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ASPEN MEDITATION (Cancelled) (Canceled)

A film that brings serenity & peace for the viewer through our planet's natural beauty, the awe of stone balance art & healing music.

ASPEN MEDITATION (Cancelled) (Canceled)

A film that brings serenity & peace for the viewer through our planet's natural beauty, the awe of stone balance art & healing music.

$2,947
pledged of 61.500 $pledged of 61.500 $ goal
40
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 29 2017
Last updated October 29, 2017

About

(Cancelled-- please see "Update" )      

Aspen Meditation is a meditative film designed to transform feelings of stress into calm peacefulness and feelings of anxiety into centered mindfulness.

Meditative film is something whose time has come. Life in modern times has become fast-paced and jam-packed with information. While there are many things in our lives we seek to improve, tangible, physical improvements become more accessible if we improve our inner selves first. We can focus our priorities more effectively if we remember to apply perhaps the greatest priority - inner peace. Together, we can bring more peace and serenity to the world.

Aspen Mediation is set amid wonder-filled landscapes to take you away from your worries of the moment; the visuals showcase the extreme natural beauty of Aspen, CO, the production is of the highest quality, the music will be an all-original score, crafted to harmoniously accompany the visuals.   

The Visuals 

Our Director of Photography, Danny Kelly Brown, was born and raised in Colorado and lives in Aspen.

The Production

All footage is shot in 4K resolution, or higher, with Red Dragon cameras, motion-controlled cameras for time-lapse photography and professional drones for the aerial footage. 

The Music

All the music in Aspen Meditation will be carefully written to complement the visuals.

Master Stone Balance Artist Michael Grab

Michael Grab is the mega-talented artist and creator of all the stone balancing art on this page, and in the film.

To describe his art, he has coined the phrase "gravity glue". He describes his creative process as contemplative, involving mental disciplines of patience, problem-solving, critical thinking, and adaptation, as well as physical disciplines of slow-breathing, and steady hands. 

Studies have shown that persons who report experiencing more awe in their lives, also feel wonder more regularly, appreciate beauty to a greater degree, become more generous and cooperative toward others, and feel more connected to their own consciousness.

Guided Meditation by Michael Bernard Beckwith

Michael Bernard Beckwith, Founder and Spiritual Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, will do our first narrative. He is a frequent guest on Oprah and a featured teacher in the film, The Secret.

He participated with the Dalai Lama in The Synthesis Dialogues. In 2009, he presented his book Spiritual Liberation in a live webinar with Oprah Winfrey. His talents and skills in Guided Meditation are quite renowned.  

MEET THE TEAM 

Bob Mills - Director, Producer, and Composer 

Bob is a filmmaker and musician. He has always enjoyed mystical places, and received powerful inspiration from the Awe of Nature and the Magic of Music. He loves acoustic instruments and playing indigenous flutes. His meditation music is used by yoga practitioners and massage therapists worldwide. He studied metaphysics with Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, Founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center. He founded Direct Experiences Films to make films that serve as touchstones for peace. 

"I like to say that this film is designed as a touchstone for peace. Production is complete, funded to date by my limited personal funds. This Kickstarter is to raise 'finishing funds'. Thank you so much for visiting, and thanks in advance for your support."  ~Bob Mills 

Robb Hirsch - Location Producer and Still Photographer

Robb is an accomplished photographer. His photography is an extension of his love for the natural world. Beginning as a biologist and natural historian, he traveled through Africa, Central America and the western U.S. and absorbed beauty and gained understanding. As a field biologist, he focused on threatened and endangered species. His images have won prestigious awards, been the subject of solo gallery showings, and been featured in numerous publications. He also served as location producer, and given his love and talent for images with careful composition and delicate illumination, it was an ideal match with Aspen Meditation. 

Danny Kelly Brown - Director of Photography, Editor, Associate Producer 

Danny is a Cinematographer and Artist based out of Colorado. He has achieved commercial success with his work, but it's his personal projects that drive him as they progress his art. His viral films have screened and won awards at film festivals globally. He likes to say that he is part cinematographer, part ninja. He shoots extremely high resolution video primarily on his Red Dragon, and shoots Time Lapse on complex 3 axis motion-controlled camera robots. His work is dramatic, beautiful, and brings a unique and mesmerizing perspective of nature to Aspen Meditation. 

L to R: Laura Mills, Bob Mills, Robb Hirsch, and Michael Grab. This photo was taken while filming Costa Rica Meditation.

BUDGET, TIMELINE, & USE OF PROCEEDS BUDGET

The Budget

The budget is realistic, with a quality of post-production to equal the quality of production. The principals have produced films and music before, and have experience in all the relevant areas. 

The Timeline

We are almost finished with the film, just need finishing funds.

Use Of Proceeds

ABOUT THE REWARDS 

Can you mix and match? Yes, you can. If there are Rewards you'd like in a certain combination or quantity that are not offered that way, no problem. Send a message by clicking the round photo at the top left of the page, and then "CONTACT ME". Glad to work it out. 

Delivery Dates: The Rewards deliveries are approximate, and reflect a delivery date for the film's completion; the calendar will be delivered earlier, in time for you to hang on your wall in January. We are likely to fulfill some of the other Rewards a bit earlier, too. 

Making Your "Choices": All "options" involved in any Reward tier (t-shirt size, for example) will be made AFTER the campaign; Kickstarter has a survey form for these selections, which works quite well. 

WHY KICKSTARTER 

We came to Kickstarter for three reasons: Independence, Truth, and Community.  INDEPENDENCE - to make this film correctly and with maximum impact, we feel it is necessary to be independent and not serve any master. TRUTH - this film needs to stay true to its formula - the music, visuals, light, sound and stone-balancing are each of the highest quality, and work together in a most synergistic way. COMMUNITY - those who meditate, those who embrace yoga, and those who do very little to counter daily stress - but know they should - these are communities we seek. What better place for us than Kickstarter? 

QUESTIONS If you've got questions, we've got answers. We are pleased to engage and respond. At the top of the page on the left there is a small round photo of Bob - click that, then click CONTACT ME to send a message. 

PHOTO CREDITS: All still photography courtesy of Robb Hirsch Photography. www.RobbHirschPhoto.com. All screen shots courtesy of Direct Experiences Films. 

Risks and challenges

Making a film of any length or genre, is a challenge, a substantial endeavor, with many moving parts. Independent film producers have to especially be conscious of budgets and time frames. For this film, we have completed production, and I'm proud to say that we've done this without the slightest compromise to quality. It's taken some time to get it to this point, and I've financed it to date from limited personal funds, thus reducing what is needed for this campaign.

The funds from KS will allow us to complete the editing, and all those post-production elements that ensure the film is special. Our scope of work, time frames, and budgets are reasonable. The entire team has a passion for film making, meditation, and the holistic messages we espouse.

In summary, we say with total confidence - when the Kickstarter campaign succeeds, the film will be made; and all rewards will be delivered fully and on a timely basis.

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    SCREENSAVER: STUNNING AND SERENE

    This screensaver will rotate between 6 images from Aspen Meditation; now, when you sit down at your computer in the morning w your coffee, you will wake up to great natural beauty and start your day with serenity, and a smile. Also - we thank you by name on our website, and I thank you - right here and now - for your support.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF FILM

    You will receive the stunning screensaver and thank you's from the $6 level, PLUS you will receive the film - a digital download of Aspen Meditation. Watch it the first time with a very special someone. (Special someone not included.)

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE - EARLY BIRD

    You will receive the screensaver and thank you's from the $6 level, PLUS you will receive a deluxe digital download that includes the full feature film Aspen Meditation and extra's - artwork, bonus photography, and music/soundtrack. Limited to 100 at this price.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE

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    BLU-RAY DELUXE - W VOICE-OVER COMMENTARY

    You will receive everything from the $28 level above, including the "deluxe" extra's and bonuses - but the film will be on DVD, PLUS you receive an "extra special" feature - a version of the film with voice-over commentary containing anecdotes and behind the scenes insights of the scouting, set-up, and execution by Bob and special guests

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    T-SHIRT OF TRANQUILITY

    You will receive everything from the $28 level above, including the "deluxe" extra's, PLUS a beautiful T-SHIRT you'll be proud to wear, featuring an image of peaceful beauty. Note: Choice of T-shirt size, style, color is made after the campaign, see section on About the Rewards.

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    CALENDAR OF CONTENTMENT (2018; SIGNED)

    You will receive everything from the $28 level above, including the "deluxe" extra's, PLUS a beautiful 2018 calendar featuring breathtakingly beautiful images - photos by Robb Hirsch and stone balancing by Michael Grab. Robb, Michael, AND Bob will each sign the calendar and you WILL receive it before the commencement of 2018. See section on About the Rewards.

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    T-SHIRT + CALENDAR PLUS NAME IN CREDITS

    You will receive everything from the $28 level above, including the "deluxe" extra's, PLUS the t-shirt of tranquility, and calendar of contentment PLUS you will be thanked, by name, in the film's closing credits.

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    LIM. EDITION ROBB HIRSCH PRINT #1

    You will receive everything from the $60 level above, PLUS a Limited Edition Giclee Print signed, numbered, and hand-matted (black) by fine art photographer Robb Hirsch. Only 50 will ever be made. Image is 8 x 10, acid-free matting at 11 x 14, shipped flat, ready for you to frame, hang, stare and smile at. All choices made after the campaign. You are, of course, also thanked in the closing credits.

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    LIM. EDITION ROBB HIRSCH PRINT #2

    You will receive everything from the $60 level above, PLUS a Limited Edition Giclee Print signed, numbered, and hand-matted (black) by fine art photographer Robb Hirsch. Only 50 will ever be made. Image is 12 x 18, acid-free matting at 18 x 24, shipped flat, ready for you to frame, hang, stare and smile at. All choices made after the campaign. You are, of course, also thanked in the closing credits.

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    GUIDED MEDITATION BY REV BECKWITH

    You receive everything from the $135 level above, but YOUR Blu-Ray has a most special bonus - a second version of Aspen Meditation, set to spoken word / guided meditation by the Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith. There are three guided meditations, each 20 minutes in length (the film is 60 minutes). As soon as you pick this Reward, you will feel more serene and ... Ommmmmm ...

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    TWO TIX TO PREMIER IN L.A.

    Come celebrate with us! You will receive everything from the $60 level above PLUS you and a guest will be invited to our VIP Premier showing of the film. It will be in a very special location (LA area; travel not included), will include special guests, refreshments, and a few goodies. You are, of course, also thanked in the closing credits.

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    INSIDER SPECIAL

    You will receive everything from the $135 level above PLUS the Guided Meditation Blu-Ray featuring Michael Bernard Beckwith (from the $350 level above), PLUS two personalized extra's - a musical score from the film, signed by Bob Mills, AND the script from the Guided Meditation, signed by MIchael Bernard Backwith. And, you are thanked in the closing credits. Wow.

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    YOUR QUOTE IN CLOSING CREDITS

    Are you a poet but just didn't know it? Give us an original quote (25 words max) or paraphrase a famous quote, it should be relevant to the theme of this film, and we'll put it into the closing credits in a conspicuous way. Limit of 2. If it's an original quote, it will credit you. If it's a paraphrase, it will credit both you and the person you paraphrased from. You also get everything from the $60 level, and you are thanked separately in the end credits. You are indeed the recipient of much thanks.

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    "SPECIAL THANKS" ON IMDb

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

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    CO-PRODUCER

    You get everything from the $525 level (Insider Special), PLUS you get 2 tickets to the Premier (travel not included) AND a half-day with the Director in the office and editing bay (travel not included), PLUS credit as a CO-PRODUCER, which will go onto IMdb, plus posters, Blu-Ray boxes, as well as the film's end credits. Thank you for helping us achieve our mission, we're thrilled to be teammates!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    You get everything from the $525 level (Insider Special), PLUS you get 4 tickets to the Premier (travel not included) AND a full day with the Director during the post production (travel not included) including lunch or dinner PLUS credit as an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, which will go onto IMdb, plus posters, Blu-Ray boxes, as well as the film's opening and end credits. Thank you for your most generous support!!

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Funding period

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