UPDATE 1/27/13: Seeing some new traffic here, so I figured it’s worth stating that PLANET WEIRD IS GO! The project was officially fully funded this last September, and we’re currently in the middle of production! All the updates (including the first official sneak peek at the footage) can be found at the official Planet Weird website at WeirdHQ.com and the official Planet Weird Facebook Page!
We’re super excited to finally announce PLANET WEIRD, the new documentary project we’ve been quietly working on for a few months now. After the success of our previous film project The Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching (finally on DVD, but we’ll get to that in a minute), we knew that we needed to start thinking about a follow up. As with any sophomore movie project, we also knew that we needed to really broaden our horizons with the second go-round. We already tackled Sasquatch, and according to a couple Bigfoot hunters, our rather unorthodox methods of paranormal investigation actually caught the creature on video. What other mystery could we possibly tackle after that?
How about all of them? Ghouls, goblins, monsters, curses, psychic powers, religious experiences, alien abductions.. those are just a few of the topics we touch on in Planet Weird, a 90-some minute independent documentary film. A lofty goal? You bet. But that’s why we’re asking you, fans of fringe media, for help.
I’m sure you’ve noticed, just as we have, that the current state of paranormal media leaves a lot to be desired. There’s a plenty of it, that’s for sure. But when you start to notice the same formula for each and every show, do we really have a choice, or just the same thing in a different package? What happened to all the adventure of chasing down the strange? Where is all the curiosity for possibilities? And most importantly, where the hell is all the fun?
Well, we’re hoping that Planet Weird can answer those questions. Plus, you know, a few mysteries of the unknown while we’re at it. This film aims not to simply be a kick ass documentary about the unexplained, but to be an opportunity. An opportunity to prove that paranormal enthusiasts on both sides of the fence would not only like to see something genuinely different, but that they’re capable of creating that difference themselves. This project might be a small production, but it has big goals, and without the luxury of a large corporate backer, those goals will be hard to realize financially without the help of people who want a film like this made.
So, what exactly do we need to get this project off and running? $7,000. I know, a laughably small amount, especially in the world of film. But if you saw The Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching, you’ve seen what we can do with a hundred bucks. Imagine what that seven grand will do. Don’t worry, we’re not just going to sit here and beg for free money, that’s not what this is about. If the idea of being part of a documentary project aimed squarely at changing the direction of paranormal media isn’t enough to entice you to back this project, we’ve got a boatload of awesome stuff to give you in return that might. Everything from a one-time only, limited edition DVD pressing of The Bigfoot Hunter: Still Searching, to membership in the Planet Weird Adventure Club, to producer credits on the film, to starring in your very own paranormal adventure film, there’s something for everyone at every level.
From this point on, we’ve got 48 days to make this thing happen. The most important thing you can do to help? TELL EVERYONE! Word of mouth is one of the most important elements to this campaign’s success! Share it on facebook, blog about it, call your local newspaper, contact your favorite podcast, post it on twitter, show your friends, show your parents, show your spirit animal.. just share it!
In fact, take a few minutes out of your day and shoot Coast to Coast AM, 30 Odd Minutes, Mysterious Universe, The Fortean Times, and any and every paranormal media outlet you can think of, and let them know how much you’d love to see Planet Weird featured. Five minutes is all it takes, and it makes a world of difference. We’ll see you on Planet Weird!