Michael Bond's Hell World SF Film / Graphic Novel Project
Hell World - a Sci-Fi movie/graphic art novel project to kick-start a series of action-thriller films, a TV show & other productions.
Michael Bond's Hell World SF Film / Graphic Novel Project
Hell World - a Sci-Fi movie/graphic art novel project to kick-start a series of action-thriller films, a TV show & other productions.
Join the Hell World Challenge today and help create something new in Science Fiction entertainment - launch a series of new SF films, graphic art novels and much more...
Story: Hell World, The Beginning.
A few hundred years in the future, on the outskirts of human-occupied space, a small family shipping firm is hired by an interstellar corporation to haul samples of alien life from a new world the corporation have been licensed to survey.
It's a rush job and the family only have one small ship available. They believe it'll be a good chance to take their youngsters and one office intern on a training run. Easy job, just a couple of days' turnaround.
Until they arrive and discover that the survey team are exhausted after months living on a terrifying world that appears dedicated to killing all alien life.
Soon they've lifted off, but their ship is thrown into a catastrophic crash landing on the Hell World, leaving the crew split apart and the ship in terrifying peril from the local wildlife.
With only twenty-two hours remaining the parents, stranded on a section of the ship miles away from the rest of the passengers, crew and their children, must race to their rescue, while everyone else must struggle for survival on the crashed ship.
Everyone faces their own different monsters in their battle for survival; but they must all face one monster that is far greater, more deadly and vicious than all the rest.
This is the beginning of the Hell World series, a concept for an ongoing programme of films, television and much more around the discovery and exploration of the Hell World and the tremendous danger it poses to the future survival of the human race.
There are already fifteen concepts for films in this series with the potential for much more.
Background - A Summer of SF & Superheroes, but..?
Hell World was inspired by the rush of SF and action-adventure fantasy films in the cinemas over the summer of 2013. Beginning with the Will Smith film "After Earth" we've seen a number of major films, some successful, some less. I believe there is tremendous potential for the development of a new, serious action-adventure series in the style of the likes of "Alien", "Predator" or even "Riddick" to satisfy the need for real Science fiction.
This project is about bringing a new entertainment series to the world, something that's serious Science Fiction not just "monster" themes or unscientific fantasy.
There are already a number of such series in the world, especially the comic book descendants, from X-Men, Superman, Batman, Iron Man (where are the Women!!?? Hmmm, would love to try a new angle on Wonder Woman....) but there is always an opportunity to bring something new into the world, and this is the Monster World Challenge I conceived of in June 2013 and which became the Hell World series.
I plan to create a new, original work of Science Fiction, not one story but an entire series of mainstream films, with the potential for a parallel/spin-off television show and all the associated goodies, graphic art novels, games, toys and so much more.
The Monster World Challenge Project, and Buzz.
A crowd funding campaign cannot produce a major special effects SF film, but it can kick-start the process and take the first steps in its development.
The challenge of this project is to create the first stage in this new series. To write the first script and turn it into a graphic art novel for world-wide distribution, to you, the public and the film industry.
Through this and your participation as a pledge sponsor we can spread the word around the world and attract the attention of film industry partners and backers.
The more people who become involved here today, you and everyone else reading this, the bigger a "buzz" we can create to attract public support, raise awareness in the film industry and amongst financiers and take the next steps in to production.
So tell all your friends,
tell all your social networks,
tell your own groups of enthusiasts,
Money - How It Will Be Spent & The Production Schedule.
The "Go" target of the project is to raise forty-five thousand, but the ideal will be to raise much more support from thousands of SF enthusiasts around the world.
The more we can raise the more we can do.
The first "Hell World" script will be written in the next few months, then storyboards created to illustrate key highlights. This part should take about three to five months.
The script will then be translated into a graphic art novel, a great reward for you and to show the rest of the world how the story and the Hell World series will be developed. This should take a further six or more months depending on the work rate of the artist(s) and layout of the novel.
The bulk of the money we raise will go into the production, printing, packaging and delivery of the rewards (see below), the script and the novel, etc., to you and raise world-wide attention to the project through this work.
If the project raises much more support there could be enough to: (1) establish a new project office; (2) develop the legal and business plans; (3) begin the formal fund-raising for the first film. This can be carried out in parallel to the creative process.
I'm confident that if we reach the highest targets, up to three hundred thousand, we'll have enough to take this all the way to full development and film production. This will reward you and everyone for your support with the experience of seeing all these films produced over the next many years.
Rewards - Freebies & Fun Things.
Free for All! A FREE Science Fiction story for you!
Yes, a freebie. As a writer I've been giving out a free sample of my work for the last couple of years and a great example of the way I work. This is "Dragon's Vale" a short SF/Fantasy story inspired by and reinterpreting the legendary "Lord Of The Rings".
Inspired by Tolkien's great saga ,"Dragon's Vale" explores an alternative view of such a story and its setting, with a suggestion of how the story could go further.
Maybe one day it too will be subject of a blazing mega-trilogy?
You can register for and receive "Dragon's Vale" at my personal web site: worldmaker.org.
HERE Are The Other Rewards For Pledging Your Support...
Reward: Civilian - £3
"Half-Script". I can't give the ending and twists away immediately but
everyone who participates in this project will receive approximately the
first half or two thirds of the finished first draft of the script to
enjoy and anticipate the finished project. This will be packaged as a
.pdf file and shared with all supporters by email dispatch.
EVERYONE pledging at least this amount will receive this reward, plus your name on the Thank You online listing of all supporters and regular mailing list for updates, further rewards and opportunities to-come.
(NOTE: You will also receive a full copy of the script in .pdf format when all physical rewards are dispatched, because by then we'll be giving the ending away and you will share in that reward for your support.)
Reward: Space Trooper - £12
Receive the "Civilian" reward and a unique "Hell World" key ring based on the artwork logo I've created for this promotional stage and to thank you for kick-starting this whole project.
Plus, yes, the special and everyone's Kickstarting
favourite - Your name down on the "Kicking Hell" list of supporters.
This special list will be on the website dedicated to all things Hell
Worldy. You'll be there as one of our "Troopers". Point it out to your
friends and tell them: "me, me, look it's MEEE!"
(Final design of the key ring to be decided.)
Reward: NCO - £25
All previous rewards plus the Illustrated script. The script will be
bound in nice, lightweight easily mailed paper with various draft
Each script will be signed by the writer (me!!!) individually and uniquely numbered by an official rubber stamp and delivered to you by liveried postie!
Plus, yes, the special and everyone's Kickstarting favourite - Your name
down on the "Kicking Hell" list of supporters, Rank: NCO.
This special list will be on the website dedicated to all things Hell Worldy. You'll be there as one of our "Troopers". Point it out to your friends and tell them: "me, me, look it's MEEE!"
Reward: Junior Officer - £45
All of the smaller rewards and a Hell World wall poster based on the web
page header art. PLUS a SPECIAL COLLECTORs' REWARD for you making this
pledge : I have produced another work of art I can offer you today,
it's a sample of my creative writing and design work. This is the
Collectors' Edition Book Of Happiness.
The Book Of Happiness is something I can offer you of value from my own talents now rather than waiting for all the other goodies. The Book of Happiness is British political satire, a series of fourteen (14) posters in a wire bound book to hang on your wall at home or work for your entertainment and amusement.
The Book also includes a new children's board game I've created to teach lessons about making decisions in life. Based on the successful ancient game of "Snakes & Ladders" this new game, "Path Of Wisdom", adds a new dimension to play and learning for young children.
Visit the bookofhappiness.co.uk web site to learn more about this uniquely satirical book of art.
(NOTE: Delivery schedule will vary depending on this demand and the need to print the additional copies.)
Reward: Senior Officer - £70
All of the above rewards. PLUS a SIGNED First Edition GRAPHIC ART NOVEL of the script.
This is your chance to receiving something beautiful
and unique in the world. If we reach and exceed the minimum funding
target the script will be turned into a graphic art novel with the help
of illustrators / storyboard artists in the UK, bound, printed and
individually SIGNED and NUMBERED to you by the writer (Me!).
NOTE : If we reach a reasonable optimum target of 3,000 pledges for this reward this edition of the graphic art novel it will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. You, and you alone as supporters of this project, will receive the only publicly available copies of the First Edition Hell World graphic art novel in the entire world - there will be no further publication of this First Edition, anywhere. (If you want to learn more about the writer's ability to produce a graphic art novel then visit The Book Of Happiness web site to see what he's already produced and published.)
NOTE... NOTE... NOTE...: This is the MOST VALUABLE pledge reward package for most people, combining: (1) Book of Happiness (Ltd Ed.); (2) bound Hell World script (Ltd Ed.); (3) Hell World Graphic Art Novel (Ltd Ed, possibly).
(NOTE: A few additional copies of the graphic art novel will be kept for distribution to prospective backers, film industry partners, reviewers, etc., but the bulk of these will go to you not the general public if the ideal targets are reached.)
Reward: High Command - £650 (Limited)
Name a character!
As long as you have or you can devise a reasonably sensible and pronounceable name (be sensible please we do have to deal with international audiences) you have the opportunity to be featured in the first script.
There will be space for six male and at least two female characters, of scientists desperately escaping the Hell World and a couple of characters, corporate honchos/staff interns, back on the home world.
See your name in lights! Be splattered across a spaceship's hold as an alien monster gobbles you up, and so much more fun!
Point to your friends when your character appears onscreen, "that's MEEE! Outch!" And if I really like your name (writer's word is God) then you may become a recurring character!
This reward also features all of the smaller rewards.
(NOTE... NOTE...: Names must be legible, sensible and not invented in foreign languages that translate into any form of offensive or obscene language. Do not use the names of existing celebrity or other famous personalities or fictional characters, we will not use "Barrack Barmy", for example. If you use the name of a friend please ensure you have their permission.)
Reward: Executive Command - £5,000 (Limited)
Assault the heights of the film industry and show you've got real courage to face up to the Ultimate Challenge. Join the Executive Command branch.
All the unlimited and Senior Officer rewards and your name in the credits of the first film as Executive Producer when it goes into production.
Put that on your CV/Resume and show your friends, make up your business cards, improve your future ambitions and prospects in any work.
Opportunities will exist to come and visit the production office (travel at your own expense) when we're ready to go into production. Or come to the Big Read-Through if we reach the higher appeal targets. Attend the world-wide premier of the first film, and share in a few other goodies we'll work on in the future.
General Notes on Rewards and the Kickstarter campaign: (a) Where goods are to be delivered all world-wide shipping and packaging is included in the pledge sum; (b) SKYPE / other video conferences/seminars MAY be organised for you to talk with the writer (Me!), these are limited by Skype to only 25 people with text or 10 people voice calls at most on first come, first served basis (anyone behaving disrespectfully/illegally will be blocked permanently).
Future Plans & Opportunities.
"Hell World" has the potential to become a major series of mainstream Science FIction action-adventure thrillers. Alongside this a television storyline can be developed, sharing the same settings, characters, scenery, effects, etc. This is a cost-effective use of all the sets, characters and effects we create in the film series, making it an attractive long term investment after we've kick-started the work.
Spinning off from this we can create more graphic art novels, video games and other additional stories alongside the films. Some of the books will be based on the films and others written specially for the book series. Do you think you could write for the Hell World universe?
We all know a great story can produce great video games, merchandise and other goodies for everyone to enjoy and these are part of the long term development plan.
The Writer - MB.
Michael enjoys writing and technology innovation so he brings a distinctive view of creating realistic science angles in the stories. His SF writing has included a couple of major SF film projects, one based on a property owned by the BBC (very Big projects, need waaaaay tooooo much money, Avatar-style, for future development).
His work in technology design and innovation brings a unique sensibility to the technical focus of good Science Fiction, with the emphasis on the real potential of the science. A sample of this can be seen in his work on the design of a real and practical future interplanetary spaceship, the Springship, for future missions to Mars.
(You can download copies of Michael's current (2nd Ed.) Springship notes at the Worldmaker.Org web site.)
Michael's principal experience in creative writing, working with artists and publishing, can be seen through his satirical book of political art "The Little Book Of Happiness". Created with the help of British artists in 2011 this is now one of your rewards. This is the experience Michael brings to turn the completed "Hell World" script into the first edition graphic art novel for your reward and the fulfilment of this project. He already has all the publishing capability, experience, working with artists, local printers, ISBN registrations, etc., to complete the project professionally.
Michael's knowledge of technical design will also manage the production and delivery of all rewards merchandise, the posters, key rings, books and the limited edition model.
Conclusion - Big Opportunity, Big Ambition.
Everyone likes a good story well-told. One that holds your attention because it makes sense and opens up a new world for your enjoyment. Every SF enthusiast wants to see great stories, told well and told repeatedly. We are all eager to see a good new series on screen, on TV, at the movies and on our bookshelves.
"Hell World" aims to create this new story and a new series to entertain the world. It will offer new ideas and revisit many themes familiar to well-read SF enthusiasts around the world.
Join today and share in the Hell World Challenge and all its rewards.
You can follow Michael through his general Prosperity twitter at:-
and the Hell World facebook page at:-
Throughout the process of drawing all this up I'm still working on subsidiary ideas (updates on the Norfilms.com web site). One of these was inspired by the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Gear SmartWatch. I believe we can have far better, smarter, more elegant designs. I drafted this design for an Ultra-Smart Watch over that weekend.
The Ultra-Smart Watch will be developed as a real product, to be featured in the films, TV show, etc., and for all enthusiasts to share and enjoy.
I'll need to work on the operating system and suitable smart mini applications (Smapps?) to make it work perfectly.
The Watch is outside the scope of this Kickstarter project. I would either have to launch a separate project for it, or incorporate it in the Hell World project if we far exceed the ideal funding goal. It's your choice if you want to see it now or later.
Stay tuned for more up-dates as this story and more unfolds.
Risks and challenges
I have many years writing experience so don't see that as an obstacle or risk to the process. I've allowed a three to six month period to complete the project so that shouldn't be an issue.
Once the script is complete the key risk is not taking it further. Your support, the more of you who aid in this project the more chance of success because a large crowd can create a public buzz that will influence finance people to join us.
With enough support from you and all your friends and social network contacts around the world, the more chance of being able to overcome any obstacle and move on to the next step - the production office and mainstream fund-raising for the film's production.
A key challenge at this stage, this kick-start project, will be undertaking the writing and fulfilling all the rewards at the same time. This is why I've allowed several months to achieve both, ideally just in time for Christmas gift-giving in 2014. If we do far exceed the minimum target there will be enough to use a fulfilment company or take on a couple of interns, who will also be able to learn some of the film-making business. This is also why I have set quite a high fund-raising target - to guarantee this can all be delivered in a reasonable time.
Because I have experience in producing the Book Of Happiness I do not see the production and delivery of more physical rewards as an obstacle. The only issue will be timing. We may be delayed by the artists completing all the graphics work in time for the ideal delivery schedule. It will be completed, don't worry about short delays of a few extra weeks.
Overall risk: minimal - I have experience in writing previous scripts of this nature but not the time and resources without your support. In the meantime you can enjoy the rewards and the free short story "Dragon's Vale".Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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