Hey, fantastic peeps! We are going to restart our campaign. We just couldn’t bring ourselves to advertise and push it during the horrible events in the media after we launched. Watch for us again.
All contributions to this campaign still stand and we will be rolling the funds into what we get on the new campaign.
Thanks so much!
Do you like ghost stories? How about mixing an action spy thriller with a ghostly tale?
CLICK HERE to watch our teaser for the film.
Unfinished Business is an action film that takes place in Roswell, New Mexico, a paranormal center of activity that has seen its share of chupacabras, crashed UFOs, and ghostly spirits ranging about the high plains.
This film-noir flavored action film will be shot in southeastern New Mexico in Roswell and Artesia in the United States. It is going to include incredible items from ETSY artists and collectors, fascinating STEAMPUNK GHOST HUNTING GEAR, sensual GOTH elements, and even more!
Don't forget that once we meet our goal you can keep pledging! Every penny that is pledged will be up on that screen and the more pennies we get the cooler that reflected image is gonna be! The funds are just a part of the whole budget and will be used to pay cast and crew, buy props, wardrobe, pay fees, bring in incredible Special FX, feed everyone, and everything else associated with making sure the film is completed. This campaign is for funds to complete the production phase.
You can find out more about us, this film, and our other projects at Vivid Light Pictures. Thank you, in advance, to EVERYONE who contributes. We love each of you!
Below are a few of the wardrobe ideas we're putting together for the characters. We're featuring Etsy and Zazzle artists and collectors everywhere. You can see individual shops by scrolling down further on this page, too.
MADELINE STEWART (Sexy Goth Look)
PROFESSOR J. BYRNES (Classic Steampunk Style)
EMILY RHODES (Chic Boho Flavors)
NICK CASEY (That Covert Spy/Jewel Thief Style That's So Fun)
Agent Nick Casey of the International Bureau of Investigation (IBI) is working with his partner Agent Richie Faraday to bring down the villainous Madeline Stewart. Before they can find out what new game the Drug Queen is up to she has Agent Casey killed and Agent Faraday put out of commission. You’d think that would be the end of their involvement in the case, but it’s only the beginning.
When the case is handed over to Agent Emily Rhodes she gets a new partner that no one was expecting: the GHOST of Agent Casey. The two agents work with paranormal research scientist Professor Josh Byrnes and his personally invented and built Steampunk-styled ghost hunting equipment to see if they can figure out why they have been thrown together. The unusual situation does not slow down their efforts to stop Madeline, especially when they discover that she is moving into the deadly world of arms dealing and terrorism.
While fighting villains both living and dead, Emily and Nick have to wonder whether his Unfinished Business is to stop the woman who had him killed or to be with the woman he was meant to love.
Sometimes it's easier to catch the bad guys if you're already dead.
Role of TIFFANY
Sarah Mitchell (Hellums) works hard to help others in her day-to-day activities with the Anti-Drug & Crime Coalition in Artesia, NM. She's also multi-talented in that she has already appeared in the Lead Role of the film "Crystal Clear".
We're thrilled to have Sarah join us to play the role of TIFFANY, far-seeing barista in a local coffee house. Tiffany can see things about people that not everyone else can see -- and she has no qualms about sharing that info, whether you want to hear it or not.
Role of JOHNNY O'ROURKE
Zod Grey Buckley was born in Denver, but grew up in New Mexico, where his family has lived for over four generations. He has been studying literature and creative writing for the past few years in college, and enjoys literature as a hobby. Zod has had some experience with acting, including small plays and improv.
We're very excited that Zod has joined us to portray the character JOHNNY O'ROURKE, wise-cracking assassin who finds it hard to stop killing even after he's dead.
Role of ALEX CAMERON
Mike Smith began acting in the 1960s and has appeared in college and civic theater productions in Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico. He more recently began his work in films and has appeared in numerous films including: Coyote County Loser, Love Ranch, Year One, and The Rambler. In addition he has appeared in commercials both local and international and the TV show Breaking Bad.
Mike is a wonderful addition to our cast and he will breathe warmth and life into the character of ALEX CAMERON, Regional Director of the International Bureau of Investigation and a man anxious to end the reign of Madeline Taylor.
Kenny Holdeman has most recently had a life centered around running a truck-driving school, but his deep, gravelly voice has long been popular at pleasing crowds as a singer. He has done Voice Over work and most recently used that ability in the short film The Hunt. Now, Kenny is ready to branch into acting as he begins with his first onscreen role in Unfinished Business.
Kenny has a friendly yet don't-push-me demeanor that he will bring to the character of IKE, the bartender at the watering hole where some of our heroes hang out when working on new plans to bring down the baddies.
Role of HORATIO
Curtis Folts has been playing on the live stage since 1989, he has also been caught by the occasional stray film as it travelled through Roswell, New Mexico, his home town. Curtis enjoys exploring new avenues of creativity, via a variety of art forms, an addictive reading habit, editing, and of course acting. When not acting, or astrally projecting himself onto Facebook, Curtis can be found in his living room giving belly rubs to one of their four dogs or chin scritches to their cat.
We know that you'll enjoy Curtis as the character of HORATIO, the upright British butler to the villainous Madeline Taylor. Horatio has no problem cleaning up after murder and he never even messes up his pristine white gloves.
Role of MADELINE STEWART
Cody Price was born and raised in New Mexico. She spends her days as a marketing and PR consultant. Her creative tendencies led her to theater and acting classes in college before she decided to purse a career in marketing. She served as the news anchor at a local TV station as well as roles in Crystal Clear andThe Hunt. Cody's hobbies include all things fashion and style related, golf and cooking.
Cody will bring style, class, and cheeky chic to the character of MADELINE, our master villain who doesn't let anyone or anything come between her and the goals she's set for expanding her drug empire into arms dealing with international terrorists.
Role of MOLLY
Debbie Marie Van Der Veen was born in California and moved to New Mexico in the '90s. Debbie has worked as a weather reporter for a local TV station, has appeared in local theater productions, and had her acting debut in the film Crystal Clear. Currently, Debbie's involved in helping plan city-wide events and welcoming new businesses and residents to the town of Artesia, New Mexico.
We're so happy to have Debbie join us to play the character of POLLY, the sweet but disheartened girlfriend of International Bureau of Investigation Agent Rich Faraday. She does her best to find out what's really going on with him.
Role of DR. JOSHUA BYRNES
Geoffrey Notkin hosts the award-winning television adventure series Meteorite Men on Science Channel in the USA and Discovery networks around the world. He has appeared in numerous other series including American Chopper, Wired Science, Cosmic Collisions, How the Earth was Made, and The Best Places to Find Cash & Treasure. He is a widely published science writer and photographer, and the author of two books, Meteorite Hunting: How To Find Treasure From Spaceand his newly-published memoir, Rock Star: Adventures Of A Meteorite Man.
We're thrilled to have him on board to bring life to the character of DR. JOSH BYRNES, paranormal scientist and creator of a small arsenal of incredibly cool, Steampunk-styled ghost hunting gear.
Role of TODD FRANKLIN
Role of PENNY SNOW
With Hayley playing PENNY SNOW, International Bureau of Investigation Agent, things will be kept moving quickly and you never know what might happen!
Role of KATE LOCKWOOD
Rebecca's portrayal of IBI Agent KATE LOCKWOOD will keep everyone on their toes and guessing what's coming next.
The Unfinished Business crew is made up of seasoned professionals as well as talented people who want to learn more and grow in the entertainment industry. We believe in training and helping others expand their creative horizons while we push our own limits at the same time :o) We want everyone to learn and have a great time while we work so that it will transfer that creative fun onto the screen for the audience to enjoy, too.
Suzee Corbell (writer/director)
Suzee Corbell has worked in the entertainment industry for over twenty years and has experience from the ground up. She recently ran a TV station while producing original programming for over three years. She also ran a production training program in conjunction with the TV station in order to help local students learn more about the field.
In the last several years, Suzee has created a number of short films and produced almost fifty commercials. She also worked many positions on films such as Memoirs of a Geisha, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, G-Force, Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, and many others.
Geoffrey Notkin (producer)
Geoffrey Notkin is best known for his three-season stint as host of the award-winning television adventure series Meteorite Men which airs worldwide on Discovery networks. He has also filmed episodes of American Chopper, Globe Trekker, Ancient Aliens, Naked Earth, How the Earth was Made, The Best Places to Find Cash & Treasure, and has worked with NASA EDGE, TLC, Discovery, History Channel, Travel Channel, Nat Geo, PBS, and the BBC.
Geoff is a music business professional and worked in London, Boston, and New York for more than three decades as a producer, audio engineer, manager, and musician. He is also the award-winning author of two books and hundreds of published articles on science and the arts. He studied film history with Dr. George Waldo Weyant in London.
Quentin Day (director of photography)
Quentin Day has been called a genius when it comes to lighting a scene. If anyone can capture a look or feel for a given shot, it's "Q". He worked his way up the ranks and is a perfectionist when it comes to getting the images needed to make the movie totally rock!
Films that Q has worked on include Ilegales, Beyond, Brothers, Dark Country, The Hunt, and many more. You can find more info about Quentin on IMDb.
Kate Davis (production designer)
Kate Davis is an avid sailor, pooch panderer, locations scout, prop maker, painter, and set designer, and she renovates houses in her spare time. She lives in Roswell but is a citizen of the world. Film credits include The Rambler (2013 - Sundance), CAMP (2013), Beyond (2012), Roswell FM (2011), and several sci-fi shorts at the Roswell International Sci-fi Film Festival. She can make something out of nothing and nothing out of something!
You can find more info about Kate on IMDb.
Sean McCormick (special FX coordinator)
You can get more info about Sean on IMDb.
Discovered performing their Victorian style “Punch & Judy” puppet show on the streets of Santa Fe New Mexico's in 1979 by singer song writer Roger Miller, Sean's father was introduced to Jim Henson of The Muppets fame. Michael McCormick was hired onto The Dark Crystal which was in development stages in London England. After just a few months the rest of the family was hired to work on the film as well. Michael's wife Linda was hired as a buyer for the newly created Henson Creature Shop, son Sean (at age fifteen) was taken on as the workshop apprentice. Sean would go to school half a day and the rest would be spent working into the early hours doing everything from having costumes tried out on him to cleaning out plaster traps in the mold shop to moving up to working as a runner. When the film went into pre-production it moved to EMI Elstree Studios Borhamwood where the films Reds, Green Ice, and Raiders of the Lost Ark were being filmed. Sean's days and apprenticeship rapidly expanded when, after weeks of begging, he was taken under the wings of the scenic arts crews on Raiders working for no pay as a stagehand. So now, once out of school and after a forty five minute train ride, Sean would sit in on the pre lunch tapings of The Muppet Show (in its last season) at ATV studios (directly across the street from EMI) then after lunch he went to work on the sets of Raiders until the end of their day around 6 pm then head to The Dark Crystal's shops and work with his father on getting screen ready pieces for the Skeksis together.
In 1983 the family returned to New Mexico and Sean had started at the University of New Mexico in the Theater Department in a course on Stage craft and scenic design. It was short-lived as they returned to London to work on the Henson film Labyrinth, Linda and Sean also worked on the first subcontracted film for the Henson Creature Shop called Dream Child. At the end of filming on Labyrinth Sean was hired by Industrial Light & Magic to head up their foam rubber shop on the production of Howard the Duck.
In 1986 he returned to New Mexico where his attentions turned to the worlds of prop making on such films Transformers 1&2, Thor, and special effects on feature films like Appaloosa, First Snow, and The Lone Ranger and on television production's like Motel Man and In Plain Sight. Sean McCormick's film works have spanned over three decades and he's dedicated to film production in the state of New Mexico, whether it be the big budget productions or the low budget independent production, they all benefit from his over 30 years of experience. Sean continues to work and live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Jeremiah Blakley (production coordinator)
Jeremiah Blakley is founder and lead investigator with ARK Paranormal Group based in southeastern New Mexico. Not only is Jeremiah a ghost hunter, but he's a talented artist and graphics whiz. He builds custom ghost hunting equipment and gives lectures and training sessions regarding the paranormal. He believes strongly that we all hava A Right to Know (ARK) about the paranormal world around us. He is learning all about filmmaking.
Tiffany L. Pascal (storyboard artist)
Christopher Robleto-Harvey (sound)
Christopher Robleto-Harvey has had a very busy career both behind and in front of the camera. He has worked on video shorts, documentaries, commercials, and feature films including Prophets of Science Fiction, Red Sands, Watch Indian Circus, and Folklore. He won the 2012 Maharastra State Award for best production sound in a feature film.
You can find more info about Chris on IMDb.
Kaylin Klein (assistant to the director)
Seraphina Gonzalez (pre-production assistant to the director)
Seraphina Gonzalez is a multi-talented aspiring filmmaker from Chicago who is very passionate about cinema and has stated that she will destroy the world if "Unfinished Business" is not funded. She is working on her own short films and is now making her first documentary about British Cinema.
Jessica Meyers (fx make-up)
Jessica Meyers wanted us to mention that she was born across the street from an insane asylum and let that tell her story, but there's a bit more to her than that. Jessica has been interested in special FX makeup since the age of 13 and has been teaching herself different techniques and applications, she has volunteered for different community projects such as doing makeup for the ENMU-R Theater and the Thrill the world Zombie Dance in Roswell. In the process, she has become an award winning make-up artist. Jessica will graduate with an AA in graphic design this summer and will start her AA in Theater and Film while working on her BA.
Lyndsaye Greke (behind-the-scenes assitant editor)
Lyndsaye Greke is a long time fan of the filming industry, having worked toward a degree in film and business. She is a Canadian born and raised artist of a variety of media and has focused most of her film experience behind the scenes of independent projects such as music videos and documentaries. Lyndsaye's passion for art and love of the world of editing is leading her to do more work in the film industry.
Below are some Locations that we're checking out to shoot at around Roswell and Artesia in New Mexico in the United States.
BOTTOMLESS LAKES STATE PARK outside Roswell, NM
Two scenes would be shot at the park. One in the deep of a stormy night and the other in the revealing light of day. Here are some possible places that we'll shoot at the park.
EASTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY in Roswell, NM
Possible area for exterior scenes at the university where Dr. Byrnes does his paranormal research.
THE JAHVA HOUSE in Artesia, NM
The opening scene of the movie would take place here.
THE STUDIO in Artesia, NM
We'll mainly be shooting FX shots at the studio.
Something else we should point out is that we love and appreciate artists and designers. We're working with many very talented people that we've found at Etsy to bring together our wardrobe, jewelry and additional props so we can feature their work in our film. We've listed some of the amazing shops (alphabetically) that we'll be working with below. We're also featuring some amazing products such as Abduction Wine and ParanormALE!
Hello ! I enjoy creating art / images of Robots, People, Spaceships and much more. I thank YOU for stopping by my gallery on ZAZZLE !!!
...We Come in Peace... Leave the Human Spirits Behind and Experience Missing Time! Galactic White and Cosmic Red available now.
We are a family of artists, but each of us have our own passion. I am (and have been) a collector of Vintage and Industrial items. I want to share this passion on Etsy, as well as some hand made items. Find vintage jewelry, vintage glassware, depression glass, farm items for lofts, and much more, even handmade Cupcake jewelry!! Rhinestones, jewelry, milk glass, agates, thermoset, black amethyst, hobnail, it's all here now! Stashes of unique vintage items are always waiting to be listed!
At Body Language we make fun and playful natural bath and beauty products that are not only gorgeous & fun to use, but good FOR you! We use the best natural vegetable oils and butters, herbs and botanicals, fragrance oils and essential oils in all of our products (Our Palm and Palm Kernel Oils come from sustainable sources).
Welcome to The Bracelet tree where I hope you will find something fun to wear for a casual weekend or for a dressed up event! I invite you to look around and see what might "tickle your fancy"!
Besides playing with fractals, I work on music with my husband, composer John Mitchell, and maintain our website, abm-enterprises.net (the abm stands for Adolf, Benjamin and Matthew, three of our cats). Free 800 x 600 pixel versions of my fractals for desktop wallpaper are at abm-enterprises.net/wallpaper.html.
My approach to fractals is related to an interest in photography--I've done a lot of it, some professionally. With fractals as with photos, I choose what to look at, study the light and shadows, manipulate the colors--but the material has its own structure. It's divine geometry.
I was born in the US, Washington State, but have traveled and lived in other countries. Educated at Stanford and UCLA (Romance languages and linguistics).
I specialize in custom made clothing for women. My line of clothing includes sophisticated evening wear, chic cocktail dresses, a variety of edgy separates to mix and match with an existing wardrobe, as well as whimsical, eye-catching pieces for those with a flare for the avant-garde. All garments are designed and handmade by me, with great care and top quality craftsmanship.
This journey began in the world of textiles, when, as a young lady, she learned not only how to sew but also how to design patterns for everyday articles of clothing. She also studied drawing and calligraphy. As the years went by, she added many more skills to this list, ranging from crochet to paper arts to jewelry making.
Today, she works as both merchant and contraptor, selling her wares to chronauts around the world at the Dreamed Designed shop. The items she creates are an amalgamation of her lifelong interests, such as functional pattern design, as well as newly mastered skills and passions, including leather and metal smithing. She enjoys the value placed on innovation within the steampunk community, and this is why Dreamed Designed is so open to custom orders: your ideas keep the gears of imagination turning!
InStyle Magazine describes Marelle's work as "stunning, of superior quality, haute couture, ahead of our time."
Darkly elegant, handcrafted clothing and accessory designs for "Femme Fatales and Decadent Gentlemen", since 1994.
Kambriel designs have been worn on the Academy Awards red carpet by master storyteller Neil Gaiman, on stage by musicians such as Amanda Palmer and Information Society, and were personally selected by curator Valerie Steele to be featured in the iconic "Gothic: Dark Glamour" exhibit at the Museum at FIT in New York City.
Through the years, I've held dear to my original passion by creating unique pieces that bring the reflection of your inner-self onto your outer-self; clothing and accessories that bring you a little closer to your dreams.
These are my original hoodie designs, which have evolved with much love over the past 20 years of my wanderings. I try to infuse my work with the bohemian spirit in which I live my life. I know that sounds like a bunch of hippy drivel, but IT'S TRUE! haha.
Welcome to my jewelry with a past! Each of my one of a kind pieces is designed and made by me personally in my studio. I get excited over sparkly vintage jewels, lucky talismans and amulets, Day of the Dead, religious pieces from all faiths, nature and Halloween all year long! I love to tell stories with my work. Please let me incorporate your special vintage keepsakes into a family heirloom.
Welcome to the sparkly world of Never Too Much Glitter's Nail Art. Each one-of-a-kind nail is totally handmade by me, one at a time. I use teeny paintbrushes, glitter, pigments, paint, decals, rhinestones, acrylic and all manner of wonderful Japan-only baubles to make totally unique nails! I hope you will enjoy my handmade creations.
Rose Mortem Elegant Gothic Clothing and Dark Romantic Couture since 1998.
Entirely original handmade clothing for the dark fashion connoisseur. Inspired endlessly by the dramatically dark, the enchantingly elegant, the magically melodious. The Rose Mortem line of dresses, gowns, skirts, veils, gloves, tops and coats has been designed to provide you with the satisfaction of wearing the inside on the out — of living your own dark faerie tale. All items are cruelty-free! No silks, leathers or fabrics derived through the abuse of humans or animals are ever used.
Handcrafted jewelry. MODERN GEOMETRY: contemporary & oxidized sterling silver jewelry collection. VINTAGE CHIC: vintage-inspired line perfect for wedding, bridal party and bridesmaid jewelry.
Specializing in custom handcrafted exotic leather goods and accessories. Working primarily with snakeskin, stingray (shagreen), lizard, ostrich leather and more.
Thanks for stopping by and browsing the shop!
Ariel has been creating quality jewelry for years using natural material of exceptional beauty. She has mastered the art of wire wrapping using gold, sterling silver and copper to turn treasures into wearable art for custom heirloom jewelry, movie props and fashion jewelry. She draws inspiration from the world around her to create. From ancient coins recovered from shipwrecks to meteorites fallen from outer space to fresh water pearls discovered in the depths of the sea, she sees the potential using any material. Her passion is to celebrate life through art and music and bring together other creative spirits to inspire and celebrate with her.
The Velvet Sea has the flower jewelry above being featured in the film in Tiffany's wardrobe. The bracelet below the flowers is also by The Velvet Sea. It's part of Professor Byrnes' wardrobe and has a meteorite from our producer/actor Geoffrey Notkin's collection in it.
Thanks for stopping by my steam-powered workshop, where you'll find me working away tirelessly to provide you with high quality items at fair prices. I can do this because my workshop is located high up in the Boston Mountains of the Ozarks at an old coal mine that I still use to fire the steam boiler that powers my shop — no joke!
Using a combination of authentic, steam powered 19th-Century machine tools and selected modern equipment, I can offer you the finest in Victorian scientific apparatus. Much of my equipment and inventory were inherited directly from my husband's grandfather, Professor A.D. Conrow, a late 19th and early 20th-Century scientist and inventor. (Some would say quite mad himself!)
May your dreams be overflowing with jewels. Ride on cloud nine with me as you explore the vintage jewels and objects I have found for you during my travels. I also design and create one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry just for you!
Although the basic look for Unfinished Business will have film noir elements, there will also be a character who has a decided flair for Steampunk. Prof. Joshua Byrnes designs and builds his own paranormal ghost hunting gear and he's a Steampunk man at heart. Below are a series of Before and After set-ups of some of some vintage science equipment that belongs to Geoffrey Notkin or that was donated to the movie. It's still a work in progress, but we hope these photos give you an idea of where we're going.
CLICK HERE to watch a short video about some of our Steampunk Ghost Hunting Gear. Jeremiah Blakley, actor in our movie, ghost hunter, and our ghost hunting equipment converter tells you about some of the gear.
The first photo is a set-up that Geoff and his friend Doc put together to search for ghostly audio signals (aka EVPs or Electronic Voice Phenomenon). We will be adding all kinds of copper, brass, gears, steam-lines, etc., to this amazing layout.
Makin' Sure We Got Everything Covered
Even though we know it's impossible to foresee every possible risk and challenge, we're doing our best to be prepared for everything that we can.
We're planning scenes that require underwater shots at a lake, as well as scenes with fires in rooms and exteriors of a house burning down. We're working with diving professionals and firemen and stunt people who have dealt with this kind of work for decades.
Another challenge is one that frequently confronts filmmakers. What if we don't get everything shot in the four week schedule that we're allowing ourselves? Suppose the weather is against us or an actor becomes ill? We've built an extra percentage into the budget to cover contingencies like this one.
We're going to be employing ghostly make-up and fantastic special FX displays, so we'll be utilizing practical as well as digital technology to the max to get amazing looks onscreen. These can lead to timing issues and problems with make-up under the lights. We have make-up artists and digital FX people that are already planning ahead. We're working on looks that we know can be produced for the budget we have and still be cutting edge. They have to be comfortable for the actors and functional, too. That's why we're testing so many of them ahead of time.
Also, we're planning on using RED digital technology to film our movie and are looking forward to exploring the possibilities it offers us. We know there needs to be extra time to convert files for editing in Final Cut Pro. We see this as a challenge worth working with to ensure the best possible quality in the finish product.
We're out in the middle of nowhere. Really. Have you ever been here? It's a beautiful area, but it's no wonder we have military bases that test wild things and UFOs tend to frequent the skies. There's a lot of desert to cross to get here. We may have problems getting people and equipment that we need WHEN we need them. That's one reason we're already planning so many things as far ahead as we can. We want lower airfares, discounted hotel rates, great deals on catering, plenty of time for bringing in equipment trucks, and a clear view of options available to us. By planning now, we hope to clear as many hurdles as we can ahead of time.
We're bringing on the best cast and crew that we can find from, really, all over the world and we're shooting in a beautiful area of New Mexico in the US. We're looking at our risks and challenges in a positive light and as chances to learn and grow and produce an even better movie. We know there are going to be hurdles than we don't see coming and we're watching extra episodes of MacGyver to be prepared to do what we have to so that everything works.