''Looks TERRIFIC. Extraordinary work!'' Michael York, English actor, OBE.
The Legend of Joan of Arc is thus titled because Joan of Arc's story is mired in myth.
Our interpretation, with 25 wooden puppets handmade by Russian Master puppeteer Eugene Seregin, covers her calling, her rise to unprecedented military power as a teenage girl, her victories, and her fall by the French Inquisition at Rouen (Medieval France) in 1429.
The Legend of Joan of Arc, the film, has been in development since 2012.
After years of extensive research for story and production design inspirations - including on location visits to the places where Joan lived, did battle and met her end - principal production started this January with a multinational professional crew hailing from France, England, Brazil and the U.S.
We wrapped after 30 amazing days of shooting in Topanga, California under the omniscient lens of international cinematographer Phil Klucsarits and the supervision of co-writer and producer Lucas Mireles.
We are currently looking for domestic, international and streaming distribution partners.
We are also looking for investing producers. The film is currently planned as a 3-act film (the Peasant, the Warrior, the Martyr).
Please don't miss our 5 min. behind-the-scenes video of our fun and creative shoot and consider becoming an investor on our project.
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The pictures tell the story better than my words. And thank you for considering our great little puppet film. Allons-y!
Steven Ritz-Barr, director
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
After receiving a B.A. in Education and Theatre from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, Steven Ritz-Barr learned Puppetry Arts from the Master Jean-Loup Temporal in Paris, while at the same time studying several years at L’Ecole Jacques LeCoq's school for movement, mime and theatre. During his 10 years in France he was introduced to film and video through a Jim Henson Workshop, and worked on the popular French television show, Les Guignols de L’Info, and with Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie Poulain, Alien: Ressurection) on several commercial projects.
In the USA, he puppeteered on Tim Burton's Batman Returns (1992), Barry Sonnenfeld's Men in Black (1997), Jeunet's Aliens: Resurrection (1997) , Team America: World Police (2004) for Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Muppets Tonight, and a host of other films, television shows, and commercials with puppets.
He performed over a 1000 of his own live shows for children, with his traditional Punch-style puppet show, The Gift. He earned a grant from the Henson Foundation for An Evening With Edgar Poe (35 LA performances - 5 Universities); and created Native Dreams, a shadow show with Native American tales for family audiences in 2005 (45 performances in Los Angeles area).
In 2007, Ritz-Barr created Classics in Miniature®, a film production company devoted to creating live-action puppet films based on classic literature. Faust, based on Goethe's version, was released in 2008, Don Quixote followed in 2010 along with 4 other shorts. The films have received numerous awards and commendations including 2 UNIMA Excellence Awards.
He frequently tours universities and administers workshops to art schools around the world - having just returned from teaching an intensive puppetry course in Tunis, Tunisia - and also teaches part-time in the Animation Department of the UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television.
A married father of two, Steven also enjoys singing; he has been apart of the Angel City Chorale of Los Angeles for 20 years. This large choir of over 150 people has performed concerts in Carnegie Hall in 2014.