You should never have to choose between an entertaining film and a meaningful film.
Every year during the Oscars my Facebook feed is choked with friends either scoffing at the "artsy-fartsy" dramas, or rolling their eyes at the latest super-hero smash 'em up.
It seems it's the 'philistines' vs. the 'snobs.'
Michal Bay vs. Stanley Kubrick.
I call BS on that.
Great films balance both, often so well we forget about this ridiculous false dichotomy. Writer/Director Christopher Nolan (Inception, Dark Knight, Dunkirk) is often credited as the ideal middle-ground. His films welcome all audiences at the door, yet challenges them along the journey.
These are the films we love.
These are the films we watch.
These are the films we long make.
DYSPHORIA was inspired by this very phenomena. Watching two VERY polarized groups scream at each other during this past presidential election made me realize we're losing our ability to empathize and collaborate.
I believe the real value of film is it's ability to build empathy in it's audiences, empathy that can push back against any division.
This is the kind of film I want DYSPHORIA to be.
I am so confident you will love our film, if you are still undecided, shoot me an email to script[at]timidmonster[dot]com, and I'll send you a copy of the screenplay.
With all things in the arts (since time immemorial), we depend on your patronage. What you choose to support is your vote that will shape the way we see and interact with the world for years to come.
Thank you for reading this far. You're awesome.
WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU
Not only will you receive the perks in your donation tier, but you will also be included in the project through all phases of production.
WHAT DOES THIS PROJECT MEAN TO US?
We are a team of film professionals working to produce feature-length films in Memphis, TN.
We’ve labored tirelessly over the last five years to develop engaging screenplays, attract an accomplished board of advisors, and build an organic social-media following with over 10,000 subscribers.
A short film, vetted by a jury of established professionals, backed by our peers, and produced by team of passionate filmmakers, would be a compelling capstone in a comprehensive investment presentation.
An investment in Dysphoria will pay dividends into the Memphis Film Community for years to come.
Through careful budgeting and disciplined filmmaking, we finished phase one of our production with a $900 budget surplus, dropping our phase two fundraising goal down to $4500.
Every penny will go towards hiring cast and crew, renting necessary equipment, and covering miscellaneous production expenditures.
Timid Monster will not receive any production funds; everything will be invested directly into the end product.
JOHN DYLAN ATKINS – Actor, James Campbell
John Dylan Atkins is a veteran of the stage and film with standout performances as Jamie Tyrone (Long Days Journey Into Night), Macduff (Macbeth), Edmund (King Lear), Peter Evans (Bug) on the stage, and as Tobias in the award-winning short film Space Licorice.
SHANNON WALTON - Actor, Mara Campbell
Shannon Walton was raised in Memphis and earned her degree in acting from Southeast MO State University. After graduating college she left for LA and appeared in several short films. She relocated back at home and since has appeared on stage several times. She can also be seen often on the Theatre Memphis stage. This will be her first short since arriving back in Memphis.
DAN BAKER – Writer/Director
Capping 10 years of writing and directing in Memphis, TN, Dan was the recipient of a 2016 IndieGrant. He studied screenwriting under Academy Award nominated and Tony Award winning writer Mark Medoff; he has directed national TV spots for Discovery and Toyota; and his short films and book trailers have won numerous festival awards.
JORDAN DANELZ – Cinematographer
Long before he knew what a cinematographer was, Jordan was just a kid who often found himself captivated by light and shadow. Twenty-five years later he finds himself still playing with light and loving every minute of it. Jordan draws a lot of energy from his job as a cinematographer and the community of filmmakers he works with.
DAVE KROPF – Composer
Dave is a veteran composer, percussionist, and educator. His primary focus is on production music for film/TV and his credits include: The NFL Today, The NFL of CBS, College Football on CBS, The Masters Tournament, The PGA Tour, The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, NFL Network, Fox Sports, Sony, MediaCom, and Timid Monster.
LETS MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
If you're unable to partner with us financially at this time, there are many other ways you can contribute:
- Share this campaign on Facebook, Twitter, etc...
- Email the link to friends, family, and, fellow film lovers.
- Follow Timid Monster on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
- Live in the Memphis area? We need an extra pair of hands on set.
- Do you work in post-production? We need help with sound design and foley work.
Risks and challenges
By nature, films are inherently risky. Planning must be done months in advance, and any number of unpredictable variables can wreak havoc on a production. We've been waylaid by everything from malfunctioning equipment, to weather, to personnel issues, and then some. We take these risks seriously and strive to develop a robust set of contingencies. And when all else fails, we fall back on on the grit-and-grind of getting it done.
Here are the challenges we are anticipating for Phase Two of DYSPHORIA, and how we plan to tackle them:
– CAST and CREW AVAILABILITY: With one of our leads coming in from out of town, and an exceptionally busy production season in Memphis, finding a open stretch of free days will not be easy. The key will be to begin scheduling the moment we are confident funding is secured.
– WEATHER: MidSouth weather can be a mite unpredictable in the spring, swinging from hot and cloudless, to dark and stormy in a matter of hours. We are fortunate in that we have full run of the property at our main location, so we have the freedom to re-schedule our exteriors as needed.
– LOCATIONS: Finding 70s appropriate locations in modern-day city has proven difficult, particularly finding a period-appropriate psych ward. To help tackle this obstacle, we brought on a new Associate Producer who has been researching and taking photos. With his notes and assistance from the Memphis and Shelby County Film Commission, we are confident moving forward.
– DATA LOSS: Corrupted data crippled one of our previous shoots, so we have beefed up our data handling protocols. Our camera will be recording to two separate media in two different formats, and that data will be backed up on-set to 2 hard drives, with each being stored at separate locations.
Additionally we can offer the following assurances:
– The screenplay is fantastic. Writer Dan Baker took it through multiple revisions, and spent time shaping it with an industry mentor, all to make sure the script was airtight BEFORE we even started pitching the project for funding.
– Phase One is already in the can, meaning all the hard work is behind us: we've already found our cast; collected all the props and wardrobe; locked down our key shooting locations; and had a chance to work out unexpected kinks.
– As recipients of Indie Memphis' IndieGrant, we are surrounded by a community of professionals who are all invested and ready to help see the project to completion. More than providing production funds, the grant also comes with a generous post-production package.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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