We are so close to finishing the filming of Phantom Mary and it is incredible watching our vision come to life. Thank you so much to every single one of our Kickstarter backers. Some of us have left our jobs completely for this project and others head straight to the Phantom Mary set right when we clock out of work. The cast and crew have been pulling 10-12 hour days of shooting practically every day since the beginning of the month and we cannot wait for you to see the final product.
As we reach the end of shooting, we are getting closer to another important aspect of the film: post-production.
At our Seattle fundraiser: Aniello De Angelis (Director), Tom Lloyd (Assistant Director/Producer), Madison Brooks (Executive Producer).
I am sure you are probably wondering why are we asking for more money after the Kickstarter campaign?
The vision has become bigger. A whole lot bigger-- more effects that are integral to the movie, more crew, and more work to help the vision come to life. Specifically, these extra things that we will need funding for are: ADR sessions, visual effects, color grading, housing for the post-production crew, festival fees, merchandise, song copyrights, as well as other things.
So far, the Seattle community has been so kind to us. We appreciate all the support that has been given to us so far and will be forever indebted to this city and its people. Thank you. <3
Downtime on set: Aniello De Angelis (Director), Martha Downey (Actor-Marisol), Ruby Paiva (Director of Photography), Jeremy Chan (Actor-Mark), Alan Danilo (Wardrobe Design), Phil Harmonic (Sound)
What is Phantom Mary ?
Phantom Mary is the story of a young woman who happens to be a vampire living in Seattle. One night she falls for a young drug addict, Jo, who then overdoses. Seeing the good in him, she decides to grant him immortality. We then follow the couple as they navigate sexuality, addiction, illness, and what it means to be a woman throughout the course of a historical and religious text.
What exactly happens then? Is this going to be like Twilight?
We realize that "vampire" and "Seattle" can be red flags, especially given their connection to Twilight. However, this is anything but a traditional vampire story, and in no way close to a Young Adult novel. Phantom Mary is an experimental exploration of what it means to be a human, what it means to be monstrous, what it means to live in a duet of your own fear and faith. We want to explore deeply complex characters that suffer from a millennia of persecution, addiction, and loneliness.
Where did the idea come from?
I love Seattle. I think it's a relatively unfilmed, untapped location that oozes with atmosphere and story. Having lived in the Capitol Hill neighborhood for nearly five years, there's an almost supernatural aspect to the area in the way people act. i.e., the lack of sleep and the grace and/or severe manner with which people are able to carry themselves. It's a rapidly changing location that, much like the film's characters, struggles with identity. I do not believe that this film will answer every question it poses, but the issues are ones I've struggled with since living there and I cannot think of a better starting point.
It's a film born out of wandering, party to party until you've begun to haunt yourself and the potential you once exhibited.
It's a film born out of watching the sun rise twice in a row and feeling as though you've cheated the day(s). It's a film born out of a 3am phone call to a loved one telling them, "I can't survive this lifestyle anymore." It's a film born out of the notion that immortality is far more of a curse than a blessing. It's a film whose mythos has been inspired by late night conversation, the Shell on Pike and Broadway at 2am, and a neighborhood, after-hours at bars, and fear of the unknown.
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