Be part of Smell-O-Vision history!
A campaign to re-start Mike Todd Jr's. Smell-O-Vision for
future screenings of "Holiday In Spain"
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Written by: From the campaign page
would it be like to SMELL this movie?
Close your eyes and imagine... the smells of Spain, of running bulls mingled
with human fear, a salty sea breeze and the Scent of Mystery perfume itself!
"Scent of Mystery" is THE original Smell-O-Vision movie. A murder
mystery set on location in Spain, the film features an all-star cast
including Leo McKern, Peter Lorre, Denholm Elliott and Diana Dors. The plot
revolves around the pursuit of a 'Mystery Girl' (no spoiler here!) present
only via her distinctive perfume until the final moments of the film…
YOUR chance to be part of Smell-O-Vision history!
Help bring this recently restored Cinerama treat to the very big screen in
new and improved Smell-O-Vision by supporting two pilot screenings. We need
to make these scented events as great as they can possibly be so we can tour
Cinema with Scent all around the world in 2016!
Without YOUR help the film will screen sans scent!
"Scent of Mystery" (now a slightly modified 'Holiday in Spain')
was the first and only film to feature a sophisticated automated scent track
with "each dramatic point woven into the actual presence of a smell”
(Director Jack Cardiff, 1986). Sadly in 1960 the film screened to less than
rave reviews: “When this reviewer saw (and smelled) the picture … the
Smell-o-Vision squirters weren't at full blast or his nasal apparatus was on
the fritz.” (Bosley Crowther, New York Times Review). According to Jack
Cardiff: “Using smells in a film was an ambition I had had for years…. It
didn’t come off because the smells were a fake.” He remained convinced
that “Sooner or later someone will get around to doing it properly.”
That time is NOW!
The science of scent has come a LONG way since 1960.
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“Scent of Mystery” Playdate History
Movies with artificial smells in cinemas:
"Behind the Great Wall" and "Scent of Mystery"
Mike Todd Jr.'s "Scent
of Mystery" in Smell-O-Vision
"Scent of Mystery"
Oliver Michael Todd in
The 2015 European Cinerama Festival Tour
Weekend, Bradford, England
Be part of Smell-O-Vision History
See the "Scent of
us prove how glorious Smell-O-Vision can be!
Scents and technology for the screenings will be provided by The Institute
for Art and Olfaction with Scentevents and Harris Fragrances. They will
include many of the original scents of the film including 'the cool moist
pungency of a wine cellar', 'the delectable mouth watering scent of a peach'
and 'the pungent intoxication of strong brandy' as the pay off of a scent
gag! The Scent of Mystery fragrance for now will remain a mystery...
Like to SMELL this film in your part of the world?
Our first screenings are in October (yes October!) in
the UK and Scandinavia (date and venue to be
announced 1st October). You are welcome to attend. We hope to tour this
amazing event around the globe so if you would like to see the film (or
sponsor an event) register your interest and we’ll try our best to make it
happen! Contact Tammy via the link at the top of this page or visit us on
Facebook for the latest news.
How will the money raised be used?
100 % of funds will go towards covering costs involved in mounting these
pilot events. Everyone is volunteering their time and expertise. We need
cash to cover fragrances, equipment, costumes, props, international freight
and transport costs. Any extra funds raised will go towards travel expenses
and future screenings.
Fragrances (vials, aromatic molecules, alcohol): 1568.54
Scent propagation machines/set up/freight 4650.00
Period costumes & props (three scented walk on parts) 1200.00
Souvenir scented fans (600 pieces and 8 large) 1200.00
Indiegogo fee/rewards costs (approx) 1300.00
Meet our team
Wison-Brown, Founder of The Institute for Art and Olfaction (IAO)
The Institute is a non-profit organization devoted to access, education and
experimentation with scent. In 2013 IAO co-facilitated scented screenings of
‘Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.’ Tom Twyker’s film about perfume,
desire, alienation and murder was presented with scents composed by New York
perfume and art duo Les Christophs (Christophe Laudamiel and Christoph
David Strohmaier, Editor / Director/ Film Restoration
The movie has been restored and re-mastered by pre-eminent Cinerama expert
David Strohmaier. David has an illustrious career primarily as an editor,
having worked for nearly all the major studios in Hollywood. Historical
documentaries, especially those on motion picture history have long been a
fascination with David. In the late 1997 he embarked on an extensive search
for the legendary Cinerama movie
process and the lost films that thrilled millions around the globe in the
1950s. David is working in cooperation with Pacific Theatres (owners of
Cinerama Inc. and its assets) in efforts to preserve and promote the
Brian Jamieson, Producer/Director/Special Projects and Events
Brian was a Marketing and Distribution Executive for Warner Bros Theatrical
and Home Entertainment divisions for 30 years. During this time, in
collaboration with renowned film historian / filmmaker Richard Schickel,
Brian spearheaded the worldwide release strategy for the work of Charlie
Chaplin and collaborated on the reconstruction of Sam Fuller’s masterpiece,
"The Big Red One". In 2011, together with Nick Redman, Brian launched
Twilight Time, one of the top Boutique Distribution labels for an eclectic
slate of restored classic and contemporary titles.
Tammy has 26 years international experience in the screen-based industry,
including 12 years with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. For Tammy
this project is personal: since interviewing Jack Cardiff for her Film
School thesis: “Attempts to Record Smell for the Cinema” (1986) she has
wanted to bring the dimension of scent to the big screen and Jack Cardiff’s
original vision to life.
Here are a few of the great rewards you can
- Thank you! Even if you have a good nose but limited cash you can still
help out! Contributions of $10 or more rewarded with acknowledgement
wherever possible. Every dollar counts and we thank you! (apologies to
Australian friends for the lousy exchange rate!).
$25USD + Shipping. Hand printed tea towel. Your very own Scent of
Mystery souvenir tea towel to keep and to treasure. Shipping fees (airmail
from Australia) for ALL rewards are as follows:
$20 Other places!
Estimated delivery: January 2016. Ships to: Australia, European Union,
$35USD + Shipping. Souvenir Scented fan. A limited edition souvenir
scented fan with your choice of scent from the film! Estimated delivery:
December 2015. Ships to: Australia, European Union, United States.
$60USD + Shipping. Unique Souvenir T-shirt. Your own Scent of Mystery
2015 T-shirt (choice of 2 designs). Estimated delivery: December 2015. Ships
$150USD + Shipping. Souvenir Blu-Ray & extras. FEATURE FILM
presentation with BONUS FEATURES including a 36 page booklet, reproduction
of the original 1960 program, feature Length Audio Commentary, exclusive
Interviews plus stereo music audio CD of Mario Nascimbene's score. Estimated
delivery: December 2015 Ships Worldwide
$300USD + Shipping. Signature Mystery Scent. The first 20 supporters
to pledge $300 or more will receive a limited addition souvenir Scent of
Mystery perfume. Estimated delivery: December 2015. Ships Worldwide
$1,000USD Everything Above & Big Thanks! If you have a good nose AND
money as well, pledging $1000 or more will get you all the rewards above
along with eternal gratitude and your rightful place in Smell-O-Vision
Smell is not an exact science and the purpose of these screenings is to try
our very best to fulfil the intentions of director Jack Cardiff while
demonstrating the power of scent in storytelling. The approach we are taking
is multi-layered and experimental so who knows exactly what will happen on
the night. What we do know is that this will be an event to remember!
Other Ways You Can Help
Even if you can't afford to make a cash contribution please share and spread
the word. Let your family and friends know about the project. Start a scent
signal and let's see how far it will travel.
Every dollar we raise gets us closer to showcasing the power and potential
of new and improved Smell-O-Vision. We see this as the perfect opportunity
to see how far scented cinema has come since the film's original outing in
1960 and to prove how powerful and wonderful scented story telling can be.
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