About this project
Familiar (Noun): an animal, as a cat, that embodies a supernatural spirit and aids a witch in performing magic.
China Mieville has been called the greatest writer of not only the weird, the fantastical, but of his generation. He mixes high-literary themes with fabulous cities and creatures pulled from a wondrous imagination. Winner of the Aurthur C. Clake award, the Hugo, the Nebula and the British Fantasy award, China has mastered his craft.
And now that vision is being brought to film....
Mythos is proud to introduce Familiar, a film adaptation of China's story by the same name, pulled from his Looking for Jake collection of acclaimed stories.
Using parts of his own body, a man summons a creature from beyond: The Familiar. But it is not what he expects. It is an abomination. Sickened and unable to destroy it, he casts it into a canal in the midst of the city.
But all is not finished for the creature. Freeing itself, it learns from the machines, animals and people that it encounters, growing both in flesh and by adding pieces of hardware it finds in the alleys and abandoned buildings it explores. It adapts, evolving in both lethality and its ability to comprehend. Soon however, it realizes it is not alone..there are others of its kind and they are territorial. More, its creator comes searching for it, in desperate need to finish a contract that could cost him his very soul...
Help us bring both China's vision and the Familiar to life!
The Familiar was never meant to be shot with digital effects. It must be brought to life with real tools, real parts. It must live. It must breathe! With the help of Kevon Ward (contestant on SyFy's Face Off) and Brett Nienburg (designer on the acclaimed film, The Frame), it will indeed. Each component will be hand crafted with love and rendered using the latest in animatronics and puppetry.
Practical effects are not cheap. To breathe life into the creations encountered in this film, we cannot cut corners nor rely on the easy way out. Your help will allow us to get what we need to do such a wonderful story justice, to pay homage to China Mieville's vision and to turn the Familiar into something you just might encounter the next time you take a turn down the wrong alley...
The Cast and Crew
Joshua Gates is a veteran of the Marine Corps who has now turned his imagination to filmmaking. He is the writer/director of People of the Book and Until Dawn. Teaming with China Mieville, Joshua is bringing the story Familiar to life on screen.
I'm an alien, I'm a legal alien, I'm am a Englishman in Denver. I am a graduate of the Colorado Film School. My emphasis was writing and producing. I Interned at FUTURISTIC FILMS in Denver and have experience on commercials, reality TV and Narrative films. I have directed and produced student films and also independent projects. I am currently doing production design for 1 web-series and writing and producing 2 others for a new online network. Writing is my passion and as a producer I thrive on the balance of creativity and budget. I am a voice actor and have been able to enjoy and experience many different parts of production through this. I am excited and enthused to be a part of Familiar and am thrilled to be working with Josh again.
China is the award-winning and best-selling writer of books like Perdido Street Station, The City and The City and Railsea. He resides in London.
Kevon was a recent contestant on SyFy's Face Off. A veteran of several award winning films, Kevon will breathe life into the practical effects used on the film.
Brett has worked on films such as the acclaimed The Frame. Using his abilities to find a piece of material of any type and on short notice, Brett is the heart of the film, creating the concept art for the Familiar and designing the sets used during filming.
Oner has played a number of character roles. In 1986 he was a cast member in Sesame Street; In 2006, Oner took to the stage playing Angel at the Pepsi Center in the production of The Devil Went Down to Georgia. He has also appeared in several print ads, including parts for Adaptive Negotiations, Tipping Point Solutions and a documentary for Cross Cultural Cues. In 2013, Oner landed his first lead role in the short film “People Of The Book”, playing a taxi driver in the midst of a personal crisis. Familiar is his second leading role.
Matthew Louis Block (Matt Block) is an American Film and Television Actor and Model. He was born in Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. His mother is of French, Cherokee Native American, Black, and Arabic decent. His father is of Irish and English decent. Block holds his Masters of Arts - Acting for Screen from the Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London), his Postgraduate Diploma - Acting for Film from the New York Film Academy, and his Bachelor of Arts - Performing Arts Acting and Directing for Theatre from Colorado State University. He is an actor known for The Gospel According to Stephenson (2015), Until Dawn (2014), Terminal Legacy (2012), and Grace (2012). He has acted across three continents, including 19 countries, 26 U.S. states, and lived in Edinburgh, London, New York, and Denver.
Jane is a Storyteller and teacher who most recently has been working with Feet on the Earth, a nature based experiencial school in Boulder, CO that teaches survival skills and attitudes about the importance of our planet.
She is also currently developing a curriculum to bring health and
balance to women in the work world.
Along with these things, she maintains a private healing practice using
Risks and challenges
Any film using practical effects sets itself out to run into problems. Necessarily, practical effects rely on costs, not only to fabricate those effects but also to adapt them to real environments and to repair them when they break. The higher funding allows us to not only pre-plan for those obstacles, but like the Familiar, helps us adapt to them when they are encountered.
There is also the very real human element. Fabrication of the creatures in this film takes time and like anyone in their field, the creators behind Familiar have to stay busy to eat. Your funding helps us to keep them going, keeping the crew on for whatever may arise and allowing their full focus on such a large task.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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