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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 #01

Dear everyone,

The first week of the crowdfunding campaign of Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts is over.

It was a very intense week, if you ask me, and I feel pretty tired, more than I should be, probably. It’s common for people who do something for the first time to waste too much energy, I guess.

Anyway, it was also a very rewarding week: we reached the 16% of our goal, and even if that doesn’t sound like a lot, statistically, 4 in 5 campaigns that have reached that percentage on the first week succeed.

There’s hope!

Of course, the real campaign starts now: there is no time to rest!

I’d like to thank everyone who spent a bit of his/her time/money to contribute to Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts. I’m really, really, really thankful!

(By the way, I’ll start sending the perks next week, so you’ll receive them pretty soon!)

And if you haven’t visited the Indiegogo page of the campaign, just go to...

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

Of course, when you’re there, select a perk and share! Every kind of contribution can make the difference, believe me.

Now it’s time for me to go to the screening of Incantations at The International Bar in Dublin. It was organised by the C-47 team (https://m.facebook.com/CollectiveFourtySeven/), the same fantastic guys that made Creation, the first video of a trilogy inspired by Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts.

If you haven’t seen it:

https://youtu.be/IuM8tYn-VIY

Take care, 

Gavino

A still from ‘Creation’ by John D Breen (C-47) featuring a sculpture by the artist Ana Carey

A still from ‘Creation’ by John D Breen (C-47) featuring a sculpture by the artist Ana Carey

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

Producing Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts

Oh, my… It’s been almost two months since I wrote my last post! I should stop saying things such as ‘Next week, I’ll write about this…’ or ‘In the next few days, I’ll tell you about that…’.

My projects and, especially, my mood are too unpredictable.

But let’s not talk about that! Let’s talk about Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts.

First of all, as you might have noticed, I changed the title. I did it because another film called ‘Agalmatophilia’ (a comedy directed by Jared Masters) has just been released, and I thought it would be polite to do so.

Anyway, apart from that, nothing much has changed: I have the script, I have the will to make the film and... I don’t have a producer!

But let me explain the situation:

Last year, I sent a long series of emails to an equally long series of producers interested in arthouse films. Frankly, I thought nobody would reply, and I was wrong. Some of them did, and that alone made me pathetically happy (it also made me realise that a producer is not a ferocious mythological creature we’re bound to fear and/or despise, but a human being like you and me… Although, there are some exceptions, obviously…). Unfortunately, at the same time, no one seemed willing to produce my film.

Too bad…

Now, I consider myself to be a pretty rational person (now that I think about it… am I?). When something like this happens, I always try to find the reason behind it, and that’s why I asked myself: why was my film rejected?

I could write an entirely new post talking about the most exhaustive answer I could find, which is relatively complex, so I’ll just say:

Because of the same reason Jan Svankmajer and Alejandro Jodorowsky, two of the greatest living filmmakers, decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign to produce their own films.

I think you’ve already understood what I’m about to say.

In two weeks from now, I will launch the official crowdfunding campaign for Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts (damn, I’ve just given myself another deadline… I promise I will do everything I can to meet it, though!).

For now, you’re very welcome to go to the Indiegogo pre-launch page:

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

I and my team have prepared some very interesting perks, so I suggest you sign up and share with everyone you know!


Thanks for reading!

 

A statue made by the fabulous Katarzyna Horzela

A statue made by the fabulous Katarzyna Horzela

Introducing Lilith’s World: Agalmatophilia

First of all, a giant ‘Thank you!’ to all the people that subscribed to my new newsletter.

I’m sincere when I say that it means a lot.

Thanks, thanks and thanks again! 

Now...

Let me update you on what’s happening right now in my artistic life.

If you’ve read my previous posts, you already know that I’m currently working on my first music album, Fear & Agony (yeah, that’s the title now). I’m happy to announce that the recording sessions are almost over: in a week or so I will have all the tracks I need to start mixing the album (that is, to give the mess I’ve created to a sound engineer). Hopefully, it will be released in January.

The second big project is Agalmatophilia, a feature film I’ve been working on for a long time and that I’d like to introduce to you with a series of related posts, this being the first one.

(If you haven’t, I suggest you visit the page I created for it on this website and subscribe for news and updates!)

So...

Let’s start with some questions:

1. What does Agalmatophilia mean?

According to everyone’s favourite encyclopaedia:

Agalmatophilia (from the Greek agalma 'statue', and -philia φιλία = love) is a paraphilia involving sexual attraction to a statue, doll, mannequin or other similar figurative object.

 (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agalmatophilia)

Of course, I’m not going to tell you why I chose that title.  I hate spoilers.

2. What’s the connection between this project and Introducing Lilith, the short film that is featured at the bottom of its official page?

Well, this is pretty simple, and I basically talked about it in one of my previous posts: Introducing Lilith was meant to be the teaser trailer of Agalmatophilia (or, better, Lilith, as the film was called a couple of years ago). Unfortunately, I wasn’t particularly happy with the screenplay at the time, and I simply decided to work and work on it again. It’s something I definitely don’t regret.

3. Are you currently shooting Agalmatophilia?

No, I’m not... 

4. Is Agalmatophilia in pre-production?

I really (really, reallly, really, really, really, really) wish it was...

5. So... What are you doing right now (apart from writing some new stuff and producing the already mentioned Fear & Agony) ?

That’s a good question! What have I been doing since I finished writing the script around a year ago?

Well, I’ve been looking for a producer... Unsuccessfully... 

I’ll talk about this next week. For now, let me just say that, if you’re wondering, yes, I’m going to make this film! 

 

Thanks for reading!

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