SOURCE: Mike The Pike Productions, Inc.

Mike The Pike Productions, Inc.

November 11, 2009 10:15 ET

Mike The Pike Productions, Inc. Announces Pre-Production for Low-Budget Feature

MTP Begins Pre-Production on Crime Thriller for a Winter Shooting Schedule

FORT WAYNE, IN--(Marketwire - November 11, 2009) - Mike The Pike Productions, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: MIKP) has finalized conversations with newcomer Cam Clark to produce his screenplay, 'Horse,' a Crime-Thriller to be shot in Fort Wayne, Indiana, about a handful of the city's seediest underground players vying for a misplaced bag of heroin, all for their own reasons; all at a deadly cost.

"The screenplay has a well-crafted plot structure and interesting characters, each with their own story. It's very unique, but if we had to compare it to anything, it would fit well within the Guy Ritchie/Quentin Tarantino sector of the genre," says MTP CEO Mark B. Newbauer, who will make his directorial debut on the film, slated for principal photography in Jan/Feb 2010. "We get several screenplay submissions and this one was a diamond in the rough, for certain. 'Horse' is a winner, and so is its Screenwriter, Cam Clark, who has truly impressed me with his ability to craft an overall entertaining script that I feel we'll bring to the screen together with solid potential for critical and financial success."

Clark, a Junior at Southside High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is certainly an "old soul in a high school kid's body," comments Newbauer. "He has a genuine passion with a strong background in theater and extensive experience in Shakespeare, Twain, Mamet and everything between. I'm truly amazed that this story came from a Junior in High School as, in my previous career with a reputable, bi-coastal talent agency, I provided coverage on literally dozens of scripts, month after month for their literary division; you get a feel for what works, what doesn't and, ultimately, what gets picked up as a marketable product. A script like 'Horse' is one in hundreds by far and I'm pleased to have been introduced to Cam by a mutual friend."

Newbauer and Clark will be producing the project together under the Mike The Pike Productions banner, which will serve as the project's Executive Producer. MTP will receive the majority of net proceeds generated from the film, with the remainder going to Clark and, in line with MTP's 'pay it forward' concept, a portion going to a charitable entity.

The film's initial budget, which has already been secured, will remain closely held at this point in time to allow the company to maintain leverage when it comes time to sell or distribute the film, however Newbauer ensures that "it will carry an impressive production value as we'll be using (already secured) locations and scenes featuring a baseball stadium, a private jet, hangar, pyrotechnics, upscale nightclubs, retail stores and city police officers serving as consultants on the film, along with a name or two to support the cast.

Newbauer continues, "We're optimistic to say the least. It's no secret that low budget and micro budget films are making a comeback. 'Paranormal Activity' is prime example of just how much mileage you can get out of $15,000 (production budget) if marketed correctly (The film has made over $97,628,727 as of Nov.9, domestically). A more realistic example, for those who won't dare to dream, is another film shot in Fort Wayne, Indiana for only $25,000, 'In the Company of Men' starring Aaron Eckhart which grossed over $2.8M in theaters and exponentially more to date on rentals revenues." Another more recent film shot in Fort Wayne, George Johnson's 'Homeless for the Holidays' is faring well in showings that the filmmaker negotiated with Rave Motion Pictures.

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