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In 1930, a team of researchers traveled to the southern end of the world in an attempt to discover the unknown history of our planet. They found a series of gigantic, alien-looking fossils resting in an ancient cavern. The scientists believed they discovered an unknown species of prehistoric animal. Soon, however, they realized that those creatures were far from extinct and more dangerous than any primeval predator.  

When the scientists failed to return, a search party was dispatched. The rescuers pursued a trail deep into the Antarctic tundra where they discovered a titanic mountain range that hid a sophisticated pre-human civilization. In the deepest recesses of the city, they learned the shocking fate of their friends and worse: the horrifying truth about the origins of mankind.

Hunted by supernatural creatures of infinite evil and sinister intelligence the men struggled to escape the bounds of “The Mountains of Madness”.

“Mountains of Madness” (MoM) is a classically-animated film that adapts the story "At the Mountains of Madness." The original novella was written by the Grandfather of Cosmic Horror--H. P. Lovecraft--who has been cited as an inspiration to such creators as Guillermo del Toro, John Carpenter, Mike Mignola, and many more. Author Stephen King called Lovecraft "the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." This novella is considered one of Lovecraft's greatest and most cherished works, but it has never before been realized cinematically.

"Mountains of Madness" is a feature length adventure-horror film based on the novella. The use of classical animation allows the grand concepts, gruesome violence and colossal set pieces of this epic story to be realized by a relatively small team of artists. Modern advances in the technology of digitally assisted animation allows this independently-minded film to be produced for a modest budget.

Our Kickstarter is not intended to provide the entire budget for our film. Yes, we are colossal fans of the story and all of Lovecraft's stories, but we are also professionals in motion picture production. As such, we are approaching this film from a professional business perspective.

The final budget for "Mountains of Madness" will clock in around 2.5 Million. Kickstarter will allow us to complete our pre-production on the film without having to bring in initial outside investors. We have four main objectives we intend to meet with our Kickstarter funds.

  • Complete the Script.
  • Hire and record well known voice actors for  the main characters.
  • Create the initial storyboards
  • Combine the recorded audio and storyboards to create an "Animatic" of the entire film (See Below).

 Because animation is such a time consuming and intensive film-making process "Animatics" are used to create a rough draft of a movie which allows the director to see any possible problems before costly retakes need to be called.

What is an Animatic?

An animatic is a combination of Hand drawn storyboards and finished audio. Below is an example of an animatic from the fantastic "Amazing Screw-On Head". You can see the final scene on the top, and the animatic below it.

 Stephen Sloan Director & Instigator, veteran animator from the broadcast and web animation industries. As a fan of horror, H.P. Lovecraft, and the art of animation. he is approaching this film as fanatical devotee, but is also bringing his experience garnered through producing hundreds of hours of animation delivering quality animation on deadlines tighter than any noose while riding razor-thin budgets for clients such as Disney XD, Comedy Central, Nick Jr. and DHX Media. On productions including "Motor City", "Ugly Americans", "Moonbeam City" and Hulu's original series "The Awesomes".

Ingo Jucht, Executive Producer, has been a principal with Lux Digital Pictures since 2004. He has executive produced, financed and/or co-financed several commercial films including the ‘Night of the Living Dead 3D’ series with Lions Gate and the well regarded feature documentaries “Nightmares in Red, White and Blue”, “American Grindhouse”, “Films of Fury”, “Money For Nothing” and the soon to be released “Gameplay”.

Tom Coleman, Producer, is an entertainment industry veteran who was the sole founder of the Atlantic Entertainment Group. He has produced or executive produced over 40 films including the teen classics “Valley Girl” and “Teen Wolf” and others such as “Extremities”, “1969” and “Stormy Monday”.

Peter Colley, Writer, is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. His stage plays and musicals have been produced in 29 countries and in 48 states and his screenplays have been produced and broadcast on many of the major US and Canadian TV Networks.

Deirdre Bowen, Casting Director, is one of the most sought after casting directors in North America. Her many films include “A Dangerous Method”, “Eastern Promises” and “A History of Violence” for David Cronenberg and the “Resident Evil” films.

Aaron Vanek, recipient of the 2003 Howie Lifetime Achievement award for contributions to Lovecraft cinema and the director of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival Los Angeles (www.hplfilmfestival.com), is serving as a consultant on the project.

Michael Lane, Editor, chews film for breakfast and was raised by wolves in the unforgiving shopping malls of Northern Ontario. His narrative collage film "Cent une tueries de zombies" (a.k.a. 101 Zombie Kills) has played to acclaim at arts events in Toronto and Melbourne, and his credits as an editor include the feature-length video documentaries for "Fifth Estate", "Cosmopolis", "The Social Network" and "Land of the Lost", as well as a segment in the upcoming "ABCs of Death 2" Mushrooms are his most disliked foodstuff.

 There's a lot to see and experience in the creation of an animated film. And we're eager to share those experiences with you, the backers. Along with some neat swag which is unique to a production like this.

Some of the rewards we'll be offering:

  • A webpage dedicated to immortalizing each of our wonderful supporters.
  • Access to an exclusive Production Blog. Which will document the entire process of the film. Expect previews of artwork, animation tests, interviews and live-streams with the crew and artists in direct interaction with the audience.
  • A copy of the completed animatic.
  • Various pieces of artwork. From printed anmation cels, to one-of-a-kind drawings.
  • Passes to The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon®-Los Angeles (Sep. 26-28, 2014).
And much, much more. See the graphics below for more details, or read the in depth descriptions on the rewards table to the right. And watch this space for further updates and artwork as the campaign progresses!

*Certain rewards require the completion of the final film to be delivered. While MOM ltd. is fully invested in the completion of “Mountains of Madness” project, we cannot promise a delivery date on these rewards due to the vagaries of the animation production process.

Think about how many of your favorite games, movies and books seem to keep getting pushed back. All too often, deadlines on projects as big as these are hard to control.

While we expect the film to complete in early 2015, we are unable to give you an exact date for DVD’s,screenings, artwork and associated rewards at this time.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

For more information about the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival visit:

www.hplfilmfestival.com

Risks and challenges

While we have very conservative timelines in place for the production to be completed in, we also have high expectations for what we're going to be delivering.If it takes a little extra time to rework a shot or revise a scene, we'll do it. We think that the fans will appreciate postponing their gratification in order to receive a more polished final film.

Casting can delay the release as well. Thanks to Diedre's experience in the industry, we'll have access to some particularly exciting talent. However, the chances that all of our schedules will match up right away is slim. So we may need to wait days or even weeks to get a recording session with some of the potential actors.

If we do not meet our Kickstarter goal, Mountains of Madness will remain buried and unseen until such funding is obtained.

If we meet our minimum goal, we guarantee that the film will be cast, voices will be recorded, and an animatic produced and delivered.

It is possible, though unlikely, that we will be unable to raise additional funding from equity, Telefilm, or future distributors and that the finished motion picture won't be completed and delivered. However, our team of experienced filmmakers have numerous credits to their names, and have successfully financed and completed many commercial releases across many years, both movies and television.

We want to realize Lovecraft's vision, and we don't want to wait any longer. Join our expedition to the MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS!

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    CULTIST - Your name will be added to the Book of the Damned page on the "Mountains of Madness" website. It’s the least we can do for those committing their eternal souls to our dark masters.

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    MISKATONIC UNIVERSITY LIBRARY CARD - Access to our members' exclusive behind-the-scenes production blog. Featuring daily updates, exclusive artwork, and live-streams with the production crew. The blog will contain mind shattering content not available to the public until the final release. Plus listing in the Book of the Damned.

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    MOUNT EREBUS - This is the reward level for backers who can't wait to see what the film will look like, but don't need to know all the gory behind the scenes details. Backers at this level will receive a digital download of the completed animatic.

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    PABODIE'S APPARATUS - For those interested in knowing the terrible tale about the ill-fated expedition. You will get a digital download of the completed animatic. You'll learn what happens when you dig too deeply for the truth, months before the release of the final film. You will also be listed in the Book of the Damned and have access to the production blog.

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    SOAPSTONE FRAGMENT - Sometimes seeing isn't believing. We need to hold a thing in our hands, touch its curious smoothness and feel its rounded edges to believe it could really exist. Backers at this level will receive a DVD of the completed movie* as well as a digital download of the animatic, plus Book of the Damned listing and production blog access.

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    BLU-SOAPSTONE FRAGMENT - Sometimes seeing isn't believing. We need to hold a thing in our hands, touch its curious smoothness and feel its rounded edges to believe it could really exist. Backers at this level will receive a BLU-RAY of the completed movie* as well as a digital download of the animatic, plus Book of the Damned listing and production blog access.

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    GEDNEY'S FATE - In addition to access to the production blog and listing in the Book of the damned, you will also get a signed animation cel from the film AND a copy of the screenplay signed by the authors and filmmakers. Warning: MoM, Ltd. is not responsible for spooky happenings stemming from possessed artwork. Including, but not limited to: kidnappings, alien brain swaps and/or dream quests to unknown worlds.

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    THE ARKHAM BRIG - A boatload of swag, including the Book of the damned listing, the blog access, the signed cel and script AND a digital download of the animatic.

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    BLIND ALBINO PENGUIN - Not only do you get the copy of the animatic, and everything else from THE ARKHAM BRIG reward level: the Book of the damned, the blog, the signed cel and script. You will also receive a DVD of the finished film, once completed.*

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    PICKMAN FOUNDATION (EARLY BIRD 3) - Own a one-of-a-kind part of the movie! Pages and pages of artwork are generated in the pre­-production phase of an animated film. We’d rather you have it instead of stored in a Raiders of the Lost Ark warehouse. This artwork will be signed by the artist. We don't guarantee what drawing you will receive, but the early bird backers at this level are guaranteed to receive a piece of BACKGROUND artwork*. You also get a DVD of the movie*, the animatic, an animation cel, the script, blog access and thanks on the website and two full weekend passes toThe H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon®-Los Angeles (Sept. 26-28). (Can be transferred)

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    PICKMAN FOUNDATION -- Own a one-of-a-kind part of the movie! Pages and pages of artwork are generated in the pre­-production phase of an animated film. We’d rather you have it instead of stored in a Raiders of the Lost Ark warehouse. This artwork will be signed by the artist. We don't guarantee what drawing you will receive; who knows what works may be produced during the dreams of strange cities? We promise that we'll only send out drawings that have been certified as both "Weird" and "Cool"*. You also get a DVD* of the movie, the animatic, an animation cel, the script, blog access and thanks on the website and two full weekend passes to The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon®-Los Angeles (Sept. 26-28). (Can be transferred)

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    PICKMAN FOUNDATION (EARLY BIRD 1) - Own a one-of-a-kind part of the movie! Pages and pages of artwork are generated in the pre­-production phase of an animated film. We’d rather you have it instead of stored in a Raiders of the Lost Ark warehouse. This artwork will be signed by the artist. We don't guarantee what drawing you will receive, but the early bird backers at this level are guaranteed to receive a piece of MONSTER artwork*. You also get a DVD of the movie*, the animatic, an animation cel, the script, blog access and thanks on the website and two full weekend passes to The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon®-Los Angeles (Sept. 26-28). (Can be transferred)

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    PICKMAN FOUNDATION (EARLY BIRD 2) - Own a one-of-a-kind part of the movie! Pages and pages of artwork are generated in the pre­-production phase of an animated film. We’d rather you have it instead of stored in a Raiders of the Lost Ark warehouse. This artwork will be signed by the artist. We don't guarantee what drawing you will receive, but the early bird backers at this level are guaranteed to receive a piece of CHARACTER artwork*. You also get a DVD of the movie*, the animatic, an animation cel, the script, blog access and thanks on the website and two full weekend passes to The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon®-Los Angeles
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    THE LAKE EXPEDITION - Not only do you get the copy of the animatic, and everything else from BLIND ALBINO PENGUIN reward level: the Book of the damned, the blog, the signed cel and script and the DVD*. You also receive an exclusive embroidered "Miskatonic Antarctic Expedition" patch, the two film fest passes, plus your name will appear in the end credits of the film as a “co-executive producer”! Fatten up your ImdB page the easy way.

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    SHOGGOTH - For this princely sum you will reap the Book of the damned credit, the blog access, the animatic, signed script and cel, DVD*, embroidered patch, two film fest passes and co-executive producer credit. You will ALSO be invited to a premiere screening of the film in either Los Angeles, New York or Toronto*. (Backers will be responsible for their own travel, lodging and accommodations.)

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    ELDER THING LEVEL - Achieving this level brings you all the benefits, rewards and title of THE LAKE EXPEDITION. Plus a private screening of the film for you and 50 friends in either Los Angeles, New York or Toronto*.

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    DARK ACOLYTE - Do you have the self-loathing required to become an animator? Morbidly curious about the movie-making process? Contribute to this exclusive level and you’ll be invited to a month-long apprenticeship at our studio in Toronto*. You’ll work alongside industry pros, gleaning the forbidden workings of the necromancy that mortals call ANIMATION. Think of this as tuition for a one-of-a-kind animation school! (Apprenticeship does not include travel, accommodation or living expenses.)

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    CYCLOPEAN - This is the reward level for H.P. Lovecraft super-fans! Anyone contributing at this level will receive all the previous rewards and title of THE LAKE EXPEDITION level. In addition, each super-fan will become an actual character in the film. We have several non speaking background characters who need to die grisly deaths, and we figured why not murder some folks who’d appreciate it? Besides having their likeness included in the film, they will also receive a framed copy of their character's model sheet, a death certificate signed by Prof. Dyer and an official “Miskatonic Antarctic Expedition” patch so you can say to the world: “I went to the Antarctic and all I got was eviscerated”. (Backers will be responsible for their own travel, lodging and accommodations.)

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