Bring Back the Phantom Harbor Web Series!
Bring Back the Phantom Harbor Web Series!
Building a community of creature makers and fans that love to work with their hands!
Building a community of creature makers and fans that love to work with their hands! Read more
About this project
Phantom Harbor centers on the exploits of haunted sea-Captain, Jonas McAllister and his fantastical crew including a hulking Goblin, the shrunken-head of a tyrannical Naval officer, a dancing corpse and more!
In the spirit of Pee-Wee's Playhouse and Mystery Science Theater 3000, Phantom Harbor is a variety show that presents a through-story punctuated with features including spooky animated readings, fan stories and art, and animated music videos.
Drawn by hand, animated with a computer:
WHERE PRACTICAL EFFECTS PLAY NICELY ALONG WITH DIGITAL!
Much of the effects of Phantom Harbor are built, practically, however they are composited with the use of computers. Although some of the art for the animated segments are hand-drawn, they are completely animated on the computer. We draw no lines, or exclude any discipline.
"Don't use a hammer to drive in a screw!" Use the right tool to tell the story visually!
We started as a simple concept and produced small episodes that primarily just featured the Captain and the Goblin, but as the scope of the show grew, we invited more of our friends to participate creating larger and more ambitious scenarios. However, due to a misjudgment, we tore down the set thinking we might want to sell our house and move.
That didn't happen.
Meanwhile, Phantom Harbor kept attracting people on the Internet and I kept running into people at conventions and on social media that wanted to participate and be part of the web series.
I thought that if I sold the project to Hollywood, I'd be able to build a studio, and help build a community of creative folks: animators, creature builders, character actors, musicians , writers, and effects people and furnish them with a fun project in an artistically nurturing environment. Unfortunately, the selling of Phantom Harbor came with too many strings and what would have been produced would not have come from a genuine place.
Lately, I've been working in between projects as a teacher of prosthetics, and Special Makeup Effects and I've met so many talented young people that would benefit from continuing their work and training while working on Phantom Harbor.
I'm looking to do more than produce a few webisodes. I'm committed to building a community of artists who will thrive during and beyond their contributions to Phantom Harbor.
I've been a working artist, primarily in practical creature effects for over 31 years in Hollywood. However, for the past three years I've begun spending more time teaching both at Cinema Makeup School in Koreatown, California and on the Internet at the Stan Winston School of Character Arts.
I love encouraging new talent and have discovered that my student's enthusiasm drives me to want to not just remain creative and productive, but also challenge myself with new creative endeavors!
One of the opportunities I hope to offer, not just my students, but fans and friends as well, is a place for them to showcase their work, and gain some practical, professional experience in an "artist-friendly" atmosphere.
So, we have some cool rewards to share with you and we hope that you'll find the right one to entice you to contribute!
Captain McAllister Portrait
ART PRINTS! All prints signed by Shannon!
T-Shirts - Available in S, M, L, X-L, XX-L (some sizes limited - inquire at time of pledge and we'll make sure to reserve one for you!
Shannon's Book - "I'm Rubber, You're Glue" - The new paperback version of the first volume of Shannon's career beginning with his "Monster Kid" days in Louisiana, and ending with his experiences supervising Predator. Signed by Shannon - personalized by request!
"The Business of Making Monsters" by Shannon Shea. 3 DVD's from The Stan Winston School of Character Arts! Three DVD's that cover everything form photographing your art to the basics of putting your own business together!
LIMITED EDITION! SHANNON'S FIRST "MINI-MONSTER MASK": Frankenstein's Monster! This first mini-mask will be cast in latex and hand-painted! It is the first in a series and will NOT be offered anywhere else but this Kickstarter campaign! Casting molds will be destroyed after the limited run!
Personal Skype Call: Business of Making Monsters - Shannon will Skype you for one hour to discuss your resume, your portfolio, your work, your web site and strategies to achieve your goals. (Note: This is not job placement, rather than the chance to have your work seen and evaluated by a professional one-on-one.
PERFORM ON PHANTOM HARBOR! Have an itch to puppeteer or suit-perform as a creature on the show? Come join us in Los Angeles and be part of a two-day shoot! (Note: Transportation, housing and living expenses will not be provided by Shannon Shea or the Phantom Harbor production. Pledge participant must either live in Southern California or be able to transport/house/feed themselves in Los Angeles.)
NEW REWARD! Added 11-11-15! Original "Rescue from Geckoniki Island Painting!
NEW REWARD ADDED: Geckoniki Hand Puppet
The money will be used as follows:
1.) Finding and renting a suitable space to build and shoot
2.) Materials and labor to build the set, set dressing, props, etc.
3.) Materials and labor to build creatures, puppets and costumes
4.) Operating costs, utilities, and production costs
5.) Post production costs including editing, sound and music composition
6.) Kickstarter/Bank fees
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Risks and challenges
Taking a project out of the garage and putting into a studio situation is a very challenging prospect. The careful allocation of funds and talent is going to be tantamount if PHANTOM HARBOR is going to survive on the web. However, I have faith that, if funded, we will be able to attract great people who are in for a fun, creative challenge that will work together harmoniously and create something that everyone will be proud of!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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