Holidead - Springbreakers vs. Zombies

Holidead - Springbreakers vs. Zombies

HoliDead is the independent blockbuster of the year. A roller-coaster of a raunchy horror comedy.

by Velimir Grgic
Zagreb, Zagreb - HR
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About this Project

HoliDead is the independent blockbuster of the year. A roller-coaster of a raunchy horror comedy.

Campaign Pitch

SPRING BREAKERS VS ZOMBIES!

No, it has never been done before! And we think we can make it worthwhile - a motion picture where sun, beach, alcohol, drugs and half naked girls meet flesh eating zombies!

HoliDead is a roller-coaster of fun, horror comedy with the smell of Mediterranean - with strong comedic characters, new splatterfest ideas and funny political backdrop; multicultural (different types of naked bodies!) and gory in it’s fun-tastic way (different types of spilled blood types!)
 


 

It all begins when five young, 20-something tourists from Britain - two British boys, a British girl, a girl born and raised in Croatia and an American girl, all friends from a university in London - decide to visit Croatia for a summer vacation. The plan is to go to Zrće, “Croatian Ibiza”, one of the hottest clubbing spots in Europe, but after too much partying, they decide to finish their vacation by spending a few days on a small isolated island. Girl of Croatian origins has family there and they all need some “detox” before going back to UK.

They decide to enjoy rest of the vacation filled with skinny dipping, dancing, sex, private beach parties... But holiday will soon have a wild turn when five of them end up in the middle of zombie invasion!

Everything started when Russian billionaire (Big Pharma money) decided he liked the island and wanted it for himself. With the help of local politicians, he found out that under the law he could buy the whole island for himself but only if it’s not populated. So he created a perfect plan - he contaminated a Russian tourist with a “Zombie virus”, cannibalistic form of rabies, with a goal of spreading the disease and wiping out whole island community. Few locals will fight against the Zombie plague with the help of British tourists, making relationships in the group even more complicated, but ones who are immune to a virus are local “retards” (“redikuli”), mentally challenged community, a product of a long tradition of island incest! In the end, those “redikuli” become unexpected heroes of the story and only surviving humans of the zombie apocalypse.

HOLIDEAD is based on the concept of “war of the worlds” - cultural clash between exotic local tradition and modern foreign lifestyle, conflict between two different worlds, zombies created by greed and beautiful young people trying to live “young and free” by the sea, enjoying the fruits of their youth and one of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the world. Mediterranean architecture and nature, sun scorched rocks, stone build streets, small town square and perfect beaches - all that is the basis for the visual identity of the film, but also one of the reasons Croatia attracts lots of tourists each summer. Croatian culture and customs will also have an important role in the film, making it more exotic and unique, also serving as a template for majority of comedic situations in the story.

HOLIDEAD is a horror movie, meaning it has all the postulates of the zombie genre, but it’s first and foremost a comedy, giving strong emphasis on the funny, mixing violence with laughter. It’s not a trash movie - our goal is to make “Shaun of the Dead” meets “Spring Breakers”!


(This video represents the atmosphere, mood and motives of HoliDead - it’s a compilation of other people’s videos and music, that will give you a rough picture of how we see HoliDead as a finished film)


 

It’s getting harder and harder to find that golden first investment for feature films, especially genre films. In film business, there is a saying: only way you can get first investment for a film - and without one nobody will give you the whole money needed to close the budget - is having 3F’s: Family, Friends or Fools. With money. Since our family and friends are not rich and we don’t do business with fools, all we are left with is you - the people.

You decide if you like HoliDead as a project and how much do you want to watch it on big and small screens - by donating what we need to make this film come to life. If we ask one person to give us $100.000 (in order to get $500.000 to shoot the whole feature), most likely he won’t be that fast on pulling the wallet out of his pocket (trust us, we tried!); but if many of you decide to donate at least something… we can have everything in the end!

FundThis is not only the new crowdfunding platform but currently the only one that finally made it right - most of the projects applied to other, older crowdfunding platforms usually disappear in the flood and noise.

Here, projects are handpicked by professionals - that’s why we are proud to be the first motion picture on FundThis - and we hope the first success!

 


 

Young, hip and sexy British university students are coming for a summer vacation to a beautiful, small and isolated Croatian island. They are: DAVID and his girlfriend EVE, CHARLIE and his Croatian girlfriend LYDIA. Lydia attends university in England where she met the crew - her parents are still living on the island, as well as her ex-boyfriend FRANE, who is jealous of Charlie, her new, British boyfriend and is starting to develop relationship with KATE, fifth member of the main characters from English speaking area. They all study media and business in London.

HOLIDEAD will be shot in English language, except for a few scenes with the locals who speak pidgeon-English with foreigners and special type of “island Croatian” language among themselves (these scenes will have English subtitles).

ACTORS WISH LIST

In order to have attached names, we need money - that’s why we’re here. So we are not flaunting our impressive list of attached actors and actresses - because in this stage of production we cannot fully commit to any name we choose right now. That’s why we need your help. “HoliDead” is open for all suggestions and help from it’s “crowdfunders” - not only ideas for cast we can attach after we finish budgeting the movie (because in this line of work, you have to pay for everything), but also any other production ideas you have in mind.

If you donate any amount of $ to “HoliDead”, you will be able to contact us directly - producer will reply you personally and all your ideas will be taken into consideration. We are making this film together, so - let’s make it together!


LEAD CHARACTERS

For now, we have main actress definitely attached to this project. She is TIHANA LAZOVIĆ, leading Croatian actress of her generation - her latest roles are ones in “festival blockbusters”, film “The High Noon” (2015) awarded by Un Certain Regard in Cannes and “On the Other Side” (2016), awarded in Berlin. Although famous for her festival dramas, Tihana will have a completely different role in “HoliDead”, as LYDIA, sexy Croatian girl who lives and studies in London. Charlie is her (younger) boyfriend, they met on the campus. She earned sociology degree in Zagreb, and then went to attend university in London, where she studies business. Her mother is still living on the island.

KATE, American girl that works as a part time model in London. She studies social media and is obsessed with Instagram, frustrated that smarthphone does not work properly on the island. She is a daughter of a famous American actor, but she doesn’t want anybody to know that. She wants to be a normal girl. She recently broke up with her boyfriend (also famous American young actor).

 

CHARLIE, alfa male who doesn’t know how to swim, wants to be a music producer. Likes football. He dies first.

 

EVE, black girl from Tottenham, she wants to be an actress, at least a TV presenter. Her father was in UN mission in Croatia during the war but this is her first time in the country, just like the others. Was rejected from Big Brother auditions.

 

DAVID, Hipster from London, party animal, likes electronic music, booze and ecstasy. He wanted to go to directly to Zrće and party in “Croatian Ibiza”, but he is on the island here because Eve is his girlfriend and she is a good friend of Lydia and Kate.

OTHER IMPORTANT CHARACTERS

SANJA, Lydia’s friend from school. She earns her money by selling weed to tourists. Her dead father (they told her the story he died at the sea) was the one who built a small local church.
IVO, Sanja’s autistic younger brother, obsessed with video games (when zombies attack, he has the best shot because he had a training on Call On Duty). Sanja bought him a Playstation with money earned by selling weed (the family is poor).
RUSSIAN MARRIED COUPLE, they came couple of days before the Brits, by winning a holiday as a prize. This is their first time at the sea and husband is feeling sick for the last couple of days. He is patient zero, the first one to turn into a zombie.
LOCAL PRIEST, old and conservative, moral authority; later we found out he is the father of one of the mentally challenged people.
MAYOR, ego-maniac, typical politician, Russian billionaire organizes buying of the island with his help.
COUNTY RULER, he is the one that sells the island to the Russian businessman.

LOCAL “REDIKULI”

PROFESSOR, mute with a short beard, glasses and an old jacket, he lives with his old mother, father is dead. Parents were always embarrassed by him so they dressed him up like “a professor” when they let him out of his house. He likes to watch science documentaries because he likes colors - that’s how he got his nickname Professor. But his IQ is 57.
BARKA, heavily retarded, he only speaks one word - “barka” (boat); lives with his parents who don’t let him out of his house. He’s obsessed with drawing boats, his room is full of pictures of boats.
ANA, heavily retarded, doesn’t speak at all, she just laughs out loud at anything she sees. Her parents are keeping her locked up in a special room in a basement, and when they get bitten by the zombies, she gets free.

 


 

Dario is a film director from Zagreb (graduated film and TV directing on Academy of Dramatic Arts). His short films ("Zorgasm", "Bodily Fluids", "Day of the Dead") won numerous genre film festivals awards (Grossman, FSFF, ZagrebDox), and his documentary "Srecko" became an international hit on the Internet. He worked as an assistant director on feature films and big national movie hits "Metastasses", "Vegetarain Cannibal" and "Number 55". In 2016. he directed five episodes of “CSI Croatia”, prime time documentary series for national television. Alongside “HoliDead”, he is currently developing a feature film "Zaokruzi me!" ("Circle me!") and TV series "Ravnica" supported by Croatian AudioVisual Centre, both based on a script by Velimir Grgić.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.dariolonjak.com   |   DIRECTOR'S SHOWREEL   |   IMDB

 

Velimir is a Croatian writer, screenwriter and film producer. He published 13 books (non fiction and two novels), worked on TV, in theater and cinema. His zombie horror-comedy book "Kriza" ("Crisis") won Sfera Award for the Novel of the year and he was in the middle of a huge controversy when play “Les Particules élémentaires” was banned in Dubrovnik, for which he wrote a script, based on a masterpiece by Michel Houllebecq. He is a screenwriter and a star of a TV series “CSI Croatia”, he was behind most popular TV talk shows and quiz shows, and he worked in legendary Jadran Film Studios for two years. He wrote “The Last Well”, first Croatian SF-drama ever, shot by Filip Filković, and alongside "Holidead", he is developing feature film "Zaokruzi me!" ("Circle me!") and TV series "Ravnica" supported by Croatian AudioVisual Centre, both with Dario Lonjak.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.velimir-grgic.com   |   FACEBOOK   |   IMDB

 

Project Timeline

 


 

Beautiful locations and financial incentives (projects can derive a benefit of 20% of their qualifying), made Croatia a popular destination for foreign film and TV shoots; in recent years, Croatian coast and cities served as locations for “Game Of Thrones”, “Goltzius And The Pelican Company” (2012), “Diana” (2013), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017) and “Robin Hood” (2018); among many others.

Croatia has a long-standing tradition of film production and has served as location for such classics as Norman Jewison’s "Fiddler on the Roof" (1971), Sam Peckinpah’s "Cross of Iron" (1977), Volker Schlöndorff’s "Tin Drum" (1979) and Alan J. Pakula’s "Sophie’s Choice" (1982).

 

Game of Thrones: On Location in Croatia (HBO)

 


 

Funding Perks

 


 

We all know that making films is really, really hard job - also a very risky one, because some films were shut down even in the middle of their own production. But we all know that film production is a big challenge - and we all are ready to accept the challenges, because it’s the only way movies can be made.
We found numerous interested investors during Cannes Film Festival (2015. and 2016.), that are ready to match and gap fund “HoliDead” - but they all have the same thing to say: please get the first $100.000 and then we’ll take care of the rest needed money. That’s why we are here - to kickstart the project with initial investment made out of your donations; we can promise you one thing: if we get $100.000, “HoliDead” will be made, one way or another. Ofcourse, there is always a risk of nuclear war and the full on apocalypse, but we are not responsible for that problems delaying our production...

 

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PROMO BOOK (DIGITAL) + FILM (DIGITAL)

Beautiful, full color book we used as promotion for the movie development during talks with various movie heads at film festival (Cannes, Berlin), filled with great pictures, details about the film and production, interesting Web links and more! Sent as .pdf.

You’ll also get streaming link for the one time film viewing (It will be sent at the beginning of it’s official digital distribution).

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HOLIDEAD COMIC BOOK (DIGITAL EDITION)

First episode of “HoliDead” comic book, full color, 12 pages - story is similar to the movie, but with a different comic book twist. Great art by Fran Strukan. Sent as .pdf.

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HOLIDEAD WEBSITE HIDDEN ENTRANCE

Join the “HoliDead” community and unlock different online perks - get the password for official Website special hidden entrance where you will be able to watch behind the scenes and making of material, get exclusive uncensored content and info, etc.

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FULL HOLIDEAD SCRIPT (DIGITAL EDITION)

Full script in your inbox, no joke! (It will be sent digitally after the “HoliDead” premiere)

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YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS

Get your name in the credits - your name will be forever immortalised on a special “thank you” list, together with all other names in the credits. “This is me!”, you will scream as a pensioner, many years in the future, showing your grandchildren how your small donation built this project from scratch. Your name in the credits will stay as the great proof and reminder of that.

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HOLIDEAD COMIC BOOK (PRINT EDITION)

Get the physical copy (LIMITED EDITION), first episode of “HoliDead” the comic book, full color, 12 pages - story is similar to the movie, but with a different comic book twist. Great art by Fran Strukan, copy signed by authors and artist.

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FULL HOLIDEAD SCRIPT (PAPER EDITION)

Full script in your hands, no joke! All scripts will be printed and signed by the core production team. (It will be sent via snail mail after “HoliDead” premiere)

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PROMO BOOK (PAPER EDITION)

Beautiful, full color book we used as promotion for the movie development during various film festival (Cannes, Berlin), filled with great pictures, interesting Web links and more! (It will be sent via snail mail after the campaign)

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3 PRIVATE LIVE STREAMS WITH PRODUCERS

Pay 400 bucks and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in 3 different phases of “HoliDead” production - pre-production (preparing the film), shooting itself (Skype call during filming on the set!) and editing (sit with us in the editing room, via cyberspace). You will contact production team via Skype and get to know moviemaking process very close, following it’s every important step.

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SPEND THE DAY ON THE SET

You are welcome to spend one day with us during shooting of “HoliDead” - spend the day on the set and see zombie slaughter and bikini clad girls live with all the actors and crew! “HoliDead” is a low budget movie so travel costs and accommodation are not included, but you will be welcomed by the special seat on the film set. 
(With this one, you'll also get all the perks from 1 to 8)

 

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BE A TOURIST IN THE FILM

Your acting skills are not that good, but you want to be in front of the camera? No problem - you are welcome as an extra: be a random tourist in one of the scenes in the movie! Experience beautiful Croatian coast, spend the day with actors and crew and be a part of movie history in person. “HoliDead” is a low budget movie so travel costs and accommodation are not included, but you will be welcomed by the special seat on the film set.
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BE A ZOMBIE

There are a lot of zombies in “HoliDead”. Be one of them! Visit us on the set; run or walk in front of the camera as the flesh eating zombie! “HolidEad” is a low budget movie so travel costs and accommodation are not included, but you will be welcomed by the special seat on the film set. (With this one, you'll also get all the perks from 1 to 8)

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BIKINI FROM ONE OF THE LEAD ACTRESSES

We don’t want to know if you are just a movie buff or a real perv, but you can have it - bikini worn by one of the lead actresses during the shooting of “HoliDead”! Take home a sexy souvenir from the set, a piece of movie history you will always have in your hands after watching “HoliDead” and tell all your visitors: “See, this is the real bikini she wore in this film!” 
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BE A ZOMBIE VICTIM

Your acting skills are not that good, but you want to be in front of the camera? No problem - you are welcome as an extra: be a random tourist in one of the scenes in the movie and get eaten by a zombie! Experience beautiful Croatian coast, spend the day with actors and crew and be a part of movie history in person, immortalised as a victim of zombie invasion. “HoliDead” is a low budget movie so travel costs and accommodation are not included, but you will be welcomed by the special seat on the film set. (With this one, you'll also get all the perks from 1 to 8)

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BE A ZOMBIE ATTACKER

There are a lot of zombies in “HoliDead”. Be one of them! Visit us on the set; run or walk in front of the camera and attack people as the flesh eating zombie! “HoliDead” is a low budget movie so travel costs and accommodation are not included, but you will be welcomed by the special seat on the film set. (With this one, you'll also get all the perks from 1 to 8)

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BE A ZOMBIE ATTACKER IN CLOSE-UP

There are a lot of zombies in “HoliDead”. Be one of them - the one that will actually be shot in close up so you will be able to show everyone your face under the mask! Visit us on the set; run or walk in front of the camera and attack people as the flesh eating zombie! “HoliDead” is a low budget movie so travel costs and accommodation are not included, but you will be welcomed by the special seat on the film set. (With this one, you'll also get all the perks from 1 to 8)

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STAR ZOMBIE ROLE + SIGNED CLAPPERBOARD

Every zombie film has it’s most memorable zombie characters - in “HoliDead”, there are several; for example, “zombie diver”, the one who is chasing our heroes slowly on the beach, because he has flippers on his feet. You will have a chance to be immortalised as one of the more important zombies in the story. “HoliDead” is a low budget movie so travel costs and accommodation are not included, but you will be welcomed by the special seat on the film set. You can also keep your mask and props used in your scene. Who wouldn’t like a piece of a prop or a zombie mask in your room, proudly put on the book shelf or the wall? Take home a souvenir from the set, a piece of movie history you will always have in your hands after watching “HoliDead” and tell all your visitors: “See, this is the real stuff they used in this film!” You can also keep clapperboard used in your scenes! 
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ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT

OK, now enter the history in style - it’s not cheap, but if you really, really want to help by donating a big chunk of our goal sum, you will be awarded by having your NAME IN THE OPENING CREDITS of the film as ASSOCIATE PRODUCER! Let “HoliDead” be part of your heritage and an opportunity to attract opposite or same sex by stating the mere fact that you “produced this one, bro!” - as you’ll have your name in the opening credits as a proof!
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