UPDATE: GOAL STRETCH ADD-ON PACKAGE!
WE MADE IT!! Your support has been AMAZING - a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone! Meeting our goal has allowed us to create BRAND NEW STRETCH ADD-ON REWARDS, which include a first-edition NOSFERATU REMIX POSTER designed by Matt Eskew and a NOSFERATU LOGO HAT - with the option of having the poster signed by Doug Jones and David Lee Fisher!
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The Final Push: A Special Message Directly From Doug Jones!
By combining imagery from the original horror classic with cutting edge filmmaking technology, we will resurrect the screen’s first and most monstrous vampire back from the grave!
The original, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror, was the first vampire tale ever filmed, and is widely considered the cornerstone of horror cinema. Shot in 1921 and directed by F.W.Murnau, the film was an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Upon its release, Stoker's widow ordered all copies of the film burned. Fortunately a single print survived.
Actor Max Shrek's iconic performance as the terrifying Count Orlok along with universal themes of fear, sacrifice, and good's triumph over evil is still as haunting as it was over ninety-years ago. The film is highly revered not only by film buffs, but modern horror fans worldwide.
Our new vision of Orlok will be played by legendary makeup FX actor, Doug Jones; famous for his roles such as Abe Sapien in HellBoy, the Silver Surfer in Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the Fauno and Pale Man in Pan's Labyrinth, The Gentlemen in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and currently as the alien Cochise on Falling Skies.
Nosferatu is not only a frighteningly well crafted horror tale, but immensely important in the evolution of modern cinema.
OUR GOAL is to produce a feature-length, faithful homage to this classic masterpiece through use of an updated story structure, plot pacing, visual effects, and importantly sound and music. We believe this “fresh take on an old tale” will bring something new to devoted fans, and excite an entire new generation of audiences as well.
Our team has a lot of experience creating a movie like this, as we've already done it before on our previous film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. For that project we created a custom technique never before seen in the history of filmmaking.
By scanning a vintage print, we were able to shoot our actors on green-screen, then layer them into digital sets recreated from the original film's imagery.
The illusion was that modern day actors were seamlessly performing within the world of the 1920's film. Now with music, sound and dialog.
We coined this technique a "visual remix." Nosferatu's production will use this same revolutionary process, but to a much higher degree of quality due to great advances in software, cameras and computer power; allowing us higher cinematic quality and far more dynamic sets and locations.
Demo track of Eban Schletter's original Nosferatu score:
For a detailed look into how we made the The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and see some of the same techniques we'll be using to create Nosferatu, watch the making-of special feature from the DVD release of Caligari here:
Interview with Nosferatu sculpture artist Matt Levin
Funds raised on our Kickstarter campaign will go for pre-production, production, post-production and distribution for the film. A pre-production crew must break down the script, schedule the shoot, and secure agreements for the studio, crew, cast, and equipment. Production involves shooting on a sound stage with camera crew, cast, lights, power etc. Post-production will be the most intensive period, and will take roughly 9-10 months of digitally creating the film. Distribution funds will go for logistics and legal for securing a distribution deal.
Son of a NASA engineer, David first joined video game giant Sega working on titles such as Sonic and Doom. Later he founded his own video game studio where he won Best Story and Best Director at ACM Siggraph for MetalWerks - a sci-fi adventure that pioneered live action combined with CG environments and characters. After creating animated content for Apple, EA and Sony Playstation, he later moved into filmmaking winning a Sundance Selection at Triggerstreet.com, and Best Film & Director at the Los Angeles Instant Film Festival. For The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari he won Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography and Audience Choice awards at the Screamfest Film Festival, premiered at the prestigious Sitiges Film Festival in Catalonia Spain, and won the Saturn Award from the the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films for Best DVD of the Year. Caligari was featured in the New York Times, Wired Magazine, Reelzchannel, and American Cinematographer. David has also worked extensively with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee and Pow! Entertainment to develop animated television properties for studios such as Disney and Cartoon Network.
Doug Jones has acted in countless feature films and is legendary for his portrayals of creatures, aliens and monsters. His most famous roles include The Gentlemen in the Emmy Award winning Hush episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as The Fauno and Pale Man in the Oscar winning Pan’s Labyrinth, Abe Sapien in the Hellboy films, and the Silver Surfer in The Rise of the Silver Surfer. Doug also played the part of Cesare in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and is currently filming on the hit TV series Falling Skies.
Entering the industry in 1987, Elizalde quickly established his career as a makeup designer, sculptor and one of the top animatronic engineers in his field. He has since worked on over 65 feature films, including Hellboy, Men in Black 1 and 2, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Fantastic Four and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. He is also the founder of Spectral Motion which is recognized as one of the leading makeup and creature effects studios in the industry. Mike received his first Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nomination in the makeup category for his work on Hellboy II: The Golden Army, for which he also received his second Saturn Award nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. He received a Saturn Award for "Best Makeup" in 2004 for his work in the original Hellboy film.
Paula produced the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. She began her styling career designing the 10th Anniversary of MTV for Michael Jackson, and soon after as Costume Designer for television shows such as The Academy Awards, The Primetime Emmy Awards, Mr. Show with Bob Odenkirk & David Cross, The Sarah Silverman Program, Fashion Rocks, Movies Rock, The American Music Awards, Billboard Awards and many more. Paula has also moved into designing for motion pictures including Rock of Ages with Tom Cruise, and Quentin Tarantino's D’Jango Unchained. She has worked with many stars from Stage and Screen Including; Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mary J. Blige, Catherine Zeta Jones, Hugh Jackman, Rhianna, Jenny McCarthy, Dennis Hopper, Ben Stiller, Mike Meyers, Samuel L. Jackson, Jack Black, Julianne Hough and Cheryl Burke
Chris Duddy was the cinematographer for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Chris has worked in the movie business for over 25 years. His experience includes working at Industrial Light & Magic filming visual effects sequences for The Abyss, Total Recall and Terminator 2 which won the Oscar for visual effects. He then continued his work with James Cameron on True Lies, T-2 3D, and Titanic where he filmed the famous ship sinking sequence - which also won an Oscar. Chris was the cinematographer for Kevin Costner’s feature Thirteen Days, and is currently shooting the hit CBS show, Scorpion.
Eban is a prolific composer and songwriter who has written music for countless television shows including Spongebob Squarepants, Mr. Show with Bob and David and the Academy Awards. His feature film scores include The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and New Line Cinema’s Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. He has also maintained a steady output of solo albums which explore a broad range of musical genres.
Nosferatu's Production Designer, Matt Eskew is a 19 year veteran working in Motion Picture, Television and Video Game industries. Matt started his career working for David Fisher at Frontline Industries. Since then, Matt has gone on to work for several high-end production studios such as Sony PlayStation and DreamWorks Animation where he worked on such films as Madagascar, Madagascar 2: ESCAPE TO AFRICA, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON and MEGAMIND.
Risks and challenges
Revisiting the shadowy world of Nosferatu will be a fantastical journey. But skulking into the darkness does have its perils.
Creating any film is a challenging endeavor, and is a classic example of being far harder than it looks. Actor's schedules change, shooting times move, and of course making sure every dollar shows on screen is a full time job - especially when fusing filmmaking past & filmmaking future.
We'll be using the latest in VFX technology to meld these worlds, and for that reason almost half our budget will go to our post-production team, as well as our pre-viz team who will both restore and enhance the film's original imagery.
Fortunately, we've learned a lot on how to do a production like this, and it's pitfalls are familiar to our entire crew; some of which have worked on many of the biggest films of all time! We pledge to bring all of our vision and experience to once again breath life into Nosferatu, and ultimately our greatest reward is working for, and bringing enjoyment to you - the fans of this great film.
THE FINE PRINT
• For those of you visiting our set, we anticipate shooting in March in Los Angeles; however, this has the potential to change. We will keep you updated so you can plan ahead to visit us.
• If you become an extra or receive a cast credit you must be a US citizen or have a US work visa and not be a member of SAG/AFTRA.
• You must be over 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who will count as your plus one) to attend the premiere or visit the set. Extras must also be over 18.
• Some rewards may require additional paperwork. If you are appearing in the film, you will have to sign a release.
• Some rewards may look slightly different then they appear in photos. We will do our best effort to make sure that they resemble as closely as possible to their photo representations.
• This fundraising campaign is all subject to applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations, movie guild rules and applicable law. if any of this conflicts, we will work with you in good faith to give you a substitute reward.
• Due to changes in schedule, availability of actors, the amount of money we raise and other unforeseeable factors our shooting dates, location, timing and many other factors could change! We will make our best effort to provide accurate information.
• It's impossible to guarantee everything will come together exactly as planned, we hope to do justice to this masterpiece of horror and deliver to our fans a truly great film.
• We want to thank you in advance for helping us along this adventure!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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