HONORING LOVECRAFT AND HIS WORK
Like many of you, I'm a fan of HP Lovecraft. Not only have I created many sculptures of characters inspired by his writings such as C'thulhu, Herbert West, Abdul al Hazred and Brown Jenkin, I've sculpted Lovecraft himself three times. Once as a 12 inch figure, then a 1/4 scale bust and finally, with the help of hundreds of donors on a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign I created a bronze bust of the Old Gent himself, now on permanent display at the Providence Athenaeum Library in his home state of Rhode Island.
Several years ago, I made a film adaptation of one his most celebrated tales "Cool Air", shot in black and white 16mm film and in the same time period that he wrote the tale. My hope was that the audience watching the film would feel the same way that I did when I read Lovecraft's original story and in the ensuing years, it seems as though many Lovecraft fans responded exactly in the way that I'd hoped they would. "Cool Air" has since become a fan favorite, winning several awards at film festivals and appearing on many "best Lovecraft films" lists. It was initially released as part of the Lurker Films DVD compilation series and has long been out of production. Technology has also changed drastically since it's release and it's clearly time to get back in the film lab to re-master the film into HD 1080p from the original negative for a new restoration as well as creating the new "Duo-Chrome" color tinted edition for the fans who have clamored for it.
Many folks have asked for the definitive standalone DVD/Blu-ray and I would agree...IT'S TIME.
THE 2017 "DUO-CHROME" EDITION DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASE
What I thought might be fun is to release not only the original black and white theatrical version, but to also create a new color-tinted edition, much like the classic films of the twenties such as Lon Chaney's "The Phantom of the Opera" where certain colors were used to evoke mood and emotion. Thanks to the modern tinting process of Duo-Chrome, we can emulate those great films in cinematic history and give "Cool Air" a new life in this special edition.
The DVD will have both the black and white version, the Duo-Chrome edition, special features which will include deleted scenes and interviews with the creative team who made "Cool Air"; director Bryan Moore, cinematographer Michael Bratkowski, editor Sam Oldham and a few other surprises, but we can't do it without your help. The great thing that I've noticed about my fellow Lovecraft fans is that we all love helping out on each others' projects to keep the Old Gent from Providence's work alive and well...and it's my absolute pleasure to be one of those fans who does just that.
THE PROJECT GOAL
Not only will we remaster the original black and white version of "Cool Air" as well as creating the new "Duo-Chrome" edition, but we'll also be including the teaser for my next Lovecraft film "The Shadow over Innsmouth" which has been in development for a while now. The goal is that once the new "Cool Air" DVD/Blu-ray is funded and released, that will allow us to continue building the Arkham Cinema brand to create more Lovecraft films the way they should be created: maintaining the integrity of the original story and shot in the same time and locales that Lovecraft set his classic tales. His fans demand nothing less.
AWESOME PROJECT REWARD LEVELS!!!!!!
STRETCH GOALS FOR THE BLU-RAY!!!
As technology rapidly changes, it won't be enough to simply have a DVD release, but we've also listened to the many Lovecraft fans who want a Blu-ray Disc release as well. As production of a Blu-ray Disc is considerably more expensive, we'll be adding a stretch goal of $17,000.00 to absorb that cost. For all of you die-hard fans, we'll also be unlocking some stretch goal rewards levels, such as Arkham Cinema lapel pins, the original theatrical poster of Cool Air in sepia and cool blue and a few goodies that we know will kick you right into "gotta have it" mode, but we'll save those surprises for when we hit that stretch goal!
MEET THE PROJECT TEAM!!!
Project Creator and Filmmaker Bryan Moore
Bryan began working on horror films from the original "Tales from the Darkside” TV series to big budget epics such as the "Underworld" franchise in addition to working on several Lovecraft films; Stuart Gordon's "From Beyond" and "The Dreams in the Witch House" Masters of Horror episode as well as the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society films "The Call of C'thulhu" and "The Whisperer in Darkness". His sculpting work encompasses restorative work on the remains of monks for the Celebrated Cemetery of the Capucin Friars in Rome, sculpting miniatures for several amusement parks in Tokyo and everything from Buzz Lightyear action figures to endless amounts of Barbie shoes and accessories for Mattel Toys and Upper Deck Sports Collectibles. His private sculpting commissions and limited editions of occult icons often sell out immediately.
He spearheaded two very successful Kickstarter campaigns working with several talented project teams to bring a life-size bronze bust of HP Lovecraft to the Providence Athenaeum Library as well a bust of Edgar Allan Poe to the Boston Public Library, also making donations to the Children's Literacy Programs in each respective city as part of those campaigns. Working with an incredibly talented and dedicated project team of fellow "Dracula" fans, he'll be bringing a bronze bust of Bram Stoker to Dublin, Ireland later in 2017.
"Cool Air" was his first Lovecraft film and he is currently in development on Lovecraft's "The Shadow over Innsmouth".
Project Producer and Illustrator Graham Humphreys
Graham is known for illustrating U.K. movie campaigns such as Dream Demon, Basket Case, The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II, A Nightmare On Elm Street parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, Creepers (Phenomena), and Santa Sangre. He has also worked in close association with The Creative Partnership, a film promotion company based in Soho, London, where he illustrated and designed campaigns and posters including Life is Sweet, Erik the Viking, and the Quentin Tarantino-Robert Rodriquez collaboration From Dusk 'til Dawn. He also designed the logo and stationery for a previous incarnation of Hammer Films Production Company.
Graham has also designed for such campaigns as Takashi Miike's Audition, Rob Zombie's House of 1,000 Corpses, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's Party Monster, and Alejandro Jodorowsky's re-release of El Topo. More recently, he worked on Grindhouse Trailers volumes 1 - 4, Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide, and Video Nasties: Draconian Days. Work with Arrow Films includes Frankenhooker, Slaughter High, and The Fall Of The House Of Usher, as well as Witchfinder General, Blood On Satan’s Claw, The Asphyx, and The Woman In Black special limited-edition classic Hammer poster.
Current work includes commissions from the British Film Institute (DVD covers for archive releases of classic Children's Film Foundation films, and a new poster for a the1930’s classic A Farewell To Arms’), cover art for limited-edition vinyl releases of cult soundtracks (including Zombie Flesh Eaters, House By The Cemetery, and City Of The Living Dead, and The Beyond.
Graham was delighted to be involved in The H.P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project, The Edgar Allan Poe Bronze Bust Project, the Bram Stoker Bronze Bust Project and now on the Arkham Cinema productions of "Cool Air" and "The Shadow over Innsmouth". A retrospective book on his career "Drawing Blood" has just been released by Proud Galleries and is available at https://www.proudonline.co.uk/p/1035/graham-humphreys-horror-art
Project Producer, Composer and Editor Reber Clark
Do you like the promo video? That's all Reber's work along with fellow Lovecraft filmmaker Robert Cappelletto! He also contributed all the fine musical compositions for the Edgar Allan Poe Bronze Bust Project, the Bram Stoker Bronze Bust Project and "The Shadow over Innsmouth" teaser! A composer for film and live ensembles, Reber Clark’s work includes music for the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society’s Dark Adventure Radio Theatre productions "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward", "Herbert West: Re-Animator", and "Dagon: War of Worlds", writing, producing and scoring a short film entitled "Green Comet", and music for Ramy Hassan and Patrick Lavender’s films "Dark Chocolate" and "Walk Away" among others.
A score of his for Hassan and Lavender’s short "Walk Away" gained a nomination for Best Score for the 2017 San Diego Film Awards. His works for concert band and wind ensemble are published and distributed worldwide by C. Alan Publications.
Please check out his stuff at http://www.reberclark.com/
Project DVD Producers Brian and Gwen Callahan
Brian and Gwen Callahan of Sigh Co. Graphics are the current directors for the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival® & CthulhuCon and founders of the Portland Horror Film Festival™. They are also the proprietors of ArkhamBazaar.com - the one stop Lovecraft Shop filled with unique items from independent artists. Their fanatic love of H.P. Lovecraft combined with backgrounds in creative writing, fine art, graphic design, computer science, and marketing are put to good use producing the yearly “Best of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival” DVD collections, as well as other Lovecraftian oddities like Cthulhu holiday ornaments! They started Sigh Co. Graphics 15 years ago, after leaving California's dot com industry in favor of more creative pursuits in New Orleans, where they began to make original apparel designs based on Lovecraftian and literary horror at sighco.com. The Callahans moved to Portland, OR in 2010 and are now fully immersed in the city’s long tradition of Weirdness.
So, we hope you'll join us in honoring Lovecraft's work by bringing it to a wider audience and become a project supporter today.
Bry, Graham, Reber, Gwen and Brian
Risks and challenges
Having now run two extraordinarily successful Kickstarter projects before with the H. P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project and the Edgar Allan Poe Bronze Bust Project, I learned a lot. The most effective tool that the teams and I utilized was constant communication with our project backers in the form of updates and video blogs that tracked the progress of the sculptures, casting at the bronze foundry, the installation and the successful delivery of nearly 1000 rewards levels respectively.
While the sculpture and installation of the busts themselves was the "easy" part, it was the arduous task of getting all the promised rewards levels to each of the donors. This has always been the biggest challenge of each Kickstarter campaign, but every reward level reached its final destination. A few came back due to changed addresses or a damaged shipment, but I stood by my Kickstarter promise, and made good on every single reward level.
As I'm working with several of the same folks on this project team as before, I'm completely confident in stating that as a team we deliver the goods on time and on budget and the hope is that we'll see many of our same donors back again to support this worthy endeavor. The primary component (the film) is done and what remains (DVD authoring, shooting and editing the new project special features and disc replication) will, as with all of the work on previous projects, be completed by professionals on time and on budget.
It is my hope that I continue to earn the trust and confidence of each project backer the same way I have before: constant communication, delivery of product on time as promised and an achieved goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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