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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, June 27 2017 2:34 AM UTC +00:00

About

The app will be available through GooglePlay and iTunes, for an new way to read on your phone. It will be a digital reprint of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s, A Study in Scarlet, which is the first novel in the Sherlock Holmes series. While the reader reads the text there will be audio sound effects for ambiance, music for dramatic moments, narrated portions, puzzles to solve, V.R. views of the crime scenes, illustrations, animations and filmed portions of live diverse actors portraying the text.

Watch the full Sherlock & Watson scene here.

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This film + book experience is designed to connect classic literature to the modern reader through diverse heroes, interactive games and film.

It's a work of art, a magical experience that encourages reading for many ages and levels of experience. By supporting it, you will launch a new storytelling medium, and you'll be helping readers of the future find that priceless love of reading too.

Even more, the books will star a diverse cast with minorities playing lead roles– a core mission of our company, Moriah Pictures.

This is the first of our unofficially branded “Super Books.” After the success of this Sherlock project, our hope is to bring more classic books to the mass market in a unique and entertaining way.

 

  • Reading: It makes you smarter, more compassionate and less stressed.* Do it! We know it's not always easy to read through a solid block of classic text, though. That's why we added some fun....
  • Diverse heroes: Watch films and see illustrations of Holmes and Watson– heroes on the fringes, making names for themselves in London, not limited by skin color....**
    A core vision of Moriah Pictures is casting diverse actors to play leading roles. For one reason, diversity is an immediate way to connect with audiences of the 21st century– think Hamilton! More than that, though, it's right. As a child, Nathaniel craved heroes that looked and sounded like his Latino family. Nowadays, our hearts ache at the segregation and racism that still exist in modern society– even in the arts. As a team, Nathaniel and Laine are committed to working with diverse teams and championing visions of empowered diversity in arts. Not to mention, diversity makes you smarter!***
  • Film: Watch Holmes and Watson meet and resolve their very first case in eight filmed segments scattered throughout the text.
  • Virtual Reality: Step into the crime scene on your phone and see if you can beat Sherlock to uncovering the clues.
  • Music: Sherlock loves Chopin, and we love hip-hop! Listen to a new kind of soundtrack, integrated at just the right moments.
  • Audio & narration: Listen to the creak of a door as the night constable narrates his discovery of the murder victim. Sound bites and audio clips will add atmosphere through certain portions of the read.
  • Games & achievements: Read for points! Win levels by correctly answering questions, solving puzzles and predicting outcomes. Check your progress throughout the journey.
  • History: Discover meaningful details with illustrated tooltips.
  • Reality check: Think while you read. Classical literature sometimes has elements that are outdated, offensive or even racist. We don’t censor books, but we do mark certain moments to let you pause and react. You can read thought-provoking questions and consider the context for when and why these ideas were printed.

Meet the team–

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to Thomas Pietz (DP); Lor Gesuale (AD); Juliana Peck (associate producer); Andrey Radovski (sound); Kevin Klein and Dave Lee (grips); Matt Vincini, Marina Zavros and Vinny Cimino (PAs).

And very special thanks to Matthew Anderson for the final musical track.

Hold tight!

If funded, the film + book experience will arrive this fall or winter. We're targeting Android and iPhone devices for our first releases.

Here's a quick glimpse of the process:

  • Nathaniel and Laine will fully cast and film the scenes in green screen this summer.
  • Kenez will animate 19th century London backdrops.
  • John and other artists will illustrate hundreds of pages.
  • Nathaniel and other sound artists will record audio and mix classic tunes with hip hop beats for the soundtrack.
  • Laine will compile Jake's historical notations and reality checks.
  • Nathaniel, Laine and Simon will hash out the puzzle and game aspects.
  • Simon will develop the app throughout the process, summer and fall, as he needs about 6 months to smooth out a project this epic.
  • Nathaniel and Laine will oversee all the parts and team and keep you up to date with where we're at.

Brave souls, thank you for reading this far. Thank you for considering casting your weight into this project. Please share it with your friends, family and random strangers. Sharing is possibly the best way you can support us. Let's begin this adventure and bring these ideas to the world!!!

Love,

Laine & Nathaniel

 

* Isn't that cool that reading makes you smarter, more compassionate and less stressed?

** We did the research– many Brits then (and now) had Indian blood, even Lord Liverpool, the early 19th Century prime minister. In Sherlock's time, both men and women of African descent worked as doctors across the West, including London.

*** Yes, diversity makes you smarter, more creative and harder working, as well as better at solving problems and more satisfied, motivated and confident.

Doesn't that make you think reading a book with diverse heroes could be a really good thing for everyone?!

Risks and challenges

This is something new.

No one has done exactly this before.

All the parts are invented, but they've never been fused in quite this way....

If you join us, you're helping to materialize an obvious but also epic next step in the art of storytelling. You're also casting a vote for giving minority artists more dignity and place in the arts. Thank you.

The risks and challenges involved begin with money– this project will likely cost a bit more than we've requested, but we're investing some of our own funds as well.

Some of the ongoing challenges to making arts in New York include: finding a quiet place to film, renting the space, renting equipment, composing a production team and coordinating everyone's schedules. The lives of artists are sometimes demanding, and there's a possibility some of the current team members won't be able to build the final product with us. If so, we'll continue with others. Either way, your support goes a long way in supporting talented, independent artists.

Technology is also a challenge. Compiling so many parts to flow smoothly in an app is no simple task. Also, with an app this epic, we'll have to balance our big ideas with the need to keep it small enough to download.

Timing is also a factor to consider. The app should take about 6 months to develop, but making it compatible to multiple devices could take longer.

The good news is, we are already part of the way there. We've written the script and designed the user experience in addition to filming this demo scene. We have a talented team waiting to go on the rest.

We just need to know the world cares.

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    You got your PhD in AWESOME. Grazie! Спасибо! Vielen Dank! ありがとう ¡Gracias! Your extras include your own sleuth book, Tier 2 credit (your NAME & PICTURE in the app), a phone call with the creators, AND your very own caricature drawn by the director Nathaniel S. Soria. He's coming out of retirement (from years of storyboarding and caricaturing on the street) just for you!

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    You've entered the MIND PALACE. Welcome, esteemed friend. Our gifts reflect your prestige– a VIP invite to our world premier launch party, a say on some of our decision making and a super special Easter egg within the app of you and/or your pet. How cool is that?! Your credit level goes up to 3, which means you get to share a bit of wisdom and inspiration to the world.

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    You get DELUXE treatment on all the gifts, and in addition to that, you get A DAY ON SET. (If you can't make it, we'll snap unique pictures on a disposable camera of your own and send it to you.)

    Are you an art collector? Get your display case ready for a one-of-a-kind collection: a wardrobe from our very set. Limited– first choice to first backers.

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