What is Godzilla: Heritage?
Since Godzilla's first attack in 1954, mankind has been under constant threat from gigantic creatures known as "Superfauna" - animals mutated by the coming of the nuclear age and man's abuse of the atom's destructive power. Humanity was united against a common foe and for almost 60 years, worked collectively to study and combat the creatures as millions died, cities crumbled and the world's economy continued to collapse. Now, the world seems to finally be bringing the threat under control. Jack Martin is a correspondent for United World News and the grandson of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Steve Martin, who's riveting coverage of the 1954 raid on Tokyo made him a legend. With his grandfather's shadow always overhead, Jack has spent his career attempting to forge his own legacy, showing great promise as a journalist before spiraling into depression. In the process, he has severally damaged both his reputation and his marriage to family friend, Kaori Ogata. Before leaving the agency, Jack decides to travel to a small pacific island with his life-long friend Mitch Lawrence, who now runs UWN's old newspaper division. While the two wait to attend a ground-breaking ceremony for a new building, Godzilla suddenly reappears after nearly 30 years of absence...and he hasn't returned alone. With the King of the Monsters' threat looming, Jack must decide whether to flee or finally embrace his heritage and report the attack as it happens - risking not only his life, but the lives of his best friend and his wife.
Who is behind Godzilla: Heritage?
Godzilla: Heritage's concept has drawn the interest of several talented artists and actors on an international level. The project was conceived by Upstate NY filmmakers Tim Schiefer and Greg Graves, life-long monster movie fans.
Rashaad Santiago will be creating most of the film's creature effects. Rashaad is a very talented and upcoming effects makeup artist from The Bronx and the winner of the 6th season of Syfy channel's reality show Face Off. Rashaad is also a life-long fan of the film's titular character. Creating the film's non-creature makeup effects along with Rashaad is the wonderful Tess Laeh, another of the talented individuals featured in season 6. She will also be making some of the props used in the film.
The creatures' concept art was created by Greg and Elden Ardiente, who worked together extensively to come up with new, naturalistic and interesting looks for the many monsters that exist in the world of Godzilla: Heritage. Elden is a graphic designer and creature concept artist residing in Sydney, Australia and his amazing visions are being transformed into creature suit form by Rashaad.
The visual effects for the film will be created and supervised by Chris Bloomer. His VFX credits include Zombieland, Dragonball: Evolution, Warehouse 13 and Lost Girl. Mr. Bloomer's work is fantastic and he will be essential in blending the film's practical and visual effects. He has also recently completed his own fan film Terminator: The Final Transmission of John Connor.
The writers include Tim Schiefer and Greg Graves, who wrote the film's story. Script drafts were written by both Tim and Val Roder. Valerie is a producer, screenwriter and performer working in New York City. In addition to her screenplays, she created and hosts a successful improvisation show in the city, Story Time. In addition, her writing has been featured in both The Washington Post and she maintains a popular blog East meets Midwest.
The film has been produced thus far by Greg, Tim and Rashaad who have worked and networked extensively to put together the crew working, secure shooting locations, materials and actors to be a part of the film...and hopefully everyone donating to this project can be counted in that soon as well!
Check out the full project and info on the Kickstarter here and support this great project.