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Nikola Tesla, the greatest inventor in history, faces off against the nightmarish creatures of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos!
Nikola Tesla, the greatest inventor in history, faces off against the nightmarish creatures of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos!
Nikola Tesla, the greatest inventor in history, faces off against the nightmarish creatures of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos!
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Tesla vs Cthulhu - The Nightmare of Desolation Sound

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The Concept

Light vs dark. Science vs the occult. Electricity vs magic. Good vs evil. Reason vs superstition. The modern world vs the ancient. Earth vs the alien stars. Tesla vs Cthulhu.

Nikola Tesla is indescribably awesome. He invented alternating current, the A/C motor, the remote control, neon and fluorescent lighting, robotics, and radio (yes, it was Tesla and not Marconi). He held over 300 patents and, in 1901, he predicted a device we'd hold in our hand to speak to each other, dictate to text, transmit pictures, and listen to music, across the globe and all without wires. More than a century later, we have that device and we call it a smartphone. Tesla was, by any standards, a genius and has been called "The Inventor of the 20th Century". Who ELSE would you want defending the Earth?

H.P. Lovecraft created one of the most terrifying visions of the supernatural the world has ever seen. His vision of a universe filled with beings who either sought our destruction or simply were utterly indifferent to our suffering or our very existence has inspired artists as diverse as Neil Gaiman, August Derleth, Clive Barker, Guillermo Del Toro, Stephen King, Alan Moore, H.R. Giger, Robert Bloch, Mike Mignola, Roger Corman, Sam Raimi, John Carpenter... 

So, the Inventor of the 20th Century. The most influential horror writer of all time.

How can these two worlds not meet? 

Stretch Goals!

What happens if we exceed our goal? More stories! We've already unlocked the e-Book and we're headed for the graphic novel! Here's the overview; please see Update #19 for details.


NOTE: The e-Book is a perk for ALL backers! Even a $1 pledge gets you the e-Book!

The Project

Our goal is to create an entire story world where the greatest inventor of the modern age battles the most terrifying creatures imaginable. We want to explore many ways of telling our stories, from short and feature films to graphic novels, fiction, gaming, and radio plays (or, if you want to be modern, podcasts!) We're dreaming big and starting small, with your help. 

Our short film, The Nightmare of Desolation Sound, will tell the story of a Miskatonic University expedition to Desolation Sound in the wilderness of British Columbia in 1926; the sole survivor is graduate student Elaine West. What happened? How is Tesla involved? And what awaits her on her return to Miskatonic University?

Each stage of the project will tell a different facet of the doomed expedition, and, while each will stand on its own, together they'll give fascinating information about what happened there, what has awoken, and what it means for the future of humanity... or perhaps, the lack of a future.

We want to create an original indie adventure franchise, and we can do it with your help. We hope you'll join us as we do some good old fashioned storytelling, and we will in turn provide you with harrowing tales of adventure and terror!

The Rewards

Of course, there is the film itself! And it is our plan to send this film to festivals rather than posting it online, so your downloaded copy may be the only way to see the film outside of festivals anytime soon... and possibly EVER! And you can get behind-the-scenes photos, the soundtrack, and more.

We've also got some wonderful rewards based on Stephanie Malone's fantastic designs, including t-shirts, diplomas, expedition patches...

The Tesla vs Cthulhu shirt
The Tesla vs Cthulhu shirt
The Team Tesla shirt
The Team Tesla shirt
The Team Cthulhu shirt
The Team Cthulhu shirt
The Miskatonic University Desolation Sound Expedition patch
The Miskatonic University Desolation Sound Expedition patch

Plus, there are our stretch goals! Our first stretch goal will be a digital graphic novel, written by Jeff Richards and illustrated by renowned Lovecraftian artist Michael Zigerlig, and from there we will continue on to fiction, radio plays, and extending the graphic novel, including possibly printing it. The more we raise, the more Tesla vs Cthulhu we can bring to you! 

Tesla vs Cthulhu by Michael Zigerlig
Tesla vs Cthulhu by Michael Zigerlig

Miskatonic University

For me, some of the best aspects of stories is where they cross over into our world. My office is filled with various prop items from films and TV, both my own and others' projects. We want to give you that same, "you are part of it" feeling with Tesla vs Cthulhu. At various levels, you receive the patch for Miskatonic's Desolation Sound expedition, copies of Elaine West's report, and even be part of H.P. Lovecraft's fabled Miskatonic University.

Once the film is completed, we'll be building a website at Miskatonic-University.com to help promote the project. You can be listed there, as a student, as a professor, even as a Dean of the school. Plus, you can get your own diploma for Miskatonic, ranging from Bachelor's degrees up to PhDs. (Just please don't add them to your resume!)

Risks and challenges

Tesla vs Cthulhu: The Nightmare of Desolation Sound is a period piece, which presents certain challenges in terms of prop and wardrobe acquisition. There are also a small number of visual effects shots. Additionally, we'll face all the challenges that any film faces, such as the availability of cast, crew, and gear, as well as weather issues. However we believe, based on over a decade's experience, that we've budgeted sufficiently to cover all expenses; the film itself only requires three days total of shooting with most of that indoors at a single location. Plus, we can call upon our extensive network of contacts in the Vancouver film community to assist us. We are committed to seeing this film completed, and will bend all of our resources and creativity to making The Nightmare of Desolation Sound a great film!

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    APPLICANT - Every dollar counts! You have the undying gratitude of the team and have helped to make Tesla vs Cthulhu a reality!

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    FIRST YEAR
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    SECOND YEAR - All First Year rewards PLUS - A digital "Team Tesla" or "Team Cthulhu" patch; your choice! - A digital "Miskatonic University Desolation Sound" Expedition patch

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    THIRD YEAR - All Second Year rewards PLUS THE FILM! A high-def digital download of The Nightmare of Desolation Sound

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    FOURTH YEAR - All the Third Year rewards PLUS - In addition to the film, get behind the scenes footage,outtakes, and an e-book copy of "The Making of Tesla vs Cthulhu: The Nightmare of Desolation Sound" - A PDF personalized welcome letter from the Chancelleor of Miskatonic University - A PDF copy of Elaine West's report from the film!

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    CONSULTATION WITH JEANNE VEILLETTE BOWERMAN - A 15 minute Skype consultation with Script Magazine editor, social media maven, and writer Jeanne Veillette Bowerman. For details, see http://jeannevb.com/consultations. Also includes the rewards for the THIRD YEAR level!

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    GRAD STUDENT - All of the Fourth Year rewards PLUS - A physical Team Cthulhu or Team Tesla sticker - A physical "Miskatonic University Desolation Sound 1926" Expedition Patch - A physical expedition letter from the Chancellor - A physical degree (your choice of BA, BFA, or BSc) from Miskatonic University - Free shipping in Canada and the US - Please add $20 to your pledge for the rest of the world

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    ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR - All the Grad Student Rewards PLUS - Your Miskatonic University degree is a Masters Degree (your choice of MA, MFA, MSc) - A Tesla vs Cthulhu The Nightmare of Desolation Sound t-shirt - Your choice of a Team Tesla or Team Cthulhu t-shirt - A physical copy of Elaine West's report - Free shipping in Canada and the US - Please add $30 to your pledge for the rest of the world

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    PROFESSOR (OFFICE HOURS) - All of the Associate Professor rewards plus a 30 minute Skype session with Tesla vs Cthulhu creator Jeff Richards. Jeff has been a professional screenwriter and independent filmmaker for over a decade. He also sits on the advisory board for two film-related organizations and writes a weekly online column for Script Magazine. So ask him anything you like, about filmmaking, crowdfunding, screenwriting... it's up to you!

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    PROFESSOR - Your name in a movie! All of the Associate Professor rewards PLUS - Your name mentioned in the film as one of the lost explorers of Desolation Sound! - Your Miskatonic University degree is now a PhD!

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    PROFESSOR (SCREENWRITING) - All of the Associate Professor rewards PLUS - Tesla vs Cthulhu creator Jeff Richards will review your treatment or script (either TV or feature film) and will give you a set of development notes. You can then schedule a Skype or either instant message/voice chat session with Jeff to ask any questions on the notes you might have. - Your Miskatonic University degree is now a PhD!

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    PROFESSOR (SCREENWRITING) - All of the Associate Professor rewards PLUS - Tesla vs Cthulhu producer Brad Johnson, also of ReadWatchWrite.com, will review your treatment or script (either TV or feature film) and will give you a set of development notes. You can then schedule a Skype or either instant message/voice chat session with Brad to ask any questions on the notes you might have. - Your Miskatonic University degree is now a PhD!

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    UNIVERSITY CHAIR - All of the Associate Professor Credits PLUS - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT on the final film - Your Miskatonic University degree is now a PhD!

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    THE CTHULHULELE! - ONLY ONE AVAILABLE! All of the Associate Professor rewards PLUS Karina @skullulele will create a one-of-a-kind handmade ukulele for you, with Great Cthulhu hand-painted on it! Please see Update #14 for details and pictures! Free shipping in the U.S. and Canada; please add $80 for International shipping. Karina will coordinate the Cthulhulele directly with the backer.

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    UNIVERSITY DEAN - All of the Associate Professor Credits PLUS - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT on the final film - Your Miskatonic University degree is now a PhD!

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