THE GIANT is a surrealistic comedy feature written and directed by me, Johannes Nyholm. It's inspired mainly by a fever dream I had when I was four, experiences from working with intellectually disabled people and from playing pétanque for several years.
Rikard is an autistic and severely deformed young man who tries to find his way back to his long lost mother through the game of pétanque and using the help of a 200 foot giant.
His fragile physique and a harsh, judging environment makes everyday life tough for him. Convinced that his mum will take him back if only he wins the Nordic Championship, Rikard tries to do the impossible. And the giant watches from above...
The Giant is the story of a small guy thinking big. Showing that imagination can take you far, when nothing else remains.
I started to write this story almost ten years ago when working on a music video for The Tallest Man on Earth ("It will Follow the Rain"). While trying to get it financed I've been making music videos and short films. The most well known is the short "Las Palmas" featuring my then one year old daughter on a holiday in the sun. You can see a trailer for it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cds7lSHawAwor and find some of my other films and music videos here: www.johannesnyholm.se.
Good news is that The Giant has now come very far in the process. Four years ago the ball started rolling, Two production companies picked up the project. After that it has been developed, shot and edited. Now we are close to the finishing line.
Technically the film is very complicated. Dealing with a majestic giant and severe facial deformities has been great challenges. More or less every shot in the film is an effects shot, since the main character is wearing an extremely complex mask. Moreover there are lots and lots of visual effects (digital special effects in post production, aka VFX), in the movie. And our high ambitions exceed our tight budget.
HOW CAN YOU TAKE PART?
A production house here in Gothenburg has been responsible for the greatest part of the VFXs. Since the budget could not afford all effects we needed, I have been doing a big part of it myself. Apart from that 105.000 swedish crowns, approximately 12.500 USD, is still missing for the external VFXs, money that I need to find in my own pocket. Unless I get some help from you...
The easiest way to help out is by just spreading the word - posting a link to this Kickstarter page on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks and by emailing anyone you think might be interested. Links are above.
The other way is to take action yourself. Only a small contribution makes a lot of difference in the end.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?
Eventhough I know you support this movie of pure good-will and belief in the Giant, and not expecting anything back, there are tons of goodies waiting for you. What about cinema tickets to the film (the cinema distribution for the film is already set for this fall in Sweden, for the rest of the world is to be announced)? Or maybe a limited edition vinyl of Björn Olsons magical soundtrack, or a complete cinema theater just for you and your friends, or a world premiere, red carpet tickets, including invitations to the after party, or just dozens of yummy films?
A lot of the rewards includes the lower level rewards. If you f.x are eligable for the Gala night reward, you will also get a signed DVD and a HD file of the Giant, including rare behind the scenes material, the script to the film, a pack of my other films, regular cinema tickets to the film, Björn Olssons soundtrack and three great films from distributor Triart's catalogue. Pretty good, huh?
(please note that the designs of the cover art differs from the real thing)
CAST AND CREW
There's lots of people involved in this project.
The production companies Garagefilm and Beofilm are producing the film. It will be distributed in cinemas in Sweden by Triart and in the rest of the World when other distribution companies hopefully pick it up, after the film is done. Sales are handled by Indie Sales. Co-production by Film Väst and and Sveriges Television. With support from The Swedish Film Institute, The Danish Film Institute, Eurimages, Nordisk Film & TV Fond and Creative Europe - Media.
Main roles: Christian Andrén, Johan Kylén, Anna Bjelkerud, Linda Faith, Cinematographer: Johan Lundborg, Editors: Johannes Nyholm, Morten Højbjerg, Make-up and costume: Pia Aleborg , SFX Mask: Love Larsson, Eva Von Bahr, Scenography: Ellen Oseng, Music composer: Björn Olsson, Sound designer: Roar Skau Olsen at Tonemestrene, VFX: Haymaker and Johannes Nyholm, Producers: Maria Dahlin, Morten Kjems Hytten Juhl, Executive producers: Rebecka Lafrenz, Mimmi Spång and Peter Hyldahl.
Risks and challenges
There is no big risk this film will not be completed now when we're so close. I'm just waiting for your help to add the final missing piece. Ten years of work is about to come to an end, and I would love to celebrate it with you.
For some of the rewards including copies of the film for markets outside of Sweden there is a potential risk that a future distibutor in that country will limit the ways how to screen the film. I will do all I can to make you be able to see the film as stated in the listing. In the rare occasion that I fail with this and cannot come up with an equivalent solution I will of course make a refund.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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