Less than 24 hours left in this campaign - Thank you for your contribution to Eighth Street!
As the fundraising stage of this project nears its end, it looks like we might just make it to 100%. As of this writing, the campaign is at 91%. Please consider sharing the link one last time and mentioning the effort to folks who might be interested in supporting, or just learning about a short film like this.
The Crane in the Living Room
In other news, I've been pushing ahead with pre-production meetings and arrangements. The finished film is moving towards both looking and sounding more like West Oakland. One of the sequences on our shooting schedule includes a live recording of a uniquely-Oakland hip hop group. I've also arranged for both crane shots and unique high-angle b-roll images to add context to our street-level shooting (in fact, there is a huge camera crane sitting on the living room floor at the house, thanks to the *shout out* awesome multimedia team at a nearby physics lab).
A number of contributors have communicated interest in contributing to the soundtrack for the film. To you all, thank you very much for your interest in this project. Please send along thoughts (and MP3s!) of how you hear this sounding in the end. I've been auditioning tracks and searching for just the right fit for weeks. The ideal track will blend the jazzy vibe of Dave Young Kim's planned mural with the street beats of our town's contemporary sound.
Color and Grading
Besides the sound, the color of the film will be unique. I've been working up custom grading presets for the footage ("grading" being the processes of tinting or coloring film footage). For those interested, we're shooting on Canon 5D MkII and MkIII cameras using Technicolor's awesomely-film-like Cinestyle picture profile and Zeiss ZE primes. The flat footage from that combo feeds beautifully into Red Giant's Magic Bullet Looks 2 software, which is what I'm using for color correction and grading. The first chapter has a warm tone with cool highlights, vignetting, and a touch of bleach bypass filtering (actually a blend of 11 filters, my poor GPU!) With a background in still photography, I'm especially curious about using color to help communicate a theme. I look forward to giving Eighth Street a strong look in grading.
So, with one more evening's shove from you guys, I think we'll have the funding in place and I'll be able to lock down permits, rental reservations, crew hours, etc. and get down to work. I anticipate completing shooting by mid May and having a cut ready for initial screening before June.
I'm very excited and hugely grateful to you and everyone who has contributed towards the completing of this piece. Dave Young Kim is an activist for peace and hope in Oakland (as many of you well know) and this little story stands to serve as inspiration for many of us. I believe everyone has at least something to contribute to the lifting up of his or her community and to see someone like Dave go 100% for the cause is a beautiful thing.
I'm humbled and and deeply encouraged by your contributions that have brought funding to 91% on the eve of this campaign's finale. Let's finish it tonight!
producer & director