About this project
In the world of HP Lovecraft; the creaking of a door, a shadow passing in your periphery or a bizarre siting at sea could mean any number of things, natural or supernatural. The massive sea god, Dagon, may have really existed in a primordial age. Whole civilizations of alien beings may have coursed across the Earth hundreds of millions of years ago. The ability to reanimate the dead may actually be possible. Lovecraft wrote about these possibilities at the turn of the 20th century. They thought he was a fiction writer. He wasn’t. Everything he wrote about exists, and now Lovecraft’s distinguished Miskatonic University has a Southern California location.
Miskatonic West follows the exploits of Sousaku Kaos, the head of Miskatonic's biology department, and his band of intrepid students as they pull the curtain back on a world of monsters, magic and mystery inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Helping the LAPD with “cases of interest,” Kaos and his students must uncover a plot to awaken Dagon, the ancient ocean god, by the Esoteric Cult of Dagon, before it and an army of deep ones invade the West Coast.
In making Miskatonic West, the creators hope to bring the same verisimilitude and realism that Lovecraft brought to his writings of close encounters with the monstrous and supernatural. With an eye towards cinematic integrity, we want to bring the world of Lovecraft into an emotionally honest light and capture what it would be like to encounter things that should not be and the toll it might take on one's sanity.
If you are a Lovecraft fan, a fan of monsters, mystery, suspense and human drama join us in making this web series a reality. Thank you.
Our monster, the "Thrall," a devolved human covered in crustaceous shells and water-logged flesh:
CREATORS, CREW AND CAST
Harry Kakatsakis is the son of Academy Award nominated actress, June Squibb, and acclaimed acting teacher, the late Charles Kakatsakis. He directed the award winning short film "Admissions," starring James Cromwell, about an Israeli couple and a Palestinian who meet in the entrance way to the afterlife. He was hired to write the feature film "Search & Destroy" for Larry Levinson Productions. He won finalist honors in multiple script competitions for his horror feature "Black Nile." He most recently directed the sustainability message short film "What Future," with Skytown Entertainment.
Noah James Butler
Noah James Butler is co-creator and co-producer of "Miskatonic West", and will be acting the role of Sir Guy Baldwin, the dark sorcerer. He has been acting for twenty five years, mostly on the stage. Recently, Noah has been getting a bit more film and television work. One of his favorite roles was as Bud Exely in 'KEY'. He has also been seen on 'How I Met Your Mother', 'Criminal Minds', 'ANTFarm', and 'Mighty Med'. You can see his full reel and resume on IMDB,
You can also check out his website at http://noahjamesbutler.net/
Andrew's education in horror began one hot and humid Arkansas summer. Staying with his grandparents in their trailer home in the middle of nowhere, the only entertainment was a VCR and a box full of scary movies on video tapes belonging to his cousin. As a playwright, he has been putting words in people’s mouths for well over twenty years. From the award-winning suicide drama "Diving In" to a slapstick sex farce set backstage at Disneyland entitled "Three Small People in Very Big Shoes," he’s lit up the stage with his words.
Andrew is also co-creator of the web series, Levon and Otis Picture Show Review. You can find out more about Andrew on his website:www.everythingandrew.com
(Professor Sousaku Kaos)
As an actor, Ken starred in ZWEI PROFIS for German television, and appeared in Lane Nishikawa’s ONLY THE BRAVE, EAT WITH ME, ORDINARY MIRACLES, THE ONION MOVIE among many films; he’s also appeared on TROPHY WIFE, KICKIN’ IT, UP ALL NIGHT, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, YOU’VE PROBABLY DATED MY MOM, FAMILY GATHERING, and much more. On stage, he’s appeared in well over 60 plays, including CHING CHONG CHINAMAN, PO BOY TANGO, A WINTER PEOPLE, THEORY OF EVERYTHING, EXECUTION OF JUSTICE, MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, ELEKTRA, WAITING FOR GODOT, and much more, in Chicago, Los Angeles, Singapore, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Sacramento, and elsewhere.
His plays include the recent adaptation of NO-NO BOY (produced Los Angeles and off-Broadway), award-winning plays INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM (produced Los Angeles and presented at the Smithsonian’s 2008 Day of Remembrance, winner 2007 Kumu Kahua Pacific Rim Playwriting Contest), and THE MIKADO PROJECT (co-written with Doris Baizley, produced in Los Angeles, winner 2009 Kuma Kuhua Pacific Rim Playwriting Contest), and GHOSTS AND BAGGAGE (produced Los Angeles, third place C.Y. Lee Playwriting Contest); his work will also be included at the Arena Stage for OUR WAR in November, 2014.
Lisa Hori-Garcia is an actor, singer, and solo performance artist. She is a recent graduate of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Acting from the University of Southern California. Lisa is currently touring Northern California with the Tony-award winning San Francisco Mime Troupe's latest production 'Ripple Effect'. Her passion for the theater has landed her in San Francisco for the time being. She has worked with a wide variety of theater companies on both coasts, such as Berkeley Rep Theatre, A.C.T., The Lensic, Provincetown Rep. and New WORLD Theater to name a few. Lisa is thrilled to be working on Miskatonic with Harry and Noah.
Derek is a Los Angeles based Director of Photography and Chief Lighting Technician. He’s a 2012 graduate fellow of The American Film Institute. His credits have included a variety of national on-air promos, commercials, and short films. While working as a CLT, his credits have included dozens of short films, commercials, webisodes, and music videos, a true crime TV series for Discovery/ID and an upcoming UFO conspiracy series for The History Channel. He’s been a frequent collaborator with the Director, Harry Kakatsakis and is excited to join the Miskatonic West Team.
Welcome Mel Huffman, our production designer. Dedicated to freelance artistry & film work, in Feb 2009 Mel left her job as operations manager of a fine art foundry to pursue her passion full time. Since then she has been enjoying an abundant life balancing her work as a film maker, event coordinator, restoration artist, fabricator, and working on her own art.
Currently her studio at Big Art Labs provides the space needed to meet with clients, to work on projects, as well as housing props & set décor for her work as art director, set dresser and prop master. "But its much more than that!" said Mel. "The endless inspiration and support to be my best from the community of artists there is very precious to me."
You will find Mel's dedication and passion for the art of film making is one of a kind. She takes great pride in her work, has a creative outlook and is very resourceful. As an established Art Dept Team Member any role within the art department is perfect for Mel Huffman.
Make Up & Special Effects Make Up
Laura Lieffring moved to LA from Duluth, MN to pursue her dream of becoming a professional makeup artist who is skilled and knowledgeable in all fields and types of makeup; beauty, high fashion, avante garde, character, hair work (hand laying facial hair, working with wigs & other hair pieces) & hair styling, prosthetics, special effects, and airbrush. In 2007 she graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth and received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre with an Emphasis in Makeup Design. She worked on almost every production in those four years and designed makeup and hair for shows like, "Kiss Me, Kate", "Handing Down the Names", and "The Heidi Cronicles." She spent one semester abroad studying in Florence, Italy expanding her horizens during which time she had the opportunity to travel all over Europe. Throughout college she always worked multiple jobs. After graduating she spent a year saving up for her big move to California. In September of 2008 she moved to LA to attend the Cinema Makeup School to further her education in makeup and become a well rounded makeup artist. She attended the Master Makeup Course as well as the Digital FX Course. While at school, she won 1st place in special effects for her makeup design and application. She started school October 27, 2008 and completed school March 13, 2009. She continues to live in the Los Angeles area doing makeup for film, television, print, music videos, commercials, and fashion shows. She does it all. She is hard working, fast, professional, friendly, patient, responsible, easy going, and a total perfectionist.
Alex Bradley is an illustrator and animator with a unhealthy fixation on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. With nearly 20 years of experience as illustrator and multimedia designer, Alex founded an independent video and animation production studio in the Washington DC area before relocating to Burbank, California. “Miskatonic U” is his first webcomic.
Please welcome the series composer, Hatem Elgenedy. Hatem is an Egyptian composer based in Los Angeles. Hatem is specializing in music for visual media. He composed and performed music from his childhood, Playing Piano, Violin and singing opera touring in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Hatem Elgenedy Performed as an opera singer with most famous Orchestras and opera Houses such as “Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra”, Opera Dubai, Cairo Opera House. Hatem Elgenedy won the best Opera singer in the Middle East area. He won full scholarship from the famous Bass Baritone” Tom Kruas” to study with him as well as singing in one of the biggest Opera Festivals in Europe “ Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland”.
Hatem Elgenedy won Full scholarship from Colorado State University at Boulder. He studied composition and conducting at several schools with several teachers. Hatem Elgenedy won the best soundtrack at 48 Hours Film Festival “ Minnesota State University at Moorhead” for “Final Transmission”. He also was one of the top 10s at the “International Horror Film Scoring competition” as well as one of the top 5 at the “Indie Gathering Film scoring Festival”. Hatem Elgenedy has composed scores for Shorts, Trailers, Commercials and Featurette. . Recent Compositions include music for “Sitter” Comedy short, “What future” Sci-fi short and Mascatonic promo Horror Sci-Fi web series. Featurette “Through the woods” won the best Horror Film at the international Burbank Film Festival.
Risks and challenges
The money raised will take production of the inaugural episode from start to finish. All crew and actors will get paid, all production costs will be covered, up to post production, and a finished episode will be launched on the web for everyone to see. We plan on using this first episode as a jumping off point to either bring the project to a company to produce the entire first season, or to produce the season ourselves.
As veterans of independent production, with the budget raised, the episode will be produced with the utmost care taken for cinematic excellence and production quality. This care will not only go into the acting and writing, but the creation of the episode's monster, and the atmosphere and lighting with which it's shot. Old school, in-camera special effects will only be enhanced by well-placed CGI.
The challenge will be in taking that episode and getting it to the right people, getting enough people on the web to see it and support it, and building a fan base to make further episodes a reality. We plan to face these challenges by reaching out to the community of H.P. Lovecraft and horror fans alike to grow grass roots support for this unique vision of Lovecraft's work.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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