GEHENNA is Japanese taste / American Horror Film (ENGLISH) based on an original script by writer / director / artist Hiroshi Katagiri.
The essence of a great horror film is in its story. The recent success of James Wan's THE CONJURING proves that a great story doesn't need a great budget to be effective. His clever use of the camera, coupled with well-written and relatable characters helped audiences forget they were watching a movie and instead invested them emotionally as a seemingly All-American family was terrorized by the unknown.
Today, too many horror films have lost that edge, choosing instead to rely on gore, torture, or unrealistic CG effects to shock movie-goers rather than engross them.
Over the last several years I've written and plotted, taking time between sculpting monsters and creating make-ups, to tell the story of GEHENNA. There’s a significant challenge to telling a story with a limited budget, but it was one that I was up for—inspired by others before me.
Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone is a terrific example of story over budget, spinning surreal tales with limited locations and engaging actors. Oddly, its low budget was the catalyst of its great success, forcing writers to create believable characters with interesting stories. It’s because of the series success that it serves as the model for GEHENNA.
Paulina and Tyler visit Saipan to locate the ideal property for their new company resort. After finding the perfect location, they discover a hidden cave on the property and decide to explore with Alan, their local coordinator, and his assistant, Pepe.
The cave reveals a long abandoned Japanese military base, dating back to WW2. Further investigation uncovers several dried up corpses, but curiosity outweighs fear and they walk further.
From the darkness, an elderly man approaches; a man barely recognizable as human. Horrible deformities ravage his frail body, as if he had been living in the cave for his entire life.
Alan panics and pushes the old man backward, sending him crashing into the wall with a force that ends the old man’s life.
A deafening explosion sends rocks and rubble everywhere. The intensity of the turbulence shakes the entire cave, knocking the group unconscious and seals them in the cave.
They wake to find the dead body of the old man has disappeared, as well as the other corpses…
Desperate to find an exit, they wander further into cave and encounter more sinister secrets in it depths. As the various sources and clues unwind the cave’s mysteries, they’ll learn that the most shocking conclusion still awaits them...
YES! As long as no conflicts arise in scheduling, beloved character actor Doug Jones is onboard to scare the C%@P out of you!
GEHENNA will be a film of traditional practical effects, provided by the leading visual art house Spectral Motion (HELLBOY, X-MEN 3, ATTACK THE BLOCK, HANSEL AND GRETEL).
Spectral Motion Demo reel
NOTHING DIGITAL AT ALL?
Digital effects are a great tool, but often tend to be overused and can result in audiences suffering from “pixel fatigue”.
GEHENNA will employ the use of CG for rod/rig removal and/or compositing only.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
The $250,000 will pay for equipment rental, cast and crew, special make-up effects, costumes, sets, sound editing and post production.
Funds will also be used in promoting the film, using Kickstarter and to fulfill our promises to our supporters.
$250,000 sounds like (and is) a lot of money, but it will be a very tight budget to accomplish this ambitious film. Remember, this is a labor of love and many will be volunteering their time to keep costs low, but the more money we're able to raise, the more we'll be able to put up on the screen.
WHERE WILL WE FILM?
The primary shooting location for GEHENNA takes place in the secret under ground Japanese base from WW2. We will build a set (location to be determined) in Los Angeles for filming.
The additional location in the story is on the island of Saipan. Since this is low budget film, we cannot go there to shoot, so we’ll scout for a place with tropical look in the Los Angeles area. If we raise enough money, it may be possible to go to southern island to shoot there, which will add a greater sense of reality.
It’s up to you!
ARTISTS ON GEHENNA
I have made many friends over the course of my 23 years in the effects industry and this Kickstarer campaign could not happen without them.
The following friends (including myself) are commited to delivering the high quality we/you expect from GEHENNA.
For over 20 year's Joey has been Designing ' Sculpting ' & Painting Well known Creatures ' and Characters for the Film Industry ." Film's like ' James Cameron's AVATAR " All Three JURASSIC PARK Film's ' MEN IN BLACK 3 " Superman ( MAN of STEEL ) " PACIFIC RIM " PREDATORS " The SIXTH SENSE and Many More ." http://www.oroscostudioarts.com/#!about/c240r
2D/3D Concept Artist/Creature Designer/Digital Sculptor for Film,Vidio Game.
For nearly thirty years, Tim Gore has been a presence in the Special Effects industry for film and television. His work and experience has innovated the techniques, workflow and style of many well-known projects and creature creations. His credits include THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK, FANTASTIC 4: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER, THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, VAN HELSING, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, BLADE II, KULL THE CONQUERER, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, PACIFIC RIM and HELLBOY 1 and 2.
Neil Winn is known for his work on Fantastic 4, Hellboy 2, Your Highness, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Attack the Block. and Pacific Rim. http://neilwinn.bigcartel.com
Risks and challenges
Let’s be honest, making a full length feature film is a big challenge even for a major studio. There are lots of moving pieces, with each of those containing their own risks and potential problems. Having said that, I have done my very best to minimize these by bringing on top-level talent and detailing out a realistic schedule of needs.
The biggest risk to the project is funding!
There are a couple of items that I would like to make clear so as to avoid any misunderstanding.
** Gifts requiring your presence (tours, tickets to the screening, face casts, a role in the movie, etc.) do not include travel and lodging. You are responsible for handling these arrangements/expenses.
** Some prizes include shipping. Some don't. For instance, if you opt in for the full body dummy, or the series of dummy heads, you will be responsible for shipping costs. These costs are determined by size, weight and destination.
SOME ADDITIONAL PLEDGE REWARD DETAILS
- Digital download of the completed film.
- Digital download of the script and artwork.
- Access to the production diary.
- All contents from the DD COMBO
- Digital download of the films soundtrack.
- All contents from the DD-PLUS COMBO.
- Two tickets to the GEHENNA premier and After Party.
- A tour of Spectral Motion (up to four people).
- GEHENNA Movie Poster signed by the director.
- Crew T-Shirt.
- Blu-Ray copy of the completed film.