Followed will be the very first found footage film of its kind to tell a story utilizing a series of vlog posts. With this fresh twist on the genre, we believe Followed will satisfy rabid internet-savvy movie fans worldwide.
Found footage is a genre of film making, especially horror, in which all or a substantial part of a film is presented as discovered film or video recordings, often left behind by missing or dead protagonists. While the genre dates back at least as far as 1980s Cannibal Holocaust, it was popularized after the release of such films as The Blair Witch Project (1999), Paranormal Activity (2007) and Cloverfield (2008).Today, the found footage horror film is a cornerstone subgenre of horror.
In an era in which Hollywood movie budgets have risen exponentially, the recent success of low-cost found footage films like The Last Exorcism (2010) and The Devil Inside (2012), triggering, in turn, nonhorror flicks like Chronicle (2012) and Project X (2012), have made low-tech, micro-budget fare the hottest ticket in town. The lure of these low-cost, high-reward projects is so strong that it can even bring abandoned movies back from the dead. Case in point: Ouija, a film based on the Hasbro board game that was dropped by Universal in 2011 because of a $100 million-plus budget that ballooned due to an ambitious Jumanji-like adventure concept, was revived as a $5 million thriller with one of the Paranormal Activity producers on board to keep things lean and mean. Buoyed by its Paranormal Activity franchise, Paramount has already committed an entire arm – Insurge Pictures – to low-budget genre fare, and now Warner Brothers is jumping on the bandwagon as seen with its "first look" deal with the newly formed Primal Pictures, a micro-budget genre branch of Vertigo Entertainment.
With the advent of cheap cameras that produce theater-quality HD content, combined with the low-cost of production and high box-office returns, found footage horror is an attractive genre for studios and independent producers alike.
After Principle Photography, our Post Production team will edit the film, incorporate the sound design, and add a YouTube-like interface which will suggest that someone is watching the main character’s vlog. When we complete the film, we will take a temp version (temp music, temp sound mix, temp coloring) to horror-friendly production companies. If we strike a deal, the production company may give us money to do re-shoots and theater-ready sound-mix and coloring, and then release the movie themselves. They would get their cut and we (you and the filmmakers) would get ours. We will be very selective about offers though, so if there aren't any deals offered that fit the vision of the film, we will use the feature to raise extra funds on Kickstarter or Indiegogo, or through private equity, and market the movie ourselves, which will include touring West Coast independent theaters, drumming up support for a weekend release with as many theaters as will have us, based on our popularity and success through integrated viral marketing.
Every film is a risk, but we’ve modeled our movie after lucrative found footage films to increase our odds of success. Some of these include...
Paranormal Activity (2007), Budget: $15,000, Box Office: $193 million*
Blair Witch Project (1999), Budget: $60,000, Box Office: $248 million*
Unfriended (2011), Budget: $1 million, Box Office: $63 million*
The Devil Inside (2012), Budget: $1 million, Box Office: $99 million*
The Last Exorcism (2010), Budget: $1.8 million, Box Office: $67 million*
Devil’s Due (2014), Budget: $7 million, Box Office: $34 million*
Quarantine (2008), Budget: $12 million, Box Office: $41 million*
(*Sources: boxofficemojo.com; imdb.com; wikipedia.org)
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