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That’s a Wrap!

The Director and Producers would like you to know that principal photography is finished!

Well folks, as some hippie probably said at some point in time, “What a long, strange trip it’s been.” As of about 4:00 p.m. on April Fool’s Day of 2012, we are happy, proud, honored, humbled and tickled pink (didn’t even have to use a thesaurus) to announce that principal photography for Story of a Sleeping Man is officially WRAPPED!!!

It’s been quite a long journey these past 8 months, but with a versatile, dedicated crew, the most hands-on, passionate and talented producers around, and a cast that makes the ensemble from 12 Angry Men look like the cast of Drive Angry, production for Story of a Sleeping Man is right on schedule!

Last Sunday saw the shooting of the “Zombie scene”, which was the last scene to be shot for the film. I realize that it’s impossible to bring up zombies without giving you all a quick look, so here you go!

All in all, we would like to sincerely thank everybody involved in the funding, production and execution of this film. Without your support, our love of filmmaking and desire to have it be seen would probably go unfulfilled. We’re overjoyed to have the opportunity to share our work and vision with you all!

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More updates will be posted as we move through our post-production schedule and begin submitting to festivals, so be sure to keep up with us by following us on Twitter @SleepingManSIU for live updates!

For now, though, we’ll leave you with this: behind-the-scenes footage of Aaron Mager, Director of Story of a Sleeping Man, running (albeit, masculinely) from our zombie.

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Behind the Scenes at Last Weekend’s Big Hospital Shoot

This shoot was so epic, I didn't even Instagram this picture; it's lit by the gusto of the cast and crew alone.

After last Saturday’s demanding 12 hour shoot at SIUC’s Student Health Center, we are happy to report that we have a major group of scenes shot and ready to go!

With this group of scenes in the can, we have made a major dent in our production schedule; we can only hope that our upcoming shoots go as smoothly as last weekend’s did.

We are now roughly one-third of the way through shooting, just about on schedule to have the film finished by mid May. More updates will be posted as we progress through the remaining shoots.

Want to take a gander at the cast and crew in action? Check out the slideshow below. It chronicles the events of the day’s shoot. Keep an eye out for our makeshift wheelchair/skateboard dolly rig, some excellent makeup work, and a few of the film’s producers pulling double duty as crew members.

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SPOILER ALERT (kind of):

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at a rehearsal of one of the major scenes in Story of a Sleeping Man.

Finally, if you haven’t done so already, please check out our Kickstarter page.

We’ve got 18 days to go, and are almost halfway to our $3000 goal!  Show it to your friends, family, and wealthy relatives. We’ve updated our “rewards” section, too; now, donating just $1 will get you listed on the “Backers” section of this site (once funding is completed).

As always, thanks very much for your support and please “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @SleepingManSIU for up-to-the-minute updates!

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Kickstarter Page is Up!

After months of pre-production, test shoots, auditions and location scouting, funding for Story of a Sleeping Man is now in full swing.

It goes like this:

Though we have already begun production on the film, we still need funding to finish it.

To do this, we’ve set up a Kickstarter page in which we are offering all kinds of unique rewards for pledging money.

  • Ever wanted an Associate Producer credit on a film? Pledge $500 and get the credit, a Special Edition DVD of the film, posters, personalized “thank you” cards, a prop from the film and more!
  • Are your parents hounding you because you haven’t become an Executive Producer yet? Pledge $1000 and get not only the aforementioned rewards (in addition to premium prizes), but finally win your parents’ love, too!

Obviously, we can’t all afford to be Robert Evanses, so we’ve put together a number of excellent rewards for $100, $50, $25, $10 and even $5 pledges, too.

These include:

  • DVD copies of Story of a Sleeping Man
  • Digital Copies of the film
  • Mentions on all of our sites (WordPress, Twitter, Facebook)
  • Special Thanks in the film
  • An invitation to the première of Story of a Sleeping Man
  • And More!

Any and all donations and pledges will help us fund this film and are immensely appreciated, but if you can’t afford to donate monetarily, please help us speed the word about Story of a Sleeping Man by turning people on to the Kickstarter page, following us on Twitter, and “liking” us on Facebook. Anything you can do, no matter how insignificant it may seem, will help us make this film.

Thanks for your help!

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