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Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts Crowdfunding Campaign Week #04

Dear everyone,

Probably, you already know that I decided to extend the crowdfunding campaign of Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts (see link below). That means that we’re right in the middle of it: we still have a month to reach our goal.

This would be a good opportunity to talk about my experience as a campaigner, but, frankly, I don’t think that would be very interesting.

From now on, I would actually like to focus my attention on the film itself. After all, that’s the reason behind the campaign, that’s my goal and, definitely, a slice of my own life.

A note: some of you will notice that this post can be found both on Indiegogo (as an update) and on my website (as an Art Journal entry). I’m crossposting, mostly, for the sake of clarity.

That said…

Welcome to the second part of the crowdfunding campaign for my drama/psycho-metaphysical horror/low fantasy/sadomasochistic film (did I ever tell you that I hate the concept of genre? Oh, I’ll write a post about that in the future, and it will be full of anger and contempt!) Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts.

In order to share with you a more detailed introduction to the film, over the next three weeks, I’m going to write some posts concerning three (or four, depending on how you look at the world) of the fundamental aspects of storytelling: characters (who), space & time (where & when), and action (what & how).

(I would like to point out that I’m fully aware I will be abstracting these aspects, or elements, from their context, that is, the narrative. It’s a common thing to do, and I also think it’s a fun way to explore the story.)

Also, I’m proud to announce that C-47, the guys who made Creation and Destruction, the two videos I recently shared with you, are currently organising an event for the film. It’s going to be a cinema-related pub quiz and it will take place here in Dublin (see link below). I’ll share more info pretty soon, so check my updates.

That’s it for now!

Take Care,

Gavino

 

Links

If you want to help us make Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/agalmatophilia-a-tragedy-in-three-acts/x/16999351#/

The Art Of Film; A Pub Quiz:

https://www.facebook.com/events/305179830147939/?ti=ia

C-47 Facebook Page:

https://m.facebook.com/CollectiveFourtySeven/

Drawing the logo...

Drawing the logo...

Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts Crowdfunding Campaign Week #03

Dear everyone,

I’m here, again, to tell you about my quest for a successful crowdfunding campaign.

I thought I would start this post by writing about the worst week we’ve had so far, but…

We’ve just received a huge donation from an angel who would like to remain anonymous and our budget has basically doubled…

That’s right: a quarter of the film has been funded!

I mean, I wanted to talk about crowdfunding-related anxiety and depression, but…

F**k that!

I’m going to celebrate.

By the way, a reminder: Destruction, a film/music video directed by M.A.K and shot/edited by John D Breen (C-47) for the crowdfunding campaign of Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts is now on YouTube, and it looks amazing!

It also features a song by the Irish band Junk Drawer so, if you like the Irish Indie music scene, you should definitely check it out.

Take Care,

Gavino

 

Links

Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts Crowdfunding Campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/agalmatophilia-a-tragedy-in-three-acts/x/16999351#/

C-47 (John D Breen & M.A.K):

https://m.facebook.com/CollectiveFourtySeven/

Destruction - Music Video:

https://youtu.be/NAhNQGlDbt0

 

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An enigmatic still from ‘Destruction’ by M.A.K

Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts Crowdfunding Campaign Week #02

Dear everyone, 

The second week of the crowdfunding campaign of my film Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/agalmatophilia-a-tragedy-in-three-acts/x/16999351#/) is over. 

How did it go? Well, let’s just say that it wasn’t perfect and... That I didn’t expect it to be!

We definitely need more contributors so, if you happen to know someone who might be interested in independent films or in the perks we’re offering, please tell her/him about this project.

You would do me a big, big favour!

And now I have some info for the contributors:

Today, you’re all going to receive the first series of digital perks (Introducing Lilith and everything related to it).

I actually planned to send Incantations (to the contributors that gave us €25 or more) and Rituals (to the contributors that gave us €100 or more) too, but I wasn’t happy with a couple of things, and I really want you to have everything nicely packaged (although we’re talking about virtual packages!).

Apologies for that!

Anyway, you won’t have to wait for another week to get all the rest: the next perks will arrive on Tuesday (together with an update).

As for the physical ones... Check your mailbox!

That’s it for now...

Thanks again to all the fantastic contributors!

Take Care, 

Gavino

 

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Introducing Lilith, Ireland, 2016

Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts

Dear everyone,

Just a few words to let you know that the crowdfunding campaign of my film Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts is live!

Follow the link, choose a perk and share it!

https://igg.me/at/agalmatophilia

(Right now, I’m a bit too tired to write more than that… But you’ll hear from me very soon!)

Take Care,

Gavino

(Yeah!)

(Yeah!)

Crowdfunding Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts

Dear everyone,

I hope your week was enjoyable and productive. Mine was.

If you’ve read my previous posts, the fact that I’ve been working on the crowdfunding campaign for Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts won’t surprise you.

We’re almost there: in a week or so, you will be able to grab some nice artistic stuff in exchange for your contribution.

This is my first crowdfunding campaign and, honestly, I’m already thinking obsessively about a series of things I could have done differently. At the same time, I still believe I’m creating something you don’t usually see, and this is what’s keeping the car running.

I really want everyone to get something from it, and that’s why you won’t find any average ‘Thank You’ perks.

Enough! I don’t want to write too much about it, and it’s time to get back to work.

Enjoy your weekend and, if you haven’t, sign up:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/agalmatophilia-a-tragedy-in-three-acts/coming_soon/x/16999351

Take care,

Gavino

 

Statues by Katarzyna Horzela

Statues by Katarzyna Horzela

Agalmatophilia: The Script

Once again, I’m here to talk about Agalmatophilia, the feature film I’m currently working on. This time, I’d like to write, briefly, about the script.

I think I’ve already mentioned that I started working on Agalmatophilia a few years ago. I had just graduated from college, and I thought it was time for me to work on my first feature.

At first, I wanted to write something more or less accessible to everyone, a script that I could sell, metaphorically and literally. It seemed the best thing to do because, simply, I wanted someone to produce it.

(Having a producer means that you’re free to think, exclusively, about the artistic side of the project)

I started writing a (kind of) realistic story with surreal elements: the realistic (and slightly social) side of it would be appealing to the producers I would send it to, while the surreal one would satisfy my artistic hunger. 

After several months, I had a script, and it was a terrible one. The visionary portion of the story wasn’t enough for me, and the rest of the screenplay was, simply put, shit.

It was so frustrating: I had worked so much on it! I really didn’t know what to do... I asked myself: ‘Should I write something else? Should I concentrate on a completely different project?’. 

Eventually, I decided to write the entire script again, and I’m glad I did that. The script itself couldn’t be fixed but, at the same time, there were many good ideas I had hidden under the aforementioned... shit... Probably, I felt compelled to save them from their ignoble destiny.

Surprisingly (or not), it didn’t take me too long to write what was basically a new script. I was so frustrated by the previous one that I decided to think exclusively about the artistic side of the new one, which was, after all, the only thing I really cared about.

Now, I’ve never been very good at creating sellable works of art, although I would love the situation to be different. Commercial doesn’t necessarily mean bad (although I have to say that it’s particularly easy to find terrible art that sells well...), and some of my favourite artists were/are very good at creating successful books/albums/films (think of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks!). But... What can I do? As an artist, I feel my main goal is to absorb the reality that surrounds me and show the others what can’t, normally, be seen. I’ve trained my eyes, my ears, my nose, my tongue, my skin and, in general, my mind for years in order to do that, and I keep doing it. I can’t write down a story only because it’s beautiful: my inspiration would do anything to destroy it because it’s not true (one day I’ll write about this: works of art that are as beautiful as they are untrue). That’s what happened with the first draft of the script!

When I finished Agalmatophilia, I started to think about the actual production of the film. I realised that I had just written something that, probably, nobody would be willing to produce.

Next week, I’ll write about this.

 

Thanks for reading!

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Random Thoughts On Introducing Lilith #02

If you’re asking yourself why I’m writing a series of posts on a pretty simple 2-minute short film, well, that’s easy: it’s part of a much more complex world I’m currently working on. I’m basically getting ready to introduce it.

Let’s talk about the script.  

The screenplay of Introducing Lilith is, simply put, an excerpt from a much bigger piece of writing, Agalmatophilia. It used to be, actually: Agalmatophilia is now something different, and what happens in the short film is not there anymore.

As I already wrote in the last post, Introducing Lilith was supposed to be a sort of promo, an introduction to the feature film I want (I need... I have...) to make. When I changed the main script, I was a bit afraid I wouldn’t be able to use Introducing Lilith anymore, and the problem wasn’t the fact that the scene had changed... The problem was that the character itself had changed!

Lilith, the Lilith of the short film, is someone who, in a certain way, rules the visionary world she is part of. She’s not afraid of it because she knows it. That’s not the case anymore, but it’s too early to talk about that. 

I decided to release Introducing Lilith anyway. Why? Because I thought it would be interesting to show two different versions of the same character. In a way, it’s like exposing one of the most hidden sides (secrets?) of storytelling.

Yeah, well, actually...  I thought it would be interesting to show FIVE different versions of the character: we’re going to see (at least) four different people called Lilith in the feature film, so...

I’m a storyteller, and I tell the others what I see/hear/feel in general. If I see three, four, five, six different characters who are supposed to be the same person, I’m not going to choose only one. How could I? It wouldn’t be the truth. And why should I? My film wouldn’t be produced by a film production company anyway.

(A message from the deepest part of my heart: fuck the screenwriting rules)

 

Thanks for reading! 

 

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Random Thoughts On Introducing Lilith #01

Introducing Lilith...

Ah, there’s so much I could say about that, so I’ll start with a very simple introduction:

If you haven’t read my last post, it’s important for you to know that I’m talking about a short film I directed a couple of years ago (you can find it on this website and on YouTube: if you have time, check it out and tell me what you think of it!). Although it’s the most incomplete of all my works, it’s also among the most important ones.

Essentially, Introducing Lilith is the weird teaser trailer of a feature film I really (really, really, really) want to produce as soon as possible. Two years ago I thought it would be a good idea to shoot an introduction to the main character of my screenplay: I wanted to show a series of producers a very brief portion of the world I had in my mind in order to, well, make them produce my film. Unfortunately, the short film didn’t really help me (we’ll talk about that in the future), but I’m happy I realised it anyway.

Why? 

Well... When you spend so much time on a screenplay, you’ve got an entire detailed film in your head, an entire world to explore, and it’s fantastic. The problem is that you don’t know what that world will actually look like when represented in our material dimension, and I can tell you that you would really like to.

Now, Introducing Lilith is for me the first materialisation of the world of Agalmatophilia, which is the feature film I mentioned a few lines above. It’s a sort of faulty materialisation, maybe (there are so many interesting things in Lilith’s studio that can’t be seen, that are not there...), but it exists nonetheless.

In the next few weeks, I will talk about the making of the film, the lessons I learned from the experience and how they’re affecting Agalmatophilia.

 

Thanks for reading! 

 

 

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Incantations

Today I’d like to write about a short film I made in 2016 while studying at Pulse College. It’s called ‘Incantations’ (Ireland, 2016). I never really wrote an introduction to it, so I thought I could do it now.

Although I’ve always seen it as a film, ‘Incantations’ might be considered the music video for a song I recorded in 2014.

If I remember well, I composed some of it when I was 16. Back then, I used to play in a (sort of) band (we weren’t that good, but we had lots of ideas). The band didn’t last long, but the song remained, and, ten years later, I decided to finish it. It later became the title track of my second EP.

The song, as it is now, is about the guitarist of my teenage band. He was my best friend and a very talented musician (you can hear his guitar at the very beginning of the song). Unfortunately, he died of cancer when he was 18.

The title ‘Incantations’ is a reference to some of the songs he wrote and ‘Left behind’, and the film revolves around the concepts of death, grief, loneliness and resurrection.

I’ll talk about them again in the future. 

Thanks for reading!

Incantations, Ireland, 2016

Incantations, Ireland, 2016

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