FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTS
An untold story – power, success, passion and intrigue – followed by racism, neglect, ignorance and confusion.
These words sit prominently on the homepage of The Mendelssohn Project. As is chronicled in this website, these two 19th Century figures led fascinating and scintillating lives; and what happened shortly after their deaths was scandalous and frightening.
There are many different stories which need to be told, and which would have a far-reaching, cross-over, mass-appeal. The Mendelssohn Project anticipates a variety of world-wide activity in the film and television markets leading up to, and following, the 200th Anniversary of Felix Mendelssohn's birth in 2009.
The Show, " Mendelssohn ", is already being written with a film adaptation in mind. But there is so much more. For example, purely focusing on the last months of Felix Mendelssohn's life would make for a thrilling television documentary adaptation – starting from Fanny's death, through Felix' collapses and attempts at recovery, to his death from heartsickness at missing his sister only half a year later at the age of 38.
With the amount of materials suddenly made available by TMP surrounding the lives of these fascinating figures, the possibilities for these mediums are vast and varied. The Mendelssohn Project has already had three film/television treatments written, and more are on the way. In 2006, direct contact will be initiated with film and television studios, both in America and in Europe, to work toward productions to be completed by 2009 and beyond.
And there is another medium which The Mendelssohn Project would like to access. In recent experiments, classical music videos have done exceedingly well in attracting mass audiences to the charms of music outside of pop culture. These two- to four-minute videos combine the format and look of many of the "MTV-like" videos, but have classical music played instead. The Mendelssohn Project proposes that such videos be produced from a small selection of the most famous works of Mendelssohn, such as the opening of the first movement of the "Italian" Symphony, the opening of the first movement of the known version of the E Minor Violin Concerto, the famous "Wedding March" from A Midsummer Night's Dream, and certainly a few others. This would be an excellent way to continue to get the message of TMP out to the world, to continue to broaden TMP's base support, and to help illustrate to the world that 'classical' music can indeed be cool.