Dormitory II - Illustrated Book and a Animated Film

The story of a 1964 Czechoslovakian rebellion by 21 orphans lead by a misplaced American girl who fought not for the right to be free but for the right to exist
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Betty Allums
Film
Oakland, California
United States
1 Team Member

Short Summary

Dormitory II is the extraordinary tale of young people unjustly detained in an Orphanage/Dormitory located in a large castle on a side of a mountain in the upper regions of old Czechoslovakia. It is the only children’s home in the then Soviet Republic for those classified as problem children. The place is run by the once brilliant but now much maligned, General Dretch; who had become so predictable in war, that he lost a series of battles and was stripped of his rank and relegated to the infamous Dormitory.

The residents at Dormitory II have lost all hope and the ability to even think about or imagine what it would be like to be free. The hopelessness ended with the arrival a five-year-old stranger, named Saleya Evans. She arrives from a far away land with a different outlook on life. The stranger convinces the children that they, like most of the world, are being lead by men, whose leadership was simply based on inherited lineage, yet are considered fit to rule.  

What We Need & What You Get

We are seeking funding for three projects in one project; the comic/graphic novel, the animated film, and Promotion, Marketing, and Distribution . The graphic Novel is the lowest cost, using my son and others form a local art school in the San Francisco Bay Area our total cost for writing and all the images (Many we have already done is $5,754. This includes over 5 artists.

The animated film should cost us over far over Fifty Thousand but again, since we are using graduate students and a local animation studio we can do the complete animation for a little less than $29,700. This includes over 13 artist/students. THIS IS A STEAL.  The rest is for Promotion Marketing and Distribution (One of the most over looked part of the creative process) and of course over runs. Our characters look authentic. It’s because we did our research on clothing and cultural expressions.  We will use this great artistry in offering many of our perks, for example:

Pick any character/Scene and get the full color version - Pick any character/Scene and we will send you the full color version in the mail before anyone else sees it autographed to your child - Or get a copy of the Script - Or Get a copy of the Graphic Novel - Screen Credits at the end of Film – Create a character after your child’s looks and personality. _ The right to perform this as a play at your School _Make the villain General Dretch in Your image.

The project is being directed by  Film Graduate, Omar Wassan, who has just completed his third film while our animation team is run by the gifted Ben C. of Australia who has just completed the Amazing "Life's a Movie and You're In It". Yes, we are loaded and ready for an unbelievable project. 

Remember even if we don’t reach our entire goal, this project will eventually come to be, at least as a graphic Book. You get the satisfaction of reinforcing the ability and benefit of being gifted and encouraging young girls to let their gifts shine.

The Impact

Dormitory II creates new role models for young people, especially little girls facing dangerous if not impossible situations. An awareness of current World Dynamics requests the attention of our youth as well as parents.  Children will benefit by thinking beyond their own backyards.  It is my view that Dormitory II offers the understanding of situations that affect young people out of the protection of their parents. 

Story Treatment

                                           

                                                 Dormitory II

Dormitory II is the extraordinary tale of children detained unjustly in an Orphanage/Dormitory, located in a large castle on a side of a mountain in the upper regions of old Czechoslovakia. It is the only children’s home in the then Soviet Republic for those classified as problem children. The place is run by the once brilliant but now much maligned, General Dretch; who became so predictable in war, that he lost a series of battles was stripped of his rank and relegated to the charge of the infamous Dormitory II.

The residents at Dormitory II had lost all hope and the ability to even think about or imagine what it felt like to be free.  Life was bleak until a five-year-old stranger, named Saleya Evans, arrived from a far away land with a  different outlook on life.  Although she was a stranger to them, she was determined to convince them that they, like most youth of the world, were being lead by men, whose authority was simply based on inherited lineage. They were considered fit to rule and thus righteous leaders; anyone who accepts or follows a non righteous leader shall always suffer and never be free.

Politics, in the Soviet Union was like politics anywhere as most of the children there, were the off-springs of once brilliant, now murdered intellectuals, who dared to question those in authority’s right to rule. Thus the children were sentenced for the crime of birth, had no rights, no life and no future other than that which is mandated by the mentally disturbed and delusional General Dretch. The once brilliant general, now stricken of his power, is the laughing stock of the Kremlin. He mistakenly believes he is still in charge of a vital part of the war, thus relevant. Saleya knows the opposite and strives to convince the others of his irrelevant existence.

The children, suffering from everything from malnutrition to lack of adequate clothing, even on the coldest of nights, accept their fate for they are too young to want or know of any other alternative. The five-year-old child prodigy, Saleya Evans, of the Untied States of America is a child so brilliant that she is nicknamed “Nova”. She finds herself in a parallel program/existence and concludes that this is indeed the orchestrated plight of children all over the world and it was time for her to make a stand for the world to see.

At first glance, she wants nothing to do with the funny looking malnourished children with their rotten teeth and disheveled hair.  After a few rude and miscalculated jokes in their direction, she looks at their eyes devoid of hope, dreams, and aspirations and begins to cry. She vows that before she leaves, they will all stand as one outside those doors all free.

As Saleya realizes that the youth here have lost all hope and the ability to even think about freedom, she comes up with a series of brilliant plans which are centered on them viewing their oppressors in an accurate light. She slowly with humor and wit convinces them that not only are they being imprisoned by a man who is a fool but by a group of men who are also fools for following him. They were unqualified to lead themselves and others.

Saleya’s quick study of the General led her to recognize that as he was so predictable in war, he continuously did the same thing every time until those under his command learned his strategies so well that he became ineffective. This becomes the genesis of her counter strategy; a strategy that she believes could not only be successful at Dormitory II, but one day, be used by oppressed people around the world.  General Dretch thinks he is going against the same bunch of kids, and like any other night, it will end just like all the others but this night will be different for he is going against, Saleya. She implements her plan and over a 24 hour period, in a series of unheard of military maneuvers, she and 21 other unarmed children go head to head with the General in an epic battle of wits and strategy that shall be talked about far into the future.

Dormitory II is a children’s story written to show youth, especially young girls, how to be brave in a world that is becoming more and more frightening. It is a story that mirrors the real world. The story ends with the  five year old inspiring her new friends, her opponents of that night, and hopefully, one day, the entire world.

The message is that positive outcomes happen when there is a combined effort; we can all learn together that a way to defeat oppressive rule is with brains, wit and courage: Respect of leadership should never be given or assumed valid, but earned through merit. We learn that in order for anyone to survive any situation, they must first become worthy of survival.   If they as the oppressed do nothing to facilitate the change in their life, then they, in the end, shall receive what is rightfully theirs, nothing.

Dormitory II


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