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WATCH Milkmaid - a short film awarded by DAVID LYNCH & join us on the journey of making the sequel - LAST TREE STANDING
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WE HAVE OUR NEW STRETCH GOAL of AU$ 30,000

WELCOME FOREST DWELLERS!

We’ve done it! We’ve reached our funding goal in 14 days and that’s all thanks to our 136 WONDERFUL BACKERS. THANK YOU!!!

We have been blown away with your support and touched by your words of encouragement and the level of generosity towards our film. Your support means we not only will be able to make the “Last Tree Standing” but that we are able to aim even higher still to deliver you the best version of our film! Therefore, we have our new stretch goal of AU$30,000. It is now possible for us not to have to compromise any aspect of the creative process and make sure we don't have to cut any corners while shooting.  For all those, who haven’t done it already, you can still join the project and contribute towards making the “Last Tree Standing” the best film it can be. THE CAMPAIGN is STILL ON, so jump on board today!

THANK YOU FOR WATCHING AND READING.

WATCH Milkmaid - a short film awarded by DAVID LYNCH and accepted into CANNES Short Film Corner & Join us on the journey of making the sequel - LAST TREE STANDING.

Our next film - Last Tree Standing - is a sequel to the short film Milkmaid: a tale of a farm girl, who becomes a medium for the forces of nature and she seeks out revenge for a crime committed against it.

Last Tree Standing continues and expands upon the story of Milkmaid.

It is a dark fairy tale set against a dystopian backdrop, that follows the story of a Treeman - the last tree standing, who tries to restore the forest, despite the threat of a hostile human territory.

* Last year, David Lynch personally selected Milkmaid as the first place winner in the David Lynch MA in Film scholarship competition. 

* This year, Milkmaid has been screened at Flickerfest - Australia's leading Academy Accredited and BAFTA recognized International Short Film Festival.

* Most recently, Milkmaid has been accepted for the 2015 Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival!

Agnes is currently a recipient of a full scholarship at the David Lynch MA in Film.

Agnes talking to David Lynch
Agnes talking to David Lynch

While Milkmaid was based around an old Slavic folk tale about a forest witch called Baba Yaga, the sequel will be based around Milkmaid's descendant - A male woodland spirit.

           DOES HUMAN LIFE MATTER MORE THAN A TREE'S?

TREEMAN - concept drawing by Lauren Metzler
TREEMAN - concept drawing by Lauren Metzler

The story will follow the events of the first film. It will have similar themes, but different story, settings and characters.

THEMES:

The human race cannot survive without nature; does human life matter more than a tree's or are they interdependent?

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CENTRAL DRAMATIC QUESTION:

Will the Treeman manage to restore the forest? 

WHAT DO WE NEED THE MONEY FOR!

CAMERA & LENSES

We have a Camera and Lenses, but we will need to rent a Remote Focus System, Matte Box, Filters, Monitors and various other bits and pieces. 

Photography - Zachary Peel-McGregor
Photography - Zachary Peel-McGregor

 LIGHTING EQUIPMENT

Its all about the lighting - This film is going to require an extensive amount of lighting equipment. Your contributions will help us make this film a visual spectacle - one where you as the audience will enter into a different world.

GRIP EQUIPMENT 

A professional dolly would go a long way towards making this movie as cinematic as it possibly can be.

PRODUCTION DESIGN, PROPS & SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKE-UP

To create the world of the Last Tree Standing is going to take up a very large part of our budget - the above elements are crucial to making this film a reality. Our director believes in the importance of Production Design - here is an example of a prop built by Agnes. 

A giant shoe - from the set of "Suppression"
A giant shoe - from the set of "Suppression"

CATERING

A well fed crew is a happy crew.

POST PRODUCTION

We have a lot of contacts - but it is always nice to pay them at least something for all their hard work - this will help us to get the sound design, colour grade and vfx completed to the best possible standards.

FESTIVAL EXPENSES

Submission fees are expensive, but we need to do it if we want to see Last Tree Standing on the big screen. Your pledges will help us submit our film to all the major international film festivals around the world.

KICKSTARTER FEES

Kickstarter keeps 5% of all the money we raise - but we couldn't do it without them! We'll need a little extra in the budget to cover this.

MEET OUR CREW

WRITER/DIRECTOR 

www.abaginska.com   

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AGNES BAGINSKA
AGNES BAGINSKA

Agnes' background comes from Theatre and her entrance into the world of performance came at an early age, when she started participating in monologue competitions.

Continuing through her education at High School, she joined an Independent Theatrical Group and started directing mono-dramas, managing to be laureate at numerous events.

Agnes attended the Professional Program in Screenwriting and Advanced Workshop in Screenwriting at UCLA - School of Theatre, Film and Television. She completed the Screen Directors Studio at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts and graduated from Sydney Film School- Screen and Media.

Agnes is an award winning filmmaker, freelancing in the Film and Media industry for production companies in Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Her background also includes assessing scripts and dramatic texts for literary agents and assisting award winning producers.

Most recently, her first feature length screenplay was nominated for the Nate Wilson Joie de Vivre Award ( UCLA ) and a short play "Walking Shadow" that Agnes directed won the 1st place Jury Award in Wildcards 6 – at the Short and Sweet Theatre Festival in Sydney 2014.

Agnes is a member of the Australian Directors Guild and the Australian Writers Guild.

CINEMATOGRAPHER

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Zachary Peel-McGregor
Zachary Peel-McGregor

Zachary Peel-McGregor is a New Zealand born Cinematographer currently based in Sydney, Australia.

In 2009 he attended Sydney Film School specialising in Cinematography. During his time of study he worked on close to twenty short films within the camera department - including shooting eight short films - many of which have screened at International film festivals in Hungary, England, the USA & Bangladesh.

Upon graduation Zachary was awarded Cinematographer of the year.

At the International Indian film festival, a film he worked on, won Best Cinematography in the student live action section.

Closer to home Zachary has lensed short films which have scored best short film and audience awards at festivals around Australia.

Over the last five years Zachary has expanded his professional horizons, camera assisting on the feature films - The Great Gatsby 2011, The Wolverine 2012,  Mad Max - Fury Road 2013 and Gods of Egypt 2014. In the commercial world he has assisted on TVC's for such companies as Woolworths, Coles, Sony, Brother, Berlie & the Lifestyle Channel to name a few.

ILLUSTRATOR

www.laurenmetzler.com

Lauren Rose Metzler
Lauren Rose Metzler

Lauren Rose Metzler is a graduate of the University of Oregon where she received a Bachelors in Fine Arts Photography with a Special Emphasis in Digital Arts. For over five years, she has been traveling and drawing comic books about her adventures abroad, including the UK, Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia.


As a child Lauren spent most of her time hiking nearby waterfalls, swimming in local rivers, and searching for hidden faerie homes in the forests of Oregon. Early in life, she was introduced to the World of Faerie and other magical woodland creatures, while also being encouraged to explore her natural surroundings. This developed a strong fascination in the hidden wonders of the forest that remains playing a reoccurring role in her illustrative work. 

Her passion for travel and insatiable thirst for adventure is reflected in her illustrations and comic books. Her imaginative storytelling about her wanderlust is both witty and melancholy, inviting inspiration to others to travel and follow their dreams.

PHOTOGRAPHER
www.navaswan.com

Mel Sauerbeck
Mel Sauerbeck

Mel's award-winning images have appeared in countless publications in over a hundred countries around the world (Vogue magazine, American Photographer, New Age Journal, Time magazine cover, and hundreds more). Images have also been used in commercial and editorial locations in over 100 countries (e.g. conceptual, people, beauty, lifestyles, art and travel locations worldwide). Mel has been represented for over 20 years worldwide, as a contributing photographer with Getty Images.

WHERE ARE WE RIGHT NOW

Last Tree Standing is in pre-production. We’ve found all our locations, and started with some key concept drawings for the film’s aesthetic. We are busy planning the shoot and we are in the process of assembling the crew. During the campaign we’ll be continuing this process by: casting actors, and we will be starting to put together our extensive amount of production design needed for the sets. Shooting dates are set for mid April 2015 with post-production to continue during the following months. 

Also PLEASE REMEMBER we only receive the funding from Kickstarter if we hit our full target. So, we’ve started with a lower and more achievable goal of AU$18,000 – but we hope to push on and raise AU$30,000. - This will help with making sure we don't have to cut any corners while shooting.

THANK YOU FOR WATCHING AND READING

We are incredibly grateful to anyone who supports Last Tree Standing, whether it's pledging $2 or $8,000!

Pledges start from as little as $2 and we have purposefully created a variety of different perks for everyone to choose from.

Please have a look at the great selection on the right 

Should you feel uncomfortable entering your information online, please send an email to contact@forestdwellers.net and we’ll be able to do it via PayPal. Please note - this will not appear as part of the amount raised through Kickstarter.

You will NOT BE CHARGED for your pledges until or after Sunday, the 15th of MARCH when the campaign ends!

Please spread the word on social media, to your friends and family, to help us raise the full amount and get LAST TREE STANDING made!

Risks and challenges

What if you don't reach your goal?

Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands. We are confident that we have the skills and talent to make Last Tree Standing into an amazing short film - the money you pledge will only transfer if we hit our goal, allowing us to enter into production and see it through to completion with the right amount of money.

As with the making of any film there will be challenges along the way. We have worked on and Produced enough short films to know the realities of making a film. Will the weather hold? Will there be enough time to shoot the film? Will we have enough money left over for Post production. We don't know all the answers, but we promise we have thought of back-up plans for every problem we anticipate.

This project is a thesis film - If we don't finish the film - No graduation! We will complete this film no matter what obstacles come our way.

Thank you for your support.

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    Thank you so much for your support. Every dollar helps! For our minimum donation you'll get our heart-felt GRATITUDE.

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    If you pledge $10 or more, you will receive:
    1. Digital download of the POSTER for "Milkmaid".
    2. A THANK YOU credit on our director's Facebook page.

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    By pledging $15 or more, you will receive:
    1. Digital download of the POSTER for "Milkmaid".
    2. Digital download of the POSTER for "Last Tree Standing".
    3. A THANK YOU credit on our director's Facebook page.

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    Congratulations! YOU ARE ONE OF THE FIRST people to see MILKMAID - a film awarded by David Lynch. The film hasn't been released yet and you will receive:
    1. Digital download of the FILM "Milkmaid".
    2. Digital download of the POSTER for "Milkmaid".
    3. Digital download of the POSTER for "Last Tree Standing".
    4. A THANK YOU credit on our director's Facebook page.

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    If you pledge $50 or more, you will receive:
    1. Digital download of the FILM "Last Tree Standing" (please note, this item will be delivered later than all of the other perks).
    2. A THANK YOU credit on the Forest Dwellers website.
    3. A PERSONALIZED THANK YOU VIDEO on our director's Facebook page (this is specific to this reward only and it will be delivered during the campaign!).
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    By pledging $75 or more, you will receive:
    1. A PERSONALIZED THANK YOU note on digital POSTERS for both films: "Milkmaid" and "Last Tree Standing".
    2. Digital download of the SCREENPLAY for "Last Tree Standing".
    3. A custom MOUSE PAD with art work from the "Last Tree Standing".
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    Congratulations! You are now PART OF THE CREW and you will receive:
    1. A thank you CREDIT at the end of the film "Last Tree Standing".
    2. A thank you CREDIT on our IMDB page.
    3. A printed STILL FROM THE SET of "Last Tree Standing" sent to your door.
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    By pledging $150 or more, you will receive:
    1. A HARD COPY of the SCREENPLAY "Last Tree Standing" with a PERSONALIZED THANK YOU note from the writer/director sent to your door.
    2. 3X printed STILLS FROM THE SET of "Last Tree Standing" with a PERSONALIZED THANK YOU note sent to your door.
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    If you pledge $300 or more, you will receive:
    1. A SIGNED copy of the DVD - Last Tree Standing - delivered to your door (please note, this item will be delivered later than the other perks).
    2. Instead of printed stills from the set of "Last Tree Standing", you will get a hard copy of a PHOTO ALBUM with stills from the set, SIGNED by the director with a THANK YOU NOTE sent to your door.
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    By pledging $500 or more, you will receive:
    1. A SIGNED copy of the DVD with both films: "Milkmaid" and "Last Tree Standing" - delivered to your door (please note, this item will be delivered later than the other perks).
    2. Instead of printed stills from the set of "Last Tree Standing", you will get a hard copy of a PHOTO ALBUM with stills from the set, SIGNED by the director with a THANK YOU note sent to your door.
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    1. PRIVATE CAMERA LESSON with the DOP - 2 hrs - one on one, with Zachary Peel-McGregor.
    Has to be in Sydney Australia (after June 2015) or in Fairfield Iowa (before end of May 2015). Please make sure to check Zachary's profile on IMDB. The quantity is limited to 5 only. Transport cost not included.
    2. Digital download of posters for both films: "Milkmaid" and "Last Tree Standing".
    3. Digital download of both films: "Milkmaid" and "Last Tree Standing" (please note, "Last Tree Standing" will be delivered later than the other perks).
    4. A THANK YOU CREDIT at the the end of the film "Last Tree Standing" and on IMDB page.

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    1. You will be INVITED TO VISIT SET of the "Last Tree Standing" to MEET THE CAST and CREW (transport cost not included; set location is in Fairfield, Iowa and the shooting will take place in April 2015). Quantity is limited to 3 only.
    2. Digital download of posters for both films: "Milkmaid" and "Last Tree Standing".
    3. Digital download of both films: "Milkmaid" and "Last Tree Standing" (please note, "Last Tree Standing" will be delivered later than the other perks).
    4. A THANK YOU CREDIT at the the end of the film "Last Tree Standing" and on IMDB page.

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    By pledging $750 or more, you will receive:
    1. A PERSONALIZED THANK YOU VIDEO message from the crew.
    2.If you have written a script (up to 30 pages long) that you would like a second opinion on - you will receive NOTES FROM THE WRITER (notes on the story, theme, plot points and character arcs). Make sure to check our writer/director's website.
    3. Digital download of posters for both films: "Milkmaid" and "Last Tree Standing".
    4. Digital download of both films: "Milkmaid" and "Last Tree Standing" (please note, "Last Tree Standing" will be delivered later than the other perks).
    6. A SIGNED copy of the DVD with both films: "Milkmaid" and "Last Tree Standing" - delivered to your door (please note, this item will be delivered later than the other perks).
    7. A THANK YOU CREDIT at the the end of the film "Last Tree Standing" and on IMDB page.
    8. 3X printed STILLS FROM THE SET of "Last Tree Standing" with a PERSONALIZED THANK YOU note sent to your door.

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    You are now officially a CREW MEMBER.
    1. You will receive a PRIVATE LESSON with the DOP and you will assist in the camera department for a credit on the film and on our IMDB page. Quantity limited to 2 only (shooting in April 2015 in Fairfield, Iowa; travel costs not included - conditions apply ).
    2. Digital download of POSTERS for both films: "Milkmaid" and "Last Tree Standing".
    3. Digital download of both FILMS: "Milkmaid" and "Last Tree Standing" (please note, "Last Tree Standing" will be delivered later than the other perks).

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    Congratulations! You are now one of our MAIN SPONSORS!
    1. If you pledge $999 or more you will become one of our official SPONSORS and your company LOGO with a THANK YOU NOTE will be displayed at the end of the film as well as on all of our social media platforms.
    2. Digital download of POSTERS for both films: "Milkmaid" and "Last Tree Standing".
    3. Digital download of both FILMS: "Milkmaid" and "Last Tree Standing" (please note, "Last Tree Standing" will be delivered later than the other perks).

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    Congratulations and Welcome to our ASSOCIATE-PRODUCER! You will receive:
    1. An ASSOCIATE-PRODUCER credit at the end of the film - "Last Tree Standing"
    2. An ASSOCIATE-PRODUCER credit on our IMDB page.
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    Congratulations and Welcome! You have just become one of the main people behind making this film possible and you will receive:
    1. A CO-PRODUCER credit at the end of the film - "Last Tree Standing"
    2. A CO-PRODUCER credit on our IMDB page.
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    IT CANNOT GET BETTER THAN THIS.
    Congratulations and Welcome. It is now YOUR film too and you will receive:
    1. An EXECUTIVE-PRODUCER credit at the end of the film - "Last Tree Standing".
    2. An EXECUTIVE-PRODUCER credit on our IMDB page.
    3. DINNER with the director and producer if possible (in Fairfield, Iowa - before the end of May 2015 or in Sydney, NSW after June 2015). Transport cost not included.
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Funding period

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