In 1983, Stephen King would help shape the history of filmmaking in Wilmington, North Carolina forever. He brought the movie Firestarter to Dino de Laurentiis and they filmed the hit film. They followed it up by producing several King films right here in Wilmington including, The Cat's Eye, Maximum Overdrive, Silver Bullet, and a few others shot in this area.
It is safe to say that without Stephen King, Wilmington would have never become the powerhouse film studios that it became.
I was born and raised in Wilmington, and the film industry has always been a staple of this community. Over recent years, due to tax incentives, logistics, and other areas, Wilmington has seen a decline in the amount of projects being filmed.
I am hoping that bringing this project into Wilmington, will help ignite that fire and get back to what started it all. A project based on Stephen King's work.
The Doctor's Case was part of a short story published in the book "Nightmares and Dreamscapes". Once the rights for the story were up for grabs through the Dollar Baby Program, I seized an opportunity out of passion in hopes to be able to make this film, right here in Wilmington, NC.
As the news broke of what was happening, I was approached by many folks excited to be a part of the project. So far the interest level in both actors and crew has been outstanding and our excitement has built over the last couple of years attempting to plan for the challenge ahead.
We are hoping that not only will this appeal to fans of Sherlock Holmes, as I intend to model him after the Jeremy Brett style of Holmes from the Granada series, but that also fans of Stephen King himself, will take notice and want to become a part of this project and potential moment in history.
While King will maintain any distribution rights, he is guaranteed to watch the film. We hope to provide a quality film to put before him that will open the doors and lead to more projects down the road.
This film is centered around 1899 London. While Wilmington can look almost like any place on earth, there are some challenges that could prove to be difficult. It's probably going to require some green screen work, set extensions, and the help of some incredibly talented people.
I am confident with the people who have expressed interest and with the help from the local community and historic places that we can do this project justice.
One of my most excited additions is Colleen Morris. Colleen is an incredible clothing designer and was recently featured in Ebony magazine for her amazing wardrobe pieces in the movie Bolden. Having Colleen on board has really boosted the confidence of everyone that we will have a believable accurate wardrobe. She has also worked on other films such as Gossip Girl, Elementary, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, and the award winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Getting the right actors is always a challenge, especially when considering that Holmes and Watson are 2 of the most iconic characters in literature. We believe with the cast we have chosen, that we have found the perfect combination that will do these characters justice.
The budget size is based on the total production cost from start to finish. This includes production, wardrobe, filming, feeding cast and crew, post sound, post production, and visual fx.
The Cast So Far
Timmy Sherrill - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1288544
As you can see, our Sherlock Holmes (Timmy Sherrill) has the perfect look for our Jeremy Brett inspired rendition. The nose. The chin. The Eyes.
Joe Ochman - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0643703
The current voice of Jiminy Cricket for Disney, Joe has film credits for both live action, anime, and popular video game voice work.
Paul Hughes - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2275953
British actor, Paul Hughes, in the role of Inspector Lestrade.
Kris Gartland - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2433008
Heather Danner - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4732455
More Announcements coming soon!
The Crew So Far
Colleen Morris - Award Winning Wardrobe Designer - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2772301
Lynne Hull - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5415767
Michael J Roberts - Award Winning Director - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2566568
Brandon Soderlund - Award Winning Composer - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5114214
Brian Johnson - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0424658
More Announcements Coming Soon!
This Is Where you Come In
Have you ever wanted to be a part of a film? Have you ever wanted to be a part of history in the making? How many of you have wanted to see your name next to Stephen King and know you were a part of that? How many of you LOVE Sherlock Holmes and want your name forever etched into the history of the iconic consultant? More importantly, how many of you would like to show that Wilmington is still the premiere place to make films? If we can do a period piece of 1899 London here, then ANYTHING can be done here. Let's show the world what we can do.
We know not everyone can contribute. Sometimes you may be down to your last dollar, I have been there myself. If we can all rally together, share the project, talk to your friends/family/social media connections, then surely this should be a simple task. In other words, SHARING the project means everything to us. People can't help if they don't know the project is happening.
100% of the funds raised for this film will go towards production. It's expensive to make a movie. We have broken everything down and with the help of others, have found a way to make the film on a minimum budget without sacrificing quality.
Risks and challenges
As with all films, we run the risk of delays from weather, actor/crew availability, and other issues that are out of our control. Luckily for us, we have a dedicated set of folks who are looking to get this project completed by any means necessary and we have confidence that the project will go above and beyond expectations. Due to the contractual obligations, Dollar Baby projects cannot be given as a perk or any type of digital distribution of any kind. Since we are not allowed to provide copies of the film to backers, we came up with a lot of really cool rewards options for you to explore.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter