The Mermaid's Vale
Body horror is often portrayed for shock value, instead of the primordial beauty of life in its twilight hour. This female led project is a unique opportunity never before seen in the Peace Region & with a documentary and on-set internship program, you'll be with our mermaid every step of the way.
Mission StatementEldritch Media Ltd. is an independent film company that seeks to explore new worlds through the lens of artistic expression. We intend not only to produce a impactful short film, but educate and train new filmmakers along the way. We hope this project will be the first of many.
About The Project
The story follows the little mermaid in her final moments of life, reflecting on her decisions as a farewell or a vale to the world. As she speaks to the camera, her vision is not really looking at the audience but past it, and her body progressively rots until she finally turns to foam. We as the audience can hear her final thoughts even after her ability to speak is taken from her.
Mermaids have traditionally been symbols of volatile temptresses, imposing their will on innocent sailors with their alluring sexuality veiled in impending doom and death. Although the original story is a cautionary tale for young women to beware the parts of themselves characterized by independence, agency, and the pitfalls of desire; Our version gives the character back that agency, the freedom to speak her truth even though that agency happens at her death.
“I am a creature of darkness, and I sought the light”
This story is meant to be a farewell, an intimate look at what the character is going through in her final moments. This project is heavily inspired by the nonlinear monologue of the final episode of The Haunting of Hill House.
In addition to our short film, we are launching a project-based internship program open to both high school students and community members seeking to gain professional film industry experience. The project is expected to stimulate the local and northern film industry in Alberta by opening more film opportunities in the Peace Region.
This program aims to create an in-depth, hands-on experience for six participants in six specialties; Directing, Cinematography, Practical Effects 101, Photography, Behind the Scenes Documentary Filmmaking, and Prosthetics and Make-up.
Additionally our program is done in partnership with IATSE and provides set etiquette course certification which ensures participants can walk onto any other set in Alberta.
This project is a unique opportunity never before seen in the Peace Region, so of course we want to document this journey with as much detail as possible! Filming has already begun for the documentary currently entitled "Under the Scenes", and we hope for it to be 40 minutes in duration, covering the steps from start to finish on this crazy project. This documentary will cover the physics, engineering, chemistry, lighting, and other challenges that have come with working with water, prosthetics and horror.
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There are a ton of challenges when approaching a project of this calibre. For example; what PPM do you need of Chlorine in the pool water to be safe to be in for hours, but not affect the adhesives of the prosthetics? How do you shoot straight downwards into water without seeming like you are in a temporary pool? What does ocean water look like? How does a partially submerged body look while decaying? All of these questions have certainly made our google searches questionable in the least, but we are learning a ton, and are excited to meet these challenges head on!
The pandemic has been a serious and impactful event for everyone, and we are working diligently to continue operations while remaining safe. A portion of our budget will go towards masks, sanitizer, alcohol wipes, gloves and disposal bins.
Our internship program will begin three weeks from production dates and will be held over zoom. The program will meet a few times a week to go over their specific roles, their instructors will speak and demonstrate to the best of their ability what the actual shoot dates are like, until finally ending in the on-set practicum (production days)
Pre-production is mostly done via zoom, and work is done in isolated cohorts. This includes script rehearsals with the cast, concept art, marketing etc.
We have included two understudies just in case one of our cast members becomes sick or is unable to attend. Our prosthetics department is working to design the peices to be able to fit onto anyone, and be sterilized between uses.
Production days are semi flexible as our location is large and isolated. No part of production will overlap with another. Spaces like prosthetics + make up application will be in isolation to the actual sound stages and other marked off areas. The sound stage requires a ton of space and the mermaid herself will be 20 feet away from any crew members. Due to local restrictions and the current case count we have not yet booked our dates nor set them in stone to ensure that we aren't pigeon holed into a time committment we cannot keep for safety's sake. We are preparing to have everything ready to go at a moment's notice, and rescheduable at a moment's notice.
Craft services are pre-packaged covid friendly containers which can be taken from the distribution tables and eaten in designated zones.
Since January of this year, when this project started as a fever dream of strange proportions, we’ve been chomping at the bit to produce this story. At every stage we’ve accumulated more interest and people wanting to be involved in this project. Though there is a growing film industry in the Peace Region, there is not a lot in the way of infrastructure, so more often than not we have had to outsource our locations, props, even crew! No more we say! Our goal with this project is to involve our community at every stage, teach, enrich, and grow our local film community into a recurring and sustainable industry. With your help we can bring this project to new horizons, and in turn, pay our cast, crew, engineers, chemists, and tradespeople a decent wage. (Picture of Grande Prairie, Alberta below)
We are currently casting prosthetics and starting the builds for our lighting rigs. This campaign will help ensure that our planning, development and building can become a reality! Stay tuned for more behind the scenes videos, photos and posts! (Our "Spotlight Interview" with Paige!)
This campaign is only for the production portion of our short film, but we still intend to come back for editing, and have the final film released for early 2022. However our documentary will be released in December of 2021, follow us to see when it will be available to watch online!
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About This Team
Our cast and crew is comprised of many award winning local artists who have come together to make this project happen!