Many thanks for the positive feedback we have received so far! We’re glad that so many enjoyed our first teaser trailer. Next up is Christmas time and so we thought we should show you the slightly revised video message we recorded for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Los Angeles at the end of September. Audience there could watch an early version of the teaser trailer. And since we had no website at that point, we thought we should explain a few things about this project and have some fun. Some of you have already asked us why we’re waiting so long, indicating they’re already convinced to support us. Here is the answer by co-producer Ephraim Wörner:
We won’t sit around daydreaming though: Work on the second and third teaser trailer has already begun. Our contributing illustrators (we call them ‘visionaries’) have started to sketch out design concepts. We are collecting ideas for interesting rewards that we can offer you in March. And we will shoot our campaign video in the next few weeks – which definitely will turn out better than this first experiment here.
Many thanks to Jody Lindke from California who gave us permission to use her lovely Cthulhu Claus in our video message. You can see her Cthulhu Claus Greeting Cards here on Kickstarter where her project was successfully funded a year ago. Be quick and follow this link if you would like to purchase some cards in time for this coming Christmas!
Here it is – our first teaser trailer for “The Dreamlands”!
We hope that you enjoy this glimpse that all but goes beyond the Wall of Sleep and will follow our further progress. Don’t forget to stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or by subscribing to our newsletter!
On the occassion of launching our new website at www.the-dreamlands.com director Huan Vu has given Weird Tales Magazine an exclusive interview and a first sneak peek at our first teaser trailer:
A great honour, since this is the very same magazine that launched the careers of great authors like Ray Bradbury, Robert E. Howard – and H.P. Lovecraft. Founded in 1923 and resurrected in 1988 its mission has remained till this day to publish brilliantly strange material that can’t be found elsewhere. See more at: weirdtalesmagazine.com
Today we would like to introduce one of our ‘visionaries’: artists that are going to contribute to our film project with concept sketches and elaborate artworks.
Erik Kriek, a comic artist and illustrator from the Netherlands, is the first one, since his new graphic novel “From Beyond and Other Tales” has been released now in Germany and he will be on a signing tour in Bochum, Bonn, Frankfurt, Hannover and Berlin in the next few days.
You can see a preview of his adaptation of “The Outsider” if you follow this link. Unfortunately there is no English version planned at the moment, but we will keep you informed!
Well, we had no no luck in the last few weeks: First one of our brand-new hard disk drives decided to get a severe head crush. That wouldn’t have been a problem, since there is a backup drive with exactly the same data on it. At least we thought that. Unfortunately one folder wasn’t mirrored. Recovery attempts all failed. In the end we lost most of the making of material we shot during our recent additional shooting day in the studio. It’s a minor loss, but still very annoying.
Then another hard disk drive with rendered visual effects layers on it got lost in time and space AKA the German Mail Service. Since the sending VFX artist went into holidays afterwards, it took us almost three weeks to get it back and be able to send it out to the other artist again.
Apart from this we’re on good track – you will see some beautiful things in a few weeks!
There are really many crowdfunding platforms. What is yours? What will be ours?
This question is the reason why we are collecting a lot of information for a good decision.
Only one thing is certain : We are crowdfunding – because it is the best way to make this movie!
Therefore, we must dig ourselves through tons of raw data and hundreds of websites. We try to learn as much as possible about what others have experienced as supporters and creators of crowdfunding-campaigns to see what we need to avoid and which essential ideals we should pursue.
We already have smaller and larger ideas, of what we will offer as rewards. We would be delighted to hear from your own ideas about any reward you would like. Your idea could be the one bringing us closer to successfully financing this movie!
Mail us your thoughts and experiences.
Or just leave a comment.
Yesterday we gathered in a studio in Stuttgart-Neugereut to shoot the final scene for our preview. It’s a scene we initially planned to create as full CG animation, but we decided to opt for a greenscreen shoot with an actor in full costume instead, since the result could be much better in terms of quality and believability. And it turned out to be true: It’s just a small scene, but it was worth all the effort! Behind the scenes pictures will follow soon!
We made it back to reality – just in time! Today was the deadline for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival Los Angeles that will take place this weekend. Among many Lovecraftian short films and movies, that will be screened there, attendees will be able to watch a very first look on our project in form of an excerpt of the full preview that we’re currently working on. Most VFX shots are still unfinished so it’s a rather refrained but also very moody sequence that will have its premiere in San Pedro in a few days.
The same teaser will also be screened in Stockholm in October at the third H.P. Lovecraft Festival and in Portland, Oregon at Best of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Fest. We’re very curious about the feedback by Lovecraft fans and hope they will support us on this journey!
Last weekend director Huan Vu hosted a film night at German Cthulhu Convention 2013 taking place on Castle Rieneck. After “The Thing on the Doorstep” by Will Severin, the centerpiece of the evening, a short preview sequence of the full Dreamlands trailer was shown to the audience. Ungraded footage, no visual effects, layout sound and temp music only – but it received very positive feedback. And if a small crowd of die-hard Lovecraft fans is loving it, you can really be sure to be on the right path, I guess…