Maybe you remember a ways back, a charming little horror production called Tea Leaves, and its Kickstarter campaign to fund the film. Louise Bell's short feature about three restless spirits who, after being conjured into our world, wreak havoc and mischief - leaving their conjurers at wits end as they figure out a way to send them back packing to the netherworld. It promised to deliver on a delightfully fun premise, combining live action with an animation art style that was every bit as endearing as the stop motion work you'd expect from a Tim Burton film. The campaign even caught the eye (and backing) of Marilyn Manson! Things seemed to be going about as well as you'd hope, and Tea Leaves seemed to be on its way towards full funding, and then, production.
Unfortunately, as so often is the case with crowd-funding, the goal was not hit, and Louise Bell was forced to collect the pieces, and move on.
But passion, and creative drive, when paired with people as talented and determined as this particular team, is a hard thing to destroy. Thankfully for all of us, Bell saw it fit not to give up on Tea Leaves, and we're given a second chance to help make this special little project a reality.