Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
“I want to see hang gliding documented the way I see it in my head and feel it in the air.”
“I want to see hang gliding documented the way I see it in my head and feel it in the air.”
159 backers pledged $13,885 to help bring this project to life.

About

Dreaming Awake The Web Series project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$13,885

159

Hang gliding is the ultimate realization of one of man’s oldest dreams, true bird like flight. No cockpit, no engines, no mechanical controls, just you, the wing and the air. This beautiful pastime has brought immeasurable joy to thousands of people that have been able to realize their lifelong dream of flight. Dreaming Awake is a web series that aims to showcase this by highlighting the unique people and places that make up hang gliding today. Hang gliders are colorful, elegant aircraft that operate in some of the most beautiful, natural environments in the world. This deserves documentation with a very high level of production quality, utilizing only high quality cinematic cameras and advanced stabilized aerial camera platforms. GoPros are excellent cameras for the money and ease of use, but we strive for something greater than your average youtube gopro flick.

Dreaming Awake The Web Series Trailer

Dreaming Awake has a good head start as a web series. So far, three episodes have been released, “Dreaming Awake in Big Sur”, “Dreaming Awake at King Mountain” and “The Jeffs”. 

All of the Dreaming Awake Episodes will be available on Youtube, free to watch at this link - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZbAxl62ULQtX1pjyT-TsQ0GTTQrn2Ecu

Dreaming Awake will feature original music by Matt Harwich

The Next Three Episodes Are:

Dreaming Awake at Fort Funston (90% complete) - Fort Funston is a coastal cliff site located in San Francisco California. The prevailing sea breeze provides smooth, consistent lift and the dramatic cliff face makes for breathtaking views of the California coast line. This episode primarily features the piloting talents of Wills Wing factory pilot Dustin Martin as well as many other local regulars. It’s a fun, high energy short film that is sure to impress! Run time approximately 9 minutes. This episode will be finished and released by the time we reach our funding goal!

Dustin Martin at Fort Funston
Dustin Martin at Fort Funston

Dreaming Awake at The Wallaby Ranch (50% complete) - This episode features one of my favorite places in the world, the magical flat land escape known as the Wallaby Ranch in Florida. This is also very close to my heart as I was able to arrange for a tandem flight for grandparents. My grandfather passed away shortly after filming and this was the last time I saw him. This film is a tad more mellow and personal featuring interviews Wallaby Ranch owner Malcolm Jones and my very own Grandmother Jo Anne Aldrich! But don’t worry, we’ve still got some awesome footage of pilots Ryan Voight and Wolfgang Siess. This episode will be release on June 1st.

Malcolm Jones oversees a tandem aerotow at The Wallaby Ranch, Florida
Malcolm Jones oversees a tandem aerotow at The Wallaby Ranch, Florida

Dreaming Awake: Building Dreams (Pre-production) - This is a totally new film we are currently writing. This is the story of Steve Pearson, president and chief engineer at Wills Wing and his journey to create the perfect, high performance hang glider. Unlike other Dreaming Awake films, that have been mostly action/flying footage, this will be a character driven story, told with a “cinematic” feel. We will begin shooting in June and are aiming for a release by the end of July.

Steve Pearson discusses cutting hang glider sails at the Wills Wing factory, Orange, CA
Steve Pearson discusses cutting hang glider sails at the Wills Wing factory, Orange, CA

The funds raised will go toward post production costs for the next two episodes and full production costs for the third episode.

PROJECT TIMELINE

April 30 - May 30 - Kickstarter funding period

May 30 (or earlier) - Dreaming Awake at Fort Funston finished / released

May 30 - April 7 - Rewards sent out

June 1 - Dreaming Awake at The Wallaby Ranch finished / released

June 2 - June 30 - filming Dreaming Awake Building Dreams

~July 31 - Dreaming Awake Building Dreams finished / Released

Risks and challenges

We wouldn't be doing this if it was easy! Film making isn't our full time job (yet?) so there are always "life things" that get in the way and slow down progress. However, having the support of the Kickstarter and free flight communities, as well as funding, will keep this project on track. We have got the first episode mostly finished and the second episode started to help reduce YOUR risk and get quality content out as soon as possible.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Every dollar helps! Thanks for taking the time to check out our project!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    A virtual fist bump from everyone involved! Thanks so much for the support!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Double fist bump! You rock and we will add your name to the credits of each episode!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    23 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    You are Awesome! We will send you a hand written Dreaming Awake postcard and provide a 1080p high bit rate download of each new episode as well as your name in the credits!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    31 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    You are awesome! This level scores you a kick ass Wallet made out of sale cloth material by our own Dreaming Awake Hero Dustin Martin! You will also receive the post card, a digital download of each episode and your name in the credits!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    38 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    GEAR REWARD - Score an awesome Wide Open Camera SRP GoPro Combat Cage! These cages are ideal for protecting your GoPro camera from those less-then-perfect landings and will also add additional mounting points to keep it secure! Hurry only 5 available!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $70 or more About $70

    This super awesome contribution deserves a limited edition Dreaming Awake Poster! You will also receive the post card a digital download and your name in the credits.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $90 or more About $90

    Super Awesome Double Poster Pack! You will receive two limited edition Dreaming Awake Posters, the post card a digital download and your name in the credits!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    17 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $140 or more About $140

    GEAR REWARD - Receive a D|Focus V4 Follow Focus and your name in the Credits

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    GEAR REWARD #2 - Receive a D|Matte Complete Matte Box and your name in the credits.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $255 or more About $255

    GEAR REWARD - Score a custom camera mount specifically designed to fit your Wills Wing Carbon Stinger! Designed and manufactured by Dave himself, this CNC machined keel mount is designed to hold a camera up to 2 pounds. Perfect for cameras like the Panasonic GH4 or Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Will also work great with a GoPro!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $275 or more About $275

    GEAR REWARD #3 - Receive a Starter Bundle for your choice of camera from D|Focus Systems. This includes a D|Focus V4 Follow Focus, D|Gear Lens Gear and your choice of D|Rails.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    Can't thank you enough! You will receive a very limited 24 x 36 inch Dreaming Awake Poster printed on beautiful stretched canvas! Choose from one of several images. You will also receive the post card and your name in the credits.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $600 or more About $600

    You are amazing! So much so that we have arranged for you or a loved one to take a tandem Hang Glider flight with one of several instructors around the US! You will also receive the posters, post card and your name in the credits!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Wow, if you are awesome enough to contribute this amount then we definitely want to hang with you! You are invited to a screening party that we will throw in your honor! We'll also send you the posters, post card and get your name in the credits.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    Our very own Matt Harwich,DJ MPH, will Dj your party! (Southern California residence only)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Our persona hero! Executive Producer credit in the films, plus the posters, plus the post card

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (31 days)