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Indie Comics for Micro-Budget Films

We at Microfilmmaker have approached a number of talented comic creators to get them to offer their talents to micro-budget filmmakers. By striking a deal with comic creators, you, as microfilmmakers, can now cast and shoot scripts that have already been written, shot sheeted, and storyboarded, which saves you lots of time and allows you to shoot films that are more visually pleasing. The comic creators get the advantage of having filmmakers who will actually treat their comics as the storyboarded scripts they are and shoot off of them without screwing them up.

Many of these comics deal with topics and locations that can be dealt with virtually no money. Some of the comics are a bit more complicated to pull off on no budget, yet a little creativity can go a long way! (Let's not forget what Alex Ferrari and the folks at Broken taught us about overcoming 'big-budget' obstacles for effects!) And some of these comics, like Savage World, are the sort of challenge that will attract only the most advanced and technically proficient microfilmmakers. Whatever segment you fall into, you'll probably find something to pique your filmmaking interest.

Provided you contact them ahead of time, each of these comic creators is willing to allow you to make a movie or short based on their comics on a pure deferrment basis. Because they've done so much of the pre-production work for you, it's only fair that they make a greater percentage of a potential profit than someone who simply contributes a song, for example.

As such, the agreed upon contract with these comic creators states that if your film is bought for a profit, they would earn 10% of the profit of the initial purchase, up to $100,000. If there are royalties after the initial purchase, they would be entitled to 3% of those. If you do not sell the film for a profit, you can sell your film on your site without owing them a penny (until you have sold enough to make a profit, of course).

All in all, a great deal that helps the Indie Comic industry and the Indie Film industry level the playing field. Why should old Hollywood be the only group that can have comic-to-film franchises? And, unlike them, we'll use Robert Rodriguez motto for adapting comics to film: 'If it ain't broke, why on earth screw it up?' (The preceding was a highly paraphrased quote that is based on Robert Rodriguez personality and business ethic, not on an individual quote or official motto!)

 
Download the pre-agreed Script/Storyboard contract here. (Customize in Word)
 
Name: Potlatch Project #4: "Brief Quiet"
Description: You sleep, you dream, you see heaven, and you see long-missed relatives. Then, you are asked to leave. It's the sort of vision that can be troubling to someone, especially if he has to push on past the haze of slumber and attempt to get through his day in the city. Perhaps, though, this brief visit beyond the pearly gates is a gift unto itself. When a day of toil and only fleeting pleasure finally ends, maybe you'll better understand why the silent dream was only a brief quiet.
Creator: A. David Lewis
Contact Email: [email protected]

Website: Click Here

 
Name: Bronx Angel: Politics By Another Method
Description: The story of former Marine Corps Sergeant Angel Washington, a war hero who returns home after his war is over, only to discover that although he has changed, the South Bronx has not. Pursued by his former gang and misunderstood by his friends and family, Angel struggles to come to terms with the challenges of life in a City that he no longer understands.
Creator: Dan Head
Contact Email: [email protected]

Website: Click Here

 
Name: Danger Comics: The Adventures of Dick Boulder "The Dangerman"
Description: Follow the outrageous adventures of the rude and crude, beer swilling, masked Private Detective Dick Boulder as he tries to make his little piece of the world safer for all mankind....and maybe a sheep or two.
Creator: Sault Colt
Contact Email: [email protected]

Website: Click Here

 
Name: Mortal Coils #1: "Disembodiment"
Description: Angela thought she had already lived through -- already survived -- a woman's worst nightmare: To be assaulted not just by a man, but by a friend. She put that life behind her, though, and tried to never think about Todd again. In fact, it'd been years since she's even had to see Todd...until she woke up and looked in the mirror tonight. Now, her real torment begins: Locked in the body of the man who abused her, she has only her crumbling mind to remedy the bizarre situation -- or to take a hoary revenge.
Creator: A. David Lewis
Contact Email: [email protected]

Website: Click Here

 
Name: Eclipse & Vega : The Beds We Make
Description: Eclipse & Vega is a parody of modern day superheroes. In "The Beds We Make" we find out what happens when two superheroes share an innocent kiss.
Creator: Sault Colt
Contact Email: [email protected]

Website: Click Here

 
Name: Elijah and Azuu
Description: An angel and a demon are forced to live together in an odd pact between Heaven and Hell to determine the fate of souls equally good and evil. After hundreds of years on earth, they begin to lose perspective on the gravity of their duties, and in many ways become practically human themselves.
Creator: Shane Woodis
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Website: Click Here

 
Name: Ghost Assassin
Description: One shot follows assassin-for-hire David and his dead friend Todd as they take a hit on a Preacher. When the time comes, can David pull the trigger? Also features the first appearance of David's dead love interest, Melissa and her still-living son Scotty.
Creator: Adam Watson
Contact Email: [email protected]

Website: Click Here

 
Name: The Trouble with Igor
Description: The tale of a bald mutant/hunchback/zombie's epic journey, a wordless cartoon novel, told entirely in pantomime. Throughout his odyssey, the poor hunchback is just looking for a morsel of food and a shady tree under which to eat, but this tragic hero has a heart of gold…unfortunately accompanied by the touch of death. The well-meaning bald-mute-mutant tries to help everyone and everything he meets, but things can—and do—go horribly awry.
Creator: Chris Reilly
Contact Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.slavelabor.com

 
Name: Mortal Coils Presents..."Pit Stop"
Description: The rest stop on Route-95 North, just outside of Philadelphia: The unlikeliest place for a powerful, ancient relic to be buried. How perfect, then, that it's sought by the unlikeliest mystic team: corporate-cubicle-farm-fugitive-turned- amateur-mage Charlie Hopper and his lovely companion, Tieresia Nami, a centuries-old retired djinn. This pair of atypical adventurers seeks an amulet granting access to the Aztec underworld. But, as Charlie goes off to claim it, Tieresia introduces a love-sick, thieving motorist to her own form of hell.
Creator: A. David Lewis
Contact Email: [email protected]

Website: Click Here

 
Name: Mortal Coils #3: "Remembrance"
Description: Miriam Melpomene is modern medicine's first survivor of Alzheimer's. The experimental treatment performed upon her by Dr. Markus of the Batex Corporation and her own son (much to the ethics board's chagrin) is an unqualified success. This woman who had already slipped under the cruel spell of the "long goodbye" has been practically resurrected, bringing with her all of her old memories...and something more. Her husband Winston knows the secrets that Miriam hides; what he can't know -- what he fears -- is what a brush with death will compel the new woman to disclose.
Creator: A. David Lewis
Contact Email: [email protected]

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Name: Savage World
Description: An epic sword-and-sorcery fantasy set in the future. The teenage Savage must stand against monsters, demons, wizards, and the insane undead race known as the Revenants in order to save all of humanity! This series is a mix of Conan the Barbarian and The Night of the Living Dead. This is an original series in development, the debut-special is almost complete.
Creator: C. Edward Sellner
Publisher: Visionary Comics
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Name: Mortal Coils Presents..."The Line"
Description: The recently widowed Penny Markus turns to family friend Professor Ernie Dodge to talk through the loss of her husband at a nearby university diner. And, while the Professor is an expert in American Literature and Dadaism, he has no idea how to comfort the grieving woman. The solution, luckily, may come in the form of his old colleague, Miguel "Migs" Sanchos, driven mad from the loss of his own wife. The eccentric man encounters Dodge and Penny, and attempts to recruit the woman for his Quixotic crusade: Will she help him petition God to review mortality itself? "The Line" is a tale of faith in the face of loss, where people's passion can drive them crazy and that madness can set them free.
Creator: A. David Lewis
Contact Email: [email protected]

Website: Click Here

 
Name: Troll Lords
Description: A classic independent series from the 1980's. Meet Harry, Jerry and Larry, a bit of Three Stooges, a bit of Shrek. After a close encounter with Death, a morose skeletal chap in a suit, they become guardians of life, helping those who need help to find hope, life and love. They stumble and bumble, but in the end, their kind hearts usually win the day! This is a series Visionary is re-packaging with over 20 some isses of material finished.
Creators: Paul Fricke & Scott Beaderstadt
Current Publisher: Visionary Comics
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Name: Mortal Coils #2: "Vaya Con Dios"
Description: The Families have been at war for as long as anybody can remember: Few remember how the conflict started, and even few now care how it ends. In a dingy bar attached to the local reservation casino, the last two lieutenants of warring Families find themselves talking like old war pals. Their turf battle is plainly a draw, and now Manny has a proposition for his fellow ambassador, Pro: To come start a new universe with him.
Creator: A. David Lewis
Contact Email: [email protected]

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Name: VITRIOL
Description: Boy loses girl to woman in the middle of sex, on his birthday. Boy loses job. Boy loses life's work. Boy loses home. Girl stalks boy. Girl meets boy. Girl blows things up. Girl gets her revenge.
Notes: Adult Themes & Nudity
Creator: John Linton Roberson
Contact Email: [email protected]

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