For me, floating is deeply personal. It has transformed and very literally saved my life. This documentary will focus on the people and their amazing transformations with floating. The science and technology is interesting, but it isn't what drives me to float and to share my experience. It's the healing and power that can be derived from a float practice.
We have found many people with incredible stories faced with seemingly insurmountable circumstances and we will introduce them to floating for the first time and will document their respective journeys.
From depression and anxiety to chronic pain and PTSD as well as mental focus and recovery for athletes, floating can be a holistic approach to healing and changing your life. I know there are thousands if not millions of other people just like me who need an answer and a solution. This documentary could be the thing that sets them on this journey to becoming whole again.
This is a story that needs to be told. There are people all over the world suffering that could benefit from a floating practice but have never even heard of floating. We want to change that.
The goal is accessibility. This film will go to Amazon or Netflix, where millions of people go for information and entertainment. Potentially millions of people could see floating for the first time and realize they might find relief in floating too and head in to a Float Center.
There have been documentaries made about floating, but they haven't captured the personal journeys from beginning to end. We believe this is the way to connect with an audience and help them see the benefits of floating. It's our hope that people will see their own situations in the stories we tell and realize there is hope for them too. Increased awareness of floating is great for the industry and ever better for humanity.
Float centers and other parts of the industry will also see significant growth through increased awareness of the floating.
Currently, you really need to live in a larger metropolitan area in order to have access to a float center. We'd love to see these centers expand and provide more opportunities for people to begin floating.
A documentary of this magnitude and scale can get pretty expensive. This is an ambitious project and we absolutely believe it needs to be told. This is a passion project that will make the world a better place...
So, where will the money go?
- Travel (we will be documenting people floating all over the country)
- Camera and Audio Equipment
- Production (actual filming of the project)
- Follow Up Travel
- Floating (we will be paying for many people to float many times)
- Post Production (This is the editing of the story and mixing the audio)
- Distribution Fees (We are guaranteeing distribution on Netflix or Amazon)
There isn't a lot of money to be made on a project like this. By the time we've finished filming and paid for post production and sound mixing, there will be just enough left to pay for encoding and various distribution fees. In fact, I am putting up $5,000 of my own money to see this project through.
$10 -Special Thank You Email
Thank you so much for helping bring the film to fruition. We will send you a special thank you email and you will have access to all production updates.
$30 - Special Access to Behind The Scenes Footage
This is limited to individuals only. Thank you for helping make this documentary a reality and helping us bring floating to the world. You'll get special access to behind-the-scenes film footage and will get to see short clips of the documentary before anyone else.
$100 -Special Thank You Film Credit
This is limited to individuals only. Thank you for helping make this documentary a reality and helping us bring floating to the world. Your name will appear with a special thank you in the credits of our film on a major streaming service. You'll also get special access to behind-the-scenes footage.
$250 - Give the Gift of Float
If floating has changed your life and you want to pay that forward, this is the reward for you. With a $250 pledge, you will pay for 5+ floats for someone in need of healing. We will capture their story for the film as they embark on their journey because of your pledge. Truly a life changing opportunity.
This reward also includes the thank you in the film credits and special access to behind-the-scenes footage.
$300 - Float Center Directory Listing
We are creating a special web site directory that will be shown in the film to help people find out more about floating and find a float center near them. This reward will get your Float Center in the directory. Once the film is funded we will not be adding any more float centers to the directory. This price is a lifetime listing.
$500 - Featured Float Center Directory Listing
Your float center will be featured by area in our float center directory. Your center will be above the standard listings. This directory will be seen by everyone who watches this film. This price is a lifetime listing.
$1000 - Banner on Float Center Directory
Our Float Center Directory website will have a banner that displays ads. This is a reward for one of the 4 spots available. This is the perfect reward for a Float Franchise Owner, Float Products, Float Events, or Products that would speak well to someone excited to float.
$3000 - Filming At Your Float Center
This your chance to contribute directly to someone's healing experience, and get some exposure for your float center on a major streaming service. Once we have film candidates nailed down we will interview one of them from within your center. We will show the name of your center, get an exterior and interior shot, plus a light meet and greet, inviting us into your center. If we are unable to find a story for the film near your center, and we don't end up shooting your place, we will refund your money.
$4000 - Associate Producer Credit
Pledge $4,000 or more Associate Producer Credit Limited to individuals only, no companies. This is for credibility of the film. On screen Associate Producer credit will be given at the beginning of the film. One spot available.
We would love to make this an international documentary as it is an international movement. If we raise the amounts below, we will be able to include more countries and expand our reach to a broader audience.
$80,000 Stretch Goal - Visit Canada and capture the floating scene.
$95,000 Stretch Goal - Visit UK and capture the floating scene.
$110,000 Stretch Goal - Visit Australia and capture the floating scene.
$130,000 Stretch Goal - Do a film screening and speaking tour with heavy promotional spend to introduce even more people to floating.
We want this film to reach as many people as possible and strongly feel a major streaming service is the best home for our project. Because of this, we will be shooting on the latest 4K technology allowing a "future proof" buffer as we move forward and work with Netflix and Amazon. Netflix and Amazon are the two largest platforms for online distribution and give this film the best chance of reaching the widest audience possible. We will work tirelessly and will not stop until this documentary is made available to stream on one of these major platforms.
Let's do this together. Come on our journey as we pull floating from the fringes and help as many people possible find a solution to their ailments. This is a chance to be part of something incredible. This is the only chance to be involved. Once our campaign is over, that's it. Be part of something that's good for humanity.
Also, if you have a story to share or think you could greatly benefit from floating, we'd love to hear from you. It's not just an interesting story, this is something that really matters.
Plan For The Film:
Phase 1: Poll the whole floating community for potential breakthrough stories, preferably people who are ready to float but haven't yet. Capture their current life condition. Then purchase bulk amounts of floats from a center near by them. Minimum 1 a week for 20 weeks. Hopefully more! Depends on cash and rate.
Phase 2: Reach out to all US float centers for their top 3 breakthrough stories. We'll have an online form so we can keep them categorized. We will screen these film candidates and do followup interviews on the favorites. Then we will travel to see them in person and capture their story.
Phase 3: Contact leading float science experts, to interview and build floating credibility, which will be peppered through the film.
Phase 4: This will actually start from day 1, but we will be contacting everyone with connections to "celebrity" floaters. We're thinking athletes mainly, but some others that just fit, and are respectable people. We will travel and capture them, and pepper these through the film.
Phase 5: Wrapping up. We will be traveling out to Float Centers mostly to be invited in, capture the float culture, and capture the wrap up interviews with our breakthrough candidates. Hopefully this will include some Canada, UK, and Australia Float Centers as well, depends on funding.
Phase 6: Post production obsession. Dial the film, the message, the story, the music etc. We have some contacts that have done major motion pictures to help refine at the end. Also, the Director is Bridger Dopp who is a friend of mine and has done two other feature films. This will be the most crucial step to get to Netflix.
Phase 7: Submit to Netflix, and do anything possible to fit their rules and get approved by them. We want Netflix for viewers. Netflix is known for paying very little to take your film on. That's ok. We want as many viewers as possible. I plan on Netflix, so Amazon would only be if needed.
Phase 8: Build Float Center directory and refine it for traffic once film is live!
Note: Throughout the film we will be capturing my personal story and weaving it through. Sometime in post production is when we'll decide how much of it needs to be in the film. I want the many people having break throughs to be the films main focus, but I understand that my story plays an important roll as the common narrative.
Risks and challenges
Documentary filmmaking has a unique set of risks and adversities. Many hours of travel and logistics make documentary filmmaking especially challenging. We are also relying several people all in different life circumstances in order to tell our story, so there are many moving pieces. That being said, we have an extremely talented and experienced team in place to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible. We have done the leg work and vetted our sources to make sure we are able to follow through and bringing this incredible story to fruition.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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