A new comedy short film set in a medieval world of knights, wizards, and dark magic. This particular story is about the unfortunate tale of Sir Timothy Hardone - a brave knight and loyal servant to his King - and how his "happily ever after" went horribly wrong.
This is like Amy Schumer’s stand-up meets Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Game of Thrones and Superbad. Excalibur meets The Hangover...well, the first one.
This is Damsel.
Great! So why don't you make it?
Well, we’d love to. But making movies is expensive. I'm sure you've heard. And when you add components like setting the movie in a medieval world, things can get even more expensive in a hurry.
Damsel can only reach its full potential if what ends up onscreen looks completely authentic to the era, not only for respect of the genre, but because of how the comedy in the film was designed. If we can accomplish this look, the medieval backdrop will help elevate the story and deliver a film that is unique, entertaining, and hilarious. But the reality is that Damsel will require a budget more than what I can pull together in personal funds and calling in favors.
This is why we came to Kickstarter. To secure the remaining production budget necessary to make Damsel the way it deserves to be told.
What’s the movie about?
Damsel is a story that asks the question about what happens during the "happily ever after" part of the hero’s journey. When the movie ends and we're left to believe these two strangers riding off into the sunset were blessed by true love and went on to experience a long and happy life together. But that's not reality. Or not all the time, at least.
This movie is an extension of that traditional fairytale ending...
...but if the hero and damsel were polar opposites. And not in the quirky romantic-comedy "opposites attract" kind of way.
You still get the exciting action that makes these stories so much fun, but it will only serve as the setup for much more to come. Instead of the heroic sequence being what resolves the main struggle of the film, this is exactly what gets him into trouble in the first place.
Damsel begins with our hero, Sir Timothy, storming the dungeon of an evil Dark Wizard, and rescues the Princess being held captive. But not quite in time before the wizard is able to cast a spell on her, which sends her into a deep sleep. Otherwise unharmed, the knight and sleeping Princess begin their journey home, towards the happily ever after promised to them.
But then everything changes when the Princess wakes up...
It doesn't take long before Sir Timothy realizes she is nothing like he was expecting, as his fairy tale ending is at risk of becoming a living nightmare. Hilarity ensues as our hero must face off with his greatest adversary yet and fight to win back his chance at a genuine “happily ever after”.
I grew up on 80's fantasy films, movies like Willow and The Princess Bride, so I would never say these stories should sacrifice excitement for realism. I'm just saying there might be a missed opportunity by not making the characters a little more grounded in reality. All of the characters; not just the hero.
Everything else can be exaggerated and over the top, but the characters should still behave like believable and interesting individuals, dynamic and flawed, rather than a one-dimensional representation of the single trait that defines them and influences every decision. It's much easier to get lost in a world of fantasy if we're being led by characters that we understand.
Taking on Damsel in Distress
Far too often, the damsel in distress character's sole purpose is to serve as motivation for the hero’s quest with no other real contribution to the narrative. Minimal effort is given in developing her character and so she becomes nothing more than a generalizations of what a hero would find appealing. The result is a boring character resembling a prop more than an interesting multi-dimensional person.
These stories taught little boys that they can be heroes. The same stories taught little girls to be polite and worry about appearance over personality because this is how she can achieve her happily ever after. To attract some guy to come along and rescue them from all their troubles. This is a terrible message and why we created a damsel in distress that doesn’t play by any of those rules.
This is a Princess like you’ve never seen before. She’s opinionated, unfiltered, and will fight to the death for what she wants. That’s not to say she’s a good person necessarily, but at least she’s real.
I wrote the screenplay for “Damsel” this past summer with fellow San Antonio filmmaker, Bryan Ortiz, who will also serve as producing partner on the film. To get an idea our past work, below are trailers for one of my most recent films, “REMAKE”, and Bryan Ortiz’s “Sanitarium”, which he co-directed with two other San filmmakers.
We have a few other key members already secured, who I have worked with on previous projects, including Dave Novak and Stephen Villela as co-producers and Susie Hamilton as our Costume Designer.
Meet the Cast
What will your contributions go towards…
Every cent that we raise will go entirely to making “Damsel” the best film possible. Even if we exceed our goal, any additional funds will go right back in to the film even better.
- Art Department (Costumes, production design, and props)
- Equipment rentals (Camera, Sound, and G&E)
- Professional crew rates
- Film festival entry fees
- Completion of a SFX shot needed for the film
- Production insurance
Not only will your contribution help make this movie a reality, but you will also get some great incentives too. Some of the perks we created include private access to production diaries, digital copies of the finished film, tickets to a private screening with the cast and crew, and even an opportunity to be in the movie!
Join us on this epic quest!
We will be posting updates throughout the campaign, so please like us on Facebook so that you don’t miss out. Thank you so much for taking the time to check out our project and we hope you will join us for this exciting adventure!
Risks and challenges
Every movie production faces risks and challenges. Our main obstacle is creating a world that doesn't looks cheap and fake, but if we are successful with this campaign we can hire the necessary professionals and invest in props, production design and costumes to bring this world to life. The other primary risk would be producing a film that wouldn't be competitive in the film festival circuit, but we already have people on the team who have the ability to make this happen. As long as we execute the content in the script, and don't have to make major compromises with how the world is brought to life, there's no doubt that this film can be very successful.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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