Zombies are everywhere. From the early days of film to ZOMBIELAND and the WALKING DEAD, zombie movies have been moneymakers. And that’s the key to our film. In this age where a viral video on the Internet can mean millions of dollars, how far would a struggling film crew go to get real footage of real zombies? Would they risk their own lives? And more to the point, would they risk yours?
A struggling film company begins documenting a real zombie outbreak in Orange County. After posting the first gory attacks, they are convinced they are going to be rich megastars, but Internet commenters describe the clips as “fake” and “unrealistic.” Determined to get hits by any means necessary, the production company enlists the help of a Zen priest, a soft-porn star, and a Hollywood stuntman to help them get the hits they need to survive.
Our hope is to raise 20K in four phases over the next year to help us complete the film and release it both as a ten-part webisode series on the Internet and as a full film (with additional scenes) to film festivals and independent theaters across America.
Our four phases will cover costs for the actual filming, post-production, and distribution of our finished film.
Phase One – The Production!
Your investment will allow us to begin production in Los Angeles in February 2013. Support will allow us to enrich the film by hiring actors, obtaining equipment and transportation, feeding our crew, and creating unique backer awards for donators.
We will begin by filming six scenes from the film. We will post the first three of these as webisodes as quickly as we finish editing.
Phase Two – More Production!
We will hold a secondary fundraiser in April 2013 to film an additional six scenes and post another three episodes from the series.
Phase Three - Distribution!
We will hold our third funding event in June 2013 to help film our final two scenes to complete the film, do a final audio mix, and color correction.
We will then take our webisodes and combine them with our additional scenes to complete the full film and release it to film festivals and independent theaters across America.
Your donations will make it possible for us to film the project, submit it to film festivals, advertise, and create and mail unique backer awards for donators.*
*Donation incentives will be mailed out within one month of the world premiere of the film.
As the production completes each phase of filming, we will release episodes from our six-part webisode series for immediate virtual release on ilikenirvana.com and other web delivery platforms, such as funnyordie and youtube.
All donaters will receive links prior to public launches via e-mail.
The complete film will be released to theaters through horror festivals or unique distribution companies, such as www.local-screen.com. The completed film will include an alternative ending and additional scenes not included in the web series.
Webisodes will release by March 2013 or sooner. The film is set to be released by Halloween 2013.
Throughout the production, we’ll maintain a project blog about the film and webisodes series' progress and post plenty of photos and bonus videos.
These will be available through SHIKOW and the ZOMBIE BOUNTY HUNTER M.D. BLOG (coming soon).
SHOPLIFTING FROM AMERICAN APPAREL (2012) was our first film and was successfully funded on Indiegogo last year at a little over 13K. It is set to release to theaters on December 7, 2012. All backers will be receiving digital awards via e-mail by November 15, 2012 and physical awards by January 15, 2013 (see trailer).
BRAD WARNER'S HARDCORE ZEN is in post-production.
1. Why Indiegogo?
We have always believed in involving local communities in the movies we've made, from bringing interns onboard to giving lectures/holding discussions at schools as well as supporting local businesses. Indiegogo gives us the opportunity to reach out globally and enable supporters like you to be part of our movie making process.
2. Is the pledge amount publicly displayed?
No, only you and the project owner can see the details.
3. How can you make payments?
You can pay with credit card or paypal.
4. What's the biggest seller?
The biggest seller is the $25 ZOMBIE EXECUTIONER package which includes download of film, digital soundtrack, and your name in a special "thank you" section of the credits.
5. Why did you end your other campaign after a week?
We realized we needed to break the campaign into smaller phases to reach our goal. We also added some perk upgrades.
6. Will I get the new donation gifts if I donated to the other campaign?
Yes! Previous donaters will receive an automatic upgrade based on their previous donation level. : )
7. When do I get my DVD and other incentives?*
DVDs and all other items will be shipped out at the film's release in 2013. Items that are digitally based (soundtrack, webisodes, etc.) will be sent to backers as links via e-mail.
8. Will there be any famous actors in the movie?
We may have some cameos. We will mention cameos on the blog and website.
9. Can I come to a day of shooting on the film? Can I be in the movie?
The film has been almost fully cast. There are still opportunities to play extras and some speaking roles when we film in February in Big Sur and Hollywood. We will be posting casting and audition notices through the Screen Actors Guild and Shikow Blog.
*SHIPPING DOMESTIC+INTERNATIONAL IS INCLUDED FOR REWARDS*
About ILIKENIRVANA PRODUCTIONS
ILIKENIRVANA is a production label formed in 2011 by filmmaker Pirooz Kalayeh to house films, webisodes, and other media projects.
Production Team Members
Pirooz Kalayeh – Writer/Director/Producer
Pirooz Kalayeh received an MFA in Creative Writing from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. He has been published in Looking Back (New Brighton Books, 2003); was granted a Zora Neale Hurston Award (Naropa University, 2002) and has published work in Wigleaf, Ducts, Past Simple, Horseless Press, and No Tell Motel. His comic book Golden Ashtray recounts the author’s adventures living in Los Angeles. He is the founding member and proprietor behind the musical group, The Slipshod Swingers, and the records Orange Lamborghini (2006) and Transistor Radio (2008). He has worked on several television programs, including STRICTLY SEX WITH DR. DREW (DISC), CRAFTLAB (DIY), and LOOK WHAT I DID (HGTV). In 2009, Kalayeh produced and directed THE HUMAN WAR into a full-length feature with Sangha Films. SHOPLIFTING FROM AMERICAN APPAREL is his second feature released under his personal label ILIKENIRVANA. He is currently working on a documentary about Buddhist teacher Brad Warner, entitled BRAD WARNER’s HARDCORE ZEN, along with several other narrative features, including the horror movie, ZOMBIE BOUNTY HUNTER, M.D. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles and South Korea. He interviews various entertainers and artists on his blog, Shikow.
Charles Currier - Producer / Stunt Coordinator
With more than 20 years of experience coordinating sword and stunt sequences, Charles is one of the industry’s foremost authorities on the art of combat. During the course of his impressive film and theatre career, he’s worked as the military technical advisor on HBO’s award-winning miniseries The Pacific, conceptualized complex military formations for Oliver Stone’s Alexander, and choreographed fight scenes featuring Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil: Extinction.
Brad Warner - Creative Producer / Actor
Brad Warner is an ordained Zen monk and the author of Hardcore Zen, Sit Down and Shut Up, Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate and Sex Sin and Zen. He’s the bass player for the hardcore punk rock group Zero Defex and worked for 15 years in Tokyo and Los Angeles for the company founded by the man who created Godzilla. He's a featured blogger for the Suicide Girls website. In 2011 Brad starred in the indie comedy Shoplifting From American Apparel. He has also appeared in several Japanese monster movies, usually as a guy running away from some radioactive mutant brontosaurus. His next book will be about God.
Stephanie Shyu – Producer / Editor
A former Marketing Manager with a Business Administration degree from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, Stephanie Shyu is a Final Cut Pro Editor who has worked on feature films, documentaries, TV shows, commercials, trailers, and music videos. She has won 10 Best of Show awards, totaling 34 awards, at various editing competitions. Her most successful win was at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, where thousands in the audience voted for her video for Best of Show and Best Comedy.
Andrew Crighton – Cinematographer
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Andrew Crighton was inspired by the world around him at an early age. He took this fascination with him when he headed south to Los Angeles for film school at Loyola Marymount. There he quickly learned that his love of cinema was rooted specifically in his love of powerful images and thus decided to become a cinematographer. He spent his undergraduate years honing his skills as a DP, shooting numerous short films and documentaries for his fellow classmates while building a network of colleagues and friends who shared the same passion for cinematography. After spending a summer studying cinematography at NYU, he spent four months in Europe shooting his own short documentary on bike messengers in Berlin, Paris, and Barcelona which went on to be screened in festivals across the globe. Shortly after graduating from film school he was accepted into the Budapest cinematography master class in Hungary where he studied under the legendary cinematographer, Vilmos Zsigmond. Today he works as a Los Angeles-based cinematographer, gaffer, and camera operator and his career has taken him all over the U.S., and even Trinidad and Tobago. He seeks out projects that push the boundaries of conventional cinema, telling stories that illustrate the complexities of our ever-changing world.