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Oct. 18: Filmmaker explains movie making on a budget

Samuel Tressler IV
Samuel Tressler IV

FREDERICK, Maryland—A professional filmmaker will speak about what it takes to make movies on a budget on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Marx Center at Hood College.

Samuel Tressler IV, a film artist and director of photography, will speak about the struggles he has experienced during the past four years trying to make a feature film at a professional level with virtually no money, industry support, or guarantee that it will even be possible to finish. He questions whether such projects are more about the making or the finished piece, and he explores the strange drive necessary to keep struggling through it all.

Tressler manages Archai Media, a production and rental boutique and Area 31 studio space and popup theater in Downtown Frederick, Maryland. Currently, he is working on his feature directorial debut, “Leda,” a 3D, black and white passion project that has been in the works for four years. In addition to his own work, Tressler finds himself traveling frequently in the U.S. and abroad for commercial and documentary camera work. He also sits on the Advisory Board of Stevenson University’s Film and Moving Image Department. His goal is to develop a unique style in filmmaking by creating visually driven, conceptually based stories that attempt to take the medium beyond simple entertainment.

This colloquium is hosted by Hood’s Center for the Humanities, and it is funded in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant. For more information, contact Aaron Angello at or visit