FULL MOON'S NEWSFLASH Vol. 24
"Legendary Unfinished Full Moon Film THE PRIMEVALS Launches Multi-Tier Indiegogo Campaign!"
The year was 1994. Full Moon founder Charles Band and legendary stop-motion animation effects artist David Allen set out to make what would be the biggest and most ambitious Full Moon movie to date--a long in development passion project of Allen's that he directed in Romania and the Italian Alps with a large cast and larger than life sets.
The idea was to have a wide window to finish those effects but then Allen fell ill to cancer and passed away in 1999, effectively shelving THE PRIMEVALS indefinitely. This year, however, Band and Endicott re-connected with the aim to revive the project.
Band and Allen planned for a long post-production period in which Allen would create hundreds of intricately designed and animated effects shots. But when Allen fell ill and passed away in 1999, the highly anticipated film sat unfinished, with Full Moon fans all over the world wondering if they would ever be able to see Allen's now-mythical magnum opus.
That time has come.
Finally, after decades in the vault, Full Moon is launching am Indiegogo campaign to release David Allen’s THE PRIMEVALS and we’re calling on our fans to help fulfill David’s vision and bring this larger-than-life-retro-sci-fi epic to lustrous life.
David Allen had been manipulating and advancing the art of stop-motion FX as far back as 1970's EQUINOX (released by our Wizard Video as THE BEAST in the early 80s) and developed in early Charles Band collaborations like LASERBLAST and THE DAY TIME ENDED, eventually perfecting his trade in Full Moon classics like PUPPET MASTER and SUBSPECIES. But through all this, there was THE PRIMEVALS -- Allen's dream project, one that dates back to the early 1970s. With this film, David had brought together all the elements he wanted to explore in science fiction/fantasy filmmaking. Meanwhile Allen continued to evolve his craft throughout the 80s in films like YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES, BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED and WILLOW, but finally, in the mid-90s, Band and Allen officially began production of THE PRIMEVALS. With lavish sets constructed in Romania and exotic locations like the Italian Alps, David Allen directed his pet project. After the live action photography was completed, Allen and his crew, including longtime associate Chris Endicott (THE AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR), began the exhaustive work on the intricate effects. Lizard warriors, monsters, Kong-like Yeti Gods...all were here and all were awesome.
When Full Moon finally completes the film this year, THE PRIMEVALS will be be released as a Special Edition Blu-ray set that will feature two alternate edits of the film. The first will be the new, completed cut overseen by producer Charles Band. The second will be the "director’s cut"-- faithfully assembled as David Allen intended and containing special animated storyboards representing the unrealized shots from THE PRIMEVALS. Both films will make for a fascinating comparative study, creating the definitive THE PRIMEVALS experience. A third disc will premiere a feature-length THE PRIMEVALS documentary from Daniel Griffith of Ballyhoo Motion Pictures loaded with never before available behind the scenes and archival footage from the many years of this film’s amazing journey.