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THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN

From Kevin McTurk, the director of the award-winning Kickstarter funded short film The Mill at Calder's End, comes a gothic horror adventure told with groundbreaking puppetry and innovative practical effects.

The Haunted Swordsman is a live action samurai tale set in a world of demons and ghosts that will utilize 36 inch tall bunraku puppets, traditional in-camera effects and good old-fashioned smoke and mirrors trickery. 

Director Kevin McTurk and Lead Puppeteer Eli Presser lining up the first camera test of the Samurai.
Director Kevin McTurk and Lead Puppeteer Eli Presser lining up the first camera test of the Samurai.

 This short film is only a single chapter in an epic tale of a lone samurai and his odd guide, the cursed severed head of another samurai, as they traverse a world of mythical creatures and nightmares of folklore...

The Haunted Swordsman. Sculpture by Arjen Tuiten
The Haunted Swordsman. Sculpture by Arjen Tuiten

 

The Navigator. Sculpture by Arjen Tuiten.
The Navigator. Sculpture by Arjen Tuiten.

 

The daughter of the Shogun, raised as a warrior, heir to the realm after her father's brutal murder. Forced into hiding, the Princess will reemerge leading a formidable band of loyal warriors in an effort to help the Samurai defeat the Demon Overlord.
The daughter of the Shogun, raised as a warrior, heir to the realm after her father's brutal murder. Forced into hiding, the Princess will reemerge leading a formidable band of loyal warriors in an effort to help the Samurai defeat the Demon Overlord.

 

  'Lost in a bamboo forest, his Shogun murdered by an evil supernatural force, a lone samurai collapses to his knees with an anguished cry. Disgraced and humiliated at having failed to save his Master, the Samurai prepares to commit seppuku. But a voice stops him. A voice emanating from a cursed severed head who offers to guide the Samurai on a quest for vengeance. Thus begins the tale of...'The Haunted Swordsman'.

The first chapter of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN , THE SWORD OF WHISPERING DEATH, will be a stand alone tale. However, with each Kickstarter stretch goal that is reached , a new continuing chapter in the epic tale will be unlocked and will be able to be filmed.  

 For each new short film chapter, director Kevin McTurk will bring together his team of professional puppeteers, camera and lighting technicians, top creature effects artists, amazing voice talent and phenomenal sound designers and musicians, to create a visually captivating tale of revenge, honor, love, and betrayal.

As each short film chapter is unlocked,  a new reward bonus item (yet to be announced) will be sent to EVERYONE that contributes at the DVD/Blu-ray level (or higher)!  Each of these items will be announced as a milestone is approached.

In addition, new exclusive gifts (designed by a group of phenomenal film concept artists) will be announced at each milestone. Each new gift will be offered as a separate reward package or can be an ADD ON to your original order. 

 

 

 

A RETURN TO KICKSTARTER

 

I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to Kickstarter. In 2013, I set out to make The Mill at Calder's End and created a Kickstarter campaign to raise $32,000. The campaign was a fantastic success and I raised over $65,000.

The Mil at Calder's End was an official selection at over 60 film festivals worldwide and won 14 awards, including the 2015 Grand Jury Prize for Best Animated Short at the Seattle International Film Festival. In addition, I was honored to have Guillermo del Toro purchase the Grimshaw puppet for his personal Bleak House collection. 

The puppet was also personally selected by Guillermo for the traveling museum exhibition At Home With Monsters, which premiered here in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and continued on to Minneapolis Institute of Art and then on to the Toronto Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

REVIEWS OF MY EARLIER GHOST STORY PUPPET FILMS

"THE MILL AT CALDER'S END IS TOLD WITH A PASSIONATE SENSE OF STORYTELLING IN A MEDIUM THAT BOTH ENSHRINES AND REINVENTS THE OLD CLASSICS." -Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, The Shape of Water, Hellboy)

"BREATHTAKING...AN INNOVATIVE AND ENGAGING USE OF PUPPETRY..." -Sir Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings)

"CREEPY...FILLED WITH SOME REALLY COOL HORROR IMAGES... I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THIS..." -Rick Baker, Special Make-Up Effects Artist, Winner of Seven Academy Awards

"HAUNTING AND ATMOSPHERIC...IT IS VERY RARE THESE DAYS THAT YOU SEE AN ORIGINAL STORYTELLING FORMAT, ESPECIALLY ONE THAT SUITS THE SUBJECT MATTER SO WELL..." -Mike Mignola, Creator of Hellboy, Contributing Artist for "The Mill at Calder's End"

BACKGROUND

The Haunted Swordsman is a passion project that is heavily influenced by the films of Akira Kurosawa, the Lone Wolf and Cub manga and film series, the classic Japanese ghost story films Kwaidan, Ugetsu, and Kuroneko, among others, as well as visceral, immersive films like The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road

I have always had a great love of puppetry and traditional in-camera special effects. The work of Jim Henson (The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and his Storyteller television series) is a great inspiration to me and I am hoping to bring his sense of wonderment and artistry to The Haunted Swordsman.

In 2012, I was honored to work with Heather Henson (Jim's youngest daughter) on my first film. Heather produced The Narrative of Victor Karloch as one of the short films for her Handmade Puppet Dreams Film Series and was a guiding force in helping me create the haunted world of Victor Karloch.

THE FILMMAKING APPROACH

The Haunted Swordsman will be told with the traditional Japanese theater puppetry technique known as bunraku. Each puppet figure is controlled by three (or more) puppeteers dressed in black and hidden behind each character. It is my goal to make a film that celebrates practical effects and therefore there will be very little computer generated imagery in the final film. In my first film, The Narrative of Victor Karloch, I utilized several silent film era camera techniques, such as a shot of a miniature ship on a stormswept ocean (which, in fact, was made up of painted flowing garbage bags). For The Mill at Calder's End, the Apparition (see below) was puppeteered in a water tank.  I plan to continue to use many more of these 'old school' techniques to give a hand crafted look to The Haunted Swordsman.

From my experience working as a special effects artist in Hollywood for over twenty years, I have been fortunate to work with the most talented creature effects artists,concept artists, and puppeteers in the industry.

This film celebrates two of my great loves: the art of puppetry and suspenseful storytelling. I promise that The Haunted Swordsman will be unlike any puppet film you have ever seen before.

The Apparition puppet (voiced by Barbara Steele)  filmed in a water tank for THE MILL AT CALDER'S END.
The Apparition puppet (voiced by Barbara Steele) filmed in a water tank for THE MILL AT CALDER'S END.

 

Preparing a pre-dawn location model shot of the windmill for THE MILL AT CALDER'S END.
Preparing a pre-dawn location model shot of the windmill for THE MILL AT CALDER'S END.

 

 

Production Stills from THE MILL AT CALDER'S END. A combination of practical sets, greenscreen composite shots, miniatures (including a Model T on a converted exercise treadmill), and the full size "Bramblegore" creature.
Production Stills from THE MILL AT CALDER'S END. A combination of practical sets, greenscreen composite shots, miniatures (including a Model T on a converted exercise treadmill), and the full size "Bramblegore" creature.

 

For THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN. Lead sculptor Arjen Tuiten (Wonder, Pan's Labyrinth) details the severed head of the Navigator character. This will be the full size insert version for the animatronic head.
For THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN. Lead sculptor Arjen Tuiten (Wonder, Pan's Labyrinth) details the severed head of the Navigator character. This will be the full size insert version for the animatronic head.

 

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

Kevin McTurk | Director

A professional creature effects artist, cinematographer, model maker, and puppeteer, Kevin McTurk has been working in the effects industry for over 20 years. In 1992 he began his career in special make-up effects at Stan Winston Studios, working on Batman Returns, Interview with a Vampire, and the Jurassic Park films. He has worked for many effects companies over the years, including the Jim Henson Creature Shop, Amalgamated Dynamics, Spectral Motion, New Deal Studio, and Weta Workshop in New Zealand. His most recent credits include The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance and Stranger Things. In 2011, Kevin completed his first puppet short film, a Jim Henson Foundation grant project, The Narrative of Victor Karloch. The film was a great success, playing in over twenty international festivals, and winning the 2012 BEST ANIMATED FILM at the DragonCon Film Festival. His follow-up film, The Mill at Calder's End was the result of a highly successful Kickstarter campaign and played in festivals around the world. This film won many awards including the Grand Jury Award for BEST ANIMATED SHORT at the Seattle International Film Festival.

Tab Murphy | Screenwriter

 Tab attended USC Film School and has been a working screenwriter since 1983. His major breakthrough came with a writing credit on Gorillas in the Mist, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Tab wrote a number of Disney feature animation movies including Hunchback of Notre Dame,  Tarzan,  Atlantis: the Lost Empire, and Brother Bear, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. In addition to his Disney credits, Tab has written several Warner Bros DC animated movies, including  Batman/Superman: Apocalypse and Batman: Year One, based on the Frank Miller graphic novel.

Guy Davis | Production Designer

Guy is a Conceptual Designer and Storyboard Artist for film, television, and video games. His work can be seen in the Guillermo del Toro projects Crimson Peak, Pacific Rim, The Strain, Pinocchio, and the upcoming film, The Shape of Water. Guy has also contributed concept art for The Mill at Calder's EndParanorman, Steven Universe, Gears of War 4, Evolve, The Simpsons: Tree House of Horror XXIV, and the Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival. He is also an Eisner winning comic book artist and the creator and illustrator of The Marquis (published by Dark Horse Comics).

Arjen Tuiten | Lead Puppet Sculptor

Accomplished Dutch sculptor and make-up artist, Arjen Tuiten has worked for Stan Winston Studio / Legacy Effects, DDT, and Rick Baker's Cinovation Studio. One of his greatest make-up contributions is the Pale Man character for Guillermo del Toro's masterpiece Pan's Labyrinth. He has now founded his own studio R-E-N and is responsible for the make-up effects for the films Rings and Wonder.

Paul Komoda | Puppet Sculptor

Paul Komoda is an artist whose dark dreams are manifest through sculpture and illustration. He's worked in the fields of film and collectibles, and for a time, had worked directly with the legendary surrealist, H.R. Giger. He is expanding into realms of graphic storytelling and fine art.

Mitch Devane | Puppet Sculptor

Mitch Devane is one of Hollywood's top sculptors who has contributed his artistry to many films including Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Ring, and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, among others.

Eli Presser | Puppeteer

Extraordinary marionette puppeteer and creature suit performer, Eli Presser is a CalArts graduate in Puppetry Arts. Eli lead the team of puppeteers on The Mill at Calder's End. Eli currently serves as the Technical Coordinator for the Performing Arts Program at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History.

Peter Abrahamson | Mechanical Designer

A skilled animatronic designer, Peter Abrahamson has been working in the film industry for over 20 years as a puppeteer, robot builder, and animatronics creator for such projects as Hellboy, Men In Black 2, BattleBots, and the Jim Henson TV show Dinosaurs.

Luke Khanlian | Mechanical Designer

Luke Khanlian is a Design Engineer who spent most of the 90's working as a mechanical designer and puppeteer on film and television projects including: Starship Troopers, Bicentennial Man and The Green Mile.

Tim Gore | Puppet and Prop Painter

Master painter Tim Gore has over twenty five years of experience in the make-up effects industry and has worked on many iconic films over the years including The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2, Hellboy, Lady in the Water, and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army .

Miyo Nakamura | Sculptor and Painter

Accomplished sculptor and painter Miyo Nakamura has worked on the films X-Men: First Class and The Thing (among others) for Amalgamated Dynamics as well as many giant sculptural pieces for Blizzard at Alliance Studio.

Spectral Motion | Associate Producer, Creature Design Consultants

Mike Elizalde’s Spectral Motion is one of Hollywood’s premiere creature-effects shops, making monsters for films such as Stranger ThingsHellboy, Hellboy 2:The Golden Army, and Pacific Rim.

Will Thomas | Composer

Will Thomas, a composer & producer based in Los Angeles, has released four albums under his minimal electronic moniker Plumbline as well as four albums under his song based project Dive Index. These have included collaborations with ambient innovator Roger Eno, as well as Joseph Arthur, Merz, Mark Gardener (Ride) and Ian Masters (Pale Saints) among others. Will has also composed music for commercials, film and TV projects including CSI, Johnson & Johnson, Smirnoff, Herman Miller, Cody, Nocturne podcast and BMW. He most recently produced the latest Helen Money album ‘Become Zero’, out on the Thrill Jockey label.

 

  

 

 

The Original SPIRIT CABINET FILMS T-Shirt (Designed by Mike Mignola), modeled by Mr. Chris Parnell (SNL, Archer, Rick and Morty).
The Original SPIRIT CABINET FILMS T-Shirt (Designed by Mike Mignola), modeled by Mr. Chris Parnell (SNL, Archer, Rick and Morty).

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

                                                       

The Swordsman (Sculpted by Arjen Tuiten) and The Princess (Sculpted by Mitch Devane). These castings (which measure 6" - 7" from chin to top of head) will be cast in black onyx resin or available in an aged bronze or verdigris patina.
The Swordsman (Sculpted by Arjen Tuiten) and The Princess (Sculpted by Mitch Devane). These castings (which measure 6" - 7" from chin to top of head) will be cast in black onyx resin or available in an aged bronze or verdigris patina.

 

 

THE MILL AT CALDER'S END - AWARDS AND FESTIVALS  

 

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges

THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN will definitely be a challenging filmmaking experience. Every frame of this film is essentially an effects shot. The "actors" of this film are the sculpted puppet characters that are controlled by three puppeteers dressed in black (or green screen) behind each puppet. Therefore, one of the single greatest challenges is how to film the puppets and hide the puppeteers from camera. There will definitely be a number of shots that will require "rotoscoping" ( digitally erasing puppeteers from the shot, frame by frame). In addition, every element of the puppet world - wardrobe, props, and sets - must be custom built for the film.

In terms of production scheduling, "THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN : SHORT FILM ONE" should be completed within a 6-8 month time frame.The shooting schedule could possibly be delayed if puppeteers and/or technical crew members are unavailable on shoot days due to better paying jobs or out of town work and would therefore force us to reschedule. But the ultimate goal is to start shooting this fall and reach post production in the spring/early summer..

How will the Kickstarter money be spent?

Here is a short breakdown of the budget:
30% Puppet Construction,Costuming,Sets,and Props
30% Cast, Camera/Lighting/Stage Rental/ Crew
20% Post Production (Sound Mixing/Digital Compositing/Color Correction)
20% Kickstarter Rewards and Shipping

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    THE PREMIERE EXPERIENCE

    A VIP Invite to the Cast and Crew Screening of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN.(Travel and Accommodations NOT included). The Party and Screening for my last film was held on The Jim Henson Lot and I hope to return for this one! PLUS: The digital download of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN Chapter One (and additional chapters funded only in this kickstarter campaign).

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    THE RONIN COLLECTION -A COMPLETE PACKAGE

    A treasure trove of all of the items - The Blu-Ray or DVD of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN (successfully funded episode(s) from this campaign), All 3 T-Shirt Designs, the Decal/Postcard Pack, the Guy Davis Portfolio,and the Christopher Shy mini-poster print.
    ALSO: A VIP Invite to the Cast and Crew Screening of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN.(Travel and Accommodations NOT included). The Party and Screening for my last film was held on The Jim Henson Lot and I hope to return for this one! PLUS: The digital download of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN Chapter One (and additional chapters funded only in this kickstarter campaign).

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    STUDIO TOUR + PREMIERE EXPERIENCE

    A tour from Kevin McTurk of the effects studios Spectral Motion in Los Angeles (Travel and Accommodations NOT included, Saturday or Sunday most preferred).
    VIP Invite to the Cast and Crew Screening of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN.(Travel and Accommodations NOT included). The Party and Screening for my last film was held on The Jim Henson Lot and I hope to return for this one! PLUS: The digital download of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN Chapter One (and additional chapters funded only in this kickstarter campaign).

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    THE SHIPWRECK GHOST

    From the explorations of Victor Karloch.Sculpted by Arjen Tuiten, this bust will be cast in black onyx resin. Also available in aged bronze or verdigris patina.
    ALSO: A VIP Invite to the Cast and Crew Screening of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN.(Travel and Accommodations NOT included). The Party and Screening for my last film was held on The Jim Henson Lot and I hope to return for this one! PLUS: The digital download of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN Chapter One (and additional chapters funded only in this kickstarter campaign).

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    THE HELM OF THE DEAD

    Sculpted by Steve Koch (Maleficent, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army), this sculpture is puppet scale (approximately 10-11 inches from chin to top of helmet spike) and will be cast in grey, black onyx, or aged bronze.
    ALSO: A VIP Invite to the Cast and Crew Screening of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN.(Travel and Accommodations NOT included). The Party and Screening for my last film was held on The Jim Henson Lot and I hope to return for this one! PLUS: The digital download of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN Chapter One (and additional chapters funded only in this kickstarter campaign).

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    THE NAVIGATOR - PUPPET SCALE CASTING

    The cursed severed head of The Navigator- sculpted by Arjen Tuiten and cast in grey or black onyx resin (or a blackened bronze patina upon request) .
    ALSO: A VIP Invite to the Cast and Crew Screening of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN.(Travel and Accommodations NOT included). The Party and Screening for my last film was held on The Jim Henson Lot and I hope to return for this one! PLUS: The digital download of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN Chapter One (and additional chapters funded only in this kickstarter campaign).

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    THE ONIBABA WITCH HEAD

    The Onibaba Witch designed by Guy Davis and sculpted by Paul Komoda cast in grey resin or black onyx resin (or a blackened bronze patina upon request) .
    PLUS: A VIP Invite to the Cast and Crew Screening of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN.(Travel and Accommodations NOT included). The Party and Screening for my last film was held on The Jim Henson Lot and I hope to return for this one! PLUS: The digital download of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN Chapter One (and additional chapters funded only in this kickstarter campaign).

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    BUST OF THE SWORDSMAN OR THE PRINCESS

    A Puppet Scale Casting (Chin to top of head is approximately 6 to 7 inches) of your choice of bust of either:
    THE SWORDSMAN (Sculpted By Arjen Tuiten)
    or
    THE PRINCESS (Sculpted By Mitch Devane)
    Castings will be in grey resin, black onyx, or aged bronze (also available in verdigris finish).

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    BUST OF KUROBOZU (THE BLACK MONK)

    Kurobozu (The Black Monk). The leader of the Spirit Council. This intricate sculpture by Arjen Tuiten is available as a resin casting in grey, black onyx, or aged bronze patina.
    PLUS:A VIP Invite to the Cast and Crew Screening of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN.(Travel and Accommodations NOT included). The Party and Screening for my last film was held on The Jim Henson Lot and I hope to return for this one! PLUS: The digital download of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN Chapter One (and additional chapters funded only in this kickstarter campaign).

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    THE NAVIGATOR - LIFE SIZE CASTING

    A life size (1:1 scale) casting of the Navigator's cursed severed head. The beautiful detailed sculpture by Arjen Tuiten (Pan's Labyrinth) will be cast in grey or black onyx resin. A bronze patina finish is optional.
    PLUS:A VIP Invite to the Cast and Crew Screening of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN.(Travel and Accommodations NOT included). The Party and Screening for my last film was held on The Jim Henson Lot and I hope to return for this one! PLUS: The digital download of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN Chapter One (and additional chapters funded only in this kickstarter campaign).

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    THE BLACK MONK COLLECTION

    This collection features a casting of the intricate BLACK MONK sculpture bust (Cast in grey, black onyx, or aged patina), All 3 T-Shirt Designs, The Guy Davis Portfolio, A Personal Tour of Spectral Motion, and the Blu-Ray/DVD of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN.PLUS:A VIP Invite to the Cast and Crew Screening of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN.(Travel and Accommodations NOT included). The Party and Screening for my last film was held on The Jim Henson Lot and I hope to return for this one! PLUS: The digital download of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN Chapter One (and additional chapters funded only in this kickstarter campaign).

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    THE NAVIGATOR COLLECTION

    A complete collection including: the full size Navigator Head (sculpted by Arjen Tuiten) cast in your choice of grey, onyx black, or aged bronze ), the blu-ray/DVD edition of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN, Three (3) T-Shirts of any of the designs,
    The Christopher Shy Poster (signed by filmmakers if requested), the Private Studio Tour of Spectral Motion, and the VIP Experience of Cast and Crew Screening and Party (possibly on the Jim Henson Lot). Travel and Accommodation not provided.

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    OWN THE SWORDSMAN OR PRINCESS OR SHOGUN

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Title in Credits (and listed in the IMDB Credits for the film) and...
    Own one of the fully painted/costumed cast members. Your choice of:
    THE SWORDSMAN (Sculpted by Arjen Tuiten and Brian Wade)
    THE PRINCESS (Sculpted by Mitch Devane and Ayumi Komiyama)
    THE SHOGUN (Sculpted by Joey Orosco and Ayumi Komiyama)
    Each figure stands between 36" and 40" tall and is non-poseable/rigid.

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    BE A VOICE IN THE HAUNTED WORLD

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Title in Credits (and listed in the IMDB Credits for the film) and...
    Voice one of the creatures/beasts/spirits from the world of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN!
    We will cast you (based on your vocal qualities) to play one of the mythological creatures! Your reward will include a voice recording session and lunch with director Kevin McTurk and composer Will Thomas (airfare/accommodations not included).
    PLUS:A VIP Invite to the Cast and Crew Screening of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN.(Travel and Accommodations NOT included). The Party and Screening for my last film was held on The Jim Henson Lot and I hope to return for this one! PLUS: The digital download of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN Chapter One (and additional chapters funded only in this kickstarter campaign).

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    OWN A CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED WORLD

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Title in Credits (and listed in the IMDB Credits for the film) and...
    Own one of the fully painted/costumed creatures from the spirit world of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN. Each figure stands between 36" to 40" tall.
    You have your choice of:
    THE ONIBABA WITCH (Designed by Guy davis,Sculpted by Paul Komoda,Painted by Tim Gore).
    KUROBOZU,THE BLACK MONK (Designed and Sculpted by Arjen Tuiten,Costume Designed by Guy Davis)
    THE UNDEAD WARRIOR (Sculpted by Steve Koch, Armor Designed by Ugo Serrano)
    PLUS:A VIP Invite to the Cast and Crew Screening of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN.(Travel and Accommodations NOT included). The Party and Screening for my last film was held on The Jim Henson Lot and I hope to return for this one! PLUS: The digital download of THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN Chapter One (and additional chapters funded only in this kickstarter campaign).

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