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A unique adaptation of H.P Lovecraft’s seminal horror tale ‘DAGON’, atmospheric cosmic horror, in hand-drawn, full colour animation. Read more

London, UK Animation
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A unique adaptation of H.P Lovecraft’s seminal horror tale ‘DAGON’, atmospheric cosmic horror, in hand-drawn, full colour animation.

London, UK Animation
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“THE PROCESS OF DELVING INTO THE BLACK ABYSS IS TO ME THE KEENEST FORM OF FASCINATION” 

H. P. Lovecraft

DAGON, Lovecraft’s seminal weird tale, establishing a framework to a mythos who's influence can be felt in almost allcontemporary horror and science fiction.

Director Alastair McColl (Bird World) and editor Simon Modery (Four Horsemen) will produce a hand-drawn, full colour animated adaptation of the story, which will be loyal to the expectations of Lovecraft’s fan community, and explore the contemporary resonance of the work.

Using animation to realise Lovecraft’s prototypical work, we can visually create the subjective experience of ‘seeing the unseeable’ in a way live action horror films can fail.  We cannot fall into the same trap of showing to much and dispelling the horror. 

Though we will use animation to explore and challenge the story – ultimately - our faith to the source material will be loyal to Lovecraft’s vision. 

Risks and challenges

Lovecraft fans will be familiar with the narrative, and the doomed inevitability of nightmares followed by oblivion. Our challenge is to create an adaptation which will surprise the viewer but preserve Lovecraft’s mythos. Our love of the source material and our collective film-making experience help us to achieve this.
Keeping to the animation schedule always presents a challenge to an animation team, especially where it is a project prompted by the passions of the creative’s involved, so we will have to have very considered production plans to ensure we realise the imagery of the story the best it can be, while still respecting the projects delivery plan. Our sense of responsibility to our backers here is absolute, DAGON will be at its squamous best because it’s by fans for fans, but we are film professionals as well, so with careful planning, we will make the deadline, and the stars will be right!
The other major risk is our souls being eaten by the infinite horrors from beyond the tangible realm. As always.

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  • Yes, Absolutely

    Alastair McColl is an animation director working in London, his last film, BIRD WORLD, a full colour, hand drawn animation, was selected for a number of international film festivals, including Bristol Animated Encounters (UK), Premier Plans D'Anger (FRANCE) ANIMA MUNDI (Brazil) and Fresh FIlm Fest (Prague).

    His work can be seen at https://vimeo.com/37600967 and http://http://alastairmccollimages.blogspot.com .

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  • Yup, we certainly can

    DAGON is going to be created in full colour, frame by frame, hand drawn animation, in the distinctive illustrative style which can be seen in the projects sample artwork. As many of you will know, animation is one of the most labour intensive forms of film-making, so this will be a substantial undertaking.

    Luckily, we have animation team who are more than willing to put in the crazy hours-per-day necessary to do so, a crack bunch indeed! So the majority of the money will go to them so they can work on the project with the dedication required, and still be able to eat and pay the rent. As we come from a commercial background, the deadline to us is sacred, but we want to make DAGON look as good as it possibly can be, therefore we want the best working on the project, to realise our vision without compromise.

    Of course, vision is only one part of the filmmaking process, so the next place your money will be going is on sound design and music. This money will not only pay the wages of our sound designer and composer, but also enable our musician, for example to record live performance, as well as work with samples and other generated sounds. It will enable our sound designer to create soundscapes from found samples, foley (playing with physical things to make good sounds, lots of fun), and all the other techniques which will bring life to our film.

    Of course its not all drawing pictures and making music, the budget will also cover the more practical essentials of filmmaking and pre-production, paper and pens for our storyboards, rent to a studio so we have somewhere to make it, and all the other expenses of a serious animation production. (we wont lie, coffee will be a pre requisite for our team...when you are drawing day and night, you neeeed your coffee!)

    Lastly, and very importantly, we intend that the quality of the deliverables be of the highest standard. For example, in order that you, our audience, are able to see the film looking and sounding as good as it can be, we will be mastering the Blu-Ray to the best possible quality, and packaging it in a way where we hope you will have not only a film to watch, but an object to cherish, and the same philosophy will be applied to every aspect of supporters rewards. As we have said, this is by fans for fans, so we take this part especially seriously!

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    You will have access to the project blog, receive our undying gratitude and you will be eaten twelfth to last.

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    You will receive an HD digital download of the film and access to the project blog, our undying gratitude and you will be eaten eleventh to last.

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    Beyond the bounds of infinity and drawn down daemons from the stars (UK):

    You will receive an HD digital download of the film, an additional gift-able HD digital download with a printed DAGON card, access to the project blog, our undying gratitude and you will be eaten ninth to last.

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    Beyond the bounds of infinity and drawn down daemons from the stars(International):

    You will receive an HD digital download of the film, an additional gift-able HD digital download with a printed DAGON card, access to the project blog, our undying gratitude and you will be eaten ninth to last.

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    Searchers after horror haunt strange, far places:

    You will receive a backer credit in the film itself, an HD digital download of the film, access to the project blog, high resolution printable images of the concept art, our undying gratitude and you will be eaten eighth to last to last.

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    Incurable lover of the grotesque (UK):

    You will receive a full colour, large format DAGON poster, a backer credit in the film itself, an HD digital download of the film, access to the project blog, high resolution printable images of the concept art. And of course our undying gratitude - and you will be eaten seventh to last to last.

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    Incurable lover of the grotesque (International):

    you will recieve a full colour, large format DAGON poster, a backer credit in the film itself, an HD digital download of the film, access to the project blog, high resolution printable images of the concept art. And of course our undying gratitude - and you will be eaten seventh to last to last.

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    That at which dogs howl in the dark:

    You will receive a backer credit in the film itself, in addition, as production progresses we will send you storyboards, animatics, artwork and sneak peeks at scenes. Also you will be able to talk to the film-makers about the production process. (This is a really good pledge for anybody interested in learning more about animation) You will, of course, receive a HD digital download of the film, access to the project blog, high resolution printable images of the concept art, our undying gratitude and you will be eaten sixth to last to last.

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    The Thing On The Doorstep (UK):

    You will receive a super premium blu ray edition as well as a HD digital download of the film and a backer credit in the film itself. You will have access to the project blog, high resolution printable mages of the concept art, posters and excerpts from the storyboard, our undying gratitude and you will be eaten fifth to last to last.

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    The Thing On The Doorstep (International):

    You will receive a super premium blu ray edition as well as a HD digital download of the film and a backer credit in the film itself. You will have access to the project blog, high resolution printable mages of the concept art, posters and excerpts from the storyboard, our undying gratitude and you will be eaten fifth to last to last.

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    Where they Roll in Horror Unheeded (UK):

    You will receive three, large format, ultra high quality prints on hand made paper of the films concept art, personally messaged, numbered and signed by the creators, a super premium blu-ray edition as well as HD digital download of the film. As well as a backer credit in the film, gain access to the project blogs and be a willing recipient of our undying gratitude and you will be eaten fourth to last.

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    Where they Roll in Horror Unheeded (International):

    You will receive three, large format, ultra high quality prints on hand made paper of the films concept art, personally messaged, numbered and signed by the creators, a super premium blu-ray edition as well as HD digital download of the film. As well as a backer credit in the film, gain access to the project blogs and be a willing recipient of our undying gratitude and you will be eaten fourth to last.

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    The Stars are Right:

    YOU WILL APPEAR IN A CREDITED SUPPORTING ROLE IN THE FILM as a background character. We will also send a high resolution printable image of your character as he/she appears, you will receive a super premium blu-ray edition as well as HD digital download of the film, access to the project blog, our undying gratitude and you will be eaten third to last to last.

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    YOU WILL APPEAR IN A CREDITED SUPPORTING ROLE AND ALSO A GIFT-ABLE SUPPORTING ROLE (WITH THE OPTION OF APPEARING TOGETHER IN THE SAME SHOT) and a unique illustrated gift card for the receiver of this gifted role, the film as a background character, we will also send a high resolution printable image of your character as he/she appears, you will receive a super premium blu-ray edition as well as HD digital download of the film. You will gain access to the project blog, and receive three ultra high quality digital prints on hand made paper of the films concept art, also signed by the creators whose undying gratitude will overwhelm you. You will both be eaten second to last.

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    By Pledging 1000 pounds or more you will become EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, with a one-name-per-plate credit. You will be given the opportunity to view progress of storyboards and animatics, and the opportunity to meet and contribute feedback to the film-makers in their London studio. Of course you will also receive a super premium blu ray edition as well as HD digital download of the film. You will get access to the project blog and receive our eternal undying gratitude. You, our friend, will be eaten last.

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Funding period

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