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Got this from one of many filmmaking groups I belong to:

Legendary "Corpse Grinders" director Ted V. Mikels has asked me
to pass along the following message in his own words.
Here's your chance to actually own a piece of a real-deal Cult
Horror Movie:

"I will be starting principal photography on " DEMON BLOODLUST"
in late January. We have second unit already in action in New York,
and CGI and annimation of " DEMONS" is right now going on in my
studios here in Las Vegas. It will be low budget however in Digital
Hi-DEF, and the story contains all of the ingredients for today's
demanding market.

Here is an opportunity for you or someone interested to participate
in this movie as an Associate Producer. We already have several
interested distributors, and it should not be a big gamble. Anyne
starting in our business needs credits on his or her resume to be
taken seriously when they wish to undertake their own production. I
am offering Associate Producer positions at $2,500. per point, with
re-coups coming in from the VERY FIRST DOLLARS and every dollar
thereafter, without any recoupables from my end. Could be very
profitable. An associate would be invited to come to Las Vegas
during production and work in crew, or in an executive capacity, or
even in the cast. That would not be required, but might help someone
gain necessary experience. There will only be limited points
available, and all participants would have to be locked in no later
than mid-January.

If you yourself, or anyone you know would like to be an Associate
Producer with ON SCREEN CREDITS on this movie, let me know.

I'm well aware of Ted V. Mikels, and if my aspirations were to be an associate producer and if I had chunks of cash to spend just to see my name in credits on a movie screen somewhere, I'd probably yump at the chance.

But I'm much more interested in funding my own forays into the world of filmmaking, and if I'm seeing my name in credits, I'd want it to be in a creative role.

I'm bothered by this, and I'm not entirely sure why.



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Dec. 1st, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
I can tell you why it bothers me: It's the same old song and dance we've seen before.

"Hey there! Get your name up in lights! Be part of show business! All you have to do is give me money / time / help!"

It never changes.

If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say that you're bothered because you've already been the helper. A LOT. Now you'd rather be the creative force behind the project these days.

That's no big surprise; it's time for you to take the big chair and run with it. So seeing yet another filmmaker -- no matter if you know their name or not -- doing the grovel-for-funds run rubs you the wrong way.

Take it as a timely lesson learned.

Dec. 1st, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
That's part of it, but Ted Mikels is actually a pretty decent filmmaker, and seeing this makes me wonder if it isn't a scam from someone else purporting to be him. TVM lives out in Vegas, and really shouldn't be having problems raising funds with his connections.

It's a solicitation for production funds, and it's pretty heavily against the SEC rules for solicitation of production funds. That "good potential for return" line sticks in my craw as being egregiously untrue. It might be a better chance for return than a no-name filmmaker making a feature (cough, cough), but it's not a guarantee by any means.

And looking at the way it's worded, it seems like you could pay $2500 or more to be accepted as "crew"... huh?

Just seems really odd.

I like helping out on other people's productions, particularly when they've helped me out. George is a great example-- I'll help him out any day, no questions asked. Of course, I'm not gonna run out to Vegas to do it.

Got some irons in the fire-- though I suppose they're more plastic and melty than real iron-- trying to leverage things to best advantage. Maybe something in the short-horror category post-Convergence. Something small and fun, and destined for YouTube.
Dec. 1st, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
Small, fun, and destined for YouTube is all that I'm interested in any more. The work on anything bigger is just way too time consuming to do for free.

As for people needing to raise funds, well, I don't doubt that he might have problems. All it takes in that world is an unkind word from the right people to destroy a reputation. That might be what we're seeing here.

Personally, I think you absolutely need to run your next project. It would be a great experience for you now, especially after the SSF and HI work.
Dec. 1st, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
I'm not exactly holding my breath. "Next project" is the CONvergence facade, which I'm using as an excuse to experiment a bit.

Dec. 2nd, 2006 09:25 am (UTC)
Ted V. Mikels has cool facial hair. I hugged him once.
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