Binding Agreement: Tentacles for Life
Binding Agreement: Tentacles for Life
A four part web series inspired by Japanese tokusatsu productions. Building high quality creature and robot suits!
A four part web series inspired by Japanese tokusatsu productions. Building high quality creature and robot suits! Read more
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
I'm Kyle Tidd, actor/creator/writer and director of a brand new four part web series called Binding Agreement: Tentacles for Life. This show is a four part Australian tokusatsu web series inspired by Japanese productions such as Super Sentai, Kamen Rider, Ultraman and Australian productions such as Danger 5, The Wizards of Aus and Wastelander Panda.
An unknown seed from the far reaches of space has landed inside the Earth’s core giving birth to a creature known as the Great Tentacle Beast. From its giant tentacles spread all over the world, creatures known as Tentacle Beasts begin to appear. These bipedal creatures with an octopus/minotaur appearance now co-exist with humanity due to a binding agreement set in place after the events of the First Contact War. This war occurred after their first appearance on the planet's surface; many lives were lost from both sides due to this incredible misunderstanding between the two races. Thanks to the discovery of a technique called “Puppet Time”, Tentacle Beasts could talk through a human host via a tentacle slightly inserted into the back of a chosen human. They explained to the world how they did not wish to fight, only to co-exist in peace with humanity. During this speech, they also revealed a dark secret about their new living situation; to remove or destroy the Great Tentacle Beast would result in the destruction of the entire planet.
Tenotaur, one of these Tentacle Beasts along with its two human companions, Dani and Ethan, must fight against the forces that wish to drive the Tentacle Beasts away and restore the Earth to its former glory. The first confrontation occurs with the Anti-Tentacle Beast Movement, a grassroots protest group.
After the discovery of the giant form (Tentacle Beasts can grow into a giant version of themselves), an elite fighting squadron arrives on the scene known as A.T.T.A.C.K. (Australian Tentacle Takedown Armoured Commanding Killsquad). Their only means of fighting a giant Tentacle Beast is by piloting a giant robot with a gardener motif known as "The Bush Cutter". It is armed with a vast array of gardening tool weapons which are incredibly powerful.
This series has been self funded up until this point and now we need your help. During pre-production, I attended many meetings with costume designers and puppeteers to see if this could work. It turns out that making a high quality creature suit and a giant robot suit was more expensive than I thought (not to mention incredibly ambitious). The show features a Tentacle Beast called Tenotaur and a giant robot known as "The Bush Cutter". So how much do we need to raise to make these suits?
Woah... I hear you say. That is a lot, but why? Well allow me to break it down for you. It would cost $10,000 to make each suit at the highest quality possible. The costs that are being covered include:
Just about anything you would need to make two high quality suits. This is without animatronic components. So what happens if we reach our goal? Anything raised beyond our original goal will go towards raising the quality of the production.
Who will be making these suits?
After meeting with many costume designers and puppeteers, I have chosen Joe Blanck to create these suits. Joe Blanck is an experienced creature suit designer/puppeteer/artist based in Melbourne who has had years of experience working on high profile projects. He understood the ideas I was trying to get across and brought the concept art to life that you have seen throughout the video and on this page. You can check out more of his work here at this website:
Meet the Characters/Cast:
TENOTAUR (JAYDEN L. COURSE)
Tenotaur is one of thousands of Tentacle Beasts brought into the world by the Great Tentacle Beast. Tenotaur came from a giant tentacle located in Australia. A survivor of the First Contact War, Tenotaur became a lone wanderer, helping many people along the way. Tenotaur befriended two human companions: Dani and Ethan. Dani had found Tenotaur within a hedge maze and decided to take Tenotaur into her home to live together as friends. Unable to communicate verbally, Ethan decided to become the human host for Tenotaur, a life bond that cannot be undone.
DANI (JESSICA LEAMING)
Dani is one of two human companions to Tenotaur. When the binding agreement was signed allowing the two races to co-exist, this divided the world into people who were either Pro-Tentacle Beast or Anti-Tentacle Beast. As a loyal friend, she who will do anything to protect all Tentacle Beasts from the forces who wish to drive away or eliminate the species altogether. She befriended Tenotaur after coming across the Tentacle Beast within a hedge maze.
ETHAN (LUKE SALIBA)
Ethan is Dani's childhood friend who happens to share a special bond with Tenotaur. Tentacle Beasts cannot speak any human languages and require a "host" to communicate with other humans. This process is called "Puppet Time", which requires a human host to have a dent left in their back for a tentacle to be inserted as a pathway for verbal communication. This mark is permanent and cannot be undone. It symbolises the bond made between humans and Tentacle Beasts.
FELICIA (KATE BALL)
Felicia is the leader of a grassroots protest group known as the Anti-Tentacle Beast Movement. Their goal is to drive away all Tentacle Beasts from the planet. Her ferocity and influence is considered dangerous as she has taken on two particular women who have become her most loyal followers: Charlie and Krystal. Felicia will stop at nothing to get her way.
Charlie is the hot headed, second in command to Felicia, leader of the Anti-Tentacle Beast Movement. A furious, outspoken fighter, Charlie's intense loyalty to the cause (to remove all Tentacle Beasts from the Earth) will see her use any means necessary to achieve her goal. She occasionally becomes jealous due to an in-house rivalry with Krystal.
KRYSTAL (CLAIRE DUNCAN)
Krystal is one of Felicia's top dedicated followers. Her deep hatred for the Tentacle Beasts lead to her decision to join the Anti-Tentacle Beast Movement. During the First Contact War, a war that occurred when the Tentacle Beasts arrived on Earth for the first time, humans responded with violence without investigating their presence. While some Tentacle Beasts chose to defend themselves, a panicked stampede took the life of Krystal's parents which motivated her to seek revenge.
NOBORU (KENJI SHIMADA)
Noboru is a representative of a secret Japanese organisation whose sole purpose is to destroy all Tentacle Beasts. Despite the binding agreement that allows Tentacle Beasts and humans to co-exist, there is still much resistance to the idea from grassroots movements to criminal organisations. His extensive knowledge of the Tentacle Beasts as well as the technology his organisation possesses could change the course of history.
TEST SUBJECT (DAN HEUBEL)
The Test Subject becomes involved in a live demonstration sequence in Episode 2 during a lecture given by Noboru. The Test Subject endures the mind control technique used by Tentacle Beasts known as Puppet Time. The commonly used technique is called "Back Chat" which requires a human host. There are two more Puppet Time techniques that are a little more extreme.
Why a web series of this particular style?
Most of us would of grown up watching Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Elsewhere in the world, people would of grown up watching Super Sentai, Ultraman, Kamen Rider etc. Simply put, a giant monster fighting a giant robot, what more could you want? In Australia! Australia once had its own Japanese-Australian tokusatsu television show called Ultraman: Towards the Future. It was co-produced by Tsuburaya Productions and the South Australian Film Corporation. Not to mention the other cool things in this web series including fight scenes with women who know how to kick butt!
Our rewards range from downloadable copies of the finished series to memorabilia including photo packages, artwork/concept art signed by Joe Blanck and since you have chosen to contribute to a show that uses suits... you can even own one of the original suits!
When will this web series begin production?
After the suits have been built (this will take several weeks) and some final details from pre-production have been confirmed, we are ready to jump straight into production. We aim to start shooting around August/September this year. We will keep you updated on the progress.
What else can I do to help?
Getting the word out helps us out in a huge way. Sharing this with your family/friends/co-workers to get on board is very much appreciated. We can be found through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Risks and challenges
Filmmaking has its own risks and challenges that can happen throughout the different stages of production. We have overcome many obstacles during pre-production and the same commitment will be applied throughout all stages of production. Once funding has been received, we will be keeping you updated regularly to let you know when the suits are being built, finished and ready for production. We will keep you posted during each stage of the production. The same mindset applies to delivering all of your rewards. Before each episode is filmed, everything will be checked thoroughly to make sure we have everything we need to limit any obstacles that may come up.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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