Minding Mama - create a trailer!

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Raised by 4 people in 17 months

I'm Elaine, an Independent author creating my own promotional video content.

I want to create a really top-notch trailer/pitch video for my next project, an ongoing comic book/graphic novel series titled 'Minding Mama'.

The Story

Several centuries from now, the Earth's surface is a hostile place. Decades of intense solar flare activity have all but removed the protective ozone layer, leaving the surface largely unprotected from dangerous UV radiation.  Whole species have been wiped out of existence above and below sea level, and Humanity has fled underground, leaving the surface to the Bots - Robots created to help mankind survive this catastrophic occurrence.

But the FarmBots in Mama's tight-knit community are old and falling into disrepair; due to the worn out Bots' inability to create sufficient UV-resistant plant life, food levels are dangerously low. Worried about her infant son's future, Mama begins to suspect that they may have been misled about the extent of the damage, and with her son, embarks on a dangerous voyage of discovery with faithful FarmBot Cyril.

The dangers they face and the truths they uncover during the series will keep you glued to the page!

Team Minding Mama

I have a brilliant team in Dan Schaefer (Dan has worked for Marvel, DC and Dark Horse Comics, and most recently was story board artist for NBC's 'Grimm'), Amanda Fullwood (who in addition to providing concept art, is also designing Mama's costume), Sue Turner (who will operate the camera and edit the footage), and Matthew Thomason (a talented young composer who created the haunting music for my first project, 'The Methuselah Paradox', two years ago).

Up front and centre will be our two cast members, Kate Davies-Speak ('Cannibal Farm' and the web series 'Horizon') and David Learner (who is well known to the science fiction community for his portrayal of Marvin the Paranoid Android in both stage and television productions of Douglas Adam's 'The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy').

Our Goal

Our Stage One goal is to raise sufficient funds to create a trailer/pitch video for Stage Two - creation and production of the first issue of 'Minding Mama'.

Comic Books have always been able to tell stories in a different way than movies or long-form novels, and I knew as soon as I had completed the original short story that this needed to be told using a visual medium!  

For the trailer shoot taking place at the end of October, 2017,  we need funds to pay for:

Hire of the venue
Hire of a green screen (so that we can put in some background later)
Actor fees

Your Support and What it Means to Us

Your support will mean that we can make our trailer to a high standard, which will give us a much better chance of crowdfunding the graphic novel in a few month's time, and it means that I can put funds into the creative arts industry  - and last but certainly not least, entertain the most discerning of comic book fans with our gripping story. 

As an independent author with limited funding, I can't do this by myself - your support will enable me to take another step towards my goal of being a full-time writer, and to employ other creative people along the way. 

In return for your support, you'll earn unique rewards, early access to news of each stage of the creation process, and the opportunity to purchase the first issue at a hugely discounted price. 

I hope that you will join me, Dan, Amanda, Sue, Matthew, Kate and David on our creative journey!  Thank you for reading!

Kind Regards,
Elaine Jackson
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Update 3
Posted by Elaine Jackson
16 months ago
We've just added a 4th Reward tier - three beautiful canvas prints of Dan Schaefer's illustration of the Dome where Mama, Bully and Cyril the Farmbot live. The prints will be signed by myself and artist Dan Schaefer and will be available in late November 2017. There will only be three of these particular canvas prints, so check out Tier 4 now...
The Dome by Dan Schaefer
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Update 2
Posted by Elaine Jackson
16 months ago
A HUGE thank you to the lovely all the lovely people who have very kindly funded us during the last few days - the great news is that we are almost halfway there!!

Can I ask those of you who've looked but who haven't donated, please could you share this with anyone you know who loves comic books and comic book art? I'm very excited for everyone to see the fabulous artwork that Dan Schaefer and Amanda Fullwood are creating for 'Minding Mama'. The multi-talented Amanda is also creating Mama's costume (which will be worn by the lovely Kate Davies-Speak) and I can't wait for everyone to see it!

Thanks again for checking us out. You can find out more on our website, www.mindingmama.org !

XX Elaine
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Update 1
Posted by Elaine Jackson
16 months ago
Delighted to share with you the news that Kate Davies-Speak will play Mama, and David Learner will be the voice of Cyril the FarmBot in our trailer.

Kate Davies-Speak has been a working actress for seventeen years, playing lead and supporting roles in European touring theatre productions, numerous short films and independent feature movies. Kate is drawn to roles that offer interesting character arcs, gritty and emotional roles and parts that encourage her to keep her physically active, she is inspired by iconic action heroines such as Sarah Connor and Ellen Ripley and enjoys working out and practicing combat to use on screen. More recently Kate has had lead roles in a number of films including;playing the protagonist Jessica Harver in 'Escape from Cannibal Farm' released 2017 and plays the role of Nicole in season 1&2 of Hanover Picture's multi-award winning SciFi Web action series 'Horizon'.

David trained at RADA alongside Alan Rickman and Trevor Eve. He was Marvin the Paranoid Android in the Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on stage and TV, and played Pickle the Elf for three seasons in ITV’s fantasy adventure game Knightmare. Countless theatrical, radio and voice over appearances before moving sideways into commercial sales in the late 1990s prior to three years at Waterstones. Still makes the odd professional guest appearance but is happiest behind the counter of Mr Simms, his old fashioned sweet shop in Ely, selling rhubarb and custard.
Kate Davies-Speak is Mama!
David Learner is Cyril!
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