DISCLAIMER: Both videos contain high frequency sounds at the beginning and end for a short time which some tinnitus sufferers may find triggering.
The video below is an interview with Nicole Huggins. Nicole is our Camera Assistant and will also be capturing all things BEHIND THE SCENES.
BRITISH TINNITUS ASSOCIATION
Your donations will do more than just help us make this film. We will be giving 10% of what we raise to the British Tinnitus Association so they can continue their amazing work supporting people and researching towards finding a cure to finally silence tinnitus for everybody. Find out more about their work at tinnitus.org.uk
Imagine if music was the only medicine we needed. The one thing that could help us get to the root of the problems inside of us. Imagine if it could show us our potential. Help us realize we are more than we give ourselves credit for.
When Todd makes soundscapes to blur out his tinnitus, he discovers that they trick his brain and take him to a place where nothing has ever taken him before.
On a journey to heal his inner child and live with tinnitus, he now has a new found mission - using his soundscapes to help and heal others that are stuck and yet to speak up, step up to the plate and help themselves.
High Pitch will follow our character Todd as he experiments with music as the medicine. Will it help anybody else suffering with tinnitus or provide escapism for all of those suffering around him?
We want to bring awareness to people’s relationship with sound and tinnitus. Are there people that have it already but unknowingly have trained their brain to keep it in the background?
For those that do not know, tinnitus is the perception of noises in the head and/or ear which have no external source. It is often described as buzzing or ringing in the ears. Millions of people suffer with Tinnitus. You read it right. Millions.
It may seem like a low-key, minor nuisance, but it can seriously disrupt many different areas of a person's life, including relationships, work, and overall health. In some cases, it can be debilitating and lead to severe anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.
Tinnitus is essentially a cruel trick that the brain is playing on us. Imagine if we could flip it around and trick the brain. Trick it, into helping us.
I (David) remember saying when I was around 10 years old, “there is always ringing going on in our heads if you listen properly”. “No there isn’t” was usually the response. I just assumed they were not listening properly.
Then lets fast forward to NOV 2018 – DEC 2019. Job a lifetime performing with BLUE MAN GROUP in New York City & Las Vegas. At this point, my relationship with sound started to change. I was working around a lot of noise. Ear plugs were worn by everybody. It made sense to with loud drums and rock music playing in a theatre. We were ALWAYS protecting our hearing.
Back at my apartment, it's my first time living alone with no distractions and I unintentionally tuned in. I could hear the ringing I've always heard. I decided to sit and focus on it. It got louder. Then I realized that this is my silence. I don’t have silence. It was isolating, scary and upsetting. I'd been in denial whenever I searched "ringing in the ears" online.
Before I came back to the UK, I went to an audiologist for help, was given a very thorough hearing test and was told I have some hearing loss in my left ear, I should protect my hearing and just find a way of living with the high pitch screech like "all the other people". I now continue to have hearing tests annually.
Then the idea to write a film was born…
For us to make this film and give it the care and attention it deserves, we know that it is going to cost us more than just a few pounds. We want to cast brilliant actors, rally up a fantastic team from the ground up to support and contribute, secure locations and be confident in knowing that we can punctually plan and prepare. Also accommodate, feed and transport the team. But most importantly, pay people for their time and talent. We want to collaborate and do this properly.
Your donations will help fund:
- Locations to give life to the scenes.
- Hourly Pay/Day Rates.
- Wardrobe, Hair and Make-up.
- The Props.
- Casting wonderful Actors and paying their expenses.
- Transport for Cast & Crew.
- Catering for a hungry team.
- COVID-19 Safety materials.
- Festival/Legal fees.
- Additional equipment such as lights and microphones.
WE ARE ALSO SUPPORTING
T-Minus are the first company to really dig deep into the subject of sound therapy, with sound experts, world class musicians and producers and most importantly, fellow tinnitus sufferers. Shunning the practice of using stock sound libraries, looped sounds and poor quality recordings, instead travelling the world to capture and blend unique, real time sound experiences, with the love and attention that the condition deserves. Read more about the T-Minus sound therapy here: https://t-minus.info/methodology/
Sound is what will really bring this film together. We are collaborating with many different artists so we can have an exciting range of music and sounds throughout. A film supporting tinnitus with a tinnitus soothing soundtrack.
More of our cast and crew will be shown on the High Pitch Instagram over the next couple of months leading up to production so stay tuned.
If you are unable to make a donation, its ok! You can still help us. We would really appreciate it if you could help us spread the word by sharing our CrowdFunding campaign across your social media sites. The more people that are made aware of this project, the more chance we have of reaching our target.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our mission with High Pitch. Help us get this from script to screen and spread the awareness of our relationship with sound and tinnitus.
“There is always ringing going on in our heads if you listen properly”. “No there isn’t” was usually the response.
Are you listening properly?