An image-filled meditation on and with visual elements and spirit of Burning Man, to be released 2013. Feature length non-verbal film.
Radical Burning Desert will be a feature length non-verbal art documentary film based on Burning Man visuals, filmed on REDs and other high level cameras 2010 to 2013.
Having now filmed 2 of the 3 years I planned for the project, filming at Burning Man 2010-2012 the learning curve reflected in my bank account taught me the obvious: Filming is expensive, even nowadays. Especially if one uses REDs and Steadicams.
I know - doh!
Even when expenses are minimized (and trust me, having no RVs at Burning Man for crew and equipment seems nuts) and the excellent camera guys are working under kind financial conditions and under multiple stress inducing conditions, they need to be paid, as do the RED cameras, Steadicams (the real, big rigs), transportation to, from and especially on the playa (you might have seen us last year in the combination of a far-too-small golf cart for 3 guys and the heavy equipment, plus 'director' and producer (me) following on bicycles), somewhat regular food supply, a minimally decent sleeping space, where also batteries get charged and footage gets copied to backup hard-drives (you should have seen our horrible box-car where they normally transport horses in; trust me, we don't spend 1$ on any kind of luxury).
Summary learned: Even at minimal cost it becomes much, much more than what I ever anticipated.
And we haven't even started editing (except for the trailer you see above), although by now we have 50 hours of great footage.
On top of that unforeseen things happen: sets burn down (http://youtu.be/BIJou7pYQ8A), the camera guy gets - literally - run over by the crowds pulling the Trojan horse, and the camera/steadycam gets damaged (hey, someone has to pay for that), to name just a few 'highlights'.
No complaints here, it is a unique project and it will result in a unique film. But to get better working conditions the idea of this fund-raiser was born.
In the first phase I am setting the goal minimal, as to achieve it. No idea, never done this before and I understand I am competing with many other very worthy Burning Man related projects (where I wish to ALL of them that they reach their financial goal, while even supporting some of them).
Ideally the minimum amount will be surpassed and the really needed amount of four times this minimum goal will be achieved. So, even if you see the original goal reached, please check if you want to be part of this project, in a big or small way.
See you on the playa.
More details about the film if you are not bored:
In the tradition of non-verbal masterpieces Koyaanisqatsi, Baraka, Samsara, which tell a story without words the idea is based on my Burning Man photography book (which is also called 'Radical Burning Desert' - www.facebook.com/bmrbd ) and footage filmed 2010 and 2011, plus what we will add 2012.
It will be a visual meditation on the elements of Burning Man, leaving emotional interpretation to the film's viewer, understanding the foreseeable effect that seeing the film will influence and inspire people. I believe that the concept of 'radical self-expression' and 'radical self-reliance', inspiring, positive human interaction, or simply 'freedom' can be visualized without lengthy explanation. You feel it when you see my images.
Thru the film some of those who have not been to Burning Man will become curious enough to come (I know the effect of my art book, I know that will be more competition for scarce tickets). Others will see and feel the essence of Burning Man, without maybe fully grasping it, but understanding that there is more to life than daily grind.
The film's style will emphasize the combination of images of great emotional impact and thought-provoking magnitude with a musical score that adds to the images' relevance. The combination will be awe inspiring, and memorable. There will be 'chapters' (such as Art, Camp, Vehicles, Man before the burn, Sunrise, Landscape, Music, Nightlife, Thunderdome, Temple, Man & Temple Burns), but they will not be 'announced'. Maybe it is better to call them recurring themes, which move the film in a free flowing visual narrative and thus cover a good portion of Burning Man's uniqueness and background. Although words are a relevant part of everyday life, they only tell you so much about feelings. When (for the most part) you stop words, you clear the noise out, it becomes an exploration, a visual quest.
This is the essence of Burning Man. There is no 'narrative'. Reading the 'What, Where, When' guide while circling camps and events to go to, will not get you into the mood of Burning Man, although the booklet is highly structured. Going here and there, anywhere, everywhere and nowhere will generate a liberating, open experience. Same with the film. With the added incentive that the world is the target audience. No language barriers involved.
The 66$ pledge. It supports the project nicely and you get two Burning Man books! (for a preview: pages of the books are at: www.tomasloewy.com/rbd ).
pledged of $6,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on August 12, 2012.
Jul 5, 2012 - Aug 12, 2012
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1 backer Limited (9998 of 9999 left)
For just 3$ you get the good feeling that you support something great, can name-drop to your friends (the sentence "I am one of a selected group of people co-financing a Burning Man Film" will be indisputably true, 'only' 9,999 backers are 'allowed' at this level, :) ) and you will get all the updates about this project during the fundraiser time period - and afterwards if you wish ... Hell, I'll throw in a photo of your choise from my own Burning Man Collection, sign it (digitally) and email it to you!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $11 or more
Your name will be part of the end titles of the film in the 'wonderful people who helped make this film possible' section... And you will choose one page from the 'Radical Burning Desert - Burning Man 2004-2010' book, which I will sign and send you as a .pdf or .jpg file message you choose.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
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Your name will be engraved in a bigger font and a color of your choice in the end titles of the film in the 'wonderful people who helped make this film possible' section... And you will be able to choose one printed page from the 'Radical Burning Desert - Burning Man 2004-2010' book, which I will send you in it's 11x13 inch size. If you wish I will sign it for you with the dedication message you choose. (This part of the reward will be sent out before this year's Burning Man)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $44 or more
You will receive a printed copy of my 'Radical Burning Desert - Burning Man 2004-2010' book, over 200 pages and weighing at 4 pounds (preview it at www.rbd.tomasloewy.com), signed with a dedication message you choose. (Will be sent out before I leave for this year's Burning Man). Also, your name will be engraved in the end titles of the film in the 'wonderful people who helped make this film possible - and already own the book' section. (This part of the reward will be delivered in 2013, upon completion of the film).Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Bronce Level Perks: All of the above and you will receive two copies of the 'Radical Burning Desert - Burning Man 2004-2010' book, each signed and with the dedication message you choose. (Will be sent out before I leave for this year's Burning Man).Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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1 backer Limited (10 of 11 left)
Silver Level Perks: Be part of filming at Burning Man. We will meet on Wednesday 8/29/2012 at 5pm at the Man and 6:00 o'clock, facing Center Camp. We'll come up with how to film you and a group of your friends... You will also get a Quicktime with the film footage of this personal shoot in the fall of 2012. (The footage might be included in the film or not; please give me the artistic freedom on this)... Also, you will get 3 Books with dedications shipped. You can pick them up at my camp or have them shipped to an address of your choice... And - obviously - your name will be engraved in the end titles of the film in the 'wonderful people who helped make this film possible' section. (This part of the reward will be delivered in 2013, upon completion of the film)... Plus DVD of the film when released and an invite to the film's premiere (travel expenses not covered, sorry)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Gold Level perks: same as above PLUS photo shoot for you and your friends while we are filming the scene mentioned at the Silver level... And an additional book for a total of 4 Books with dedications.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Platinum Level perks: Same as at Gold Level (Photoshoot + Filming) plus the chance for immortality: an Associate producer credit in IMDB... Two additional books for a total of 6 Books with dedications... Plus DVD of the film when released. Plus invite to Premiere with first row seating (still no travel expenses, sorry)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Titanium Level perks: Same as Platinum level, IMDB credits included... Plus half day private photo shoot for/of you and your friends almost anywhere in the continental US (outside of the US you'd have to fly me in)... 8 books.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Unobtanium Level perks: Same as Platinum level, IMDB credits included... Plus full day private photo shoot for/of you and your friends anywhere in the US (outside of the US you'd have to fly me in)... 10 books.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012