About this project
WHAT IS THE RISE?
The Rise is a feature length snowmobile action sports documentary. It will follow three riders, Mike Laudert, Ryan Kirtley and Jaret Reid, as they brave the harsh Alaskan wilderness for the sport they love.
Unlike most action sports films, our goal is not simply to show tricks and stunts. We'll do that also, but more importantly our aim is to immerse the viewer into the lives of these riders. We want to show you what it's like to do one of the world's most dangerous sports in America's last frontier. We'll take you to remote locations few humans have ever ventured, and show you the die hard passion these riders have for their sport, all while utilizing innovative new techniques not yet set seen in the world of action sports filmmaking.
WHO ARE WE?
Firefight Films is a film production company that strives to bring the world the most innovative and creative works in film, television, music video, web series and commercial form. Our goal is to revolutionize how any and all creative projects are done. The Rise is our first project after founding the company in the last quarter of 2012 and has been in preproduction since then, beginning principal filming this upcoming winter. Even though this is our first project as a company, the individuals who make up Firefight Films have years of experience in a multitude of creative avenues, and represent a new batch of young, forward-thinking artists aiming to make their mark on the world of filmmaking.
There is simply no better way to fund a project while maintaining creative control than Kickstarter. It is important to us that the final product we put out to you matches our unique vision and standard of quality, something very hard to do by receiving traditional forms of funding.
$25,000 is the minimum amount we'd need to make this amazing film. That doesn't mean that every dollar above that won't make The Rise even better. The more funding we can raise, the more we can put into production quality, the making of, travel and a few other surprises that will blow you away once the film is released. We will be setting up stretch goals and new rewards after our initial goal is met that will serve as a thank you to all of our backers for making this project the best it can possibly be.
Risks and challenges
We have some very difficult and unique challenges to overcome when it comes to shooting The Rise that very few other documentaries ever have to face. For example, we are quite literally shooting on the side of mountains usually only accessible by snowmobile or helicopter, this has caused us to come up with new methods of transporting and setting up crew and equipment. Because the temperature can drop well below freezing, our film equipment has to be treated to handle this extreme climate. Just being in the Alaskan backcountry comes with its own set of dangers i.e. avalanches, wild animals, hypothermia etc. so safety has become our number one priority.
Firefight Films has prepared to deal with these and other challenges that may arise by spending over a year in preparation and planning up to this point so that we're able to address any situation that might occur. For any problems we couldn't have planned for, our undying tenacity and motivation to bring you the best snowmobile film ever made will get us through it, and at least we'll have it on film, which will only make The Rise that much better. We will be working with MotorFist and our other sponsors to produce all of the awesome rewards and make sure this process goes as smoothly as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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