Don’t stop for anything in The Lot. Especially after dark…
My imagination never stops. I drive through old Oregon lumber towns imagining the stories that lurk behind long forgotten communities. I see old ghosts wandering the forests of mountain passes. I’m drawn to the blurring of that line between the supernatural and our emotional reality.
Stephen King has often toyed with this idea and crafted tales stretching the boundaries of fear and belief. I’ve wanted to make his short story “One for the Road” into a film since I first started writing. With a few small changes, I’ve taken Stephen King’s original idea and updated it for a modern retelling set in the gloomy Pacific Northwest.
“For the Road” focuses on the locals who drink away their sorrows and superstitions at Took’s Tavern. It follows Alex Booth as she recalls her last night in Jerusalem’s Lot, a small ghost town inhabited by vampires where visitors are lucky to make it out alive. Booth and her friend, Herb Tooklander, brave the dark to help Gerry Lumley, an out of towner whose family is stranded in The Lot during a storm.
Why make this movie?
“One for the Road”, the original King short, has stuck with me since I first read it years ago. The threat facing its characters played right into my childhood fears of the dark, and its wooded atmosphere always felt like home. I fell in love with the tension between locals and out of towners and the struggle between superstition and rationality that permeates this terrifying tale.
I love this story, and I believe that with my team, I can give it the treatment it deserves for the small screen.
Won’t the author be upset?
Mr. King generously offers aspiring filmmakers, like myself, the opportunity to make a non-commercial film adaptation of some of his short stories. Non-commercial means we can’t sell it or make a profit, which keeps the focus on the art. I can’t tell you how incredibly honored and grateful I am that I’m able to adapt my favorite short story with the author’s permission.
Why should you donate?
For us to make the film you want to see – a quality piece worthy of film festival submission – we need your help. Funds raised for this film will go toward:
- Securing the right cast and crew
- Props, wardrobe, and equipment rental
- Closing a road to shoot safely at night
- Renting a bar that has the right atmosphere to bring this story to life
- Post production costs – colorist, data storage, sound mixing & score, and film festival submission fees.
So help us make this film the right way, with the right people and equipment, and we’ll deliver something you can be proud to say you supported.
What happens if you don’t make your goal?
If we fail in this fundraiser, the film likely doesn’t get made. While my co-producer and I are contributing to the budget of the film, we simply don’t have enough on our own.
What happens if you exceed your fundraising goal?
We celebrate! Any money raised beyond our goal will allow us to give you a better product. All funds raised with this campaign are required to go into the development of the film.
All films face any number of unforeseen challenges that can set back the production schedule. Locations fall through, cast/crew get sick, and unexpected delays happen. Successful filmmakers roll with the punches and figure out how to keep things moving and adapt to the changing conditions. This is what I did on my last short film, and we were able to complete it on schedule.
We’ll face any number of obstacles on this shoot, not the least of which is shooting outdoors in the winter and having to contend with cold, rainy conditions. I’m lucky to have a very experienced team to help keep us on track and deal with these challenges as they come up. I have the patience, empathy, and perseverance to see this through, and I have full faith and trust in the people I’m working with to get this project done.