Metal Dragon | Dublin

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This project was funded!

rewards for funding this project:

€20 +

You get an online credit on the website and a copy of the finished film on DVD, signed by the cast and crew.

€40 +

You can appear in the film! Simply provide a good still image and you will appear in the identity photos of the police department - either listed as a victim or an aggressor! the choice is yours. This also includes an online credit on the website and a copy of the finished film on DVD!

€60 +

You can appear in the film as an extra! Again you can be an aggressor or a victim, the choice is yours, but bear in mind victims must be younger - and the extras are mostly in crowd scenes. This also includes an online credit on the website and a copy of the finished film on DVD, but I've added a copy of the soundtrack on CD this time!

€100 +

You can appear in the film in a small part! as a police officer, or a helicopter pilot, or a chauffeur, again the choice is yours! You could even get a line of dialogue. This also includes an online credit on the website, a copy of the finished film on DVD, a copy of the soundtrack on CD, but this time you also get a credit in the film, with a T-Shirt and a Poster, signed by the cast and crew!

€150 +

You can get all of the above, but you can also contribute a small piece of sound design to the soundtrack of the film! As this is a fictitious world, its technology can be much more exotic sounding than usual, you can invent the sounds of elevators, taxis, cameras - whatever you want! again, the choice is yours. This also includes all of the above and a sound design credit in the film!

€300 +

All the above, plus a private screening of the film for your family and friends, which we'll try our best to have in the venue of your choice/recommendation. The screening will be introduced by myself, attended by as many of the key cast and crew as possible, and you'll get an 'Associate Producer' credit in the film!

a project by:
Metal Dragon

This is a science-fiction feature film being made on a shoestring budget but with resourceful, innovative working methods and an international and multi-disciplinary group of collaborators - from Irish to Japanese, French and Egyptian! It is largely based on the Chinese stories of the Monkey-King, but has been updated to a multi-cultural, fictitious, futuristic environment where the animal and monster characters have been made human. Monkey and Tripitaka, from the original 'Monkey Magic', now take the form of Mei and the Boy with no name. They develop a love story that carries them through a fantastical, fictional world - a city inspired by Heaven and Earth of the Monkey King legends. But there is also an Irish flavour in the mix ! - certain elements have been influenced by Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'. The themes of immortality in Monkey overlap with issues of the 'undead' from the world of the vampire and the film becomes an even broader mix of Asian, Middle Eastern, European and Irish folklore!

This film is being made bit by bit, with actors being filmed in studios in Dublin, and exteriors being filmed in various locations around Japan and Egypt. Although it is being shot digitally, there is little computer technology being applied in the working methods. The film is being made mostly with more traditional photographic techniques and studio practices like back-projection, model work and editing montages with location footage. The cast currently includes French actor Dominique Monot, Egyptian artist Mona Gamil, Japanese artist Junshi Murakami and Irish actress Fionnuala Collins.

It's been shooting on and off for the past year, and although 20 minutes of the film can be assembled, the bulk of principle photography with actors still needs to be done. The project now needs a last push to shoot for a few weeks over the winter to complete this photography and bring it to post-production in the new year and completion by late spring 2012. The result will be a dense tapestry of cultural references in a colourful audio-visual experience with unexpected twists and turns - a film like the mandalas of the cultures from which Monkey sprang, but with an international mix !

Although completing this film has been an ambition of my own for many years, getting it to the final hurdle can be just as satisfying and as much fun for everybody involved! There are a number of ways you can contribute to the film - you can be in it as an extra, you can have a small part, you can even contribute to the soundtrack! Check the rewards below for all the possibilities.

Thanks for reading and I hope you find it interesting and would like to see it finished.

Sept 2011