A campaign on the popular fundraising website attempts to raise $100,000 for the first original drama made specifically for 3D TV
Sawdust Productions, an international consortium of three Los Angeles and Montreal-based production companies, will use the funds to make a half-hour pilot called SAWDUST, a drama set around the time of the Great Depression, about a 1930's travelling circus.
SAWDUST is about the family struggles during a financially challenging era using ‘stunning visuals’ and high production values/ It is said to be an emotion-packed script, featuring a cast of real circus performers, with strong women in leading roles.
“What better way to showcase the visual spectacle of the circus and to involve the audience in the drama than 3D?… Shot in 3D, this is a drama that will literally leap off the screen”.
The story is as follows… It was the time of the Great Depression. Everyone was having it rough, including the family owned Dunn Bros. Circus. "Brownie", a tough as nails widow who runs the show, is getting tired and torn between the ongoing struggle to keep the circus together and being forced to sell to slick bankers. The promise of a cash buyer persuades Brownie's estranged daughter, Laura, to come out from the East to assist in the details. But, the plot thickens. The buyers are trying to sabotage the circus to drive down the price. And, Laura, back in the sawdust, can't help but be reminded of the magic of her childhood traveling with the circus. With a surprise ending, "SAWDUST" includes plot twists and a story arc that keeps the viewer glued to the screen.
The producers are partnering with The LA Circus for access to the world's largest collection of authentic circus props, tents and memorabilia and the goal of the Kickstarter project is to raise enough money to finance the pilot which will stand alone but the producers hope the viewers will relate to the characters and demand more.
Kickstarter is not an investment site, so backers do not receive any profit share of a kickstarter project so incentives are offered in exchange for other benefits. For SAWDUST 3D, pledges range from $5 for their 'undying gratitude' up to $10,000 for a VIP invitation to the premiere in Europe which is hoped to be Monte Carlo.
In a press release “SAWDUST” writer and Executive Producer Anthony Coogan stated, “The biggest hurdle in selling the 3D option to the public has been the fact that there’s hardly anything to watch. Programming is relegated to sports, reality TV and 3D conversions of existing content. We believe 3D television is the future and we’ve developed a completely original dramatic series utilizing 3D as a story-telling device to introduce audiences to the unique experience that 3D brings to the home viewing environment.”
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Mr. Coogan is President of L.A.-based Stereomedia 3D HD Digital and is recognized as one of the industry’s most knowledgeable stereoscopic video and film experts.
Kickstarter is successfully launching many projects, the most recent of a 3D nature being the Oculus Rift VR headset and the Colour Hologram DIY kit.
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