Kickstart Sunday: THE NINGYO

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This week on Kickstart Sunday, we’d like to highlight The Ningyo, by Miguel Ortega.  This short film takes a look at Cryptozoology in the early 1900’s.  This is an insanely ambitious looking project, being filmed entirely in the filmmakers’ home, with the gaps being filled in with some fantastic looking CG.

The film looks to have something of a Lovecraft feel, which intrigues me even more.  They’re looking for $50,000 to complete the project, with anything extra going to further development of the story, including new chapters and segments.  As of now, they have nearly $22,000 with 17 days left so donate what you can and let’s help make this project a reality.  Hit the break for more  information.

Our project is a 1909 period film pilot about cryptozoology. The search for mythological or unproven creatures. A Faustian tale about loosing oneself in the process of achieving our goals.


Dr. Marlowe, a paleontologist and professor, finds a piece of a map pointing to the place where the Ningyo, the mythical Japanese creature, could be found. The legend claims whomever consumes its flesh will attain remarkable longevity. He presents the project to his peers, who mock and dismiss him as a fraud. He decides to risk everything and go after the Ningyo on his own in hopes to bring to light what could be one of the greatest contributions to science. What he could not anticipate is that, in his search, he is confronted with a choice that puts the very foundations of his morality to the test.


A Ponce De Leon type adventure involving deep sea diving and underwater caverns.


This is a pilot for what we hope will be a series or feature film. (currently 15-22 minutes in length)