Abductee is a feature film that explores one man's descent into madness as he tries to discover what comes for him in the darkness...
Abductee is a chilling “found footage” film set in the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. Terrifying in a way that few other horror films are, Abductee explores the bizarre and misunderstood world of alien abduction. Through a first person account, we come to know the fear and mental anguish that befalls a man as he attempts to unravel the mystery of what happens to him when he is alone in the middle of the night.
Drew hasn't been sleeping very well. On numerous occasions he awakes suddenly, completely unable to move, a victim of a common but terrifying disorder called Sleep Paralysis. After suffering from this condition for many years, Drew finally decides to take matters into his own hands and capture his nighttime episodes on video in order to find out exactly what he is experiencing while he is frozen in his bed. But as the evidence mounts, Drew and his sister come to discover that the truth is far more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.
I’ve always wanted to be a storyteller. When I was younger, I read every book I could find, amassed a ridiculously huge collection of movies, and even tried my hand at writing. Then, life took over, and I was battered into believing that I had to grow up and be realistic. And for a while, I subscribed to that train of thought, but I knew deep down that I’d someday come back to my passion. And a few years ago, I did. I feverishly began writing again, stories flowing out of me into novels, screenplays, and TV shows.
I founded the Las Vegas film production company Collective Minds Media, a company with the purpose of finding raw talent and helping them hone it while simultaneously giving us the freedom to develop our projects how we see fit. Abductee is one of my earlier works, and it’s one of my most passionate. A found footage style horror thriller, it is inspired by my own experiences with Sleep Paralysis and it has been reviewed by numerous editors including a consultant who has been an abductee for the last 30 years. The last several years of work have culminated to this moment and now, backed by my business partners and company, we’re giving Abductee the green light in order to turn my dream into a reality.
While the idea had been stewing in my head for quite some time, it wasn’t until I watched The Fourth Kind that the method finally took root. Unfortunately, the movie wasn’t very good; it sold itself as a factual account when it was pretty much pure fiction. But the concept was there, and the style has all the advantages of an ultra-low budget movie with none of the disadvantages.
For most mainstream movies, A-list actors are absolutely essential. A household name can mean the difference between a film achieving a wide release or going straight to DVD. However, with found footage films, A-list actors are detrimental; they detach the viewer from the realism. Luckily, we are filming in Portland, Oregon, which is well known for having a strong talent pool to choose from. Once we achieve funding, we will spend a week in Portland scouting and securing all of the locations and casting the film with quality, but little-known actors.
Found footage movies have a huge advantage regarding the number of crew members they need on set. Most movies have a slew of people including camera operators, sound and lighting crew, and more, with numerous people in each position ensuring that the film production runs smoothly. It’s why the credits will feature hundreds of names and take five minutes to scroll through. But found footage movies are meant to look homemade, so while there are still the essential crew such as a director of photography, producer, sound mixer, director, hair and makeup, and a couple of Production Assistants, aside from a special circumstance, that’s about it. That allows the film to have a dramatically reduced cost as well as streamlining the filming process without having to micromanage a hundred people.
The vast majority of Abductee takes place at the lead character’s house or between two or three actors. These scenes require no special effects and because of the found footage style, only one static camera angle. This allows for us to focus on the acting instead of a bunch of stunts or dramatic special effects. In essence, we’re allowing the actors to fully immerse themselves in the roles of the movie to create an authentic, found footage feel without needing several weeks for filming.
This is where you can help out! We’re asking for $140,000, and we've done our due diligence, breaking down the budget to account for every expense.
So where does all of the money go for Abductee? 15% of the budget has been allocated for pre-production. This money will go toward compensating the consultants, scouting the filming locations, casting the actors, and purchasing the necessary wardrobes/props. Principal photography accounts for another 65% of the film’s budget and is allocated to the cast, crew, locations, permits, fees, travel and food. Next, 10% of the film’s budget is allocated toward post-production work. Finally, like any well thought-out film, we are also allocating an additional 10% for contingency, because we know a little bit of wiggle room is essential.
Then, there are the pledge levels. Many campaigns forget to properly account for this but we have comprehensively broken down each pledge level, the cost for each reward we’re offering, and figured out the cost to produce and ship each and every reward. We added these to the campaign so that our backers will receive them in a timely manner. Next, we’ve factored in a small marketing budget, which will allow us to launch a viral marketing campaign to raise awareness for the film. Lastly, there are the Kickstarter fees and Credit Card fees that are tacked on to every dollar raised. We’ve added up the film’s budget, the marketing budget, and the reward costs to come up with our total of $140,000.