2h 00min | English | Historical Drama
PG-13, Historical Drama, Drama, Adventure, Inspirational, Family-Friendly, Wide Audience, Uniting, Timely
ADVENTURES OF AN 10-YEAR-OLD FARM BOY AND HIS FAITHFUL DOG CAUGHT UP DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR IN THE STRUGGLE TO GAIN INDEPENDENCE FOR FAMILY, FREEDOM AND HOME.
Elijah and George is a Big Picture Film with 120 actors and over 600 special extras, the story has something for everyone! Action, adventure, a love story and a historical battle scene!
Comparable: The Patriot meets Huckleberry Finn
Forecast Schedule: Ready to roll camera within 5 weeks of securing funding. Target principle photography Spring 2021, release Fall 2021. 6 week shoot. Time frame of story is June 1778 from Valley Forge through the Battle of Monmouth, hot, humid, green.
Of note: Detailed Breakdowns and shoot schedule done. Some cast and crew attached. Horse wrangler and actor / riding in combat trainer attached; celebrity dog trainer attached. 6-7 week shoot. 5 on 2 off, 10 hour or less days. No overnights.
Health and Wellness Director Attached. Protocols include Sanitation, Wellness, Safety, Mosquitoes, Ticks, Lightening, Heat Exhaustion. Much more has been prepped - we are ready to go!
Locations: 95% of scenes will be filmed at Virginia Private Property / 1000 acres with varying terrain to include major river and streams that meet scene needs. Interior and Exterior buildings in place. Harriet, Lincoln and many others have filmed here. CGI to fill in large battle and troop movement scenes; 2nd Unit for Historical Building Exteriors in PA. Note - no location permits required in Virginia.
Local Sheriff support for a closed set. Location supports onsite Cast and Crew Living Village. Services within 25 minutes.
Look and Feel: Imagine “The Patriot meets Huckleberry Finn”. Family-friendly with historical accuracy where we could without losing cinematic feel.
Opportunity: Preproduction / Final Funding Stage – $5.9 Million Minimum - Independent Production. Proof of Concept Trailer done.
Interested Sponsors and Vetted Investors contact Andrea M Clarke in confidence.
1663 Media Arts, LLC Presents an Adventurous, Family-Friendly Historical Drama based on the popular Illustrated Children’s Book “Elijah and George – A Revolutionary Tale” by renowned Author and Illustrator Michael Dooling.
Elijah and George – A Revolutionary Tale is an inspirational, character driven movie that follows young Elijah’s seemingly impossible adventures as he follows his Pa, a farmer who joins the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment during the Revolutionary War, after the British Horse Soldiers storm his farmhouse and tragedy ensues.
The movie highlights the often-forgotten lives of camp followers who served alongside the armies of the conflict, and will appeal to families and viewers of all ages, lovers of history, and of course appreciators of good film-making.
In 1778, 10-year-old Elijah and his Ma and Pa live on a farm just outside of Philadelphia.
Pa (Eli) wants no part of the revolution, he just wants to be a farmer. When the British Horse Soldiers ransack his house, his wife Maggie is killed. Eli joins the 6PA Regiment to avenge her death.
With nowhere else to go, Elijah follows him along with 2000 other women, children and men who make up General George Washington's civilian army. Elijah’s only solace—his only piece of home—is playing draughts (checkers) with his Pa at night. It reminds him of home.
When his Pa goes missing at the Battle of Monmouth, Elijah sets out on an impossible adventure to find him. Wearing no shoes, no shirt, his body covered in mud, and a feather stuck behind his ear, Elijah sneaks out of camp, runs into a cow, is chased by a dopey guard, befriends a Oneida Indian Guide, darn near gets shot by Lieutenant Alexander Hamilton, falls eight feet into a creek, reunites with his faithful dog Jack, is captured by British soldiers, and plays draughts with General George Washington.
Will the game of draughts save Elijah's life and get him back home?
It’s one of those stories that cannot be left on the shelf. The backdrop for “Elijah and George” follows the American Revolution from Valley Forge through the 1778 Battle of Monmouth. The movie is part love story and part American History; action, adventure, drama, some humorous moments and a battle scene! The story is uniting, bringing the audience into the characters struggles and triumphs in what they endure and overcome in the name of family, freedom and home.
While the story is fictional, we buckled down to ensure historical accuracy where we could. From the varying regiment and militia uniforms to the timeline leading up to the battle of Monmouth and who was where when during the battle.
The story highlights 120 characters and 600+ special extras, many based on actual persons, bringing a face to people from all walks of life, from around the world, who joined the fight for freedom. Oneida Indian Nation, Germans, French, African Americans, Irish, Rich and Poor, Merchants, Bankers and Dirt Farmers – they put their differences aside to come together for one common goal – Freedom.
Bottom line, my hope is for folks around the country to come together and enjoy an entertaining, thought-provoking movie and leave inspired to learn the truths about the founding of the United States and honor those who sacrificed so much for our rights to freedom.
~ Andrea M Clarke - Producer, Director, Writer