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Last updated February 6, 2018

Årsgång Short Film

Årsgång is a psychological horror short. It deals with two men preparing to undertake a dangerous form of divination in 1850s Sweden.

Årsgång Short Film

Årsgång is a psychological horror short. It deals with two men preparing to undertake a dangerous form of divination in 1850s Sweden.

CA$ 2,350
pledged of CA$ 30,000pledged of CA$ 30,000 goal
16
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, February 6 2018 5:30 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated February 6, 2018

About

Story

Årsgång follows Peter on his quest to save his diseased and dying wife. Hearing of a mysterious magical figure in the back-country of Sweden, he sets off to find Ragnmund. Ragnmund, looking to train Peter in his ways, offers help. He will teach Peter how to survive the dangerous Yearwalk ritual. This task may grant Peter powers, powers that would help him save his wife; or it may end his life and corrupt his soul. Peter and Ragnmund agree to work together, despite having goals that don’t entirely line up. They’re both willing to do anything to get what they want. Peter’s dying wife may be saved by the Yearwalk ritual, but Ragnmund seems coy about the actual odds, speaking in frustrating riddles and hints. Peter wants only one thing, and clings to the hope that Ragnmund isn’t being completely dishonest in order to achieve his own goals.

Characters

Peter considers himself a good man. He had a rough childhood, but he made it through it, relying on the Good Lord to guide him. Now he’s living a life he can be proud of. He’s got a good job, good money, and the perfect wife. And soon a baby on the way. Except all that changes when his wife falls ill, putting her life, and the life of the child, at risk. When all the doctors, priests, and wisemen Peter can find fail him, he decides to risk turning to something stranger, and darker for help. It’s worth it, if it saves his wife. He’ll save her, no matter what. 

Ragnmund still remembers the gods and spirits that lived in Sweden before Jesus Christ made his arrival. In fact it’s from these beings he gets his power. Ragnmund is old however, and dying. He’s committed his life wholly to the arcane ways he practices. Sweden is changing though. Telephone lines are dotting the land. The old ways are being forgotten. With his death arriving he must do whatever he can to pass his traditions down into the changed world, pass them on to to someone new. His ways must not be forgotten, no matter what.

Setting

Årsgång finds its world in 19th Century Sweden. Modern society is starting to arrive and reshape the country. Diseases are being cured, telephone wires are going up, and a country that was once pagan and wild has almost completed its transformation to Christian modernity. Peter is this progression made manifest, an upstanding proper gentleman of the modern age. Ragnmund on the other hand belongs to the wild Sweden. The Sweden of Norse gods and fey beings.

Historical Swedish Cabin
Historical Swedish Cabin

 

Historical Swedish Church
Historical Swedish Church

We will work meticulously to create a historically accurate representation of this time and place. Using European Museum databases we have already begun curating a detailed collection of reference material for the locations in the story. We will be mainly focusing on the vestiges of an older Sweden. Wooden cabins, old abandoned churches, and rustic clothes. With Peter being the main counterpoint, in his much more modern outfits. We will be taking pre-existing barns and cabins in rural Canada and altering them to accurately depict the setting of the story.

Middleville Museum
Middleville Museum

 

Potential Church Location
Potential Church Location

 

Budget

The budget for this short film is modest for what we’re hoping to accomplish. We’re well beneath the typical $50,000 budget for short films, despite looking to create a fantastical world and period piece. By cleverly using available resources and connections we’re getting way more than our money’s worth. Turning rural Canada (and my hometown) into Sweden in particular will save us thousands of dollars. We’re also working with a team that’s incredibly practiced at stretching minimal resources and making them look grand.

Assembled Captures of the Telefilm Budget
Assembled Captures of the Telefilm Budget

 

Assembled Captures of the Telefilm Budget 2
Assembled Captures of the Telefilm Budget 2

 

Assembled Captures of the Telefilm Budget 3
Assembled Captures of the Telefilm Budget 3

 

Rewards

We want the rewards for this project to be unique and interesting. That's why we're giving you things like a physical postcard, amazing high-quality T-shirt designed by Toronto tattoo artist Alexandra Snelgrove, and instructions on how to do your own yearwalk divination. 

Postcard
Postcard
The T-shirt (click through for more of Snelgrove's great art)
The T-shirt (click through for more of Snelgrove's great art)

 

Årsgång Instructional Booklet
Årsgång Instructional Booklet

 

         

Partnerships

We couldn't do something at this scale without reaching out to cool and talented people to help. As of right now we've got a great logo designed by a talented TO tattoo artist, we've got a partnership with Middleville Museum to utilize historically accurate props and locations, and we've got permission to use the music of British metal brand Akercocke.

Risks and challenges

There are a few challenges inherent in this project. Our crew is experienced, and has worked together before, so most of the challenges are external. Things like unexpected budgetary necessities, weather (this has to be shot rurally and in winter after all), and transportation are all factors.

Now we've worked through versions of all this challenges before, but naturally each project is slightly unique. Still we've done our best to mitigate these challenges already. One of our main locations will allow our crew to light indoors rather than out (it's a replica cabin nested in a larger building) we're securing appropriate trucks and equipment, as well as the help of all sorts of great people both local to my hometown and in Toronto.

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