Before I go any further, this is not a capitalist venture, this is not a pity project this is a passion project. I am trying to make a inspirational independent film. Before cancer I was an musician and filmmaker. Now I am rebounding back with all that artistic stuff plus I am making money off the 23 iPhone apps that I developed while undergoing treatment. Using a collection of video and written journals, medical files and interviews I am going to produce a hopeful inspirational documentary film. Initially, I wanted to draw comparisons between the current economy crash and my brain cancer because they were both around the same time. The problem with that is I am doing much better and the economy is still rebounding.
I am 100% committed to open source. First will be the worldwide release on youtube.com, goggle.com and vehmo.com, followed by the film festivals and art house theaters. That is the opposite of the current standard model, but it will be the most effective. I am using a standard Copyleft contract.Simply put, all audio and video for the film will be available for remix or broadcast for free.
The most commonly concerns are.
1) What will the funds be used for?
The short answer is quality. 50K sounds like a lot of money but in the media world it is a zero budget film (0-50K) . The next level is shoestring budget (50,001K-100k) and then the low budget (100,001- 400K) . The main reason I will be able to get a high quality movie accomplished is simply the majority of the labor is working for free. The majority of the expenses will be spent on equipment, transfers, legal fees, and submission fees.
2) Do you really need that much and what will you do with any extra?
When i looked through the B&H catalog my wish list total was$147,000. I am very genuine about producing a first class documentary film that I can be proud of. A full length doc like this commissioned from a network would have a budget of about $400K. Every penny of the money raised and even more from my own pockets will be spent on this project. I am calling in huge favors from professional crew members, lawyers, and friends asking them to work for a for free or a fraction of their regular rates. I have some exciting ideas for how to make the doc even better should we raise more than the $50K.
3) What Credentials do you have to make a film?
The most important one necessary, a deep love of cinema especially documentary films. If that isn't sufficient, in 2005 I received the "Square Balls Award", the Stony Brook University Digital Media student of the year. After college I worked at the Media and Policy Center Foundation under the mentorship of Dale Bell. During treatment for my brain cancer i continued volunteering at several New York film festivals most notably the IFC Doc Fest and the South Hampton film festivals.
4) Can you include my screen name or handle in the credits in addition to my real name?
Of course. After the project is funded and when we're ready to create the credit bed, we'll send you a survey via email to gather this information.
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