THE PROJECT: Patriot Act is a feature length science fiction film uniquely suited to the low budget, $10 million and under filmmaking formula. While small enough to be produced on a low budget level, the film offers a traditionally successful genre and large enough scope to diffuse its budget.
SYNOPSIS: Harrison is a retired member of The Legion, a government hit squad responsible for the extinction of the alien race known as the Dropas. Set in a future America, Harrison must hunt down a renegade Dropa intent on killing the former members of his team.
THE MARKET: Patriot Act is targeted for domestic limited platform theatrical release and worldwide release on the home video market. The market for American independents has doubled in the last ten years. Commercial genres, such as horror and sci-fi, retain their appeal in independent cinema while budgets of under $10 million far exceed their over $100 million budget counterparts for potential return on investment.
THE DISTRIBUTION PLAN: The project has secured a worldwide distribution contract from Archstone Distribution, a successful industry sales representative and distribution company.
Patriot Act Movie, LLC is a limited liability company formed by Martin Delon and Wayne Slaten for the sole purpose of producing the feature length motion picture. The company is comprised of veteran filmmakers with eight produced feature films to their credit, seventeen short films, as well as, several active projects in development. Their industry contacts and experience in independent filmmaking brings a wealth of creative and business experience to the project.
REGISTERED TEXAS ENTITY: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts File Number 080140977.
DATE OF FILING FOR LLC: April 22,2011
COMPANY ADDRESS: Patriot Act Movie, LLC 26906 Boulder Hill, Katy, TX 77494
MARTIN DELON – Producer
After graduating from the University of Houston, Martin Delon went on to produce, direct, distribute and sell his first feature film La Taqueria domestically through a leading U.S. distributor. Since then, he has produced five feature length films with distribution and most recently was the executive producer on the supernatural thriller Backroad. Martin’s business background and industry contacts are a compliment to his energy and determination to complete projects and find them audiences. Gaucho Productions was formed in 1999 by Martin Delon to develop and produce both independent film and television programs. Recently Gaucho Productions has put a strong emphasis on films produced at a reasonable budget offering a solid return on investment.
WAYNE SLATEN – Writer/Director
Wayne Slaten studied art and communications at Marshall University and Methodist University. After working on several award winning short films, Slaten founded Moonlite Filmwerks in 2007 to focus on writing, producing and directing feature length motion pictures. Slaten successfully showcased his directing talents in his critically acclaimed debut feature length film Backroad, distributed in 2012. His film, Cold War, was selected as part of an international short film competition to screen at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Slaten was recently a quarterfinalist in the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. In 2014, he directed the feature length political spy thriller movie Osprey.
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ERIC CHRISTENSEN Producer . Visual Effects Supervisor Santa Rosa, CA
Eric Christensen is the CEO and founder of RotoFactory and Factory VFX visual effects studios located in Santa Rosa, CA and New Orleans, LA. Eric began his career working as a digital artist for George Lucas’ Industrial Light + Magic (ILM). While there he worked on more than twenty films including Mission Impossible III, Van Helsing, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Jurrasic Park III and Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence. In 2006 he opened RotoFactory followed by Factory VFX a few years later. His companies have worked on over forty major Hollywood films to date.
MICHELLE FITZGERALD Line Producer
Michelle Fitzgerald is a triple Emmy Award winning and five time Emmy Award nominated Producer with over 19 years of experience in the Film & Television industry. Michelle is an expert in concept development to target specific demographics for any project. She has extensive experience in all facets of programming and production. Michelle has excelled as a producer and casting director on both cable, national, and international television shows on the FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC, VH1, MTV, Disney, and PAX networks.
JENNIFER WALDO Associate Producer
Jennifer Waldo earned her MFA in Film Production at USC’s School of Cinema-Television where she won the Edward Small Directing Scholarship for her existentialist film Room 119 and wrote and directed her 35mm USC graduate thesis film, Searching for Angels which was screened at the Director’s Guild in Los Angeles in 2006. In addition to writing and directing, Jennifer produced several graduate thesis films and contributed to the A.C.E. sponsored documentary the Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing(2004). Waldo was most recently the program coordinator and a board member of the Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), one of the oldest film organizations in the U.S. and based in Houston, TX.
LARRY MCKEE Director of Photography
Emmy award winner, Larry McKee boasts some hefty accolades over his thirty years in filmmaking including awards at international film festivals in the U.S., Europe and Mexico. He has received several Telly awards. McKee’s television credits include productions for PBS, The Discovery Channel, TNN, FOX and The Outlaw Music Channel. McKee has worked on several documentaries and served as director of photography on ten feature length motion pictures.
JEFF WALTON Composer
Veteran music composer Jeff Walton brings three decades of composing for film and television to the project. Walton has scored music for thirty feature films. His television credits include projects for TV Land, America’s Next Top Model, FX, and the Anime Network. Walton composed the score for Moonlite Filmwerks’ first feature film Backroad and then Osprey in 2014. His most recent scoring work includes A Soundtrack for the City, an original score for a promotional film for the City of Houston performed by and featuring the Houston Symphony orchestra.
Outside Consultants & Professional Advisors:
The project’s outside consultants and professional advisors provide input and support to enable management to make well-informed, creative and appropriate decisions:
• The Law Offices of Michael Saleman (Legal) – Los Angeles, CA . Austin, TX . Dallas, TX
• Montgomery Law (Legal) – Austin, TX
• Justin Mueller (Legal) – Houston, TX
• Maxwell, Locke & Ritter (Accountants) – Austin, TX
COMPARABLES: Blade Runner, District 9
LOGLINE: An ex-government assassin comes out of retirement to hunt down the alien responsible for killing former members of his team.
TAGLINE: Freedom has evolved.
GENRE: Science Fiction / Action / Thriller
RATING: Targeted PG-13
MARKET: Worldwide Interest; General Public, Adults, Males 13-45
FORMAT: 4K & 2K DIGITAL HD / Color / 2:40:1
SOUND: Dolby Digital
RUN TIME: Approximately 112 Minutes
It started with two brothers and a cabin …
In January 2009, writer-director Wayne Slaten completed the first draft for the short film, The Cabin. The story dealt with two brothers meeting at a family hideaway retreat to catch up on life after being separated for six years by the geography and demands of war during the Great American Civil Revolt. As the brothers begin to reminisce, Kane notices things are not quite right with his older brother Arthur. The bittersweet family reunion soon turns into a deadly cat-and-mouse game that ends with Kane killing Arthur only to find out that his brother was dead long ago. Kane removes his brother’s right ear revealing a serial number in the inner ear canal. Kane’s suspicions are validated, Arthur has been replaced with a Legion Model 12 android designed to bring Kane out of hiding. Kane’s role in the Underground Movement during the civil war had made him a target of the new American government. Within seconds the tiny cabin is surrounded with Homeland Security agents.
The story was developed to question how far would a government go to find out your inner most secrets and more importantly, what price comes with freedom? Researching the evolution of The Patriot Act by law enforcement and government agencies as the catalyst in an ever-increasing loss of privacy, Slaten used this as the inspiration for writing The Cabin. As the project progressed, the essence of the original concept grew far beyond the initial scope and soon Slaten realized there was a much bigger story to tell. That was the birth of Patriot Act, which would result in a final draft of the feature length script two years later.
Patriot Act Movie, LLC is formed. The project qualifies for the Domestic Film Production Incentive Program (Section 181).
Martin Delon meets with Brady Bowen of Los Angeles, CA based Archstone Distribution. Archstone becomes the film’s sales agent.
Director Wayne Slaten meets with Hollywood visual effects company Factory VFX. They become the project’s lead visual effects company.
Patriot Act director Wayne Slaten and Producer Martin Delon’s short film Cold War screens at the Cannes Film Festival.
The Patriot Act script is a quarterfinalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowships Screenwriting Competition.
German aerial photographer and filmmaker, Harald Hohenthal, joins the project providing aerial footage and securing difficult locations.
Martin Delon, Wayne Slaten and Justin Mueller form the production company Filmwerks LA, LLC in Youngsville, LA.