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The first 10 days of the CARVER Kickstarter campaign are in the books and we are almost at $5,000. I am blown away by all the support. We have 167 backers and the majority of the backers are people who were not previously connected to us or the project in any matter. When we look over the backer list we know maybe 10 percent of the backers. That is very rare for a campaign of our size. Now the bigger projects like Veronica Mars, Zach Braff, and Spike Lee of course are going to have a large percentage of people who don’t know them personally. I’m not a celebrity, I’m just a girl from South Jersey trying to make a slasher film with her dad and a lot of people have responded to this positively.
There has been some negative response but with anything you are going to have people who aren’t going to agree with or like what you are doing. I respect everyone’s opinion that doesn’t mean I am going to respond or agree with you. I will not be baited by people who are trying to upset or anger me. I will not waste my energy and when you engage with people who are trying to troll you give them the power. You are giving them exactly what they wanted, attention. Not everyone is going to like what I am doing and I am fine with that but when you attack me or my dad personally without even knowing us that is just foolish and not worthy of response.
The gang at The Living Corpse Comic have provided us with the first concept sketch of how we envision CARVER. Carver’s mask is designed to look as if the killer fashioned the mask out of an actual pumpkin and then secured it with twine. I am loving what they have come up with so far. If you are into comics we have a great perk on the Kickstarter campaign where The Living Corpse guys will draw your image comic book style getting killed by CARVER! How cool is that? Check out the Kickstarter by clicking HERE!
Carver Mask Concept
I would just like to thank everyone who has supported the campaign so far. It truly is humbling. If you haven’t pledged to the campaign I hope you will consider doing so in the next 20 days. We have a long way to go but with you help we can do it!
The Kickstarter campaign for CARVER went live yesterday and in the first 13 hours we have raised close to $500. Not too shabby considering we aren’t Veronica Mars. I am so proud of what my daughter put together. She is truly talented and regardless of the outcome of this Kickstarter I know she has a bright future ahead of her. If we don’t achieve our goal I hope she isn’t crestfallen. Knowing my daughter like I do I know that no matter what happens she will keep moving forward.
Check out her KICKSTARTER! If you can please donate or share the campaign on social media. For as little as $5 you can own the movie. Thanks again!
We are only a few days away from the start of the CARVER Kickstarter campaign and we are full of nerves and excitement. My daughter Emily has been working so hard on the pre-production for CARVER. She has been blogging regularly, writing a weekly column for Moviepilot.com, and assisting me on the Kickstarter preparation. I have never seen a 13 year old work so hard or be this dedicated. Hell, I don’t think I have ever worked with an adult that has worked as hard as Emily. I am doing everything I possibly can to make this campaign successful. I have always taught Emily that if you work hard you will achieve. I know all of her hard work pay off. When the campaign succeeds I think it will embolden Emily even more and make her work even harder which in the long run is what matters.
Emily hasn’t always had things easy. She has seen from a very early age what it is like to struggle and I think that has really helped her build character. I am constantly amazed by her wisdom, determination, and thoughtfulness. I am so proud of the person she is turning in to. While most kids her age are playing video games and spending countless hours online, Emily is putting together spreadsheets, prop lists, character breakdowns…the list goes on and on. Don’t worry, I find plenty of things for us to do that remind her that she still needs to be 13. The last thing I want is for her to look back someday and think she missed out on being a kid. That is why it is important to find that balance. I want to stoke her creative passion and encourage her to work hard to achieve her goals but also make sure she knows that sometimes no matter how hard you work things may not always go your way, and that it is okay when that happens.
I know once the Kickstarter campaign begins everyone will see what I see. That Emily is worth banking on and that she is going to make one amazing horror film. I hope everyone will help her once the campaign launches.
Thank goodness my daughter has picked up the slack when it comes to blogging over at www.carvermovie.com. If you haven’t read her blog you should, she is very articulate and a lot of fun to read. She has been doing an amazing job keeping everyone posted on CARVER’s status. We have filmed the Kickstarter video and are currently hard at work editing it. We will probably launch the video in September. In the meantime we have been hard at work scouting locations, going over concepts for our slasher’s look, putting together cast and crew wish lists. We have even gone over craft service ideas, music, prop lists, anything that goes into making a production successful. Yesterday we visited an amazing cornfield. It will work perfectly for the film and perhaps a teaser trailer we have been dreaming up. We would like to have a teaser trailer ready for the NJ HORRORFEST. We have a couple of concepts in mind, right now we are just seeing what will work the best and at the same time not break the bank.
I have never seen a 13 year old work so hard. She is driven, talented, and tenacious. One thing for sure, I am going to do everything I can to help her make this movie a reality. I will try and blog more but as I said previously, Emily has been blogging frequently and honestly she’s better at it so go over and check her out. www.carvermovie.com
My dad has been asking, or should I say hounding me to blog about what we have going on so in the interest of my sanity I am going to begin blogging on a regular basis.
I should start by introducing myself. My name is Emily DiPrimio and I am 13 years old. Last October, we began production on a web series titled Violet, where I was playing the lead character. During filming I noticed that if I was on my feet for any length of time my ankle would become swollen and bruised. My dad took me to an orthopedist and it was found that I needed ankle surgery to repair my ankle. A spacer needed to be inserted between the bones in my ankle and this would require me to be in a boot for 8-12 weeks. This put Violet on hold and it made me depressed. I was really into Violet and thought it had great potential. My dad, noticing how down I was told me about a slasher script he had been working on and he asked me to read it over and help him with the dialogue for the younger characters. Before I knew it we were writing a screenplay together. I never knew how much fun it would be to write a screenplay! Creating a character, watching it come to life, and in the case of a slasher film killing them in the goriest manner possible was amazing. Writing the screenplay with my dad made my recovery time fly by. Soon after the boot came off my dad asked if I would like to direct this film with him. I can’t describe how excited that made me.
Since then we have been working hard on pre-production. I’ve worked on my dad’s movies in the past but I never realized how much went into getting ready to film. Right now we are concentrating on raising the funds necessary to make my dream a reality. We worked hard on creating a Kickstarter concept we hope will appeal to both horror and non-horror fans. We film the bulk of the kickstarter next weekend, I’m getting a little nervous but in a good way.
We have a bunch of talented people helping us with the Kickstarter and I know that it’s going to look and sound great!
That’s about all for right now…happy dad?
We are excited for our first big event in support of CARVER, the Zombie Bikini Car Wash. Here is a link to a great write up in support of Carver and the Zombie Bikini Car Wash. We hope all of you can come out tomorrow and support independent film. Here is the address for the event.
The Rail Bar
1252 Harding Hwy.
Little Red Wagon Films is excited to announce that we have hired Rayhana Jiffry as our head of social media. She has years of experience and is going to be working with me to help build the brand of Little Red Wagon Films. I am really looking forward to see what she is going to do for us. I truly believe that she is going to help take us to the next level.
It is going to be a busy week. Getting everything in order for the Zombie Bikini Car Wash and Carver production kick off party. We have put together what we hope to be a memorable day for all who come out and support us. Emily has been working hard getting everything together that we will need. She may only be 13 but she works hard, my girl is relentless and I am so proud of her. She is busting her butt to make her dream of co-directing a slasher movie a reality and I am doing everything I can as well.
We are a couple of weeks away from filming the bulk of our Kickstarter video. Emily and I have written what we feel is an engaging and entertaining script that will appeal to both horror and non horror fans. She is constantly trying to come up with unique ways to raise the necessary budget. She will not be denied. I love her spirit and I know she is going to succeed.
So come on out to the Zombie Bikini Car Wash/Carver production kick off party and help Emily achieve her dream.
Our first fundraiser in support of next feature film CARVER is right around the corner. We are so excited for the Zombie Bikini Car Wash we are holding June 15th from 11am-5pm at The Rail Bar in Richland, NJ. The address is 1252 Harding Hwy and it’s on a very busy intersection so we are hoping for a huge turnout. We are also holding our production kick-off party later that night also at The Rail. We have a lot of beautiful girls lined up to participate as Zombie Bikini Girls. Below is one of the beautiful girls participating at the car wash. Click the picture to go to the Facebook event page to see all the other beauties who will be there to meet and greet all of guests. We hope to see you there!
Ashley Major one of our beautiful zombie bikini girls.
The next few months are going to be busy for Little Red Wagon Films. Emily and I are working feverishly on pre-production for our upcoming 80′s throwback, slasher film CARVER. My daughter Emily, who is now 13, loves horror movies and while she was out of commission because of her ankle surgery her and I came up with the concept for Carver. I wrote a rough draft with her input and after that first draft was completed we fine tuned it. I was amazed at her insight and her ability to craft dialogue that was not filler but actually moved the plot along. It was during the first re-write that I decided to ask her if she wanted to direct the film with me. She was very apprehensive at first. She has seen first hand many times what I go through on set trying to direct a film. I assured her however that the majority of the stress I experience while directing is directly related to the fact that I try and do too much, most of the times out of necessity. I told her if we are to do Carver we are going to do it the right way or not do it at all. That means hiring a kick ass DP, a gaffer, grips, AD, line producer, and producers. Then her and I will only have to worry about directing. I know she can do this, I have seen her work ethic and her dedication to the craft and together we are going to make a memorable horror movie. We are currently working on our Kickstarter video. We have developed a funny concept, one that will appeal to both horror and non horror fans. We have filmed the first segment and we hope to do the second segment this week. We hope to raise the money we need through Kickstarter but we have learned from past mistakes and that is why we have several unique fundraisers lined up to help fund the film. The first event is June 15th and that is The Zombie Bikini Car Wash/Carver production kick-off party.
The Zombie Bikini Car Wash/Carver production kick-off party will be held Saturday, June 15th at The Rail Bar in Richland, NJ. The car wash will last from 11am until 5pm. If you scroll down on the page you will see three of the beautiful girls we have booked to be Zombie Bikini Girls. So come out and get your picture taken with them while your car gets washed by me and my crew. This is going to be a blast. I know the girls are excited to be a part of the event and we hope to draw a lot of people to the event. We will have other zombies lurking about and while you are there be sure to buy a raffle ticket because later that night we will be holding our Carver production kick-off party! We will be raffling off some amazing prizes. Including VIP passes to the NJ HORRORFEST. We have some great zombie merchandise, t-shirts, and of course a 50/50 raffle. Come out and support independent film and have an incredible time while doing so. Party with the zombie bikini girls and the rest of the Little Red Wagon Films crew and help a 13 year old girl’s dream come true. Every dime raised will go directly to the production of Carver. We are working hard on CARVER but unfortunately it will not be ready for the 2013 NJ HORRORFEST, but let me tell you what will be happening at the 2013 NJ HORROFEST.
This years NJ HORRORFEST will be a 2 day event beginning 11am Friday October 25th and ending Saturday October 26th at 11PM. We will have a vendors room packed with horror merchants selling their wares as well as VIP guests doing meet and greets with our attendees. So far we have NY TIMES Best Selling Author Jonathan Maberry appearing to sign books and meet his fans. Jonathan is an amazing writer and even better person. I have had the pleasure of speaking with him on several occasions and he is one of the nicest, most gracious people I have ever met. Also appearing are the creators of the amazing comic The LIVING CORPSE, Ken Haeser and Buz Hasson. They will be on hand with tons of Living Corpse merchandise and hopefully we will be screening the Living Corpse film! We have a lot planned for the two day event but the main focus as always will be independent horror movies and the talented people that make them. At it’s core the NJ HORRORFEST is a celebration of the independent horror and those who work extremely hard to make these films. This year we have 2 full days of the very best in independent horror screening. I am blown away by the level of undiscovered talent that exists and we at the NJ HORRORFEST work relentlessly to get these films noticed. Last year, the film JACOB found a distributor at our event and now they are the number 10 ranked horror movie in Redbox. Your film could be next. Our submission fee is low and who knows, maybe your film will be the next film discovered. Click HERE to enter your film. At the NJ HORRORFEST we are also fiercely dedicated to bringing the horror fans the very best festival experience possible. That is why are ticket prices are extremely low. We have a limited number of VIP passes still available so if you are interested in the ultimate NJ HORRORFEST experience orders yours now. With each VIP pass purchase you will receive an official NJ HORRORFEST t-shirt, exclusive seating in our VIP area complete with waitress service, a signed Jonathan Maberry book, and many more perks and swag to be announced leading up to the event. Order your tickets now by clicking HERE.
We at Little Red Wagon Films are very gracious to those who have supported us and we hope to see everyone at these exciting events. Thanks for reading!