Award-Winning Visual Effects Artists Launch Kickstarter Campaign

harbinger-down-alien-300x200Sick of the rubbish CGI Sci-Fi and Horror film monsters? Want to be a part of cool new film? Why not have both with the Kickstarter Campaign to finance Harbinger Down?

It’s about a group of grad students who have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades – tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation.  Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for 3 decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship…

Award-winning Visual Effects artists Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr., co-founders of Studio ADI (Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.) launched a Kickstarter campaign today to finance Harbinger Down. “In the spirit of sci-fi/horror classics, Alien and The Thing, Harbinger Down is a tense, claustrophobic full-length creature film that will feature only practical Animatronic and Makeup Effects,” announced Gillis, who will write and direct.

Our company, Amalgamated Dynamics will create the kind of Oscar caliber Creature Effects for which we are known,” commented Woodruff, who will produce along with Studio ADI’s Jennifer Tung.  Lance Henriksen is set to star.

Gillis and Woodruff have over 60 years of experience between them, and have worked with many top filmmakers, including James Cameron, David Fincher, Paul Verhoeven, Ridley Scott, Neil Blomkamp, Robert Zemekis, Joe Johnston, Nora Ephron, and Mike Nichols to name-drop a few. But what will really make Harbinger Down special is passion.

Gillis added, “Fans of the art of Animatronics and Makeup FX, know this technique is currently overlooked by the big studios; I’m hoping the fans will help us remedy that by supporting this labor of love.”  Contributors to the Kickstarter Campaign will also receive unique, amazing, thrilling, one-of-a-kind incentives for supporting the project.

If all this does sounds cool enough, then check out the contributors incentives – I have picked the cheapest, and most expensive to give you some idea. You really get a lot for $10!! (See the Kickstarter link below for the whole fab list)

PLEDGE $10 OR MORE

  • SHOOTING SCRIPT PDF, A DIGITAL COPY OF ARTWORK, OUR PRODUCTION DIARY AND PRIVATE Behind the Scenes (BTS) Footage. Welcome aboard the SS Harbinger!

Estimated delivery: May 2014

PLEDGE $10,000 OR MORE

  • GET KILLED! WE CREATE YOUR GRISLY DEATH EFFECT! You’ll play a non-speaking role (screaming only) in the in the film as monster-bait, and you’ll get an on screen credit as well! You’ll have to come to ADI beforehand, so we can mold you. After the movie is completed- YOU get to keep your own dead body! Due to limited characters in the story, must be an adult male. PLUS: the ADI tour (up to 10 people), meet n greet, 2 tickets to the premiere/after party, the signed script, limited edition Blu-ray/DVD/signed numbered movie poster/ t-shirt, shooting script PDF, DD of film, movie soundtrack DD, signed photo, digital copy of artwork, our production diary and private BTS footage.

Estimated delivery: May 2014

Source: Kickstarter, Amalgamated Dynamics
Reporter: darkphoenix1701

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