Unfinished Business - A Ghost Story

A movie about a murdered secret agent who's ghost comes back to help beat the bad guys. An Action film with Steampunk, Mystery, & Sci-Fi elements.
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Suzee Corbell
Film
Artesia and Roswell, New Mexico
United States
1 Team Member

 

 

***Every single contribution - NO MATTER HOW MUCH - toward helping get this movie made will get you a Thank You credit at the end of the film AND will get you on the e-mail list to receive production updates throughout our shoot when we go into production.  It'll be like a production diary with notes, photos, and videos to keep you "in the loop"  There are even more Perks for higher contributions!***
 
We're a group of slightly insane lovers of filmmaking who are breaking out to do our own thing.  We've worked on films and TV shows that include Pirates of the Caribbean movies, G-Force, Alvin & the Chipmunks movies,  Bones, Spiderman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Thor, Raiders of the Lost ArkLabyrinth, The Lone Ranger, Transformers 1 & 2, and much more!  Now we want to take what we've learned and make movies that we'd like to watch with YOU!
 
 
 

Do you like ghost stories?  Do you like Action/Thrillers?  How about mixing an action spy thriller with a ghostly tale?

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 made from vintage science equipment, 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 clicking on this link to go to our web site:  Featured Artists and Collectors in Our Movie.

MADELINE STEWART (Sexy Goth Look)

 

PROFESSOR J. BYRNES (Classic Steampunk Style)

 

EMILY RHODES (Chic Boho Flavors)

 

NICK CASEY (That Covert Spy Style That's So Fun)

REMEMBER:  GHOSTS WERE PEOPLE, TOO!

  

Agent Nick Casey of the International Bureau of Investigation (IBI) is working with his partner Agent Richie Faraday to bring down the drug queenpin Madeline Stewart. Before they can find out what new game Madeline 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 J. Byrnes and his personally-created 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.

 

This is our amazing cast as of now:

PICTURED (from left to right in each row):  Sarah Mitchell, Debbie Brown, Jeremiah Blakley, Curtis H. Folts, Zod Grey Buckley, Mike Smith, Geoffrey Notkin, Cody Price, Rebecca Prendergast, Hayley Snow Klein, and Kenny Holdeman.

 

Geoffrey Notkin in Australia for "Meteorite Men"

Role of DR. JOSHUA BYRNES - Geoffrey Notkin hosts the award-winning adventure series Meteorite Men on Science Channel. He has also appeared in numerous other television shows including American Chopper, Wired Science, Cosmic Collisions, How the Earth was Made, and The Best Places to Find Cash & Treasures. He is a widely published science writer and photographer, and the author of two books, Meteorite Hunting: How To Find Treasure From Space, and the new 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.

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You can find out more about each actor and the role they play by checking out our "Unfinished Business" Cast page on our web site.

  

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.

We've listed a couple below and we'll be adding the collection photo of the crew soon, but you can see additional current crew and new crew as we add them onto the project on our "Unfinished Business" Crew page at our web site.

 

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 GeishaPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestPirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndG-ForceAlvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, and many others.

You can find more about Suzee on IMDb and at her production company web site Vivid Light Pictures.


Geoffrey Notkin

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 ChopperGlobe TrekkerAncient AliensNaked EarthHow the Earth was MadeThe 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.

Geoffrey Notkin on IMDb • Meteorite Men web site • Geoff's Books • Geoff Notkin on Facebook• Geoff Notkin on Twitter

 

 

 

Here are a few of the Locations we're checking out for shooting our movie:

To find out more about the pictured locations (including The Jahva House in Artesia, NM) just go to our "Unfinished Business" Locations page at our web site.

 

Something else we should point out is that we love and appreciate artists, collectors, designers, and entrepeneurs. We're working with many very talented people that we've found at Etsy, Zazzle, and other sites to bring together our wardrobe, jewelry and additional props and set dressing so we can feature their work in our film. Some of the shops are shown below and you can find out more about each one with links to their sites on our "Unfinished Business" Artists, etc. page at our web site.  We're also featuring amazing products such as alien Abduction Wine and ParanormALE!

 Don't forget that we're always looking for more that will fit in with our story.

 

 

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. J. Byrnes designs and builds his own paranormal ghost hunting gear and he's a Steampunk man at heart.  Prof. Byrnes is going to be played by Geoffrey Notkin of the award-winning Science Channel show "Meteorite Men".

We've taken a whole load of vintage science equipment (much of it from Geoff's personal collection) and are converting it into the Steampunk Ghost Hunting props for the film.  We're even switching out the wiring and turning a lot of it into REAL Ghost Hunting Gear that's beautiful!  It's still a work in progress, but we hope these photos give you an idea of where we're going.

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.

 
 
Below are a few photos of the some of the gear we're working on.  You can keep track of the new gear on the "Unfinished Business" Steampunk Ghost Hunting Gear page at our web site.
 
 
 
 

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 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 look great. They have to be comfortable for the actors and functional, too. That's why we're testing so many of them ahead of time.

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.

 
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