shoe-string budgets and have shot projects for way less in the past; ranging from $100 to $6k, while still delivering high quality films. With our earlier projects, we were able to have our crew donate their free time, in order to make those happen: and since most of those projects were shot during the weekend, that was no biggie.
However, we really can’t shoot this project only on weekends, for the following reasons:
There’s only 52 weekends in a year, constituting of two days (Sat & Sun); that’s 104 days. It would take us about 18 weekends to finalize the shoot. That’s four and a half months. Almost half a year of shooting. The reason why that can be problematic in the long run is because we’d have to attach a lot of people (and locations) for a 4-month period. And that is a nightmare. Especially when dealing with continuity issues. Since we are not asking people for their free time (aka weekends), we need to give them some sort of salary so they can pay their rent, bills, etc. The preview/trailer on it’s own added up to $1k and was shot over a 3-weekend-period. And that’s a one-minute and a half clip, with limited dialogue.
The shoot will be a combination of guerrilla-style filmmaking and sensible rules. Mainly because we don’t want to jeopardize our shoot and (and because SAG won’t let us work actors over 8 hours).
If you like mind-bending movies along the lines of "Trance", with dark and twisted humor like “Fight Club”, then you’ll have fun with this twisted ride.
But above all... please SHARE. We can't stress how thankful we are for your support. Help us change the (filmmaking) world, one project at a time <3
WHO IS WHO?
JORGE ENRIQUE PONCE [IMDb]
After making the baffling decision to leave Peru’s exhilarating food and tropical weather, Jorge Enrique attended the Savannah College of Arts & Design to pursue an education in Film & TV, finally settling his awkward-self in Los Angeles, CA, home of In-N-Out and bipolar weather. Raised in an environment brimming with art, and in particular performing arts, he knew since an early age he had this unstoppable itch to mix and juxtapose all these wonderful visuals, sounds and performances into thought-provoking images and nonsensical drivel. If there's anything he has learned... it's always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn. And just like MATILDA said: "Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable..."
CHRIS ONEILL [IMDb]
Chris is an absurdly curious and passionate autodidact hell-bent on changing the world through storytelling and art. He grew up in Syria drawing cartoons and causing trouble. He spent 7 years at CSUN learning biochemistry, animation, business law, and eventually decided to get a degree in graphic design. He is currently enrolled in an ambiguous multidisciplinary uncredited program on the internet. According to legend: “Chris ONeill is skeptical and hilarious and always right, even when he’s wrong, he runs an illegal unicorn boxing league, he is brave and valiant like the Vikings of old, he will beat you in an arm wrestling competition… with his mind!” His spiritual guide is a cartoon character: "Sucking at something is sort of like the first step of becoming really good at something" – Jake the Dog
GARYL JONES [IMDb]
Garyl Jones has been within the film industry since 2006. Like most artists, he started out small but, always found a path to thrive on. He has collaborated work on many of the industries "Pop Culture" media, including music video's for 'Neon Indian' and 'My Chemical Romance', photo shoots with David LaChapelle, commercials for 'Microsoft', 'Capcom' and 'IGN.com'.
Self-taught and raised within the horror film industry, he has had some iconic industry professionals, such as; Tom Holland, Gigi "Fask Elk" Bannister, Reggie Bannister, and Tim Sullivan as great supporters / mentors through his career within Special Effects Makeup.
Over the last few years, Garyl Jones met Jorge Enrique Ponce and Chris ONeill (of Goo Factory) and started collaboration with "#OMGIMTRENDING". This short film went viral and Garyl Jones has found a "Home" at Goo Factory where he continues to work very closely with the founders.
ANDREA BOGART [IMDb]
A small-town Missouri girl at heart, the world has been Andrea’s oyster, having traveled for work in places as far as Japan and Fiji. Best known for her role as Abby Haver on the Emmy-winning “General Hospital”, she has also made dozens of small-screen appearances on hit shows such as “NCIS”, "CASTLE", "CSI:Miami”, “The Mentalist” and “Two and a Half Men.”
This year, Bogart has a supporting role opposite Jude Law in Steven Soderberghs’ Side Effects; other film credits include lead roles in Wingman, Life’s An Itch, Dark Ride (Lion's Gate Films), The Last Run (New Line). She has been featured in national commercials for such iconic brands as ATT, Nike, Bud Light, and Cadillac to name a few.
She has also appeared on the small stage in leading performances in "Midnight Makeout Session", “Burn This” and “Postcards From LA.”
When Andrea is not pretending to be someone else on set she finds just being herself and staying active the most fun. Her love for practicing Yoga inspired her to get certified and is now an instructor and continues to teach dance to young children. Bogart is thrilled she gets to put many of these passions to work by volunteering with the Young Story Tellers Foundation.
Bogart currently resides in Los Angeles.
TYLER JOHNSON [IMDb]
W. Tyler Johnson has been an actor since infancy. His mother said she knew always Tyler would be an actor because of “all the time he spent in front of the mirror.” As a child, Tyler acted in local productions in and around Washington D.C., his break out role coming as “Student #1,” in a Sylvan Learning Center commercial, and a featured spot in the “I Love Virginia” ad campaign. As Tyler grew older, he grew restless, and moved to New York City where he attended the Lee Strasberg Institute and NYU in between gigs as a street performer, contortionist and Abercrombie & Fitch model. As an actor, Tyler always strives to “live truthfully in imaginary circumstances,” even when it means making a fool of himself – and for Tyler, it usually does.