Kickstart This: Animated 'Dome', 'Creep!' and 'Terrible Week' Musical
by Ben Pearson
April 6, 2012
Welcome back to another Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to highlighting cool (and sometimes unusual) independent fundraising projects that need your help to survive. This week, we've got two Kickstarter campaigns and an IndieGoGo project that we think are worth your while. There's Dome, an animated film about a robot with multiple celebrity endorsements; It's A Terrible Week for Singing, a musical feature about an unlucky puppeteer; and also Creep!, a multifaceted project about a terrible monster movie from the 1960s. Check out all of them below, and don't forget to donate if you can. Read on!
"Let's Kickstart this sumbitch!" So says Party Down and Freaks and Geeks actor Martin Starr about this first project, a cool animated feature called Dome. It looks like a dirtier version of Pixar's Wall-E, and Starr isn't the only celebrity endorsing this. It's also got the attention of "LOST" co-creator & Prometheus co-writer Damon Lindelof, who knows a thing or two about science fiction. Because this is an animated project, the filmmakers have chosen to do something really cool for people who pledge a certain amount to help make the movie: they're opening a password-protected secret site where you can see the development of character designs and more, and not only that, you can actually have real input as to what the film looks like. The filmmakers are bringing years of their own experience working in the studio system, but they're trying to make Dome at less than 1% of the cost of a studio film, so take a look at what they've got so far.
For more info on Martin Starr's Dome, or to help fund the project, visit their Kickstarter page. Mighty Treehouse is looking for a total of $79,000 by May 12th, and they're still quite a bit short of their goal.
We've featured a lot of documentaries, video game-related stuff, and generally nerdy things in this column before, but here's a new one: a musical. It's A Terrible Week for Singing is a feature length musical with 16 songs, so with all the recording necessary on top of normal filmmaking costs, they need quite a bit of help putting this one together. Though they don't have a lot of footage to show us, the song in their video is catchy as hell and the plot sounds entertaining. It's about a puppeteer named Barnaby who finds out his girlfriend is a lesbian, and as he tries to move on and pursue a new love interest, his week keeps getting progressively worse. Sounds like a bit of Forgetting Sarah Marshall in that plot, and if the rest of the songs are half as catchy as the one these Chicago-based filmmakers chose for this video, I'm sure it'll be great.
For more information on the musical It's A Terrible Week for Singing, or to help fund the project, visit their IndieGoGo page. Director Evan Mills and the rest of his team is seeking $7,500 by May 13th, and they've only got a little ways left before they reach their goal!
This next one has a cool little twist to it. According to the writer/director, Creep! is a documentary, a comedy, a monster movie, a remake, and more. Back in 1964, a real monster movie called The Creeping Terror came out in American theaters, and it was awful. Creep! tells a version of how that movie came to be, with modern actors playing the roles of the director and actors in The Creeping Terror. (Still with me? Good.) This narrative recreation is intercut with interviews with the real people who were actually involved in the production of The Creeping Terror and also with some film historians and authors (including Ain't It Cool News founder Harry Knowles). The footage they've got so far looks so fantastic that it might easily be confused with the high-quality work being done on cable TV these days; their production value is exceptionally high, and it really looks like everyone involved with this one are total pros. Take a look:
For more information on Pete Schuermann and Nancy Theken's Creep!, or to help fund the project, visit their Kickstarter page. They are looking to raise $65,000 before May 12th, and this is definitely a project that can benefit from the help of the FirstShowing community.
That's it for this week's Kickstart This! Feel free to e-mail me at BenPears85@gmail.com with any suggestions for upcoming editions of this column. (As always, you can find our previous editions here.) Don't forget to donate, but if you're strapped for cash, try to do your part to support independent films by passing the word on to your friends about these projects and others like it. Thanks for reading, and we'll be back with more next week. Let us know what you think of these three projects in the comments below.