Action Horror Film, following a young rebellious cryptid hunter's quest to destroy an elusive Philippine vampire known as an aswang.
I propose to make a feature length action horror film based on my 2003 short film titled “Bampinay”, a reference to a mythological creature in the Philippines. The short film version gained critical attention and was an official selection to recognized film festivals such as San Francisco and LA International Asian American Film Festivals as well as the Hawaii International Film Festival. With the technology and budget available to the production, our resources to expand this short project to a feature proved difficult. With recent innovations in digital filmmaking and visual effects technology, I believe the time has arrived to make the feature length version.
The film follows a similar premise as the original short, but is developed exploring the characters and the world they inhabit. Mahal, a rebellious twenty something cryptid hunter, sets out on a quest to destroy a dangerous female creature known as an aswang. When she catches up with this known killer, Mahal realizes that she has more in common with the aswang then her employers who seeks her destruction. The feature film picks up from the original premise where they join forces as the world turns against them. I am taking cues from the horror director George Romero, drawing parallels between being an “Aswang” with being a minority. Though the film is targeted to the Filipino/Asian American community, 'Bampinay' has universal appeal, and has the potential to garner a wider audience. The film has particular relevance to those who consider themselves underrepresented in American society, for example people who identify with social, ethnic, sexual, religious, and immigrant minorities that have been historically demonized.
The film will be principally shot in the San Francisco Bay Area within a 2 month period. Pick-up shots, secondary footage, special effects, and B Roll shots will be created throughout the course of a year. The advancement in digital cinema technology has made many conventions only accessible to industry insiders available to us. This will put most of the production budget into the production itself. Finding good locations will be the key into bringing to life the world in which our characters will inhabit. We seek to have a good working studio space where small sets can be constructed or dressed to meet the needs of the scene. More complex set locations will be made possible with green screen technology and background replacement.
'Bampinay' will best be suited for film festivals that cater towards comic/manga and horror/sci-fi fans, however it has the potential to find an audience in festivals that cater towards Asian Americans and Gay/Lesbian issues. Following the films festival run, we seek to have the film screen in selected movie theaters before releasing it on DVD. Distribution options are open.
With a modest budget and a team that will see this project to the end, there is much to be gained financially and culturally from this project as investors may seek to gain.
More information on the project and the original short film can be found on the website
This is a strange breed of vampire unique to Philippines (Visayas, Bikol, Ilikano, Tagalog, Cuyonon). The legend tells a story about a race of mostly women who shape shift at night and feed on their victim's blood and viscera. They particularly like the embryos of pregnant women. There are similar incarnations in Thailand and other parts of South East Asian countries.
Strengths: By day she looks like a normal woman. She can be unaffected by the sunlight unlike the typical nosferatu. She is not exactly a day walker, but she gains most of her supernatural powers as night approaches. She can easily disembowel and feed from victims with her long piercing tongue. Before midnight, she separates from her lower half and sprouts bat-like wings for nighttime flight. Some say she can resemble a bat or a bird in full transformation. She can appear very charming or very scary.
Weaknesses: Aswangs do not like vinegar, garlic or anything spicy. They immediately retreat at the strong odor. For this reason, most Philippine food is made of salty ingredients with generous amounts of vinegar and garlic. This will not kill them unless you discover the lowered severed half of an aswang and pour the elements down it's open side. This will prevent her from being able to reattach. When day breaks, she will die.
FIlmmaking is one of the most expensive art forms and requires a lot of resources. Luckily with slightly less expensive technology then years prior, it is possible to make big films on modest budgets. If we make our fundraising goal, we will use most of it on the production itself. It will be used for rent/make props/sets and food for for the cast and crew.
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Jul 12, 2011 - Aug 11, 2011 (30 days)
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Become a movie producer! We are aiming to have the longest list of producers for a feature length film. You will be included in the list of producers for the film as well as receive a "Bampinay" short film on DVD. The DVD includes short film version of "Bampinay", all the short films of Matthew Abaya, the scary short film "Abandoned" (previously unreleased on dvd) as well as complete list of music videos directed by Matthew Abaya.
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You will also be included in the credits as a producer and you will also receive the DVD. You will also have a walk on part in the feature film. Some roles include: zombies, villagers, goth club goers, the men (and women) in black and cryptid hunters .
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You get all the previous listed prizes and also be listed on the films credits as an executive Producer.
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All the previously listed prizes, plus I will make/direct a short film you or a music video for your band. I will provide the basic film equipment and editing.
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Let's talk. You would be an investor in the film and we are willing to make a sweet deal.