Haven't I seen this Kickstarter already?
Yes, you have. Although our first Kickstarter fell short of its goal despite the many generous donations by our backers, it did give us a good idea as to how much we can raise for the project. What we propose this time around is simple: funding the project in two stages. This new "Phase One" Kickstarter will give us the opportunity to raise a more reasonable amount of money to get the ball rolling. This way, we can begin production and get a good portion of work done on the film for a second Kickstarter down the line to raise the rest of the funds we need to finish the project completely. It will also give future backers a far better idea of what the crew is capable of and what the final film is going to look like.
Is this an official studio production?
No. We do not own the rights to Godzilla or any of the other monsters. They are trademarks of Toho Company., Limited. This film is not endorsed by Toho, Legendary or any other studio. This is a passion project being created by fans and talented individuals who love the character and the project. We will not be making any profit off of this. Any digital copy, blu ray or any other rewards produced will be for backers only for their personal use and as a thank you for helping produce the film. The film and these rewards will never be duplicated or mass produced and the film will not be released on the internet. This is purely a labor of love with no ulterior motives or intent to exploit the intellectual properties for monetary gain.
What is Godzilla: Heritage?
Since Godzilla's first attack in 1954, mankind has been under constant threat from gigantic creatures known as "Superfauna" - animals mutated by the coming of the nuclear age and man's abuse of the atom's destructive power. Humanity was united against a common foe and for almost 60 years, worked collectively to study and combat the creatures as millions died, cities crumbled and the world's economy continued to collapse. Now, the world seems to finally be bringing the threat under control. Jack Martin is a correspondent for United World News and the grandson of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Steve Martin, who's riveting coverage of the 1954 raid on Tokyo made him a legend. With his grandfather's shadow always overhead, Jack has spent his career attempting to forge his own legacy, showing great promise as a journalist before spiraling into depression. In the process, he has severely damaged both his reputation and his marriage to family friend, Kaori Ogata. Before leaving the agency, Jack decides to travel to a small pacific island with his life-long friend Mitch Lawrence, who now runs UWN's old newspaper division. While the two wait to attend a ground-breaking ceremony for a new building, Godzilla suddenly reappears after nearly 30 years of absence...and he hasn't returned alone. With the King of the Monsters' threat looming, Jack must decide whether to flee or finally embrace his heritage and report the attack as it happens - risking not only his life, but the lives of his best friend and his wife.
What kind of effects will be utilized for the monster action in this film?
Godzilla: Heritage will utilized traditional suitmation (man in a suit) techniques and animatronics alongside extensive sets and detailed miniature work, similar to Japanese giant monster films. These scenes will be blended with more contemporary visual effects.
Who is behind Godzilla: Heritage?
Godzilla: Heritage's concept has drawn the interest of several talented artists and actors on an international level. The project was conceived by Upstate NY filmmakers Tim Schiefer and Greg Graves, life-long monster movie fans. Rashaad Santiago will be creating most of the film's creature effects. Rashaad is a very talented and upcoming effects makeup artist from The Bronx and the winner of the 6th season of Syfy channel's reality show Face Off. Rashaad is also a life-long fan of the film's titular character. Creating the film's non-creature makeup effects along with Rashaad is the wonderful Tess Laeh, another of the talented individuals featured in season 6. She will also be making some of the props used in the film. The creatures' concept art was created by Greg and Elden Ardiente, who worked together extensively to come up with new, naturalistic and interesting looks for the many monsters that exist in the world of Godzilla: Heritage. Elden is a graphic designer and creature concept artist residing in Sydney, Australia and his amazing visions are being transformed into creature suit form by Rashaad. The visual effects for the film will be created and supervised by Chris Bloomer. His VFX credits include Zombieland, Dragonball: Evolution, Warehouse 13 and Lost Girl. Mr. Bloomer's work is fantastic and he will be essential in blending the film's practical and visual effects. He has also recently completed visual effects on a Terminator fan film, Final Transmission: John Connor. Below is Chris' VFX reel from the film to give you a good idea of the quality of the visual effects to be utilized in Heritage.
he writers include Tim Schiefer and Greg Graves, who wrote the film's story. Script drafts were written by both Tim and Val Roder. Valerie is a producer, screenwriter and performer working in New York City. In addition to her screenplays, she created and hosts a successful storytelling show in the city, Story Time. In addition, her writing has been featured in both The Washington Post and she maintains a popular blog East meets Midwest. Stewart Dugdale will be handling the film's original score, sound FX, sound design, dialogue editing and mixing. Stew is a singer/songwriter who has worked in film, television and radio for over 10 years. You can check out samples of Stew's work on his official website, http://www.stewartdugdale.com and his complete listing of credits on his imdb page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2865793.The film has been produced thus far by Greg, Tim and Rashaad who have worked and networked extensively to put together the crew, secure shooting locations, materials and actors to be a part of the film...and hopefully everyone donating to this project can be counted in that soon as well!
What will the funds be used for?
Making a feature length giant monster film, even one that utilizes mostly practical effects is quite an undertaking and even though 25,000 dollars is a lot of money, in the scope of today's film production it's a shoestring amount. Extensive work has and will continue to be put into making the best possible creature suits, for example. Materials for these suits can add up and there are still multiple suits to construct for the film. In addition we've rented a make-shift sound stage for the production, where several miniature sets and stages will have to be constructed. Many people have agreed to work for us at incredibly generous rates, or for no money at all because they enjoy the concept so much. However, many of these people will still be travelling long distances to take part in the project or have to provide for their families while devoting most of their professional time to Heritage. These generous people will need to have their traveling, lodging and meal costs covered while they are working. In addition there is still some equipment that has to be purchased and rented for the production. Additional lenses and accessories for the A camera, additional cameras for certain scenes, as well as lighting and some additional sound equipment. Hiring an experienced composer will also be a factor. Our goal is to tell a fantastic story and provide the best possible quality of filmmaking we can. We have very creative people on this project who will be very flexible and resourceful with our budget. Every cent asked for will go directly into the production and any additional funds will be wisely used to make the project even better.
What's the film's status?
Right now Godzilla: Heritage is in pre-production, the script is complete and being polished. Most of the film is cast with remaining casting to be done in August if the Kickstarter is successful. The crew members are working already or ready to go. If the film is successfully funded, we can begin filming by the end of the summer.
How can I help?
By pledging an amount you will be helping to make this dream a reality and you'll be eligible to receive reward exclusive to those pledging through this Kickstarter page. Browse through the column on the right and see what sort of rewards we're offering. Think of pledging as pre-orders for them once the film is complete.
Risks and challenges
There's always the possibility there could have some setbacks on any project. However, as stated above, most of the key ingredients to the production are already set in place. The largest set back we will face now is if the two fundraisers we have planned falls through.
Setbacks during production can and will happen, but we will iron them out. That's the background we come from. We are all very driven and dedicated to seeing this project through if this fundraiser is successful and completing the film on time. If a major issue arises, our donors will be informed on our page and we will work tirelessly to correct it and get everything back on track because after all, if this is fully funded, you are all just as invested in seeing this become a reality as we are. Any pledge is a great generosity on your part and we certainly do not want to disappoint our supporters.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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