Dragon Force X

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Welcome to our DRAGON FORCE X Pozible Crowdfunding Campaign.


Do you like bizarre '80s action, adventure, fantasy or martial arts movies?


Do you like outrageous stunts, gratuitous violence and mind-blowing kills?


Do you like exotic locations, awesome foreign accents and kick-arse moustaches?


Then DRAGON FORCE X is the web series is for you!


Hi, I’m Stuart Simpson, writer, director and star of this brand new epic balls-to-the-wall '80s throwback beaming to you live from the internet. Think KNIGHTRIDER, INDIANA JONES, MANIMAL, SONS OF STEEL, THE A-TEAM and THE HIGHWAYMAN but done for a modern adult audience with heaps of cool gore and violence! Kind of like GAME OF THRONES but without all the English dudes.



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Following in the footsteps of such nostalgic fan pleasers as DANGER 5, KUNG FURY, STRANGER THINGS and HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, DRAGON FORCE X is an  adrenaline-fuelled, serialized, adventure series made by and-for fans of '80s TV and cinema.


"In a seedy underworld of scum and villainy, where magic and wonder have been perverted by greed and a lust for power, assassin-for-hire Maddox Montana travels across strange and exotic lands in search of the Amulets of Fire, an ancient mystical force with the power to change reality. Desired by many, worthy of few, what begins as just another job turns into the adventure of a lifetime for Maddox and his gang of misfits, as they discover the full power and glory of Dragon Force X"






The idea for this series came about from my recent travels around South East Asia. While on holiday in Vietnam I shot a short film called DRAGON FORCE for the TRASH-A-RAMA program at Monster Fest. The short was inspired by my love of the TV series MONKEY and films like BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, GOONIES, TIMESCAPE and a host of other action direct-to-video knock-offs that filled the shelves of my local video store when I was a kid. After winning the Audience Award for Best Short at Monster Fest I knew there was an audience out there who would be interested in seeing some more Maddox Montana stories and the idea to feature him in his own web-series was born.



The plan for Dragon Force X is that the show will run for 30 episodes with a new episode debuting twice a week on the Cult of Monster website. Thanks to family, friends and credit cards, we’ve been able to shoot the first 10 episodes, but that still leaves 20 more and we need your help to get us over the line.





STUART SIMPSON - WRITER / DIRECTOR / "MADDOX MONTANA"


Stu has been making films for the last 20 years with three award winning features - CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY VANILLA (2014), EL MONSTRO DEL MAR - or MONSTRO if you're from the UK (2010), THE DEMONS AMONG US (2006), more than a dozen shorts (including his segment, M IS FOR MUTANT in ABCs OF DEATH 2.5), and 20+ music videos. Stu is a man who wears many hats - from directing, writing, shooting, editing and providing the visual effects for his projects. He began working as a camera assistant and crane swinger in 1996 on ABCs live music program, RECOVERY and went on to become a camera operator for 10 years before moving into the TV studio as a director, which he has been doing for the last 10 years. He is currently a freelance director for ABC's news/current affairs program, THE WORLD.  DRAGON FORCE X will be his first major role as an actor. 





GLENN MAYNARD - "JEAN FRANCOIS", "NOLAN", "BIG TONY", "JEREMY THE COLLECTOR"


Glenn Maynard is a naturally gifted, well-hung, comedic and dramatic Aboriginal Actor with a wealth of experience in Film, Theatre and TV. Maynard has performed at the Melbourne Arts Centre in the 2013 season of BARASSI and in 2014 played the part of Albert in the MTC production of THE VISITORS.  He has also toured both nationally and internation with an adaptation of Cathy Ploudeʼs, YOU THE MAN, a one-man show tackling the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and the bystanderʼs responsibilities. Maynardʼs many screen credits include TV shows NEIGHBOURS and WILFRED as well as features FACE TO FACE (2011), CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY VANILLA (2014), TURKEY SHOOT RELOADED (2014) and MONDO YAKUZA (2016).



TIM JASON WICKS - "NIM NIM THE MONKEY MAN SIDEKICK"


Tim Jason Wicks has been acting for over 10 years. His credits include the short film DRIVE BY and features UNDER A KALEIDOSCOPE (2014), THE PERFECT NONSENSE (2016) and MONDO YAKUZA (2016). He enjoys long walks on the beach and a fine cognac.



ASTON ELLIOT - "SNAKE EYES, THE BROOKLYN BRAWLER "


Starting out in theatre, Aston has appeared on stage at The Chapel off Chapel, La Mama and in events such as Midsumma and the Castlemaine State Festival. Aston's TV credits include SEACHANGE, NEIGHBOURS and THE WORST YEAR OF MY LIFE AGAIN, and in roles in feature films including VANISHED (2011), MONDO YAKUZA (2016) and with Stu  in CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY VANILLA (2014). He worked once again with Stu and reunited with his CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY VANILLA co-star Glenn Maynard on M IS FOR MUTANT as part of THE ABCS OF DEATH 2.5.  Aston is also currently rehearsing the role of Gregg in Tom Doyle's PINS AND NEEDLES to be performed at The Owl and Cat in October. 



CHRISTINE CATALINA DIEFENBACH - "DALLAS"


Having originally started behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, Christine is an actress of mixed heritage who in recent years has gotten her start in front of the camera both as a presenter and working on various Australian feature films, short films and theatre productions. Her latest credits include the 2016 feature ACCORDING TO BEN ADAMS and the soon-to-be-released SOMETHING TO DO WITH DEATH.



SASHA CUHA - "JIMMY SHU"


Sasha Cuha is a stage and screen actor known for playing villains and eclectic roles. His previous work includes MACBETH, COSSI and THE GLASS MENAGERIE. Sasha most recently starred in FAGS IN THE FAST LANE (2017) where he met Stu and since then has gone to work on several of his projects.



TOMMY HELLFIRE - "GENERAL SAUNDERS"


Tommy Hellfire is a multi-talented performer.  Since debuting in the wrestling scene in 2007, he has headlined some Australia's biggest wrestling events, forming MCW and the international touring show Lucha Fantastica along the way. Since crossing over into the world of film, Tommy has starred in two Strongman Pictures produced movies MURDERDROME (2013) and SHEBORG MASSACRE (2016) both of which have gained an international following.  In 2016, Tommy also had a starring role in Christopher Mitchell's Fantastic Fest award winning short film, IRON SPYDOR (2016).




NICK KOSCIS - PRACTICAL / MAKE-UP EFFECTS


Nick Kocsis has been working in the special effects make-up field for 20+ years and he's responsible for many of the gruesome and gory killings and mameings in Simpson's previous films. On DRAGON FORCE X Nick will be getting his kicks covering actors in litres of blood, rubber, slime, dirt and other sticky un-washable substances - Nick enjoys watching actors suffer a little too much.


KERRA NOLAN - PRACTICAL / MAKE-UP EFFECTS


Kerra graduated from AACM last December with a Diploma in Cinemagraphic Makeup and has since been  working on music videos, shorts, features and has participated in some Sharp FX workshops.


NOELLE CRIMINOVA - COSTUME & CHARACTER DESIGN


Noelle Criminova has a wardrobe that leads to Costume Narnia and does inappropriate things with a heritage Singer sewing machine - hell, her grandfather established the first port of call for Singer sewing machines in Brisbane, gifting her a sewing kit and tiny machine at age 5 (too young to be trusted, probably). She is also a comic book illustrator, and rattled about the Queensland theatre scene for over a decade, acting in everything from Wilde to Williamson.


ALEX MACHIN - ANIMATION


Alex Machin is the founder of Animachin studios and works exclusively in the medium of stop-motion animation, producing wild music videos, short films and commercials. Alex has recently moved into the world of feature films, producing the insane penis swamp monsters for the festival hit FAGS IN THE FAST LANE (2017). Alex also lectures in animation at RMIT and recently embarked on a volunteer journey to teach stop-motion in some of India's poorest schools.


TOR SILVER - SCULPTURE


Tor lives outside the box as a creator and sculptor of realities, having a wealth of experience and qualifications in multiple disciplines. He grew up building houses, creating gardens and making furniture before transitioning into hairdressing and set design as well as being an extra in plays. Most recently, Tor has focused on making armour and weapons (solid and soft), designing sets, clothing and costumes. Creating and sculpting from concept through design to finished product, Tor can manage all phases of the process. He is master craftsman and problem solver who can refine, design, develop and implement ideas by employing his unique and varied skills. Anything is possible! 


JULIAN LAWRENCE - VFX ARTIST

Julian Lawrence comes from a creative background. His foundations lay in painting, photography, drawing and sculpture. It was a natural progression into animation and film, soon after completing an Advanced Diploma in Screen he found his niche designing and creating digital SPFX for films. Since then he has won several awards for his work, including a Maverick for "Best SPFX" for his work on EL MONSTRO DEL MAR (2011). His philosophy is simple, "every frame in film can be treated as a piece of art."


THE SCREAMING MEANIES - MUSIC


The Screaming Meanies is a composer of film scores, sound designer, DJ and fine artist who creates music inspired by trashy cinema, spaghetti westerns, giallos, old horror films, exploitation films, video nasties and synths. In 2013, The Screaming Meanies began working on actual films when he was commissioned to provide music for the feature-length documentary THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG (2014). He has since provided soundtrack material for five feature films, and scores for multiple short films, including the original DRAGON FORCE short.


LUFFEGUN - MUSIC


Luffegun is an Australian electronic musician from central Victorias Goldfields realm. Inspired by artists like Daft Punk, Raydar, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Prince and Carpenter Brut, a definite new retro vibe is created exclusively through use of vintage and modern hardware synthesizers and sequencers.


AUDIO CHEMISTRY  - SOUND DESIGN


Cliff Sanderson & Brad Every from Audio Chemistry

Cliff has spent the last 13 years working in every aspect of audio post-production from Sound Design, SFX & Dialogue editing, ADR and Mixing building a sizable catalogue of television series and films including Offspring, Rosehaven, Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries, Can’t Win Do Try & Marital Problems. Brad has spent years in the local film industry most notably working on Marital Problems, Can’t Win Do Try, Connection and the Docu-series Makers.





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AU$10 +The Assassin’s Friend - Social Media Thank YouFor pledging $10 you will receive the digital equivalent to a big sloppy kiss - A genuine, heartfelt thank you on our Facebook Page. Prepare for people on the street you've never met to slap you on the back and give you a thumbs once we publish your name online for all to see.
1 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$15 +The Killer Elite - Thank You Episode CreditFor a mere $15 pledge you will receive a special 'Thank you' credit at the end of an episode of DRAGON FORCE X. There will only be 10 of these special 'Thank You's per episode, never to be deleted. Wherever the show goes, so to will your name. Congratulations, you have just become immortal.
9 Chosen | 291 AvailableEst. delivery is November 2017
AU$20 +All GoneOpener of the Ark - Premiere TicketsBe one of the first people in the world to experience the first four episodes of DRAGON FORCE X on the big screen at the shows premiere at this year's Monster Fest in Melbourne. Will your face melt off as this epic show is revealed for the very first time? You'll have to pledge to find out! *Monster Fest takes place between the 23rd and the 26th of November - You will be responsible for your own transport to and from the Lido Cinemas in Hawthorn.
20 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is November 2017
AU$20 +Hitman's Hero - Dragon Force X PosterDesigned by Stuart Simpson with original art by Noelle Criminova, selectors of this reward will receive a limited edition, signed DRAGON FORCE X poster. Perfect for living room walls, bathroom walls or bedroom walls, this conversation starter will make you the envy of all your guests. Genuflect in their jealousy, all the while knowing that you also supported a good cause. It's win win really. *Poster is A3 in size and will come folded in half
4 Chosen | 96 AvailableEst. delivery is November 2017
AU$30 +The Sexy Beast - Nim Nim PhotosetA set of six sexy photos of everyone's favourite monkey-man sidekick awaits this reward receiver. See the mysterious Nim Nim in all his seriously sexy glory as he loses his loin cloth for your perverted pleasure. Printed, personally signed by the beast himself and hand-delivered by Australia Post's finest, be warned - these images may cause heart palpitations.
5 Chosen | 15 AvailableEst. delivery is November 2017
AU$36 +The Dapper Mofo - Dragon Force X T-ShirtCan you be arrested for looking too good? Chose this reward and you'll find out. Courtesy of SQUIRM CLOTHING, this DRAGON FORCE X tee is hand screen-printed on only the finest shirt-y materials available to man and is a must-have for the secret fashionista in you. You'll be the toast of your town, the bees knees, The Best Of The Best, hell, you'll be The Best Of The Best II - and who doesn't want to be The Best of The Best II? No one!
13 Chosen | 17 AvailableEst. delivery is October 2017
AU$50 +No, Thank YOU - Personalised On-Screen Thank YouIf online thanks aren't enough, then this reward is for you. At the end of an episode of DRAGON FORCE X, one of the cast will personally thank you for your pledge. Live. On Camera. If nothing else, this reward will show all your haters that you really are worth a damn. Suck it, haters!
9 Chosen | 6 AvailableEst. delivery is November 2017
AU$50 +Dressed To Kill - T-Shirt and Poster combo"Damn, you look good!" is a comment you'll hear a lot if you chose this reward. Courtesy of SQUIRM CLOTHING, this DRAGON FORCE X T-Shirt is guaranteed to turn heads as you walk down the street. Available in both men's and ladies cuts, this bad boy comes in either black or navy blue. This reward also comes with a signed poster.
21 Chosen | 9 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$95 +Dollman Vs Dragon Force X - Custom Action FigureDesigned and sculpted by special effects wunderkind Nick Kocsis and crafted out of pure Awesomeness, this 6-inch custom made Maddox Montana Action Figure is a true gift from the Gods and the ultimate must-have for any Dragon Force X fan. Suitable for all ages and presented mint-on-card, this little beauty comes complete with an 'Ultimate Kill' knife, a 'Khali' machete, 'Axtion' pistol and exactly zero points of articulation. But as Maddox Montana always says "Articulation is for words!"
8 Chosen | 2 AvailableEst. delivery is December 2017
AU$100 +Reward? We don't need no stinking reward!Seeing this fantastic web series get made is all the reward you need. No poster, T-Shirt, sexy photoset or screen credit holds a candle to that. Quite frankly, you are an awesome person who others are proud to know.
12 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$140 +Get SUFF'd! - SUFF All Access Festival PassFans of genre cinema rejoice, thanks to those wonderful cats at The Sydney Underground Film Festival we have one ALL ACCESS FESTIVAL PASS up for the taking for that lucky Sydney-centric supporter. This reward will get the bearer into to every session at the fest, including both opening and closing night spectaculars and all the seminars. Beginning Thursday the 14th of September through to Sunday the 19th, this baby is valued at over $160.
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AU$149 +All GoneFull Tilt Monster - Monster Fest VIP PassDon't wait for tickets to go on sale, grab your Melbourne MONSTER FEST VIP PASS right here, right now. This baby will get you into every film and event over the 4 days of Monster Fest at the Lido Cinemas in Hawthorn, between the 23rd and 26th of November 2017.
2 Chosen | 0 AvailableEst. delivery is November 2017
AU$150 +All GoneUndead Fred - Become A Zombie ExtraBecome a Zombie extra on an episode of Dragon Force X. You will be Zombified by our professional make-up and costuming crew and sent out on-screen in search for brains and that first acting credit for your IMDb page. *You must be able to make it to Melbourne on the required shoot dates. Dates will be confirmed via email
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AU$250 +Work Hard, Play Hard - Sexy CarwashDragon Force X stars Stuart Simpson, Aston Elliot & Glenn Maynard will travel to your home in Metropolitan Melbourne &, wearing only the skimpiest of t-shirts & pants proceed to wash your car in as a provocative manner as they know how. Think the carwash scene in BRING IT ON, but hotter. Much hotter. Swoon as these three sexy chunks of man meat cavort, frisk & frolic under jets of cooling H2O while your vehicle of choice gets cleaned to within an inch of its life. Not for the faint hearted.
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AU$250 +ACTORS PACKAGENeed a new SHOW REEL or AUDTION TAPE? Lost Art Films are offering to shoot 1 scene of your choice in our studio as well as A SMALL ROLE in Dragon Force X! ....Includes Lost Art's studio space, an actor from the cast who'll read for you and the finished video uploaded and emailed to you in a format of your choice.
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AU$1000 +The Shadowy String Puller - Series EP CreditGet yourself an Executive Producer credit across the whole series with this fantastic reward. Impress people at parties with an IMDb credit that only money can buy. Included in this reward will be a poster, T-Shirt, ticket to the premiere screening at Monster Fest, a preview of the each episode as it is finished, plus invites to all the shoots.
2 Chosen | Unlimited AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017
AU$1000 +All GoneGet your own Stuart SimpsonNothing gets your music out there more than a kick-arse music video. For the pledge of a mere $1000 DRAGON FORCE X creator and star Stuart Simpson will shoot and edit your band's music video for you and provide you with a 1080p final file in the format of your choice ready to upload to as many outlets as your heart desires. Join the like of Bodyjar, Blood Duster and The King Khan & BBQ Show with this once-in-a-lifetime reward
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AU$2000 +Corporate Raider - Business Sponsorship PackageFor the discerning business owner, have your brand associated DRAGON FORCE X as our major sponsor. Get your logo in the opening credits of each episode, have it feature prominently in our press kit, poster and all marketing materials. There will also be product placement opportunities for the right business. As a corporate sponsor you will be invited to all the shoots and see the episodes before they go live plus receive two complementary tickets to the Premiere at Monster Fest.
1 Chosen | 1 AvailableEst. delivery is August 2017