Charming - The Movie Musical
Charming - The Movie Musical
The fate of the kingdom relies on the good virtue of an 18-year-old princess with a horrible curse – she’s only attracted to schmucks.
The fate of the kingdom relies on the good virtue of an 18-year-old princess with a horrible curse – she’s only attracted to schmucks. Read more
Charming is the story of a fairytale princess, who is plagued with a horrible curse: the only men she’s ever attracted to are scoundrels, lowlifes, and all around jerks. With the future of the kingdom in mind, her parents send her away to be raised in the woods by her fairy godparents. Now, on the eve of her 18th birthday, the day Princess Tara will be presented at court, she runs away, with her fairy godparents, the evil witch, and her true love in pursuit.
An affectionate send up of the classic Disney princess story, this live-action movie combines slapstick humor, romance, and an answer to that question which has haunted men for ages: why do the nice girls always go for the jerks?
Oh, and there’s singing. Lots of singing.
We want to make the type of movies that we like to watch – big stories with special effects and epic fight scenes and people breaking out into song and dance. So those are the types of projects we started working on.
The first film I wrote and directed was called Finding Xanadu, a mockumentary that followed the life of a fictitious Indiana filmmaker who worked in Hollywood in the 1920s through 1980s. The most fun parts of the film were the recreations of famous film genres, from 1930s musicals to 1970 sci-fi.
After that, I directed another feature, Lightning in a Bottle, a low budget fantasy film, complete with dragons, zombies, ghosts, and fairies. A classic mystery story with a fantasy twist, Lightning allowed us to expand our horizons as filmmakers, using over 100 visual effects shots in the process.
We feel that Charming is the next step for us. It’s a big dream, and a big film, but it’s also the culmination of everything I’ve worked on so far.
We are used to working with limited funds to accomplish big projects. Dog Named Spot Media, our production company, just finished Lightning in a Bottle, a feature fantasy film for just under $7,000. All of the people we talked to are amazed at the level of production value we achieved on that project.
Now we are looking at a project that’s bigger and better, with complications like music recording and choreography. But by drawing on the connections and partnerships that we’ve made shooting our first two features, we feel that the film is more than feasible.
See our video for a more complete breakdown, but most of the budget will be going straight into production design elements and studio recording time. Shooting a period fantasy film, we’ll need all the money for props, costumes, and sets that we can get. No one in the cast and crew is getting paid upfront for the film.
At Dog Named Spot Media, we believe that everyone who contributes to a creative project deserves to be rewarded for their efforts. However, if we were to pay our cast and crew what they are worth, this project would never get funded. Since we can’t offer them that, we are offering a piece of the project that they’re working so hard on. Every dollar Charming makes will be distributed among all the people who worked on it.
Certainly! For those of you living in East Central Indiana, or the surrounding areas, check out our website for cast auditions times and crew members that we are currently lacking. We’d love to have you on board! For those people not in our area, help us spread the buzz by liking us on Facebook. We’ll be posting behind the scenes photos and videos, anecdotes and news from the set, and updates about screening and DVD releases.
- Vocals - Lori Lynette Lloyd
- Piano - Jennifer Arbogast
- Produced by Brian Bauman
- Music and Lyrics by Tyler Whetstone and Benjamin Lancaster
- (46 days)