What if they could see through your eyes? Follow a young woman on the autistic spectrum and be immersed in her inner world. Christina struggles to feel accepted, hindering her ability to progress forward, until the kindness of one person changes her life and restores her confidence.
Mission StatementMildly Different is aimed to promote awareness for autism in women and what that looks and feels like, as females often differ from males with the same condition. Our writer/director, Anna Czarska, is herself autistic and found most information on autism outdated and male-focused. Let's change that!
About The Project
Sticky Tape Productions present an edgy, dramatic short film about a
young woman on the autistic spectrum who struggles with all around
her until the kindness of one person changes her life
Most autistic women are not diagnosed properly.
Autism in women is often either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed due to the differences in how female traits present themselves compared to males with the same condition. Because women on the spectrum usually don't initially appear as drastically different, they are expected to behave the same as neurotypicals, only they can't. They are not the same, and yet not different enough ... They are, Mildly Different.
We conducted a study for those on the spectrum last year, you can read the results HERE
If only they knew what it was like.
Mildly Different is a cinematic and artistically edgy narrative. We want to tell the story of a young woman who has been struggling since she was a child due to being misdiagnosed with other conditions that never fit and did not provide the explanations nor support she needed. Unfortunately, that is often the case for autistic females.
With our film, Mildly Different, we want to raise awareness of a problem with support resources that has been swept under the rug and perhaps shed light on what autism in women looks and feels like, in attempt to bring in understanding, acknowledgement, and hopefully more support for the condition in women.
A live-action narrative with an edge
Vision/filming style: Artistic/Cinematic. Voiceovers to explain thinking, shadows and lights to create her environment, electronic/moody music and sound effects to convey experience, etc. During the beginning of the film, tones will be darker and shadows more prevalent. As the character’s life brightens, the colour scheme will inverse with brighter tones, eliminating the shadows.
We plan to use VFX and SFX to make the lights LOUD and the sounds MOVE, etc. -- synesthesia. The film will have a fantasy/sci-fi feel to it. We want to really bring you into her experience.
Join us in showing others what autism in women looks and feels like
What you can do:
- Contribute to our Mildly Different funding campaign
- Follow and share our campaign
- Follow us on FACEBOOK or TWITTER
- Research autism in women and share your findings with others
Additional resources that would help:
- Sponsorship by your company or organisation
- Film equipment or vouchers
- Location -- let us film in your home/office/etc. (Ireland only)
We conducted a study for those on the spectrum last year, you can read the results HERE
FUNDING GOALS | Production through Post -- and Beyond!
(A) Primary Production Funding Goal Phase 1- $15,000 - Production Budget:
We will be going through two separate phases (Phase 1: $15,000 and Phase 2: $13,000) to reach the Primary Production Funding Goal of $28,000 for our 20-minute short film and MILDLY DIFFERENT will be made by Spring 2021. When we raise the initial $15,000 we will be applying for match funding schemes. In the event of that failing, we will launch one more campaign for the rest of the production funding.
(B) 1st Stretch Goal: Primary Production Funding Goal Phase 2- $13,000 - Production Budget:
Once we acquire the initial $15,000 in funding, we will be applying for match funding for the second phase. In the event of that failing, we will launch one more campaign for the rest of the $13,000 production funding.
(3) 2nd Stretch Goal - $5,000 - Post Production Budget:
If we meet our Primary Production Funding Goals, our second Stretch Goal will go towards the post-production for MILDLY DIFFERENT - including all of the visual and sound FX, music, and festival submissions!
Covid will not be affecting our filming plans
During this difficult time in our history, we respect that many are wondering how we can film our story without harming our more vulnerable members of society. However, I want to assure you, that as it will be necessary to acquire further funding after this campaign, we estimate that we will not have all of the necessary funding in place until after the Covid 19 situation has resolved itself and will not be filming until it does. Ireland currently is phasing out the lockdown and will allow filming to commence after August 2020. We will likely not have the funding until winter of this year (unless you all surprise us and we somehow manage to get through both funding phases in one go!).
Let's move forward together!
We know how difficult this time can be and so we appreciate any and all contributions in all forms, whether you can pitch in financially or whether you share and follow our campaign (seedandspark.com/fund/mildlydifferent), all levels are thoroughly appreciated by our team and we THANK YOU!
If you would be interested in having your organization sponsor our film and be mentioned in the credits, please email email@example.com
MILDLY DIFFERENT is a way for us to do something important for the world going forward and we hope we can count you in our team!
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About This Team
Who's Doing What?
Writer/Director: Anna Czarska
Anna has been involved with the film industry on and off throughout her life and is the managing director of Sticky Tape Productions. She has a background in business and produces, directs, writes, and manages projects that exemplify her interest in unconventional cinema, often regarding topics involving mental health or societal matters that require greater public awareness. Anna especially likes to challenge the everyday thinker to try something new, something different; this is at the heart of where her enthusiasm lies.
Recently, Anna’s production pitch for her short film “Mildly Different” recently got to the top 30 in Bumble’s Female Film Force Competition which spanned 5 countries and had 1,300 applicants and was associated with Lionsgate. The script was also a finalist in the 13th Annual Waterford Film Festival. Anna’s company, Sticky Tape Productions, were finalists in Talent Nation/FM 104’s 10k competition as well.
Her motivation behind Mildly Different is due largely through the experience of having high-functioning autism personally, as well as having known many with the condition. She wishes to promote awareness of the condition in women.
Director of Photography: Barry Fahy
Over the past decade, Barry Fahy has proven himself to be one of the most capable, talented and driven cinematographers in Ireland. Barry has shot two feature films, “Blue Dawn” and “The Three Don'ts”, as well as over two dozen short films and music videos. Barry has also directed several short films including, "Please Forgive Me", "Doors" and "IRIS" -- which won 2 awards at the 48hr film competition in Dublin. His latest short film, “Boy Racer”, has screened in several countries around the world and picked up 13 awards, including “Best Children’s Short”, “Best Child Actor” and “Best Micro Film” in multiple festivals. Recently, his film "The Perished" has been making the rounds globally and gaining a lot of attention in the US horror market.
Production Designer: Victoria Carney
Victoria graduated from IADT in Production Design for Stage and Screen in 2015. She has worked freelance on a number of projects including, amongst others, "Rope" for the No Drama Theatre Company, "The Cunning Little Vixen" for Rough Magic Theatre Company in association with The Royal Irish Academy of Music and the short film "Put Out to Pasture" for the National Film School. She was production designer on "Luke" which won Best Irish Short at the Offline Film Festival and aired on RTE in 2015. She recently worked as Art Department Assistant on the feature film "Michael Inside". Winner of Best Irish Feature at The Galway Film Fleadh 2017, Winner of the Audience Award at Cork Film Festival 2017 and Winner of Best Film in the Irish Film and Television Awards 2018. She later worked as Art Department Assistant on Samson Films latest Feature "Cellar Door" 2018. She has gone on to work as Art Director on commercials for clients such as Kellogg’s and Homestore + home. As well as a number of music videos and short films. She has also made props for the likes of Hendricks Gin, Brennan's Bread, and a recent Westlife music video 2019.
Costume Designer: Ciara O'Toole
Having studied Fashion Design at The Limerick School of Art and Design, Ciara graduated with First Class Honours and received The Dorothy Stewart Award for Excellence shown throughout the B.A. course. Upon graduating, Ciara worked briefly in the fashion industry before moving into the world of Costume for Film and TV. She has received invaluable experience working on the BBC Period Drama Ripper Street (S.4 & 5) and on AMC’s Fantasy Into the Badlands. She also spent a year working under the renowned Leather Maker, Kelvin Feeney, on the hugely popular TV Series Vikings. During this year she was trained in the art of Leather Carving and assisted in the making on many pieces of armour and accessories for all major cast. Ciara also works as a Standby on set and has recently started designing for Short Films.
Composer: Natasa Paulberg
Natasa Paulberg is an Australian/Irish composer, performer and conductor and has written music for television, film, advertising, animation and gaming, and is based in Dublin and Los Angeles. She is the lead composer for the Haunted Planet Studios gaming company and was winner of the Contemporary Music Centre’s 2012 Ad Astra Composition Competition, as well as receiving the 2013 Fulbright scholarship for composition, where she attended UCLA’s Film Scoring Program in Los Angeles. She previously lectured in orchestral score preparation, music technology and thesis supervision on the MA in Film Scoring & Visual Media in Pulse College at Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Ireland. Natasa currently lectures in Scoring Music for Games, and Film Composer Career & Major Project Development and thesis supervision on the M.F.A. in Music for Motion Pictures and Contemporary Media at the Film Scoring Academy of Europe.
Producers: Sticky Tape Productions
Put simply, we love great films and want to make more of them. Truly inspirational, thought-provoking Film and Television pieces can impact an individual in a way that very few other things can. Our job is to make something that creates this kind of impact, from start to finish, collaborating along the way with brilliant minds who can add something fresh to the mix.
What we do is.... magic. Just kidding. But we take a concept and turn it into reality. So... basically... magic.