Each year in March, 6000 people race to the top of Seattle’s tallest building. This is their compelling, tragic and miraculous story.
THE BIG CLIMB will be a short documentary film about annual event of the same name. The Big Climb event is sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Seattle, as a fund-raiser. Every year, 6000 people from Seattle and elsewhere scramble to the top of the Northwest's tallest building, the Columbia Center, 73 stories above ground. This event is as huge as the skyscraper, and the film will explore the motivations behind the participants' struggles to get to the top.
Why would anyone do such a thing? THIS IS REALLY HARD! There is nothing easy about climbing (much less running) up 1311 steps - 69 flights of stairs to the observation deck overlooking the Puget Sound. I made a feeble trial run recently, about a quarter of the way, and I could hardly walk for days after. Why do people do this? Is it in honor of a loved one battling cancer? In memory of someone lost? As a declaration of living for today? Or as a challenge to push through pain and physical exhaustion? These are the difficult and real questions we'll be answering in this film.
A FAVOR: please, by all means, pass the link to this project around to your family and friends, and anyone who you feel would be interested in participating.
WHY DO I WANT TO MAKE THIS MOVIE?
Good question. This project is important to me for one main reason: it celebrates life in a get-off-your-ass, do it even if it hurts like hell kind of way.
Personally, I've looked at cancer face-to-face. I am a leukemia survivor, five years out. I am eternally grateful to so many for all the love and support I've received. This film is a big THANK YOU card to my family, friends, doctors, Virginia Mason Hospital, to western and alternative medicines, to spirit, God and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Together, we're not only making a film that tells a crazy, miraculous, and too often tragic story, we'll also be gifting the film to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Seattle, to assist in their fund-raising efforts.
HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE USED?
This project deserves more than just me and my camera going micro-style. While I'll be volunteering my time producing and shooting, funds will be needed for other production expenses:
- Camera rental. The event covers a lot of ground (or stairs) in a short time. We'll need multiple cameras, both video and DSLR to capture the before and after and all in-between. I'm permitted to mount a couple cameras in the stairwells, so will be shooting both live-action and time lapse there. I'll also be shooting interviews days in advance of the shoot, and probably some after, as well. I will be donating the use of my lighting gear as needed.
- Crew. I'd love to compensate our additional camera operators, an assistant to man and monitor time-lapse and fixed cameras in the stairwells, at least one top notch sound recordist with gear, and a coordinator to help us get through the day.
- Post-Production. Editorial preparation, including logging and transcoding is a necessary expense. Then on to editing! I anticipate a short three to five weeks of editing to hone our story, with a professional editor.
- Sound and music editing.
- Miscellaneous production expenses, such as gasoline, parking, food for the crew, rental insurance, recording media...
EXCEEDING OUR GOAL
If this project resonates with people like you and we exceed our fund-raising goal, the project will only get BETTER. More funds mean more time in post-production massaging the edit. It also means we'll be able to create a more in-depth story. It opens the door to having a composer create an original musical score for the film -- how amazing would that be?! It means I can pay crew a reasonable scale. It means I have fewer out-of-pocket expenses to cover.
We're on a very fast track here, as the event approaches quickly. I'm only giving this fund-raising process a short 20 days. If you feel compelled to donate, please do so RIGHT AWAY! Try not to put it off to another day.
THANK YOU AND YOU AND YOU
I can't thank you enough (!) for considering supporting this project. Your donation means so much to me, and my hope is that your true rewards will be both good Karma and good feelings. Thank you.
The lovely and talented filmmaker, Laura Carriker, has offered to come aboard as Director. This makes me (as it should you, our backers) very happy. She has already suggested many powerful ideas that I hadn't considered. Laura will not only be conducting interviews for the film, but also shaping and steering it's dramatic structure. The first short film Laura ever directed won over 50 awards internationally, and she can coax out one heck of an interview while making her subjects feel so at ease. Her work includes feature films, such as "Ramadan at the Cozy"; documentary films shot across the globe; museum installations and promotional films.
Chris Mosio, that's me of course, will be Producing and acting as Director of Photography. I'm honored to be able to make a film about such an inspiring event. My DP credits include features, television, and many documentary films, including "The Cultivated Life", for which I received an Emmy Award for cinematography.
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25th Floor Level: A super-cool "BIG CLIMB GROUND SUPPORT" decal, to show off your support for the project and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.Estimated delivery:
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Observation Deck Shout-Out Level: Those of you who know me well, know that I am not a particularly vocal person. So, this reward would be a bit of a stretch for me if cancer had not played such a large role in my life. Point of information: the Columbia Center observation deck is enclosed, so this reward will instead occur from the observation deck of the Seattle Space Needle. Observation Deck Reward recipients shall bear video witness to me shouting out for you at the top of my lungs, "CANCER, (insert name here) WANTS YOU TO KNOW THAT YOU CAN GO F - - K YOURSELF!" Or something perhaps more clever as you wish, from the Observation deck of the Seattle Space Needle. If there are several reward recipients, I will even create a video montage of the spectacle... until I get kicked out.Estimated delivery:
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Participant Level: Come be in the documentary! I can offer 2 people the opportunity to participate in the BIG CLIMB and be interviewed for the film. If you have a compelling story and want to climb, here's your chance. You should be fit, but will not be required to complete the entire climb. And the biggest THANK YOU ever! Of course, you can still donate at this level even if you don't wish to participate!Estimated delivery:
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