Fabiola : Bringing The Timely Tale Of The Catacombs To Life
Currently in pre-production is our 5th film, FABIOLA. This is a story especially timely now as we are surrounded by corruption in our world similar to what the characters in this story faced in pagan Rome.
At the present time, we are living in a post-Christian society and we are seeing striking similarities to the pre-Christian society as found in FABIOLA.
Like the Christian characters in this film, we are called to be a light in a darkened world and bring the flame of truth to those who have wandered so far from it that they don't even know what it is.
A hunger is all about us for the truth. Many have tried what the world has to offer and have found emptiness. They feel the absence of God and indulge their other senses to dull the pain.
We have the cure for society's illness and it is through the examples of the martyrs that we can provide it. This is comprised of patient example, firmness in our Faith, and willingness to sacrifice to preserve it.
The characters found in FABIOLA pave the way and lead exemplary lives with a will to convert the strongest opposition to Christianity, the pagan Roman Empire.
Currently, we are raising funds to submit a pilot to Angel Studios to hopefully be selected for full funding.
With this option, we would budget for the production and could ask for up to $5 million for the entire production! The investors purchase shares of the project and in post-production get a certain percentage of the film's profits.
We have scripted our pilot and are itching to get the production rolling!
Remember, we are completely crowdfunded. We will never go to corrupt Hollywood producers for funding for our films.
In the event that we do not get accepted by Angel Studios, we will produce the epic film independently so in one way or another we will get the story of FABIOLA in front of audiences.
FABIOLA Pilot Progress:
Round 2 Raised $4,445 - 55% of $13,000 funded!
Casting and auditioning - July 24, 2023
Received acting applications from people across the country.
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Fabiola Pilot Set - 100% Funded!
We are itching to get started on the creation of the FABIOLA Pilot set! Please say a little prayer for un on Monday 27th as we ask a friend to donate the space needed to start building!
Next To Be Funded: FABIOLA Equipment, Costumes and Actor Accommodations
The next area which we need funded before we can start filming is the costume category. Then we will purchases the needed equipment for the Pilot. After that, the remaining production funds will go to actor accommodations. This will cover airlines, lodging and more for our three talented actors!
A Little More About The Project
GOAL: Our main objective with the FABIOLA Pilot is to impress our audience with the quality of our line delivery, acting, sets, costumes and cinematography.
We would like to lay the foundation of the storyline to get people to believe in the story in order to fund the entire project. We hope to submit the pilot to Angel Studios for full funding by early next year. One way or another this pilot will be used to fully fund the movie FABIOLA.
APPEAL: FABIOLA is set apart from other films like it because it tells the story through characters as in depth as those made by Austen and Dickens but with as much excitement as seen in modern drama films. It's a study of human nature as well as a history of early Church martyrs.
PREVIOUS WORK: FABIOLA comes from the creators of Outlaws of Ravenhurst and three other films, most recently Pelayo. With this being our 5th project, we really feel like it is time to step it up a notch and pursue funding. Having a full budget will be a new and exciting adventure for Industrious Family Films!
TALENT: FABIOLA's crew has created several film projects and the cast will be returning talent from past films with the addition of a few new comers. Several of these new-comers have graced the screen in productions from other studios including Versa L'Alto Productions, Stampede Cinema and Warner Bros. The whole pilot cast will be comprised of young adults whom we are personally coaching to bring you the best acting possible.
CROWDFUNDING: All of our past films have been dependent on our audience's support. For this pilot, we see some funds coming from our audience but mostly from large donors.
Let's Get The Fabiola Pilot Produced Soon And Sent Off To Angel Studios To Get Funding For The Whole Project
The movie pilot can be as short as 8 minutes or as long as half an hour. We have prepared a script for a scene and are ready to pour all we have into it.
Sets, costumes, high-quality acting - everything we can do to make it as cinematic as possible has been planned out.
We came up with a budget for this 1 scene that costs as much as the whole Grisly Grisell production!
This kind of budget will give us the room to pull off the quality that we want to demand in the final project.
We Raised $2,695 In Round 1 : January - July We Raised $4,445 In Round 2 : October - November
$7,140 Total Raised
Funds To Date Have Been Used For The Following:
Purchasing and Shipping Project Proposals To Potential Donors
Subscription To A Video Calling Service For Auditions And Practices
Purchasing Equipment Needed For The Pilot
All The Great Things You're Going To Love Seeing In The Film Fabiola
Fabiola is a mixture of a many beloved films. It is overall heavily influenced by the timeless 1950's film, Ben-Hur.
The drama from PureFlix's Samson The influence of Paul, Apostle of Christ The camaraderie of the Lord of the Rings The politics of The Fall of the Roman Empire The sentiment of Gladiator
In this story, martyrs shed their blood for the prosperity of the Church and for the conversion of sinners. Their examples are outstanding and though they do not know it, the conversion of the proud Fabiola will someday be the fruit of their sacrifice.
St. Agnes plays a very important role in the film. She is Fabiola's cousin and leads her to the Faith gently through her constant example of womanly virtue. She brings Fabiola closer and closer until Fabiola is startled to receive news of her arrest on the charge of Christianity.
She goes to visit Agnes in her cell and it is there that Agnes openly speaks to her for the first time about her Faith. Their conversation closes when Agnes presses Fabiola to continue to study and accept the truths of Christianity. It's the moment Fabiola has been led up to her entire life and it's a perfect way to give a teaser of the film as our Pilot.
Also in this scene, the audience will see Fulvius, the antagonist who betrayed Agnes when she refused to marry him. Although he harbors no love in his heart for her, Fulvius needs her inheritance to continue to pursue his evil path. But his hopes are dashed when not even imprisonment and the threat of death are enough to shake Agnes' refusal to break her vow of virginity.
A Little About The Author, Cardinal Nicholas Patrick Wiseman
Cardinal Wiseman was born in Spain in 1802 to Irish emigrants. After his ordination to the priesthood, he would become the president of the English College in Rome. Cardinal Wiseman also became the first Archbishop of Westminster after the Protestant Revolt.
In 1835, he went to England to deliver a course of lectures in London on the teachings of the Catholic Church. His lectures were attended by Protestants and Catholics alike. Dr. Wiseman made such a deep impression on his non-Catholic hearers that a number of well educated persons whose social position was high were converted to the Faith.
In 1853, Wiseman began to write his most popular book, the historical drama, Fabiola, The Church of the Catacombs. The book was published the following year and its success was immediate and phenomenal. Wiseman wrote Fabiola in part as an answer to the vigorously anti-Catholic book which praised the early pagan era. Fabiola was also intended as a historical and religious aid to Catholics in England.
We feel like the world needs this story for all these reasons still today and that is why we cannot wait to bring this story to life through the modern storytelling medium of film! And with your help, we know we can.
Cardinal Wiseman's biography taken from The Story Of The Church.
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