In the spring of 2013, I took the advice of several writers who agreed, “If you want someone in power to notice your multi-million dollar project, first write a low-budget horror movie. Then sell it or make it, and those same people will be asking, ‘What else have you got?’”
I decided on a story of a frustrated writer who decides to make a low-budget horror movie … (Umm, that sounds familiar.) So the meta aspect came very naturally. I was writing what I knew. It had to be comedic because the writers, Shane and girlfriend Chloe, and their friends do not know the first thing about movie making. The horror comes from a lifetime of viewing horror movies that stretches back to the “Godfather of Gore,” Herschell Gordon Lewis. My script even samples a couple of Lewis films: Two Thousand Maniacs and The Wizard of Gore.
My love of horror continues. With your help, Virgin Cheerleaders in Chains will take its place in horror film history.
A good question, one that several screenwriting friends have asked. When the script won Best Screenplay at the 2013 New Orleans Horror Film Festival and reached second round at the Austin Film Festival, I knew I had a good story, which has to be the basis of any good movie. When Paulo Biscaia Filho told me he was excited to direct and edit, I felt more confident. Finally, I was filmmaker liaison for Rick Moore at AFF. Rick told me that he had sold or optioned a number of scripts but not a single one had ever been made. He decided to produce Putzel himself. It is a sweet and hilarious romcom that is delighting audiences wherever it screens. His encouragement convinced me to produce my own movie.
Virgin Cheerleaders in Chains is "a fresh take on the horror/slasher genre." And it does "... a great job keeping the story at a quick pace..." - Matt Dy, Screenplay and Teleplay Competition Director for the Austin Film Festival
Even with some people on the team working on deferred payment, including myself and director, Paulo Filho, we still need money for locations, cast and crew, equipment, and craft services. (Everyone has to eat.) And that doesn’t include the effects, which in a slasher movie like ours, are expensive. Then there is post-production, which can add as much as a third to the cost. After production and post, we will still need money for marketing and festivals.
Bottom line: We can do it for $60,000, but the more money we raise, the better the movie will be.
WHAT IF WE DON’T MAKE OUR GOAL?
I am confident that we will not only make our goal but exceed it. I know that if each of us spreads the word, we can build a community of 1000 to 1500 supporters, perhaps more. But what if (crazy talk here) we don’t make our goal? Will the movie get made?
Do not doubt it for one second.
- Our website will continue to raise funds.
- We will seek other sources of revenue.
And while I may not steal (not promising I won’t), I will beg and borrow every penny necessary to make Virgin Cheerleaders in Chains a movie we can all be proud of.
WHAT’S THE SCHEDULE?
We have the script and some of the major talent on board (contingent on availability and financing). Check out the awesome reels and trailers for some of our team in the VIDEO GALLERY. We also have one of our two main locations secured.
After this campaign, we can complete pre-production in July and be ready for a 20-day shoot in August.
Post production will take two to three months.
We should be able to have an initial screening in December.
And, of course, none of this will happen without YOU! Yes, YOU!
And all of your friends and family and all of their friends and family and, like I say in this short clip before the perks ...
“EVERYBODY YOU’VE EVER KNOWN.”
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