H.P. Lovecraft's Dagon is the paralyzing story of a serviceman of the Great War, and his journey seemingly beyond time and place to a realm beyond the knowledge of humankind.
Adrift and alone on the broad pacific, a single survivor of an attack by a German man-o'-war, he drifts without end - only to awake on a strange new continent reeking and rotten, the sea and the sky a distant memory hidden behind a barricade of dark clouds.
Traversing its unknown geometry, he begins to encounter hints of the otherside - visions of an ancient race waiting deep below the oceans for the day to rise up against a war-ravaged and weak humanity. His experiences on this strange continent result in madness and delirium - collapsing before his miraculous return, awaking in a San Francisco hospital.
It is at his writer's desk, while a slave shackled to morphine and memories of the deep, that his visions of the beyond return while seeking to commit to paper his fevered dreams... before it is too late... before the noises at the door break in!
Our goal is a short, 30 minute film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's Dagon, the story that began a mythos that still terrifies and inspires nearly 100 years after its introduction to the world.
To translate the atmosphere of the 'Lovecraftian' is our aim, that creeping and irrepressible sense of dread reserved only for human beings - that paralyzing sense that the universe and it's ancient forces may awake to extinguish reality before our very eyes. Dagon represents at its core the very real fear of the unknown and mankind's fragility in the face of the cosmos - and Lovecraft's ability to put that weight on the shoulders of his readers is what we want to reproduce!
While the universe of Lovecraft has endured beyond all expectation, capturing the imagination of a global fanbase of readers, a film that faithfully replicates the singular, atmospheric terror of Lovecraft's writing has yet to come forth. This is where we'd like to step into the gap, and we need your help!
Utilizing the landscapes and rock formations of our local North Cornwall and Devon, we hope to bring forth the twisted continent that teases the fevered dreams of our story's narrator. Placing our film amidst the ancient rock and weird geometry we believe will call upon the atmosphere of the timeless horrors that haunt Lovecraft's mythos, translating that special sense of dread to film.
The themes which enrich the story are of dark, uncertain tones, and though the integral Great War setting is retained in this telling they are themes of a contemporary relevance. It is a signiﬁcant time to adapt such a tale, the process of which has let fears rooted solidly to today’s uncertainties and challenges bleed into this production. Newly representing Lovecraft’s doubt and curiosity regarding the nature of madness to a present day audience is likely to provoke an examination of how progressive we really are.
With the majority of our cast, locations, props and wardrobe sourced and ready, we are looking to the community to help us over the final hurdle of financing production, with an expected delivery date of the finished film in Summer 2018.
After bringing our film to its immediate audience in the Kickstarter community, our intention is to hit the road - taking a cut of the film to the stand-out Lovecraftian festivals at home and abroad, most notably the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and CthulhuCon in Portland/Providence and the NecronomiCon in Providence - as well as other Horror related festivals worldwide, playing to an audience on the big screen!
Outside of our own original financial commitment to begin the project, crowdfunding is our sole source of income. While our target is ambitious, it is the minimum our carefully planned budget allows for us to make the film to the standard its source material deserves - and to an atmosphere our benefactors would like to see!
Our budget of £3,000 will cover expenses ranging from the logistical to the artistic - enabling the purchase of period styled props, costume and practical effect materials to return the story of Dagon to its integral Great War setting, as well as funding the transport and care of both cast and crew during the course of production.
In return for your donations we have planned a series of rewards that we hope will repay both your faith and interest! Cthulhu fhtagn!
Risks and challenges
The cameras are ready, the obelisks aligned, his servants summoned... but sometimes not even the blessings of the Elder Things may guarantee earthly success.
Low budget film making is never a sure thing, not least when adapting what is the famously unadaptable. Where an ambition to translate the Lovecratian mythos to film has taken us so far, extensive planning, researching, scheduling and testing is beginning to fill the gaps.
With the benefit of a varied crew with practical experience ranging across documentary, narrative filmmaking and webseries, the Dagon team are hopeful of overcoming challenges of adverse weather, tide times and more.
However, our main challenge is successfully funding our film - funding without which our project simply cannot survive. Any like, share or donation you can spare will help us to take a step closer our goal of bringing a faithful child of Lovecraft to life!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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