Murder Loves Company… and INDEPENDENT FILM!

We Love Independent Film!

Check out the kickstarter page raising funding now for the production of MURDER LOVES COMPANY,  and get involved with rising film maker Jimmie Rogers on his latest production.

Jimmie Rogers is an film maker born in 1986 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Being from a military family, he grew up traveling and experiencing all forms of entertainment from around the world. Having asthma as a child, prevented him from taking part in most physical activities, so at the age of thirteen he picked up a camera instead. Since then he has studied many aspects of film, from the inner technical areas to the styles of acting and directing. He hopes to one day inspire kids to follow in his steps at taking their teenage aggression and turning it into a creative work.

Jimmy and his team have their act together, they are making their way in the indie film industry in Alabama, and they’ve got some short films already completed on their slate.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thhon/murder-loves-company-a-dark-comedy/widget/card.html

Here’s what you need to know:

The Story

A long time ago in a mall in the middle of Alabama employees of Suncoast decided to make a movie. Will Wallace, the writer and director, made Late Last Night, a film where two workers accidentally kill their district manager and then spend the night on a wild adventure trying to get rid of the body.

A few years later, while working with two of the actors in the film, they decided to play it during inventory. I was really taken by it and really loved the story. I had never and still to this day have never met Will, but after a few phone conversations, he gave me permission to rewrite Late Last Night in my own twisted way. Two years went by and I had written six different drafts, but it was finally finished. The previous film that had only been about sixty pages long was now ninety nine pages of chaos. It has been another two years since I have finished the script, and I feel I have a bit more knowledge and experience behind the camera to actually make this. The only things missing is the camera and the tripod…and the lights….and the well everything.

The Film

When Patrick and Norman get their roommate, Remy, a job at the TV station with them, he ruins everything in one night. With everyone fired, Remy attempts to get his friends’ jobs back. Failing to do so, he panics and kills their boss. Now the three must spend the night finding a way to cover it all up. The bodies are piling up, and their car is running out of room fast.

Alcohol, hallucinations, blood, guts, chainsaws, and one dead hippie.

Where You Come In

The great thing about how I wrote this film is that every location used is a place I know exists and can gain access to with very little or no problems at all. So the backing donations needed have the ability to go to many other places.

Travel: The film will be shot in both Prattville and Montgomery, Alabama. With the rising cost of gas, I want the crew to be able to get where they need to be with no worries about gas in their cars.

Food: I have learned on previous short films that food is the main ingredient to keep the crew awake and moving into the long hours of the night. With about twenty people expected to work on this project, food will definitely be needed.

Equipment: We have nothing to work with at the moment. After working on a few other films and learning cost effective ways at buying and using equipment, we can make this money go a very long way. Cameras, sound equipment, and lighting equipment are a few of the things this money will go to.

The opportunity to work on film in Alabama is basically nonexistent. Many larger production companies take their work to other states such as Georgia or Louisiana due to recent tax breaks for their production companies. This leaves the film makers of Alabama incapable of pursuing what they want and love to do. Last summer film maker and photographer Stephen Poff took his time to teach us how to use this equipment with first hand training on two short films. Under his guidance and the help of Rory Anglin (director of Black Bayou) we learned how to create amazing film.

This is what we accomplished:

Your Casanova: http://www.vimeo.com/13652793

Black Bayou: http://www.vimeo.com/15950357

By funding this film not only will you fund this particular project but you will help fund any future projects as well. You will also lend the opportunity to work on film to many people. Filming this movie will be a community effort, and it will enrich the lives of film makers, experienced and inexperienced, in our area.

So what are you waiting for…. GO check out MURDER LOVES COMPANY and get involved!!!

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Yalie NOAH COOPER films LIVE from TROMA STUDIOS

We tracked down Noah Cooper, up and coming director of Ninja Zombies (2010) on location on the set of his zombie film at Troma Studios.

After directing Award Winning Lloyd Kaufman, here’s what Noah had to say about working with and being inspired bythe  master of Low Budget Genre Bending Independent Cinema.  Noah also sheds light on why he chose to film at Troma Studios, what he learned from Troma about making Low Budget films, and shares his  own advice on making low budget Zombie special effects for a high quality production.

SLIPPERY SALAMANDER PRESENTS LUNATIC LARRY

Inspired by GEOFF TARULLI’s kickstarter success raising over $6000 from 83 backers for his film MOVIES OF THE FUTURE WITH LLOYD KAUFMAN, The talented mr. Mitch Dolan (whose artwork, dear fans, you may recall from the TROMEMOIR COMPETITION) write us:

Mitch Dolan July 19 at 6:48pm

It would mean alot to me if you could help promote my fundraiser for my upcoming splatter exploitation movie. here is the link to post on some sites and even if troma wanted to help out that would be amazing!

SLIPPERY SALAMANDER PRESENTS LUNATIC LARRY  (click here)

thank you for your time!

Dear Mitch,

Hey that’s cool that you are using Kickstarter. Pretty neat resource to gather small payments from a lot of people in order to make a collective big impact to fund a project.
After checking out your LUNATIC LARRY Kickstarter page, one thought: make the most of Kickstarter!  It’s a great advertising as well as fund raising resource, but you have to max it out! Get your parents, siblings, close friends, the nerdy girl next door who has a crush on your third grade math teacher who everyone you can to contribute, so it looks like your film is popular and people dig you.  If you only have one backer on there other people may be reluctant to join in thinking, well, if only one person is willing to pledge, I don’t know if I am confident putting down my own hard earned $$.

First step: It may sound crazy, but for buzz and marketing purposes, can you decrease the minimum pledge amount to like $1? Who can say no to pledging a buck?

Second Step: Get a bunch of people, just to support LUNATIC LARRY, in numbers, albeit at only $1.

Third Step:  with all this support comes bragging rights about how many backers you have, regardless of the fact that they each only ledged $1.  The point is, if 40 people pledged, you can brag that 40 people have confidence in your film.  If I heard that I’d be more willing to pledge $5 or even $10, who knows, MAYBE $100 dollars!  Wowee, lookout James Cameron, Mitch Dolan is moving into the Big Budget Blockbuster Space.

Anyways, people are like lemmings.  They move in packs and masses.  So it may be easier to get the bigger backers who will make the larger contributions when you have smaller supporters in big numbers.   NOW GO OUT THERE AND RAISE SOME MONEY FOR YOUR FILM!

ok now, you probably didn’t even want our advice. If you still want us to put you on Tromemoir after such a pushy bossy unsolicited kickstarter rant let us know!

-Lloyd’s Kids (who don’t know a thing, so don’t listen to any advice we ever gave anyone)

Update:  in response to the above, ROBERT writes in his two cents on the $$ raising debate:

Robert // July 21, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Reply (edit)

All of the above is 100% true. $1 donations are a great tool to use. You can donate a buck to yourself 5 times under various names, get everyone in your neighborhood to pledge, and meanwhile, all the people see is everyone seemingly flocking to your project. I remember seeing ads in newspapers asking for one dollar for [insert fake tragedy here]. It seems like nothing, until you get thousands saying “Hey, its only a buck.” Lemmings, indeed. People want to do what they think everyone else is doing, for fear that they are being left behind, and/or arent cool.

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Summer FUNding – MOVIES OF THE FUTURE GETS ITS $$$!

And We’re BACK!

Summer vacation can only last so long, even for us students of Life Love and the pursuit of Tromatic Independent Cinema.   So after a brief pause from our beloved Tromemoir, we are back in action and brimming with all the fake blood, spewing with spittle and busting out with all sorts of vile vomitous maggot eaten new matrial for you to chew on.   Now on with the show, in the NEW PRODUCTIONS CATEGORY:

CONGRATULATIONS TO GEOFF TARULLI,  he has Successfully completed raising financing for his film on our very own Lloyd Kaufman: MOVIES OF THE FUTURE WITH LLOYD KAUFMAN: A Movie About An Underground Film Icon.

Genius Geoff took advantage of one of our favorite New York City startups, Kickstarter to collect funding from over 83 sources for his film.   check it out Here!