My name is Nathan Favel and this is my campaign to fund my martial arts movie, "The Wicked Dragon". I'm a first time director who has waited long enough to make a movie and with your help, I'll be able to make my movie and what's more, on my own terms.
If you fund this movie, then this film will be made entirely out the hands of Hollywood, which allows me the creative freedom to tell this story the way it should be told. The only interjection by Hollywood would be for distribution purposes and by that time, the film will have been finished. This also means that I'll be able to cast a close friend who has been studying martial arts for some time now, and is quite capable of choreographing the fight sequences, instead of an actor who may, or may not, need to be trained in martial arts for several months.
The following is an overview for this movie:
This film is about a young man, who is meeting with a few friends, to watch a local band at the bar they frequent. This goes well enough, until an aggressive drunk picks a fight with our young man, who, unbeknownst to the drunk, is an intermediate martial artist. After humiliating the drunk, the poor fool flees, returning later with two friends so as to finish what he started. The young man fends them off for several minutes, until more of the drunkards friends arrive, who then beat him down into a defeated heap. An older man arrives and is slowly revealed to be a drug dealer. The drug dealer decides it wise to kill the bartender, who has seen everything (as well as survived a beating from the hooligans) the drunk who started the mess (because he fears that the police will offer him a plea deal, for the crime he has just committed, if he trades information on the drug dealer for a lesser sentence) and the young man (to tie up loose ends). After the former individuals are dispatched by the drug dealer, the young man strikes back against his enemy and defeats the lot of them.
While the story certainly seems painfully simple, it's the execution that will make this story worthwhile, as we'll avoid the typical approach that the mainstream takes with these sorts of pictures. This movie will be realistically filmed, with natural, commonplace dialogue and authentic acting, rather than a dramatized version of what would happen. There will be no artificial lighting, no make-up and no foley room, which is in the name of frugality as much as creative freedom. The camera angles will be steady and wide, with close-ups appearing when they are needed.
The actors I use here will be newcomers, so as to save on the budget, but also to give me a clean slate to work with, as these people have no previous roles to distract you from the character they will play.
The funding I get for this will pay for the following:
- Actors pay, fuel compensation and meals
- Medical bills for possible injuries that the actors may receive
- Movie laptop (for editing purposes)
- Movie camera (a smaller digital camera)
- Microphone with recording capabilities (to capture the actual sounds from the action, which will be repeated without the camera on)
- Stunt mats
- Blood and bruising make-up effects
- Filming permits
- Renting the location
- Registering the movie's trademark
Once The Film Is Funded:
Once funded, I will transport my lead actor back to Michigan and go about securing the location and purchasing the permits. I will also hire the rest of my actors and buy the aforementioned equipment to film with. From there, we get to film this movie, likely for about a week, depending on how long the fighting takes to form properly.After the movie is filmed, I'll go immediately into the editing process, where I'll snap the shots together, add the sound effects in and, finally, add in the music, which will be major orchestral pieces from the known composers (Mozart, Beethoven, etc.) and local music from bands that would like to contribute and be paid in return.
After the editing process, I'll start shopping the film around to distributors, who may, or may not, be interested. It's possible that this movie could end up as a Netflix or PPV exclusive, which is just fine, as it will get this film sold.
Your Part Of The Story:
Once this film gets to the DVD portion of it's life-cycle, then you'll once again become a direct part of this story, as, per the perk agreement that is on here, you'll be apart of the DVD itself.
The first thing to mention is that I plan to hold a screening party for cast, crew and contributors, in an undecided location. A post-viewing meal will accompany this, with a chance for us all to talk with one another and celebrate the film's good fortune. This event will be featured on the DVD, as well as individual comments from all who would like to respond.
I'm also going to try to set up a mass commentary track for the varying contribution levels, which I'll host. This means that you'll actually get to record full-length commentary, with me there to moderate and add to the discussion.
Most importantly, you'll have your name included in the credits for being a contributor.
For information on the other perks available, just look off to the side.
This campaign is a flexible one, meaning that whatever money I get is what I'll use to film with. Having the budget that I've asked for will give me the breathing room I crave and will compensate for any unforeseen incidents that may befall production.
I hope you contribute, but if not, then, if your interest is peaked, please tell others about this campaign.
Thank you for reading and perhaps, if all goes well, I'll be able to thank you in person as well, one day soon.