Wednesday, August 31, 2011

UPDATE: Creeping along the fundraising path

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Pete Schuermann plans to show an eight-minute "extended promotion/trailer" for Creep! at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, at Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center.

The filmmaker says many of the actors and crew will be in attendance, and he'll update us on where he currently is in the filming process. Check out the Facebook invite here.

——- UPDATE, 1:13 P.M., JULY 13 ——-

This is totally last-minute notice, but the Creep! crew just called to say that they'll be filming some scenes in Monument Valley Park today until around 4 or 5 p.m.

They've got the carpet monster out and in action, so feel free to stop by for a peek.

COPPeR member and local producer Steve Mack, who's helping on the project, says to look for the set near the baseball fields off of Fontanero Street.

——- UPDATE, 11:22 A.M., APRIL 22 ——-

Another brief update:

You can now view daily video segments that document the creation of Creep!'s carpet monster.

Visit the production blog here to view all of the segments and keep an eye out for an announcement on the crew's shooting of test footage with the beast that will be open to the public.

The tentative date on that remains April 30, and no location has yet been pinned down.

——- UPDATE, 5:04 P.M., MARCH 23 ——-

I caught up with Pete Schuermann last week to check in on his progress with Creep!

We were joined by his associate producer on the film, Kevin Beechwood. Beechwood is a UCCS senior who co-produced The Last Bogatyr, which was a finalist for the 2010 Student Academy Awards.

A side note to this Creep! update: Beechwood and his crew are currently schedule to begin filming a 10-minute short student film called Conditional on April 9. Schuermann describes it as a "tearjerker" — a human drama about an aging guy approaching death, who has unresolved family matters with his son.

It will ideally be edited and ready to view by June, perhaps to be screened at the next Colorado Short Circuit film festival, with an ultimate goal of making it into the big-name film festivals.

Back to Creep!: Schuermann — who is still seeking more investors — says the script is close to being completed, with casting currently set for April 19 and filming tentatively set for late July or early August.

As early as May, he plans to shoot some test footage of the movie's monster (a comical giant rug-looking thingy), which is being built by a Denver artist. He'll likely make that event open to the public in hopes of generating more interest (and maybe a little more $).

And even though Colorado's film incentives remain lacking, Schuermann says he's resolved to shooting here anyway.

He says he's built too much enthusiasm here already, attracting volunteers and talented folks who'll work for cheap and actors who will work for free.

"I know I'm onto something big here," he says. "I'm committed to seeing it through."

——- ORIGINAL POST, 12:35 P.M., OCT. 1, 2010 ——-

Pete Schuermann still needs you.

The Springs filmmaker who is trying to create a locally produced film centered around one of the worst films ever made, 1964's The Creeping Terror, made an appeal for support at Colorado College last night to an audience of friends and potential investors.

... But Im a creep, Im a weirdo/What the hell am I doin here? I dont belong here ...
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  • " ... But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo / What the hell am I doin' here? / I don't belong here ..."

Indy writer Jill Thomas first told you about the whole Creep project back in June; read her feature here.

Last night, Schuermann explained The Creeping Terror's colorful back story for those unfamiliar, showing key segments of the film that were indeed laughably awful. He then played his promotional trailer (viewable on his website) that's already received a lot of attention from major cult-film media outlets such as Fangoria.

These are some other films from the era which Schuermann seeks to recreat. His goal, he says, is to have fun and make entertaining movies at this point.
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  • These are some other films from the era thatSchuermann seeks to recreate. His goal, he says, is to have fun and make entertaining movies at this point.

He then went on in the interest of transparency to detail what he intends to do with his film once he raises the funds, as well as to show clips from his previous body of work to reassure potential investors that he's a legit, professional filmmaker who is far from the creep, A.J. Nelson/Vic Savage, who he's documenting.

Having already shot the documentary footage he needs, Schuermann now looks to film a narrative feature component that will make for a "next-stage documentary," something a little different than regular documentary form. "We want to re-create the making of the film," he says. "To tell the entire story in a way not done before."

"The buzz is working," he says, noting that he's been able to assemble a strong production team whose members claim a combined 10 Emmy awards. But it's obviously not working quick enough — hence the need for last night's assembly.

"I'd rather stay here and make the film here and use local filmmakers," says Schuermann, who hopes production will commence in early 2011.

Here's a look at his tentative production schedule:

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The projected costs:

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And the potential return for a film like this:

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Schuermann says he's raised around $50,000 thus far. So there's ample room for new investors to come on board the project.

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