"We make pizza, and then we make movies on the side," said filmmaker Daniel Nichols.
Working at Westside Pizza in Redding doesn't exactly front the budget for an ambitious film project.
"'Sands of Ikkera' is a sci-fi action adventure, it takes place in a different world. We're very much inspired by 'Star Wars' and 'Lord of the Rings' and Studio Ghibli movies," Daniel said.
Daniel and his wife Rachel, who started Red Gryphon Pictures, turned to Kickstarter to raise $10,000.
The crowd sourcing website is an all-or-nothing platform.
If you don't reach your goal, you end up with nothing.
"What that does is it pushes people to really care about your project as much as you do, and help you to market it or advertise it, because if they give you something and you're not going to reach your goal, towards the end there especially, they're like, they're invested in it too and they want to see you succeed," Rachel said.
Around 25% of their supporters are people they've never met.
"Some of them were local business people and they just love what we're doing, that we're promoting the arts in Redding," Rachel said.
The Nichols aren't the only filmmakers working out of Redding right now.
In fact, the Sundial Film Festival is held at the Cascade Theatre annually to showcase homegrown talent.
"The majority of our crew is local and we'll be shooting half it in Redding and half of it in Modoc County," Daniel said.
The Nichols and their crew plan to start shooting in June.
In the spirit of collaboration, the couple is still looking for people interested in working with them on 'Sands of Ikkera.'
You can reach them through their company website at Red Gryphon Pictures