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Tyler FordBy Tyler Ford
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Tyler FordBy Tyler Ford
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Be apart of this inspiring Christmas classic.  We can't do it without you. Make a pledge today. 

Liz Lemon Swindle
Liz Lemon Swindle

Renowned artist Liz Lemon Swindle has agreed to paint a scene of her choice from The Mansion.  Various sizes of open and limited prints will be available as part of the rewards. This painting is sure to become a classic and highly collectible. Liz will also be working as a producer on the film. 

Give Someone You Love The Mansion

Make a pledge and print out the Certificate of Purchase. Find a clever way to wrap it up and put it under the Christmas tree this year. Actual rewards will not be shipped until 2015 (This certificate can be edited in any version of Microsoft Word 2003 or higher.)

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The Story

The Mansion, (Published in 1911)

John Weightman has always given to his church and to charities, but only as a means of advancing his own reputation on earth. One night he dreams that he goes to heaven and is met by a guide who shows him the mansions built for others.

He is surprised to see that those who were poor on earth often have very fine mansions in heaven. When shown his own heavenly home, it is barely a hovel. The guide says, “We did what we could, but you just didn't send us much material to work with." Because he received rewards on earth, he could not receive rewards in heaven.

Like Scrooge, the John Weightman awakes a changed man, and immediately writes a charitable donation to help a deserving man. 

Van Dyke's Christmas story shares a wonderful lesson of serving others with true Christ-like love. 

About the Author

Henry Jackson van Dyke (1852-1933) at­tend­ed Prince­ton Un­i­ver­si­ty, then served as pas­tor of the Brick Pres­by­ter­i­an Church in New York City. Se­ven­teen years lat­er, he re­turned to Prince­ton as a pro­fes­sor of En­glish lit­er­a­ture. Af­ter­ward, he held a num­ber of em­i­nent posts: Amer­i­can am­bas­sa­dor to the Netherlands and Luxembourg, mod­er­a­tor of the General Assembly of the Pres­by­ter­i­an Church, Com­mand­er of the Legion of Honor, and Pres­i­dent of the Na­tion­al In­sti­tute of Arts and Let­ters. He is also author of the well-known hymn Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee as well as several others. 

Author: Henry Van Dyke
Author: Henry Van Dyke

Some of Van Dyke’s quotes that have been widely published:

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.

Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.

The Mansion Movie

The goal is to stay as true to the book as possible. It is anticipated that the final product will be approximately 30-45 min in length, which is the perfect length for a Christmas film. It will be a period film, set around the early 1900's. 

Locations and casts have not yet been determined. Our hope is to hire a well know actor that can carry the picture much like Jimmy Stewart in the production Mr. Krueger's Christmas. 

Timeline

This film will be completed in 2015 just in time for the holiday season. We anticipate that copies of the film and Liz's painting will be shipped late 2015.

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Risks and challenges

Film investment is always risky and some of the unique challenges I will face on this production are making a period piece on a limited budget and insuring the best actors are cast. However, I am confident that I can make it work with the knowledge and experience I already have from producing/directing my first feature film, as well as many other film projects I have produced on smaller budgets. I already have interest from a number of distributors for this project.

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    Thousand Springs Mansion House:

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    The Candle Mansion:

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    Chateau Star Hall Mansion:

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    Maple Estate Mansion:

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    Music Manor Mansion:

    Music is God's gift to us.

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    Foxhill Mansion:

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    Emerald Springs Mansion:

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    Angel Corner Mansion:

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    Measured Mansion:

    (Early Bird Special) Receive the following as downloads: movie poster, wallpaper, 1080p HD movie, and Christmas soundtrack of the film.

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    Great Finborough Hall Mansion:

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    Peper Harow Mansion

    (Early Bird Special) Receive the following as downloads: movie poster, wallpaper, 1080p HD movie, Christmas soundtrack of the film.

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    Stoneton Manor Mansion:

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    Saint Hill Manor Mansion:

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    Mary Manor Mansion:

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    Old Bell Mansion:

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    Golden Grove Mansion:

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    Princess Mansion:

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    Prince Mansion:

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    Queen Castle Mansion:

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    King Castle Mansion:

    It's good to be King.

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Funding period

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