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Thanks to the Dollar Babies initiative, we aim to film "The Doctor's Case," based on a Sherlock Holmes short story by Stephen King.
297 backers pledged CA$ 43,611 to help bring this project to life.

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So, here's a little bit of info on our project:

My name is James Douglas, and I am a first-time film director from Barkerville, British Columbia, Canada.

For a couple of years now I have been looking to direct a dramatic film that will satisfy my growing professional association with (and interest in) Victorian history, while at same time stay true to my eclectic interests and fanciful imagination. 

I happened to re-read Stephen King’s short story "The Doctor’s Case" a while back, and realized it could be the perfect vehicle for me right now.

If you’re not familiar with "The Doctor’s Case," it is essentially King’s non-canonical gift to the Sherlock Holmes multiverse. Originally written for an anthology called The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, "The Doctor’s Case" was later republished in King’s early-1990s Nightmares & Dreamscapes collection.

The premise has Dr. Watson, now in his nineties, relating to the reader a story of the one and only time he can recall solving a serious case before his famous companion, Sherlock Holmes. Holmes is by now 40 years in his grave and Watson is nearing the end of his own life, so he feels it’s finally time to tell this tale 'out of school.'

Craigdarroch Castle in the Mist
Craigdarroch Castle in the Mist

"The Doctor's Case" is basically a traditional locked-room murder mystery in a house full of felines, with an Agatha Christie-like twist in its third act, crafted around the conceit that Sherlock Holmes is allergic to cats. Because of this, Watson spots an important clue that Holmes initially overlooks, and is finally able to enjoy some astonished respect from both Holmes and Inspector Lestrade (of Scotland Yard) for his own 'deductive' reasoning, and ultimately save an entire family from certain ruin.

In April of last year I became aware of a program that Stephen King has administered, since 1977, called Dollar Babies. In a nutshell: a pitch is made to adapt one of King's currently unlicensed short stories, and if the Dollar Babies team accepts the pitch, King will grant permission to adapt his work for $1.00. The catch is, the rights are non-commercial. Dollar Babies candidates are permitted to raise money to make the film, and can show it at festivals and some non-profit venues after the fact, but any commercial rights to the product are moot – unless, it would seem, if King particularly likes the finished film.

Stephen King has, historically, watched all of the completed Dollar Babies projects, regardless of quality. As he himself has said: "Many of these adaptations weren't so great, but a few showed at least a smattering of talent... in many cases one viewing was all a person could bear." ["The Essential Stephen King" Spignesi, Stephen J. Career Press / New Page Books 2001]. Several of them seem to have been worth a closer look, however, and at least four of the films have enjoyed wider distribution as a result of rights negotiated after the fact (one of the early recipients of a commercial deal through Dollar Babies was a young filmmaker named Frank Darabont).

Northern FanCon 2016
Northern FanCon 2016

To make a long story just a little bit longer… I made a pitch to the Dollar Babies program this past November, and have successfully secured permission to film "The Doctor’s Case." Based on this, my Northern FanCon-producing friend from Prince George, Norm Coyne, has come on board as producer and we are on our way to securing a relatively small budget to make the film.

Everyone currently involved is aware of the fact that we can’t expect to make money off the final product, but the sheer novelty of working on a film that Stephen King is pretty much guaranteed to watch, coupled with the carrot of it maybe, just maybe going a little further than that, has drawn some very talented people to the project already, on both sides of the lens.    

Craigdarroch Castle in the Hall
Craigdarroch Castle in the Hall

We also have several amazing historical locations and heritage properties throughout the province of British Columbia onboard as authentic shooting locations (including Craigdarroch Castle and Emily Carr House in Victoria, BC, and Barkerville Historic Town & Park and Cottonwood House Historic Site in the Cariboo) and the script is now complete.

Michael Coleman
Michael Coleman

One of the key players on our team is my good friend Michael Coleman, an actor and voice-over artist from Vancouver, BC. Michael plays Happy on ABC’s Once Upon A Time, and has voiced several high-profile animated characters over the years. He also happens to operate a major film and video-game production facility called SchoolCreative - Institute of the Arts in the city.

Michael will play Watson, and has graciously offered some of the considerable production resources behind SchoolCreative to help ensure "The Doctor’s Case" is one of the most memorable Dollar Babies to date. 

We have several veterans of the Canadian film and television industry in key creative and production positions, and I am confident that our take on "The Doctor’s Case" will prove itself worth a second look, or more.

In a way, it’s the perfect situation to find ourselves in: if the movie is terrible (which it won’t be) no one but us and the author will ever see it. If it’s good, well... who knows?

As further means to this end we have decided to visually and dramatically unpack the “framing device” of the story's literary narrative – the fact that Watson is relating this tale 50 years after the events he’s describing took place - and write original material that is set in the fall of 1940. We have fashioned a couple of essential (albeit, relatively short) scenes involving an injured, aging Dr. Watson and one Captain Norton, an American military nurse who refuses, for reasons of safety, to leave his side (Captain Norton is a character of our invention).

These 1940 scenes are imperative to the dramatic framing of our story, and provide its epilogue. The scenes take place in London, at night, during the Blitz; a period of intense bombing of the city by Nazi aircraft in World War II. The sights and sounds of war on the home-front serve as background to our older Watson’s retelling of the events of "The Doctor's Case" as they occurred in 1889, and provide a powerful juxtaposition in visual style as we cut back and forth from one time period to the other throughout the course of the film.

I am happy to report that our search for the perfect actor to play Captain Norton, the American military nurse who serves as audience to Dr. Watson's tale, and who guards a very interesting story of her own, is over. 

The list had only one name on it - and she said yes!

Denise Crosby
Denise Crosby

 

Denise Crosby, who starred as Lt. Tasha Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Rachel Creed in Stephen King's Pet Sematary, has generously agreed to play Captain Norton.

But that's not all! As fortune would have it, we've got not one but three Stephen King alumni in our cast so far!

Joanna Douglas
Joanna Douglas

We have also confirmed that my cousin, Joanna Douglas, will take a small but significant role in "The Doctor's Case." Joanna, who is perhaps best recognized for her co-starring role as Samantha Strange on the hit CBC television show Being Erica, played Doris Dunning in the recent, James Franco-starring Hulu mini-series adaptation of Stephen King's 11/22/63.   

Gaelen Bleasdale
Gaelen Bleasdale

Rounding out our King-ly triumvirate is my friend Gaelan Bleasdale. Gaelan, who these days goes by the name Evil Ebenezer, is an award-winning Canadian hip-hop recording artist and sometimes actor who, in his youth, was featured as one of the Bowers Gang in the 1991 ABC mini-series adaptation of Stephen King's IT, starring Tim Curry.

And that's just a small taste of what's to come.

The Doctor's Case
The Doctor's Case

We've got literally dozens of exciting announcements coming soon that will add to the excitement of the project... so please, feel free to take a look through our perks and the information provided here on Kickstarter and one our website and know that, while you're doing so, we truly appreciate any support you can provide as we try to make this incredible dream come true!

Warm regards,

James Douglas, Writer/Director
"The Doctor's Case"

Risks and challenges

One inherent challenge to producing a Dollar Baby is that we cannot provide our backers with digital copies of the finished film. Our permission to adapt "The Doctor's Case" does not include conventional distribution rights, so other than being able to show the film at non-commercial festivals and approved, not-for-profit exhibitions and educational institutions, we are unable to promise one of the mainstay perks for traditional Kickstarter film projects. Namely, a hard copy of the film.

We are attempting to make up for this abnormality by providing some unique and ultimately valuable experiences and collectibles from the production for those backers with a real desire to see this dream project come to life.

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    ~ complimentary membership in the prestigious Doctor's Ward, to receive exclusive production updates and a weekly newsletter

    ~ front-of-the-line notification of date and location of the celebration party and complimentary screening of The Doctor's Case

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    ~ an official, limited edition poster for The Doctor's Case, signed by the writer-director

    ~ complimentary membership in the prestigious Doctor's Ward, to receive exclusive production updates and a weekly newsletter

    ~ a VIP invitation to the celebration party and complimentary screening of The Doctor's Case

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    ~ an official, limited edition poster for The Doctor's Case, signed by the writer-director

    ~ a complimentary membership in the prestigious Doctor's Ward, to receive exclusive production updates and a weekly newsletter

    ~ a VIP invitation to the celebration party and complimentary screening of The Doctor's Case

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    ~ a digital download and CD copy of the movie soundtrack/original score, signed by the composer and producer

    ~ an official, limited edition poster for The Doctor's Case, signed by Michael Coleman and Denise Crosby

    ~ a collector's edition Behind the Scenes photo album from the set of The Doctor's Case, with your printed name acknowledgement and special thanks, signed by the writer-director

    ~ a complimentary membership in the prestigious Doctor's Ward, to receive exclusive production updates and a weekly newsletter

    ~ a VIP invitation to the celebration party and complimentary screening of The Doctor's Case

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    ~ two limited edition, official Cast & Crew t-shirts

    ~ a digital download and CD copy of the movie soundtrack/original score, signed by the composer and producer

    ~ an official, limited edition poster for The Doctor's Case, signed by the ENTIRE CAST

    ~ a collector's edition Behind the Scenes photo album from the set of The Doctor's Case, with your printed name acknowledgement and special thanks, signed by the writer-director

    ~ a complimentary membership in the prestigious Doctor's Ward, to receive exclusive production updates and a weekly newsletter

    ~ a VIP invitation to the celebration party and complimentary screening of The Doctor's Case

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    The Red Headed League

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    ~ an exclusive, on-set visit during production of The Doctor's Case in April 2017 (travel and accommodation not included) OR a 30-minute Skype session with cast and crew, from set

    ~ two limited edition, official Cast & Crew t-shirts

    ~ a digital download and CD copy of the movie soundtrack/original score, signed by the composer and producer

    ~ an official, limited edition poster for The Doctor's Case, signed by the ENTIRE CAST

    ~ a collector's edition Behind the Scenes photo album from the set of The Doctor's Case, with your printed name acknowledgement and special thanks, signed by the writer-director

    ~ a complimentary membership in the prestigious Doctor's Ward, to receive exclusive production updates and a weekly newsletter

    ~ a VIP invitation to the celebration party and complimentary screening of The Doctor's Case

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    The Resident Patient

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    ~ an exclusive, multi-day production experience, including on-camera appearance in The Doctor's Case, in April 2017 (travel and accommodation not included)

    ~ two VIP tickets to the ultimate Craigdarroch Castle house-concert experience, featuring music from Jer Breaks, Ken Marshall, Michael Coleman, James Douglas, Mykro Douglas, Evil Ebenezer, and others (travel and accommodation not included)

    ~ two limited edition, official Cast & Crew t-shirts

    ~ a digital download and CD copy of the movie soundtrack/original score, signed by the composer and producer

    ~ an official, limited edition poster for The Doctor's Case, signed by the ENTIRE CAST

    ~ a collector's edition Behind the Scenes photo album from the set of The Doctor's Case, with your printed name acknowledgement and special thanks, signed by the writer-director

    ~ two complimentary memberships in the prestigious Doctor's Ward, to receive exclusive production updates and a weekly newsletter

    ~ two VIP invitations to the celebration party and complimentary screening of The Doctor's Case

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    The Illustrious Client

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    ~ an Associate Producer credit on The Doctor's Case

    ~ an exclusive, multi-day production experience for three during production of The Doctor's Case, in April 2017 (travel and accommodation not included)

    ~ personalized photos with the cast and crew

    ~ three VIP tickets to the ultimate Craigdarroch Castle house-concert experience, featuring music from Jer Breaks, Ken Marshall, Michael Coleman, James Douglas, Mykro Douglas, Evil Ebenezer, and others (travel and accommodation not included)

    ~ three limited edition, official Cast & Crew t-shirts

    ~ a digital download and CD copy of the movie soundtrack/original score, signed by the composer and producer

    ~ an official, limited edition poster for The Doctor's Case, signed by the ENTIRE CAST

    ~ digital and printed copies of a collector's edition Behind the Scenes photo album from the set of The Doctor's Case, with your printed name acknowledgement and special thanks, signed by the writer-director and watermarked with the name or logo of your choice

    ~ three complimentary memberships in the prestigious Doctor's Ward, to receive exclusive production updates and a weekly newsletter

    ~ three VIP invitations to the celebration party and complimentary screening of The Doctor's Case

    ~ three VIP invitations to an exclusive celebratory afterparty

    ~ the heartfelt gratitude of the filmmakers, and an official, personalized thank you letter from the writer-director, signed

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    The Speckled Band

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    ~ a Producer credit on The Doctor's Case

    ~ complimentary lunch or dinner for four in Vancouver or Victoria with the Doctor himself, Michael Coleman (travel and accommodation not included)

    ~ a video thank you from the cast and crew

    ~ a personalized Behind the Scenes documentary featurette telling the story of why you and/or your business funded the project, and your impact on the film

    ~ an exclusive, multi-day production experience for four during production of The Doctor's Case, in April 2017 (travel and accommodation not included)

    ~ personalized photos with the cast and crew

    ~ four VIP tickets to the ultimate Craigdarroch Castle house-concert experience, featuring music from Jer Breaks, Ken Marshall, Michael Coleman, James Douglas, Mykro Douglas, Evil Ebenezer, and others (travel and accommodation not included)

    ~ four limited edition, official Cast & Crew t-shirts

    ~ a digital download and CD copy of the movie soundtrack/original score, signed by the composer and producer

    ~ an official, limited edition poster for The Doctor's Case, signed by the ENTIRE CAST

    ~ digital and printed copies of a collector's edition Behind the Scenes photo album from the set of The Doctor's Case, with your printed name acknowledgement and special thanks, signed by the writer-director and watermarked with the name or logo of your choice

    ~ four complimentary memberships in the prestigious Doctor's Ward, to receive exclusive production updates and a weekly newsletter

    ~ four VIP invitations to the celebration party and complimentary screening of The Doctor's Case

    ~ four VIP invitations to an exclusive celebratory afterparty

    ~ the heartfelt gratitude of the filmmakers, and an official, personalized thank you letter from the writer-director, signed

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    The Hound of the Baskervilles

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    ~ an Executive Producer credit on The Doctor's Case

    ~ complimentary lunch or dinner for five in Vancouver, Victoria, or Los Angeles with Michael Coleman and Denise Crosby (travel and accommodation not included)

    ~ a personalized video thank you from the cast and crew

    ~ a personalized Behind the Scenes documentary featurette telling the story of why you and/or your business funded the project, and your impact on the film

    ~ an exclusive, multi-day production experience for five during production of The Doctor's Case, in April 2017 (travel and accommodation not included)

    ~ personalized photos with the cast and crew

    ~ five limited edition, official Cast & Crew t-shirts

    ~ an official, limited edition poster for The Doctor's Case, signed by the ENTIRE CAST

    ~ digital and printed copies of a collector's edition Behind the Scenes photo album from the set of The Doctor's Case, with your printed name acknowledgement and special thanks, signed by the writer-director and watermarked with the name or logo of your choice
    - ~ four VIP tickets to the ultimate Craigdarroch Castle house-concert experience, featuring music from Jer Breaks, Ken Marshall, Michael Coleman, James Douglas, Mykro Douglas, Evil Ebenezer, and others (travel and accommodation not included)
    ~ five complimentary memberships in the prestigious Doctor's Ward, to receive exclusive production updates and a weekly newsletter

    ~ five VIP invitations to the celebration party and complimentary screening of The Doctor's Case

    ~ five VIP invitations to an exclusive celebratory afterparty

    ~ the heartfelt gratitude of the filmmakers, and an official, personalized thank you letter from the writer-director, signed

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