I recently spent three brief nights getting to know this truly one-of-a-kind person. You'll meet him in the video I made above, and hopefully you'll be convinced that this documentary project should develop further.
For that to happen, I need to gather a small crew to help me. The film's shooting locations are hectic and hazardous at night, which makes working alone very cumbersome.
If you can help me out here, I will give you a powerful documentary film.
(I will be adding new video clips and other materials to Factotum of the City's facebook page until the campaign is over.)
‘Factotum of the City’ centers around a Julliard School graduate who fell from the world opera stage into the bowels of San Francisco's Tenderloin, an infamously destitute place located amidst the city's vibrant downtown. The film will follow the opera man as he navigates the Tenderloin and its surrounding locales, showing some of the bizarre, tragic and comical situations he endures while living as a self-fashioned 'Figaro' of the street (Figaro is an operatic character known for being a nifty middle-man of the city, and a role the narrator has performed internationally with high acclaim). The film will pay particular attention to how this man begins to transform the street into his own stage, and how his encounters there become part of semi-imagined operatic sagas.
Why I Need Help:
Handling camera and audio while following subjects in potentially dangerous areas is an extremely limiting way to work.
The $3,500 I aim to raise will go towards assembling a small production crew- a Sound Person, a Second Camera Operator and a Line Producer. I will be First Camera, Director and Producer.
The money for the crew will include food, transportation, some equipment fees and (already reduced) professional fees. The money will cover 12-15 days of total shooting time. Ideally, these shoots will take place sporadically over a 1.5-2 month period, but we will be on call to cover any pivotal events in the subject's life.
Raising funds within a short time-frame (12 days) is necessary to strike while the iron is hot. I have been trusted with an unusual amount of access into the subject's life, but potential barriers do exist by virtue of the subject's erratic lifestyle. Things like police arrest or hospitalization are daily threats to him- they are in part what makes the subject unique and compelling. My film crew should therefore be ready to shoot as soon as possible and in whatever circumstances the subject lives his life.
I am very excited to get your feedback about this project.
THANK YOU before hand for your help!
Risks and challenges
As mentioned above, my project presents some unique problems. I want to stress, however, that these obstacles are what makes the subject matter worth documenting.
Having a mature and professional crew will deflect many of the problems expected to arise, especially theft. I will be using experienced individuals to help me, one who is an industry professional with 10+ years experience in documentary production. I will also be using about a third of the campaign funds to getting a Line-Producer in charge of watching the set, ensuring the safety of all participants.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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