This July I'm heading out of San Diego on a two-month road trip to make a documentary. I'll be talking to all types of artists across the county to find out what they're doing to pursue their creative careers.
Why make this documentary?
I just finished a video production program and I want to make videos/movies for a living. What better way than just jumping into it? On top of the firsthand learning appeal, I want to talk to people who are already supporting themselves with art and those who want to. I want to find answers and inspiration for the viewers and myself. I hope that through these interviews and the making of this movie, everyone will find something that speaks to them, something that helps them get things going.
What does the act of pursuing look like? What are they doing? Which path did they take? Is it what they imagined it would be? What can we take from their experiences and apply to our own endeavors? What do we have to do to make it? These are just the core questions and the rest spiral from here.
I already have a good mix of professional and aspiring artists lined up.
- Fashion designers
- Actors & Producers
Here are just a handful of the artists I'll be talking to about creativity and life:
- Kylea Borges, RVCA artist (collage & installation)
- Ryan De La Hoz, artist (paper cutouts)
- Matthew Reamer, photographer
- Ashley Rezvani, singer/songwriter
- Eleonore Santos, fashion designer
Reason #1: Both verbs can stand on their own and inspire action. As creatives, we're always thinking of a cool project to work on and the different ways to approach it.
Reason #2: Putting both verbs together creates a well-known phrase that begs for inventiveness and ingenuity. Many times, when working on a project or jumping into something new, we have to "make do" with all of our available resources.
For me, those resources are email, DIY vids on YouTube, hardware stores, friends, family, and, of course, Kickstarter.
Where is the money going?
The funds will be used for:
- a second DSLR camera
- miscellaneous camera gear (tripod, lenses, etc.)
- building more camera equipment (steadicam, slider, etc.)
- lighting equipment
- more microphones
- lodging (when needed - I have friends and family scattered around the country)
- and, of course, your incentives!
Some of my work:
- Travel jib design by Krotoflik (YouTube)
- Shoulder rig design based on TheFrugalFilmmaker (YouTube)
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge will be the settings in each city. I haven't been to all of these places before. Some places may not be ideal for shooting or might limit the type of equipment I'll be able to use. In the spirit of the movie title, I will adapt. In order to be efficient with my time, I've built my gear with portability and ease of setup in mind. If anything exciting happens unexpectedly, I'll be ready!
Another challenge is the post-production time, which is why I've set the delivery date to December 2013. Combing through the video and audio clips, syncing them up, color correcting/grading, and generating transition sequences can be very time-consuming. I plan on getting some extra help in this department after I compile all the footage that I want to showcase.
For more info on the project, email me at email@example.com!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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