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An independent documentary celebrating the 60-year history of the King of the Monsters, Godzilla.
An independent documentary celebrating the 60-year history of the King of the Monsters, Godzilla.
239 backers pledged $19,435 to help bring this project to life.

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HAIL TO THE KING, BABY

2014 marks the sixtieth anniversary of Godzilla, the world's most famous movie monster. Around the globe, people are celebrating this momentous occasion in many different ways, but no one honors Godzilla better than his homeland of Japan. The Big Godzilla Special Effects Exhibition will display original props, suits, production art and memorabilia in one centralized location - and it's only on display in Tokyo for two weeks. 

Exhibits like these are rarely seen by westerners and only a small fraction of the English speaking world has ventured to the land of the rising sun to view them. They return home with tales and photos of movie history and have had them published in fan magazines and on websites for decades. But with recent advances in technology, we can now share these stories and images in beautiful high definition.

Previous displays of Godzilla props in Japan
Previous displays of Godzilla props in Japan

If successfully funded, Kyle Yount, the host of the Kaijucast will travel to Japan to document the Big Godzilla Special Effects Exhibition and interview key members from Godzilla's sixty-year history. The images and footage collected will be edited into a feature length documentary that will be available on YouTube titled Hail to the King: 60 Years of Destruction. If we meet some stretch goals, this documentary could eventually be available through Video On Demand services.

THE TEAM

Kyle has assembled a fantastic team to manage the campaign and get the ball rolling here in Portland. The campaign will be managed by Mikhail Hamilton, an amazing event coordinator who will keep our deliverables on track and everything in check both during the campaign and after it is successfully funded. Assisting in communication with our contacts in Japan will be our interpreter, Naoko Horikawa. Without a native Japanese speaker here on our team, correspondence with our friends in Tokyo would be next to impossible in such a short timeframe. We also have an awesome group of artists and fans who are helping to create some of the incredible perks for the campaign. Seriously, check out those rewards to the right!

TOKYO BOUND
Once in Japan, Kyle will meet up with another talented group. In addition to being fans of the kaiju genre, Jim Ballard and JR Lipartito operate ACTV Japan and will be capturing the experience and interviews during the four-day visit. Their shooting style and eye for detail will provide the documentary with a cinematic level of professionalism. Their experiences in shooting SciFi Japan TV will be key. Definitely check out the video below to see the skills they will bring to our documentary.

BACK IN THE USA
After the journey, Kyle will return to Portland and connect with long-time friend and supporter of the podcast, Martin Vavra. Martin runs Galaxy Sailor Productions, a Portland-based video production company. Together, they will begin the arduous process of transforming this raw footage into the feature-length documentary. The target date of completion is November 3rd, Godzilla’s birthday and the sixtieth anniversary of Gojira's 1954 debut.

MONEY TRAIL
How does your donation help make this project a reality? The $8,000 goal covers Kyle's flight to Japan and room & board in Tokyo, compensation for our filmmakers (who are pretty much doing this for a song), creating the backer rewards and the fees involved with a fully funded Kickstarter campaign. Without reaching this modest goal, the project cannot become a reality.

STRETCH GOALS! [Updated 07.29.2014]
Thankfully the project is fully funded! Now, as mentioned previously we do have stretch goals! 

STRETCH GOAL #1 RAISE $9,500 - ACHIEVED!!!

Our first bonus level for this project was to hire the camera crew for one more day of filming. Obviously, this means we are bringing back approximately 50% MORE footage for the documentary. We have some really great shots we want to get and interviews that we want to film. Which brings us to....

 STRETCH GOAL #2 RAISE $13,000 - ACHIEVED!!!

With this goal, we get a fantastic opportunity to reach out to the familiar faces to Godzilla fans, actors. The details are a little blurry right now, but with this funding we have a chance to speak to key cast members more than we did before. 

STRETCH GOAL #3 RAISE $17,000 - ACHIEVED!!!

It's not only a lofty goal but it's also a big stretch, but I want to emphasize the importance of this goal. I am by no means a skilled photographer. Hitting this mark allows me to bring a photographer along, my friend and lifelong kaiju fan, David Eric Dopko. Recently David was taking photos at G-FEST XXI and I was very impressed with his skills. David will also be documenting the documentary by taking stills and assisting me with the additional video that must be shot outside of our time with the camera crew.

Risks and challenges

Time is of the essence! Without a doubt, our biggest challenge is the ticking clock of funding this project, traveling to Tokyo and documenting this exhibit in a very short timeframe. If we meet our goal, we will only have four days in Japan to capture this monumental opportunity.

Additionally, time also comes into play once the team assembles back in America. With less than three months to create the documentary, Martin and Kyle have their work cut out for them but they are excited to have the opportunity to work together.

Of course other challenges exist - the team will need to keep backers updated and coordinate with the creative collaborators to make sure the backers get their perks on time for donating. But while the entire team is fully committed to making this project a reality, only your donation can get this documentary off the ground. Please help us celebrate Godzilla's legacy by contributing to this independent documentary and thrilling kaiju fans around the world.

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    Chibi Kaiju Level: You get early access to the online photo gallery PLUS your name will be listed in the “Fleeing Crowd” section of the documentary’s credits and on the website’s Arigato page.

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    Shobijin Level: You will get access to a digital download of the documentary PLUS early access to the online photo gallery and your name will be listed in the “Fleeing Crowd” section of the documentary’s credits and on the website’s Arigato page.

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    Kaiju Junior Level: You receive a Chirashi (flyer) from the Godzilla Exhibition and a “passport” (login credentials) to daily vlogs during the trip*, PLUS a digital download of the documentary, early access to online photo gallery and your name will be listed in the “Fleeing Crowd” section of the documentary’s credits and on the website’s Arigato page. *BONUS: Each day of the trip, I will randomly select a Kaiju Junior and above backer and purchase a random tokusatsu capsule toy for that backer in each of the daily vlogs.

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    Brown Gargantuan Level: Your name will be listed in the “Maser Tank Division” section of the documentary’s credits and you will receive a limited edition print designed by IDW Comic Book artist Matt Frank PLUS a Chirashi (flyer) from the Godzilla Exhibition, a “passport” to daily vlogs during the trip, access to a digital download of the documentary, early access to online photo gallery and your name will be listed on the website’s Arigato page.

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    Green Gargantuan: *Limited to 80* At this limited level, you will receive a hardcover photobook featuring high quality color photos from the exhibition PLUS your name will be listed in the “Maser Tank Division” section of the documentary’s credits, you will receive a limited edition print designed by IDW Comic Book artist Matt Frank, a Chirashi (flyer) from the Godzilla Exhibition, a “passport” to daily vlogs during the trip, access to a digital download of the documentary, early access to online photo gallery and your name will be listed on the website’s Arigato page.

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    Cyborg Space Chicken Level: You receive a “Hail To The King” t-shirt designed by IDW comic book artist Jeff Zornow and button pack so you can show the world that you backed this documentary PLUS you will receive a limited edition print designed by IDW Comic Book artist Matt Frank, a Chirashi (flyer) from the Godzilla Exhibition, a “passport” to daily vlogs during the trip, access to a digital download of the documentary, early access to online photo gallery and your name will be listed in the “Maser Tank Division” section of the documentary’s credits and on the website’s Arigato page.

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    Mecha Monster Level: You will receive a character sketch of your choice by IDW comic book artist Matt Frank and your name will be listed in the “G-Force” section of the documentary’s credits PLUS a “Hail To The King” t-shirt designed by IDW comic book artist Jeff Zornow and button pack, you will receive a limited edition print designed by IDW Comic Book artist Matt Frank, a Chirashi (flyer) from the Godzilla Exhibition, a “passport” to daily vlogs during the trip, access to a digital download of the documentary, early access to online photo gallery and your name will be listed on the website’s Arigato page.

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    Three-headed Terror Level: Kyle will personally purchase three random kaiju toys from the world famous Mandarake in Tokyo for every backer at this level and above PLUS you will receive a character sketch of your choice by IDW comic book artist Matt Frank, a “Hail To The King” t-shirt designed by IDW comic book artist Jeff Zornow and button pack, a limited edition print designed by IDW Comic Book artist Matt Frank, a Chirashi (flyer) from the Godzilla Exhibition, a “passport” to daily vlogs during the trip, access to a digital download of the documentary, early access to online photo gallery and your name will be listed in the “G-Force” section of the documentary’s credits and on the website’s Arigato page.

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    Tanaka-san Level: Named after Godzilla’s iconic producer Tomiyuki Tanaka, this level names you as one of our producers in both the introduction and closing credits of the documentary and includes a set of five autographed photos of cast and crew members from a variety of kaiju films and televisions shows PLUS you will get the hand-picked Mandarake purchases, a character sketch of your choice by IDW comic book artist Matt Frank, a “Hail To The King” t-shirt designed by IDW comic book artist Jeff Zornow and button pack, you will receive a limited edition print designed by IDW Comic Book artist Matt Frank, a Chirashi (flyer) from the Godzilla Exhibition, a “passport” to daily vlogs during the trip, access to a digital download of the documentary, early access to online photo gallery and your name will be listed in the “G-Force” section of the documentary’s credits and on the website’s Arigato page.

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    Tsuburaya-san Level: *LIMITED TO ONE* Named after the godfather of Japanese special effects, Eiji Tsuburaya, this level is the most expensive tier for a reason. A poster will be taken to each interview, and a request made for as many signatures as possible from everyone involved with the documentary. There will only be one such signed poster. You will be future guest on the Kaijucast with an entire episode dedicated to you and your love of Godzilla films. You will also be crowned the Executive Producer of the documentary (in title only) PLUS everything listed in the Tanaka-san Level!

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