The final results of the crowdfunding campaign for the Dell Sisters’ terrifying new short film HELEN are in, and it was a huge success! How much so? Here are the highlights:
- They raised $7,013
- That’s 200% of their original goal!
- They set the record for fastest Seed&Spark campaign to fully finance ever, doing so in the first 12 hours!
- Emily published an article about the crowdfunding experience on the Huffington Post and Screencraft
- They caught some great press with horror hub Dread Central documenting HELEN’s success on their website, and Sci-Fi Talk having us on their Podcast
- They hit all their original financing goals: Color Correction, Festival Submission Fees, Visual Effects
- They also raised enough for their Sound Design and Festival Travel stretch goals!
Needless to say it was a special few weeks. The Dell Sisters can’t thank their tremendous supporters enough, whose contributions will enable them to make HELEN look and sound terrifying in front of audiences across the country.
But the fun is only beginning! As they embark on post-production and the film’s festival run, the Dells encourage everyone to jump over to Seed&Spark and FOLLOW the project! Doing so will allow you to receive updates on festival premieres and screenings, and have access to cool behind the scenes footage.
Head over to Seed&Spark today and follow the project by clicking Here!
Check out Emily’s blog on Screencraft and the Huffington Post! Thanks to the tremendous support behind the HELEN campaign she has some awesome stuff to share about crowdfunding and making independent genre films.
Here’s the link!
Think Emily only knows action? Think again! She flexed her comedic muscles on DreamWorks TV this week, debuting the first of three episodes she directed of their children’s sketch show “OMG!” The first episode is called “Talking Burgers”, check it out on Verizon’s Go90 mobile platform. She got to work with some really funny and talented kids! The second episode will be released tomorrow and the third on Saturday, May 21. Check them out on your smartphone!
Two of the episodes were written by Patricia Villetto, a friend of the Dell Sisters and a 2nd Assistant Director/Production Assistant/incredible supporter of the Dells’ new horror project, HELEN.
The Dell Sisters’ campaign to complete their terrifying new short film HELEN is now live on Seed&Spark! Check it out, follow the campaign, and tell your friends! Support HERE!
HELEN is the latest project from Emily and Elizabeth and marks their first venture into the horror genre. Starring Aimee Garcia (Dexter, Rush Hour), the film follows Helen through the longest night of her life after her anxiety roars to life as a real demon, the Fury. It’s scary, it’s action-packed, and it needs your support!
Elizabeth was back on the Chinese airwaves recently, this time for an interview with G&E TV’s “Dialogue to Hollywood”! Check out the interview HERE! In it she discusses her work with the PGA in the Chinese film market, her day to day operations in Los Angeles, and what it’s like to work with her pesky younger sister Emily.
G&E TV is a 24-hour network that brings Chinese content to more than 30 countries across the globe. Like Elizabeth, G&E TV is active in promoting artistic and cultural collaboration between the US and China.
Congratulations to Emily who has been nominated for the Reflection trophy at the 2016 BIBO Awards in Los Angeles!! The BIBO Awards “celebrate the work and accomplishments of diverse women from all walks of life who focus on recognizing and defining a realistic view of beauty.” If you think this sounds like Emily please CLICK HERE to vote for her!!
The nomination continues a big Spring for Emily, who has been busy directing for Dreamworks TV and organizing the Nashville Writers Conference.
Elizabeth was back in Hong Kong last week for her 2nd Hong Kong FILMART. In her role as Head of the China Task Force for the Producer’s Guild of America, Elizabeth organized and moderated a star-studded panel titled Building a Better Franchise: IP, Story, Brands and Audience. The panel was comprised of successful global producers David Miles Uslan (Thunder Agents), Nansun Shi (Once Upon A Time In China, Young Detective Dee — Rise of the Sea Dragon), Dongbing Shan (The Expendables) and Doug Mitchell, fresh off of SIX Oscar™ wins for Mad Max: Fury Road. The producers spoke to a standing room only audience about the lessons they’ve learned in developing their worldwide franchises. Having worked in China, Australia,Hong Kong, and the USA they all had different perspectives to contribute, but a clear theme (and long-time mantra of Elizabeth’s) emerged: no project will gain traction without a great story at its core. Following the event, Elizabeth and panel members were treated to a fantastic reception up on The Peak at the home of the US Consul General to Hong Kong. The panel and reception were co-organized with the US Consulate Commercial Services of Hong Kong and Guangzhou.
(L to R) Nansun Shi, Elizabeth Dell, Doug Mitchell
It was a particularly buzzy year at FILMART in the wake of China’s record-breaking box office of the past year. It is an exciting time to be engaged in the Chinese marketplace and the turnout at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center certainly reflected that. FILMART is Asia’s largest film and entertainment marketplace, and is hosted by the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council.