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A gritty, violent, post-apocalyptic film about identity; based on the 16th century Chinese novel, 'Journey To The West'. Read more

Chicago, IL Shorts
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A gritty, violent, post-apocalyptic film about identity; based on the 16th century Chinese novel, 'Journey To The West'.

Chicago, IL Shorts
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Please CLICK HERE to visit the stupendous genre-film blog, Quiet Earth, who's gratiously hosting the trailer.

SYNOPSIS

Rampage In Heaven is a sprawling, violent, post-apocalyptic short film rooted in the 16th century Chinese novel, 'Journey To The West.'

The film follows the character of 'The Monkey King' as he travels across a nightmarish, dying world where all natural elements have been replaced by twisted, mechanical recreations. Upon discovering other survivors, both human and monstrous, he sets out on a self-destructive mission to become more human himself. After carving a savage path on his journey, he comes face-to-face with the costs of his vanity.

Using iconic characters and a similar framework to 'Journey To The West', the film explores the insecurities and turmoil along the path to understanding identity. Featuring an all-encompassing art direction that blends live-action, animation and puppetry, it's designed to be grasped purely by its visuals, regardless of spoken language.

POST-PRODUCTION

Every dollar donated will go towards completing visual effects and sound design. The end product will be expansive landscape backgrounds, mixing photo-realistic CG and immensely detailed miniatures, with a rich, immersive sound mix, bringing the film's post-apocalyptic world to fantastical life.

To see more by the filmmakers, check out the websites and work of Director of Photography Stephanie Dufford, Composer Michael Malarkey, Lead Actor Jack Ryan, Assistant Director Lucy Munger, Producers Kathryn Henderson and Brian Patterson, and myself, Alex Cheng.

Feel free to contact me with any and all questions about the project, and thanks for taking the time to check out Rampage In Heaven!

-Alex Cheng

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