Will DJ for Food
Will DJ for Food
Two DJs set out on a life-changing, cross-country tour, while bartering their musical abilities for survival.
Two DJs set out on a life-changing, cross-country tour, while bartering their musical abilities for survival. Read more
About this project
Will DJ for Food
You are 22 years old and you have just graduated college. Everyone, from your parents to your professors, keeps asking about your "game plan" for the future. Maybe you did not go to college. Maybe you are younger; maybe you are older. But now is the time for you to start thinking about what is ahead.
"Will DJ for Food" is a documentary web series that will follow two friends in search for answers to one of the world's most asked questions: What is it that you want to do with your life? We are here to show that in the year 2013, the possibilities are endless.
The Odd Couple
Meet STEVEY MIX and SWEDISH CARL— two DJ's who are about to embark on a cross country adventure. Both of these young, college graduates are starting their lives in the "real world." Society tells them to get a job, work a nine to five, and make as much money as possible. Others advise that now is the time to pursue your dreams and passions, while still young and ambitious. Receiving conflicting advice from all ends, the boys decide to spend the summer in pursuit of finding the best way to balance life while following their passions and finding success.
Stevey and Carl are two best friends and passionate DJ's by trade. They have decided to set out on a life-changing tour of the United States, bartering their musical abilities for survival. With nothing but an old and run down RV, a set of turntables, lights, and speakers, Stevey and Carl hit the road to explore the country through the one medium that universally connects us all: music.
Their journey begins in the city of Philadelphia, where Stevey and Carl’s presence is most known. The duo is noted for having played alongside many famous artists; including BassHunter, Pierce Fulton, Sazon Booya, Alesso, and DMX. However, beyond their Philly bubble, they are nothing but strangers to the outside world. Scouring social media sites and even Craigslist for work, the two begin landing gigs of all different, ridiculous sorts. From major cities, to rural America, the boys find themselves rocking parties that they never could have imagined. Bar mitzvahs, sweet 16's, rodeos, charity events, block parties, weddings… every performance is an adventure. Working on an extremely limited budget, the two must rely on their talents and the people they meet along the way.
The summer after graduation is the ideal opportunity for people in this strange position to do a little exploring before giving a definitive answer as to what career they would like to pursue. So what better time for the duo, with the help of producer, Matt Wizan and director, Brennan Erbeznik, to go on a road trip and document this journey on film, for people of all ages to see.
“Big Easy Express” meets “Craigslist Joe” in this inspirational film that connects with anyone seeking to answer the question: Do we pursue our dreams and passions, or do we trade them away for financial security and monotonous routines? “Will DJ for Food” documents spontaneity, human connection, passion, adventure, entertainment… and two DJ’s just trying to figure it all out.
We see great potential in documenting Stevey and Carl's journey. There is an excitement about this project and we want to utilize the internet as a distribution model so people everywhere can tune in weekly to track the progress of our trip.
In order to do this, Producer Wiz and Director Erbz are not only going to shoot all of the footage but they will also edit while on the road. It is ambitious, but we strongly believe this is the best way to share the content of the documentary with the people. We also plan to use social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to communicate directly to our followers, who will help guide us along our way.
Because of what we are trying to do, there are certain pieces of equipment we plan to use that will make our post production work flow as smooth as possible. These items include a CANON C300 camera, a top choice for documentary filmmaking, not only because it captures beautiful footage but it can also sync sound directly with our sound kit. Sync sound will be one less thing to worry about when editing weekly episodes.
To ensure that both Stevey and Carl, as well as the tons of people we are going to meet, are all properly heard, the 788T Sound Recorder is crucial to the success of this documentary. Poor sound is one of the biggest problems that a production faces, and the last thing we want is to be on the road with inaudible and unusable audio. Along with our sound kit, we plan on using two Sennheiser Wireless Lavalier Microphones and one Sennheiser Boom Microphone and Pole.
Finally, because we will be editing on a moving RV, we need five 6-Terabyte G-Raid Hard Drives to ensure that no footage is lost during the trip or while we are editing.
While we do want to keep the equipment for the production as minimal as possible, these particular items are truly helpful in making this project a reality and allowing a smaller production team to accomplish a professional product.
Stevey Mixx (aka Steve McWilliams) is a local disc jockey, MC, and promoter within the greater Philadelphia area. His career as a mobile entertainer began at the age of 14, performing at high school dances and banquet centers across Delaware County. Stephen's success within the live music industry is attributed to his high-quality production at affordable rates. His ten years of experience as a DJ have allowed his musical range to spread extensively, ensuring the perfect musical selection for any type of occasion.
A recent graduate of Villanova University, Stevey Mixx can be found every week at Philadelphia's top hot spots. He has played alongside popular Philadelphia acts such as Lost in Paris, The Benders, The Rockets, Joe Bachman Band, Gypsy Wisdom, and Split Decision. His promotional company, Outlook Entertainment, holds customer satisfaction as a number one priority, with a repeating clientele requesting musical services year in and out.
Swedish Carl (aka Carl Nilsmo) was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. Never afraid to take on new and difficult challenges, Carl moved to the United States in 2009 after receiving a scholarship to attend Villanova University, where he became the Villanova mascot and joined a fraternity. It was through his fraternity that he met Stevey Mix. Carl has always had a burning love and passion for dance music, and it didn't take long for DJ Stevey Mix to take Carl under his wing and book him his first gigs.
As a DJ, Carl has played some of the most well known venues in Philadelphia, and was even named Champion of the Philadelphia Red Bull DJ Challenge. From opening for popular DJ's like Alesso to Basshunter, Carl is a natural performer and uses his infectious energy and signature dance moves to ensure that every performance is one to remember.
Producer Wiz (aka Matthew Wizan) was born and raised in Santa Monica, CA. He attended Chapman University, where he played collegiate water polo and studied Film Production with an emphasis in Creative Producing. He has produced several short films, including 2010's The Waking Ones, 2011's (not) Addicted, and 2013's My American Muse. He is currently in post-production on a short film titled The Other Side, which he produced and co-wrote alongside Brennan Erbeznik, who directed the film.
Matthew is very excited to begin shooting the upcoming Will DJ for Food documentary and brings a tremendous amount of energy, humor, and positivity to the project.
Director Erbz (aka Brennan Erbeznik) is a young and upcoming filmmaker from Los Angeles, California. Most known for his commercials and music videos, he is an enthusiastic and talented director that is focused on story and communicating a narrative through film and video. He began making short films at the age of seven and has never lost the passion.
While studying Economics and playing football at Villanova University he has worked on the hit reality show Millionaire Matchmaker and has also created a body of work of his own including multiple commercials, music videos and short films. He is currently in post-production on the short film The Other Side in which he wrote, directed and edited. His work can be found at www.directorerbz.com.
Risks and challenges
There are definitely risks associated with a project of this caliber. Because Will DJ for Food will be formatted as a documentary web series, the two man production team will be shooting and editing simultaneously. It is also our goal to release an episode a week. Tons of footage and multiple storylines could pile up, and we will have to make executive decisions of what to concentrate more on that will certainly affect the direction of the project.
Because of this, while Brennan and Matthew are filming, they will constantly be taking notes of what the best footage was for the day, including necessary moments and important sound bites to ensure a smoother post-production work flow and that we aren't going through twenty-four hours a day of raw footage. There is also a fear that we may lose dailies when editing them on the road, which is why we will always be backing everything up to several different hard drives.
One might hear our plan and think we are way in over our heads--and they wouldn't be wrong. However, we aren't only confident in our design, but we feel this is the best way to reach and sustain our main audiences, getting people excited about the content of the project, and ultimately that will be the biggest reward.
Another challenge associated with this project is scheduling and time management. For example, if we are booked in Atlanta, Georgia on a Saturday and have to be in Seattle by Monday, it isn't realistically possible for us to commit to such gigs across the country if we can't be there in time. How we plan on overcoming this obstacle is by mapping our jobs methodically so that we do not over-commit ourselves to places we cannot be. We will book our jobs one week at time and one city at a time, so that we do not fail and fulfilling our obligations to fans.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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