A TALE OF DELIGHT is back on IndieGoGo! Visit www.indiegogo.com/delightmovie2012 by August 4th and help us finish the film!
My name is Edd Blott and I am the writer/director of A Tale of Delight. In 2009 I witnessed a tragedy that violently stole a person’s life from this world. I watched it like it was in slow-motion. I remember all the details. I especially remember all the blood. I literally saw the last seconds of this person’s life, and I was the last person he would ever see.
The memory of that day wouldn’t leave me, and for many months, I battled with what a doctor eventually diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I would struggle with flashbacks, nightmares, deep depression, alcohol dependance, self-mutilation, and thoughts of suicide. Every aspect of my life was changed. I couldn’t force myself to be happy, and I couldn’t wear a mask hiding my pain.
I am now taking the grief and adapting it into a feature film to explore the subject of mental suffering and humanity’s united craving for happiness at the heart of every action. Since 2009, my war with PTSD has evolved into something with many layers and shades. I want to take my experiences and develop a story that speaks for those dealing with mental illness and give insight to their loved ones on how to help them fight for their joy.
A Tale of Delight follows Michael, a young illustrator, who helplessly witnesses his wife's tragic death. One year later, as his family celebrates the holiday season, Michael's depression leads him towards suicide. Only his sister, Camille, recognizes his desperation and sees where his need for peace is leading him. Now, she must convince him that a joy exists, despite horror and grief, and that it is something worth fighting for.
Although dark, this film does not seek to wallow in misery or romanticize pain. It seeks to transcend by creating conversations on lasting joy for those who love someone deeply suffering. That is why, in addition to an art house run, DVDs, and iTunes, we want to give the movie away for FREE! Our goal is for the hurting to find comfort. If you seek to do the same, then we want you to have this film available as a resource! Do you want to host a screening at a theater or school? Do you want use the film as part of a curriculum? Do you want to get a TV station to broadcast it? You can! The film is yours.
WHAT WE NEED
Without your pledge, it will be impossible for us to reach this dream of giving the film away for free and speaking for the tens of millions of humans suffering from mental illness. Thanks to the sacrifices from some of the best talent in Portland, we have already filmed one third of the movie. We are now looking to raise $25,000 by April 13th to finish the film. Our fundraising goal is a lot of money, but we have the world’s greatest group of friends (you!) and are confident that sharing your excitement for what A Tale of Delight stands for will get it what it needs to be an effective resource.
WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES
When we raise $7,000 we can finish shooting A Tale of Delight. All our production costs will be covered! All food, props, insurance, labor, and anything else needed to get the scenes filmed will be paid for and we can move the project into the editing room where the story itself is finally built.
When we raise $12,000 we can finish editing the film. This means a full version of A Tale of Delight will be ready to send out for scoring, sound mixing, and color grading. This also means we can start releasing trailers and clips to wet your appetite while you wait for your advanced copy of the film.
When we raise $15,000 we can complete a final mix and master of the film sound and score to get you the quality sound you hear in movie theaters and home entertainment systems. This includes all dubbing, sound design, and studio costs. You know those guys who crush heads of lettuce in front of a microphone? Here is where that will happen.
When we raise $20,000 we can have the film professionally color graded to get you a cinematically rich picture.
When we raise $25,000 all duplication, hosting, and distribution costs are paid for. It takes a money to make a film available for free online. When we hit this dollar amount, the film can be completed, available online, on iTunes and DVD, and most importantly in your hands!
WHAT YOU GET
When you pledge, you can select from one of many the perks on the side of this page. Some of the perks include access to our production journals, a hand-made copy of the DVD, some amazing art featured in the film, a cameo in the film itself, and even an "Executive Producer" credit in the film itself. This is our small way of saying thank you supporting a film that seeks to raise awareness on a cultural taboo that leads many to take their own lives.
Join us in saving lives!
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