The Dryad Tree - A Short Film

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Peter Davidson

Writer/Director
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$7,691

of $7,500

Campaign Ended

STRETCH GOAL! - $9000

At $9000, we will add on an exclusive signed CHRISTMAS CARD from our main characters - John, Mary, and our Dryad Tree - to every single backer, regardless of how much you have given to the campaign! Share us through Facebook and Twitter and help us reach $9000!

THE DRYAD TREE


When Mary moves in with her new husband John, everything seems perfect. He's gorgeous, he's well-off, and he's got a beautiful home that's been in his family for generations with the most amazing tree out in front of it.

Things start to get weird when John says that the tree has a name - Chloe. Soon, it starts to feel like "Chloe" has it out for Mary. A little research reveals that Chloe is actually a dryad, a tree nymph from the days of ancient myths. And Chloe is very much the jealous type.

Mary must fight with the tree in the front lawn if she wants to be able to live a normal, happy life with her husband. But normal's not really all it's cracked up to be, is it?

WHO ARE WE?


Peter Davidson: Writer/Director 
He's been in Los Angeles since 2000 and this will be his first film directed and produced. His daughter Sasha is adorable and perhaps chief among the reasons you should consider pledging - she'll be very sad if you don't. 

Dana Luery Shaw: Producer
She's the lovely person who put this campaign together and the disembodied voice on the video. Hi, parents! Aren't you glad you spent money on that dramaturgy degree now?

Catherine Urbanek: MARY - Our plucky protagonist.


Trent Tackbary: JOHN - Mary's new husband, with his secret in plain sight.


Elvira Troger: CHLOE - She spends most of her time as a tree, but not all of it.


Allison Lane: LIZ - Mary's older and more skeptical sister.


Robert Amico: BILL - The gardener who's always suspected that Chloe might be a dryad.


WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?


We want you to be a part of THE DRYAD TREE. We want this to be an experience, a community, not just a film. We want to draw you into the world of THE DRYAD TREE with concept art, behind the scenes footage, and various botanical rewards that we have prepared especially for you. 

WHY FANBACKED?


Peter has been trying to make movies for the last fifteen years. He came out to Los Angeles in 2000 to become a writer and a producer, and he's had a lot of close calls! But something can always go wrong in Hollywood, and a lot of films wind up stuck in development hell for years. He realized that the best way to make a movie would be to just MAKE it. 

By using crowdfunding, we will have the money - and therefore the power - to actually make this short. We won't have to rely on anyone else's greenlight or OK. We can just do it, and make sure we do it well. 

Connor

$50

James

$15

Mindy

$25

jocelyn

$100

Mariya

$20

Anonymous

$15

Rachel

$5

Linda

$35

Sean

$1

Alex

$115

Alejandro

$15

Eric

$35

Allegra and Erik

$35

dan

$10

Randy

$10

Larry

$100

Holly

$350

Emmanuel

$25

monet

$10

Ben

$65

16 Sep 2015

Dryad Hello Dryad Tree fans!  Thank you for all your patience, it is about to be rewarded!  In addition to the film being deep in post production, we have ordered some of our rewards!  T-shirts and posters are being printed as we speak.

Thanks again for all of your support.  The film looks great and we are sure you will enjoy it.

Best,

PETER DAVIDSON

16 Sep 2014

Firstly, we would like to thank our new backers:

Erik Volkman
Alejandro Del Rio
Alex Todorov
Sean Cameron

We are so excited to have you on board the Dryad Tree fanbase!

Secondly, we want to bring you a special update from our very own John and Mary:

That's right - we are SO CLOSE to our goal thanks to all of you that we are ready to raise the bar! For $9000, we will be sending all of you backers - ALL of you, regardless of how much you have given, an exclusive signed CHRISTMAS CARD from our three main characters. This will be our way of thanking you for your continued support.

Speaking of which, our campaign closes on FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19. That's only a few days away! So please, share us on Facebook and on Twitter, ask your family and friends to help us reach our new stretch goal! 

Thank you again for your support, from all of us.

 

Dana Shaw, Producer

13 Sep 2014

Hello, Dryad Tree backers! We can’t begin to tell you how much your support has meant to us. We’re now at 97% of our goal of $7,500, with five days left.

 

But $7,500 is not a magic number after which our work is done. Additional funds would go toward beautiful locations, high-quality equipment, and paying our cast and crew what they’re worth. $7,500 is the amount we thought we could raise, but the film will probably cost us $9,000.

 

If each backer shared our campaign with their friends and family, it could make the difference between a good film and a great film. We hope you’ll consider sending a few emails, making a couple phone calls, or posting to social media about our project.

 

With us on the edge of being funded at 97%, someone you refer could be the one to put us over the top!

 

Either way, your support has earned our undying gratitude. We are tantalizingly close to our goal, and it’s all thanks to you.

 

We’d now like to thank you all individually:

 

Allegra and Erik Azulay

Dan Coplan

Randy Mendelsohn

Larry Gershman

Holly Hunt

Emmanuel Eytan

Monet Ravenell

Ben Wilson

Les Goldman

Rachel Hobbs

Doina Vasile

Leland Wolff

R. Friedman

Rajan Desai

Brian McCartney

Marina Alcorn

Dr. Henry Kirsch

Larry Frank

John Bell

Rocky Karlage

Sam Ko

Michael Scott

Gene Slusiewicz

Kristin Tröger

Michael Stiefel

Gary Ferrell

David Ross

Cheryl Leone

Mark Stolaroff

Larry Hariton

Kay Taylor

Marc Rosenberg

Anne Aaronson

Kenneth Duck

John Malone

Edward Stansfield

Joel Davis

Jerry Friedman

Howard Reback

Thomas Rubin

Eric Wolff

Harindra de Silva

Bob Fenster

Stephen Strocker

Elana Ginsburg

Kurt Volkan

Dan Silverstein

Doug Rawson

Gene Massey

Gene Siciliano

Jeff Durbin

Marigold Gordon-Gray

Josh Robinson

Lane Watson

Misha Ermolaev

Denis Bieber

Sylvia Batey Alcala

Thomas Pike

David Varela

Peter Lopez

Anita Rodal

Phil Condit

Brian Herskowitz

Rob English

Eric Kays

Diana Michelle

 

Some of you requested to remain anonymous. You know who you are, and you have our sincere gratitude.

 

Thank you, from all of us.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dana Shaw, Producer

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Seeds

A THANK YOU from us, and access to EXCLUSIVE BACKER UPDATES.

$5

1 Claimed

Leaves

EXCLUSIVE DESKTOP BACKGROUND ART from The Dryad Tree. Includes rewards from Seeds.

$10

5 Claimed

Petals

A SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT at the end of the film. Includes rewards from Seeds and Leaves.

$15

18 Claimed

Buttercup

A HIGH-RES DRM-FREE DIGITAL COPY of The Dryad Tree available for download. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, and Petals.

$25

12 Claimed

Snapdragon

A THANK YOU CALL from our writer-director. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Petals, and Buttercup.

$35

8 Claimed

Violet

A DVD OF THE DRYAD TREE, including SPECIAL FEATURES. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Petals, Buttercup, and Snapdragon.

$50

9 Claimed

Chrysanthemum

A THANK YOU VIDEO from our writer-director and producer. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Petals, Buttercup, Snapdragon, and Violet.

$60

1 Claimed

Yellow Rose

Peter, a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship, will give you NOTES ON A SCRIPT not exceeding 30 pages. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Petals, Buttercup, Violet, and Chrysanthemum.

$85

2 Claimed

Tulip

An exclusive backers-only T-SHIRT. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Petals, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, and Yellow Rose.

$100

7 Claimed

Pink Rose

Peter, a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship, will give you NOTES ON A SCRIPT not exceeding 60 pages. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Petals, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, and Tulip.

$140

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Lily of the Valley

An original, backer-exclusive POSTER, suitable for framing. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Petals, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, and Pink Rose.

$150

1 Claimed

Bird of Paradise

Your poster is now SIGNED. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Petals, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, and Pink Rose.

$165

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Apple Tree

An ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT on film and on IMDB. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Petals, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, Pink Rose, and Bird of Paradise,

$200

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Red Rose

Peter, a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship, will give you NOTES ON A SCRIPT not exceeding 120 pages. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, Bird of Paradise, and Apple Tree.

$250

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Orchid

We will arrange to SPONSOR A TREE IN YOUR NAME in conjunction with the Dryad Tree. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, Bird of Paradise, Apple Tree, and Red Rose,

$350

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Orange Tree

A CO-PRODUCER CREDIT on film and on IMDB. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, Bird of Paradise, Red Rose, and Orchid.

$500

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Bouquet

A lush BOUQUET OF FLOWERS delivered to your home with a PERSONALIZED CARD signed by the entire cast and crew. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, Bird of Paradise, Red Rose, and Orange Tree.

$750

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Orchard

Be the GUEST OF HONOR at our WRAP PARTY. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, Bird of Paradise, Red Rose, Orange Tree, and Bouquet.

$1,000

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Bonsai

An EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT on film and on IMDB, and a bonus BONSAI TREE with a PERSONALIZED LETTER signed by the entire cast. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, Bird of Paradise, Red Rose, and Orchard.

$2,500

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Gardens

An invitation to a CAST PICNIC at HUNTINGTON GARDENS in Pasadena, CA. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, Bird of Paradise, Red Rose, Bouquet, Orchard, and Bonsai..
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$1

1 Claimed

Seeds

A THANK YOU from us, and access to EXCLUSIVE BACKER UPDATES.

$5

1 Claimed

Leaves

EXCLUSIVE DESKTOP BACKGROUND ART from The Dryad Tree. Includes rewards from Seeds.

$10

5 Claimed

Petals

A SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT at the end of the film. Includes rewards from Seeds and Leaves.

$15

18 Claimed

Buttercup

A HIGH-RES DRM-FREE DIGITAL COPY of The Dryad Tree available for download. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, and Petals.

$25

12 Claimed

Snapdragon

A THANK YOU CALL from our writer-director. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Petals, and Buttercup.

$35

8 Claimed

Violet

A DVD OF THE DRYAD TREE, including SPECIAL FEATURES. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Petals, Buttercup, and Snapdragon.

$50

9 Claimed

Chrysanthemum

A THANK YOU VIDEO from our writer-director and producer. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Petals, Buttercup, Snapdragon, and Violet.

$60

1 Claimed

Yellow Rose

Peter, a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship, will give you NOTES ON A SCRIPT not exceeding 30 pages. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Petals, Buttercup, Violet, and Chrysanthemum.

$85

2 Claimed

Tulip

An exclusive backers-only T-SHIRT. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Petals, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, and Yellow Rose.

$100

7 Claimed

Pink Rose

Peter, a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship, will give you NOTES ON A SCRIPT not exceeding 60 pages. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Petals, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, and Tulip.

$140

0 Claimed

Lily of the Valley

An original, backer-exclusive POSTER, suitable for framing. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Petals, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, and Pink Rose.

$150

1 Claimed

Bird of Paradise

Your poster is now SIGNED. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Petals, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, and Pink Rose.

$165

4 Claimed

Apple Tree

An ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT on film and on IMDB. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Petals, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, Pink Rose, and Bird of Paradise,

$200

0 Claimed

Red Rose

Peter, a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship, will give you NOTES ON A SCRIPT not exceeding 120 pages. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, Bird of Paradise, and Apple Tree.

$250

0 Claimed

Orchid

We will arrange to SPONSOR A TREE IN YOUR NAME in conjunction with the Dryad Tree. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, Bird of Paradise, Apple Tree, and Red Rose,

$350

8 Left

Orange Tree

A CO-PRODUCER CREDIT on film and on IMDB. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, Bird of Paradise, Red Rose, and Orchid.

$500

8 Left

Bouquet

A lush BOUQUET OF FLOWERS delivered to your home with a PERSONALIZED CARD signed by the entire cast and crew. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, Bird of Paradise, Red Rose, and Orange Tree.

$750

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Orchard

Be the GUEST OF HONOR at our WRAP PARTY. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, Bird of Paradise, Red Rose, Orange Tree, and Bouquet.

$1,000

4 Left

Bonsai

An EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT on film and on IMDB, and a bonus BONSAI TREE with a PERSONALIZED LETTER signed by the entire cast. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, Bird of Paradise, Red Rose, and Orchard.

$2,500

2 Left

Gardens

An invitation to a CAST PICNIC at HUNTINGTON GARDENS in Pasadena, CA. Includes rewards from Seeds, Leaves, Buttercup, Violet, Chrysanthemum, Tulip, Bird of Paradise, Red Rose, Bouquet, Orchard, and Bonsai..