A multimedia creation from Sarah Black and Braxton Ballew (Valentine Wolfe), Once Upon a Midnight features all new music for voice, double bass, and electronics, along with original artwork and an original narrative, all based on the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. The story is a reimagining of Poe's work, and re-interprets his imaginative fiction as if it were an actual account of his day-to-day reality.
The goal of this project is to provide both student and adult audiences with an introduction to the literary works of Edgar Allan Poe in a non-traditional delivery format, using a multimedia approach that includes a graphic novel paired with both classical and modern electronic music. Students will benefit by being encouraged to further explore American classic literature, as well as by being exposed to alternative types of music. Adults will enjoy the new approach to literature they are already familiar with, paired with an original musical score that blends a classical approach with modern techniques.
The artwork was created by Jacob Wenzka, a 2001 graduate of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at UGA, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. Jacob has shown his work in numerous venues in the Southeast since 1999, and has been a participant in both group and solo exhibitions. His work has been published in magazines such as Flagpole Magazine, Heart of Artness, and Southern Distinctions, and he has also been published in newspapers such as the Morgan County News and the Athens Banner-Herald. Jacob was the winner of the Merit Award in the 2003 Lyndon House 28th Annual Juried Exhibition, and winner of the Juror's Purchase Award in 2005. His work is currently on display at the The Saugatuck Shores Gallery in Madison, GA.
Current Project Status
The project is nearly complete, but needs some additional work before it is ready to be released. The music is written and mostly recorded, but still needs to be mixed and mastered. Here is the tentative track listing for the album:
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Tell Tale Heart
The Masque of the Red Death
The Oval Portrait
Spirits of the Dead
The pages of the graphic novel are almost finished as well! We want to present them to you in a large comic book format. If we raise more than our goal, we'd love to print a run of hardcovers! Can you believe it! This art would look so amazing in hard back! And just to tease your emotions further, I shall show you another sample page.
Look at it. Look at the way this artwork glistens off your computer screen. Now imagine it in your hands. You need this art. So look at the reward levels we are offering and decide at which level you most need to be a part of this epic endeavor. And then tell all your friends about this. In fact, if you do nothing else, tell all your friends about this project. It would mean the world to us.
The video back up at the top of the page for Annabel Lee was filmed by none other than Dead Horse Productions from Anderson, SC. They are certainly top notch, and I recommend them for any film projects you might have!
If you would like to preorder a different pairing of the incentives than what we are offering, just send us an email and we will see what we can work out!
Risks and challenges
Meteors. Seriously. If a big enough one hits the earth, this project will be catastrophically curtailed.
Apart from that, we hope things will go smooth. The music is mostly recorded and the art is mostly drawn. We just need to raise funds for our printing costs now. There could be delays in shipping if the Post Office has to shut down.
- (30 days)