Melancholy: A Different Kind of Love Story
A dramatic film about Sara, a young woman stuck inside herself, offering a true a portrait of the realities of clinical depression.
Melancholy is an honest attempt to illustrate the true experience of an individual dealing with a major depressive disorder. It does away with the stereotypes that often plague portrayals of depressed characters in TV and film. The biggest feedback we've gotten from people who suffer from MDD and have read the screenplay is emphatically, "This story needs to be told!" Why? Because in America alone 1 in 4 people will deal with depression in their lifetime. 80% of them will go undiagnosed and untreated. Also because there is an inextricable link between depression and suicide. Nearly 75% of all suicides are related to depression. Suicide accounts for 3 deaths to every 1 homicide. Despite the depression epidemic, over 25% of all Americans still believe that depression isn't a disease but rather a symptom of individual weakness. That's why this story needs to be told. This issue of depression needs to be brought into the light of day and dismiss the stigmas so the 80% of undiagnosed depressives can feel safe to seek help.
The film focuses on one night in the life of Sara, a typical twenty-something going through a severe depressive episode while trying reach out for any kind of catalyst to pull herself free, searching for help through friends, faith, and medication. Through Sara's eyes we see the despair, hopelessness, and fear that can cripple the life of an individual fighting a major depressive disorder. Sara's boyfriend, Graham, provides the perspective of the outsider. He struggles to find some way to help the woman he loves but can't find a way to break Sara out of her cycle of lethargy and depression. The relationship between Sara and Graham demonstrates a common example of the misunderstanding and disconnect between any couple in which one person is suffering from depression. Melancholy explores this disconnect and provides an emotional insight into the struggles of both Sara and Graham.
The film features four stage actors transitioning to film for the first time. The lead role is played by 22 year old actress Emily Dorsett, a Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate of the University of South Dakota, who's credits include the female lead of Kate in Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew with the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival and Rose in the Shelterbelt Theatre's production of The Other Sewing Circle. The role of Graham is played by Matthew Karasek, a BFA graduate of Creighton University, whose credits include various roles at the Blue Barn Theatre, Shelterbelt Theatre, Omaha Community Playhouse, and the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival. The supporting cast includes Sydney Readman, in the role of Sara's best friend Mal, and Nick Knipe as Theo.
The intent of the film is to start a conversation about what depression really is by showing an honest portrayal of what millions of people deal with on a daily basis. You can have that conversation with us by following the film on Twitter at @MelancholyMovie.
We are not ashamed to admit that this film has an agenda. In order to fulfill it we need the funds that will allow us access to the kind of equipment and talent that will take this project from one in a million indie flicks self-posted to YouTube to a film festival contender. We want this film to have the exposure that allows people suffering from a major depressive disorder who can't vocalize exactly what they're going through to be able to turn to it and say, "it's kind of like that." We want it to be a starting point for someone with a loved one suffering from depression to go to and get a basic understanding of the emotional hardship that comes with it.
So why the Kickstarter campaign? As independent filmmakers living outside of filmmaking hubs, we don't have ready access to all the resources we need to, "do it right." We want this film to show the heart of the story without distracting viewers because of poor lighting, bad audio, or grainy picture quality.
If you are on the fence about giving us your backing, send us a message and we will make the screenplay available to you to read a decide if it is a film worth backing.
So what is the money for? Here's the breakdown:
Here's the financial breakdown of why we need $6,500: Camera/Media/Peripherals: $3,200
Actor/Crew Wages: $1,400
Music licensing fees: $400
Lighting/Gels/Misc. equipment: $1,000
Post Production and Rewards Delivery: $750
Kickstarter and PayPal take approximately 10% of the total amount raised.
If you haven't followed us on social media, here's where you can find us:
You can follow our cast and crew on Twitter as well:
Emily Dorsett (Sara): @door_sett
Nick Knipe (Theo): @NickatKnipe
Sydney Readman (Mal): @Sydney_Readman
Nathan Edwards (Director): @MrNathanEdwards
Risks and challenges
As an indie project there are always risks involved in production. Luckily, with a successfully funded campaign it goes without saying that most of the risks will be mitigated. Our cast and crew have agreed to volunteer their time and talents if the funds we need to pay them aren't raised through this campaign.
So what are the challenges?
Artistic: The cast of "Melancholy" are all making their debut on film and transitioning from the stage. There are always some challenges for actors making the transition in learning how to adapt their acting style. We've brought in extra help in the form of our Assistant Director and veteran Omaha actor Raydell Cordell who will be working with our actors to make a smooth transition from stage to screen.
Production: Any film is going to have challenges in production. With our small budget independent film the biggest challenge is finding the right talent behind the camera. We have brought on a great crew with good experience to help make everything going on behind the camera run smoothly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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