The call is coming from inside the house...
If memory serves me correctly, that was the first urban legend I was ever told, which was promptly followed by the woman driving with the truck flashing its headlights behind her. It was all downhill from there. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark gave me many a sleepless night as I watched shadows of monsters and strangers with a hook for a hand move around my darkened room.
I've spent a considerable amount of time on the web continuing my need to be scared. From Snopes to /x/ to Reddit's r/NoSleep, I've read many a tale that brought back those feelings of pulling the covers over my head and hoping the Boogyman would retreat back into the closet.
Debating whether the stories are true or not is unimportant, and that's what drew me into Reddit's NoSleep. What is important is the feeling you get from them, that fear that crawls along your back. The story you read now may be soon forgotten, but when you turn off the lights, you're haunted as the memories return. As a storyteller and filmmaker, I find that many of these stories deserve to be adapted into short films. As a producer, I've decided to pull together the resources I have (writers, directors, actors) and put together a professional short film series.
The First Season
The No Sleep Series will be produced as if a television series, a throw back to The Twilight Zone with an initial run of six shorts adapted from stories written and posted on Reddit's NoSleep. The running time will vary based on the story as well as the adaptation into a screenplay. To go along with the episodes there will be a slew of extras including interviews, behind-the-scenes, trailers, etc. Special guests may even drop in to talk about their favorite ghost stories and urban legends.
Born in Detroit, I was raised on stories and storytelling. I grew-up on The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, Tales from the Darkside, etc. I was putting story to paper ever since I learned how to write. At 7-years-old and with a supply of lined and construction paper, I was self-publishing before I even knew what it was. I never imagined myself doing anyting but storytelling. Flash-forward a few odd years and I am now a working writer and producer in Los Angeles.
My IMDB credits can be found here. One of my latest feature films was recently annouced in Variety. I am always on the look out for fresh, new talent, especially writers, which is one of the reasons I'm putting this series together.
What We Need & What You Get
The No Sleep Series is more or less a passion project which I'm funding completely out-of-pocket. I thought I would put this page up and possibly get some fan support in exchange for some cool stuff. The series is under contract with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and I'm in talks with the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Directors Guild of America (DGA) so that the cast and crew are all working professionals in their fields, all of them agreeing to donate their time and services.
This is planned to be an ongoing series that will be updated regularly. Every penny pledged will be put into the budget to fund these films. $1,500 is really only a drop in the bucket for a project like this, but I thought I would set the pledge bar low and just get some of the start-up costs covered. With anything else, the more raised the easier and bigger this will be. With one successful season in the can, another will be sure to follow.
There are some very talented writers in the world, many of which don't live in Los Angeles. These writers write because they are storytellers and they do it because they probably couldn't function otherwise. Why shouldn't these writers, especially those that have been able to generate a cult following of fans and readers, not be noticed by the filmmaking community? This is my way to discover and showcase new writers. Each film will be developed with the original creator's involvement making sure his or her input is part of the process.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you unable to pledge, you can do any (or all) of the following:
- If you've read a great story lately, email a link to email@example.com
- Watch and subscribe to the YouTube Channel.
- Subscribe to the subreddit.
- Hang out at r/nosleep for some great storytelling.
- Follow on Twitter @nosleepseries
- Share these links with others.
- Lastly, support indie writers and filmmakers