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Howling Moon Productions Film

Writer - John Knutson
Director - John Knutson

URGENT: We have been in talks and close to purchasing the film rights, but need you on this journey to complete the purchase and start filming! 

NEW!!!!  Every perk will also get special access to our 30 minute YouTube reality series that will air after the film is complete before everyone else.  It will be full of behind the scenes footage and more (which is why we can not air it until after so we do not spoil the film) as cameras follow the cast and crew on the set of A Better Place.  This can only be possible with your help!


OK all, we have a new add on goal we would like to offer! Anyone who backs us with $500 or more will get to help us pick the cast! That's right, we will set up a special website for only you to watch the audition tapes and then vote on your favorite auditions! More details when it gets closer!

 Howling Moon Productions is committed to creating and successfully producing A Better Place. We need to raise $400,000 (or more because the more we raise the greater the experience for you) to finish pre-production and start filming on A Better Place and you can grab this chance with us. Thanks to a couple of private donations, we have started some of our pre-production on the movie. But we still need you to give A Better Place the chance it deserves! Together we can do this! 

Extreme Perk: If we make our goal, we will post a video of 3 of us jumping into a tank of jello or ice water (it will be your pick, majority will rule) and share it with all of you!  And if we make over goal by $50,000 minimum, we will do it in drag!  So start thinking now if you want to see jello or ice water!

  • About A Better Place 
  • What has been said about the book 
  • Production 
  •        • Storyboards 
  •        • SWOT 
  •        • Budget 
  • Your donations 
  • What do you get in return 
  • More about me 
  • More details 
  • Film Festivals

What was high school like for you? Was it good, bad, easy, hard? A Better Place is a movie based on the book "A Better Place" by Mark Roeder, which is also his number 1 selling book. Please join us in helping to show that it is possible to start a project with a show of support on Indie Film Funding. A Better Place is an opportunity for real growth and an invitation to challenge your friends to help back a great project. A Better Place will show some of the hardships that a gay person may face in real life and hopefully show those that might be going through the exact same thing that if they hold on, there is A Better Place out there and that they too will find it. This movie will be inspiring and an uplifting hour and a half journey of discovery! 

Think back to when you were in school. Were you the one always picked on and the loner? Maybe you were the most popular or a cheerleader or jock? Maybe you were gay and having to hide it for fear of what might happen. Did high school bring you a lot of pain and hardships? If so, you will be able to relate to this movie when it is complete and it just might help show others going through what you went through that there is A Better Place out there. 

 A Better Place is a gay love story about two boys that are from two different worlds who struggle to find themselves in a whirlwind of confusion. Can the strength that they find in each other be enough for them to overcome the hatred and abuse from others as they struggle through betrayals and hardships, friendships and heartbreaks, to find the deepest desire of their hearts. 

For Casper high school is not a great experience. Casper is the "invisible" and poorest boy in high school. He is bullied by those around him, his father is distant, and his older brother makes his life a living hell in many ways. For Brendan high school is a wonderful experience. Brendan is the varsity football team captain who has it all, fame, muscles, popularity, and money. Brendan begins to take an interest in Casper, sending their friendship in a whole new direction. Brendan learns firsthand what Casper goes through. Being disowned by his parents and even locked up in a psychiatric hospital. Casper and Brendan share nothing in common on the surface, but under each of their reputations is a yearning to be free and to find a better place. They set off to leave their troubles behind them as they head out on a long journey to find a better place to live. They will meet many obstacles on their journey and find new friends along the way. 

#1 Selling book for Mark.

Out of 73 Customer reviews on Amazon, it has gotten 3.9 out of 5 stars! 

87% of people on Goodreads liked the book. 

Readers on AfterElton.com selected the book as the 50th all time best gay book. 

We will be starting filming on the film this June with a June 2016 release of the film. Filming will be taking place in South Dakota, mainly the South East part of South Dakota. Please join us on this journey! 

Here are 3 story boards we have worked on: 

3 Storyboard images
3 Storyboard images

SWOT
SWOT

Our rough budget
Our rough budget

So, “what will my donation go towards” you might be wondering. Well, here it is: 

Short version: Your donations will help us to cover some of the costs of Pre-Production, shooting, visual FX, props and costumes, studio and sets, equipment, talent (both actors and crew), post-productions, insurance, and any unforeseen costs that might come up during the making of this film. 

Long Version: some of the things that your funding will help to cover include, cameras, video monitors, boom equipment, light meter, color meter, stedicam, audio equipment like a field mixer and digital recorder, the purchase of costumes for the cast to wear, insurance should anything happen on set we want to make sure everyone is covered as well as other legal stuff, post production to do sound design, color correction, etc., pay for the cast and crew since they will not want to do this for free and we want to have a great ensemble for the cast for you to enjoy, craft services since everyone needs to eat on set and we don’t want anyone to starve during production, cost for the film rights to the book, costs to build sets as well as to use locations, cost for the rights to music that will be in the film, travel to get everyone and all the equipment to and from locations, costs to enter and take A Better Place in film festivals like Sundance, and costs associated with initially producing DVD's and Blueray’s. Uncle Sam also wants a percent of what we raise as well. So we have to take this into account for our figures on how much we need as well. This is just some of the many things that funding will go to. Most importantly anything left over after we are done filming will be given to other projects on Indigogo to help them out!

 Be sure to look at the perks on the right for full details on the perks bellow!

You might be asking yourself, “what do I get in return.” Take a look at the right and you will see what you can get in return depending on the amount of your donation! The goals are also based on if full funding is meet. So make sure to spread the word. How about those goals that include travel like a set visit, etc. The dates are subject to scheduling, and travel and accommodations are not included for all of them. So read them carefully. We hope they will be a great experience for you! You might also be wondering how come we are giving away so many digital perks and not many physical. Well, the reason for that is, one, to keep our costs down. The more physical perks we give away, the less money we have to produce a great film for you because we would have to use some of the money to produce and ship your perks to you. And two, for each physical perk we send to you, we have to send a percent to Uncle Sam in taxes. And we don’t know about you, but we know we want to make you a great movie that you will love and hope you back us on that as well as understand! 

Every single dollar counts and every new contributor adds to our success and your experience! It helps to add more shooting days, better talent (actors and crew) etc. to this project to make sure that we turn out the best project that we can for you! So please, grab this chance today, and then ask 10 of your friends to also grab this chance! Besides any perks you might get, we also want you to know how appreciative we are for backing us, so we will also be saying thank you to you on our Facebook page as well as our Twitter account and on a special page on our website. Plus, if we can find you on Facebook, we will also send you a special thank you on your page as well! 

My name is John and I have formed Howling Moon Productions. I have a Bachelor degree in Business Management. I am also a perfectionist and strive to do the best I can in everything I do, because if I don’t, it bugs me, big time. Lol Because of this, I pay attention to the smallest things to make sure everything is done perfect the first time. We are going to be a small production company set in South Dakota producing small budget films and eventually commercials for local TV stations. A Better Place is going to be our launching film for Howling Moon Productions. In the beginning we will be based out of my home, and then eventually as we grow we will be based out of our own building. 

We are looking forward to bringing you our first great movie that you are going to want to watch again and again. We are hoping that you will want to make this journey with us! The book is inspiring to read and we want to movie to be just as inspiring. We want the movie to be our way of sharing the book with you! Because of this, in the end, the movie will be a great product for everyone that watches it and we are the perfect ones to do this for you! We are privileged to share this project with you and look forward to making it happen together. 

I have always had a passion for the film industry studying everything I can about films in books and online. I have had small parts in local productions for the local college, USD, as well as directing a small production for my high school to advertise a new class that they created and that I was taking part in. It was in this class that I also got a chance to study at the local TV station, SDPB, South Dakota public broadcasting station. Besides studying film as I was growing up, I also, for fun, created special effects on the computer in my free time on everything from Star Trek to my own creations. 

 While growing up, my family did not have much money. So the only production equipment I ever got to mess around with was an old VHS camcorder, two VHS machines set up side by side to do editing with. I had no way to put the film on computer to do much more editing than that. Because of this, I never had the chance to follow my dreams and passion in life. I am so excited to be creating Howling Moon Productions so that I may continue to follow my passion in life and have the proper equipment to do what I love. 

Howling Moon Productions is a South Dakota based Indie Production Studio that will distribute films produced by the business to customers in its targeted markets starting with A Better Place. 

 Currently A Better Place is in script and funding stage. The script is being written while we raise funding for the project. After funding is raised, we will be purchasing all the necessary equipment that will be needed and start the rest of pre-production, scouting locations for the shoot, setting up contracts with places we will be filming in and at, putting out casting calls for cast and crew, etc. We hope to start filming in June or July of 2015 with a release date for the film of June 2016. 

 The film will be available to purchase as a digital download and on DVD and Blueray. We are also going to submit the film to a couple of film festivals as well. Most rewards will be sent out after the film is complete. The reason for this is because one, if you are getting a copy of the movie, obviously we cannot send it out if it is not finished, and two, if we send out say the script before the film is finished, then you already know what is going to happen, or others might know if the script gets leaked. 

Right now the film is budgeted at roughly around $385,000 which includes things like the cost of equipment that will be needed, purchasing rights to things like music for the film, paychecks for cast and crew, as well as cost to produce and send out rewards for backing the project, etc. This is the bare minimum for us to create a great experience for you. Anything lower than that and we might as well not make the movie because it would look as if it was done on a cell phone. Lol This does not include the fee from Indie Film Funding if we are successful with our campaign as well as any taxes that Uncle Sam is going to want from the money since he always wants his cut in everything, including crowd funding if it is over a certain amount. We have also signed up with kickingitforward.org so any funding left over after our project is done will be paid forward to other projects on Indie Film Funding! All backers will get to follow a special Twitter account for A Better Place. This is where you will get to see what we are doing that day on the set as well as follow the production of the film and at times tweet with the cast during production.

The goal is to enter A Better Place into several film festivals to get the most media coverage for our screenings as possible. The film festivals include Sundance, Atlanta Film, Berlin & Beyond, Bel Air, Boston, Boulder, and more.

1st Teaser Poster
1st Teaser Poster

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges:

The biggest risk is raising money on Indie Film Funding when, unlike most projects, there is no well known person attached to it.  Then to be able to prove that an unknown can make a great movie!  Making a film for $400,000 is not easy. Especially if you want it to be perfect so it can enter and win film festivals and empress the target audience you are making it for. However, we are confident that we can get this done for you and that we are the right people, and production company to do it. We have trimmed our budget needed significantly, cutting out things like some equipment that we wanted to use and some locations we wanted to travel to too use. But we are still confident that we can bring you a great award winning movie! The more we raise the more of an experience that we will be able to create for you! We might just be able to add a few cut things back in! Then again, their are risks in everything in life!



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    Appear in the film as an extra (non speaking). You will also get an autographed copy of the movie script and DVD once the movie is completed. Travel and meal expenses not included. We will put you up in a local hotel for one night. No refunds if unable to make it. Also get a copy of the movie script and poster emailed to you and digital download of the movie if goal is met. Also get access to follow the production on its Twitter account where, on occasion you will get to tweet with the cast!
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