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.
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 is a HEART-FILLED STORY with just the right amount of COMIC RELIEF."
- Academy Nicholl Fellowship
With the help of his estranged daughter, a disgraced cryptozoologist mounts an expedition to find one of mythology's rarest creatures.
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
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.
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.
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
"BEASTS UNDISCOVERED gives a look into the HUMAN SIDE of a man who spends his life looking for MONSTERS."
-The Black List
"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
We are currently in preproduction on BEASTS UNDISCOVERED. For more information, further inquiries, or to join our expedition, drop us a line.