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