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31
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, February 17 2016 4:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

On February 27th, 1994, the body of Olivia Mabel was found dead in her secluded ranch house, sitting upright in a rocking chair in front of a mysterious altar dedicated to her deceased son. This is the unsolved story out of Celina, Texas.

Olivia Mabel and Elements from the police file in Celina, Texas.  Photos and story from oliviamabel.com
Olivia Mabel and Elements from the police file in Celina, Texas. Photos and story from oliviamabel.com

High-Dere!

We’re ElfTree Media; a team of creative folks based out of Los Angeles, California. Our collective of podcasters, musicians and filmmakers are about to embark on our first short film project together and we need your help! 

The film we intend to make is called Thoughtform, a supernatural horror piece based on the unsolved mystery of Olivia Mabel; original story at oliviamabel.com

After discussing it over several podcasts (High-Dere Ep #52 | GMOlivia Mabel) we decided we needed to tell this story and expand on the urban legends that surround the mysterious case. We got together and fleshed out a script based on what we felt the real Olivia Mabel would have experienced.

Over Thanksgiving, 2015 the team took a trip to Celina, Texas to scout locations in close approximation to the original Mabel house. We shot test footage over those cold & rainy days and used it to create our teaser.

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Our core team is assembled: Ian McNeny will be Producing and Editing, Martyn Eaden wrote the screenplay and will be Directing, Shelby Cook is on board as Cinematographer and Joe Moralez will be Co-Producing and handling the Music.

From Left to Right: Ian, Martyn, Shelby & Joe
From Left to Right: Ian, Martyn, Shelby & Joe

The plan is now to go back to Texas and shoot our script over four days in Spring, 2016 with professional actors, all the necessary crew, and full production design.

We are going to be shooting Thoughtform on the Sony A7S II. Most of our story takes place in the dead of night and the A7S is unparalleled as far as low-light sensitivity goes. This will keep us from having to use typically complicated lighting set ups, and allows us to capture the true beauty of darkness. See for yourself, below!

Our goal for this campaign is to raise $10,000 to make the best film we can.

This money will allow us to utilize talented professionals to recreate a believable 1994. We will also be able to pay for location costs, day-rates and catering to help keep our extended crew fed and happy as they work through some dark and lonely Texas nights.

To make Thoughtform, we need your support!

If you can donate we would truly appreciate it and hope you agree we have a healthy list of rewards in exchange for your hard earned money.

If you can’t afford to donate, don’t worry; we still love you and there IS something else you can do to help!!

Sharing is arguably the MOST important thing that can be done to support us. Posting, sharing and sounding the horn anywhere you can will be a huge help! We want to get our campaign in front of as many people as possible, so let’s take the internet by storm!

Please visit our website, elftreemedia.com where you can get more information on us, go further into Thoughtform, and follow updates of our campaign progress. This will be the first of several projects we shoot in our home state and we would love all our fellow (and honorary) Texans to be a part of everything we do going forward.

We can't wait to show it to y'all!

Thank You...in Advance!
Thank You...in Advance!

We’re really excited to be getting such great writeups about Thoughtform!

"They seem to have an excellent team together for the project, and given the incredible story, I hope we get to see what they come up with." -America’s Most Haunted

"If you’re the sort of person who loves true stories that are way spookier than any work of fiction, then you’ve certainly come to the right place." -Dread Central

"I have to admit that I love horror movies, but am creep’d out by horror movies that have either a religious tone or are based on “actual facts” that don’t overdo it. This is one of those films." -corrientelatina.com

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Risks and challenges

Many of the challenges we stand to face while producing our project stem from the isolation required of the story. Our location is pretty remote and that presents a great deal of challenges in itself. Modern day conveniences are not readily accessible down the several dirt roads where we will be filming. There are no streetlights, no grocery stores and no Starbucks!

Luckily, we're being welcomed by a supporting community who is excited to help our production. Lodging will be provided by surrounding homes, and all the homeowners in the area know their own fastest way to the nearest hospital in case of an emergency.

Poor weather may also present a challenge, but good scheduling and taking the time to prepare warm, dry areas for staging will be crucial to making the crew happy and coming in on-time and under budget.

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