This is it! Our final month on Kickstarter! But what the hell else is going on?
Casting. Tomorrow - December 4 - we'll be holding auditions in Seattle. We received A LOT of great video submissions (a couple originating in the U.K, London and Dublin specifically) and from those we were able to put together a great group to come in for in person auditions. We are excited and a little nervous -- it's time to grow the Reunion family.
FX. We're in the early stages of trying to work out an arrangement with Bandersnatch Studios (a new, Seattle-based makeup and fx house) to do our gore and goo stuff. They're currently putting some budget numbers together for us. While nothing is set in stone, we're optimistic we can work something out with them. We'd love nothing more than to keep the money we raise on Kickstarter in Seattle, and spending it with Bandersnatch would be awesome.
New Producer! Jared Callaway Hagen is officially onboard as a producer. You can see more about Jared on our main Kickstarter page, but suffice it to say we are THRILLED to have him on board. Even before our auditions tomorrow we've grown the Reunion family by one this week. Welcome, Jared! As we get closer and closer to production Jared's going to have a lot to do. And, if we meet our Kickstarter goal and receive the funds that have been pledged so far, Jared will be working side by side with Matt to see to it that that money is spent smartly to make Reunion its scariest, prettiest, bloodiest, nail-biting best.
Speaking of the Reunion family, you who have donated already, ARE the Reunion family. Kickstarter, and crowd-sourced funding in general, is a very new concept. And an exciting one. It's a chance for people like us to live our filmmaking dreams while reaching out to a potential audience before a frame of the movie is shot. And you took a chance on us and on the potential of crowd-sourced funding. For that, we are eternally grateful to you. Words cannot express what it's meant for us to see your donations come in and move us closer to our goal. We take the commitment you've shown to us, and to Reunion, seriously. It is our commitment back to you to continue doing what we've been doing, which is to go slow through the pre-production process so that we are fully prepared for the unexpected surprises that do come up on all film sets.
You have already done so much for Reunion but we could use your help with getting the word out. If we don't reach our goal by 11:59PM on December 29th, we will not receive any of the pledges we've received so far. Please consider posting to your Facebook wall, Twitter feed, or email and let your friends and family know that you donated to Reunion and include this link: http://kck.st/b9F3fi. And if you know anyone with a blog or a forum where we could reach an audience that would be a huge help in getting us to the finish line as well.
If each of you could get just two, three, or four others to donate that would be amazing. We need lots of smaller donations - $15 is the low pledge and it basically equates to pre-ordering a Special "Donors Only" Edition of Reunion on DVD, a DVD unique to donors and one that donors will get first. A lot of smaller donations can add up quick. But,i f you have a rich uncle who's always wanted to see his name in the credits of the movie, $500 gets him an Executive Producer credit. For $1000 your uncle gets a character named after him and he gets an invitation to the set for the day that character is slated to meet his demise!
We have 26 days left to reach our goal. We can do it and you can get the rewards you so richly deserve.
Thank you all so much for taking a chance on Reunion. We love you all!
Be seeing you...