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About

Thank you all for supporting us on our Kickstarter campaign "Lovecraft's Call of Cthulhu" - The Movie, even though we didn’t achieve the goal.

We are not demoralized or upset. Indeed we took care of the suggestions, recommendations and changes that you have reported us. For sure we will take them into consideration for the next campaign, ready for a relaunch next year!

We will meet you as soon as we are ready for the launch of the new campaign, hoping your contribution is just the principle of great success! Meanwhile you can follow us on Facebook to be keept up about news, info and any updates about the movie!

Fhtagn!

 

  • The Concept
  • The Plot
  • Why Animation?
  • The Team
  • What We Need
  • The Perks
  • Stretch Goals
  • Beyond the Contribution

   Hello, everyone.

   I'm Walter Rastelli, a young italian filmmaker.

   I've studied cinema since I was young and, in time, I've taken several lessons about directing and scripting for cinema; I've made some shortfilms and some of them received several awards, in Italy and abroad.

   The first time I read something by Lovecraft was when I was fifteen. And the first stories I read were The Call of Cthulhu and The Shadow Over Innsmouth. It was the beginning of a new era for me: Lovecraft and his world fascinated me like nothing ever before. 

    I read Lovecraft for the first time by accident. It was a strange chain of events - a simple push the pieces of a domino - that started the most important project of my life.

   I was listening to Metallica's "Call of Ktulu", and that strange name made me curious. I searched on the internet and read about Lovecraft, about the monster, about the story ... I did not care much about it.
   Months later, in April, a few days before my birthday, my aunt came home and asked "Walter, what gift do you prefer?". I do not know how, I do not know why, it was fate, it was destiny, it was a mystery, but in my mind I got that name back: Cthulhu.
   I love reading, so I asked my aunt if she could get me that book. My father, who was there, said, "Look, the book is in the library." I looked at the top shelf of the library and there was this row of very old white booklets. When I took the book, it was small, ruined, with a really bad cover. Suddenly I was reluctant to read it. Nevertheless, that night, I started reading.   I read it overnight. I was sorry to find that the story was very short, 33 pages, but immediately afterwards it began another one: "The Shadow Over Innsmouth". I was shaken by those stories, and they became a fixed idea in my mind.

   During the high school I started thinking about the idea of making a movie about Lovecraft and his creatures... Searching on the Internet, I haven't found anyting faithfully repesenting the story of Cthulhu or the inhabitants of Innsmouth. So I started writing down the script, faithfully following the two stories and weaving them with caution.

   After many years the script was ready and I've realized it was just an utopian idea...

   Or maybe not?

   I've got some notions of 3D animation and the idea of doing the movie in this way looks like the best and the only one. So I assembled a team of designers, 3D modelers, animators and we started to work on this teaser trailer...

 

  In 1926, a young student finds, among some documents left to him by his deaceased great-uncle, a clay statuette representing a strange monster... From the notes of his uncle, he learns that the scultpure is the work of a contemporary artist, Henry Wilcox, who made it after a scary nightmare. Driven by his strong curiosity, the young man begins to put together several stories, like the pieces of a puzzle coming from different places and different times.

  What combines the delirious nightmares of a young artist, the report of an elderly New Orleans police inspector, the story of a Greenland expedition, and the diary of a Norwegian sailor who died in mysterious circumstances?

What is the unholy Cult of Cthulhu that unites all these stories?

In parallel, another young student, travels with the intention of visiting the most characteristic location in Massachusetts. So he arrives in the sinister harbor town of Innsmouth, whom gloomy and misterious citizens hide an enormous and unspeakable secret...

Between the walls of those houses, horror awaits the innocent prey...

 

   While we were writing the script we realized the impossibility of making the film in live action, at least in a satisfactory and professional way for our means. Set everything in the 20's in America (and we are Italians …) is quite impossibile for us, as to create location such as the impossible R'lyeh, Innsmouth and many other - not to mention Cthulhu himself!

   Animation seemed then the only solution to the problem. Plus animation can afford a much greater and precise style, more artistic and functional to the story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

    You can listen to his music on Soundcloud.com

    You can find him online on his website and on Twitter as @jcliffthompson.

   Since when the idea of bringing Cthulhu and the inhabitants of Innsmouth to life came into our minds – it was 2011- we started to organize the workflow in every single detail.  

   We decided to move for small steps at a time, which is why the campaign goal is low. But nothing prohibits to overcome it and move in leaps and bounds! - See the "Stretch Goals" section below.

   The first step, of course, is to realize all the concepts for every visual aspect, which will be the bases for the creation of the 3d models (chacracthers, location, props, etc), and to draw a precise storyboard of every shot. Basically, we need professional artists!  

   Then, we need to give to all the characters a voice of their own! In the production of an animation movie, voices are recorded before the animation process itself, due to allow the animators to do the lip-sync during the dialogues. So, we need professional voice actors.  

   These are the principals two goals we're trying to reach with this campaing.

   Almost a third of the estimated budget will be allocated to the realization and delivery of rewards.

   These perks were carefully imagined by our team. Some of them are limited perks, due to manufacting and shipping cost – so hurry up! 

   Several a “long time perks”, that it means they will be developed after the full realization of the movie (or parts of it, such as the artworks).

   For a more detailed description of the content of each reward check the column to the right.

   Here they are!

   As demostration of our gratitude to you, we will add your name in the credits line of the movie! We hope this list will be VERY LONG!
(This perk will also be included in all the other perk options.)

 

   There is a little gift for you: a postcard directly from the dark and unholy sunken city of R'Lyeh!

   Plus you will recieve a beautiful desktop wallpaper.

   Art by Domenico "Domeddi" Esposito

 

*Designs subject to change*

   Let yourself be carried in the dark atmosphere of this movie with a
beautiful Original Soundtrack! As soon as the movie will be complete in all its parts, you'll get a download link for the OST in loseless quality.

   Listen to the Original Sound Track composed by Angelo Bibita for our teaser trailer!

 

 

   Here's the movie! If you want to be the first to have a look to the finished product, this is the reward for you! You will receive, as soon as everything is over, the digital download of the movie! Along with desktop wallpaper, of course!

 

   Are you a proud Cultist? Show it to the world with this beautiful t-shirt*! Plus you will recive the Digital Download of the movie

   T-shirts are printed with a precise and professional screen printing method, which guarantees the output of every detail of the design.

*Write the size in the notes

Art by Dartworks

 

 

*Cover designs subject to change*
   There is nothing better than having an evil and beautiful Blu-Ray of this movie in your collection! And a movie is nothing without a great music! For a dark and gloomy atmosphere in your night, this soundtrack is all you need!
   And why not improve this gloomy and beautiful atmosphere with a beautiful art poster? Put it on your wall and stare at it day after day, night after night!
   
   Poster size: 42 x 60 cm / 16.5 x 23.6 inches

Art by Lorenzo Scipioni

 

    For the most courageous we propose this beautiful limited art poster of Our Dark Lord Cthulhu! And as a reward for your courage, we add, not only the Blu-Ray and the Original Soundtrack CD but also the t-shirt*!

   Poster size: 42 x 60 cm / 16.5 x 23.6 inches

*Write the size in the notes

    Art by Antonio De Luca

   Hurry up: this is a limited perk!

 

*Designs subject to change - Bas-relief design is purely for illustrative purposes.*

   Directly from the movie, here's the terrible bas-relief of Cthulhu that starts the whole story!
   And not only...
   In addition: the Blu-ray, the Original Soundtrack, the t-shirt* and the art poster!

   The bas-relief will be made in resin and hand-painted  to simulate the rock effect! In a gloomy, dark, obscure and dreary green, of course.

*Write the size in the notes

 

*Designs subject to change*

   Choose this perk if you want to receive an exclusive artwork book of the movie. As soon as this campaign ends, we will start working at the concept art of the movie, and as soon as we will finish it, we will put the best of it in a beautiful book! 

   It will be at least 200 pages long, 21 x 30 cm \ 8,2 x 11,8 inches, with hardcover.

   In this perks there are also the Movie Blu-Ray the t-shirt* and the Original Soundtrack CD!

   This is a limited perk!

*Write the size in the notes

 

   On your desk, on your bedside table, on your altar dedicated to the Great Old One ... Put this beautiful reproduction of the hand-painted resin of the great Cthulhu wherever you want! You will also receive a limited poster art, the blu-ray, the soundtrack and the t-shirt *! 

   The statue is 19 cm \ 7,4 inches tall and it will be hand-painted in dark grey with pale green details!

*Write the size in the notes

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3D Model by Samizé

 

 *Designs subject to change - Bas-relief design is purely for illustrative purposes.*

   This is only for the best cultist among you all... A really great, beautiful, unholy, dark, big boxset! In this box you will find: the Blu-Ray, the Original Soundtrack, five artwork postards, the limited art poster, the beautiful artwork book, TWO t-shirts*, the Resin Cthulhu bas-relief directly from the movie and a wonderful resin hand-painted statue of the Great Old One Cthulhu, full of details!
   Can you prove you are a real Cultist?

   This is a very limited perk!

*Write the size in the notes.

 

    The film is based not only on "The Call of Cthulhu", but also on "The Shadow Over Innsmouth". Which of the two stories do you prefer? With this reward you can choose one of the two hand-painted glasses!

    Along with the painted glass (50 cm / 19,6 inches in diameter), the Cthulhu Ultimate Boxset will come to your home with all the rewards* contained inside!
   Make your choice!**
* Write the size for the t-shirt in the notes.** Write your choice in the notes.

Handmade painted glass by WormholePaintings

 

    You do not know which one to choose between the two painted glass? Take both of them! With this reward you will not only receive both the windows but everthing included in the Ultimate Boxset*, with the wonderful resin hand-painted statue of the Great Old One Cthulhu, the bas-relief, the Limited Art Poster, the artbook, TWO t-shirts*, the Blu-Ray, the Soundtrack CD, and the postcards!

*Write the size for the t-shirt in the notes.

 

   You, like us, strongly believe in this project.
   You, like us, want to see the world created by Lovecraft come to life.
   You, like us, will become fully part of this project.
   By choosing this special reward you will receive all the rewards listed above*.
   Additionally, you will be credited as an Associate Producer, you will have access to the preview of the movie sequences and you will be able to choose a free reward from a second fundraising campaign.

   You will be our Outer God.

*Write the size for the t-shirt in the notes.

   We said that this is the first of a series of campaigns and its goal is only intended to pre-production, but ... What if we went over?
   Here is a list of stretch goals we hope to reach!

   These will allow us to make the movie in less time and earn extra rewards for you!

   Plus we can aim to the full movie completion with just this single campaing!

   This first goal is for all of you!
   We will add a limited artwork poster to each donation!*

  By reaching this figure, we can make sure that all the artwork and dubbing is made, and the creation of animated storyboards.

 

 

   Doubling!
   Let the modeling begin! By reaching this goal we can begin modeling 3D characters and environments - that is, we can start what is the real production of the film.

   In addition to the art poster we will add a copy of the OST for each of you!* 

 

 

   Another gift for you!
   We will add to each copy** an exclusive backstage video of the entire movie realization!

 

   This goal is about half the total production costs. Because the story takes place in two narrative threads, we will complete one of the two in its entirety! Between the story of Cthulhu and Innsmouth, we will prioritize that of the Great Old One - obviously!

   And, of course, we will add another t-shirt (of the selected size) on every* reward!

 

 

   The stars are in the right order and R'Lyeh will finally emerge in all its majesty!
   Thanks to all of you this film can be realized in a short time in its entirety.
   That is why we want to make you a surprise. In addition to every physical reward there will be a third art-poster... with a mysterious graphic! It will be designed by Antonio De Luca and, we can assure you,it will be really... MIND-BLOWING!

*Only for physical rewards (not postcard only).**Digital for those who chose the download, in physical copy for those who chose Blu-Ray.

   This movie started with just one person. Now we're growing, but we need to keep our community growing. So, how can you help us bring this movie to life? Not only donating for the campaign, but also sharing this page with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

   Follow us on our Facebook page where you can find information and all of the movie's updates.  

   We really appreciate your help!

   Cthulhu fhtagn!

 

Risks and challenges

Our main challenge is time.

To achieve this movie we need especially time. That's it.
As we've already said before, an animated feature film is not easy to make, but we can do it. The main risk is to not be able to finish the movie before the deadline we gave to ourself.

Now we need to complete all the pre-production process, such as artworks, storyboards and voiceovers. We hope to do that in 3-4 months.
Then we can move to the full animation process.

Sooner or later, we are going to finish this movie!

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    Iconography Of Destruction

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    And why not improve this gloomy and beautiful atmosphere with a beautiful art poster? Put it on your wall and stare at it day after day, night after night!

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    Uncommon Design

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    *Write the size in the notes

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    In this perks there are also the Movie Blu-Ray, the t-shirt* and the Original Soundtrack CD!
    This is a limited perk!
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    The Unholy Idol

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    You will also receive a limited poster art, Blu-Ray, the Soundtrack CD and the t-shirt *!
    *Write the size in the notes

    Includes:
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    • Movie Blu-Ray
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    Cthulhu - The Ultimate Boxset

    This is only for the best cultist among you all... A really great, beautiful, unholy, dark, big boxset!
    In this box you will find: the Blu-Ray, the Original Sound Track, five artwork postards, the limited art poster, the beautiful artwork book, TWO t-shirts*, the Resin Cthulhu bas-relief directly from the movie and a wonderful resin hand-painted statue of the Great Old One Cthulhu, full of details!
    (And the box is a really cool box, trust me.)
    This is a very limited perk. Can you prove you are a real Cultist?
    *write the size in the notes

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    • Resin Hand-Painted Cthulhu Statue
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    • Art Poster Limited Edition
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    Esoteric Cult Of Dagon

    The film is based not only on "The Call of Cthulhu", but also on "The Shadow Over Innsmouth". Which of the two stories do you prefer? With this reward you can choose one of the two hand-painted glasses! Along with the painted glass (50cm in diameter), the Cthulhu Ultimate Boxset will come to your home with all the rewards* contained inside! Make your choice!**
    *Write the size for the t-shirt in the notes.
    ** Write what you choose in the notes.

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    Leader Of The Cult

    You do not know which one to choose between the two painted glass? Take both of them! With this reward you will not only receive both the windows but everthing included in the Ultimate Boxset*, with the wonderful resin hand-painted statue of the Great Old One Cthulhu, the bas-relief, the Limited Art Poster, the artbook, TWO t-shirts*, the Blu-Ray, the Soundtrack CD, and the postcards!
    *Write the size for the t-shirt in the notes.

    Includes:
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    • Resin Hand-Painted Cthulhu Statue
    • Resin Cthulhu Bas-Relief
    • Artbook
    • Art Poster Limited Edition
    • Movie Blu-Ray
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    Outer God

    You, like us, strongly believe in this project.
    You, like us, want to see the world created by Lovecraft come to life.
    You, like us, will become fully part of this project.
    By choosing this special reward you will receive all the rewards listed above*.
    Additionally, you will be credited as an Associate Producer, you will have access to the preview of the movie sequences and you will be able to choose a free reward from a second fundraising campaign.
    You will be our Outer God.
    *Write the size for the t-shirt in the notes.

    Includes:
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    • Reward of Choice from Successive Campaigns
    • Hand-Painted Round Glass
    • Resin Hand-Painted Cthulhu Statue
    • Resin Cthulhu Bas-Relief
    • Movie Blu-Ray
    • Artbook
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