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The Legend of Joan of Arc - A Classics in Miniature® Film

A live-action puppet film based on the legend of Joan of Arc, the young woman who led the French Army to victory in the 15th century.

The Legend of Joan of Arc - A Classics in Miniature® Film

A live-action puppet film based on the legend of Joan of Arc, the young woman who led the French Army to victory in the 15th century.

$12,225
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Funding Unsuccessful
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Last updated June 9, 2017

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 The Legend of Joan of Arc- Making Of

 

The Legend of Joan of Arc- Teaser Trailer Debut

May 8th Trailer Celebrates the 588th Anniversary of Joan of Arc's Victory at the Siege of Orléans

 

Dear Friends,

     It was May 8th. On that day in 1429 Joan Of Arc​ achieved a triumphant victory against the English, breaking the Siege of Orléans, France and making her mark in history. 

     In honor of that day 588 years ago, we present you our interpretation of that harrowing victory with the debut of the new and improved TEASER TRAILER. Please consider backing our project.

     We have finished shooting the film and need to fund the music score, special effects, top voice talent, editing and distribution. There are some great rewards for backers including downloads of our previous films Faust and Quixote and of Joan, Angel City Chorale concert tickets, lectures & screenings and even a personalized recorded inspirational PUPPET-O-GRAM from our Puppet Joan!

     Please browse our Kickstarter page after viewing the trailer to check more info, a short MAKING OF video, and consider becoming a part of our team as a backer, even with a $1 pledge. We sincerely appreciate it every bit of support from our friends and fans. 

     Merci Beaucoup, 

     Steven Ritz-Barr - director

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The Legend of Joan of Arc - poster by Luis Lopez
The Legend of Joan of Arc - poster by Luis Lopez

''Looks TERRIFIC. Extraordinary work!'' Michael York, English actor, OBE.

   The Legend of Joan of Arc is thus titled because Joan of Arc's story is mired in myth. Our interpretation, with 25 wooden puppets handmade by Russian Master puppeteer Eugene Seregin, covers her calling, her rise to unprecedented military power as a teenage girl, her victories, and her fall by the French Inquisition at Rouen (Medieval France) in 1429.

   The Legend of Joan of Arc, the film, has been in development since 2012, following a grant from the Robert Lemelson Foundation. After years of extensive research for story and production design inspirations - including on location visits to the places where Joan lived, did battle and met her end - principal production started this January with a multinational professional crew hailing from France, England, Brazil and the U.S. 

   We wrapped after 30 amazing days of shooting in Topanga, California under the omniscient lens of international cinematographer Phil Klucsarits.

   We currently need funds to deliver the various post production services to make this product exist: final edit (Russ Galusha), voice-over talent, special effects, color-correction, music score - Philip White (''Supernatural,'' ''Ray Donovan''), and marketing. Contributions past the fund goal will be used for marketing and distribution. It is currently planned as a 3-act film (the Peasant, the Warrior, the Martyr).

   Please don't miss our 5 min. behind-the-scenes video of our fun and creative shoot and consider being part of our project. If you'd prefer to make a tax-deductible donation you can contribute outside the campaign under our 501(c)3 non-profit, the Metropolitan Puppet Authority, by contacting us at lapuppet@gmail.com. 

   The pictures tell the story better than my words. And thank you for considering our great little puppet film. Allons-y!

    Steven Ritz-Barr, director

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The Apparition of Saint Michael
The Apparition of Saint Michael

 

Joan as a peasant
Joan as a peasant

 

Cauchon - designs by Eugene Seregin
Cauchon - designs by Eugene Seregin

 

 

Cauchon
Cauchon

 

Battle of Orleans
Battle of Orleans

 

Joan delivers an inspiring speech to the French troops
Joan delivers an inspiring speech to the French troops

 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:

   After receiving a B.A. in Education and Theatre from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, Steven Ritz-Barr learned Puppetry Arts from the Master Jean-Loup Temporal in Paris, while at the same time studying several years at L’Ecole Jacques LeCoq's school for movement, mime and theatre. During his 10 years in France he was introduced to film and video through a Jim Henson Workshop, and worked on the popular French television show, Les Guignols de L’Info, and with Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie Poulain, Alien: Ressurection) on several commercial projects.

   In the USA, he puppeteered on Tim Burton's Batman Returns (1992), Barry Sonnenfeld's Men in Black (1997), Jeunet's Aliens: Resurrection (1997) , Team America: World Police (2004) for Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Muppets Tonight, and a host of other films, television shows, and commercials with puppets.

   He performed over a 1000 of his own live shows for children, with his traditional Punch-style puppet show, The Gift. He earned a grant from the Henson Foundation for An Evening With Edgar Poe (35 LA performances - 5 Universities); and created Native Dreams, a shadow show with Native American tales for family audiences in 2005 (45 performances in Los Angeles area).

   In 2007, Ritz-Barr created Classics in Miniature®, a film production company devoted to creating live-action puppet films based on classic literature. Faust, based on Goethe's version, was released in 2008, Don Quixote followed in 2010 along with 4 other shorts. The films have received numerous awards and commendations including 2 UNIMA Excellence Awards.

   He frequently tours universities and administers workshops to art schools around the world - having just returned from teaching an intensive puppetry course in Tunis, Tunisia - and also teaches part-time in the Animation Department of the UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television.

   A married father of two, Steven also enjoys singing; he has been apart of the Angel City Chorale of Los Angeles for 20 years. This large choir of over 150 people has performed concerts in Carnegie Hall in 2014.

Steven Ritz-Barr, director
Steven Ritz-Barr, director

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The film has been shot and is currently in the editing stage. Funds will be used to complete the edit as well as the music score, voice-over (top talent interested), special effects, color-correction and marketing. Contributions past the fund goal will be used for marketing and distribution.

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