My sister committed suicide, hurting us all.
To bring creation from destruction, we used money inherited from her personal savings to create a message that both honors her and serves as a piece we wished she saw when she was in a dark place.
Click the behind-the-scenes video above to see how we turned one bad thing into something that can hopefully do a lot of good for a lot of people. This is a message #ForAnybodyHurting
How The Forge came together
Aware of each other's works in the independent creative world but strangers in personal life, Eric Lim reached out to Stephen Reedy to help execute sister Tanya's final request for her little brother: to continue the path of filmmaking. Having once worked in a metal foundry, Reedy's insight on how broken rocks are, through fire and trauma, turned into beautiful art, built the metaphor that good comes from bad.
Together, they assembled a team of friends and strangers-turned-family to create The Forge, an endeavor built for anybody hurting, preaching a message to turn destruction into creation (a concept demonstrated in the process of making the film itself).
The project, featuring a mental-demon-blacksmith designed by artist Alex Pardee and built by Silver Shamrock Studios, took over a year to complete in the team's spare time.
The highly cinematic visuals were realized by cinematographer Chris Saul and visual fx supervisor/artist Lincoln Smith while the music was contributed by Grammy nominated composer Austin Wintory, YouTube sensation vocalist Malukah and world renowned cellist Tina Guo. The unification of all elements, from the raging hellfire explosions to the emotionally saturated soundtrack, was accomplished via sound designer and mixer Rich Arenas.
During the film's completion, Eric suffered the loss of his girlfriend, Krissy, giving The Forge yet another layer of personal relevancy. He found himself listening to the advice he preaches to others in The Forge, thus using the post-production process as a form of art therapy during an intense mourning process.
The Forge was finally completed in April 2013 and found a great home with the like-minded folks at SoulPancake, actor Rainn Wilson's (The Office) premium YouTube channel dedicated to thought-provoking content that encourages people to explore what it means to be human.
In addition to spreading a positive message, The Forge continues to contribute to the world of suicide prevention by selling Austin Wintory's soundtrack, 100% of the purchases funding The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
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