The First Season on DVD
The First Season online
Watch all five episodes of the first season back-to-back by clicking on “Play All” on the embedded playlist below. Then scroll down to read more about this year-long collaborative filmmaking adventure.
Individual episodes, behind the scenes featurettes by VideoEyes & Brennan Martin and interviews the filmmakers are streaming as free selections on Indie Koala, Ottawa’s premier Video On Demand service for Indie Films. The Treepot Cliffhanger series is also listed on IMDB. Once you’ve watched the episode(s) above, please rate and review it on IMDB.
The Treepot Cliffhanger is a collaborative feature film project. Five filmmakers each made a chapter of a story over a one year period. Each chapter was be developed over 2 months starting in March 2013. The twist is that each chapter followed from the ending or cliffhanger of the previous chapter.
Here’s Treepot Media’s Jith Paul chatting with CBC’s Alan Neal (CBC’s All in a Day) about the project in January 2013 days before the January 25th deadline for filmmaker auditions for the jury. The plan at the time was to have six filmmakers participate in the project.
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Fans could stay plugged into the project, see what each of the filmmakers was up to, get information about casting calls, crew calls and more by following the #TreepotCliffhanger feature film via our Facebook page: http://facebook.com/TreepotCliffhanger
Theses were the guidelines for the chapters and filmmakers.
(1) The maximum length per chapter is 15 minutes.
(2) Filmmakers are not restricted to the same actors and locations as the previous chapter.
(4) Compilation of the chapters together to screen as a single feature film necessitates that all of the individual sections are non-ACTRA projects.
(5) Filmmakers will have complete ownership over their chapter and will have complete creative control the caveat that they have to follow guidelines (1) – (4).
Filmmakers created two minute video auditions in which they talk about their passion for making films and demonstrate their ability to deliver projects. The jury selected five filmmakers.
Five filmmakers were chosen by our three member jury.
Sponsorship packages for the various chapters varied depending on the time-slot chosen by each filmmaker.
Each of the five filmmakers received a combination of equipment rental vouchers, post production facility rental vouchers and cash totalling between $775 and $900 to assist with the production of their chapter for a total of $5,150 towards the production of this feature film. Thanks to our generous sponsors!
Students from Algonquin College’s Scriptwriting Program and members of the Writers’ Room offered their assistance to filmmakers that are entering this challenge. These two groups have also been involved with recent Digi60 Filmmaker’s Festival competitions and collaborated on several of the award-winning films in 2012 and 2013. VideoEyes will be producing behind the scenes featurettes for each of the chapters. Contact information and links provided below.
The Theatrical Screening
The Treepot Couch Episodes related to the Treepot Cliffhanger project
|Update 01: Introduction||Update 02: Timeline|
|Update 03: Audition to be one of the six|