About Fighting Owl Films
Fighting Owl Films is an independent genre film production group based in Mobile, Alabama. We've produced several shorts since 2007 that have received solid reviews from across the web and have been featured in numerous film festivals across the country. In 2010, we produced our first feature film, The Night Shift. The film received generally positive reviews from sits such as Ain't It Cool News, received North American DVD distribution from R Squared Films in October 2011 and was named Best Fantasy Feature at Shockerfest International Film Festival 2011. Fighting Owl Films has set its sights on future projects, Night of the Krampus being one we're very excited about!
About Night of the Krampus
The holiday-themed short film delves into the mythology of Krampus, a legendary creature said to travel with Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. While Santa rewards the good girls and boys of the world, Krampus punishes the naughty. But that’s just a myth…or is it? When the naughty kids of a suburban neighborhood begin vanishing in the weeks leading up to Christmas, all evidence points to the creature's existence. It’s up to supernatural investigators Rue Morgan, Claire Rennfield and Herbie West to solve the mystery, save the children and face-off against the deadly Krampus.
Rue, Claire and Herb were featured characters in The Night Shift. Night of the Krampus serves as their exciting new adventure!
What's a Krampus?
Krampus is a creature recognized in Alpine countries. According to legend, Krampus accompanies Saint Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children. When the Krampus finds a particularly naughty child, it stuffs the child in its sack and carries the frightened child away to its lair, presumably to devour for its Christmas dinner.
In the Alpine regions, Krampus is represented as a beast-like creature, generally demonic in appearance. The creature has roots in Germanic folklore. Traditionally, young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria, southern Bavaria, South Tyrol, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia during the first week of December, particularly on the evening of December 5, and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten. There are many names for Krampus, as well as many regional variations in portrayal and celebration.
I've been fascinated by Krampus since I first learned of the legend many years ago, primarily because it represents such a dark side of what is perceived as a bright, festive and happy holiday season. Plus, who doesn't love a good monster story? Another reason I'm so excited to tackle the Krampus folklore is because it isn't a creature that's been "done to death" on film. There are very few portrayals of Krampus on film, not to mention many people are unaware of the creature and its connection to the holiday season. I hope this film introduces the legend to a whole new audience. If the film encourages kids to be a little nicer, that's just an added bonus!
What We Need & What You Get
We've budgeted the short film at US$4,000. The script clocks in at just under 30 pages, meaning the film's running time will hover around the half-hour mark. The budget covers the rental of HD video production gear (camera, accessories), the creation of a Krampus creature suit and makeup, props, general costumes and post-production work, including color correction, audio mixing and visual effects.
We hope to reach our full goal for funding. If not, then the funds we do manage to raise will still go toward financing the project. We'll get as far as we can with what we raise, then try another funding effort to complete the next phase. Every little bit helps!
To thank you for your support, we've put together several exciting rewards packages. Whether you can give a little or a lot, all are appreciated and we believe these packages show that.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't contribute right now, that's fine. We understand! But that doesn't mean you can't still help. Spread the word about the project. Tell your friends and family. Post about the project on Facebook, your website or blog and other social media outlets. Be sure to use Indiegogo's share tools to help make some noise!
Fighting Owl Films thanks you for your interest and support!