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Special thanks to Zack Braff. I used his film pitch template to create my video. I hope it works!

What is the Short Story?

The “Bent Out Of Shape” Short Film – Proof of Concept takes place on a film set in between scenes.  It is the catalyst scene of our feature. We’ve had to rewrite it to fit our budget and the best way to tell the story. We go into principal filming August 13 and wrap on August 15 if all goes well. 

Bent Out of Shape is personal story, inspired by Emma Lyle’s experience as a teen actress with scoliosis working in an industry that often refuses to portray beauty as anything but their largely unattainable standard.

THIS FILM & SCOLIOSIS 

Teenagers are already challenged by having to deal with the pressures of being a teen – throw in a diagnosis of Scoliosis and the added challenge may affect his or her self-confidence, relationship to peers and everyday behavior.

Many studies have found that teenagers with scoliosis are not happy with their appearance. Many refuse to wear bathing suits, tank tops, or tight fitting clothing.

Teenagers with scoliosis are also commonly unwilling to be involved with activities requiring them to wear a swimming suit or other clothing that might easily reveal the curvature of their spine, all of which can lead to social isolation.

Long term statistical studies show patients deeply affected by scoliosis are more prone to depression and alcoholism later in life with 4 out of 5 women with scoliosis, never marrying.

Being diagnosed with scoliosis can cause your teen a lot of stress. When first diagnosed, your child may feel anxiety, fear, and withdrawal.

It has taken Emma two years to develop the self confidence to wear a bathing suit and feel good about it. We want to inspire and help other girls with body image issue and scoliosis feel good too.

What is the Feature Story?

“Bent Out Of Shape” is the story of Harper Walsh (played by me), an up and coming actor, who at age 15 is diagnosed with Scoliosis. Harper puts her film career on hold to make some dramatic life changes. She convinces her mother to leave Hollywood and return to their hometown so she can focus on her physical therapy and enroll in regular high school. Unfortunately, Harper finds it difficult to fit in with the kids she left behind.

Like many of us, Harper stumbles through issues with boys, mean girls, former fame, popularity, and her own self image as her scoliosis get worse permanently deforming the shape of her body.

Ultimately Harper learns to appreciate her difficult but loving mother and her body, no matter how bent out of shape they both get.

It was written by my mother, Nyna and me over the last two years.

 

How Can You Support This Film?

(KEEP SCROLLING DOWN THERE ARE SEVERAL INCENTIVES TO CHOOSE FROM!)

Gift An Amount

You can donate any amount you would like up to the film as a gift. You can support the project for no reward, just because it speaks to you. Back it because you believe in it.

DONATE ANY AMOUNT

YOU CAN DONATE ANY AMOUNT AS A GIFT JUST BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE IN THE PROJECT WITHOUT A REWARD.  (*Must be under $14K per Mr. Taxman)

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Pledge An Amount for a Perk

Pledge $25

We will email you a digital version in color of the film poster and our thanks for supporting this project.

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Pledge $50

You’ll will get access to the Private Facebook Group where you will get access to BTS and a digital version movie poster.

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Pledge $75

You’ll get a PDF of the “Bent Out of Shape” short film screenplay once the film is complete. 

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Pledge $100

You will receive a digital download plus you will also receive the previous three incentives.

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Pledge $150

Get a “special thanks” credit during the end credits *Plus* – access to the Private Facebook Group.

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Pledge $150

You will get personal shoutouts on social media or during our launch party with me and the other cast members.

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Pledge $200

You will receive a 15 minute thank you call from Emma Rayne Lyle for supporting the film. 

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Pledge $350

You will receive a a 30 minute Skype call from Emma Rayne Lyle and get to talk about whatever you want.

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Pledge $350

Emma Rayne Lyle will handwrite a personal thank you letter for helping with the film and mail it to you.  

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Pledge $500

Get a Flash Drive filled with BTS videos, photos, pdf copy of the script, signed movie poster and handwritten thank you note.

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We anticipate most incentives will be delivered between September – October 2020 once production on the short film has wrapped. Some incentives will occur during the production and some of the incentives will be delivered after the production. Thank you!

Who are we?

Story By/Lead Actress: Emma Rayne Lyle
Writer: Nyna Lyle
Producer: Grady Lyle

We all come from Somerset, a city that is the backbone of this film. We’ve come together as a team of creatives with diverse skill-sets to share a story we love.

Emma Rayne Lyle

Emma Rayne Lyle

Lead Actress

BIO

Emma Rayne Lyle is a 16 year old stage, television, and film actress.

At age seven, Emma’s first major film was the role of “Emily” in I Don’t Know How She Does It, working alongside Greg Kinnear, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jane Curtain and Pierce Brosnan. She followed that up with a lead role in “Why Stop Now” playing opposite Melissa Leo and Jesse Eisenberg. She played Linda Cardellini and Michael Shannon’s daughter in “Return.”

She can currently be seen on Netflix as Bridget in “Jessica Darling’s It List.”

She’s starred on television crime drama’s LAW & ORDER SVU, THE MENTALIST & MR. MERCEDES

 

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What We Need & What You Get?

We have set a goal of $20,000 to complete our short film. Once we wrap on the short film, we’ll use the short film to start campaigning for the Feature. Making this film will require a lot of hard work and we need your help to make it happen! Every donation helps, no matter how small!

To show you how much we appreciate your support we are providing a few great perks you will receive for your donation. Our perks range from copy of the script to shout out to Skype calls. See the “Perks” section below to check them out!

Risks & Challenges

Creating a film is no easy task and we know that we will encounter some bumps in the road along the way.

We are building a team of talented crew members with incredible skills, but we are aware that having a small crew means everyone is taking on a lot of work. We’re hoping that with enough support and a well-planned out production, our project will go off without a hitch.

Other Ways You Can Help

We are so thankful for your contributions and we understand that not everyone can donate. You can still help us by spreading the word about our project. Please share this project with your friends and family!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!

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