About this project
VIDEO UPDATE #2
Here's a link to our Steam Greenlight page, and Video Game trailer.
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.
SYNOPSIS : A MOTHER PROTECTS HER CHILDREN FROM A DEMONIC INTRUDER
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
SIGNED NAPOLEON DYNAMITE & BLADES OF GLORY DVDs by JON HEDER
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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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