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Based on a MEATHAÜS graphic novella created by Marian Churchland and featuring all practical special effects.
Based on a MEATHAÜS graphic novella created by Marian Churchland and featuring all practical special effects.
117 backers pledged $7,100 to help bring this project to life.

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WE MET OUR INITIAL GOAL, HOORAY! THANK YOU!!!

NOW ANNOUNCING OUR STRETCH GOAL OF $7500! WATCH BELOW :)

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IndieWIRE chose "LIMBO" as their Project of the Day! http://www.indiewire.com/article/limbo-embarks-on-a-surreal-road-trip-through-the-desert-20150601

And director Will Blank was interviewed on the Us Vs. Film Podcast, starting at 31:30 of episode #135! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/us-vs.-film-podcast/id908501319?mt=2&i=343162322

“LIMBO” is a live-action adaptation of a Meathaüs S.O.S. graphic novella written by lauded comic book artist Marian Churchland. It tells the story of a man stranded in the desert who stumbles across a dying dog. He gives it water, and in return the dog offers him a single wish.

Set in a stark, twilit dreamscape, "LIMBO" is a modern fairytale about regret, loss and missed opportunities. It asks the question: what do we really want?

Comic reference vs. actual shooting location
Comic reference vs. actual shooting location
Another shot of the location in panorama-vision.
Another shot of the location in panorama-vision.

If you donate to this Kickstarter, you are supporting a rare case of art being done for art’s sake. There is no ulterior motive to the production of this film aside from producing a beautiful, affecting piece of cinema.

Beyond that, you are supporting the craft of practical special effects and increasing awareness of the alternative comics community, including Marian Churchland's amazing work.

I’m investing $10,000 from my own savings into the production of this film because I believe so strongly in telling this story. However, the reality is we still need to raise at least an additional $5,000 to do this film at the highest possible quality.

The budget.
The budget.

Towards the production of a fully-functioning animatronic dog. Rather than create a character from CGI or apply makeup to a real dog, we wanted to evoke the classic aesthetic of films like "The NeverEnding Story" or "The Dark Crystal" by using realistic puppetry. But practical special effects and puppetry are incredibly expensive, so every dollar raised from this Kickstarter will go towards the construction of this puppet.

Tim Martin, hard at work.
Tim Martin, hard at work.

Tim Martin, Creature Designer extraordinaire. Tim has 16 years' experience in the special effects industry and currently works at the Academy Award-winning studio Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. His credits include "Hellboy," multiple "X-Men" films and the 2011 prequel to "The Thing."

We are in good hands!

Initial mock-up designs by Tim
Initial mock-up designs by Tim

Will Blank, Director/Co-Writer: Is a director/editor currently editing for network television at NBCUniversal. His commercial work includes clients like Pepsico, Maxim, Logitech, and Ford.

Casey Fenton, Producer: Currently the Senior Line Producer at Awesomeness TV/Dreamworks Digital. Previous films have been screened at Tribeca, Raindance, and AFI Fest. Commercial clients include Fox Digital, Pepsico, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Dreamworks, and NBCUniversal.

Richard Kaponas, Consulting Producer/Co-Writer: Artist/Writer named one of the new artists to watch by Huffington Post art critic Peter Frank and whose work includes the award-winning short film “Male Receptionist."

Alejandro Wilkins, Director of Photography: A talented DP whose camera crew credits include Cannes Festival's "Shit Year" and Sundance's "Wild Tigers I Have Known" as well as numerous other TV and film credits.

Brian Bautista, Visual Effects: Brian's credits include VFX and post production work on "Nebraska," "The Descendants" and various shows on both HBO and Showtime.

Clayton Root, Visual Effects: Motion graphics/vfx specialist who has worked for numerous LA-based commercial production companies and was responsible for the VFX on the popular Batman fan film "Batman: Puppet Master".

Brandon Griffith, Sound Designer: A sound designer/mixer whose work includes the Academy Award-nominated short film "Kavi" and who previously worked with producer Casey Fenton on the Tribeca short "Unmanned".

Mike Honeck, Consulting Designer: A Walt Disney Imagineer focused on character development and experience design. His work includes animation for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and publication through SIGGRAPH and HRPR 2010.

Greg Nicolett, Composer: Composed for the Sundance short "Above and Beneath" and Cannes Film Festival short "Solidarity" as well as original scores for shows like "The Vampire Diaries," "Smallville" and the HBO short film "Muted."

Panavision is generously donating a 35mm film camera and lens package to our production.

We were also very fortunate to land an exciting actor from a popular HBO series, whose name we will be able to reveal at a later date.

You can view more of Marian Churchland's art and sketchwork at her site: http://hchom.com/  & http://hchomgoblin.tumblr.com/

And buy MEATHAÜS Comic Anthologies here: http://meathaus.com/

Original music in the Kickstarter pitch provided by: Greg Nicolett

Like us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/limbomeathausfilm

A note about the $10 and $25 tiers: the link provided to the short film will be private for-your-eyes-only link. Because many film festivals have strict rules about films being previously released, even on the internet, there can't be a publicly viewable link posted until after a potential festival run.

Risks and challenges

When shooting a film there are myriad challenges that can arise, from unpredictable weather to technical malfunctions. However, with experience comes the ability to both plan and improvise solutions to the problems we may face. This project has a tremendous amount of passion behind it and will get completed to the highest level of quality, whatever it takes.

THANK YOU for your support and for checking out our Kickstarter!

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