"Frigid" Pygmalion Film
"Frigid" Pygmalion Film
FRIGID is a dark retelling of the Pygmalion myth, in which a guy tries to make the perfect woman by freezing her in ice.
FRIGID is a dark retelling of the Pygmalion myth, in which a guy tries to make the perfect woman by freezing her in ice. Read more
We're turning an award-winning short story into a film.
Mythraeum, LLC, publishes modern retellings of ancient myths. Author K.N. Johnson's dark version of Pygmalion won one of our short story contests, and now we're partnering with a professional production studio to put her story "Frigid" on film.
“Frigid” is a parody of the Pygmalion myth. The myth goes like this: Pygmalion was the king of Cypress, and he couldn’t find a wife because all of the women in his kingdom had been cursed by Aphrodite and became prostitutes. In despair, Pygmalion began carving his fantasy woman out of marble, knowing she’d never be real. But when Aphrodite was moved by the depth of love his heart was capable of, she brought the statue to life to be his Queen and they lived happily ever after.
Yeah, K.N. Johnson scrapped that fairy tale. Her story is much darker, exploring what might be wrong with a dude for whom normal women just aren’t good enough. It’s been called “beautiful and evocative,” and it’s going to make a great short film.
We're Going Pro!
We'll be working with the Denver production studio Parthian Enterprises and Loste Films. These guys are super talented, especially when it comes to putting short horror stories on film. They’ve won awards and received recognition from multiple film festivals, including the Spotlight Horror Film Festival in Atlanta and Blissfest333 International Film Festival.
Production Details and Timeline
Casting will be complete by November 11.
Props will be made by December 15.
Principle photography is on January 6.
Post-production will be complete by March 2018.
I leave you with a mythic epic badass quote.
Bill Moyers and Joseph Campbell in The Power of Myth, talking about the origins of a culture’s mythology:
Moyers: You’re saying that the environment shapes the story?
Campbell: The storytellers respond to the environment. But WE have a tradition that comes from the first millenium BC, from somewhere else, and we’re handling THAT. It has not turned over and assimilated the qualities of our culture and the new things that are possible and the new vision of the Universe. It must be kept alive. The only people that can keep it alive are artists of one kind or another. The artist’s function is the mythologization of the environment and the world.
Risks and challenges
A few challenges we're going to face will be hoping the lake we've secured as our location actually freezes over (it usually does, but let's keep our fingers crossed that we won't need our backup location in the mountains), and finding an actress willing to be frozen in ice. We'll probably just have her sign a waiver, or maybe we'll have to hire a stunt double to do it... or I guess we could just use a prop.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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