Locally-produced slasher film hosts investor’s ball Feb. 17 at Kryptonite


Raymond Did It is a slasher film in the tradition of Halloween and Prom Night that is being produced in Rockford by Rockford creative people. Image provided

From press release

Local filmmaker Travis Legge has begun preproduction on his first feature film.

Raymond Did It is a slasher film in the tradition of Halloween and Prom Night. When 12-year-old Bryce Rourke is accidentally killed in a playground scuffle, his friends decide to blame Bryce’s developmentally-delayed older brother for the accident. Raymond is taken to a state hospital while the true killer walks free.

Six years later, Raymond escapes from the hospital to seek bloody revenge for his brother’s death.

Plastic Age Productions (a subsidiary of Aegis Studios) and Kryptonite Bar will hold an informational meeting regarding the film at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Kryptonite Bar, 308 W. State St., Rockford. Video clips and teaser images will be shown, and opportunities for Rockford to become involved with the film will be discussed.

Legge, Robert Williams, TimStotz, and a few of the cast members will be present at the party to discuss the prospectus and answer questions.

Aegis Studios has had a long-standing relationship with Kryptonite, screening short films and holding events. Parties interested in attending can contact Legge at raymonddidit@gmail.com or via http://www.facebook.com/travislegge to receive an invitation that will allow Aegis Studios to pick up their bar tab.

Raymond Did It is being produced in Rockford by Rockford creative people and will be spending money in the Rockford economy. The first chance at investment will be offered to Rockford businesspeople and citizens.

The film’s budget of $102,000 is more than halfway provided through in-kind donations and volunteered services and goods. Legge hopes to close the gap in financing by selling shares in the film for $1,000 each, and is offering first chance at this investment to Rockford locals. For those who may not have the financial ability to invest such an amount, shares can be acquired in exchange for goods and services as well. The film needs shooting locations, lodging for out-of-town cast and crew, and catering, among other things. These goods and services can be rolled into a cash value investment, providing the investor with shares.

Another opportunity to donate cash to the film at smaller increments is to visit http://www.indiegogo.com/Raymond-Did-It where locals can donate amounts of $10, $100 or $1,000 in exchange for donor VIP perks.

Raymond Did It is written and directed by Rockford local Legge (Jimmy’s Basement, Nation Undead: Kept). No stranger to the horror genre, Legge has written comic books and roleplaying games, including the critically-acclaimed Contagion game setting.

Rounding out the production team on Raymond Did It are Visual Supervisor and Camera Operator Tim Stotz and Picture Editor Robert J. Williams.

Stotz has been a professional video producer for more than a decade, with hundreds of commercials, several shorts, and a feature under his belt. His work can be found at timstotz.com.

Williams is a free-lance assistant editor and aspiring picture editor working mainly out of the Chicago area. He recently cut the trailer for a highly-anticipated 2011 feature and assisted on a national PBS documentary special.

Raymond Did It stars Kyle Hoskins (Skeet Shooting, Nation Undead: Kept) as a developmentally-delayed man framed for murder and bent on vengeance. A versatile actor, Hoskins has previously played lovelorn slackers, average joes tormented by zombies, and brings a range of ability to the role of Raymond. Standing at 6 feet, 5 inches tall, with a massive, bulky build, Hoskins is among one of the largest, most imposing figures to take on the role of a slasher.

Lindsay Felton (VH1 Scream Queens, Grind) co-stars as Tammy, a young woman tormented by guilt for what she and her friends did to Raymond. With years in front of the camera, having worked with some of the greatest talents in Hollywood, Felton brings experience and finely-tuned craft to this demanding role.

Also joining the cast are Valerie Meachum (Cyrus), Linda Cieslik (New Day) and Elissa Dowling (Nightstalker, Dread).

Plastic Age Productions is seeking additional investors and distribution for Raymond Did It. Interested parties should contact writer/director Legge at raymonddidit@gmail.com for more information. Actors interested in available roles should check out the casting call available online at http://www.aegisstudios.com/casting.html.

Raymond Did It is slated to begin principal photography in June 2010.

From the Feb. 17-23, 2010 issue

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