A hopeful yet realistic glimpse into the future for many areas of the United States that have been affected by the recent recession
"A Greater Binghamton Area" isn't only a film about the economic troubles of a small area in New York, it is a glimpse into the future for many parts of the United States that have recently been affected by the recession.
Lately everyone has seen, heard, and experienced the story of loss, but my goal is not to tell you how impoverished this region is, about people who have lost their jobs, or who didn't have jobs before and still don't. I want to show you a region that has all of those problems and plenty more, but despite its wounds is climbing back up.
I have lived, worked, and learned in Binghamton for the past few years, and have come to truly appreciate the area. Learning how to capture life and reality as I learned about my new environment really makes this an exciting project for me. The Greater Binghamton Area has influenced my craft and now I am using those skills to share the story of Binghamton with the rest of the world.
Hope is contagious, hope is inspirational, and in this economy everyone can use a little encouragement. Nothing improves without hope.
Over the course of the next year I will be interviewing experts in the fields of history, the environment, and economics to puzzle together the story of where the Greater Binghamton Area has been and how living quality of an area is the sum of both economic and environmental health. I will also be exploring what it will take for this area to once again become prosperous.
This documentary is not going to be your run-of-the-mill seventy five minutes of "talking heads" coupled with b-roll and edited together to tell you guys the story I want to get across.
I have something much more challenging in mind for myself as a filmmaker, but also for you as a viewer. I would be lying if I said I won't have any "talking heads" but the bulk of my documentary is going to consist of real life. I will present you with three to five video portraits of people from different ages, races, creeds, and economic standing. Together, these portraits will mesh together into a mural.
Between each video portrait will be a sequence of "experimental cinema". I will be shooting these sequences on film and editing the film itself then sending it away to be digitized so I can use it in the documentary. In my opinion, something like a transition can be depicted much more accurately and effectively through experimental techniques than through dialogue.
I have already emptied my bank account in order to buy my camera and some audio equipment, but there is so much more that I need to pay for, so here is an estimated break-down of my expenses (and I am budgeting for getting the best prices I can):
Basic Gear (camera, lenses, Audio equipment): $5,000
Lighting equipment: $500 - $800
Getting a website designed and paying for domain space: $2,000 - 3,000
Festival submissions: $2,000
Original music from very generous friends: $300
Transferring Film to Digital (for transitions): $500
Pressing DVDs: 2,000
Miscellaneous (small costs here and there that really add up): $1,000 - $2,000
I have been told I won't be able to get through pre-production, production, and post production with any less than $20,000. However, I've been trained for shoe-string budgeting and am confident I will be able to make $15,000 work.
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Jun 27, 2012 - Jul 27, 2012 (30 days)
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A special thank you on my blog and in the closing credits.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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An original postcard and a special thank you on my blog and in the closing creditsEstimated delivery: Dec 2013
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An HD download of the project, an original postcard and a special thank you on my blog and in the closing creditsEstimated delivery: Oct 2013
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A limited edition DVD, an HD download of the finished product, an original postcard and a special thank you on my blog and in the closing credits.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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All of the above plus a limited edition soundtrack CD featuring music from the documentary and additional tracks by Christine Spilka and Jesse TranvaagEstimated delivery: Dec 2013
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All of the above plus an originally designed reusable water bottleEstimated delivery: Dec 2013
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A personal thank-you phone call from me, plus a special edition movie poster, an originally designed reusable water bottle, a limited edition soundtrack CD featuring music from the documentary and additional tracks by Christine Spilka and Jesse Tranvaag, a limited edition DVD, an HD download of the finished product, an original postcard and a special thank you on my blog and in the closing credits.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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If you have a short experimental video (no more than 5 minutes) I will feature it in the "Special Features" section of the DVD [after the closing credits on the HD download] with your picture and a short biography/description of your featured work. (If your work was shot on film and you want it to be featured you must have it transferred to digital before sending it to me) IF YOU DON'T have a short experimental film you want to be featured I will still include your picture and a short biography PLUS ALL OF THE ABOVEEstimated delivery: Dec 2013
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All of the above plus the title of Co-Producer and two tickets to the film's premiereEstimated delivery: Dec 2013
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I will make and send you the snack of your choice for your first viewing of the documentary and you will have the option of getting live commentary from me via skype during your viewing. A co-producer credit, two tickets to the film's premiere and all of the aboveEstimated delivery: Dec 2013
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I will send you my original project notebook with all of my brainstorming and to-do lists and appointments and doodling etc. plus all of the above.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013