Many years ago I had the idea for an animated film that would feature all the classic movie monsters in a horror comedy. It's working title: 'MonsterMania'. I came up with it long before 'Monsters vs Aliens' and 'Hotel Transylvania'. After initially finding some investment, the idea never got picked up by any of the studios. In the years that followed I have watched countless other movies featuring monsters being made instead and now I read that there will be an animated 'Frankenstein' coming out next year. Trying to make a film independently has so far never quite worked out for my studio. This is a 15min early storyboard of Act 1. It is a work in progress with stand-in voices, cheap sound effects and existing bits of music from other films. It is by no means final. There are vast amounts of early development art by Neil Ross and Andrei Riabovitchev, some of which I will share in a later post.
Funding did not stretch enough to hire a story crew continuously, instead lots of different, very talented artists helped me put this together during downtime or whenever there was a little money available. But it was great fun nevertheless.I would still love to finish the story reel one day, properly, with a team of artists chiseling away for a year or so.
In my next post I will tell you how the whole idea came to be and what happened next.