Easter holidays slowed us down quite a bit but we now have practically reached 20,000 EUR after 9 days and a special thank you goes out to Ulrich Reichert and Khanh Nguyen!
Now you get to see artworks by Steve Santiago and Richard Luong – both US American illustrators should be familiar to many Lovecraft fans: Steve has contributed many artworks to the Lovecraft eZine and Richard was the art director and lead artist behind Sandy Petersen’s crowdfunded board game Cthulhu Wars.
Stay tuned for more updates – Happy Easter!
We have received more than 10,000 EUR in four days, that’s a pretty good start! Watch this video to stay updated:
And here you can see some conceptual artworks by Sergej Schell:
You can find more conceptual artworks for “The Dreamlands” and of course other freelance and personal work on his website at www.studio-schell.com.
Please support us and spread the word to everyone you know! Only then we can make it, we have to reach as many people as possible in the next few weeks.
Tomorrow night (around 10pm Central European Summer Time) we will finally launch our campaign! More or less in sync with the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon where the full (albeit not fully finished) 6-minutes preview of “The Dreamlands” will have its premiere. This preview consists of the three already released teaser trailers and new connecting scenes you haven’t seen yet. On our campaign page you will learn about how to unlock and get to see that longer preview.
And what’s about that astronaut kid? Well, SPACEBOY is a company for crowdfunding support founded by Timo Vuorensola, the director of IRON SKY. And he and his fresh new company agreed to help us running this campaign! I’m really grateful for the upcoming guidance and support by Timo who has extensive crowdfunding experience as an independent filmmaker, very good connections to the entertainment industry and last but not least is a big Lovecraft fan as well.
And it’s not that we can’t need additional help for the campaign. Due to being forced to postpone the campaign by more than a full month, our personal schedules got mixed up – both co-producers will be gone soon: Ephraim Wörner already accepted a job opportunity starting April 19th that will bind him for full three weeks and Jan Roth will depart this Saturday for a long planned Kung Fu training vacation in a Chinese Shaolin temple for more than a month (no kidding, you shouldn’t mess with him).
It would be extremely hard to run this campaign almost alone, having to pay my bills as well – so I’m really thankful and looking forward to this collaboration with SPACEBOY!
Anyone out there who would like to offer his or her help? We have made flyers for our crowdfunding campaign and it would take much workload from us if you could spread them in your local area for us. We’re thinking of film festivals, cinema theaters, book and gaming stores, role-playing events, observatories, obscure brain research debates… whereever someone could be interested in this project!
If you can spend some time in the next few weeks to talk to theater and store owners and alike to convince them to support “The Dreamlands” by putting those flyers on display, just raise your hand, contact us and we will send you a bunch. All Preaching Cultists will receive a gift from us during production for honoring the Outer Gods by this way!
(Artwork by Steve Santiago, one of our Visionaries)
We have decided to move our campaign to Indiegogo, the world’s second largest crowdfunding platform after Kickstarter. It was just too complicated to fulfill Kickstarter’s regulations where a US bank account is mandatory. It would have meant much paperwork. And we would have needed counsel by an attorney to avoid tax issues.
Indiegogo hasn’t seen many Lovecraftian and only a couple of bigger film projects yet, but their international orientation is actually really helpful for us. Whereas Kickstarter only allowed backing by credit card, Indiegogo is based on PayPal, which is much more comfortable for Europeans (credit cards aren’t as widespread here as in North America).
So when do we start? We have to do some remaining paperwork and set up our campaign page in the next few days. Expect us to finally launch in a week or two. See you soon!
Meet another illustrator from our circle of visionaries: FuFu Frauenwahl (yes, it’s an alias, no one really knows where it comes from) is a German-American comicbook artist and illustrator currently living in Berlin. He was born in 1974, studied graphic design in Nuremberg, Germany and comicbook art (“la BD”) in Angoulême, France. His main focus lies in narrative formats, with a strong tendency towards the weird and the fantastic. He has worked on many games (RPGs and computer games), books, films and stage productions.
Just recently he has been featured in the latest VIRUS magazine, talking about his new game Zombory and also “The Dreamlands”. Currently he is very busy working on several artworks for our film, soon you will get a glimpse of what’s to come!
Oh and by the way – today marks the 77th anniversary of H.P. Lovecraft’s death. Let’s commemorate this dreamlandish number with this animated graphic by FuFu Frauenwahl:
In this month’s Nautilus magazine you can find a two-pages interview with director Huan Vu where he talks about this project. He also mentioned the latest addition to our crew – experienced special makeup effects artist Dave Snyder, who worked on big feature films like the last two “Star Trek” movies or “Pirates of the Caribbean”. A tremendous Lovecraft fan, he also participated in “The Whisperer in Darkness” by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society and thus Huan Vu and Jan Roth had the chance to talk to him at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival 2011 in Portland, Oregon. Dave liked “Die Farbe” very much and expressed that he would love to contribute to the next film project, if there should be one.
Soon we will find out if that’s going to be the case! We can only say that we’re very excited and that we’re looking forward to work with such an expert in his field.
Currently Kickstarter is only open for creators based in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. That’s why we asked Brian Callahan, festival director of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon in Portland, Oregon to help us setting things up. Brian just recently finished the Kickstarter campaign for the next festival successfully and will clear the way for us in the next few days. Due to some important preparations that we still have to do, we cannot launch our campaign as planned on March 1st, though. We need at least a full week to be ready, so please stay tuned!
Our third teaser trailer for “The Dreamlands” is dedicated to visionary artist Zdzisław Beksiński who died today 9 years ago. Will his works never be forgotten.
In two weeks we will launch our crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Please share this teaser trailer and support us!