Heritage

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Heritage
Heritage poster
Directed by Greg Graves
Producer(s) Greg Graves, Tim Ryan,
Cindy Tyler, Cory Clyde
Written by Marissa Lehto, Val Roder, Tim Schiefer (screenplay)
Tim Schiefer, Greg Graves (story)
Music by Stewart Dugdale
Running time 25 minutes

Heritage is a crowdfunded Godzilla fan film produced by Perception Entertainment, Vintage Reel Productions, and Luna Digital Ltd. Originally titled Godzilla: Heritage and planned as a feature-length film, the project was contacted by Toho, who were concerned it would create a likelihood of confusion issue. After receiving the studio's list of restrictions on how they could proceed with the film, the filmmakers elected to convert a 20-minute preview intended to secure further funds into a short which would serve as the final product.[1] It was released online exclusively to Kickstarter backers on April 10, 2020.

Plot

Greg Graves and Tim Schiefer give a brief history of Heritage, including their interactions with Toho's American lawyers, which they describe as "amicable." They wrap up by thanking the staff and the donors who helped make it all possible.

Emergency sirens blare on Batavia Island off the coast of Northern California. United World News reporter Jack Martin, his wife, Kaori, and his colleague Mitch Lawrence run out of a building and into a fleeing mob as cries for help fill the air. In their confusion, they witness a fiery explosion. The flames illuminate the night sky and they catch sight of an Anguirus, causing them to run. Mitch tells them that there are two more Anguirus out there. Jack has a moment with Kaori as they kiss before he runs off to pursue the rampaging pack.

Jack runs to the top of a parking lot, where he sees the city in flames. He calls the UWN main office in Chicago so he can be patched through live. Now on the air, he describes the situation as a warzone. He observes that the Anguirus pack appears to consist of two adults and one offspring. Jack reports that they are moving further into the city before leaving to find a better vantage point.

It is now morning as Jack is running down an empty street, and after a building behind him gets destroyed, finds himself face to face with a skull-faced Anguirus who roars at him. The monster hears Godzilla's roar in the distance and walks past Jack, but its tail damages a nearby building, burying him in the rubble. Godzilla makes landfall and destroys another building near Jack with his atomic breath.

Kaori and a limping Mitch find Jack unconscious and injured, but still alive. Once Jack gets his faculties back, he and Mitch argue over Jack's obsessive willingness to continue chasing the monsters just as Godzilla reappears. Bloodied and covered with dirt, Jack, with Kaori in his arms, calls the UWN desk once more and is on the air again, saying that the Anguirus pack and Godzilla have "found each other." The monsters roar challenges.

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Greg Graves
  • Produced by   Greg Graves
  • Music by   Stewart Dugdale
  • Cinematography by   Kyle Gilmore
  • Edited by   Kyle Gilmore
  • Screenplay by   Marissa Lehto, Val Roder, Tim Schiefer
  • Story by   Tim Schiefer, Greg Graves
  • Executive Producers   Tim Ryan, Cindy Tyler, Cory Clyde
  • Co-Executive Producer   David Brandes
  • Associate Producers   Neil John, Micah Peterson, Matthew Swift, Terrence Michau, Jorge Luis Arroyo
  • Screenplay by   Marissa Lehto, Val Roder, Tim Schiefer
  • Story by   Tim Schiefer, Greg Graves
  • Visual Effects by   Luna Digital, Christopher Bloomer
  • Visual Effects Supervisor   Aaron Powell
  • Makeup by   Rashaad Santiago, Cindy Tyler
  • Creature Designs by   Elden Ardiente, Joe Lucchese
  • Based on the character Godzilla created and owned by   Toho Company, Ltd.

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Chris Barbis   as   Jack Martin
  • Azumi Tsutsui   as   Kaori Martin
  • Tim Ryan   as   Ed Burke
  • Misty Lynn Macey   as   Marissa
  • Tim Schiefer   as   Mitch Lawrence
  • Colton Mangon   as   Gavin Manning
  • Tyler Graves   as   Christian Shaw

Development and Production

The idea for Godzilla: Heritage was originally conceived by Greg Graves in 2009, the same year the film's Facebook page was created. The page did not publish a post until 2013, coinciding with promotion of the film at G-Fest XX. Rashaad Santiago, winner of the sixth season of the SyFy game show Face Off, was announced as the film's creature artist in November 2013. The completed Godzilla suit was revealed at Denver Comic Con in June 2014, followed by the launch of a Kickstarter several days later with a $25,000 goal. It was unsuccessful, ending on July 17, 2014, with $16,025 raised.[2] Phase One of a second Kickstarter campaign began the next day with a $10,000 goal, concluding with $19,554 in funds.[3]

In November 2014, Rashaad Santiago was "relieved... of his duties on the film" and replaced with Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge contestant Chaz Vance.[4] The first preview was released on May 16, 2015, a week before Phase Two of the Kickstarter campaign launched and the teaser trailer was released. The Kickstarter was unsuccessful, raising $19,430 out of a $40,000 goal. Funds provided by executive producer Tim Ryan allowed the film to continue, and shooting for a ten-minute preview took place in mid-September. In March 2016, Graves announced that the preview would not contain any practical creature effects, with Rainfall Films providing CG animation instead. Rainfall was later replaced by Luna Digital.

A second teaser trailer was released in September. Toho contacted the filmmakers shortly thereafter, with the resulting arrangement ruling out a planned third Kickstarter.

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Indominus Rex 2016

9 months ago
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Wait this movie was actually released? 4 days ago no less? April is already making 2020 better if you ask me!
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VaderRaptor

9 months ago
Score 4
I wonder when normal people can see this (on youtube or something).
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Astounding Beyond Belief

9 months ago
Score 4
Per the agreement with Toho, it can't be posted publicly. I had to contact one of the Kickstarter backers to get that synopsis.
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VaderRaptor

9 months ago
Score 4
Dangit!
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Titanus Gojira

14 months ago
Score 0
looks awesome
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Theamazingdemo

20 months ago
Score 4
So Toho goes after this but that Kaiju Girls comic gets away with it? This truly is the darkest timeline.
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KaijuFan1954

9 months ago
Score 0
Maybe even they are too scared to talk to the peole involved in....that.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

9 months ago
Score 1
No one's going to mistake Kaiju Girls for the genuine article.
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KaijuFan1954

9 months ago
Score 0
I'm aware. I was joking.
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Obi-X

3 days ago
Score 0
boy do i sure hate that comic
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Triceradon the 8th

20 months ago
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same goes for heratige kamacres
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Triceradon the 8th

20 months ago
Score 1
heratige varan is the result of happens when zilla varan and komodothrax have a drunk night out sorry i couldent resist
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AngiraBlu

20 months ago
Score 1

So...all those pics of revamped kaiju were from THIS?!

AWESOME!!!

Plus, Varan's a hybrid of 2 of my favorite lizards: Draco and Frilled! Imagine his face spikes and frills glowing red, as he fires his Sonic Beam!
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Gojiguy1964

22 months ago
Score 1
This would’ve been a great thing
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KaijuFan1954

9 months ago
Score 0
It also would have been illegal.
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Keizer Zilla

23 months ago
Score 4
This looked really cool. It's a shame Toho was to aggressive to let them make it the way they wanted to.
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KaijuFan1954

9 months ago
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It was a threat to their copyright. While sad, their reaction was perfectly justified. Can't have people making money of your character.
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KiryuGojira

40 months ago
Score 4
since the video is gonna be like 20 minutes long, is it really still worth watching?
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TheWatcherIsBae

39 months ago
Score -1
It was probably never worth watching to begin with, going off of the terrible monster designs.
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TimSchiefer

34 months ago
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Yes and no. What we were able to shoot before effectively getting shut down is very good, but at the same time, it was meant to be a jumping off stinger for our last kickstarter.

It features select scenes directly from the screenplay, but with sections missing either due to spoilers or other having the funds to film.

I say no also, because it would be like asking you to give your opinion of Shin Godzilla based off of Godzilla coming ashore in his 4th form and barely making it off the beach before cutting off.

It's worth it for the backers, to see what could have been.

We truly wish we could let everyone on the internet see the 20 minute preview, but... alas, Toho has restricted us from doing so.
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TimSchiefer

34 months ago
Score 1
Deathrock9, sorry to hear our designs turned you off to the project.
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TheWatcherIsBae

34 months ago
Score 1
Perhaps I was being a bit too rude and harsh with my initial comment from 5 months back... I did like the Godzilla design.
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TimSchiefer

34 months ago
Score 1

It's no big deal, really. We've seen the entire spectrum of reactions in regards to our designs, from "Awesome" and "Innovative" to "Dumb" and "Stupid".

Opinions are always welcomed.
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Titanollante

46 months ago
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Should it be stated that this film is cancelled/scrapped or at least say it's no longer upcoming?
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Astounding Beyond Belief

46 months ago
Score 1
No, they're still making a 20-minute version.
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TheWatcherIsBae

44 months ago
Score 4
The 20 minute version will only be available to the Kickstarter backers so it may be hard to find information on it when it is finished.
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Astounding Beyond Belief

44 months ago
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With nearly 200 backers, finding someone willing to talk about the plot shouldn't be a problem. Seeing it for ourselves, on the other hand...
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TheWatcherIsBae

47 months ago
Score 9
Toho's attorneys met up with the Godzilla Heritage makers and they had a long chat and Toho said they can make the fan film as long as they meet these conditions:

The film will not have Godzilla in the title.
We would not make money from the film or commercially exploit it in any way.
We would not register the copyright in the film.
No physical copies can be made of the film in DVD, Blu-ray or any other format.
A specific disclaimer must be used after the title.
I will not create sequels to the fan film or produce/write/direct other Godzilla fan films.
The completed film will not be more than 50 minutes in length.
The total cost of production will not exceed $50,000.
We cannot raise any more funds from Kickstarter or other similar sites.
No version of the film or trailer for the film will be posted on YouTube or any other site where it can be viewed by the general public.
The film will only be made available for streaming through a secure online portal with access only to the backers who have financially backed the project.

Basically, this film is pretty much dead.
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SkullIsland

46 months ago
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Toho also killed a few channels that had some soundtracks on them. They even took down Goji is missing despite no money or donations being involved. It's seems they do this whenever a new Godzilla film comes out. Like when before shin Godzilla was released they gave copyright strikes to users who used trailer footage in their videos and took down a few channels. Then when the movie was released they stopped, but now that Godzilla: Monster planet is coming out they started doing it again. Guess they aren't taking any chances after Colossal.
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SkullIsland

46 months ago
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Toho also killed a few channels that had some soundtracks on them. They even took down Goji is missing despite no money or donations being involved. It's seems they do this whenever a new Godzilla film comes out. Like when before shin Godzilla was released they gave copyright strikes to users who used trailer footage in their videos and took down a few channels. Then when the movie was released they stopped, but now that Godzilla: Monster planet is coming out they started doing it again. Guess they aren't taking any chances after Colossal.
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MosuFan2005

47 months ago
Score 4
Toho killed this movie. F###!!!
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SkullIsland

47 months ago
Score 1
To Toho it was a competitor using their trademark to make money outside of the company so its reasonable for them to do this. However, it is a shame as the film looked very well made and professional.
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Garfzilla

52 months ago
Score 4
Should we add Godzilla: Battle Royale?
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Titanollante

52 months ago
Score 1
We don't have to add EVERY fan film.
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Garfzilla

51 months ago
Score 0
Yes, but it would make no sense if we added this and not that. Just saying.
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The King of the Monsters

51 months ago
Score 0
Fanon content is selectively added here. Just because we add one fan film does not mean we are going to have to add all of them now. We only include fanon that has reached a certain threshold of notability and professionalism.
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Magara M&E

49 months ago
Score 0
Please don't add that
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SkullIsland

45 months ago
Score 0

Is this worth mentioning?


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