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CRIMSON DEFENDER by Simu Liu - Indiegogo

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Please contribute to my Indiegogo campaign here: http://igg.me/at/crimsondefender I'm no Zach Braff, but I could really use your money a lot more than him. Please help fund this awesome project. I promise you won't regret it! When I was a kid, I idolized people like Superman and Batman. They always did the right thing, helped those who couldn't help themselves, and were loved by the world (We're talking pre-gritty reboots here, people!). I've always wanted to be a superhero, but was shocked to find out that I could never play Batman or Superman... because I wasn't white. Now, I'm not advocating that we make Clark Kent Asian, or black, or latino, or anything drastically different. Fifty-some years of comics, television and movies have given us a very clear image of who Superman is and that's fine. But people need to know that superheroes do not and should not only come in white, or even only in white and black. That's where Crimson comes in. Damien is Chinese-Canadian, just like me. He didn't ask for any supernatural powers or to be tasked with the responsibility of protecting the city of Toronto, but it happened to him. How will the world react to a hero who is not exactly what they expected? Crimson Defender vs. the Slightly Racist Family will hope to answer that question in 10-15 minutes of action-packed entertainment. OK, so, short answer, I'm going to need $7,000. I'm fully aware that I probably won't get that amount, but I want to really be ambitious for this campaign. Even thought we could do the project for significantly less, it would be nowhere near the kind of film that would get taken seriously on the internet and by the movie industry. And that's really where we want this film to go, so that as many people as possible can see it and understand the message Crimson is trying to send. We've managed to secure some funding through our ties with the Young Emerging Actors' Assembly (YEAA) and ACTRA (actor's union), but it still isn't quite enough. So here's where this $7,000 will go: -Costume. I am soliciting the services of Ryan Amore, an instructor at Ryerson's Fashion Design faculty, to design Crimson's suit. Crimson's costume is the single most important thing and in order for the film to work, the audience has to really buy that they are looking at a superhero in the flesh. -Lighting. Probably the biggest thing that sets an amateur production apart from a professional one is lighting, and we definitely want Crimson to be the latter. We'll need some money to rent lights for our shoot, much of which occurs at night and therefore requires the most artificial light. -Visual Effects. Because we can't actually rent six automatic rifles and we don't have someone with superpowers like laser vision and flying, we will need to fake it somehow. Some extra cash would allow us to bring this project to some serious VFX houses in Toronto, like Playfight or Intelligent Creatures, who have worked on big-budget movies like Battle: Los Angeles and Watchmen. -Marketing and Press. No matter how good of a film we make, it will be all for naught if we fail to get the word out. A little bit of cash would go a long way in ensuring we can submit the film to multiple film festivals around the world, getting the exposure we need with media outlets, and possibly even hiring a publicist to reach out to some really well-known contacts. -Paying People. Right now, the entire cast and many of the crew are donating their time to make this film happen. I personally have been on the other side of the no-pay game and I hate it. I really want to be able to pay my actors and crew because they are professionals who deserve compensation for their time and expertise.