An audio book brick movie? Why, yes, yes we did.
Ghosts in the Yew, book one of the Vesteal Series, is an adult fantasy adventure that tells the story of four people banished to a distant land who must survive the magic of an ancient murder. If you would like to hear the whole story or see more of the stop motion movie, find yourself a reward level that suits you. We have the audio book, of course, copies of the hardcover edition, full color prints of the new Ghosts in the Yew cover, and for those who have a scene from the book in mind, you can have it made.
Why a brick movie?
The Vesteal Series has been a successful endeavor, but slow. Most of those who have started the series did so because the author personally convinced them to—one hard fought hardcover sale at a time. What we are after is a way to introduce the story to a larger audience, and this short film stands a good chance of doing that.
A New Vesteal Series Novella - The Silent Rebellion
Also included in the project rewards, for those who have already chewed through books one and two is the next book in the series, The Silent Rebellion. It is a novella that picks where the choas of Native Silver left off.
Where are your dollars going?
You are covering the production costs of the audio book and the making of the brick movie. You receive the reward you selected. You and the rest of the world gets to see the brick movie version of the tale. For every $4,000 raised, we will produce another portion of the movie.
The brick movie begins with Chapter Eight of Ghosts in the Yew, as Barok is arriving at Urnedi Manor. Once funded, we will produce the second half of Chapter Eight and all of Chapters Ten and Eleven, introducing Leger Mertone and seeing our hero make a fateful trip into the trees.
If we fund, our next segment will be in and around the ancient castle, Urnedi Manor.
First Stretch Goal - $9,000
Our first stretch goal will cover Chapters 12-18, adding both Dia and Geart into the mix.
Second Stretch Goal - $12,000
If we reach our second stretch goal, we will cover Chapters 18-30. Ohh, how cold a winter it was!
Third Stretch Goal - $15,000
The third and subsequent installments will be determined by the final funding amount.
Our Producer and Voice Actors
Lauren Faits is the Producer for the Ghosts in the Yew audio book, as well as the voice of Dia. She discovered Blake Hausladen's work through her blog, Geek Girl Chicago. In addition to writing and audio production, Lauren also enjoys working in infomal education, creating cosplay, and being a pretty rad wife. She currently lives with Clayton on the north side of Chicago.
Clayton Faits grew up in Southwick, Massachusetts, where the days are short and the winters are long. After studying theater and history at Tulane University, he moved to Chicago where conditions are much the same. He is the creative director for the award-winning audiodrama Our Fair City (www.ourfaircity.com), and also works as an educator and team leader in the field of digital manufacturing. In addition to writing for Our Fair City, he enjoys games of all kinds, toys that fly, and jokes that aren’t funny.
Bill Dunbar is an actor working in the Chicago area. He has appeared in regional productions of Bernard Pomerance's "The Elephant Man" ("Ross") and David Mamet's "The Water Engine" ("The Announcer/Tour Guide"). As a member of Moebius Science Fiction Theater, Bill stage-managed "R.U.R." by Karel Capek and performed in "The Martian Chronicles" by Ray Bradbury for the World Science Fiction Convention. Bill is a licensed aircraft dispatcher, and served as a non-commissioned officer in the Illinois Air National Guard.
Jonah D. Winston (Geart Goib): Jonah is overjoyed to take part in this wonderful project and to have had his first audiobook voiceover experience be for the character of Geart. A graduate of the Butler University Jordan College of the Arts in Indianapolis, Indiana as well as a Master of Letters recipient from the Flinders University Drama Center in Adelaide, South Australia, Jonah can typically be found on stage performing with various theatrical companies in and around the Chicago area; including the First Folio Theatre, Profiles Theatre, and the Goodman Theatre. His voice work can also be heard on the radio in various commercial spots as well as in museum exhibits in Chicago and Indianapolis. Thank you to Blake, Lauren, and Clayton for allowing me to take part in this journey and to my friends and family for being the foundation on which I build my dreams. Cheers everyone!
David Lee Pancake’s sculptures and illustrations grace homes and business all over the world. He has illustrated book covers, magazines, websites and games for a variety of clients. He pursues a wide variety of subject matter that includes dragons, superheroes, risqué angels, abstracts, horror sculptures, and paintings. His talent expresses equally in clay or canvas. He states: “I love detail and texture and angels, dragons and other mythical creatures allow me the freedom to play with paint and clay to bring to life what’s imagined.” David is an entrepreneur, avid reader, science fiction and fantasy aficionado, arm chair philosopher and science nut, but his first love is art.
David Rheinstrom has been working in audio since 2005, when he got his first voiceover gig at the age of sixteen. Since then, he's produced and performed in many audio dramas and audio books, including the award-winning series Our Fair City, as well as several titles on Audible. He was happy to serve as an assistant editor on Ghosts in the Yew. Parsh!
Risks and challenges
As with our first successful kickstarter campaign, there are few risks to the completion of this project. The production team has finished recording, the brick movie sets are built. Audible upload and USB production will begin as soon as the project funds.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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