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A family-friendly live-action feature film inspired by the book, with a modern yet Victorian-influenced steampunk aesthetic! Read more

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A family-friendly live-action feature film inspired by the book, with a modern yet Victorian-influenced steampunk aesthetic!

About this project

Witness the magical world of The Secret Garden as never before in this steampunk-inspired production of the classic tale.

Why The Secret Garden?

Fans of our previous films such as The Sugar Creek Gang, My Christmas Soldier, and the Mandie trilogy have been asking and patiently waiting for news of our next project.  Based on their feedback, we have chosen The Secret Garden as a story that reinforces the fun and the values our audiences have come to expect.  While this is certainly a story that has been told before, it has never been told like this!  The characters and plot of this particular book lend themselves well to the creative turn-of-the-century alternate history world in which we will play! 

The mystery and drama that we work into our films is all here, as well as the humor and valuable life lessons.  Current fans should not be disappointed, and new fans are sure to be pleased to discover our unique brand of entertainment!

Who is this for?

It's for ourselves, our fans, our families, and our friends. It's for you! We strive to make films that audiences of all ages can enjoy together.  While we work to ensure that our stories are appropriate for young viewers, we also put great care into making our movies entertaining and enjoyable for adults as well!  Our previous productions have been along the lines of Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables.  This time around, think family fantasy classics like The Neverending Story, Return to Oz, or Edward Scissorhands.

What is Steampunk?

That is a great question with a variety of answers.  In short, imagine modern technology colliding with the fashion and sensibilities of Victorian England and the scientific musings of Jules Verne.  What do you get?  Perhaps a computer fashioned from an antique typewriter, or a dirigible that transports you to work... or maybe even a mechanical garden, kept secret beneath a mansion, that comes to life through spinning turbines and copper pipes, flowering cogs and sputtering boilers!

Incentives to thank you for your support!

Be among the very first to see "The Secret Garden," own a prop, meet the cast, or take advantage of our variety of other incentives by supporting this project today!

Is this enough money to make a movie?

We have put our own income, goods and services into the mix before determining how much additional funding to seek from our friends and fans through Kickstarter.  The actual film budget exceeds what we are raising here.  We wouldn't ask you to support a project we weren't already supporting ourselves! 

All or Nothing

If we don't reach our $150,000 goal before time runs out, we get nothing, you keep your money, and we don't get to make the movie.  That would make us all sad!

How long will this take? I want to see the movie!

If all goes according to plan, pre-production will finish up around February or March of 2013 so that filming can happen in April and May.  June through August will be spent in post-production with the anticipated completion date currently set for September 2013!

Risks and challenges

Having been tweaked over the course of nine years of feature film productions, the shooting plan for "The Secret Garden" project is battle tested. However, unforseen delays can and do happen when shooting a film. Bad weather, schedule conflicts with actors, and equipment breakdowns can throw the best of plans off course. We are already working hard to create alternate shooting calendars that allow us to overcome surprise obstacles in order to prevent delays in the production schedule.

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    DIGITAL ART: Even the tiniest of seeds can grow into a powerful tree! Your support, at any level, is appreciated. Get an exclusive digital desktop featuring “Secret Garden” artwork and stay informed with our Kickstarter updates when you donate this minimum pledge!

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    DIGITAL ART + THANKS ON THE WEB: Get an exclusive digital desktop featuring "Secret Garden" artwork. Also, your name, for all the world to see, will be included in the special thanks section on the official project web site. When the movie is complete, people just might be thanking YOU for helping to make it happen!

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    DIGITAL ART + THANKS ON THE DISC: Get an exclusive digital desktop featuring "Secret Garden" artwork. Also, as an early supporter of this movie, your name will be forever enshrined on an exclusive “Special Thanks” credits list to be included on the Special Edition DVD and Bluray sent out to eligible Kickstarter backers. We'll also thank you on the web site! All reward tiers beyond this one will automatically include the backer's name listed on the web site and DVD / Bluray discs.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: A digital download of the entire film once the project is complete.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + ALBUM: A digital download of the entire film and a digital download of the official soundtrack album.

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    DVD: An autographed Special Edition of the entire film on DVD, with bonus features not included in the digital download version.

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    DVD + ALBUM: An autographed Special Edition of the entire film on DVD, with bonus features not included in the digital download version. You will also get access to a digital download of the official soundtrack album!

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    MARY'S DIRIGIBLE DOLL (11" VERSION) + SECRET GARDEN KEY: A unique hand-made doll just like the one that will be used in the movie! This adorable steampunk doll with an airship-sized head measures approx. 11" in height and comes with its very own key to unlock The Secret Garden! Available at this donation level only. Not included with any other level.

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    BLURAY: An autographed Special Edition of the entire film on BLURAY, with bonus features not included in the digital download version.

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    BLURAY + ALBUM: An autographed Special Edition of the entire film on BLURAY, with bonus features not included in the digital download version. You will also get access to a digital download of the official soundtrack album!

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    MARY'S DIRIGIBLE DOLL (16" VERSION) + SECRET GARDEN KEY: A unique hand-made doll just like the one that will be used in the movie! This adorable steampunk doll with an airship-sized head measures approx. 16" in height and comes with its very own key to unlock The Secret Garden! Available at this donation level only. Not included with any other level.

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    MARY'S DIRIGIBLE DOLL (11" VERSION) + DVD: A unique hand-made doll just like the one that will be used in the movie! This adorable steampunk doll with an airship-sized head measures approx. 11" in height and comes with its very own key to unlock The Secret Garden! Also included is an autographed Special Edition of the entire film on DVD, with bonus features not included in the digital download version. The doll and DVD will ship separately. Available at this donation level only. Not included with any other level.

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    MARY'S DIRIGIBLE DOLL (11" VERSION) + BLURAY: A unique hand-made doll just like the one that will be used in the movie! This adorable steampunk doll with an airship-sized head measures approx. 11" in height and comes with its very own key to unlock The Secret Garden! Also included is an autographed Special Edition of the entire film on BLURAY, with bonus features not included in the digital download version. The doll and BLURAY will ship separately. Available at this donation level only. Not included with any other level.

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    Seedling Level: GARDEN KEY + MOVIE + ALBUM: Your very own miniature Secret Garden Key, similar to the key we will use in the movie, plus your choice of the autographed DVD or BLURAY and access to a digital download of the official soundtrack album!

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    Silver Sprout Level: MRS. MEDLOCK'S NECKLACE: You get your own fashionable necklace watch that inspired the one used by Mrs. Medlock in the movie! You also get the miniature Secret Garden key plus your choice of the autographed DVD or BLURAY and access to a digital download of the official soundtrack album!

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    Gold Sprout Level: DIGITAL COPY OF DESIGN BOOK: You get a digital copy of the beautiful "Creating the Secret Garden" design book, giving you a behind the scenes look at the creation of the movie. You also get Mrs. Medlock's necklace, the Secret Garden Key, and your choice of the autographed DVD or BLURAY and access to a digital download of the official soundtrack album!

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    Sapling Level: POCKET WATCH: You get your own fashionable pocket watch that inspired the one used by Archibald Craven in the movie! You also get the digital copy of the design book, Mrs. Medlock's necklace, the Secret Garden Key, and your choice of the autographed DVD or BLURAY and access to a digital download of the official soundtrack album!

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    Leaf Level: AUTOGRAPHED SCREENPLAY: You get one autographed physical copy of the shooting script. This is the screenplay as it exists when we begin shooting the movie, and may differ in interesting ways from the final edit of the movie. You also get Archibald Craven's pocket watch, the digital copy of the design book, Mrs. Medlock's necklace, the Secret Garden Key, and your choice of the autographed DVD or BLURAY and access to a digital download of the official soundtrack album!

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    Petal Level: DESIGN BOOK + TICKETS: You get 2 VIP tickets to the movie premiere (currently planned to be held in Atlanta, GA*) and one autographed physical copy of the "Creating the Secret Garden" design book. You also get everything included in the Leaf Level! (*location subject to change, transportation not included).

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    Blossom Level: PRODUCER CREDIT + TICKETS: Your name will be listed as a producer in the end credits of the film. You will also get 4 VIP tickets to the movie premiere (currently planned to be held in Atlanta, GA*), an autographed physical copy of the “Creating the Secret Garden” design book, and everything included in the Leaf Level! (*location subject to change, transportation not included).

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    Bloom Level: PRODUCER CREDIT + SKYPE CHAT: Perfect for backers who don’t wish to travel! Your name will be listed as a producer in the end credits of the film. You will also get a private Skype video chat session between you and members of the cast and crew, an autographed physical copy of the “Creating the Secret Garden” design book, and everything included in the Leaf Level!

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    Iris Level: SET VISIT + TICKETS: You (and up to three of your friends) will be invited to spend an entire shooting day on-set* with the cast and crew of "The Secret Garden." You will also get 4 VIP tickets to the movie premiere (currently planned to be held in Atlanta, GA*), an autographed physical copy of the “Creating the Secret Garden” design book, and everything included in the Leaf Level! Your name will be listed as a producer in the end credits of the film.
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    Lily Level: MOVIE PROP + SKYPE CHAT: This reward level is perfect for backers who do not wish to travel! You will receive your very own prop from the production of "The Secret Garden." The specific item is yet to be determined (or even created!), but will be a special prop unique to the film. You will also get a private Skype video chat session between you and members of the cast and crew, an autographed physical copy of the “Creating the Secret Garden” design book, and everything included in the Leaf Level! Your name will be listed as a producer in the end credits of the film.

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    Silver Rose Level: WARDROBE + MOVIE PROP + SKYPE CHAT + TICKETS: You will receive your very own custom piece of wardrobe and a prop from the production of "The Secret Garden." The specific items are yet to be determined (or even created!), but will be unique to the film. You will also get a private Skype video chat session between you and members of the cast and crew, 4 VIP tickets to the movie premiere (currently planned to be held in Atlanta, GA*), an autographed physical copy of the “Creating the Secret Garden” design book, and everything included in the Leaf Level! Your name will be listed as a producer in the end credits of the film.
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    Gold Rose Level: WARDROBE + MOVIE PROP + SET VISIT + TICKETS: You will receive your very own custom piece of wardrobe and a prop from the production of "The Secret Garden." The specific items are yet to be determined (or even created!), but will be unique to the film. You (and up to three of your friends) will be invited to spend an entire shooting day on-set* with the cast and crew of "The Secret Garden." You will also get 4 VIP tickets to the movie premiere (currently planned to be held in Atlanta, GA*), an autographed physical copy of the “Creating the Secret Garden” design book, and everything included in the Leaf Level! Your name will be listed as a producer in the end credits of the film.

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    Gardener Level: OPENING TITLES PRODUCER CREDIT + EXCLUSIVES: Your name will be listed as a producer on-screen during the OPENING credits of the film. You will get your own copy of the shooting script before filming begins. At some point during the post-production process, you will be provided with your very own copy of the rough cut of the movie, before it is final, giving you the first glimpse at the film you have helped to create as well as insight into the filmmaking process. You will also get 8 VIP tickets to the movie premiere (currently planned to be held in Atlanta, GA*) as well as an autographed physical copy of the “Creating the Secret Garden” design book, and everything included in the Leaf Level! (*location subject to change, transportation not included).

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Funding period

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