The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
The road was a ribbon of moonlight, over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding- riding-riding-
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.
The Highwayman movie is based on the famous poem by Alfred Noyes. You can read the poem here or you listen to actor Macleish Day read the poem on Youtube.
We have a great cast and crew featuring Macleish Day as Will Stiles (aka The Highwayman) and Marianne Page as Bess. Tom Doyle is Bess' father, the Innkeeper, Don Kraus plays the evil Lord Shafton and T. David Rutherford the Magistrate and Trygve Lode Lt. Cardwell who conspire with Lord Shafton. Adrian Hart plays the "ostler" (stable boy) Tim, and more. See the full cast list here: cast list
We have a very experience crew led by DP Ed Done, who are taking their time out from higher paying productions like TV commercials (boring!) to help shoot this wonderful movie. See the full crew list here: crew list
The Inn is the famous Boettcher Mansion on Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado (see picture above). Lord Shafton's house the Governor's Residence (yes, with the Governor's family sleeping up stairs). Magistrate Quentin's house was the historic Zang Mansion in Denver. The Louviers Village Clubhouse filled in for an 18th century courthouse. Hildebrand Ranch was a farm location.
(Yes, that is really Martin Kove doing a cameo as a blacksmith with Macleish Day above.)View a behind-the-scenes video clip of a fight scene being shot in the tavern on Youtube. (I tried to embed it but it did not work.)
This is an ambitious project for an independent film. We have shot 50% of the movie. We have a few short interior locations to shoot and then the highwayman robbery scenes.
What We Need To Do
We need to get the rest of the movie shot this spring and summer so we can move into post production. But we need little bit of help with the funding.That's where you come in.
What We Need From You
We need some assistance with funding to finish the movie.
What the Money Will Be Used For
All the funds we receive will go to pay our cast and crew. Not one dime will go to the production company or the producer or the director.
It costs about $3,000 to $5,000 per day to shoot a period movie like this even on a bare bones indie budget. That money pays for the salary of the cast and crew (including taxes), the location fees, the meals, the insurance and any other supplies. We have approximately 15 shooting days remaining. That means we need approximately $50,000 to complete filming. We are tirelessly (or rather sleeplessly) working to raise that amount. (Our day job is helping other filmmakers get their movies out there. But as you know the economy has been tough and sales have been down. Things are getting better but not quite as fast as we would like.) We are asking you to help us out with part of that $50,000. We will raise the rest.
What You Get
We have a number of sponsorship levels. See the sidebar (above right) to learn more about the premiums available in gratitude for your support.
You can pay by Credit Card or by Paypal. We get the money faster if you use Paypal but use whatever you feel comfortable with.
Other Ways You Can HelpSpread the word! Share this page on Facebook. Tweet it to the World. Get your friends involved. Have them all contribute $15 to get a signed DVD. (We will send it to them no matter where in the world they are as long as we have their address.)
If you use the share tools above then The Highwayman will get extra promotion here on Indiegogo, too.
AFTER THAT?We will prepare this movie for release in theaters, television, Internet download, BluRay, DVD, etc. Due to the ghost effects it will take 6-12 month for post production. So look for The Highwayman to come riding, riding, riding to you sometime in 2012. (Please feel free to ask questions!)
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