Beasts Undiscovered
 

"Like all good speculative fiction, BEASTS UNDISCOVERED uses its heightened framework to present relatable, human themes. There is a SMART, often BITING SENSE OF HUMOR." 

- The Black List

 
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The Project

 
Gentlemen with gorilla skeleton
 

BEASTS UNDISCOVERED is an award-winning feature film project. Its script was covered in Variety, and spent six months as a "Top Script" on The Black List, one of whose reviewers called it, "a charming, off-beat crowd-pleaser." Similar in tone to Sundance darlings like Little Miss Sunshine and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, it's a high concept adventure-comedy with a large, built-in audience and a unique, indie film heart. 

 

 Thanks to the efforts of conservationists like Joanne Dorsett, the Texas Coonigator was removed from the Endangered Species List in 2014.

Thanks to the efforts of conservationists like Joanne Dorsett, the Texas Coonigator was removed from the Endangered Species List in 2014.

Focused on cryptozoology, or the search for mythical creatures, BEASTS UNDISCOVERED breathes life into the stories and legends that we've all been hearing--and have wanted to believe--since childhood. It's also a story about a father who's a dreamer and a daughter who's trying to reconcile her father's dreams with her own reality. 

 

Made through a combination of private financing and support from two Denver-area universities, where the creators teach filmmaking, BEASTS UNDISCOVERED will showcase some of the spectacular locations and scenery of Colorful Colorado. The film is also eligible for a 20% Colorado Production Incentive rebate.

 

BEASTS UNDISCOVERED is currently in preproduction, with principal photography slated to begin in summer 2019.

"With a setup that reels you in, and an ADVENTURE THAT HOOKS YOU, Jake's quest to find the elusive sasquatch is a HEART-FILLED STORY with just the right amount of COMIC RELIEF." 

- Academy Nicholl Fellowship

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The Story

With the help of his estranged daughter, a disgraced cryptozoologist mounts an expedition to find one of mythology's rarest creatures.


 Norwegian explorer Hjálmar Arnar Vilhjálmsson poses in 1909 with the stone troll he found while hunting winter mushrooms.  Vilhjálmsson  disappeared mysteriously two days later while crossing a bridge..

Norwegian explorer Hjálmar Arnar Vilhjálmsson poses in 1909 with the stone troll he found while hunting winter mushrooms. Vilhjálmsson disappeared mysteriously two days later while crossing a bridge..

Jake discovered the Loch Ness Monster, but that was decades ago, and he's been unable to top the feat since. Instead it's been his former protégé, Gilmore, discovering manticore pups and chupacabra, wowing the press and corporate sponsors with techniques he stole from Jake. 

 

Obsessions with fantastic creatures and beastly rivalries haven't helped Jake's personal life either, and his daughter, Sarah, barely speaks to him since the divorce. But when Sarah inadvertently brings Jake a clue about the still undiscovered Sasquatch, he'll beg, borrow, and steal his way into an expedition, bribing the reluctant Sarah and a small team of eccentrics to head out into the spectacular Rocky Mountains. 

 

To survive the wilderness, their competitors, and the fantastic creatures themselves, Jake and Sarah must face the toll of Jake's Quixotic dreams, and find a way to recapture the sense of wonder they once shared.

"This offbeat, high-concept comedy packs a SURPRISINGLY STRONG EMOTIONAL PUNCH and features a good central relationship which should appeal to MARQUEE-NAME ACTORS."

- The Black List

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The Market

 
 A still from the 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film, considered by many to be the most definitive evidence of Bigfoot's existence. 

A still from the 1967 Patterson-Gimlin film, considered by many to be the most definitive evidence of Bigfoot's existence. 

Cryptozoology is a massive, global phenomenon. Most of us have heard tales of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster from childhood, and interest in such creatures is both broad and deep.

  • According to a 2012 poll, a full 29% of Americans believe that Bigfoot is real.
  • Even mainstream news outlets like The Huffington Post have dedicated Bigfoot pages with tens of thousands of unique monthly visitors.
  • The Series Finding Bigfoot was one of the highest performing shows ever on Animal Planet, with 1.6 viewers watching season two. 


 For some it's genuine, and for others its kitsch, but theres no denying the fascination that legendary creatures inspire in so many of us.

For some it's genuine, and for others its kitsch, but theres no denying the fascination that legendary creatures inspire in so many of us.

BEASTS UNDISCOVERED has an international audience as well:

  • In Scotland, 24% believe in the Loch Ness Monster.
  • Road construction was halted in Iceland in 2013 due to an overwhelming public concern about interfering with the habitat for fairies and trolls. 
  • Versions of Bigfoot are found in China (The Yeren), Australia (Yowie), South Africa (Waterbonnejan), Russia (Almas), Japan (Higabon), New Zealand (Moehau Man), and many more countries around the world.

 These examples from pop culture are just the tip of the iceberg. Hoo-boy is this stuff everywhere!

These examples from pop culture are just the tip of the iceberg. Hoo-boy is this stuff everywhere!

The audience for BEASTS UNDISCOVERED is enormous, and with its mix of comedy and heart, BEASTS UNDISCOVERED speaks to both true believers or tongue-in-cheek creature fans. Our viewers are out there, and unlike many cryptids, we know exactly where to find them!

"An ORIGINAL, ENGAGING and CINEMATIC story. I can't express enough HOW MUCH I ENJOYED THIS SCRIPT."

- Seattle Int'l Film Festival

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Awards


Reviews

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 The gorilla was once believed to be a mythical creature, and this 1842 woodcut depicts explorer Percy Du Chaillu encountering the "hairy wild man" in the Belgian Congo. This particular expedition ended tragically when Du Chaillu shot the creature, only to find that it was actually his assistant Arthur Winterbottom, who had dressed up in the costume as a prank. 

The gorilla was once believed to be a mythical creature, and this 1842 woodcut depicts explorer Percy Du Chaillu encountering the "hairy wild man" in the Belgian Congo. This particular expedition ended tragically when Du Chaillu shot the creature, only to find that it was actually his assistant Arthur Winterbottom, who had dressed up in the costume as a prank. 

 

"BEASTS UNDISCOVERED gives a look into the HUMAN SIDE of a man who spends his life looking for MONSTERS."

-The Black List

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"The relationship between jake and sarah feels so genuine; the PERFECT MIXTURE of LOVE and FRUSTRATION between a FATHER and a DAUGHTER"

- Seattle Int'l Film Festival

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 Thomas Marcon on the Jersey Shore in 1952. In the moments after this iconic photo was taken, Marcon was the first to learn of the dangers of handling a sea monkey's tail, and a memorial to him still stands in Seaside Heights today.

Thomas Marcon on the Jersey Shore in 1952. In the moments after this iconic photo was taken, Marcon was the first to learn of the dangers of handling a sea monkey's tail, and a memorial to him still stands in Seaside Heights today.

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We are currently in preproduction on BEASTS UNDISCOVERED.  For more information, further inquiries, or to join our expedition, drop us a line.

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