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Ollie Henderson is living in a changing Oakland when his Mother is attacked by a monster and vanishes on his 16th birthday.
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Monsters in the TOWN!
Monsters in the TOWN!

MONSTERS IN THA TOWN?!?

Ollie Henderson is living his best life in a changing Oakland, when until his Mother is attacked by a monster and vanishes on his 16th birthday. 

Depressed and confused, Ollie wanders the streets, his mind full of questions. What will happen to his family? Will his grieving father be okay? And was it really a monster? In Lake Merritt? Is that even possible?

Ollie’s wanderings lead him to investigate the lake and its mythical monster, and he quickly learns that the creature has been feeding on the city’s homeless.

Desperate to discover the truth about his mother’s disappearance and save others in Oakland from a similar fate, Ollie sets out to find the monster. He’s joined by his crew of friends:

  •  Hiero: The Persian Mad scientist trying to build the mother of all laser cannons.
  •  App:  The Mexican vlogger using her coding ability to lift her family out of homelessness. 
  •  HAM: The Metallica loving, chariot building, Pinoy whose family harbors a secret about the Lake Merritt monster.
Ollie and his crew
Ollie and his crew

The four friends embark on an urban adventure through Oakland to hunt down the monster using scientific expertise, their own cultural knowledge and their deep friendship. They are on a mission to solve what happened to Ollie's mom, and to save the City they love. 

TOWN BIDNESS: WHY MAKE THIS MOVIE?

Benjamin Mulholland created the film to capture the essence of a changing Oakland from a city of color to a bastion of wealth. He has worked at the intersection of people and politics for over twenty years, working mostly in public television. In 2018, he was appointed a residency with the SFFilm where he researched monsters and legends from various cultures and married them to the myths of his hometown.

True to his own personal experiences, the film is a right of passage story for urban youth centered around the leap from boyhood to manhood. The story is as much a tale about the Town as it about Ben’s own personal story.

Similar to Ollie, the film’s protagonist, Ben’s mother disappeared when he was a pre-teen. This coupled with a disjointed relationship with his own father in his youth inspired the story.

The film explores the beauty and the problems of Oakland. It is a tale of two cities, but also a tale of the resilience of Oakland's citizens and a right of passage film for Oakland's youth. It’s not just kids in the suburbs that get to enjoy the adventures of Stranger Things or be a Goonie. It’s time for the kids of Oakland to have their moment, too.

The Short of it
The Short of it

THE SHORT OF IT IS...

Several film production companies and studios are interested in a feature-length version of the film, but the hurdle we need for a proof of concept short film that will show our characters, our vision and our ability to pull it all together.

The short film will be a prequel to the feature film. It will show Ollie beginning his search for the monster in an adventure filled with dreams, legends, and mysterious creatures. The short will naturally serve as the primary vehicle for getting the feature film financed and made. 

So we've come to you, the kickstarter community, to help us make that happen.

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Concept Art - Abiyoyo
Concept Art - Abiyoyo
Concept Art - Enso Sideshow
Concept Art - Enso Sideshow

The Lake Merritt Monster Movie Enamel Pin!     Designed by artist Peabe
The Lake Merritt Monster Movie Enamel Pin! Designed by artist Peabe

WHO'S MAKING THIS THING?

We've assembled a stellar group of filmmakers and auteurs to make this short film.  Our award-winning team have developed dozens of feature films and include skilled monster makers and a Tribeca Film Festival Winner.


The Lake Merritt Monster Movie Team!
The Lake Merritt Monster Movie Team!
The Lake Merritt Monster Poster
The Lake Merritt Monster Poster


Our 10k, 12k, 18k and 21k goals. The more you give, the more monster we get.
Our 10k, 12k, 18k and 21k goals. The more you give, the more monster we get.

Risks and challenges

With our Creative and Visual FX team on board we are confident that production will start on time in late summer with a finish date around September or October. Visual FX films can be challenging, but this filmmaking team is highly experienced in completing Visual FX films. Most of us are from or have lived in Oakland and we want to create something that is authentic but also shows a different side of Oakland and it's youth.

We hope to begin shipping rewards as early as June 2019. Some rewards like the actual short film itself and the premiere will be delivered in the Fall.

We don't anticipate any major challenges, but Murphy can always rear it's ugly head, so we'll be sure to communicate any issues or delays with you right away.

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    You just want us to succeed and we love you for that!
    As a thank you, you will get VIP access to exclusive backer updates and my Director’s blog! Photos, VFX tests, Crew interviews, behind the scenes videos and concept art.

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    The Abiyoyo

    My daughters favorite monster. (Unless you consider Vegeta a monster) For your patronage you will receive a special thank you in the credits of the short film, exclusive backer updates and a pre-release digital download copy of the finished short!

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    Limited Edition Lake Merritt Monster Pin

    Be the first to rock this limited edition enamel Pin. (Design is in the project description)

    This high quality enamel pin is destined to impress any monster that may try to eat you while boating on Lake Merritt. Just show it to the monster when it attacks... everything will work out.

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    • A Special Thank you in the film
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    Zombie Stunt Double

    Be an Extra in the film in one of it’s pivotal scenes. Get your 5 seconds of fame... in a crowd!

    -You will also receive a Digital Download of the short
    -A credit as an Extra
    -A digital hi-res copy of the The Lake Merritt Monster Poster.

    NOTE:
    -The shoot will be in Oakland California. Travel to and from the set will be your responsibility. Dates and Time of the shoot are TBD, so if you choose this tier, please be flexible.

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    The Renegade Aswang

    Filipino Martial Arts features heavily in the feature film. I've been studying for four years and Professor Jay of Renegade Arts has graciously donated FIVE private sessions to help me fundraise for this film. You can be a newbie or a seasoned practitioner, all are welcome! (I might even show up to practice with you)

    Note: Your travel to and from the gym in Emeryville California will be your responsibility. You will also be required to sign a waiver of liability to engage in the private lesson. (The Gym requires it and is non-negotiable)

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    • Hi-Res Copy of The lake Merritt Monster Movie Poster
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    The Premiere... as in Film Premiere

    You will be a VIP at an exclusive screening of the finished short with the cast and crew. Includes two tickets. Let's hope a monster doesn't eat you!

    PLEASE NOTE: You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the screening

    Includes:
    • Digital Hi-Res Art
    • A Special Thank you in the film
    • Pre-release 4K download of the short film
    • The Lake Merritt Monster Pin
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    The Cipactli

    What does an Executive Producer do? Find out!

    For your backing at this tier you'll get an Executive Producer credit on the short.

    PLEASE NOTE: You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the screening.

    Includes:
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    • First Pre-release 4K Download of the Short film
    • Printed and framed copy of the poster, signed by cast and crew
    • Exclusive Digital Concept Art
    • VIP tickets to the Screening of the film
    • Bragging rights!
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    The Lake Merritt Monster

    The big one. You get to be Director for a shot! Thats right you get to come in and direct a shot of the film.

    -We will plan it, block it and you get to call ACTION, CUT, and throw a temper tantrum! (J/K Don't do that, be professional!)
    -You also get to get that all important picture of you behind the camera or making the director's square in front of your face as a keep sake.
    -Also have lunch with me and the cast and crew. We’ll order some authentic Oakland cuisine!

    NOTE: Travel to and from the experience in Oakland CA is on you though. We are planning on shooting around September 2019, but shoot schedules can change so please only choose this tier if you have the ability to be flexible.

    Includes:
    • An Honorary Thank you in the credits w/ only your name on screen
    • First Pre-release 4K Download of the Short film
    • Exclusive Backer Updates
    • Printed and framed copy of the poster, signed by cast and crew
    • Exclusive Digital Concept Art
    • VIP tickets to the Screening of the film
    • The Lake Merritt Monster Pin
    • Bragging rights!
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    Your Big break!

    Get your 10 seconds of fame! Have a speaking role in one of the pivotal scenes of the short! This is your chance to be famous! ... errr infamous?

    -You will also receive a Digital Download of the short
    -A speaking credit with the character name of your choosing (within reason and good taste, you jokers)
    -A digital hi-res copy of the The Lake Merritt Monster Poster.

    A COUPLE OF NOTES:
    -The shoot will be in Oakland California. Travel to and from the set will be your responsibility. Dates and Time of the shoot are TBD, so if you choose this tier, please be flexible.
    -Also please take the speaking role seriously, if not, we’ll cut you out of the film and email you the cut of your scene for your viewing pleasure and infamy!

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    The Cape and Cowl

    I had to include my favorite Oakland Comic shop , Cape and Cowl in the film! And wouldn't you know it Crazy Eitan donated a exclusive Cape and Cowl Mystery box because he loves me so much! ( I think)

    This is a one off and I don't know what's in the mystery box but I hear its awesome! If it's a monster... I'm sorry.

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    • One Cape and Cowl Mystery Box
    • Digital download copy of the film
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    Copy of The Cape and Cowl

    Hold up Crazy Eitan wasn't done! He's donated a second mystery box! Get this one off while it's hot... cause there's only one... more. Who will be the lucky monster that scores this?

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Funding period

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