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A HORROR FILM and VIDEO GAME by NICK PETERSON and JON HEDER starring AMY SMART & DOUG JONES with creature design by STEVE WANG.
A HORROR FILM and VIDEO GAME by NICK PETERSON and JON HEDER starring AMY SMART & DOUG JONES with creature design by STEVE WANG.
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VIDEO UPDATE #2

VIDEO UPDATE

Here's a link to our Steam Greenlight page, and Video Game trailer.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=143883857

STARRING - AMY SMARTDOUG JONES 

Starring Amy Smart as "The Mom"
Starring Amy Smart as "The Mom"
Starring Doug Jones as "The Demon"
Starring Doug Jones as "The Demon"

DEVELOPMENT ART WORK

Here is some early art work my buddy Paul Linsley drew up for us to get the ball rolling and ideas flowing regarding textures, muscles, mass and features of the demon. Steve Wang will take these drawings, and other references and make it into something cohesive and amazing. 

Development Artwork of "The Demon" to be played by Doug Jones
Development Artwork of "The Demon" to be played by Doug Jones
Concept Art
Concept Art

THE VISITANT 

GENRE: HORROR

SYNOPSIS : A MOTHER PROTECTS HER CHILDREN FROM A DEMONIC INTRUDER   

WHY KICKSTARTER?

Unlike a feature film which has a market to make money once it's been made, there is no short film sales market. And because there is no financial gain for an investor, it's hard to get the money needed to make unique projects like this.

Kickstarter lets us give you unique rewards you cannot get anywhere else and in exchange you give us the artistic freedom to create new and uniquely awesome content just for you. 

After our first successful Kickstarter collaboration on the short film DRAINED, we have re-teamed again to create both a film and a video game. Influenced by classic horror films like THE SHINING, but updated for today’s audiences who love films like INSIDIOUS and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY we want to give you an awesome experience.

Why a film and a game? We know your hard earned money is valuable, and you want a lot of stuff for it. So this time around we're going beyond the short and we're including a video game that expands the story told in the short film.

We agree that most video games based on films generally suck. They suck because there's no story, no cool characters and no ambiance to get pulled into . . . they're lame cause nobody cares while making them. Jon and I are avid gamers who love games like Bio-Shock (HOLY CRAP ISN'T 'INFINITE' AMAZING), Skyrim and Zelda... (games that tell a story) and we want to make something awesome. While the film tells the story of a mother who protects her children from a demon in her house the game tells the origin story of the demon and is a prequel to the short film.  As a gamer it will take you on a journey of moral choices and lead you to emotions that you may or may not want to visit.

What if we get more money than we're asking for?  Every indie film and video game is written with a minimum budget in mind to make something great, but we all have awesome ideas in our back pocket that we'd love to do if we get more money.  

If we go beyond our goal, we can expand both projects and give you things that weren't possible before. Basically, the more money we get, the more cool visual stuff we can put onto the screen. 

THE FILM

For the past 6 years each October Jon has hosted a weekly series of horror film screenings for a small group of friends... since then we've seen A LOT of horror films and we're really excited to make a film that movie lovers AND fans of the genre will love. We've put together an amazing roster of talent to make it happen.

STARRING - DOUG JONES  as THE DEMON. Doug is a true master of bringing character and personality to unique creatures. We’re really excited to work with Doug to make a new original creature.

Doug Jones as... All of these guys.
Doug Jones as... All of these guys.

STARRING - AMY SMART as THE MOM. We're very excited to announce that Amy has joined us in the making of this film! She'll keep the fear and the high emotion of a mom scared to death to face the unknown, but does it to save her daughter. 

CREATURE DESIGNER - STEVE WANG We wanted to make sure Doug looks 100% legit as our demon, so we called up Steve. As a veteran special makeup effects artist and creature designer from films like Hellboy I&II, X-Men: Last Stand, The Predator, and Underworld. Steve has worked with fellow veterans before him including Stan Winston, Rick Baker and Dick Smith. Steve will make sure that Doug looks creepy, scary, and above all realistic.

Steve Wang with The Predator
Steve Wang with The Predator

COMPOSER - CHRIS BACON has scored films like the Jake Gyllenhaal film SOURCE CODE and gave us the haunting score on DRAINED. Most recently he's been writing like crazy for the new Bates Motel series on A&E. 

Chris Bacon, composer for the new Bates Motel series on A&E.
Chris Bacon, composer for the new Bates Motel series on A&E.

THE VIDEO GAME - Every story has to start somewhere. 

The game tells the origin story of the demon as an RPG set in the world of the 1930's dust bowl. The story is about a father who makes a deal with a demon to accomplish a series of tasks to save his dying family. Here are some early beta released stills from the game so nothing is final. We're excited to take you from a poor dust bowl farm, into the bowels of the demon's lair and beyond.

Character Description
Character Description
Inside Spencer's humble home.  Circa 1930's dustbowl.
Inside Spencer's humble home. Circa 1930's dustbowl.


Instead of discovering the water he needs to save his family, Spencer finds a demon willing to offer him oceans of water in exchange for one night of service.

Spencer looking for water.
Spencer looking for water.
The demon's humble lair
The demon's humble lair

Will you choose to do the demon's work to save your dying family, or will you go back to your family empty handed and pray for rain?

REWARDS

We're trying to give you guys unique rewards that you can only get from us.  Check out on the right side of the page what we have to offer. Below is some additional info we can't squeeze into the column on the right.

CUSTOM PORTRAIT DRAWING BY NAPOLEON DYNAMITE

Did you know that Jon did all of the drawings in Napoleon Himself? It's been a long time since he drew Trisha and now he's ready to spend a couple of hours working on your upper lip.

Slaving away at the drawing board
Slaving away at the drawing board

SIGNED NAPOLEON DYNAMITE & BLADES OF GLORY DVDs by JON HEDER

Signed by ND himself
Signed by ND himself

FILM SCHOOL 

There's no better way to learn about filmmaking than by hearing about it firsthand. We'd love to share how this film is being made in a more intimate setting than just a one-sided blog where it's hard to get intimate knowledge of the process. You can gain access to special Google Video Hang Outs that we're going to do at the end of each major phase of the film being made: Pre-production, Shooting, and Post Production. You'll be able to ask questions and talk directly to Nick, Jon, Doug, and if he's not too busy pushing clay, Steve too. If you ever wanted to learn what a grip is or what a producer actually does or how certain special effects are made, join us and find out.  Check out the rewards on the right for a breakdown of what's available.

MONDO POSTER ARTIST -  FRANK STOCKTON POSTER

MONDO Poster by Frank Stockton
MONDO Poster by Frank Stockton

Frank Stockton is one of our favorite artists and he has agreed to do a special limited edition 24"x36" Poster Printed by D&L Screen printing of Doug Jones as the Demon. Check out Frank's other fantastic work at www.frankstockton.com

SIGNED DOUG JONES BLURAYs

Seriously upgrade your fantasy film library by getting all three of these Blu-Rays signed by Doug Jones.

Risks and challenges

Our last film DRAINED was completed and finished within 4 months of funding, and THE VISITANT will be no exception. We want this to be something people can send to their friends to kick off Halloween 2013 with a good scare.

The game is a new challenge that we're excited to take on. It took me about 2-3 weeks to build the first act of the game, and I'm confident that I'll be able to deliver the rest of it by October 1, 2013.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any specific questions regarding the making of the film or the game.

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    -- DESIGN DOUG AS THE DEMON --
    INSPIRE US!! We'll send you a secret link where you can upload your drawings of how you think Doug should look as the demon.

    These drawings will be reviewed by Director Nick Peterson, Jon Heder, Doug Jones, and Steve Wang. You don't have to be a professional artist, just draw something that's your own and with passion!!! We'll post all of them onto our The Visitant Tumblr page to share with your friends.

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    PRODUCTION DIARY

    Get access to the blog detailing every step we make during the production of the show. Both Nick and Jon will be updating this thing. • Special THANK YOU credit at the end of the game and the film.

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    GET THE GAME

    •A digital download of the Video Game • A high rez PDF poster download. • A 1080p download of DRAINED •The warm feeling of making the universe better by creating more monsters to scare small children. • And all the stuff above.

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    Get an advance email with a link to a DRM free 1080p copy of the movie, and the video game before anyone else!

    • Download of the Video Game • A Digital 1080p Download of THE VISITANT • And all the stuff above.

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    THE COLLECTOR

    •A backer only edition DVD double feature of DRAINED and THE VISITANT signed by JON HEDER, NICK PETERSON, DOUG JONES and STEVE WANG • And all the stuff above.

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    --GOOGLE HANG OUT -- PRE-PRODUCTION --
    At the end of Pre-Production, and right before we begin shooting, we'll talk to you guys about what what a producer actually does, how actors prep for roles both emotionally and physically, and what Steve Wang does to build and prepare to make creatures come to life. • And all the stuff included at the $50 line.

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    --GOOGLE HANG OUT -- SHOOTING --
    After we wrap shooting, we'll talk to the DP about what cameras we used and why we chose them, basic coverage techniques and ideas.

    We'll talk about Doug getting into the creature suit and how the actors felt working with the creature.

    And find out what a grip, gaffer and best boy actually do!
    And we'll answer any questions you have. • And all the stuff included at the $50 line.

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    --GOOGLE HANG OUT -- POST-PRODUCTION --
    At the end of everything, we'll talk about what it takes to get that sweet footage out of the camera and into the edit suite,

    Get a sneak peek of the VFX and how they were done. Learn what a color grade is and how to do a final output to HD.

    We'll also talk with Chris Bacon, the composer, and learn his process of working creatively and what it takes to score and record a film. • And all the stuff included at the $50 line.

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    --- POSTER BY MONDO ARTIST ---
    We're very excited that Mondo artist Frank Stockton has agreed to design an original "The Visitant" poster for us.

    It will be a 24"x36"poster printed by D&L Screenprinting. Hand numbered and signed by FRANK STOCKTON, JON HEDER, NICK PETERSON, DOUG JONES and STEVE WANG. Own something awesomely unique! • And all the stuff included at the $50 line.

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    -- GOOGLE HANG OUT -- 1 on 1 WITH DOUG JONES -- This will be a very personal meeting with Doug. Here's your chance to ask him anything about how he preps for roles, what it's like to be in those rubber suits all day, ---- And most importantly, how he brings character and life to those rubber suits • And all the stuff at the $50 line.

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    --- SIGNED PAN'S LABYRINTH --- BLU-RAY signed by Doug Jones. Upgrade your library with this beauty! • And all the stuff included at the $50 line.

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    - NAPOLEON DYNAMITE PERSONALIZED VOICE MAIL MESSAGE-
    • Jon will deliver to you a personalized voice message as Napoleon Dynamite. Flippin' Sweet!
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    SIGNED HELLBOY 1&2 BLU-RAYs by Doug Jones, and because Steve Wang did such an awesome job making Abe Sapien he'll sign it too! • And all the stuff included at the $50 line.

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    SIGNED NAPOLEON DYNAMITE DVD by Jon Heder. Jon rarely signs these things, so be the first on your block to get them. Lucky! • And all the stuff included at the $50 line.

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    ---- THE CREATURE ARTIST ---
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    -- GET LUNCH WITH US --
    Lunch for you and 2 people with Nick Peterson, Jon Heder, Doug Jones.
    Get a great lunch with us and lets geek out about making awesome movies, and video games.

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    -- ON SET MEET AND GREET -- You and two friends can come and visit the set while we're shooting and meet the cast and crew. • And all the stuff included at the $50 line.

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    YOUR PORTRAIT DRAWN BY NAPOLEON DYNAMITE
    Did you know that Jon Heder did all the drawings for Napoleon Dynamite? He's been honing his skills since Trisha, and now he wants to spend three hours on your upper lip.

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    -- CO-PRODUCER & IMDB LISTING --

    Get a Co-Producer Credit on the film and the game and IMDB LISTING
    • Signed ND and BG DVDs by Jon.
    • The personalized Napoleon Dynamite VM
    • Limited Frank Stockton Poster
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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    • Executive Producer Credit on both the film and the game & IMDB Credit
    • Two signed ND DVDs by Jon.
    • Two personal Napoleon Dynamite phone calls.
    • Two people's faces in the video game.
    • Five Special Edition DVDs to give as gifts.
    • Two Limited Edition and signed by all Frank Stockton Posters

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    A picture of you will be in the movie.
    Subject to director's approval.

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