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By Chris Walas and Zena Walas
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 Here's the trailer we've put together to give you some idea of the look and tone we're going for!

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ABOUT THE FILM

The Inheritance is a puppet short film that strives to create a rich and dark visual environment that pays tribute to the classic horror films while stamping it with its own unique look and feel. Using a variety of rod, hand, mechanical and marionette techniques for the puppets will allow us a range of wonderful and visual characters. As much as is possible will be done in camera and practically to retain a more visceral and consistent tone. Which means building a lot more sets and miniatures and using live effects as opposed to doing the work digitally in post production.

THE STORY

Somewhere in the mountains of darkest Eastern Europe, a young man arrives at the castle of his bloodline to claim his inheritance, a title and an ancient castle. But instead he finds mistrust, mystery, monsters, mutants and mayhem that lead him down a nightmarish path to his ultimate destiny as he faces the true nature of his ancestor's spirit.

THE FILMMAKERS

CHRIS WALAS

Chris Walas filming the falling helmet.
Chris Walas filming the falling helmet.

Chris Walas is an old school and award winning monster maker and film director from way back, having created iconic images of horror and creatures in such films as GREMLINS, THE FLY, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, and many others.

ZENA WALAS

Puppeteer, fabricator and wardrobe designer Zena Walas.
Puppeteer, fabricator and wardrobe designer Zena Walas.

 Zena Walas is a professional fabricator, puppeteer and wardrobe sorceress whose work appears in the movies BEAR and YEREN as well as numerous theatrical productions.

 Chris and Zena have been making short films together since Zena was a little girl and The Inheritance is their most ambitious project yet.

Testing the meteor effect
Testing the meteor effect

 

Testing the in-camera ghost effect.
Testing the in-camera ghost effect.

 

Practical effects are more expensive and time consuming, but we feel they have a unique magic that is consistent with our puppet world.
Practical effects are more expensive and time consuming, but we feel they have a unique magic that is consistent with our puppet world.

 

Puppets will be constructed of a wide variety of materials, including traditional paper mache like this villager.
Puppets will be constructed of a wide variety of materials, including traditional paper mache like this villager.

 

Our smaller sets will need to be redone for the film, both for the look and to accomodate some of the practical effects.
Our smaller sets will need to be redone for the film, both for the look and to accomodate some of the practical effects.

Creating an entire world from scratch for our film will not be cheap and we need your help.  The Inheritance will be a horrific and fun journey and we sincerely hope you will join us in making it happen!

Risks and challenges

This is an ambitious film and there are always plenty of pitfalls along the way that can delay or even possibly destroy a production.
This film will be entirely constructed by hand with many elaborate puppets, props, sets, and miniatures. Our decision to do as many, or all, of the countless effects in this film practically means we will need to take much longer to set up and shoot a great many of the shots. Puppet films are by their nature more work and more time consuming. Sometimes these shots go well and quickly and sometimes they don't.
Scheduling filming days will be a challenge and may cause delays as puppeteers and crew are not always available and may be called out of town on other jobs.
We have a huge construction job ahead of us in pre-production and that may also affect our shoot dates. But that's just as likely to bring our dates forward as it is to push us back, depending on ever changing conditions.

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