"Lost girls" is an argentine genre film directed by Fede Velasco.
It could be defined as a road movie, as an action movie, one with almost all spices of exploitation and even as a rite of passage movie. The main thing is that it's got pretty girls, shootings, blood, feminism, swordfighting, significant nerdy talks, more shootings, machismo, really bad guys and even worse villains.
"What is "Lost Girls"?
Remember when Gokuu and Vegeta fuse together to create Gogeta?
Well, for the creation of "Lost Girls" it was something like that.
Fede Velasco and José Luis Gaitán did a funny little dance, and when their fingertips touched they became Velasaitán, who had the idea of three best friends having the worst trip of their lives.
During that dance, Fede had yelled "there must be shootings, blood and a katana!" while Gaitán repeated over and over "the power of the Norns, the power of the Norns!" to which Fede answered "But they must be hot."
And that was how Velasaitán decided the best way to tell this story was through exploitation. That cinema that both of its parts always enjoyed so much. It was then that this new entity crossed its legs, lit some incense and made a ritual to invoke the spirits of Russ Meyer, Armando Bo and Robert Rodriguez, forgetting Rodriguez was still alive, so they could only invoke his creative forces.
It was with that help that, seven days later, "Lost Girls" saw the light.
"Who is making "Lost Girls"?"
Legends say that after those seven days, Velasaitán rested for 77 minutes, and in that break, was close to splitting back into Fede and José, mainly because Gaitán had to go play with his band and to keep working on his comic books. But Velasaitán was stronger and decided to film "Lost Girls".
Here the story turns a little dark, because acording to some people Velasaitán realized he couldn't film one movie on his own because its Velasco part already knew about it. Others say that during those 77 minutes he was eating pizza, drinking beer and watching "Dogma"'s DVD extras, where Kevin Smith made him realize that to make a movie, you need a crew.
Whichever the case, Velasaitán started to create its evil plan: call acquaintances of both its sides, although mostly Fede's since he's a film director and had a few more contacts.
And so one night he summoned Pamela Gionco to his chambers, executive producer of "Call Center", Fede's first film; Danilo Furlano, who worked with Velasco in his first projects but who was also the Art Director in his short film "El Viaje de Chichipío", which came out in 2005; Daniel Acosta, photographer for "Callcenter", and also a friend of the director and Mael Morholt, a lively spirit which Fede went to several times for the craziest and most varied projects, but who was also an acquaintance of Gaitán in past lives, so it made perfect sense to summon him.
Velasaitán followed step by step what he read in "To Serve Man" by Sherry Shriner, or more like the first Halloween special of The Simpsons, of which he'd caught a re-run of in TELEFE, and one by one he tricked them, baiting them with a prospect of money and fame, to then fuse with each of them in order to obtain their talents. It was this way that Velasaitán first turned into Velasaitanco, then in Velasaitancolano, then in Velasaitancolanosta to eventually end up as Velasaitancolanostaholt. But since it was too complicated, he called himself Rolo.
Rolo was now an uberpowerful being, but it could still not film a movie all by himself, so he kept adding people to the crew. Since there's a ton of them, we've listed them underneath, but trust us when we say that they were all fused together and ended up as a part of the ever-growing, increasingly powerful, but also increasingly deformed, Rolo.
And it was then that Rolo looked in the mirror and understood that with its ugliness, no one'd want to see him on screen, and decided to kidnap and enslave the pretty ladies we present you below, so they'd star in "Lost Girls".
One of the villains
List of Rolo's confirmed victims to the moment (also referred to as "Crew" or "Filming Crew"):
Director: Federico Velasco
Assistant director: Danilo Furlano
Second assistant director: Alejando Ibarra
General producer: Pamela Gionco
Assistant producer: Martín Colodner
Photography Director: Román Tkachuk
Gaffer: Martín Iglesias
Electrician: Sebastián Ijilioff
Camera: Mauricio Casaretto
Costumes: Natalia Queirolo
Make-up: Carla Virile
FX: Matías Bereslawsky
VFX: Bruno Scopazzo
Savior of the universe VFX: Esteban Bocco
Sound director: Pablo Riera
Still photographer: Victoria Schwindt
Graphic design: Matías Depettris
"What does "Lost Girls" need?
It seems more than obvious, but we'll say it clearly just in case: WE MUST STOP ROLO!
And the simplest way we could come up with to do it was film his movie, and so release the actresses, but also everyone else who is fused together and forming this evil entity, who not only must be really uncomfortable all squashed together inside of Rolo, but also have lives to go back to... Well, some of them, others will only read comics and watch B class movies. But it's within their right to waste their time that way, don't you think?
That's why we're asking all men and women of goodwill, to understand that Rolo must be stopped and his path of destruction and evil can't go on.
But since we understand we're in a capitalist era, with any funding you'll get a reward.
STOPPING ROLO IS WITHIN YOUR HANDS' GRASP! (Or your wallet's)
If you were doubting how we can all gather to stop Rolo, check our FAQ below.
"When would it be filmed?"
The idea is to stop Rolo asap, but we know he's going on vacations in January to Santa Teresita, so we're planning to film starting on February 2015. As with all independant productions, we can't know how long we'll take to finish it. But we have the determination to stop Rolo even if we have to work every weekend starting on February.
"When would it be showcased?"
We have several festivals picked up to show it in, and even the possiblity of private proyections. Obviously if this campaign to stop Rolo becomes very, very successful, it'll likely be something you can watch in your neighbourhood's cinema with popcorns in hand.
"What would the money I give you be used for?"
The money we raise will be used to cover most of the filming costs. That means equipment rental fees, transport, catering, costumes, props, etc.
Everything that's work hours we'll put it in ourselves because we believe Rolo must be stopped... unless we raise a ton of cash. In that case maybe we'll keep the leftovers and maybe our children can stop eating gruel every day.
"Who's working in the film?"
Everyone we listed above. We burst our brains trying to come up with the Rolo thing and you didn't read it? Shame on you.
"If you don't raise enough to meet the goal, will I get a refund?"
That's what you care most about? What about all the poor people Rolo will keep prisoner? And the terrible example Rolo presents for children? Won't anyone think of the children?!
Ok, since we're using the "all or nothing" mode of idea.me, if we don't reach our goal, what you gave us will be refunded, rest easy. That is, until Rolo reaches your neighbourhood and enslaves your baker. We'd like to see you then, without crossaints to dip into your latte. Then you'll realize how evil Rolo can be.
"When will I get my rewards?"
Almost all rewards will be handed out once the movie is done. Obviously some of them - such as visiting during a filming day or showing up as an extra in the film - can't be done after filming, but most of them will be given out after our crusade against Rolo ends.
"If I live outside of Argentina, how do I watch it?"
We believe the fight against Rolo is a world-wide problem, not just ours. This is why we'll generate the means so that foreign friends who help us fight him can watch it, through some system based on that magical thing we don't fully understand yet called "the internet".
"Why don't you offer a DVD as a reward or a code to download it digitally?"
That's a great question! And the thing is, we like to watch movies at the movies. That is, a big screen, surrounding sound, darkness and lights bouncing off the screen and not being proyected by it.
We know unless you're George Lucas and own your own home cinema, watching a movie in a 22 inches monitor might seem like a valid option, but the director, the photography director, the art directors and even the sound ones bust their brains thinking up even the tiniest detail of what you see on-screen.
That doesn't mean we won't later make a DVD release, but we first try to respect the work of our technical crew, let's not be all Rolo-like.
"I don't like any of the offered rewards, can't you have a "blank" one so I can choose what I want for my money?"
Sadly idea.me doesn't allow us to set it up, but contact us on twitter or facebook and we'll discuss it. ANYTHING FOR THE SAKE OF STOPPING ROLO.
"Why didn't you tell Rolo's story in the promotional video?"
Because if dressing up Fede as a vampire was already hard enough, imagine trying to show a deformed evil entity which absorbs people to keep their talents. We would've had to make a Crowdfunding campaign just to film the promotional video for this crowdfunding campaign!
"Are you funding anything or is it only going to be our money that you use?"
As we said above, unless we raise a looooot of money we won't keep any for ourselves because we'll all put in our own work, which is the same as adding our own money (time is money, afterall). Still, many people in the crew will add cash from their own pockets, mainly the first ones affected by Rolo's evil, who want to get rid of him at all costs.
"If on top of destroying Rolo the movie is a success and you guys become millionaires, do I get any money for having helped you?"
The rules of idea.me don't allow us to give back the money if the fundraising campaign is successful, but we promise you that if we turn millionaire (like Bill Gates) we'll give back what you gave us and even add a present: a small statue of the moment we destroyed Rolo and saved the world from his evilness.
"May I work in the movie?"
All help to stop Rolo is welcome. Obviously you should have the necessary knowledge to face this challenge, so contact us through twitter or facebook and a crew will see if we can add you.
"What are the Norns Gaitan speaks of?"
Uff, that's quite the issue.
The reality is that José Luis has an unfulfilled fantasy of sleeping with three girls, but since he's an artist he channels it by invoking at any chance he has those feminine deities of the nordic mythology, which can be found in others such as roman myths. And yes, he has issues.
"Are you all out of your minds?"
Well, if you reached this last question it means you read everything we wrote and probably watched the videos too.. Who's crazy now, huh? huh?
Don't worry anyway, there's plenty of space in our cushioned-walls room, it's only a matter of scooting over a little and you'll fit right in.
Speaking more seriously now, we're fascinated by cinema, by watching it, but making it is an incontrollable passion. A pulse of our souls that leads us to tell stories others can dive right in through that window to another world that a screen creates. If that's madness... Well, maybe we're crazy, but we don't think it's a good thing. At least it's not like Rolo, which is evil encarnate and who we must fight. Will you help us?