The Unnamable: H.P. Lovecraft Short Animated Film
The Unnamable: H.P. Lovecraft Short Animated Film
H.P. Lovecraft and Frank Long take a historic trip to a local cemetery while discussing superstition, religion, and the origin of fear.
H.P. Lovecraft and Frank Long take a historic trip to a local cemetery while discussing superstition, religion, and the origin of fear. Read more
The Unnamable is based on anecdotes from Frank Long’s memoir and H.P. Lovecraft’s titular short story, which has become a personal project based on my love and passion for the macabre works of H. P. Lovecraft. His life, though grim and brief, holds much inspiration and fertile ground to explore. With the right vision, through the medium of animation, I will create a unique and exciting storytelling experience!
All backers, no matter what rewards tier, will receive a private link - an exclusive first look at the finished film!
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Actors Andrew Leman and Sean Branney ( H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society ) lent their voice talent to our characters, Frank and Howard.
All models sheets created and revised by Emmett Goodman, Jason D. Price, and Mani C. Price.
We've also enlisted Reber Clark as our composer and sound designer for the film.
Watch our The Unnamable (Rough Animatic) here:
This project will be a five minute, traditionally animated film based on research notes, anecdotes from Frank Long’s memoir and Lovecraft’s short story The Unnamable. The film will be a fictionalized narrative set in 1930’s Wareham, MA in the village of Onset. At this point in history, Frank Long and H.P. Lovecraft had a meeting with a resident, discussing the founding of a religious sect in which their grandparents were involved. The film will focus specifically on their subsequent trip to the local cemetery and the ensuing conversation they had about the nature of belief and the supernatural. Not only did this discussion seemingly birth the weird short story The Unnamable, but it also touches on the nuances of how a typical interview with H.P. Lovecraft might have gone.
Personally, I am interested in the science behind the supernatural. If such a thing could be real, how would one prove it? How does one measure the unmeasurable? Beyond that, I want to humanize H. P. Lovecraft. We have no recordings of his voice, for instance, all we have of him are photos, his correspondence, his writings and record accounts from friends and family; an echo or shadow of the person that once was Lovecraft. This film will question ways that we view Lovecraft’s life, personal relationships and his humanity.
Mani C. Price - Creatrix/Director/Animator
Jason D. Price - Animator/Storyboards/Animatic
Justin Wolfson - Colorist/Background Designer/KS Trailer
Emmett Goodman - Animator/Model Sheets
Christina J. Cunningham - Graphic Designer/Promo
- With the help of Backers and the appropriate amount of funding, we have two animators lined up who will animate and composite from production to postproduction. We have at our disposal Adobe Creative Suite 2017, two Mac laptops, four hard-drives for backing up work, a Wacom tablet and Cintiq with additional pens, scanner, and a High-Definition camera in our studio.
- Backgrounds will be hand-painted while the animation itself will be hand-drawn digitally through Photoshop while still retaining the look and feel of graphite. Since the film is set in the 1930s, I have chosen to forgo color and stick with black & white to evoke a noir feel. In Photoshop, once every animated scene is completed, files will be exported out and rendered in the compositing program After Effects with scanned-in backgrounds, edited sound, music, and dialogue for final edit and submission.
- Research: with access to the John Hay Library’s History of Magic and the Occult Collection, I will flesh out the macabre conversation these two writers were having; since certain books would have been only made available to them at that period. I will incorporate material from Lovecraft’s correspondence but also from his doodles, utilizing them as visuals in the final animation. These drawings of his interest me as an artist, and are something that has never before been made known to the broader public.
I am thrilled and excited to proceed with this film. It feels terrific watching this project unfold and come together. Listening to the professional voice actors perform while utilizing my script gave me the chills. It is my goal once everything is completed to submit the film to festivals, talks, and tour, with an eventual release either on DVD or online media platforms. If successful, it's my intention this leads to a series based on other personal moments in H.P.L's life.
I hope that this film will shed more light on who H.P. Lovecraft and Long were as people, and will be something that the fiction community will delight in. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to a fruitful collaboration with you!
Orphne's Key - forged by Tony Mack. $600 each. Exclusive to this Kickstarter.
Orphne is a comic book currently being written and produced by the creators of this project. It contains similar themes and style to The Unnamable and is being offered as a reward for backers.
A young woman must travel to the Dream King’s Kingdom to retrieve an ancient artifact that once belonged to an ancestor of hers. When the Lord of Sleep stands in her way, she must fight her darkest desires and battle her way out to save her mentor. Featuring a unique story and haunting visuals, Orphne is a must-add to anyone's reading list.
Issue #1 is being offered as a KS backer reward both as a digital download and printed comic. Issue #2 we hope will be ready just in time for New York Comic Con in October of 2018. In June we will be having a book signing at Anyone Comics in Brooklyn, NY. Though not related to the film's story, we hope it will give backers a feel what to expect regarding atmosphere and style. So stay tuned.
Cameos - Want to be in a comic? Well, you can be in the background of Orphne if you pledge $150 reward tier.
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One handwritten letter and mini erotic sketch from the artist Mani C. Price.
H.P.Lovecraft in Cemetery, Lovecraft & Long, Mad Arab, and Red String available as a four pack.
Available notebooks, tote bags and art prints of H.P.Lovecraft in Cemetery.
Available hoodies: La Sirène, Blood Moon, and Peppermint Tea.
Hiram I of Tyre, Mad Arab, and 19th Lunar Mansion are available as prints.
White Ship, Devil Tarot Card, Know Thy Self, Necromancer and Hypnos are available as prints.
Also available as rewards for backers are the following original artworks by Justin Wolfson. (Only one original of each is available. First come first serve.) Select artwork is also available as prints.
Also available as rewards for backers are the following original artworks by Mani C Price. (Only one original of each is available. First come first serve.) Select artwork is also available as prints.
"Devil Tarot Card"
"H.P. Lovecraft in a Cemetery Portrait"
Risks and challenges
Provided this project is successfully funded, it's going to be a lot of work getting everything and everyone organized. The heavy work is mostly completed. The comic is finished and ready to print. The film will be done sometime the end of this year. We need funds to make things go smoother and faster. We've estimated delivery to be sometime in October. Film completion no later than November. If unsuccessful, the film will still be completed but on a slower schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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