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The Ningyo

A project in Los Angeles, CA by Miguel Ortega

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A 1909 period film about Cryptozoology. The search for mythological or unproven creatures. Based around historical events of the era.
Backers: 1025
Average Pledge Per Backer: $80

Funded: $81,791 of $50,000
Dates: Jun 24th -> Jul 24th (30 days)
Project By: Miguel Ortega
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And then came Monday...

July 24th - via:
Sunday Night we went to sleep freaking out...we were so damn close...but the #s just were not moving enough... Usually whenever we would get a message on my iphone saying "Your project has a new backer" Tran and I as well as the entire crew would... (Read More)

4 days left... Also shoot day 2

July 20th - via:
Shoot day 2 .. Taken at Gnomon Studios... By using forced perspective we were able to make the shot look much larger. these are Taken from iphone off studio monitor  (Read More)

The shoot

July 18th - via:
Today we began shooting what we could. Let's hope we make it... Spread The Word Pass the kickstarter to everyone.  (Read More)

6 Days...The Building of a set..and The Cartography of The Ningyo

July 17th - via:
5 Days to go! Thanks so much guys for the past few days..Monday and Tuesday were amazing, Wednesday however was pretty bad.But were still not done...close but not yet..Don't forget to share our project especially these next few days. Im amazed how... (Read More)

Last week....and The Lifesize Diving Suit

July 15th - via:
Hey All!here it is.... Our last week.This was not our best week as I am sure those of you who follow our progress can tell. Scary stuff, I hope this is just the notorious midway slump. Hopefully its just a case of  THISMore than ever we need you... (Read More)

Half way to the ningyo

July 8th - via:
50% of the way there and 50% to goToday marks the 2 week anniversary of our Kickstarter Launch. We are overwhelmed by the support. We are close to hitting our 50% mark. More than ever we ask you guys to share and spread the word on this project.... (Read More)

Fund This Film: The Marvelous CGI Creatures of ‘The Ningyo’

July 6th - via:
If indie CGI is catching on, Tran Ma and Miguel Ortega are at the forefront of it. The pair have made creatures for The Mist, 300 and Transformers while working for some of the best visual effects companies on the planet, but they recently broke out on their own with a wondrous short film spectacle called The Green Ruby Pumpkin. It is a labor of love that they shot in their living room, and with imaginatively intricate beasts brought to life with the highest quality graphics work it’s a delightful Halloween treat that feels more than a few years ahead of its time. (Read More)

Crowdfunding Friday: monsters, puppets and a Syndicate sequel

July 5th - via:
Mythical beasts. A spiritual sequel to a classic 90s game. They're two Crowdfunding Friday projects we've picked for your consideration... (Read More)

Kickstart the Ningyo

July 5th - via:
Japanese legends speak of those who earned long life by tracking down and eating the flesh of the Ningyo. Now this strange cryptid could feature in a Kickstarted animation. (Read More)

1 Week mark

July 1st - via:
In 1 hour marks the 1 week anniversary of the Ningyo campaign. Thank you guys for all the support and enthusiasm in our project. We are almost over the 20% mark..Heres a new image to show the hallway sequence leading to the first meeting of Professor... (Read More)

The Ningyo

June 29th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

VFX artists Miguel Ortega and Tran Ma, Kickstart a visually stunning cryptozoology adventure The Ningyo

June 27th - via:
Got an email from Miguel Ortega, this amazing VFX artist we did a story on awhile back. In it he told us about a new project he’s working on, that he’s trying to get some crowd funding to complete. My immediate response to the letter was “YES!” and “How can I help?” All this and I hadn’t even looked at the Kickstarter video yet. Why my undying devotion? Cause Miguel is a true autuer/bohemian, doing whatever it takes to transform what’s in his head into something real. (Read More)

We got Press

June 26th - via:
The team at have been kind enough to write an article about The Ningyo and why were doing it... check it out here:  (Read More)


June 24th - via:
Thanks so much for the amazing support ! We are both in awe of how quickly we blew past the 10% mark. (26 hours + or -) We wanted to share 2 pages we have setup to keep you guys in the loop with our progress. So you don't think were slacking off... (Read More)

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