What is KAIJU GAIDEN?
"Kaiju" is the Japanese word for "monster", meaning "strange beast". "Gaiden" is a Japanese word which means "outside story". It normally refers to a supplemental story or spin-off. KAIJU GAIDEN is the continuing story of the giant monster genre.
KAIJU GAIDEN is also the title of a documentary film by director/producer David Hall spotlighting various Japanese filmmakers who have continued the tradition of tokusatsu (special effects) movies. It is part of the Independent Kaiju Project, an endeavor by producer Mark Jaramillo to track down, catalog, and promote independently made kaiju films that have languished in obscurity.
KAIJU GAIDEN is the first documentary which assemble various filmmakers who have produced their own movies featuring gigantic monsters stomping cities and engaging in savage battle with one another. Although made at different time periods, the directors still utilize traditional special effects techniques unique to the genre, sometimes supplemented with modern technology. The directors will tell their respective stories of their love for the genre, their inspirations, and the issues involved in making a special effects film.
These are the untold stories of giant monsters and the men who make them. This is KAIJU GAIDEN.
The documentary includes interviews with the featured directors and footage of their respective films:
-Pictured above: Actors Shima Shitosi and Ishihara Ema, Main actors from Legendary Beast Wolfman vs Godzilla.
-Fuyuki Shinada, Special Effects Artist, Worked on Monster X, and Legendary Beast Wolfman vs Godzilla.
Filming takes place this October, and your contributions will help us to complete the story upon our return.
When donors receive updates, it will be of behind the scenes in Japan, as the funding is still ongoing! The more funding we receive, the more we can expand upon the original idea and make this project even more awesome!
$35K Monthly 20 min ONLINE SHOWS (Free)- The many segments and films that were not able to be included within the film can be added as bi-weekly webisodes. We have that much content, and that many films to talk about! This would be planned for 2 years, Starting in January 2015. Episodes would feature interviews and clips, and hosted by Mark Jaramillo and/or David Hall. It Would be available on Youtube and for Digital Download.
$42K MULTI LANGUAGE SUPPORT- Français, Deutsch, Español, and additional requested languages. If you have a language format you need to request (if this goal is met), please message us on our facebook page. The more requests I receive the more I know the demand.
$55K A follow-up documentary - Myself and Mark planned for many additional documentaries related to independently made and rare Kaiju/tokusatsu even collectively planning some out. This will immediately go into pre-production, except this time it will focus on monsters from a different region!
$70K+ A Bonus Disk - A bonus disk with even more interviews and content will be added. It will also be made available as digital download.
Tetsu Shiota - who's advice and help made planning possible.
Atsuko Tsunakawa - who helped us plan and reserve spaces in japan.
Yoichi Kakuma - who helped translate many emails.
Abel Alfonso - who helped communicate with Japanese interviewees.
Lance of CreepyCult - who is creating magnets for the project.
Edward Roberts - who provided lighting for this project.
Tim Bean - For helping us Promote everyday.
John DeSentis - For composing music for the film.
Thank you all very much, you all hold a very special place in my heart for making this film happen.
Thank you for all your support! Please follow us at the listed sites for more information!
Risks and challenges
Blu-ray Releases - Due to the large amount of interviews planned and footage we plan to capture, sorting out the extras is going to take slightly more time. There is also a whole section of films we will not get to talk about that I want to put as a special feature on the Blu-ray. I want to make sure people enjoy the special features just as much as the actual documentary!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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