Founder's Day Trailer (Concept)
Directed, Written & Produced by Erik C Bloomquist
Dont let the term "Concept Trailer" fool you, this feels like a very short edit of a great finished film. The trailer seems to focus on the fact that Founders Day will be story and character driven. It gives the impression of suspense and possibly even community secrets, rather than over the top gore, and effects, which I am sure will be a welcome change for some fans. I expect that is going to garner attention with fans of all sorts as it feels slightly reminiscent to Scream, the true horror fans will be pulled into to the story, right along side those who may normally be a bit more hesitant to play in our favorite genre. Director Erik Bloomquist has set the bar very high for himself and his cast with this very polished trailer, I know I am already looking forward to hearing that production (currently expected to go into production this fall) has started so we can begin counting down the days until its release. But don't take my word for it click the link below to check out the Trailer for FOUNDER'S DAY yourself, be sure to like, share and comment to give your support to the upcoming feature!
Erik C. Bloomquist Talks Founder's Day
My pleasure! Thanks for having me.
First off for those who may not have had the opportunity to check out the trailer can you give our readers just a brief description of your vision for the film?
Founders Day is equal parts a traditional murder mystery and contemporary horror film. Our goal is to create an intelligent, frightening and extremely fun time at the movies.
When first viewing the trailer, I just took it for granted that it was a film awaiting release due, so it was a bit shocking to hear it was concept only. It is so complete and polished it doesn't at all feel like a concept trailer, how were you able to accomplish that?
That’s awesome! Thanks so much. I love when people say that. I have an incredible cast and crew. They're crazy talented and really understand the vision. I feel extremely fortunate to work with them. The goal was to create something that showed what Founders Day already is - not what it might be. With my awesome team, a year of extensive planning, and really exciting material, I think that we did what we set out to do. I can’t wait for the next stage.
What were some of the unique challenges in filming a concept trailer that truly feels like a great condensed edit of a full film?
Definitely the most difficult and exhilarating part was the production schedule. On a feature film, you’ll typically have a full day at one location. Throughout this five day shoot, we had 14 or 15 locations. We had to be extremely efficient with our time while making sure that we were not short changing the creative process. And again, I think the fact that we were able to do that is a testament to the people I work with and how prepared and excited we were to create this thing.
One of the aspects that plays so well in making the trailer appear to be from a full film is the large cast, and various locations. However it also seems to a layman that those same things would pose a risk also, since the film isn't yet fully funded. What if any precautions have you taken to ensure the same cast and locations, come time to go into full production mode?
I’d love to bring back as many of the original cast members and locations as possible, but there is always the possibility of scheduling issues and other unforeseen factors coming into play. I’m going on some preliminary location scouts for the feature now and will be doing an extensive casting call throughout the east coast once we’re officially green lit. Once the film is complete, we’ll cut a new theatrical trailer. I think that a side by side comparison of the concept trailer and the theatrical trailer would be a really fun special feature on the Blu-Ray!
I had read previously that you had starting funding campaings on both Kickstarter and Indiegogo, are those funding campaigns still active? If so can provide the link information for our viewers, and tell us when the campaigns are scheduled to end?
These campaigns are unfortunately not active. They were specifically for the concept trailer (and thank you once again to everyone who pledged!). We may be launching another campaign at some point for this feature, but right now we are undecided.
As an artist using these new forms of funding you have a unique perspective on the impact they are making on the industry. What if any changes do you see coming for the industry due to this kind of personal symbiotic relationship between fan and film maker?
I think that the internet is great for creating grassroots momentum and to prove the market for a project. There is a lot of merit to the traditional studio model of film making, and I respect it a lot. But for up and coming filmmakers who may not have direct access to these kinds of resources, the internet is a place where, with a little bit a luck, one can get people excited about art before it takes off.
Since this film isn't traditionally funded so to say, I'm interested in some of the tricks of the trade that you are, or plan on, using to help control production costs to get the most bang for hard fought for buck?
By and large, our projected budget is a modest one, but we've made sure that it’s not less than we’re going to need. I think that having a clear and thoughtful vision is key to not wasting money and time. Money cannot create creativity, but, if used appropriately, it can facilitate it. We’re filming in an amazing area with a community of people and businesses who are so excited to be a part of a project like this, many of whom are generously donating their time and resources to production. They can sense the impact that this movie is having. It’s electric.
You've stated that you are currently planning to go into full production mode this fall, once completed what are your plans for this film? Will go be touring it through the various film festivals before distribution, or are you planning on immediately going into distribution mode once complete?
Either. Like all independent filmmakers, I’d love to go straight into a nationwide theatrical release, but I also think that it would be so exciting to take this on a film festival tour and experience it for the first time with movie lovers all over the country and world. At the end of the day, I want as many people as possible to experience this film in ideal viewing conditions.
In closing, is there anything else you would like to let our audience know about how they can help bring this vision to life, and where can they go keep track of where the project is in terms of production?
This project is exciting because it appeals to so many different groups of people. Both horror enthusiasts and people that have told me that this is the first scary movie ever that they actually want to see. I love that. Founders Day has a distinct and palpable mood: fear, mischief, paranoia, and little bit of dark comedy. And above all, fun. It’s something that I feel really well equipped to create and am so glad that people are responding to it with such love and enthusiasm. Watching and sharing the trailer is absolutely invaluable to making this happen. So please, check out the trailer on YouTube, and like/comment/share. Also join us at our social media links below to join the Founders Day community.
Thank you again for taking time out to chat with us! We hope you will be back in touch with us as soon as you move forward. We would love regular updates that we can then share with our readers in our news section!
You bet! Looking forward to sharing some exciting updates soon. Click on the picture below to see the trailer for yourself.