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[Kickstart This!] ‘Harbinger Down’ Promises ALL Practical Creature Feature!

We promised to try and bring you guys a few more crowdsourced projects that we thin you’d dig – well, this one promises to deliver the gore on an Academy Award winning scale (see who is involved here)!

In the spirit of sci-fi/horror classics, Alien and The Thing, Harbinger Down promises to be a tense, claustrophobic full-length creature film that will feature only practical Animatronic and Makeup Effects!

The pic, which will will celebrate animatronics and makeup effects, is coming from Creature FX Designer Alec Gillis.

Gillis will write and direct and ADI co-founder Tom Woodruff, Jr. will produce. Their company, Amalgamated Dynamics, will create the kind of Oscar caliber Creature Effects for which they are known.

The pitch?

A group of grad students 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.

As of this writing they have $65K of their $350K goal. Knowing that the company MAKING the effects are the filmmakers means there will be no false promises. Expect a whirlwind of insane special effects work as they can utilize their entire shop to deliver one hell of a new sci-fi film. You can check out the packages here. What do you guys think?



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