Thanks to all who supported and got the word out about our latest crowdfunding campaign. The money raised will go towards finishing this documentary properly. We do still need more funding, but a new way to get that is currently in progress. With that I have an announcement. In just the last few weeks I have added an associated producer to the documentary. Her name is Donna Davies, and she has directed and produced numerous documentaries and programs that have been seen on Netflix and on television networks.
I have a lot of updates posted to our crowdfunding campaign that was just launched. Please check it out below. We’ve completed nearly 40 interviews, with a few more to go, but mostly we’re raising funds to do a solid post-production… this includes graphics, animation, music, further editing. For the first time we’re offering a 10-minute preview, as well as DVDs! Please check it out!
It’s been a little while since updating the blog. So here it is. We’ve been hard at work and we’ve completed a lot more. And we’ve updated the GALLERY to reflect just some of what we’ve accomplished. We have interviewed a number of amazing scholars in folklore, children’s literature, and history. We’ve interviewed more artists and musicians. And we’ve interviewed R.L. Stine.
So our latest crowdfunding campaign just ended. The focus of the campaign was always to get the word out as much as possible. Major websites, podcasts, newspapers. I knew that we were going to hit our limit on the reach we had pretty quickly on social media so as long as we had a solid product, solid campaign page, pitch video, and rewards (which I really think we do) then it’s all about getting new traffic to the campaign in whatever way that is possible.
Yes, for over two years now we’ve been very aware of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark movie that has been in production. When the first news that they were working on that film was announced, I was looking it as a great subject for a documentary. I could never prove that. It was just an idea I was batting around. And now here we are. Their movie progresses and mine does as well.
With the new campaign, new trailer, and all kinds of other updates with the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark documentary, we unveiled a teaser poster done by the very talented artist Matthew Therrien. Along with this, we thought a Q&A with him would be a great way to take a look at how he tackled the poster and the incredible work he has done previously.
How did you come to depict the particular figures and art that is found in the teaser poster for Scary Stories?
Whenever I thought about what to illustrate for this poster…
So we’re launched! This is our 2nd crowdfunding campaign, the last one being a year ago. This time we have a trailer, we have a teaser poster, we have interviews with the author’s family, and we have a great line-up of upcoming interviews. Oh and we have SHIRTS! We’re going to push forward with this documentary no matter what, but it would be nice to have the ability to complete it this year. In 1981 the first book, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, was published. I was one-year-old at the time.
More news about the documentary is coming soon. But in the meantime, I thought I would go off on a tangent that I’ve been going down lately in amongst all this planning. Censorship. Banning. Challenging. These are a bunch of words that have been tossed around a lot in the last 30 years (and of course, much longer) while their definitions and the power they hold can vary a lot from one person and usage to another. On one extreme you have Communism, dictatorships, and Fahrenheit 451 (a title that has become synonymous with the censorship cause and yet is quite misunderstood). On the other hand you have reasonable objections to what and when children are introduced to different books and media. Somewhere in between all of that you ideally have a reasonable debate about literacy, choice, education, responsibility of schools and libraries versus parents, and a host of other related topics that feed into the topic. This isn’t easy. And I don’t think it should be painted entirely as black and white.