A Certain Kind of Monster - The Series

Part horror, part drama, "A Certain Kind of Monster" is a web-series about a young woman's descent into darkness and the struggle to reclaim her tortured soul.
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Mike Moring
Video / Web
Peterborough, Ontario
Canada
4 Team Members

The Project

"A Certain Kind of Monster" is a no-budget short horror film about two strangers who meet on a stormy night and share an evening together, commiserating and struggling with their individual demons. When one of these strangers gives in to their darkest impulses, however, a night of innocent flirtation quickly transforms into a bloody night of surreal horror.

This original short film premiered to acclaim at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and will soon continue its festival run as an Official Selection of the illustrious Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.

And while it was purposely crafted to be enjoyed as a standalone film, it was also conceived as part of a much larger story. Our goal is to produce a web-series that expands upon the story and mythology suggested by the original short, delving deeper into the history of our main character and further exploring many of the themes and questions introduced in the pilot short, all the while honouring its characteristic ambiguity.

The proposed mini-series advances our understanding of the character's motivation and allows us to glimpse into significant moments of her development and transformation. Along the way, we also meet a number of intriguing characters, each with a unique and unpredictable story to tell.

With this story -- one of much greater breadth than our modest original -- we aim to create a gripping and suspenseful series that ups the ante in numerous ways, simultaneously enhancing both the horror elements and dramatic elements to create a final product at once frightening and moving.

Help Us Continue Our Twisted Tale

The part of the story selected for our pilot short was chosen because we felt it was something we could achieve with the most meager of shoestring budgets. And we were right. Through resourcefulness, creativity and self-sacrifice (not a single person involved made a cent for their contributions, despite the harrowing experiences depicted on screen), we managed to create, with a budget of only $700, a horror short that we feel stands proudly alongside bigger-budgeted peers. (It may interest you to know that $400 of that amount was needed to purchase a single prop.)

And though we shall continue exercising our resourcefulness and frugality (our cast and crew are still willing to volunteer their time and effort to bring this story to life), we've reached an impass: The story we want to tell is too large to pull off with just the change in our pockets.

This is where we hope you will come in to save the day. In order to cover the cost of expenses (costume, props, equipment aquisition and rentals) we will need a much higher budget. The figure we have arrived at -- one that we feel would allow us to tell our story without compromise, even if it still may not be enough for us to pay our talent (or ourselves) -- is $10,000. This is the amount we feel will be necessary to pull off this mammoth undertaking convincingly. 

Just look at it like this: If 1,000 people show their support by each donating only $10 (that's less than a Sub of the Day combo at Subway after tax!), we will have enough to finance a dream/nightmare come true. And anything more would allow us even greater creative freedom -- heck, maybe we could even make enough to pay the actors for all their suffering!

To reward you for your generosity, we have carefully compiled a list of wonderful and creative perks. We're prepared to get creative about our perks, too. For example: If you add an extra $10 to ANY contribution, not only will you get the perk you've selected, but you'll also get a unique mystery item. Everybody will get something different. It could be anything related to the production. Perhaps a screen-used prop? Or maybe a source of inspiration? Whatever it is, your mystery item will be delivered with a personal note from a member of the cast or crew detailing why this particular item was selected and how it is significant to either the production or the creative process. This is just one example of how we plan to make this a fun, insightful and creative experience for everybody who supports our goal.


In the event that we don't reach our goal (though I have the utmost faith that we can reach this goal together!), we will use the funds raised to continue the story of "A Certain Kind of Monster" in one way or another. Depending on how close we come to our goal, perhaps we can still shoot all our episodes, albeit with some creative compromises. Or perhaps the mini-series will have to be reconfigured in a whole new way. In any event, if you contribute to our goal, rest assured that you will see this story continue in some way.


Praise for the original "A Certain Kind of Monster" short film/pilot episode:

"Four Stars...Superb...Mike Moring handles his tale deftly, so that suspense is always high and unwavering...As of this moment, I can say with the utmost certainty, that we’ll be hearing much more from this filmmaker in the very near future." - Amy R. Handler (Film Threat)

"Outstanding! ...A moody, beautifully performed slice of a nightmare..." - Mitch Davis (Co-Director, Fantasia International Film Festival)

"The pay-off is worth the wait. The build up works because of the chemistry between the two leads, and – particularly – Yarrow’s brave performance." - Douglas Tilley (DailyGrindhouse.com)

"Moody, creepy... well made!" - Chris Alexander (Editor, Fangoria Magazine)


 

Other Ways You Can Help

Don't have any money to contribute? We know exactly how you feel. Heck, if we couldn't relate to the plight of the broke, we wouldn't be here begging you for your contributions in the first place. But fear not. There are other ways you can help us out -- not the least of which is taking a moment to share this campaign and urging your friends and family to contribute and/or share as well. Even if you can't part with your hard-earned cash, every time you share our campaign, we feel as though you're wrapping your arms around us and gifting us with a great, big, loving embrace.

 

Indiegogo even has some tools to make sharing a breeze! So what are you waiting for?

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This campaign ended on September 9, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $5CAD
    Special Thanks

    For your contribution, your name will appear in the closing credits of each series episode with a Special Thanks credit. All other perks will also include a Special Thanks credit.

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  • $10CAD
    VIP Pass

    Everybody who contributes $10 or more will be provided with, once available, access to exclusive behind the scenes content. The cast/crew invite you to observe the creative process and watch as the project develops from page to screen. *Add $10 to your contribution and be rewarded for your generosity with a unique mystery item. See our pitch text for more info!*

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  • $10CAD
    Online Screener

    For your contribution, you'll be given access to an online screener of the uncut original pilot short, as seen at the 2013 Fantasia International Film Festival.

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  • $25CAD
    Poster

    Along with your VIP Pass to exclusive behind-the-scenes material, choose from a selection of 11"x17" posters. Frame it, Plak-it or hide it under your mattress, gazing upon its chilling image whenever you need to remind yourself how awesome and generous you are! If you'd like, members of the cast and crew will further personalize your poster with autographs and crudely scribbled messages of gratitude! *Add $10 to also receive a wonderfully unique mystery item related to the production!*

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  • $25CAD
    Digital Download

    Can't wait to watch the series? While you wait for your exclusive looks behind the scenes, temporarily satiate your appetite for on-screen carnage by enjoying a digital download of the full, director's cut of the short film "A Certain Kind of Monster." *Add $10 to your contribution and be rewarded for your generosity with a unique mystery item. See our pitch text for more info!*

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  • $40CAD
    The Best of Both Worlds

    Can't decide whether you'd prefer a poster or a digital download of the original, uncut short film to go along with your all-access pass to exclusive behind-the-scenes content? Have your cake and eat it, too---with a discount! Choose from a selection of 11"x17" posters, then sit back and experience (or relive) the provocative short film in all its ghastly glory! *Add $10 to your contribution and be rewarded for your generosity with a unique mystery item. See our pitch text for more info!*

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  • $60CAD
    DVD (w/ Poster and Digital DL)

    Wouldn't you love to proudly display a DVD copy of "A Certain Kind of Monster" right where it belongs: on your movie shelf, cuddling between "Casablanca" and "Citizen Kane"? This DVD of the uncut short features beautiful cover art and a host of special features: audio commentaries, outtakes, cast/crew interviews and even additional short films never before available on DVD! *Add $10 and be rewarded for your generosity with a unique mystery item. See pitch text for more info!*

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  • $75CAD
    Soundtrack Package

    Start the celebration of your generosity and all-around sublimeness by enjoying all previous perks. Then continue the party by downloading a savoury feast for your ears. Enjoy the series' wonderful and unpredictable soundtrack -- guaranteed aural pleasure in the form of a delectable score crafted by Adam Martignetti (w/ occasional guests). *Add $10 to your contribution and be rewarded for your generosity with a unique mystery item. See our pitch text for more info!*

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  • $100CAD
    Associate Producer Package

    Your staggering generosity demands that a special title be bestowed upon you. As such, we will gladly stamp your name onto the credits for our series, declaring you to be an "Associate Producer", a title that comes with an ample supply of street cred. While you're getting high off the fumes of your own superiority, enjoy all previous perks as well! *Add $10 to your contribution and be rewarded for your generosity with a unique mystery item. See our pitch text for more info!*

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  • $125CAD
    T-Shirt Package

    Enjoy all previous perks, and add a beautiful T-Shirt. If the "Associate Producer" credit doesn't provide a sufficient level of street cred, surely donning this 'aCKoM' apparel will have folks falling to their knees in worship as you're catapulted onto a platinum pedestal of Fonz-like coolness, the likes of which mortal beings have rarely seen. *Add $10 your contribution and enhance your coolness, still, with a mystery item from the series' production. See the pitch text for more info!*

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  • $150CAD
    Personalized Video Package

    In addition to all previous perks, allow the cast and crew of the series to shower you with adulation in the form of a heartwarming and/or spine-chilling personal video message! Not satisfied to show their gratitude with a lazy, ordinary video message, the cast and crew will take time from a day of shooting to coordinate, shoot and edit a unique, fun, personalized video dedicated to you and your supreme awesomeness! *Add $10 for a mystery item from the shoot! See pitch text for more info!*

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  • $200CAD
    Collector's Book Package

    In addition to all the previous perks, you'll receive an extremely limited aCKoM companion book. This book compiles the unedited scripts for each episode of the series and features a comprehensive look at the creative process: hand-written notes, storyboard sequences, on-set photos, sketches and detailed production diaries. Each book will also be signed and personalized by members of the cast and crew. *Add $10 be rewarded with a unique mystery item. See our pitch text for info!*

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  • $500CAD
    Executive Producer

    Show off your love of independent film and have your name in the credits of every episode of "A Certain Kind of Monster" as an Executive Producer. In addition to the boundless satisfaction of being immortalized as a crucial contributor to fine, blood-spattered art, enjoy exclusive perks: enjoy a day on set as a participant in the production, and be amongst the first to see the episodes, long before they are released! We'll even toss a special mystery item your way, no extra charge!

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  • $650CAD
    SUPER Executive Producer

    Kick your feet up and allow the sensation of being completely worshiped wash over you. In addition to the infinite and lavish praise you will be rewarded for your overwhelming generosity, you will be given ALL previous perks (think of all that awesome swag!) and credited as Executive Producer on the series, along with all the related benefits. You're a saint. A hero. The gold standard by which all other human beings should be judged.

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