Category: Crowdsourced Projects
A. Quinton — Oct. 14th 2015
Back in August, me and some pals put out a little magazine called WEREWOLVES VERSUS: THE 1990s, and it was so fun that we’re doing it again! Issue two, WEREWOLVES VERSUS: ROMANCE comes out in early 2016, and this time I’m opening submissions to anyone who has a good idea.
“But”, I hear you asking, “what kind of ideas are appropriate for a magazine that’s basically just a digest of werewolf mashups?” That’s a very good question, and here is your answer:
…take the idea of a werewolf, and the idea of romance, and whatever (PG-13) messed up thing comes out of combining the two is what we wanna see.
I’m not looking for a bunch of conventional romance stories (or comics, or poems) where one or both partners are lycanthropes. I want to see first dates ruined by overzealous monster hunters on patrol, pickup artists ground into hamburger for trying to neg the wrong person, and polyamorous triads trying to work out pack dynamics.
Got an idea? Good: here’s how to pitch it, and what you’ll get if your idea is accepted:
If you would like to contribute, put your idea for a contribution into this pitch form before October 24th.
WV02 will be accepting 15 contributors, each of whom will receive a percentage of all sales of this issue, plus a physical copy. For full details on contributor terms, payments and licensing/rights, go here.
A. Quinton — Sep. 14th 2015
Want to start the week with a “hell yes, people are making cool stuff” boost of energy? Check out the latest promo video for Hair of the Dog, the crowdfunding-in-progress werewolf/addiction feature film by Michael Butts, Scott Crain and Will Cassidy. It’s called “Side Effects”, and was “inspired by all the cheesy medical commercials that list all those crazy side effects.”
Every time I see a promo piece from this crew, I’m impressed by the production quality and the tone of the humour they’re extracting from the material. For a deeper look at the concept, read this interview Michael and I did back in June.
They’re looking to raise another $7,300 so they can get this thing shot, so if you have a few bucks laying around, consider chipping in instead of buying that tenth pumpkin spice latte of the month (typed while drinking my second of the month).
A. Quinton — Aug. 27th 2015
Were- is one half of an already-funded Kickstarter campaign by Joshua Palmatier’s anthology press Zombies Need Brains. The other half, Alien Artifacts, has a clear subject, but as its weird punctuation implies, Were- has a catch. It’s a were-creature anthology with only one rule: no werewolves allowed.
We’ve all read hundreds of stories about werewolves . . . but what about the less famous of the were-clans—the werelions, wereducks, and wereferns? These underrepresented families need to come out of the dark, full moon or not! From light and humorous to dark and serious, this anthology will explore other varieties of were-creatures and tell their stories. No werewolves allowed! Edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray, it will contain approximately 14 stories with an average length of 6000 words each. The anthology will include short stories by: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Phyllis Ames, Patricia Bray, David B. Coe, Faith Hunter, Gini Koch, Seanan McGuire, and Jean Marie Ward. All other slots aside from the named authors will be filled by the open call for submissions following the successful completion of the Kickstarter.
There are two reasons that I’m sharing a link to an explicitly werewolf-free anthology on my werewolf-centric site. First, my initial research shows that Joshua Palmatier knows what he’s doing. ZNB has already published two successful titles, and with his $10,000 goal exceeded and two weeks left to go, Were- and Alien Artifacts seem like sure things. Also, he’s the kind of Kickstarter person who backs more projects than he starts, which to me is the mark of a community-minded person who just wants to see cool shit get made.
Second: werewolves are great, but it’s possible to over-use them.
Before you take up your pitchforks and torches, ask yourself, how many stories, movies or comics have you seen where the werewolf antagonist could be substituted with any other monster without significantly altering the narrative? I can immediately think of three as I sit here on the train, and they’re all works I really enjoyed.
Despite my obvious bias, I don’t think a storyteller should necessarily pull the werewolf lever unless the plot could benefit from a uniquely (and not always traditional) lycanthropic aspect – a full moon, lupine features, an allergy to silver, veterinarians and buttoned-up shirts. As a stand-in for “generic monster”, the werewolf is just as capable as any other beast, but it’s nice to see other human-animal hybrids get some exposure. Bring on the were-rats!
A. Quinton — Aug. 20th 2015
Filmmaker Kei Pervaiz has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her upcoming art house/horror film Mai-Coh, about an “ancient Navajo curse” brought to life and a young woman who “craves blood and revenge”.
…this story is about a female descendent of a Navajo tribe who becomes unfortunate enough to come in to possession of a cursed Wolf Skin. Bonding with the Wolf Skin and conflicted between the evil it brings, we follow our main character’s journey to redeem her human spirit and hopefully, break the curse OR embrace it.
Pervaiz’s company, Bad Wolf Films, is “inspired by B-Movies, World Cinema, Surrealism and a fascination with dream psychology. Bad Wolf Films often include themes of “Nightmarish Visions, Death Rituals, Mirrors and The Self,” some of which are evident in the teaser for Pervaiz’s previous film, Maya.
The campaign is looking to raise £5,000 in the next 20 days, and is offering the usual buffet of backer rewards. I really like the promotional art by Shannon Legler, and I’d definitely be into postcards or posters.
A. Quinton — Aug. 11th 2015
Blood Red Moon is a comic series written by Victor Wright and illustrated/coloured by Carlos Villas. The first issue – in which vikings try to turn a captive werewolf into a werewolf factory – is the subject of an already-successful Kickstarter campaign to cover printing costs.
Blood Red Moon is about a clan of Viking warriors who capture a werewolf and use him to turn their own people into savage beasts ready for all out war. Forcibly wed into the clan the monster has no alternative other than to obey and he does so – at first reluctantly, but soon he succumbs to the way of the beast realising he can benefit from the ordeal.
The campaign has already exceeded its£1,250 funding goal, but there’s still time before it ends on Thursday to contribute and get a copy, plus art postcards, an alternate cover, a t-shirt and more. Check it out!
A. Quinton — Jul. 13th 2015
Last year, Dawn Brown raised over $20,000 on Kickstarter to produce the first two episodes of a web series based on the House of Monsters stop motion shorts she wrote and directed. The series July 28th on Vimeo, and it look fantastic.
In addition to elevated production quality – I mean seriously, check out these incredible puppets – these two episodes feature Christopher Lloyd as the voice of Dr. Gaulstone, “the patriarch of a dysfunctional monster family which includes werewolves, mummies, zombies, and vampires”. As if I needed another reason to watch these.
Both episodes will be available to rent for a combined CAD $2.49, or you can purchase them for CAD $5.00. That’s super cheap, you guys. Like, surprisingly cheap. I believe future episodes are planned, contingent upon the success of these two episodes, and the generation of some more funding. Frankly, I think the trailer alone should be enough to secure them another eight episodes.
A. Quinton — Jun. 26th 2015
In May I posted about Michael Butts’ fundraising efforts for his short film “I’m a Werewolf, but that’s OK!”. Today I’m happy to share with you a short Q&A with Michael, as well as some news about the film’s length (it’s getting longer) and title (it’s changing).
The questions and answers were done via email, and when he sent his answers back, Michael mentioned that the film’s title is now the simpler, punchier, alcoholism-alluding “Hair of the Dog”. He also plans to shoot the film as a feature, rather than a short, which is a good move for something so character-driven. “With everything that I want to put into the story,” he says, “I think it will be more beneficial not to rush and instead fully develop the characters.”
Planning and shooting a feature is a hell of a lot more work than shooting a short, but Michael hasn’t increased his $10,000 fundraising goal. As you’ll read below, this is a project driven by enthusiasm and a need to tell the story. I have a feeling any sacrifices necessary to turn “Hair of the Dog” into a feature will come at the expense of Michael’s time and energy, rather than the budget. That’s the kind of dedication I was talking about earlier this week with League of STEAM, and it makes me glad to see!
AQ: What’s a filmmaking achievement from your own career that you’re especially proud of?
MB: I’ve only been a filmmaker for a short time, but I’d have to say that producing and directing a music video for a local band ‘Sleep Nation’ would have to be the achievement I’m most proud of thus far. Overall, it was a blast to make and the band was beyond satisfied with the finished product. It’s always a good feeling when the client is pleased with your work and even more so when they’re eager to work with you again.
The great teaser trailers you’ve shared reveal a man dealing with the consequences of his, shall we say, unruly behaviour. At the risk of inviting spoilers, will the film spend any time showing this bad behaviour as it happens? (This is my long-winded way of asking “will we get to see the werewolf?”)
Absolutely! What’s a werewolf film without a werewolf, right?
What’s the one thing you’re most excited about in the production of this short film, other than completing it and getting it out in front of an audience?
The experience alone is exciting enough for me. Working with fun, professional people who enjoying doing what I love is what excites me most about this project or any project I’m apart of. Of course, making a film about a werewolf doesn’t hurt any.
Given the teaser trailers and the synopsis on the GoFundMe page, it’s tempting to make some assumptions about possible themes in the film – rebuilding bridges, making amends, and seeking acceptance and redemption, all while still harbouring the monster that made all that penance necessary. The werewolf is a great representation of those concepts, but did you choose to make a short film about a werewolf for additional (or completely different) reasons?
I wanted to make a film about a werewolf for a while now. I’m a huge fan of the classic monster, but I wanted to do something different, something original, something we haven’t really seen before. Make him relatable. Also, I wanted addiction to play an integral part with telling this story. I thought what better way than to use the werewolf as the prime symbol of addiction and what it can do to the person and to their friends and family. One way or another, addiction affects us all. Not all addictions are as severe as others, but we all have them, whether it’s an addiction to shopping, drugs, alcohol, or even murder (I’m talking about you, Dexter Morgan).
GoFundMe supporters will get a digital copy, but what other plans do you have for getting the completed film in front of audiences?
My plan is to submit the film in to every possible film festival that I can. Also hope to upload to VOD, Hulu, and Amazon, etc. I want everyone to be able to have an opportunity to watch my film, especially the ones who have a love for werewolves.
Facebook says you’re a fan of my arch-rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks, who recently won the Stanley Cup. What if a mysterious stranger offered you a deal that would guarantee your film gets funded in exchange for Chicago having lost the Cup to Tampa Bay?
Oh man, now that’s a tough decision. Why would you ask that? I suppose in this situation, I’d probably take the deal if only for the simple reason that there will always be other hockey games next season, but only one opportunity for me to make this first film!
As a Vancouver Canucks fan, I’m used to consoling myself with the knowledge that there will be other hockey games next season. Thanks to Michael for taking the time to answer my questions!
If you couldn’t already tell, I have a good feeling about Hair of the Dog. Shooting starts in October, and I want Michael to have the budget he needs. Please do have a look at the newly edited promo at the top of this post (or here), and check out the GoFundMe campaign for news and more details.
A. Quinton — Jun. 24th 2015
In a post to their Kickstarter campaign, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi reveal the reason for the unexpected delay in their film’s journey to physical media in North America, and how that’s impacted the other backer rewards.
The DVD was meant to be available in May, but the message, which was only sent to backers, indicates it’ll still be out this summer:
Due to a big legal wrangle with an American contract demon, the DVD has been pushed back to July 21st. The worst part of this though is that our Kickstarter rewards are all tied in with the DVD release and this means that we can’t produce them until it is all sorted. It hasn’t been that easy but we are nearly there.
I’m cool with that! As delays go, two months is totally within reason, and the cause of the wrangle is “lawyers being lawyers”, not “we messed up”. Besides, you can watch the film right now via Amazon Instant Video, and a t-shirt like this is worth waiting for.
A. Quinton — Jun. 23rd 2015
Steampunk performance art troupe League of STEAM has released a werewolf-centric episode of their award-winning adventure/comedy web series. Episode eight of season 3 “follows the League’s werewolf hunter, Jasper Mooney, as he tells tales of his lifelong hunt for an elusive white werewolf.”
It’s not easy to step into the middle of the third season of any series and immediately “get it”, let alone a show set in an elaborate world full of meticulously kitted-out characters, but producer Trip Hope set me up with some context.
The story spans four distinct time periods and locations, each evoking a unique Western feeling. The most elaborate set piece is Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, which is shown in one continuous minute-long shot featuring nearly 20 performers, fire breathing, juggling, stunts, and more. Most of the scenes were shot in low light, relying solely on campfires, lanterns, and ambient moonlight, which gives the image a unique, naturalistic quality.
The steampunk aesthetic isn’t really my thing, but show me something like this – a creation of exuberance and fun that displays a high level of care, effort and craftsmanship – and you have described the abstract “super-thing” that encapsulates all the stuff I really like. When you care so much about the quality and detail in a 10-minute episode of the web series you do for fun that you build your own rad-looking full body werewolf suit with glowing eyes, whether or not I “like” ornamental bracers or goggles on hats becomes irrelevant.
Update 2015-06-25: I got a very nice follow-up email from Trip with some behind-the-scenes details that underscore the effort that went into this episode.
We literally spent 2+ months on the werewolf suit alone – and three full weekends of filming spread out over 4 months to get the locations we wanted. That’s real snow in the mountains, a real tiny cabin on wheels shot at a steam engine museum, and literally a remote desert location for the fireside encampment – not to mention, creating our own behind-the-scenes circus of tents with our friends who have some fun side show talents.
I hope you got a “go make cool stuff” contact high off of that. I sure did!
A. Quinton — Jun. 20th 2015
After last year’s unsuccessful but encouraging campaign, Tales of the Wolfman has returned to Kickstarter with a bigger, badder, more adorable campaign that’s jam-packed with even monsters and fairytale creatures.
The Tales of the Wolfman series is a retelling of the Red Riding Hood story that poses the question, what if Red met the Wolf, fell in love and married him? But in this case, the Wolf is a Wolfman. In this all-ages series, writer David Gruba and artist Rene Castellano play with the possibilities of Wolf and Red’s uncommon pairing by blending Universal Monsters with Fairy Tale Classics.
This Kickstarter campaign is seeking $5,000 produce a physical book containing the two latest comics in the series, Feast of the Wolfman and Time of the Wolfman, plus a new mini-comic exclusive to the book, and a collection of Wolf & Red artwork from a gigantic list of contributors. You can see some previews of that art at the bottom of this post.
The rewards are exactly what I want from a campaign based on a series with a lot of content: digital and physical copies of the new book, your name in the credits, and original artwork. You can also get Bride of the Wolfman and House of the Wolfman, the first two comics in the series (I have them and they’re adorable). Also, if you’re speedy and / or lucky, you can be one of the four backers who gets drawn into the new mini-comic as a party guest.
The campaign ends on Monday, July 20th. Go check it out! David and Rene are wonderful guys making a great comic that’s fun for adults and kids alike, and they deserve your support.