Monster Slayer

Bring Navajo mythology to the big screen! In this contemporary retelling of the Hero Twins story, Shondiin and Nathan Yazzie battle giant monsters on the Rez.
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Kjell Boersma
Film
Gallup, New Mexico
United States
8 Team Members

Monster Slayer is a sponsored project of Moving Picture Institute.

**UPDATE** We have our first pictures of our finished monster maquette! Here's a first look!

Monster design by Robin Lasiloo, maquette by Brenda Baumgarten

 

**UPDATE** To Celebrate reaching 25%, Everyone who donates $15 or more will receive a set of 5 Monster Slayer Buttons!

Monster Slayer Project Button Set!

 

 

 

Help us Make a Monster Slayer Short Film!

The Monster Slayer Project is a contemporary visual retelling of the story of the Navajo Hero Twins, Monster Slayer and Born for Water. This project attempts to explore who these figures might be today, and what foes they might face.

The end goal of this project is the production of a feature film or television series to be produced in the Gallup area, and on the Navajo Nation. By melding the ancient storytelling traditions of the southwest with current revolutions in digital image-making and special effects, we seek to bring these characters to life.

We are currently producing a short film to give people a taste of what we hope to accomplish. We are seeking supporters to help make this project a reality.

 

About the Project

Shelby Dayzie and Kenton Kaulity as the Hero TwinsOur film is set in a small town on the Navajo Nation and follows our protagonists, Shondiin and Nathan Yazzie as they follow in the footsteps of the legendary Hero Twins to gain the ability to defeat fearsome monsters that have been emerging from the wilderness, and to solve the mystery of their origin.

Our film seeks to bring the story of the twins to a younger generation, and to create mainstream images of native characters who are strong, self-reliant, and motivated heroes. We want to make something that will appeal to a large audience, but especially to youth from the Four Corners region.

Why we need the money

We have a small and dedicated team, and we've taken the project a long way on limited resources. Our next step is to produce something that will show people what our project is all about. We can produce the film quite economically, so a large portion of the money will go towards creating the stop-motion creature effects. We are all big fans of monster movies with practical (non-computer generated) effects, so we have enlisted the aid of stop-motion professionals to make sure that we do it right. One of our goals is to show off this area's beautiful landscapes, so we have enlisted the help of aerial photographer/cinematographer Adriel Heisey to help us capture it. Also, it's big out here! Our actors and crew need to travel long distances just to be in the same place, so we need to cover transportation, lodging, and food for everyone involved. Last of all, we would like to pay our actors reasonably well. They are trying to pay for school and other worthwhile endeavours, and we want this project to help them succeed in their goals.

Monster design by Robin Lasiloo

What you get

In addition to our undying gratitude, we've been hard at work putting together a set of rewards we are really excited about. We have a talented group of artists working on cool merch. like patches, bumper stickers, t-shirts, and posters, and we have higher level rewards, which include fine art prints, hand-made arrows, original artwork, and much more.

Additionally, we have partnered with the Moving Picture Institute, which means that all of your donations are tax deductible (for US taxpayers)!

 

Hand-made arrows by Levon Loncassion

Handmade arrow by Zuni artist Levon Loncassion

T-shirt design featuring monsters, rez truck, hogan, sheep, arrows

sew-on patch by Robin Lasiloo

Sew-on Patches by Robin Lasiloo and Monster Slayer T-Shirts

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  • $10USD
    Dloo (Prairie Dog)

    Your very own HD digital download of the finished film! Download, it, burn it, give it to your friends, it doesn't matter, it's yours! You will also receive regular movie updates, and a smug sense of self-satisfaction!

    15 claimed
  • $15USD
    Headbanger Combo

    You will receive one super awesome sew-on patch designed by the very talented Robin Lasiloo featuring the twins about to unleash some serious hurt on a pursuing monster! PATCH NOT INCLUDED IN ANY OTHER LEVELS You also receive updates, the digital download and a bumper enhancement device.

    20 claimed
  • $25USD
    Máii (Coyote)

    Decorate your wall with your very own movie poster featuring a Monster Slayer concept image. Also includes digital download and bumper sticker!

    8 claimed
  • $40USD
    Dibe (Sheep) Package

    Show off to your friends in a Monster Slayer Project T-shirt featuring some awesome conceptual artwork. Available in a number of sizes/colors. Also includes the digital download, art book PDF, bumper sticker, and project updates.

    7 claimed
  • $60USD
    Sheepherder's Combo

    This jam-packed bundle includes everything in the Dibe package, plus a DVD/BLURAY combo with a 'making-of' featurette.

    14 claimed
  • $100USD
    Monster Mash

    This collector's pack gets you a miniature monster designed and sculpted by Robin Lasiloo and cast in resin. You also receive everything in the Sheepherder's Special. AND a one-of-a-kind postcard sized monster doodle.

    4 claimed
  • $200USD
    Aerials

    This perk gets you your choice of one of three fine art prints (approx. 16" x 20") by aerial photographer / Navajo Nation pilot Adriel Heisey. Featuring breathtaking views of the Navajo Nation, at this price, these prints are a steal! Featured prints: Los Gigantes Buttes at Sunset Ship Rock with Sleeping Ute Mountain Navajo Sheep Camp, Summer Also includes everything in the Máii (Coyote) package.

    5 claimed
  • $200USD
    Shonto from Shonto

    This perk gets you your choice of fine art print (approx.16'' x 26'') by artist (and actor) Shonto Begay. These prints feature imagery with thematic links to our project, such as the twins, White Shell Woman, and Coyote. Featured prints: In the Fourth World Return to Sun / White Shell Woman My Story Rock Wintry Stalk #4 Also includes everything in the Máii (Coyote) package.

    2 claimed
  • $250USD
    Sherd Package

    With this package you get a custom designed sterling-silver arrowhead necklace crafted by master silversmith Carlton Jamon. The necklace features twin lightning and triangles of balance encompassed in an arrowhead. This fragment of our project symbolizes the balancing natures of the twins. Also includes everything in the Monster Mash.

    1 claimed
  • $300USD
    Twin Arrow Package

    In this limited quantity package you get one arrow created by artist Levon Loncassion in Zuni, NM. After cutting the straightest shoots from the invasive tamarisk, or salt cedar, Levon peels, dries, and straightens the arrows over a flame, then paints the shafts. He then cuts arrowheads out of flattened spoons with a jeweler's saw, and ties on the fletching. Because they are so labor intensive to produce, we are limiting the number available. Includes everything in the Monster Mash.

    2 out of 20 claimed
  • $500USD
    Tiníléí (Gila Monster) Package

    With this perk you get a monster miniature cast in nickel, as well as everything in the Sherd Package.

    1 claimed
  • $1,000USD
    Shush (Bear) Package

    With this perk, you really want to see this project made, and you have the means to do it! In addition to everything in the Gila Monster Package, you get your choice of either the Shonto or Aerials package, an original sketchbook page detailing the evolution of the project and an Associate Producer credit!

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  • $5,000USD
    Los Gigantes Bundle

    Not only do you want to see this project get made, you want to own a piece of it! For this package we will reluctantly part with the actual stop-motion monster model we are commissioning to be made for this project. Clocking in at over a foot tall, the monster features a ball-and-socket armature allowing it full range of motion, individually articulating claws, a foam latex body and plastic scales. You also get everything in the Shush Package, and an Exec. Producer credit!

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