My name is Levi Agee and I would call myself a filmmaker but I haven't made a film of my own in over four years. I have been involved in tons of other people's projects over the years and have produced a lot of promos and commercials that I'm really proud of but my heart really belongs to narrative storytelling. With your help I can bring a vision I've been working on to life.
In my formative years (still forming) I was obsessed with the End Times according to Revelation in the New Testament. More specifically as a teenager I was obsessed with The Rapture. I read the Left Behind series like it was Harry Potter and to a hardcore Christian who hated all things secular it was my Harry Potter. I want to do a film that begins similar to Left Behind and the 70s cult film A Thief in the Night but I want the main character to start out as a believer who for some reason does not get "caught up in the sky" as the scripture says. The story is that Toby's concept of reality is shattered when he doesn't get to participate in the Rapture. Soon he meets another left behind in the form of an undead "non-zombie" named Mac who died in the 80s but was ressurected from under Toby's floorboards beneath his bed one night. Mac who seems amicable enough for an undead convinces Toby that he must break all of God's sacred rules or commandments to get his "Father's" attention. The two of them embark on a journey in their small country town stealing bags of chips from grocery stores and working on the sabbath but can Toby commit the ultimate sin "thou shalt not kill" before the mysterious events of the tribulation take shape?
I don't want to make an anti-Christian or anti-fundamentalist film but instead take a story that consumed most of my imagination growing up and give it some texture and flavor that I haven't seen before. Donating to this film will give this seemingly one-sided conversation about The Rapture and the End Times a new perspective and hopefully start making people see what is really important about faith and being a good person and living life to the fullest.
Living in the Bible Belt I think it's very important that we are able to be open about our beliefs or lack thereof and I hope this film can create a alternative mythology of the apocalypse than the mark of the beast and fire and brimstone version. Again this isn't a Bible based account of the end times but my interpretation of a story of one person in that context.
What We Need & What You Get
Where your donation goes:
Food. Food for cast and crew is the biggest thing we'll need to be paying for on set. If we can't afford to pay salary, the least we can do is be able to get everyone lunch and dinner if possible.
Equpment. Renting and buying film equipment is expensive and a big reason why a film can look or feel amateur. Having good microphones/sound and lighting is essential to setting this film apart. We also need money for the small things you don't normally think about like hard drives to put the footage on, a monitor so multiple people can see what we're filming, and even a bunch of clothespins or C-47s as it's termed in the biz.
Costume, Make-up and Visual FX. Another valid part of Movie Magic. With a zombie, I mean, ressurect, in the film for a good portion of the time we need very authentic, believable movie makeup that doesn't read corny or halloweenish. We're also going to have people floating in air and all sorts of other stunts in the film that will need harnesses and green screen to sell the effect. We also want to be able to afford wardrobe so people aren't always forced to wear their own clothes or buy it themselves from Goodwill.
We're not just in it for us, we want to give you something too. Aside from being part of bringing this beautiful baby into the world we've got a couple of unique things up our sleeves that you just won't be able to resist.
The-No-Duh stuff: if you give us money you will definitely be getting a special thanks in the credits. Other perks include a DVD and Poster of the film. We are also really excited about making specialized book marks with all the 10 Commandments listed with a check mark box beside each one. We would also like to give one generous donor a namesake in the film if they so please.
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