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EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: The Art of Dungeons and Dragons celebrates the amazing artwork that helps create the worlds in which we all play.
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$50,000 Unlocked!: Jeff Easley Dragon art sticker
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: Jeff Easley Hook Horror art sticker
$35,000 Unlocked!: Jeff Dee art print
$30,000 Unlocked!: Diesel LaForce art print

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons is an exciting new feature-length documentary that explores the history, influence, and stories behind the artwork that helps create the worlds in which we all play. The movie profiles D&D artists (both past and present), former TSR insiders, game designers, authors, and fans. EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons is a celebration of the art we all love so much.

Making a movie is never easy, and Team Beholder has spent the last three years traveling the country conducting interviews, and uncovering original art and artifacts from every era of Dungeons & Dragons. To pull it off, we’ve had to dig deep into our own money pouches, and now that we’re in post-production and our adventure is nearing the end, we need your help to finish the documentary and get it out for everyone to enjoy. We are aiming to hold the world premiere at the 2018 GenCon Film Festival in Indianapolis, IN this August.

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER features a stellar cast of artists, game designers, art directors, gamers, and fans, including: Larry Elmore, Jeff Easley, Erol Otus, Brom, Todd Lockwood, Jennell Jaquays, Clyde Caldwell, Jeff Dee, Tony DiTerlizzi, Nick Parkinson, Peggy Cooper, Harry Quinn, Jon Schindehette, Chris Burdett, Margaret Weis, Diesel LaForce, Darlene, Donato Giancola, Ralph Horsley, Matthew Stawicki, Thomas Babbey, Satine Phoenix, Chris Seaman, Brynn Metheney, Steve Prescott, Dawn Murin, Dana Knutson, Laura Roslof, Tim Kask, and many more!

 

Watch our second trailer for the film, featuring D&D artists Larry Elmore, Erol Otus, Tony DiTerlizzi, Thomas Babbey, and Donato Giancola, as well as co-creator of Maze Arcana Satine Phoenix and former creative director Jon Schindehette.

 

We're absolutely thrilled to offer these six art prints by legendary D&D artists Larry Elmore, Erol Otus, Brom, Todd Lockwood, Jennell Jaquays, and Tony DiTerlizzi!

Get one **personally signed print** of your choice at the $55 Cyclops level - limited to 250 backers. Get ALL SIX signed prints at the $150 Beholder and $175 Purple Worm levels!

The prints will be approximately 8.5 x 11, though they might be a tiny bit bigger or smaller, depending on our options with the printer. They will be a standard size, making them easy to frame. This also makes it easier to ship them safely!

*Unsigned* prints are available for $20 each as add-on's via BackerKit.

Snag these great old-school D&D-style t-shirts with original artwork by Jeff Easley, drawn exclusively for EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. Get your choice of one t-shirt as part of the $55 Hook Horror level, BOTH t-shirts at the $75 Hydra level, and they are available as add-on's for $25 each via BackerKit.

Jeff Easley Shirt A - Hook Horror "Save vs. Hugs"
Jeff Easley Shirt A - Hook Horror "Save vs. Hugs"

 

Jeff Easley Shirt B - Gelatinous Cube "Old Gamers Never Die..."
Jeff Easley Shirt B - Gelatinous Cube "Old Gamers Never Die..."

Grab the completed film on DVD, including extended artist and insider interviews and peeks behind the scenes, at the $40 Will-O'-Wisp level.

UPDATE 3/13/18! Eye of the Beholder will be available on Blu-ray! Here’s how it’ll work: During the BackerKit stage, if you’ve pledged at the $40 Will-O’-Wisp level or higher, you’ll be able to upgrade your DVD to a Blu-ray for an additional $10. You’ll be billed for this upgrade when you check out. DO NOT ADJUST YOUR PLEDGE! There’s no need. This can all be done once the BackerKit surveys go out.

And, at most levels you'll receive this 4"x4" "Old Gamers Never Die... But Their Characters Do" sticker featuring Jeff Easley's awesome gelatinous cube art!

 

We know adventurers love their loot, so as you delve deeper into the dungeon, new rewards will reveal themselves! (We promise, you won't find any traps!)

$30,000: Signed Print By Diesel LaForce! UNLOCKED!
We're adding a print by legendary D&D artist and mapmaker David "Diesel" LaForce to the $150 BEHOLDER tier & the $175 PURPLE WORM tier! That's ALL SEVEN PRINTS at those two tiers! Additionally, donors at the $55 CYCLOPS tier can select this print if they want. UNSIGNED copies of this print, and all the prints, will be available to everyone via Backer Kit. 

Diesel LaForce
Diesel LaForce

$35,000: Signed Print By Jeff Dee! Plus: Digital Copies of the Movie for Everyone at the Will-o'-Wisp Level and Above! UNLOCKED!
We're adding a print by legendary D&D artist and game designer Jeff Dee to the $150 BEHOLDER tier & the $175 PURPLE WORM tier! That's ALL EIGHT PRINTS at those two tiers! Additionally, donors at the $55 CYCLOPS tier can select this print if they want. And ALL TIERS can purchase UNSIGNED copies of this print, and all the prints, via Backer Kit.

Additionally, ALL TIERS from $40 WILL-O'-WISP on up will receive a digital copy of the documentary.

Jeff Dee
Jeff Dee

$40,000: Jeff Easley Hook Horror Sticker! UNLOCKED!
For our $40,000 stretch goal we’ll be giving folks a ‘Save vs. Hugs’ Jeff Easley Hook Horror art sticker at the $10 level, and the $40 level on up.

 $50,000: Jeff Easley Dragon Sticker! UNLOCKED!
We're happy to announce that the incomparable Jeff Easley agreed to do another exclusive piece of art for us - a classic Easley dragon! He just completed it at Gary Con X. This dragon will be made into a sticker and added to the $40 and up levels.

Jeff Easley with our new Dragon art!
Jeff Easley with our new Dragon art!

 

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Brian Stillman has more than 20 years experience as a professional journalist and filmmaker, working in both the print and documentary worlds. He’s a producer on the Netflix documentary series The Toys That Made Us (The Nacelle Co.), and in 2014, he released the documentary Plastic Galaxy: The Story of Star Wars Toys through his own production company, X-Ray Films. Plastic Galaxy is distributed world-wide by Gravitas, LLC, and is available on Amazon Prime, Hulu, iTunes, and most other digital outlets. Brian has written articles and produced videos for numerous magazines, web sites, and non-profits, including Guitar World (where he was also an associate editor), Future Music, Super 7, the music magazine Revolver (where he was also managing editor), and the New York Post. He is co-editor, with ArtOrder’s John Schindehette, of the upcoming The Owlbear Almanac: The Handbook of the Owlbear Appreciation Society.

CAVEGIRL PRODUCTIONS
Cavegirl Productions
, headed by founders Kelley Slagle and Seth Polansky, began producing independent films in 2004, including 13 short films and the award-winning fantasy web series The Broken Continent, which successfully raised over $50,000 on Kickstarter. In 2014, Cavegirl released the award-winning dramedy feature film Of Dice and Men - "a geek movie without the self-loathing" - now available on Amazon Prime.

In 2016, Kelley was named a Docs In Progress Fellow, a selective program for emerging DC-area documentary filmmakers. Seth, a contracts, business and entertainment attorney, is also a sound designer and composer.

BRIAN: I’ve always been fascinated by the art of D&D. As a kid, the art was as important as the game, and I’d spend hours just flipping through the pages and letting the illustrations inspire my own imagination. That love has stayed with me all these years, and the film is an opportunity to share it with the world. I also want to shine a light on all the artists who contributed to the game. Some have gone on to become recognizable names, but many deserve a lot more recognition than they’ve gotten over the years. And finally, this is an opportunity to show how the art goes from concept to creation to publication - it’s an insider’s look at the process that goes into bringing this art to market.

SETH: D&D has, for as long as I can remember, been a part of my life. My oldest, best friends are the people I’ve gamed with throughout the years; some of my fondest memories include spending entire weekends curled up on my parents’ couch just reading through the core books. In the intervening years, I’ve come to realize that the images in those books have become an indelible part of my subconscious. This film is, in many ways, a love letter to my childhood - and an opportunity to share my love of the game and its art with the world.

KELLEY: For the longest time, I was "gamer-adjacent" - and finally became a D&D player (and a miniature painter!) during the making of our feature film OF DICE AND MEN. The art of D&D is key to immersing yourself in these worlds and characters, and I'm thrilled to highlight this work and bring the behind-the-scenes to life!

 

With your help, we'll be able to complete post-production, including music composition and licensing, animation, and color correction. We will be able to submit EYE OF THE BEHOLDER to film festivals and gaming, sci-fi, and fantasy conventions. From there, we will seek distribution. Then, world domination! Or at least domination over our gaming tables!

Dungeons & Dragons and related book and property titles, names, and images are the intellectual property of Wizards of the Coast/Hasbro, Inc., or other owners as applicable. This film and associated materials are not authorized, sanctioned, endorsed, approved, or produced by Wizards of the Coast/Hasbro, Inc., etc...  The purpose of this film is to report on, explore, and document the history, development, and influence of the art of TSR, Wizards of the Coast, and Hasbro, and to illustrate the dedication their fans have for their intellectual property. This film and associated materials in no way attempt to assert any ownership of or infringe upon any copyright, trademark, or intellectual property that may be depicted therein.

Risks and challenges

As the producers behind successful movies and documentaries, as well as a Netflix series and numerous short films, we know what it takes to bring projects like this to completion. We also fully understand the kinds of pitfalls that can get in the way, and how to avoid them.

Since we are now finishing up the last few interviews and have fully dived into post-production, the risk of not completing this project is extremely low. We've invested three years of planning, research, and traveling for interviews, as well as our own funds, to make sure that EYE OF THE BEHOLDER comes to fruition. Our goal is to premiere the finished film at Gen Con 2018 in August in Indianapolis. We need to have a screener copy finished for submission by April 15th, so we're charging full-steam ahead!

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