We were just as surprised as anyone else when one of our employees ran across “The Visitant” on Kickstarter.
The main portion of The Visitant is a short horror film directed and written by Nick Peterson and produced by Jon Heder starring Amy Smart as a mother trying to protect her small children from a demon played by Doug Jones. The Demon will be designed and created by Steve Wang.
The short film itself looks like it will be really good. I am a fan of Doug Jones’s work in non-human special effects makeup, with roles like Abe Sapien from Hellboy, and Pale Man from Pans Labyrinth and Steve Wang has been involved in a lot of costume effects that I’ve been impressed with. But all in all, that part isn’t what makes it worth writing about on our blog.
What is really cool is that they are making a companion game to the film to tell the origin story of the Demon, and they are making it in RPG Maker! Check out the beta trailer below:
Note: They have stated that the above is very early work, and that the characters will all be sprited from scratch and the game will have a unique 2d look.
The game will be based in the Dust Bowl during the 1930’s where you play Spencer Fitch, a farmer who makes a deal with a demon to save his family, exchanging a night of service for oceans of water. You can check out it’s Steam Greenlight page here.
It’s interesting to see a game and short film made together at the same time to work together with each other as companion pieces and both the game and short film look like they could be really interesting! Its also pretty exciting to see Napoleon Dynamite being a fan of our software.
They are currently around $5,000 short of meeting their goals with 3 days left. Make sure to check out their Kickstarter and contribute if you are as excited about it as we are. Maybe we can be the ones to push them over the edge!
What are your thoughts on the Visitant? Are you pledging? Do you think that short film and video game companion pieces can work well together? Join the discussion below in our comments section!