DEB Promo Video Featured in Kickstarter’s 2014 Film Fest

Kickstarter Film Festival 2014Great news, Debbers! Kickstarter has developed its very own film festival, which is traveling to various cities in the U.S. and abroad – and our very own NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB promo video was selected to kick off this year’s show!

The fest debuted in Brooklyn to a great reception this July, and will next be seen at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles September 12!

Get all the info here, and check out the full program with a bunch of other great projects!

Who Wants To Join Us at a Killer Wrap Party???

IMG_0038Did you miss out on your chance to appear in the greatest production in the history of Portland, ME? Not to fear! You can still impress your date/friend-with-benefits by taking her/him to the bangin’est wrap party this side of Bangor!

Thursday, July 3 at an undisclosed Portland location: Rub elbows with cast, crew, producers and director at this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate the local phenomenon that has been Night of the Living Deb. Reconnect with old undead pals, or make brand-new ones before we close up shop and get ready to head back to Hollywood and edit this thing for the big screen! You may even end up in the featurette for the DVD!!

Tickets are just $95 per couple, but space is limited. Reserve your spot now on our pledge page. Just select the $95 donation level, give us your deets and we’ll get in touch to let you know where and when to show up for the ragin’ wrap!

By the way, these rewards can also be procured for someone else… so show them you really care, by sending them off to walk the earth in a fun-loving purgatory on the border of life and simulated death. It’s toasted!

UPDATE: The zombie extra pledge level is now SOLD OUT!! But it’s not too late to get yourself to the wrap party! Donate at the $95 level for entree to this red-carpet event for you and a guest Thursday night, July 3! There may be some zombies there.

 

We are officially in MAINE!!

Michael Cassidy in Portland, Maine to shoot NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB.Preproduction is well underway on Night of the Living Deb. We are scouting locations, hiring local crew, and meeting the lovely people of Portland. Look for us and say hello!

The schedule is nearly complete and our zombie backers will hear from us soon regarding their day to get zombified and filmed. Thanks for all of your support! There are still zombie slots available via our crowdfunder in the right sidebar!

Filming starts June 10 for four weeks throughout Portland, so be on the lookout for zombies, cameras, trucks, and BRAAAIINNSSS.

Local business owners: if you have locations/ vehicles/ props to possibly contribute, we’d love to hear from you contact@nightofthelivingdeb.com

Maria Thayer To Bring Deb to Life; Production Starts in June

Greetings, loyal Debbers! We’ve been out of touch for a while, but it’s not like we took that sweet Kickstarter cash and went to Macau or something. We’ve been hard at work rewriting and prepping for production on Night of the Living Deb, which is now set to shoot June 10 – July 3 in Portland, Maine.

Maria Thayer joins cast of Night of the Living Deb

Maria in Forgetting Sarah Marshall

But what we’re really excited about is that we’ve found our Deb! We’re excited to welcome to our cast the phenomenally talented Maria Thayer, whom you’ll recognize from such comedic hits as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Accepted, Hitch, New Girl and Strangers with Candy. She brings a lovable awkwardness to the role that is very Deb-like; we’re grateful and proud to have her as our lead.

Also new for us is the addition of a crowdfunding page on our website! Some fans, friends and family have asked about how they can help out now that the Kickstarter is over… so we came up with this option. It’s a lot less restrictive than KS, so you can donate any amount at any time. But for those who like rewards with their pledges, you can also use it to pre-purchase the DVD or BluRay of the movie, OR attend our kickass wrap party in Portland July 3rd.

Any funds gathered here will just help us make the movie that much better… lights, sound, props, locations, etc. We’ve got some amazing talent on board (including Tom Ackerman as Director of Photography!), so we want to do everyone justice by getting as many dollars up on the screen as possible!

Thanks to everyone who has supported us in this journey. We’ll be posting updates from set as time allows. See you in Maine!

LIVE TWEETING the Final Hours of Our Campaign Tomorrow 11am – 2pm PST!!

Please join us on Twitter (#NOTLD) and Facebook as we LIVE TWEET the countdown to being officially funded! We’ll be posting stories, thoughts, drunken ramblings, maybe even some pics and video! Come be a part of it as we celebrate all of YOU loyal Debbers who made this all possible!

Expect shoutouts galore!!!!! We might feel like giving stuff away!!!! Follow @thelivingdeb, @kbrankin, @andytselsor, @_siopio_

Campaign officially ends at 1:30PST. Tweet back at us using hashtag #NOTLD. See you there!

DEB DRIVES A STAKE THROUGH $72K

Deb_KSprogress7As we hit the midpoint of our final week, ‘Deb’ is in full stride with 73% funded of its $99,000 goal! That means we’re all just $27k away from making this thing a reality!!

Recent high-profile promotions from places like www.zombies.ws and RAINN WILSON’S TWITTER FEED have given us a huge surge forward… now we’re just hoping to keep it going!

THANK YOU fans and backers who have gotten us this far… please continue to help us get the word out to get us over the finish line, so we can make the movie you want to see!

UPDATE: WE’RE AT $82K!!

Why Pledge to a Kickstarter Campaign? A Cost-Benefit Analysis

Ray Wise, Michael Cassidy and Kyle Rankin Kickstarter

Cindy Vela, Kyle Rankin, Ray Wise and Michael Cassidy.

Why should I foot the bill for someone else’s project? Like you, most of us on Team Deb have pondered this same question. Can’t they just shell out the bucks themselves? They have rich actors on board, for cryin’ out loud… why don’t THEY fund the movie?

The simple truth is, as awkward as a Kickstarter campaign drive might be, asking actors or crew to fund a movie they are about to work on (for little or no pay) is even more strange. These guys and gals are already giving their time and considerable talents to something that normally would be a paying gig. For nothing. They’re doing it because they believe in the project and really want it to happen. To ask them to actually finance the movie, on top of that, is just not feasible. Imagine if you walked into a job interview and they said, “We love you, you’re hired! It’ll only cost you $50,000 a year to work here!”

Yes, we know, these very words have probably been spoken to many a CAA intern candidate. But in the regular world, once you have established yourself in your field, you normally get paid for your services, instead of paying someone else for the privilege of providing them. So the actors are out.

What about the filmmakers? Believe it or not, we’re not a bunch of Zach Braffs over here at the ol’ Deb compound. Like many of you, we have car payments, mortgages, day jobs… even kids! We simply don’t have the finances to foot the bill for an entire movie production ourselves. To be brutally honest, the movie might not make its money back. It happens! A lot.

That’s why we’ve all contributed to other Kickstarter projects ourselves. We understand that our $50, or whatever we can afford, is something we’re willing to “lose” – even though we don’t really lose it, because we cash in on those sweet rewards – whereas $100,000 (or even $99k) is too much for ANYONE to lose. At least, anyone we know.

So as our campaign winds down to its final days, with nearly $60,000 of our $99,000 film funded, we thought we might do a little cost-benefit analysis to help you decide if pledging to this project is right for you.

Kickstarter Cost-Benefit: Night of the Living Deb

First, it’s important to remember that if our project does not get fully funded on Kickstarter by Saturday, IT DOESN’T COST OUR BACKERS ANYTHING. Not a cent. Pledge canceled. Poof! Like it never happened. Kickstarter is all-or-nothing like that, and in a way, that kind of makes it a super-sweet deal. Here’s why:

We’ve got almost $40,000 left to meet our goal. We’ve raised $60k, which is AMAZING and we are so grateful and humbled to have gotten that kind of support from our backers. But while we raised that $60k in 25 days, we now have FIVE days left to raise $39k. That’s like $8,000 a day. So, yeah.

Let’s say you pledge $100 (or $27, or $59, or $1450, whatever strikes your fancy). If we don’t reach the goal by Saturday afternoon, what does it cost you? NOTHING. You’re in the clear. But what does it get you? EVERYTHING. Because to us, it really does mean everything just to know you believed in this project enough to pledge your support. And it has your name on it. You get instant gratitude and good vibes coming back at you from us, from Ray Wise, from Michael Cassidy, from David Krumholtz… and you didn’t have to spend a dollar. Believe us when we say, we take note of every single backer who comes through our virtual doors.

Now let’s say we DO make the goal. Sure, you’re charged the dough, but you still get all that gratitude and karma coming your way… PLUS all the swag and parties and credits and props and red-carpet premieres that come with whatever reward tier you signed up for. AND, frankly, you get to see this movie made. You get to say you GOT this movie made. If you watch the promo video and think, “Damn that’s cool, I would like to say I was a part of that…” then imagine the feeling you’ll get when you take your date or your kids to see a full-length feature film that is 100 MINUTES OF COOL in the same vein, but with a complete story, compelling characters, love, arcs and even the as-yet-unseen DEB herself… and be able to point to the screen and say “THAT’S ME!”

Because it will be you. Not because you put money into it. Because you voted for it. Because you said, this is a movie that should happen. If this movie gets made, you can honestly look at the screen and say you’re the reason.

The studio system is an incredible machine, but it has its limitations. The economics of global entertainment conglomerates don’t allow for too much original fare. It’s why your local multiplex will be playing a sequel to a movie based on a comic book from the 1940′s this weekend. Hey, we get it. We love popcorn movies too, and understand that studios aren’t in a position to take risks these days.

But maybe you are. At least a small one. If so, we would be eternally grateful and proud to have your support. Click here for more info

Deb Sees $55K in the Rear-View; 8 Days Left to Raise $44K

Ray Wise in Night of the Living Deb

“Kickstarter’s all or nothing??”

Thanks to our kick-ass fans and 297 backers, we have plowed over the $55,000 mark. A week from tomorrow, the clock runs out on this crazy-fun campaign, at which point we hope to report being fully funded… because if you liked the Kickstarter video, frankly we can’t wait to show you what’s in store for the feature. Benoit Grenier will find out soon, after upping his pledge $1400 Monday to win the autographed copy of our full script.

We’ll have another very fun video update coming soon for our backers… be sure you’re on board to find out what happened AFTER Ray Wise met up with those zombies outside Kyle’s house. Whatever you can do to help us make it to the finish line and spread the word, we think you’ll find the finished product well worth it! Much love to all our partners and backers… onward to $60K!