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Too Tight to Move: Short Film

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In the obscure world of a quiet massage parlor on Anchor Avenue, Gregory, a peculiar attendant, lures unsuspecting visitors into the sinister allure of a seemingly ordinary massage chair. When Louis, a weary traveler, seeks refuge, he becomes entangled in a nightmarish experience that turns the tranquil massage session into a grotesque and fatal encounter.

As Louis reluctantly agrees to a session in one of the premium rooms with a mysterious French masseuse named Tanya, he discovers the massage chair has a mind of its own. The initial pleasure turns into a torturous ordeal as the chair tightens its grip, crushing Louis and inflicting unspeakable pain.

Despite Louis's desperate cries for help, Gregory and Tanya watch in cold silence as the chair devours him, leaving behind only a grotesque aftermath. The film takes a dark turn, exploring the eerie secrets of the massage parlor and the horrifying fate that befalls those who fall victim to its deceptive charm.

As dusk settles and the massage parlor prepares to close, Gregory, seemingly unphased, readies the space for the next unsuspecting visitor. The film leaves audiences with a chilling realization that the massage parlor's secrets are far from being uncovered, hinting at a sinister cycle destined to repeat itself. "The Chair's Embrace" is a haunting short film that delves into the unexpected horrors that can unfold in the most mundane places.

In the quiet confines of a mysterious massage parlor, a weary traveler becomes ensnared in the clutches of a malevolent massage chair, leading to a nightmarish descent into a world of pain, secrets, and an unspeakable fate.

We will be using three main actors.

Gregory | The Owner of the Massage Parlor / Male Actor in his late 20's/early 30's (Caucasian)
$250 per day as SAG standard.

Louis | The Victim / Male Actor in his late 20's (Caucasian)
$250 per day as SAG standard.

Tanya | Gregory's Assistant / Female Actor in her late 20's (Asian)
$250 per day as SAG standard.

= $1,500 TOTAL

Actors need to be paid what they deserve so that they are willing to deliver a stellar performance.

Our actors will need reliable transportation to and from our work location on the designated days. We provide gas and other means of transportation necessary.

= $200 TOTAL

Development Costs, Story & Rights, Producer Unit, Director & Staff are taken care of. We are not paying ourselves for this project and we are producing, directing, and distributing. No extra income is needed on those departments.

We need all of the following people to provide their own equipment packages. This is what we have in mind - (Paying moderately).

$612 / per day

= $1,224 TOTAL

$336 / per day

= $672 TOTAL

$360 / per day

= $720 TOTAL

$500 / per day

= $1,000 TOTAL

CATERING: People need to eat! Without food, there is no energy, and without energy, forget the film. Pizza, burgers, lots of water. They need snacks and sandwiches.

= $1,000 TOTAL

COSTUMES/PROPS: We can source a lot of things on our own. Costumes we can build/find from Goodwill or thrift stores. Props mainly include the items to enhance the receptionist desk and overall atmosphere of the massage parlor/room. The electric massage chair is the biggest expense. We hope to find one for around $500.

= $900 TOTAL

Our main location will be a Retro Office offered through Giggster in LA. The link can be found here -

It has a bunch of different options for our cast and crew to succeed.

We will be spending two, twelve hour days at this location. 24 hours total with rolling hours into the third day for any make-up shots.

12 hours x $81.00/hr (their hourly rate) x 2
= $2,238 TOTAL

We need the massage chair to malfunction and break a ton of bones. This calls for exploding blood and shattered shins.

We will try and keep this just under, but may need a bit more.
= TOTAL $500

Music/Visual Effects/Post Sound
= $1,200 TOTAL

Publicity (Film Festivals, Advertisements, ETC)
Legal (Film permit)
Insurance (Liability etc)

= $2,395 TOTAL

And finally -
10% Contingency

= $1,368 TOTAL

We can make this work! It really depends on who can make this project their top priority, while getting everything they need to perform.

Us two small town kids from Yarmouth, Maine haven't been given a shot at creating any sort of funded film. It's always come down to one thing - our finances. I truly believe that if you want something bad enough, you can make it happen.

We would like to offer an abundance of rewards as a token of thanks for helping our independent film come to life!

Here is what you can expect once the project is fully-funded –

$20.00+ donation
  • "Too Tight to Move" Sticker
  • Downloadable Screenplay

$50.00+ donation
  • All Previous Rewards

$100.00+ donation
  • All previous rewards


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Tristan Winchester
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