February 13, 2013
UPDATE / CORRECTION: This is not a remake. ‘The Las Vegas Monster’ was never made but existed as brief stop motion tests & story fragments. I am not as deep into hardcore stop motion trivia like some of my animation comrades . A momentary brain fart and I confused an old stop motion classic The Black Scorpion with this one. In the readers comments below, read David D’Champ’s reply with further details.
Recently received message by fellow Stop Motion & classic special effects aficionado Langley West, about this project on Kickstarter. It is a
remake or re-imagining of the old classic ‘The Las Vegas Monster’. Update – This will be first time that ‘The Las Vegas Monster’ will have a chance to be realized as a feature. Langley said, “It’s like crowd funding but for talent instead of money”. So any monetary contribution will help provide the talent some compensation but I am guessing, that the ‘talent’ might be offering services at very generous discounts because of passion for this project & classic special effects.
The objective: To raise funds to create a ‘Las Vegas Monster’ Teaser/Trailer as a tool to help sell the full project to investors (or more contributors). When you go to Kickstarter site and scroll down, you will see the talent listed. I responded to Langley and said to feel free to include my name ‘Lionel Orozco – Stop Motion Armature Designer & Engineer’, but I do not see my name listed yet? Anyway, checkout the Kickstarter Las Vegas Monster info and you will also get some historical perspective of the original classic B-Movie. Are you tired & bored with mundane CGI homogenized over-slickified entertainment in the current market, and yearn for real fun & escapism recalling the retro days of past B-movies? Help spread the word about this project ….
Of course today with more advanced Stop Motion techniques, any new creature character animation would be significantly more sophisticated with perhaps newer, different, or much more finessed design interpretation of the ‘Monster’. Here is original concept tests animation of the Las Vegas Monster done in the late 1950’s…
P.S. Although SMW News did a past write-up & commentary about Crowd Funding sites in general, I really do not know the details how it works. I assume, if the funding does not make its goal then all funds contributed so far, goes back to zero? I am assuming one can start-up another crowd funding effort for the same project? You know, give it more chances to get funding for a worthy project.