The Shattered Mind - A Short Film

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Updated posted by Jade Bryan 2 months ago

Good afternoon, everyone! I trust this email finds you well.

If you haven't been following us on Facebook, I encourage you to do so. Please follow us.

We've been making headway with the film. The basic editing is done. Subtitles in the film, done. Key characters introduction, done.

It looks like I have produced a feature film after all. Well, I call it a "SHORTFEATURE." I don't care what the rules in the film industry says. If you have a film that is 60 minutes or less, it's considered a short. If it's over 60 minutes, it considered a feature. I call it a shortfeature, because it is a short and it just got a little longer. THE FULL VERSION is 130 pages. Therefore, what I have edited is not the complete story. This shortfeature editing version is my director's cut and this is what I will premiere at the sneak peek screening, sell DVDs, and tour with the film across America and internationally. My intention is to raise the funds to produce the full feature or my next film project, whichever comes first.

Overall, this shortfeature will be approximately 90 minutes long, maybe less. We shot this movie directly from a 39-page screenplay. Technically, a script page is equal to one minute. How it got long? Because of the special effect visuals, opening themes, and, of course, improvises. As a deaf filmmaker and the one editing the film, this is worth mentioning-- sign language, reactions and emotions are usually expressed differently than actors that phonetically-speaks. The timing of the actors' dialogues and dynamics tend to be different in duration and length.

So basically, we will have two versions, one long and one short. The short version will be under 20 minutes for the festival circuit. I've envisioned that this short will get picked up by one of the distributors so we can shoot the full feature. I am hiring another editor to work on the short version and create a new trailer for the movie.

A couple weeks ago, I invited some of my deaf actors and ASL spectators to view the rough edits. I've received great feedback. I was pleased with the outcome. Their feedback also gave me ideas to improve the editing of the film.


The next step we will do is create visual effects. Once that job is done, then will insert all visual effects in with the edits. Then, if I am happy with the entire movie, I will lock it.

Then. . .

1: Hire a sound design team to breathe lively sound effects for the film.

Sound design most commonly involves the manipulation of previously composed or recorded audio, such as sound effects and dialogue. In some instances it may also involve the composition or manipulation of audio to create a desired effect or mood.

2: Color grading/Correct - Hire a colorist to work magic on the film.

Color grading is the process of altering and enhancing the color of a motion picture, video image, or still image either electronically, photo-chemically or digitally. The photo-chemical process is also referred to as color timing and is typically performed at a photographic laboratory. Modern color correction, whether for theatrical film, video distribution, or print is generally done digitally in a color suite. It's usually a collaboration with the director of photography, director and producer.

3: Hire a music composer.

A film score (also sometimes called film music, background music, or incidental music) is original music written specifically to accompany a film. The score forms part of the film's soundtrack, which also usually includes dialogue and sound effects, and comprises a number of orchestral, instrumental or choral pieces called cues which are timed to begin and end at specific points during the film in order to enhance the dramatic narrative and the emotional impact of the scene in question.[1] Scores are written by one or more composers, under the guidance of, or in collaboration with, the film's director and/or producer, and are then usually performed by an ensemble of musicians – most often comprising an orchestra or band, instrumental soloists, and choir or vocalists – and recorded by a sound engineer.

4: Opening and Closing Credits

Lastly, I have to create the open and closing credits. Oh, God... I have SO MANY people to list, so many associate producers. This is going to be a longass scrolling credits. I imagine it will be about 5 minutes run. I will make sure the composer create music for the opening and closing credits.

So people, this process is long and tedious. In fact, some of the creative team will be contracted on defer pay. It's not easy finding the ones who are willing to accept it. We're still under our postproduction budget. However, we will make it work!!!! You cannot rush the creative process that's why we have moved the sneak peek premiere in the fall. We will be working throughout the summer.

I will see you all at the red-carpet! I will update again where we are later summer. Please follow us on Facebook. It's the only way!

Thank you.

Filmly yours,


In the first picture:

Watching their reactions while they watch my work-in-progress creation is the most important feeling for a #screenwriter. Jubil and Christina are not seen in the picture.

In second picture is Robert Hura, a special effects artist whom I met at Sundance Film Festival this year.
As seen in the picture, I'm conversing with Robert Hura, a special effect artist for the film, "The Beast of the Southern Wild." This film was nominated for four Oscars and several accolades. I was describing special effect shots I need done for The Shattered Mind. The basic editing for the film is done. Since I'm new in the VFX department, Robert suggested that I take screen shots of the work I need done so he can analyze them and read the script before taking on the job. MY GUT TELLS ME, HE'S GOING TO DO IT. HE'S CURRENTLY ATTENDING CANNES FILM FESTIVAL. LUCKY GUY!



Updated posted by Jade Bryan 3 months ago

Updates about The Shattered Mind movie.


One more scene to goooooooo!!! The climax is escalating!! #editing #directingthepicture #theshatteredmind #deafactorsofcolor #shortfeature #IndieFilm #director #writer #producer #film

On May 4th, some of the actors living in NYC will meet with me to view the director's cut version before we move forward with sound design, music, color correction, special effects, etc.

Want to support this film? Make a donation. We're going to need it. Thank you for your continued support. Have a blessed day!


The Shattered Mind movie


Updated posted by Jade Bryan 3 months ago

Happy Spring! I trust everyone is doing awesome.

FYI - Announcement from the producer of The Shattered Mind movie. #theshatteredmind #film

Contact me if you have any question! Thank you.

Queen Jade
Producer/Director of The Shattered Mind


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Created by Jade Bryan on November 16, 2012

Logline: THE SHATTERED MIND is a short film that explores a black deaf family's journey while their daughter struggles to overcome adversity, hearing loss, and brain trauma. Check out the (Teaser)




We use a doll as a stand-in in this video to give you a basic concept of the story. The doll is a core prop in the movie as part of the storytelling based on my screenplay.  (Click here to view our staged reading. We're raising money so we can use real actors to make a short about a young girl overcoming a traumatic brain injury. A brain injury can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Whether due to an auto accident, sports injury, stroke, tumor, a fall, or one of countless other causes, chances are, you, or someone you know, has been affected by a brain injury. During the chaotic and confusing days, weeks, or months in the ER, hospital, or inpatient rehabilitation, it is extremely difficult to comprehend what life with a brain injury will be like. Yet, once the medical professionals have finished their lifesaving work, survivors and their families are usually left to cope on their own with the life-changing, decision-making and, often, lifelong emotional, behavioral, and social effects of the injury.

Before I go on, let me first tell you a little about me. My name is Jade.  I am a filmmaker living in Manhattan, NY.  I love making stuff up and turning them into reality. I consider myself to be an imaginative storyteller. You see, the film I want you to support is part true, part fiction. When I was a little girl, I suffered from a concussion and as result of it, I became deaf.  So, I thought, why not take some of that experience and mix it up and turn it into a movie. After all, that's what makes a great screenwriter, right? 

After our 2nd attempt at trying to raise $100K via Kickstarter and Indiegogo to produce our second feature, The Double Life of Zhane Rain, we've decided to take a different direction with our project by producing a short film instead, giving it a new title. The concept of the story is the same. Since our funding goals has not been met, we have tentatively changed the filming of our production until March 2013. I need your help to accomplish my goal. More about me if you're curious is written in this article:  (An interview with filmmaker.)


THE SHATTERED MIND is about 18 year old Zhane Rain who experiences recurring flashbacks that would take the viewer back to the past when she was six. She suffered a horrible accident which caused her to slip into a long-term coma. The accident also left her suffering from an aggressive hearing loss. 

The film tells a story about a misplaced teenager who is trying to find herself in a self-respecting Deaf family and overcoming an unusual   psychological disorder. Ultimately, Zhane's biggest battle is in dealing with recurring nightmares due to amnesia from the traumatic experience she had as a child.

We're shooting a 30-minute short film on a RED SCARLET camera. We have several goals attached to this project. We plan to submit the movie to several film festivals. 

A passion project from the very beginning, our team consists of diverse and talented storytellers, who all strongly believe in the story. We are working toward getting A-list stars attached. 

Below is a list of items that we are raising funds to cover.

Production Crew/ Personnel
Camera Equipment (RED SCARLET)
Lighting Equipment
Sound Equipment
Craft Services
Production Design
Acting class for Deaf new actors
Interpreters' fee
Production Office
ASL Masters
Storyboard Artist
Publicity/Marketing Costs


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Once we wrap up postproduction, a couple of things will happen. First, we'll be submitting the film to both domestic and international film festivals for early 2013 screenings. Then, we will tour with the film and host private screenings.

Please note: THE SHATTERED MIND (DVD copy) will be available when it is released in home video (after our film festival circuit). We will let you know when we release the
movie trailer. As for your perks and digital download of the movie, they will be available to you in the fall sometimes October or November of 2013. (Postage fee may be required.)

If you are interested in partnership opportunity with our production company, Jade Films and Entertainment, email us at to request for our prospectus. You also have the option of donating by check made out to DeafVision Filmworks: PO Box 1276, Cathedral Station, NY, NY 10025. Our organization, DeafVision Filmworks is 100% tax-deductible with a 501 (c)3 status. Please ask us for our federal I.D. to receive a tax-exempt for your donation.


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