Shoki’s Bag Needs YOUR Help!

25 Sep


Support, participate and learn more about Shoki’s Bag until October 22nd. With your help we can make MORE episodes and release them online for FREE!! We have amazing perks including the ebook, physical book, bent metal by professional strongman Gavin Rulon, a make-your-own bag, digital prints, advanced screenings and MORE!

From Writer/Director/Producer Kate Chaplin

I’m sure many of you remember me sending you an email or an physical letter before these days of online crowd-funding asking to help with a donation to my films. Well here I am, 7 years into professional filmmaking, 16 films and I’m asking again. Times have changed but when it comes to funding, not so much. It’s the people who enjoy my work that make a difference. It’s people like you that keep me going. This project is going to be my last one before I take few years break to work on my writing and find a way to earn money for the girl’s college educations. I’ll be working on film projects but they won’t be “mine.”

Before I take this break I wanted to make a project that I’ve been working on since 2008. Shoki’s Bag is a project that I’ve been building to do for 20 years. It’s a labor of love, passion and healing. I love this story. I love the team that I have gathered together to help make it an awesome reality. I’m super proud to have my daughters in this project as well.
Check out our video and our campaign. We have great perks starting at $5. Every donation helps. Every person matters. Please donate, it would mean the world to me.

Shoki’s Bag Cast for Episode 1 & 2

24 Jul


OPEN CASTING – Shoki’s Bag

24 Jun

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General Information:

Shoki’s Bag will be Karmic Courage’s 17th production. Kate Chaplin will write, direct and produce the first in the Mythic Water’s trilogy. Filming is slated for October, 2014 in Noblesville, IN and surrounding areas. This project is union/non-union. Ultra low budget. Speaking roles and crew are paid. The project will be released as a 8 part webseries and also have a feature length cut for DVD’s, Theatrical Showings and VOD.

Interested Crew:

Email your resume to officekcp (at) gmail (dot) com. You will be scheduled for an in person or skype interview.

We are looking for:

  • Script Supervisor
  • Director of Photography
  • Still Photographer
  • Production Designer hired
  • Propmaker
  • Costume Designer
  • Sound Recordist
  • Make Up Artists
  • Caterer
  • Production Assistants

Interested Cast:

Send in your headshot and resume to officekcp (at) gmail (dot) com. If you would like to submit a video audition, please provide a link in the body of your email. We recommend video auditions be less than 5 minutes and a monologue of your choosing where we can hear and see you clearly. Film Reels are also acceptable. We highly recommend an in person audition on Saturday July 12th at Cambria Suites in Noblesville. When emailing your headshot and resume request an interview time. Audition times are blocked out in 15 minute segments from 10am-8pm. We will email you back an audition time and confirm with you a week before.

Character Breakdowns


Matilda – 35-50, sister to Marla, acrobat in the circus, sweet, angel face, athletic frame, love interest to Shoki. Physically demanding role. Dance and acrobat training a plus. Will do an acrobat/dance routine with Shoki.

Marla – 35-50 sister to Matilda, acrobat in the circus, athletic frame, mean, vengeful, posh.

“The Woman” – 40+, baby kidnapper, man-ish face, not a looker, mean, This is a physically demanding role stunt experience a plus.

Hannah – 55+ villager, hard of hearing, funny.

Isabella – 55+ villager, reserved, loner, sad eyes, kind.

Bucca – 30-45 petite Asian seductress. Squeaky voice. Elf-like.

Inquisitors – (2 roles) 30-60, commanding voice, regal. Lawyer-like.

Dark Water Queen – 30+ Maleficent-like, elf-like, deep voice, must be able to wear a heavy costume.

Julia – 50+ farmer, kind, trusting, helpful, adventurous. Wife of Walter.


“The Man” – 40+, baby kidnapper, not a looker, mean, This is a physically demanding role stunt experience a plus.

Frank – 30-50, a really sucky bounty hunter, tall, skinny/lanky, dirty, lazy eye a plus. Comic relief, improv skills a plus. Stunt training a plus.

Boris – 35-50, a really sucky bounty hunter, short, round, dirty. The heavy of the comic relief, improv skills a plus. Stunt training a plus.

Moriel – 40-60, Daniel Day Lewis type. Tall, lanky, evil grin, commanding presence. Ring Leader of Moriel’s Traveling Circus Show. Also does arms dealing on the side. Not a nice guy.

Caper – 25-40, doesn’t talk much. Second in command to Moriel. French clown not your typical clown. Tall and skinny.

Bennington – draft dodger, fire breather, and athletic build.

Zepher – juggler, running away from his ex-wife, gets beaten.

Boatmaster – 50+ the Taxi driver from the Human Realm to the Water Realm. Knows all the secrets. Sings.

King of the Water Spirts – Nix’s father. Elf-like, tall with broad shoulders, regal, commanding presence.

Hays – 25-45, attractive, physically fit, elf-like, a snake charmer in a Victorian suit. Loves to be the bad guy but a smooth talker.

Inquisitors (2 roles) 30-60 commanding voice, regal. Lawyer-like.

Malaki – 40-70, storyteller, weird, shaman-like, magical, loner, gypsy. CASTED

Protective Water Spirit Guards (PWSG’s) – 4 roles, some with lines. Physically fit.

Roustabouts (2 roles) – 30-50 they set up and tear down the traveling circus. Construction worker frame and build. Beaten down by life.

Little Clown – any age, dwarf/little person. Consistent part of the circus show who is in charge of patron interaction with the show.

Walter – 50+ farmer, rough, untrusting. Husband of Julia.

Train Conductor – 40+ working man look, frame and build.


Nix – (lead role) (female) teenager, looks 13-17, feisty, tomboy, frail, elf-like. This is a physically demanding role. Stunt and/or dance training a plus.

Kallien – (female) teenager looks 13-17, evil, regal, power-hungry sister to Nix. Elf-like. Wears a heavy head piece.

Young Shoki – (male) looks 9-14, Caucasian, Heavy make up to look disfigured. Stunt training a plus as Young Shoki gets beat up.

Zara – (supporting role) (baby girl) just about crawling age around October 2014. We will use a prop most of the time. Zara is destined to be the new Queen. This role does not require an audition. Contact us for more information.

Seminary boy #1 – looks 9-14, mean, fighter, karate (or pulling punches) training a plus.

Jeddah – (male) looks 11-14, red hair (or willing to have red hair and freckles), really mean kid. The main bully at Seminary school whose main target is Shoki.

Young Matilda – (female) looks 9-14 sister to Marla, acrobat in the circus, sweet, angel face, athletic frame,

Young Marla – (female) looks 9-14 sister to Matilda, acrobat in the circus, athletic frame, mean, vengeful, posh.

Flying Water Spirit – (female) a less sassy Tinkerbell. Doesn’t talk. Elf-like, nerdy, friend to Malaki the storyteller. Green screen experience a plus.


Seminary school boys – looks 9-14 cheering on the bullying of Young Shoki until Moriel steps in. (5 boys needed)

Circus Show Patrons – Steampunk! thieves, bounty hunters, gypsies, along with the Victorian high elite. Huge plus if you already have a Steampunk costume!! All ages. The more the merrier! No acting experience necessary, you get to watch a circus show.

Water Spirits – teenagers looks 10-17, boys & girls elf-like. Wears a heavy head piece. (3 actors needed)

Train Station Patrons – Victorian clothes of various class systems. All ages.  (7 actors needed)

Koseny village – farmers market patrons. All ages. (10 actors needed)


Ezekiel’s Landing – Fall 2014

28 Jan

EL posterKate Chaplin of Karmic Courage Productions is delighted and honored to present Ezekiel’s Landing. This sci-fi, female-led independent film will be directed by James Treakle and co-produced with Valiant Dead.

Plot Outline: 

The fraudulent author of an alien abduction memoir and a skeptic with a supernatural secret join forces to fight a UFO cult.


UFO hunter Emma Wright is a believer and a fraud. After a daring interview with professional skeptic Joel Hooper brings her close to admitting that her alien abduction memoirs are pure invention, an obsessive fan, Kass Burroughs, comes to her with a compelling mystery, one that gives her a new reason to believe, and to lie. Before long, Wright and Burroughs discover a deadly secret protected by a small town’s UFO cult — a secret that lies in the skeptical Hooper’s past, and which could destroy his future. It’s up to Wright and Hooper to battle the UFO cult and reveal the truth, about the town and each other, before it’s too late.



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Shoki’s Bag Book Release Party January 25

3 Dec

Shoki's Bag Postcard janBOOK RELEASE PARTY!!

Saturday Jan 25, 1-5 at
Nickel Plate Arts
107 S. 8th Street
Noblesville, IN 46060

Come join us for an epic book release party for Kate Chaplin’s first novel: Shoki’s Bag. Paperback copies will be for sale for $15.  A percent of proceeds go to Nickel Plate Arts to help all the fantastic ways they celebrate art in Hamilton County. NPA will also have other books for sale by Hamilton County authors.

Gavin Rulon will do a free strongman show. Watch him do many of the stunts that are in the book. Family awesome time! You won’t believe what this man can bend!

Kate will do some readings from the book, sign copies, and give away free hugs – and more cool stuff – but the hugs are pretty cool.

Facebook event page

Book Info

Shoki's Bag goldPlanet Victoria is divided into two realms – the human realm and the spirit realm. Even though their relationship is symbiotic, there is a great divide geographically and spiritually between the humans and the spirits of nature. Rejected from society because of his facial disfigurement, Shoki leaves his job as a circus strongman and becomes a Traveler. He carries with him a carpetbag that is filled with black ooze manifested from his shame, regret and failures. He’s determined to rid himself of his baggage but lacks the strength. When Nix, princess of Water Spirits, searches for her kidnapped sister she meets Shoki. Because Nix is wounded and has lost her powers, Shoki reluctantly agrees to help her and return her sister to the water realm. Their journey will not be easy as a war is brewing between the humans and the spirits over a valuable commodity – steam power.

Now Available on Amazon &  Kindle

Ingenue online for FREE!

8 Nov

As a thank you to all our fans, supporters, amazing cast & crew we are posting Ingenue online until Thanksgiving. That’s right, you get to see our feature film for free because we love you. SHARE it with family and friends, if you dig it a lot, it makes a great holiday gift :) Thank you to all who made this film a reality.

As Thanksgiving has now passed we have taken the video down but our thanks and appreciation remains!

Buy your copy here

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Ingenue to show at Starbase Indy

21 Oct

SBI NEW Logo Original

Ingenue will show at Starbase Indy – a Star Trek conventions for the fans, by the fans!

Starbase Indy runs Thanksgiving Weekend Nov 29-Dec 1

Tickets and information available at

ingenue poster final 2 (small)

Ingenue will show on Friday at 2pm in Liberty Hall. Director/Writer Kate Chaplin will be in attendance.

Catch Kate Chaplin at these panels throughout the weekend.

  • Friday, Nov 29, 6pm – Female Directors
  • Saturday, Nov 30, 10am – Movie Biz – Kate Chaplin and Mark Raycop of Magic House Productions.
  • Saturday, Nov 30, 9pm – Low Budget Movie Making
  • Sunday, Dec 1, 10am – Strong Females
  • Sunday, Dec 1, 12pm – Writing with Mad Mike and Kate Chaplin
  • Sunday, Dec 1, 1pm Power of Myth for Writers

*Note times and dates are subject to change.


5 Aug

iTunes…Netflix…Hulu… The list goes on and on of where Indie Films can be seen and purchased. But we want to know where YOU support Indie Films. They we will get our products on those sites.  You, the people tell us where you want to see Ingenue, Mythic Waters, Leah not Leia and more. You answer, we’ll listen.

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Across The Arts

24 Jun

across the arts2JULY 20th!!! 12pm-6pm WriteStuff Writers Conferences and the Center for the Performing Arts present “Across the Arts: A Gleeful Literary Celebration.” Join Indiana’s finest filmmakers, best-selling New York Times authors, award-winning newspaper journalists, columnists, magazine writers, editors, publishers and musicians. The guests will be featured in a Writer’s Studio on the Palladium concert hall stage. The day-long event concludes with an after-party and movie screening slated. MORE INFO HERE

Committed Filmmakers: You LOVE their films, plays and documentaries!

  • Michael Husain, Good Vibes Media, writer, producer, director; winner of 13 national Emmy awards; documentaries have appeared on ESPN, Discovery, A&E, and the History Channel, among others
  • Angelo Pizzo, Academy Award Winner, Screenwriter,(HoosiersRudyThe Game of Their Lives) producer and director
  • Andie Redwine, Writer, Producer, Director, By The Glass Productions
  • Kate Chaplin, Writer, Producer, Director, Karmic Courage Productions
  • Dan Hall, Writer, Producer, Director, Vizmo Films
  • June Clair, Former teacher, playwright

LIMITED TIME OFFER 2 tickets for $30 (a $90 value) Mention “Write Stuff” when ordering. To order tickets Call The Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at (317) 843-3800 or order online at:

Ingenue Featured on Art of the Matter (PBS)

24 Jun


June 18 The Art of the Matter had Guest Host, Erin Schneider from Film Indiana asked Indiana to dream bigger when it came to film production in the state of Indiana. The first segment showcases great clips from Ingenue as well as an interview with “Courageous Female Filmmaker” Kate Chaplin.

View the entire program here—>


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