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A film adaptation of the short story by author Clark Ashton Smith (friend and contemporary of H. P.  Lovecraft)
A film adaptation of the short story by author Clark Ashton Smith (friend and contemporary of H. P. Lovecraft)
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The Project

The Last Incantation is an independent short film (approximately 20 minutes long) based on the short story by Clark Ashton Smith. The film has been shot but we are looking for post-production funds to finish the film and submit the film to film festivals and other venues. With your help, we hope that The Last Incantation will be the first in a whole line of Weird Tale and Cosmic Horror film adaptations.

Background

Andrew Migliore, after sitting on his script for over 10 years, felt it was high time that the rich bounty of Clark Ashton Smith's work be brought to the screen. Woodruff Laputka, having read the script, said, "We can totally do this!" The rest as we say is history.

The Last Incantation is a short story about Malygris, a necromancer, who has learned all that there is to learn, having mastered all occult lore, all forbidden knowledge, and having dominion over the spirits of earth and sea and air... and the living and the dead. But there is still one lesson he has yet to learn with the last incantation.

Our many thanks goes out to author Scott Connors and the Clark Ashton Smith Estate for supporting this project.

Malygris (played by actor Brian Hutton) calling forth Nylissa.
Malygris (played by actor Brian Hutton) calling forth Nylissa.

The Unforgotten Author

Clark Ashton Smith was a poet, sculptor, painter and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction who was one of the major contributors to the golden age of Weird Tales magazine in the late 1920s through the late 1930s. He was in good company with Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft.

Getting advice from a daemon familiar is always a tricky proposition.
Getting advice from a daemon familiar is always a tricky proposition.

 “As for the problem of phantasy, my own standpoint is that there is absolutely no justification for literature unless it serves to release the imagination from the bounds of every-day life.” — Clark Ashton Smith

The Team

pictured: Woodruff Laputka (director), Tehben Dean (cinematographer), Andrew Migliore (writer/producer), Rob Taylor (art director & production designer).
pictured: Woodruff Laputka (director), Tehben Dean (cinematographer), Andrew Migliore (writer/producer), Rob Taylor (art director & production designer).

 Producer Andrew Migliore is no stranger to film having created and produced the DVDs for the H.P. Lovecraft Collection vol. 1-5, the Edgar Allan Poe Collection, and the Weird Tale Collection at Lurker Films. He was also the founder and original director of both the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival   and Zompire The Undead Film Festival.

Andrew in the garage with the highly detailed and well-crafted plan to build the stage set pieces.
Andrew in the garage with the highly detailed and well-crafted plan to build the stage set pieces.
Tehben and Woodruff on the set.
Tehben and Woodruff on the set.

 Director Woodruff Laputka and cinematographer Tehben Dean have taken their passion for storytelling and traveled across the world capturing both the beauty and the struggle of humanity's experience. Collectively their portfolios encompass hundreds of documentaries, music videos and short films along with countless branded video content for companies including:  National Geographic, Nike, Adidas, AirBnB, BBC, Discovery Channel, CNN, Atlas Obscura, Al Jazeera, LG, Monster Energy, MSNBC, Redbull, TLC, and The Smithsonian Institute. Watch their film reel here:

Rob Taylor has worked on dozens of films but is perhaps best remembered for directing his labor of love Neil Stryker and the Tyrant of Time, a damn clever and snarky homage to every 80's action flick ever made. But when it comes to building props, Rob is the man to rely on as he is a miracle worker when it comes to using power tools and a hot gun.

Rob making the eye mechanism for the Daemon Familiar puppet.
Rob making the eye mechanism for the Daemon Familiar puppet.

 The Rewards: T-Shirt, Sigil, Poster, and Blu-Ray  

 STRETCH GOALS

Risks and challenges

The film has already been shot so the project is largely completed but your help with the finishing funds to do color correction, mastering, and other post production tasks will allow us to cross the finishing line. But most importantly we need help promoting the film through film festivals and other avenues in order to enable future projects adapting to film the works of Clark Ashton Smith and other weird tale authors.

Once successfully funded, we will start the process of printing T-shirts, producing the other physical rewards, and preparing for fulfillment. These jobs have already been arranged and are just waiting for the green light at the end of our Kickstarter project.

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    Thank you for supporting the film, you have our gratitude! Every pledge helps us complete this project and fuels the next adaptation of the weird and eldritch.

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    BEHIND THE SCENES DIGITAL PACK

    Get access to a trove of digital assets from the film project. PLEASE NOTE: Does not include the The Last Incantation Film.

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    • Stills from the film
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    TINY DOTS OF DEATH T-SHIRT (OR HOODIE)

    Support our efforts to bring the fantastical works of Clark Ashton Smith to the screen by pledging for this amazing and very metal t-shirt design by artist Mark Bundgaard Hansen (Tiny Dots of Death), perhaps best know for his beautiful design for the Swedish black metal project, Höstblod. This wearable piece of art is screened on a 100% cotton unisex t-shirt or jersey knit women's fitted tee. NOTE: Please add $25 to your pledge if you would like to upgrade to a Hoodie.

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    LAST INCANTATION, SIGIL, & T-SHIRT COMBO

    Receive access to a digital streamer version of The Last Incantation, an arcane 1.25" die-struck sigil pin in antique silver finish, and a T-Shirt featuring the art of Tiny Dots of Death. This pledge also include the digital pack.

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    DAEMON FAMILIAR SUPPORTER CREDIT

    Get a DAEMON FAMILIAR SUPPORTER credit in the finished film's credits plus all the previous levels!

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    ARCANE ARTS PATRON

    Become a patron of the arcane arts! This level includes 6 copies of the spell pages we created specifically for the film printed on high-quality heavy stock paper. In addition, receive the movie poster with art by Tiny Dots of Death screened on high-quality heavy stock paper suitable for framing. As a special thank you will be called out in the credits as an Arcane Arts Patron. This level also includes the Blu-ray, T-shirt, and Digital Pack.

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    • Tiny Dots of Death T-Shirt (or Hoodie if you add $25 to pledge)
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    • Sigil of Malygris - 1.25" die-struck pin antique silver finish
    • Poster printed on high quality heavy weight paper
    • Spell Pages (6) printed on high quality heavy weight paper
    • Special Arcane Arts Patron Credit (1 of 100)
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    A GUILELESS HEART – SUPER BACKER

    Get the art prints, poster, t-shirt, digital pack, digital version of the film and a special credit for being a super backer for the film.

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    • Tiny Dots of Death T-Shirt (or Hoodie if you add $25 to pledge)
    • Sigil of Malygris - 1.25" die-struck pin antique silver finish
    • Art Print Pack – Spell Pages & Poster
    • Digital streamer version of the film
    • Blu-ray Disc (duplicated)
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    PRIVATE SCREENING WITH FILMMAKERS

    Get a personalized screening with the filmmakers and get an opportunity to ask questions, see props, and talk about future projects. Day and time to be determined after the successful close of the kickstarter project. Transportation to Portland Oregon is not provided. Rewards will be presented at screening.

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    DINNER WITH THE FILMMAKERS

    Support the film project by attending dinner with the filmmakers in Portland Oregon or at another Film Festival (to be determined after the successful completion of the kickstarter). This is your chance to have an in-depth discussion on how to film the unfilmable and perhaps pitch an idea or two yourself. Rewards will be presented at the dinner. Transportation is not provided.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER + THRONE

    Become an executive producer of the film and be credited as such. As an additional thank you, receive the throne chair used in the film and a bound copy of the script with your name on the title page. Freight shipping or local pickup will be determined after the successful close of the kickstarter.

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    SKULL PROP PACK ART DEPARTMENT SUPPORTER

    Get a skull movie prop used on Malygris's throne and a special Art Department credit in the film. Includes previous reward levels.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT + SPELL BOWL

    Become an associate producer of The Last Incantation and be credited in the film. As an additional thank you, receive a prop package that includes the spell bowl, vials, and scrolls.

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    • Digital Pack - Behind the Scenes
    • Tiny Dots of Death T-Shirt (or Hoodie if you add $25 to pledge)
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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT + SPELL BOOK

    Become an associate producer of The Last Incantation and be top credited in the film as an associate producer. As an additional thank you, receive a prop package that includes the spell book and other misc props used in the making of the film.

    Includes:
    • Digital Pack - Behind the Scenes
    • Tiny Dots of Death T-Shirt (or Hoodie if you add $25 to pledge)
    • Blu-ray Disc (duplicated)
    • Art Print Pack – Spell Pages & Poster
    • Digital streamer version of the film
    • Spell Book, Candle Sticks, and Other Props Pack (1 of 1)
    • Associate Producer Credit
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