Film-addict? Cinephile? Movie-buff? What do you call a man who sets out to watch IMDB's Top 250 movies in 38 days? Certifiably insane.
For the Love of Movies is a real-time documentary about a guy, me, who watches the Internet Movie Database's top 250 movies of all time in just 38 days. To give you some perspective, that's: 526.7 hours of movies or 31,602 minutes or 1,896,120 seconds. I will have to average about 6.6 movies a day.
The documentary will detail my life through those 38 days including: The grueling amount of stress and pressure on my wife. The health hazards associated with watching that much TV. My life as I put everything on hiatus to pursue this goal.
The project will consist of the following:
- A short review of each film written immediately following the screening. It will be posted on FilmPhilia's website.
- A daily video update at the end of each day with a quick word on each film watched that day, how I'm feeling, and the upcoming films. That update will be posted via YouTube and can be seen on this page.
- A film crew following me around through those 38 days.
The culmination of the above will be the documentary, For the Love of Movies.
The schedule consists of the following:
- 6 hours of sleep per day.
- 15 minute shower
- 15 minutes following each film to write the short review
- 1 hour to go to the gym
- 30 minutes for the update video
- 10 spare minutes per day for contingency purposes.
- Everything else will be watching movies
That schedule can be seen via Google Spreadsheets, here.
As you can see in the Calender, we will begin on February 20th and end on March 29th.
While the skeptics out there may claim that this isn't possible, or that I may cheat and say I watched a movie without really watching it, we have built a Ustream account to mitigate those problems.
This Ustream account will show me LIVE, that's right, LIVE while I watch each and every movie. The page can be seen here.
Please note that just because I have seen a few of these films, does not mean that I can skip them. I WILL WATCH EVERY ONE!
While I believe this project will be a great deal of fun for me, the guinea pig, and you, the viewer, the documentary For the Love of Movies is the final goal.
The money raised here is only for the documentary. I repeat ONLY for the documentary. This is not a scam where I am requesting $8000 to support my fat, lazy butt while I watch TV for 38 days. I am only allowing myself to watch that much TV for this documentary. It is extremely unhealthy.
I know $8000 for a project like this seems a little steep. But the cost of production these days is extremely high. So with that, here is where your money is going:
$2216.50/Sony EX3 41 Day Rental
$899/Zeis Compact Prime CP.2 15mm T2.9 41 Day Rental
$361/Fluorescent - Lowel Rifa 88 eXtra/Flo 80 Softbox Kit 41 Day Rental
$900/Kessler CineSlider 41 Day Rental
$500/ Cartoni 100mm Fluid Head + Tripod 41 Day Rental
$1000/Boom Operator Wages (Includes Equipment)
$2000/Professional Cinematographer Wages
Which gives us a total of $7876.59. After Kickstarter and Amazon's mandatory fees, we will be below this amount. The remainder will be covered by me.
Anything more than $8000 will go toward better video equipment.
I have worked hard to amount a sum that will support me for the 38 days. I will be covering my own expenses. These include the cost of food, drink, and Netflix/Amazon to rent each movie.
First of all, we appreciate you very much!
Third, there is an Accountability Page where we show you where each and every dollar is going and how it is being spent. You obviously have faith in this project and we will reciprocate that with nothing but honesty, kindness, and accountability. We want you to get what you paid for!
Fresh out of college, I'm first and foremost, a filmmaker. I've wanted to be one since my earliest recollections and it is the only thing I can imagine doing in my life. This project will be my first film. While it may only be a documentary, it is a project. It is work. One thing that makes this documentary unique is that you get to watch it while it's being made!
I would be truly honored to have your support while I embark on this enormous and tumultuous task.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
There are several Risks and Challenges involved with this project namely:
1. Getting every DVD I need to complete my task.
2. Staying healthy enough, both mentally and physically, to complete the task.
3. Strictly sticking to the schedule, as I will not succeed if I don't.
4. Film Crew
Addressing the issue of getting every DVD, I'm going to be using multiple Netflix accounts (friends' and associates') to ensure that I cannot possibly run out.
Addressing the issue of health, I will be doing things to keep myself active. Whether that be running in place, stretching, or going to the gym for that hour per day, I think I'll be just fine :)
Addressing the schedule, I admit, it's pretty grueling. I'm going to want to quit. But with the goal in site and with your support, what the human mind can perceive it can achieve.
The Film Crew consists of only a cinematographer and boom operator. Their schedule is free to film for a few hours a day. That is all that I'm going to need and will provide me with plenty of footage when I get into the editing room.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration of this project. See you on February 20th!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.