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About this project

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.

  • Painters
  • Illustrators
  • Photographers
  • Filmmakers
  • Singers/Songwriters
  • Fashion designers
  • Actors & Producers
  • Writers

Here are just a handful of the artists I'll be talking to about creativity and life:

Why "Make.Do."?

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.

DIY travel jib
DIY travel jib
DIY shoulder rig
DIY shoulder rig

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)
  • post-production
  • and, of course, your incentives!

Some of my work:

check it out!

[music credits]:

Filaments by Podington Bear

Beauty by Nult

- 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 makedodoc@gmail.com!

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    All the praise and gratitude I could ever have for someone and your name in the credits!

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    In addition to the above incentive, you will receive a digital copy of the custom movie poster. It will be a collaborative effort between my friends and me (I have some super talented friends)!

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    You'll get the praise, credits, digital rewards (poster, photos & movie download), and 3 [5x7] prints (no frame) of the photos on Kodak Professional Lustre paper. Only quality photo paper here!

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    Everything above, plus a 12x18 copy of the movie poster (no frame) on Kodak Professional Lusture paper. Another cool piece for the wall!

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    Everything mentioned above, plus a digital copy of the documentary on DVD with an awesome case design!

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    Everything prior, plus a custom designed t-shirt with the help of my talented friends. We're talking 100% cotton, super soft threads!

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    The really good stuff. Your choice of any 4 [5x7] photos from the trip and a larger [16x24] movie poster. You'll still get the digital rewards, DVD, and t-shirt. Plus, your choice of an autographed Polaroid portrait of an artist featured in this documentary! (priority based on time of order)

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Funding period

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