My brother Grant I first conceived of Blacked Out! in a tiny, sand-strewn apartment in North Carolina. We’d agreed, however, to wait until we were both living back in our home state of Michigan before guiding our plan into fruition, to include our longtime friends and family in this exciting new venture.
The first of many independent movies and short films Half-Empty Flicks has on our upcoming agenda, Blacked Out! concerns twentysomething slacker Chet and his misguided attempts to walk off a severe concussion inflicted unwittingly by his drunk friends. When losing time, he enters a surreal, crude landscape where he meets “The Girl,” whom he is instantly drawn to. He refuses to pursue the medical attention he so obviously requires as he seeks out clues to her existence and/or whereabouts.
These spells don’t last long, and Chet must deal with his unconscious actions in the real world. Part of the fun is that both the audience and our lead haven’t the foggiest what he’s done with each return from the “Blacked Out Universe.” A hint: It’s never pretty and uproarious dark comedy fun.
We currently have our seed money, and everything is scheduled for a July – August (the only point in the Michigan year one can count on decent weather) shoot. We are hoping to add another $20,000 to the budget, in order to create the possible product and promote it accordingly. Any contribution you can make would be greatly appreciated. The following is a break-down of how the funds will be distributed:
· Registering the company title “Half-Empty Flicks” and establishing the business in Detroit, Michigan.
· Purchase of professional grade digital movie camera. If we fall short of our budget goal, this will be rented for the shooting period of three weeks.
· Lighting and audio equipment purchases. This will be bought directly from local retailers, and entails also booms and a friction magnet arm for hand-held shooting. Camera dolly and track will be constructed.
· Location rentals (tavern interior and a funeral parlor interior).
· On-set catering. Due to finances, the cast and crew may become extremely bored with hot-n-ready pizzas, but at least they’ll be fed.
· On-site insurance, because we don’t want anyone trying to walk off a concussion for real.
· “Blacked Out World” animation, set design and construction. We are in talks with several talented people, dabbling in both digital and stop-motion effects. As this is a painstaking process in either case, we plan to pay accordingly.
· Actors’ honorariums. This, of course, depends heavily on the final budget.
· Soundtrack and score. We have found a terrific musician to compose an original score, but we would also like to hire local bands and artists for the scenes in which original contemporary music would be perfect.
· Profession editing software. Due to the different film styles and animation incorporated in Blacked Out!, we’ve got to spring for the good stuff in this facet.
· Advertising and distribution. You’ve got to get the word out there, and we would like to handle as much of this in-house as possible.
If you’ve made it this far, bless you for muddling through this long-winded blather. Also, if you were intrigued enough to read all of this, we must have sparked your interest. You have our word, this is the beginning of something big.
Thank you for your time and consideration,