Leda: a 3D silent feature film

a story of love, lust and loss
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Samuel Tressler IV
Film
District of Columbia, District of Columbia
United States
4 Team Members

Leda is the story of two lovers about to embark on life as man and wife. Following the young couple on their journey, we bear witness to the joys and sorrows of a relationship, set against and propelled by a tale inspired by the Greek myth, Leda and the SwanWith the arrival of the swan the cracks in the relationship begin to manifest, blurring the line between nightmare and reality.

Written by filmmaker Samuel Tressler IV & artist Wesley Pastorfield, Leda is not your ordinary film project. This may be obvious from the fact that it is a silent, black and white feature film that we plan to shoot in 3D, but as interesting as all of that may sound, we see the project as much more.


Drawing from the theories and techniques of certain early masters of filmmaking, we hope to use the silent film medium in order to redevelop and expand upon the art of visual storytelling, an art form that seems to be all but lost in traditional hollywood cinema.

Director Samuel Tressler answers the question, 'why 3D?'  Put on some anaglyph specs for max effect!

The film's lighting, score, use of 3D, and editing will all be used to compliment and act against each other in telling the story. With several 16mm short films behind him and having begun a lecture series on filmmaking auteurs and their theories, Tressler brings his unique style and interest in film history to the table as director. Co-writer Pastorfield is also leading conceptual art and storyboarding.


Initial storyboards by co-writer and artist Wesley Pastorfield

Composer Matthew Carey has signed on for the project, starting with an original piece for the teaser and planning to work intimately with the filmmakers throughout production in order to have both visuals and music build and play off of one another. He will be writing an original score for live instruments and voice that we intend to showcase at the film's early premieres with live musical accompaniment. 

This is the first push for fundraising and we are hoping to raise approximately 1/2 of the film's total projected production budget. These funds will get us through pre-production and cover shooting locations & lodging, props and costumes, locking down cast and crew, the writing and recording of our original score, food services on set, printing original artwork and promotional materials, and hiring our swan and handler. We are planning a 15 day shoot in Spring 2014 and currently scouting for a location that will both serve as our set and lodging for the extent of production, keeping our expenses to a minimum.  Shooting the feature in 3D requires an experienced stereographer during the preproduction and on set. We will also need a dual camera rig setup and experienced techs running the rigs. The rental of a rig, lighting and RED Epic cameras will make up the most of our budget. The good news is we have already secured the RED Epic Cameras for the duration of the shoot outside of our indiegogo campaign.

Behind the Scenes of the Teaser Shoot. Image from Chiet Productions

In hopes of getting everyone intrigued in the art of film and in what we believe to be a unique and valuable project, we created several perks that give supporters the chance to be intimately involved. With tiers such as a day on the set during production, an invitation to limited private screenings, and a featured walk on role for the “Wedding Scene,” backers can become part of our project.

Director Samuel Tressler IV with first pass at Giant Egg prop.

With your help we will create a film that steps beyond modern cinema and attempts to once again explore the unreached potentials of the medium, combining the elements that first glimpsed the expressiveness of film with modern industry advancements to deliver a full experience for the end viewer.

All contributors will be mentioned in our weekly social media video shout-outs featuring the director, be sure to follow at Leda's Facebook.  Please help us to spread the word.


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  • $50USD
    Featured
    Choir Singer

    Make your voice part of the official soundtrack! Be a part of the recorded choir, singing sections of the film's original score under direction of composer Matthew Carey. Credit as vocalist on film and official soundtrack. Also receive a limited Leda "Choir Member" T-shirt, available only to singers from the soundtrack as well as a digital copy of the completed soundtrack.

    5 out of 12 claimed

  • $10USD
    Name in Movie

    Get your name in the end credits under "Special Thanks" and a shoutout on FaceBook.

    3 claimed

  • $25USD
    Leda Print

    1 8.5 x 5.5 Print of original promotional artwork for the film. Plus Get your name in the end credits under "Special Thanks".

    4 claimed

  • $25USD
    Fan of 72 Film Fest

    Get 2 2-Day Passes to 72 Film Fest 2014 ($34 value) plus a Special Thanks in movie.

    0 out of 20 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2014
  • $30USD
    Official Soundtrack Download

    Receive a link to download the original Soundtrack digital file. Plus 1 8.5 x 5.5 Print of original promotional artwork for the film. Plus Get your name in the end credits under "Special Thanks".

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  • $35USD
    Leda T-shirt

    Silk-screened, hand printed Leda t-shirt. Special Edition only available to backers. Plus 1 8.5 x 5.5 Print of original promotional artwork for the film. Plus Get your name in the end credits under "Special Thanks".

    4 out of 25 claimed

    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $40USD
    72 Film Fest Shirt

    Get a 2013 design 72 Film Fest TShirt (in time for Christmas), plus 2 2Day Passes to 2014 72 Film Fest and special thanks in movie.

    1 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $48USD
    72 Film Fest DVD

    Get 72 Film Fest Year 1-7 Award Winners 2 Disc Set (in time for Christmas), plus 2 2Day Passes to 72 Film Fest 2014 and a special thanks in movie.

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $50USD
    11x17 Poster

    Silk screened, hand printed 11x17 poster with original artwork for the film and an Official Backer Stamp. Plus 1 8.5 x 5.5 Print of original promotional artwork for the film. Plus Get your name in the end credits under "Special Thanks".

    4 out of 50 claimed

    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $65USD
    Digital Downloads

    Receive a link to download digital copies of both the Feature Film (after theatrical release) and the original Soundtrack. Plus your choice of either T-Shirt or Official Backer 11x17 Poster and 1 8.5 x 5.5 Print of original promotional artwork for the film. Plus Get your name in the end credits under "Special Thanks".

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  • $72USD
    Ultimate Fan of 72 Film Fest

    Get the 72 Film Fest Year 1-7 Award Winners Two Disc DVD set, and a 2013 72 Film Fest T-Shirt plus 2 2Day Passes to the 2014 Fest next October. We'll ship out the DVD and T-Shirt by this Christmas. Also receive a Digital Copy of LEDA after theaters, a Special Thanks in the credits and shout out on Facebook.

    2 out of 12 claimed

    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $75USD
    DVD & Digital Downloads

    DVD copy and a link to download digital copies of both the Feature Film (after theatrical release) and the original Soundtrack. Plus your choice of either T-Shirt or Official Backer 11x17 Poster and 1 8.5 x 5.5 Print of original promotional artwork for the film. Plus Get your name in the end credits under "Special Thanks".

    1 claimed

  • $100USD
    Bluray & Digital Downloads

    Bluray copy and a link to download digital copies of both the Feature (after theatrical release) and the original Soundtrack. Plus your choice of either T-Shirt or Official Backer 11x17 Poster and 1 8.5 x 5.5 Print of original promotional artwork for the film. Plus Get your name in the end credits under "Special Thanks".

    4 claimed

  • $125USD
    18x24 Signed Movie Poster

    18x24 Movie poster signed by the Cast and Crew with an Official Backer Stamp. Plus a digital copy of film and original soundtrack (after theatrical release), T-Shirt and 1 8.5 x 5.5 Print of original promotional artwork for the film. Plus Get your name in the end credits under "Special Thanks".

    1 out of 25 claimed

  • $250USD
    Framed Feather Prop

    Framed bloody feather prop used in production with a card signed by Director and Prop Master. Plus a digital copy of Feature Film and soundtrack (after release), your choice of either T-Shirt or Official Backer 11x17 Poster and 1 8.5 x 5.5 Print of original promotional artwork for the film. Plus Get your name in the end credits under "Special Thanks".

    1 out of 10 claimed

  • $250USD
    Official Shooting Script

    Official Script used in production (may be dog-eared, written in, highlighted, etc.). Script will be signed by entire cast and crew with a special note to the backer from the cast/crew that used the script. Plus a digital copy of Feature Film and soundtrack (after release) and your choice of either T-Shirt or Official Backer 11x17 Poster and 1 8.5 x 5.5 Print of original promotional artwork for the film. Plus Get your name in the end credits under "Special Thanks".

    2 out of 10 claimed

  • $500USD
    Full Day Set Pass

    Full Day Pass to visit production during shooting, including lunch and dinner. Plus a digital copy of Feature Film and soundtrack (after release) and your choice of either T-Shirt or Official Backer 11x17 Poster and 1 8.5 x 5.5 Print of original promotional artwork for the film.

    0 out of 5 claimed

  • $1,000USD
    Egg Production Prop

    Original Giant Egg prop used in production and signed by filmmakers. Plus a digital copy of Feature Film and soundtrack (after release) . Also receive "Special Thanks", 5.5 x 8.5 Print, T-Shirt and digital download of Feature Film (after theatrical release).

    0 out of 5 claimed

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    Associate Producer Credit

    Credit on IMDB and in movie as Associate Producer, Full Day Set Pass to visit production while shooting an invitation to initial private test screening. Plus a digital copy of Feature Film and soundtrack (after release) and your choice of either T-Shirt or Official Backer 11x17 Poster and 1 8.5 x 5.5 Print of original promotional artwork for the film.

    1 out of 4 claimed

  • $2,500USD
    Walk on Role / Exec Producer

    Featured - Walk on role during the "Wedding Scene," including 1 night lodging on or near set. Executive Producer Credit on IMDB and in movie, Full Set Day Pass to Visit Production while shooting, and invite to initial private test screening. Plus a digital copy of Feature Film and soundtrack (after release) and your choice of either T-Shirt or Official Backer 11x17 Poster and 1 8.5 x 5.5 Print of original promotional artwork for the film.

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