Roy Berkeley is a graduate of New Mexico State University's Creative Media Institute, where he studied screenwriting and directing. His collegiate mentors were Tony Award-winning playwright Mark Medoff, accomplished filmmaker Ross Marks and award-winning playwright Amy Lanasa. Roy's passion for filmmaking is the driving force in his life, where not even his life-threatening Cystic Fibrosis has stood in his way. Along with his producer and cinematographer, he has also won multiple awards at film festivals as part of the Manifest Motion Pictures team.
Erin Brown (aka Misty Mundae)
Erin Brown has starred in over 70 feature films, television programs, short films and music videos, beginning in the late 90s and through the 2000s, when she developed an enormous fan base. She was listed in Sci Fi Weekly's list of living horror icons, alongside Jamie Lee Curtis and Linda Blair. She won a best actress award for the short film "This Girl's Gun" at the PollyGrind Film Festival and was nominated for a best actress award for the film "Sinful" at the New Jersey International Film and Screenplay Festival. Her combination of charm, talent and experience enhance any film's appeal.
Jake Bonner cut his teeth doctoring/producing scripts in NMSU's Creative Media Institute and was the principal writer on several award-winning shorts for Manifest Motion Pictures. Along with producing over 20 shorts during his collegiate career, Jake has also experienced success in directing several large scale shorts and music videos.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY:
Sam Pool began shooting short films at age thirteen and at age seventeen, his films began winning awards. Six years later, Sam's work has been screened in theaters from El Paso to Times Square. His work includes everything from music videos to commercials to a feature-length documentary and everything in between.
The crowd-funding campaign we are embarking upon is significant in several ways; though our team has experienced a moderate level of success early on in our careers, we are still hungry and motivated to push ourselves forward artistically to the next level. "Inside the Armoire" is a chance for our team to create a piece of art which is both inherently ambitious, yet fiscally sound. The core conceit of the film revolves around a "movie within a movie" device. Fake films are viewed in our film by the main actress through a fake movie-viewing device called "The Armoire." This concept fascinates me and my team in the sense that we want to shoot not one single film, but rather several varying films with wholly unique tones and atmospheres which still all exist within the same "real world." Making each "fake" movie totally insulated and unique from one another will be a huge challenge in terms of photography, direction, editing, and acting. Our challenge will be to inhabit these different tones and genres while at the same time still engaging with a central narrative thread which will follow through with the entire story.
Early work on the "Armoire" device:
Our biggest blessing in terms of this project is the opportunity we have been given to work with cult movie legend Erin Brown, A.K.A. Misty Mundae. Her deep level of experience in independent film as well as her insane acting chops will bring the project not only vitality in terms of creating a vibrant narrative, but also a boost in the possibility for a fruitful life at festivals.
What We Need & What You Get
- Our budget for "Inside the Armoire" hovers around $9000, about half of which has already been secured. We are seeking the remaining $4500 to account for expenses related to production design, costuming, equipment, and most importantly, the payment of our crew and talent. Our goal is $5000 to compensate for the online fees incurred by launching this campaign. For the caliber of people we will be working with, there is simply no viable way to undergo such a massive endeavor without compensation of the brilliant people we are lucky enough to hire.
- Your contribution to the most ambitious project of our careers will ensure it is everything it needs to be in order to resonate and give audiences a memorable experience. It's a stylized meditation on the nature of creating and watching cinema.
- Our confidence in a crafting a quality film is based on the successful track record of the entire team on this film.
- Every single dollar helps us out in a very real, direct way.
Risks & Challenges
- Our biggest challenge is making the movies within the movie as believable as an actual film. This calls for early '80s costumes, make-up and production design, as well as make-up for alien creatures, an expensive, unique-looking astronaut suit and other props in our fake sci-fi movie.
- Everyone's dedication makes for half the battle already won. The other half is expenses.
Other Ways You Can Help
- We know it's rough out there, so if you don't have a dollar to spare for a struggling filmmaker, sharing is caring when it comes to campaigns!
- We highly recommend using Indiegogo's extraordinarily helpful share tools!
"The secret subject of any story worth telling is time." - Robert Penn Warren
Special Thanks to the following sites for sharing the campaign:
- Fangoria - The world's number one horror publication since 1979
- Beasts in Human Skin - Banacek's humorous, expertly put together horror/grind-house/exploitation movie blog
- The Nightmare Nook - Zainab Ali's in-depth blog about horror entertainment
- Film Threat
- Horror Society - One of the world's best sites about all things horror