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Spectral Transmission, created by SUNY Oswego Cinema professor Jacob Dodd, is a student-faculty collaborative anthology series.
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  • ABOUT THE SHOW

Spectral Transmission is a Science Fiction anthology television show stylistically similar to The Twilight ZoneThe Outer Limits, and Amazing Stories. The show was created by SUNY Oswego Cinema and Screen Studies Professor Jacob Dodd and students Andrew Stulck, Bryan Kastelan, and Bryan Liberty. Two episodes were shot in 2013 with a third being produced in Spring of 2014.

For the show's second season, Cameron Ebersold, Jared Gould, Jessi Hebblethwaite, Derek Sexton, Brian Bueche, and Courtney Scialdone took over as student collaborators and shot two episodes in the Summer of 2014.

Spectral Transmission is the vision of a group of young, passionate filmmakers who wish to recapture the magic and wonder of anthologies like The Twilight Zone while incorporating the techniques of modern filmmaking to create something entirely unique and entirely itself.

You can check out the Spectral Transmission website here.

  • OUR STORIES

Spectral Transmission's fourth and fifth episodes were shot this past Summer in Oswego, New York. 

Episode Four, "Best Intentions at Heart," tells the harrowing tale of Marshall Noris and his younger sister, Nadia. When he takes Nadia, a hypochondriac, to St. Espirit Hospital after she complains of illness, she falls under the care of Dr. Killroy Mordecai. As Nadia's condition worsens, Marshall begins to suspect that Mordecai is in fact keeping Nadia sick for his own pleasure.

 Episode Five, "The Galaxy Child," follows Lotte, a young mother searching for meaning in her life after the loss of her child and the absence of her distraught husband. One day, she believes she finds this meaning when she discovers an infant alien housed in a capsule, naming him Will and resolving to raise him as her own son.

  • WHAT WE NEED

In order to complete Episodes Four and Five, we need, first and foremost, to finish compensating our actors. We had the privilege of working the most fantastically talented, gracious, and passionate performers on each of these episodes and they absolutely need to receive the payment we owe them for their hard work.

Secondly, we need to pay lab costs. The majority of the funds raised with this campaign will go towards processing and scanning the 16mm film "The Galaxy Child" was shot on. Without your generous contributions, we will not be able to finish this episode. 

  • WHO WE ARE 

Cameron Ebersold

"I'm the producer of "Best Intentions at Heart" and the director of "The Galaxy Child." I specialize in science fiction and fantasy. Working on Spectral Transmission allowed me to develop these skills and make two wonderful episodes which I think audiences will really love. Thanks in advance for any help you can give!"

Jared Gould 

"Hi, I'm Jared, writer of Spectral Transmission, Episode 4: Best Intentions at Heart. I also at times work behind the scenes as a camera operator and location sound mixer. Thank you very much for your support and I hope you enjoy!"

 Courtney Scialdone

"Hi, I'm Courtney Scialdone and I directed "Best Intentions at Heart" and was cinematographer on "The Galaxy Child." Working on Spectral Transmission has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've had as a filmmaker and I want to thank everyone who has even considered contributing to making this project a reality."

 Derek Sexton

"My name is Derek Sexton and I was the sound mixer and boom operator for "Best Intentions At Heart," as well as the producer for "The Galaxy Child." The work we put into both episodes of "Spectral Transmission" helped all of us build skills in production quality and team work, as well as learn new ones that will go a long way for future films. Thank you all for your support for the high-fidelity stream known as the Spectral Transmission."

Jessi Hebblethwaite

"Hi everyone! I'm Jessi Hebblethwaite, cinematographer for "Best Intentions At Heart" and screenwriter and camera assistant for "The Galaxy Child". Spectral Transmission is one of my proudest accomplishments as a filmmaker and especially as a screenwriter so I want to thank you all for your support!"

Brian Bueche

"I was the 2nd AD and Assistant Camera for episode 4 and the Camera Operator for episode 5. My job was to keep track of the Camera Log for film development purposes and to actually handle the camera."

Tyler Yastrub 

"Hi all, I'm Tyler Yastrub and I am the editor of Spectral Transmission Episodes 4 and 5. I am truly excited to be a part of Spectral. I may not have been on set but I can say just by looking at the footage for episode 4 how awesome a job everyone did. I can't explain how excited I am to see episode 5's. I believe this season of Spectral will truly be something great and I know I speak for everyone when I say we will be deeply thankful for any help you can give us."

SPECTRAL TRANSMISSION EPISODE TRAILERS

"It Waits in the Attic"

 "In My Time of Dying"

 "Fate of the Oracle"

 JACOB DODD ON SPECTRAL TRANSMISSION

Risks and challenges

Our greatest challenges going forward from this point will all involve post production. We have shot everything we can and now need to finish editing Episode Four and, once we can, Episode Five. Because we shot both episodes on 16mm film, we will not know what our footage looks like until it comes back from the lab. We are confident, of course, that our own abilities and hard work will result in good, quality filmmaking. However, if something does go wrong or if we find we do not like something we shot, we cannot go back and reshoot. What we have to work with is what we have, and from here on out, it is up to our editor, Tyler, to work with our directors and producers to make the best choices in selecting takes, finding or creating sound effects, and making the most out of what he is given. The process of editing will be a meticulous one and therefore not easy. We want to make the very best show we can.

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    Mordecai's Nurse: You will receive DVD copies of the completed episodes, a Spectral Transmission t-shirt, and an "Associate Producer" credit on both episodes.

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    Lotte's Love: You will receive a prop from "Best Intentions at Heart," Blu-ray copies of all the completed Spectral Transmission episodes, a Spectral Transmission t-shirt, and an "Associate Producer" credit.

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    The Will: The first $250 backer will receive all of the above as well as Will, the one of a kind alien robot used in "The Galaxy Child."

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