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A deformed young man tries to find his way back to his mother through the game of pétanque and by the help of a 200 foot giant.
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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.

BACKGROUND

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.

CURRENT STATUS

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.

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    A BIG THANK YOU

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    MUSICAL INSPIRATION

    A playlist with all captivating music from the film by legendary Björn Olsson. Plus a HD download of my previous film "Las Palmas" (including 3 more songs by Björn O) and a "making of" of the same film.

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    CINEMATIC INSPIRATION

    A curated playlist by me, of three feature films in the distributor Triart's mighty catalogue.
    Also includes all previous rewards - the Björn O music and all the Las Palmas stuff.

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    EARLY BIRD STREAMER

    (for Sweden only) Be the buzz of the neighbourhood - show the film at home before anyone else. A streaming version of the film before it's commercially released in stores.

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    EARLY BIRD STREAMER - international

    International deals are not settled yet, so might be that this stream is not possible BEFORE, but at the same time as the commercial release in your country.

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    THE FILM BUFF

    (for Sweden only) A crispy HD digital download of the movie before it's commercially released in stores. Makes it possible to see the film back and forth, everyday, to the end of time. Be the nerd to pinpoint all the logical glitches and goofs.

    Also includes never before seen behind the scene images and films and cut out scenes. And a digital version of the script to the film.
    Also includes all previous rewards.

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    THE FILM BUFF - international

    Similar to the above but outside of Sweden. International deals are not settled yet so a HD download might be tricky. Instead you get a streaming version. Plus I throw in HD downloads of all my previous short films.

    Also includes never before seen behind the scene images and films and cut out scenes. And a digital version of the script to the film. And all previous rewards.

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    POSTER

    The majestic poster to the film. Signed by me and Christian Andrén, the main actor of the movie. Design tba.
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    THE SILVER SCREEN

    The panoramic fantasy landscapes of the giant and Björn Olssons magical score needs a lot of space and a dedicated environment. Believe me, this film, more than most others, should be seen on a large screen with a well balanced surround system.
    Two tickets to the film on cinema during its regular screenings this fall. In Sweden only, but hey, danes can swim over - that's what the giant does in the film, or walk over, I should say.

    Also includes THE FILM BUFF reward and all rewards prior to that.

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    NYHOLM GALORE

    (for the Nordic countries only) Giants, puppets, shadow plays, drunk babies and screaming sea gulls - it's time for a crammed Nyholm evening. A signed DVD of the film before it's commercially released, plus digital downloads of all of my previous short films. Also includes THE FILM BUFF reward and all previous rewards.

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    NYHOLM GALORE - international

    Same as above, but outside of the Nordic countries.
    International deals are not settled yet, so might be that a DVD is not possible to send before, but at the same time as the commercial release in your country. Also includes digital downloads and links to all my previous shorts and music videos. Plus THE FILM BUFF reward and all previous rewards.

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    THE PÉTANQUE SHOOTOUT PARTY

    I will present and screen the movie in the best suitable environment, by the pétanque court. There will be live music, a welcoming dinner and a pétanque battle you'll regret you ever put your foot into.
    (travel to Gothenburg and accommodation not included). Minimum 30 people.

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    THE BJÖRN OLSSON JOURNEY

    Carefully clean your turntable, put on your silk gloves and high fidelity head phones and prepare for a musical tour the fource all the way to the Island of Tjörn. A signed, very limited edition vinyl of Björn Olsson's soundtrack.
    Also includes THE FILM BUFF reward and all prior to that.

    Minimum 15 backers, if this number is not reached, the edition will not be printed, hence there will be a refund.

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    Pledge SEK 10,000 or more About $1,108

    THE PÉTANQUE CLUB EXTRAVAGANZA

    A golden opportunity for every pétanque venue. This is the first ever nordic pétanque feature and the only one worth mentioning globally. Now I will come to your club or venue and introduce and screen the film for you and all your visitors on a screen right above the gravel courts. I will also beat you in pétanque for no extra charge.
    Does not include travel cost and accommodation, if needed. Please contact me for further details.

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    RED CARPET

    Put on your favourite tuxido or midnight gown for an exclusive all-nighter. You'll get Two tickets to the film's swedish, US or European Theatrical premiere this fall (travel and accommodation not included) + Two tickets to the after party.

    Also includes a crammed goodie bag with THE PÉTANQUE SHOOTOUT PARTY and all rewards prior to that, a signed poster, regular cinema tickets, NYHOLM GALORE, Björn Olsson music and films, films, films.

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    CELL PHONE IN CINEMA

    (for Sweden only) A private screening of the film in a real movie theater. Pretty cool to be all by yourself in a large room with a huge silver screen - no disturbence from caughing people, rustling candy bags or screaming kids. Plus you can have your cell phone on. Or you could fill up the seats with friends and relatives.
    Includes an introduction and Q&A with me, Johannes and/or the main actor from the film, Christian Andrén. You choose the date. Please contact me for further details.

    Also includes THE PÉTANQUE SHOOTOUT PARTY and all rewards prior to that. I.e you get regular cinema tickets, a signed poster, NYHOLM GALORE, magical music, a lot of high quality films, etc, etc.

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    Pledge SEK 30,000 or more About $3,325

    WORLD OR EUROPEAN PREMIERE

    This is the chance of a lifetime. You get a ticket including travel to the film's WORLD OR EUROPEAN festival premiere (whichever suits you best). This is the first time the film is screened in public, and you will experience it from the very beginning. This will be a massive event far from Sweden with a dinner and celebration with me and the crew afterwards and the option to hang out for the rest of the festival.
    Does not include accommodation. Exact date tba. Contact me for scheduling. Also includes THE PÉTANQUE SHOOTOUT and all previous rewards.

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    TWO CHANCES OF A LIFE TIME

    The reward above, WORLD OR EUROPEAN PREMIERE, but for two people. Including travel costs for both.
    This will also mean that you are the backer of the backers, the main crowd funding sponsor of this movie. As a symbol of that you will get the main props from the movie - Rikard's Zughi match vest and the Nordic Championship Award, signed by me and Christian Andrén, the main actor of the movie. Cool stuff to bring along to the red carpet.
    Plus you get my well-worn copy of the shooting script, including a lot of notes, sketches and drawings. Plus THE BjÖRN OLSSON JOURNEY and all prior rewards.

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Funding period

- (27 days)