What You Just Saw Was the CONCEPT TRAILER.
You've seen the work we've put into developing the look, feel, story, and concepts of the project. Now we have to produce the real thing!
The world reels with the turmoil of war, geological disaster, and economic collapse, while Americans continue to submerge themselves in illusions of safety and immunity. While rights are sold for security, the federal government, swollen with power, begins a systematic takeover of liberty in order to bring about a New World Order.
Americans, quarantined to militarized districts, become a population ripe for tyrannical control.
Fearmongering, terrorism, police state, martial law, war, arrest, internment, hunger, oppression, violence, resistance – these are the new terms by which Americans define their existence. Neighbor is turned against neighbor as the value of the dollar plunges to zero, food supplies are depleted, and everyone is a terror suspect. There are arrests. Disappearances. Bio attacks. Public executions of those even suspected of dissent. Even rumors of concentration camps on American soil.
This is the backdrop to an unfolding story of resistance. American militias prepare for guerilla warfare. There are mass defections from the military as true Patriots attempt to rally around the Constitution and defend liberty, preparing a national insurgency against federal forces, knowing full well this will be the last time in history the oppressed will be capable of organized resistance.
It is a time of transition, of shifting alliance, of mass awakening and mass execution. It is an impending storm, an iron-gray morning that puts into effect decades of over-comfort and complacency, and Americans wake up to an occupied homeland. It is a time of lists – black list, white list, and those still caught in the middle, those who risk physical death for their free will and those who sell their souls to maintain their idle thoughts and easy comforts. It is in this Gray State that the perpetuation of human freedom will be contested, or crushed.
Is it the near future, or is it the present? The Gray State is coming - by consent or conquest. This is battlefield USA.
The Film Effort.
GRAY STATE has been a two-year effort of David Crowley, Mitch Heil, and Danny Mason. The concept package has been produced by this core trio while utilizing the generous contributions of the finest in Minnesota's film and acting community.
We know this is a story that must not be contaminated by big-dollar corporate interests, so it is our intention to keep it an independent project. However, we likewise will not compromise the necessary scope of the story by restricting it to a minimal budget. This is why we need your help to tell the GRAY STATE story on a level that meets and exceeds all Hollywood standards.
What We Need. What You Will Receive.
The first funding push of this project will encompass our pre-production needs - comprehensive script breakdown, extensive storyboarding, legal fees, music licensing, casting, set building, costume and prop gathering, location scouting, location permit fees, marketing, promoting, advertising, catering, and rehearsing. If we meet and exceed our goal, rest assured these funds will be put toward the next phases of production.
Those in the movie business know that producing a film is a monumental task, and it is not cheap. The Gray State concept production cost us only $6,000 (not counting the thousands of hours of donated labor), and this involved the efforts of over 150 people and a year of post production. However, this extrapolating of resources has exploded into over 20 promotional videos, Behind-the-Scenes featurettes, and in-depth concept mini-documentaries with celebrities and politicians. We are serious about what we're doing, we know how to put money to work, and we don't know what elaborate wrap parties with limousines are. We are not in this to make money, but to show Hollywood that independent filmmakers can beat them at their own game.
Check out the Perks to the right to see how you can contribute to this effort.
This is a film everyone can identify with. It's not only a feature narrative film, but it utilizes very real and very terrifying ideas that are at work in today's reality - essentially showing possible dystopian consequences for the way we have neglected the liberties purchased in blood by our forefathers. It transcends race, gender, and creed, in the name of freedom and liberty - the tenets of which are under attack from every angle, whether or not we choose to acknowledge it. Now more than ever, the average person can see the poignant necessity for a film like Gray State. The success of this film will not only resonate with independent filmmakers and moviegoers nationwide, but will also provide insight into just why we should cherish our freedoms.
This will be a project you will be proud to have helped come to fruition.
Support the Campaign.
While every dollar helps, so does every word of promotion. If you are unable to support Gray State financially, please utilize the IndieGoGo share functions to help us spread the message and reach as many people as possible. While we don't have the power of hundreds of millions of dollars for marketing campaigns, what we do have is the power of the people to start the brushfires needed to bring this project to life.
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Have YOU ever put a feature film into theaters? NOW YOU HAVE.
There is so much more material coming down the pipe. You do NOT want to miss it.
**NOTE: Once you've contributed, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your tshirt size and which perk options you have chosen (when applicable). This especially applies to the Champion of Liberty and True Patriot perks!
Team on This Campaign:
Hot Head Productions
DP, Producer, 3D Animator, Visual Effects Artist
Actor, Story Consultant
Actor, Marketing Advisor
Director, Writer, Producer, Editor, Graphic Artist, Composer, Visual Effects Artist
Actor, Marketing Advisor