Cryptozoologist is a feature-length documentary film about unknown animals and the people whose job it is to find them. Meet the men and women who devote their lives to research, write about, and attempt to find mysterious creatures from around the globe, bucking mainstream scorn along the way. The film takes an intimate look at a group of true believers who have staked their professional fortunes to the practice of Cryptozoology.
We have already completed several weeks of filming to collect content for our teaser trailer, and feel confident that the rich story veins already evident could sustain a full television series, let alone a feature film.
Professors of zoology, museum curators, authors, legendary researchers and famous cryptozoologists will discuss dozens of mysteries of the natural world, and their own efforts to uncover the truth behind the legendary tales.
- Loren Coleman, the living legend of cryptozoology, and curator of the International Cryptozoology Museum gives us a scholarly history of the field and teases the cryptids most likely to be found.
- Linda Godfrey talking about how she fell into the weird world of dogmen, and how it spurred her on to a career as a respected Fortean author and journalist.
- Chris Rehberg taking us to Queensland, Austrailia to demonstrate how he conducts his Tasmanian Tiger research.
- Lyle Blackburn showing us around Fouke, Arkansas, where dozens of eyewitnesses have claimed to have seen Bigfoot-type creatures in the local swamps.
- We'll travel to the jungles of Sumatra with Adam Davies to see first-hand where he's done more research on the Oreng Pendek than anyone in the world.
YOU. Simply put, we want you to join the Cryptozoologist crew. Be it financial support, sharing contacts, gear, and stories, your help is the only way we can get this film made.
Matt Ralston (Producer) is a producer with Curator Pictures in Seattle WA. He has been working in the production and advertising world for 15+ years as a producer and editor. His first feature length documentary Love and Saucers will be released in the Fall of 2017. He is also creating a puppet web series called Get Outta Here!
Brad Abrahams (director) is a documentary filmmaker and commercial director from Canada, currently based in the USA. His all-consuming interests in radical science, cryptozoology, and general esoterica inspire his stories. The festival favorite Love and Saucers was his first feature-length film, with his second in post production (Kickstarter funded On the Back of a Tiger). Though he has not yet had a supernatural experience, he is ready and willing.
Past media portrayals of cryptozoology have been sensationalized, featuring staged “monster” hunts and heavily dramatized scenarios. CRYPTOZOOLOGIST will handle the subject in a considerate, artful, "laughing with" manner, rather than the typical over-the-top bombast and "laughing at" tone. Toward this end, CRYPTOZOOLOGIST will be the first film to focus solely on the researchers and the field itself, as opposed to the fantastical creatures they investigate.
Interviews will be carefully composed in a style befitting photographic portraiture, with subtle moves and shifts in focus throughout. Swamps, jungles, lakes, and forests will serve as backdrops for the subjects' stories, rather than b-roll of the "monster's" hunting grounds. Archival news reports, photos, and film of strange and unexplained creatures will help contextualize the subjects' efforts, as well as their place in the overall timeline of the field. Cinematography and editing will be imbued with a sense of mystery and subtle foreshadowing through the use of creeping camera moves and frames rich with shadow, shallow focus, and murky details in the distance. Content and form together will transport the audience to the deep recesses of these inscrutable minds and their terribly misunderstood research field.
We have really awesome rewards for you guys: Emoji, a short film download, signed books, exclusive poster, t-shirts, and more. Check the description to the right for more info!
Your contributions will go to support principle photography, equipment rentals, crew salaries, and travel, which is not cheap.
Risks and challenges
With any feature film there is an inherent element of risk. There are a lot of reasons why a feature film can go south, but we feel that our 20+ years of commercial and documentary production experience, the risk is mitigated and diminished.
Both of us have run successful Kickstarter campaigns in the past, more than doubling their original goals, respectively. Our first feature documentary, LOVE AND SAUCERS, has already been picked up for worldwide distribution and will screen at a number of prestigious film festivals this fall.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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