"Hall of Mirrors" is a short film that captures the decisive few days in the life of Basil, a young man who suffers from a mental disorder that forces him to never leave home. The name of the disorder is BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder) and it is a psychological disorder in which a person becomes obsessed with imaginary defects in their appearance.
Basil isolates himself completely until he is confronted by his foster brother, Henry, with the news about their mother's deteriorating health. Basil is unable to leave the apartment to visit his mother in her last days, but Henry manages to get him out and the two drive to the town where they grew up.
During this road trip Basil is forced to face the demons that infest his mind and initiate the change in his life.
The goal of "Hall of Mirrors" is simple - raise awareness about the disorder.
Roughly 1-2% of the entire population suffer from Body Dysmorphia to varying degrees but it is a very under-diagnosed and misunderstood mental illness. This causes incredible amount of pain and anxiety to those who suffer from it and also to close friends and family of sufferers. This then splits the goal into two parts.
- Give hope to sufferers.
Those who suffer from BDD will not only get more exposure, but will also understand and identify with our main character, Basil, and the everyday troubles, thoughts and fears that people with this disorder suffer from. It will hopefully provide them with an insight in how to deal and recover from this condition.
- Inform the average viewer.
The more awareness is spread about the problem - the more people will be involved in order to help with it. Average viewers will be able identify with Henry, a brother of Basil, a sufferer of BDD. They will be able to learn more about the condition and how it affects people close to sufferers of BDD. Starting with this Kickstarter page and finishing with the final film - it is all a big campaign of spreading the word about BDD.
Working behind this project is a very diligent and committed crew. An experienced group of people that is extremely passionate about bringing the story of "Hall Of Mirrors" to the screens and making it as good as it can possibly be.
Tomas Frigstad - Director of Photography
Tomas Frigstad is a Director of Photography currently living shortly outside London, United Kingdom. Before moving to England, Tomas gained work experience in Norway as cinematographer for documentaries, cinematic commercials and several short films. At the age of 17, he had a work placement as a runner at the Norwegian Broadcasting Channel. He later got hired as camera operator for a live broadcast, all before turning 18. On a regular basis he works as photographer, as he enjoys the art of still photography in addition to motion picture. Today he has experience working on a wide array of camera systems, from DSLR’s to RED, Alexa and the Arriflex SR-range, shooting both digital and analogue film. Early 2013 he gained an interest in Steadicam operating, and has since attended a Tiffen Silver Workshop. He has experience operating most high-end Steadicam systems from Tiffen Archer to GPI Pro.
Check out his showreel below:
Ismail Guluev - Producer
Ismail Guluev is an award winning producer, whose films are varying in different genres and tones. He is incredibly passionate and interested in making films that are unique in style and substance. The trailer for his latest film is below:
Daniel York - Director
Daniel York is an enormously experienced director and actor, who has been in many films and worked with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio in The Beach and Ewan McGregor in Rogue Trader.
Besides the work in feature films - he has a big theatre presence and also directs and writes his own projects.
His IMDb page is right here:
The crew of "Hall Of Mirrors" consists of many other talented and skilful filmmakers whose work and input you will be able to witness in the film.
Andrew Koji - Basil
Andrew Koji is an Actor based in London of Anglo-Japanese descent.
He has appeared in the BBC TV Action Comedy series, 'The Wrong Mans', alongside James Corden and Mathew Baynton. BBC One's 'Casualty', the Norweigan Thriller 'Frikjent' and is in the upcoming series of 'Call the Midwife'. He is an experienced theatre actor and also writes his own projects
Here he is in action:
Dominic Coates - Henry
Dominic is an experienced theatre actor in London and is also an upcoming rapper and hip-hop artist 'Delta Lima'. He acted alongside Andrew in their previous short film 'Above the Waist' which you can check out below:
Also make sure to check out his musical work as Delta Lima:
'Hall Of Mirrors' is in the midst of the production. But we need your help to finish it and make sure it is as good as it can be on all fronts - visuals, sound and locations.
We have already shot the interior scenes of the film where we establish and finish the film. Now what's left to shoot is the external scenes, the middle section of the film, where the two characters take a road trip up north to Yorkshire. This involves getting all cast, crew and equipment to all the locations where all the road trip takes place - outside of London. The budget will be covering the equipment hire, both sound and a special camera equipment that will allow us to shoot the car scenes, food and travel for the entire crew and the cast for a number of days. This also includes renting an accommodation near the shooting location.
So the bigger the budget - the more resources will become available to us, which will then allow us to make a better film.
'Hall Of Mirrors' is going to be a film which will not only entertain and move you, but will also educate and inform on the issue of Body Dysmorphic Disorder. It will be a film which will provide a positive change in the lives of those who need it.
You can become a major part in this change and help to bring this project to life.
Make sure to visit BDD support websites for more information:
Risks and challenges
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a very complex and difficult subject and condition to tackle. There is a big risk of this being misrepresented, because BDD manifests itself in so many different forms and like all mental illnesses it is nearly impossible to truly capture what goes on inside the mind of a sufferer.
However we as a team have committed a lot of time into researching the issue and speaking to sufferers. Furthermore we have also attended different meetings and conferences that were dedicated to the condition. One of the conferences was "The First International Conference on BDD" hosted by The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation. It has given us a lot of useful information on the subject.
Given information that we have gathered throughout months of research, we have infused it into all aspects of the film. From cinematography and visual story telling to the performance and the subtle expressions of the disorder through the character of Basil, we hope to represent what it is like to suffer from this condition as truthfully as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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