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 Swan. With 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.