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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 18 2010
Last updated July 18, 2010

A Saga of Roses (Canceled)

An original, full-length, action/adventure fantasy film about an invasion of Earth by powerful, magic-using warriors from another world.

A Saga of Roses (Canceled)

An original, full-length, action/adventure fantasy film about an invasion of Earth by powerful, magic-using warriors from another world.

$1,004
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
16
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jul 18 2010
Last updated July 18, 2010

About

Greetings, people of Kickstarter! We are a small group of aspiring independent filmmakers based in the North Shore of Massachusetts, and we're here to raise money for our indie fantasy flick, A Saga of Roses.

A Saga of Roses will be an original, full-length fantasy film shot on a budget of $15,000. This will cover equipment, costumes, make-up, props, computer software and hardware, and other miscellaneous expenses. The film is set on contemporary Earth, and has elements of gothic fantasy, steampunk, anime, and American comic books, among other influences.

The story follows the adventures of the spell-slinging, reluctant gothic hero Demian Rose, who battles both fellow magic-using warriors and his own personal demons in a desperate attempt to save Earth from becoming a colony of the mystical world of Lemuraia. A small group of humans and friendly Lemuraians aids Demian in his journey to defeat the sinister Lord Franz and his cohorts, Dantelle, Vincent, and Reg.

We have been planning this project continuously for the past six months in preparation for this launch on Kickstarter. We have a complete screenplay, (in its second draft) nearly 3,000 hand-sketched storyboards plotting out every shot in the film, several pieces of character design and concept art, a few CGI models, and a 90-second proof-of-concept teaser trailer which is available for viewing at the site of Dogtoon Media, an independent production company that is assisting us with the project:

http://www.dogtoonmedia.com/videos/dog-bites/a-saga-of-roses-trailer/

We shot, composited the visual effects, and edited the trailer over the course of a month, using a minuscule shoestring budget and consumer-grade equipment. If you like it, imagine what we could do with $15,000 and more time!

We have onboard several actors and actresses, visual effects and CGI artists, and a music composer, but we still have spots to fill, which we will be able to do with your help. Everyone involved is extremely passionate about bringing this film to life, and your generous pledge will allow us to fulfill one dream and provide us with the means to dream up other films as well. If successful, A Saga of Roses will be the basis for further works expanding upon its world and characters. One of these, a tie-in graphic novel anthology, will serve as a reward to backers.

We want you to know that every pledge or word of support is greatly appreciated. Every single person who pledges at least the $5.00 minimum will get a personal thank you from the creators of the project – not a form letter. We want to establish a close relationship with our supporters, and we hope you will be with us for the long haul.

So if you'd like to help us prove that original epic fantasy filmmaking is possible even on a tiny budget, consider clicking that “Back this Project” button. You'll have our eternal thanks and some pretty cool rewards as well.

A SAGA OF ROSES Personnel (partial list):

John Leysath (screenplay, co-director, producer, actor, “Demian,” storyboards, character art, editor, visual effects)

Travis McCormack (co-director, actor, “Pike,” graphic designer, story consultant)

Amy LeBlanc (actress, “Dantelle”)

Krista Rossetti (actress, “Sapphire”)

John Williamson (visual effects, CGI)

Andy Williamson (visual effects, CGI)

Billy Sawyer (music composer)

Trevor Perkins (actor, “Sidney”)

Doug Cowell (Dogtoon Media director)

All media pertaining to the project A Saga of Roses contained within this page is © 2009-2010 John Leysath, with the exception of the Dogtoon Media logo, which is a copyright © of Dogtoon Media, LLC.
EFFECTIVE JULY 18, 2010, ALL FUNDING WILL BE CANCELED AND THE PROJECT WILL BE ABANDONED. It is being kept up for another week on the off chance that a miracle occurs and somebody mysteriously pledges a huge amount to the project. That is very unlikely, however. The pitch video has also been removed.

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    Exclusive updates about the film and any future projects, and a personal “thank you” message from the creators e-mailed to you. Update 5/24/10: The $5 pledge will now include your name in the credits.

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    All of the above, plus your name in the credits, and a digital copy of the graphic novel tie-in e-mailed to you in .pdf format, as well as a short .mp3 file from the creators thanking you personally.

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    SPECIAL REWARD FOR LOCAL BACKERS (Boston and North Shore, or willing to travel at your expense): In addition to the $5 and $10 rewards, you'll get to be an extra in the film! No strings attached - just be available when we're filming, and you're in! Note: This reward is also included if you already pledged $15 or more and wish to appear in the film.

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    All of the above, plus digital copies of the finished film, teaser trailer, soundtrack, screenplay, and a unique piece of character art sent to you on a DVD. You choose the character you want a picture of, and one will be created for you that will not be reproduced anywhere else, nor taken from an existing library. Each DVD will also come with a personal handwritten note and an original storyboard from pre-production. In addition, a member of the cast and/or crew will call you (if you wish) and chat with you for 15 minutes (or until you get tired of them, whichever comes first).

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    All of the above, plus a full DVD version of the movie, complete with a wealth of bonus features. In addition, you will receive a hard copy of the graphic novel, signed by the cast and crew, plus we will write you into said graphic novel as a supporting character. Alternately, you can suggest an original fictional character of your own instead of yourself, subject to approval. We will also create an original piece of art for you, depicting you in a “superhero” manner, similar to the character design art for the film. We will also print a link to your website (if applicable, and subject to approval) in the back of the graphic novel, in both print and digital form.

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    All of the above, plus an official "A Saga of Roses" t-shirt and a signed hard copy of the screenplay, as well as an “Associate Producer” credit. We will also write you into an original side story short film that will be included on the DVD. If you are local to the North Shore/Boston area of Massachusetts, (or are willing to travel here at your expense) you can play yourself, otherwise we will cast someone in your role, but will include enough information (which you will provide) to identify the character as you. This is optional. Finally, you may provide us with a personal message or “shout-out” that will be displayed in a bonus feature on the DVD, subject to approval. You can use this to promote a website, business, or project of your own, or just as a personal message.

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    All of the above, plus a “Producer” credit, and a walk-on role in the film (if you are local to the North Shore/Boston area or are willing to travel at your expense) or a role as a soldier in one of the battle scenes. Rest assured that you will not be asked to do anything dangerous, but you will still have to sign a waiver for legal reasons. Finally, we will film a short video thanking you personally, and send it to you along with your other rewards.

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    All of the above, plus an “Executive Producer” credit, and you will be featured in a “Meet the Backers” bonus featurette on the DVD. You may use this space to promote your own project(s) if you wish, subject to our approval. You may also use it simply to talk about yourself. If you wish to appear on camera and are not local to the North Shore/Boston area, then you must provide your own travel expenses or provide us with video footage of your own, subject to approval. In addition to this, you will receive an original prop and/or costume element from the teaser trailer.

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    All of the above, plus you can have lunch and hang out with the creators if you are local to the North Shore/Boston area or are willing to provide your own travel expenses if non-local. Portions of this will be filmed and put on the DVD. In addition, an in-character actor will address and praise you in a “blooper” take, also included on the DVD. Also, we will send you a major prop and/or costume element from the film. You may request a specific item, but we cannot guarantee we will be able to provide it to you. Finally, John Leysath will write and draw an illustrated story based on your life, but with dramatic embellishments to make you appear to be some sort of jet-setting superhero (assuming you're not already, of course). Maximum 20 pages, including illustration pages. This will be printed and sent to you along with your other rewards.

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Funding period

- (89 days)