Today we launch our Indiegogo campaign! Travel over to our fundraising page to watch the video and see how you can help.
We’re producing a grindhouse-style horror film that has the feel of the late 1970s or early 1980s. Mind Rip contains over-the-top thrills and tongue-in-cheek violence, making it a modern day “classic monster” movie. We’re marrying the creature effects of 1970s films with today’s digital compositing and editing techniques. Films that inspired Mind Rip include Phantasm, The Evil Dead, George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, and John Carpenter’s The Thing. Mind Rip is made for fans of these movies, who really appreciate their tone and style of moviemaking.
What We’ve Done… and What’s the Next Step
We’ve come a long way with Mind Rip. After shooting sample scenes for promotional purposes, we put together a great drive-in style trailer that got us some attention. We presented the trailer and promotional materials to distributors, who showed real interest in seeing a final product. We’ve even lined up genre actors to appear in the film. Up till now, we (producers John Vincent, Mike Boas and a few others) have funded this ourselves.
What’s next? We’re at the point in our development where we have everything put together to go to investors to get substantial budget that fits this genre of film. One way to do this is meet with investors at film markets and festivals. We’re asking for $3,500 to help with this next stage. The initial funds will be used to form our LLC and pay legal fees for our business documents. Following that, money will go towards travel expenses and promotional materials.
Take a look at our Indiegogo rewards and see what you can receive for helping us meet our goal!
Philrose productions is proud to announce that actor Bill Moseley has agreed to play the role of Gary the Ghoul in MIND RIP. Gary the Ghoul is a late night horror host that comes face to face with monsters weirder than any he’s introduced on TV. Moseley is a favorite actor among horror enthusiasts, with credits that include The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, and Texas Chainsaw 3D.
We also have letters of intent from genre actors Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees in numerous Friday the 13th films, Hatchet) and Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, Weird Science, The X-Files) to appear in Mind Rip. We’re extremely excited that so many actors horror fans love feel this project is worth getting involved with.
In addition, a prominent distributor that has distributed genre films (like last year’s American Mary) has given us a letter of intent for distributing Mind Rip. We’re on our way!
With John animating and me (Mike) as support, we plowed through many many seconds of animation in a couple days.
Here’s a slice of our lives, showing how we exported the animation from Dragonframe and applied RS Motion Blur in After Effects. We get pretty excited by the results.
The rendered file:
Stop Motion Scaresnake – Raw Animation with Motion Blur
But really, I say the only way to experience the
tedium craftsmanship of stop motion animation is to see it being created one frame at a time. For an eye-numbing look at the process, you can watch one of our animation sessions below. (Sorry, no sound.)
Recorded via Ustream
The lonely repose of Howard Blake.
Won’t you friend Howard? He’s been feeling a little beside himself lately.
Meanwhile, our morgue set came together quite nicely. And to think, we once considered leaving the studio to shoot this scene.
Photo by Stephanie Viriyakul.
Here’s a few shots from our sojourn into the corn. Not a bad day of shooting, overall. We didn’t hear the scarecrow complain, at least.