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Discover the West in Ultra 4K HD in "Secrets of the West" as we explore ancient places, hidden secrets and phenomenal beauty. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on April 20, 2014.

Discover the West in Ultra 4K HD in "Secrets of the West" as we explore ancient places, hidden secrets and phenomenal beauty.

About this project

"Secrets of the West" is a 30 minute 4K documentary.  View the link above to see the quality of our production.  The storyline of the film is as follows: 

- An introduction to the "Real" old West, its beauty, history and its people.
- Interviews with leading researchers in Southwest Preservation and history.
- Insight into the filmmaking history and places made iconic by cinema.
- Secret places, treasure stories and native legends are discussed.  

Watch the OFFICIAL 4K Film Trailer Here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aECp2GDW5o

---------MID FUNDING BONUS!!!!!------------All $99 and UP backers (past and future) will receive an awesome photo guide/book!  This is an extra thank you from us!  Spread the word!!!

Our goal is to capture the landscapes and history in a ultra visual way while making the stories as engaging as possible.

We are looking for backers on this project to cover the final needs to get this film produced.  These needs include but are not limited to:

- Marketing and submitting the final film to film festivals 
- Post Production Costs (Color Correction, VO, Music Composition)

Creative Media Group has stepped in and covered camera rental costs and I personally have put up the rest my own capitol so we could complete initial filming, our project is currently 95% complete production wise (filming) but we need your help to get this finalized in post, mastered and off to festivals!  

Our team's goal was to capture the true beauty of the Southwest in a way never seen before.....not just in 4K Ultra HD....but to get into places other crews have not been and interview the people who live in these areas and know their history.  I strongly feel that this film will represent the American West in an educational and inspirational way for years to come.  

All Backers Over $250 Will Receive a Limited Edition Canvas Print!

During our production I took many awesome photos in some amazing locations!  To say thank you for backing this project I will be giving away large canvas artwork to all backers who donate $250 or more.  See the rewards for details, the more you back the more pieces you will get (up to 3).  I would love to personally sign these for you if desired, all pieces are hand numbered.  The first backers get the lower numbered editions.  

What is 4K Ultra HD?

4K resolution is a generic term for display devices or content having horizontal resolution on the order of 4,000 pixels. Several 4K resolutions exist in the fields of digital television and digital cinematography. In the movie projection industry, Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) is the dominant 4K standard. The television industry has adopted ultra high definition television (UHDTV) as its 4K standard. As of 2013, some UHDTV models are available to general consumers for under $1000.

However, due to lack of available content, 4K television has yet to achieve mass market appeal. Using horizontal resolution to characterize the technology marks a switch from the previous generation, high definition television, which categorized media according to vertical resolution (1080i, 720p, 480p, etc.).

Locations Visited During Production:- Moab, Ut
- Canyonlands, Ut  - Goblin Valley, Ut  - Mule Canyon Ruins, Ut
- Edge of the Cedars, Ut  - Blanding, Ut  - San Rafael Swell, Ut
- Lake Powell, Ut/Az  - Johnson Canyon, Ut  - Kanab, Ut
- Zion, Ut  - Antelope Canyon, Az  - Page, Az  - Waterholes Canyon, Az
- Canyon X, Az  - Grafton, Az  - Pink Coral Sand Dunes, Ut
- Sand Hollow, Ut  - St. George, Ut  - Monument Valley, Az
- Ophir, Ut  - Great Salt Lake, Ut  - Arches National Park, Ut
- Silver City, Ut  - Filmore Lava Tube Caves, Ut  - Castle Valley, Ut
- Sego, Ut  - and many more epic western places!

What Did We Film "Secrets of the West" On?

EPIC ushers in the next generation of digital cinema, featuring a 5K sensor capable of capturing 1 to 120 frames per second at full resolution. From fashion spreads to 3D IMAX features, EPIC has crossbred elite photography with unrivaled cinema capability—all in a camera the size of a DSLR. In challenging lighting conditions, EPIC makes it easy to adapt with its ability to reach up to 18 stops of dynamic range with HDRx. Remarkable technology packed into a 4lb body - with EPIC, less is more.
http://www.Red.com

See More: "Secrets of the West", additional and alternate clips

PLEASE SHARE and SUPPORT our campaign.  We all truly appreciate any help and promotion  we can get in completing this project.  

Thank you,

James Cawley
Director, Secrets of the West

Risks and challenges

As stated previously the film is almost complete. We are not asking for money to travel to these places, we have already done this and captured amazing video content, interviews and photos. We are asking for $5,000 but we could benefit greatly from as many backers as possible.

The main challenge we have is distributing this film to film festivals (as entry fees range from $30-150 on average). The more backers we get, the more film festivals we can submit the film to.

We also need help to pay our composer and narrator for their time, recoup production rental costs and pay for post production color correction and processing fees.

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Rewards

  • You selected
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    6 backers

    - A Digital Photo Collection
    - A 4K Download of the Trailer
    - An .mp3 of the original soundtrack created by film composer Randin Graves.
    - Our Eternal Love and Thanks!

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    Pledge $10 or more

    10 backers

    --NEW!-- Receive a (HD 1080p) DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the full film. A Digital Photo Collection - A 4K Download of the Trailer - An .mp3 of the original soundtrack created by film composer Randin Graves. - Our Eternal Love and Thanks!

    Estimated delivery:
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    Pledge $25 or more

    24 backers

    - A DVD copy of the film (1080HD) signed by the expedition team and filmmakers.

    - Three 11x17 Photo Prints (Not Canvas)

    - Special Edition Travel Log from our expedition.

    - An .mp3 of the original soundtrack created by film composer Randin Graves.

    - Our Eternal Love and Thanks!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $60 or more

    2 backers

    --NEW!-- A (4K Ultra HD) Digital Download Copy of the complete film. A DVD copy of the film (1080HD) signed by the expedition team and filmmakers. - Three 11x17 Photo Prints (Not Canvas) - Special Edition Travel Log from our expedition. - An .mp3 of the original soundtrack created by film composer Randin Graves. - Our Eternal Love and Thanks!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $99 or more

    8 backers

    - A Personalized Thank You Card from the Team

    - Three 11x17 Photo Prints (Not Canvas)

    - A 4K Ultra HD digital copy of the film

    - A DVD copy of the film (1080HD) signed by the expedition team and filmmakers.

    - Special Edition Travel Log from our expedition.

    - An .mp3 of the original soundtrack created by film composer Randin Graves.

    - Our Eternal Love and Thanks!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    4 backers

    - Your Choice (Choose 1) of Three Limited Edition Canvas Prints (Signed and Numbered)

    - Your Name in the Credits of the Film Under "Special Thanks".

    - A 4K Ultra HD digital copy of the film

    - A DVD copy of the film (1080HD) signed by the expedition team and filmmakers.

    - Special Edition Travel Log from our expedition.

    - An .mp3 of the original soundtrack created by film composer Randin Graves.

    - Our Eternal Love and Thanks!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    2 backers

    - Get 2 Limited Edition Canvas Prints (Signed and Numbered)

    - Your Name in the Credits of the Film Under "Special Thanks".

    - A 4K Ultra HD digital copy of the film

    - A DVD copy of the film (1080HD) signed by the expedition team and filmmakers.

    - Special Edition Travel Log from our expedition.

    - An .mp3 of the original soundtrack created by film composer Randin Graves.

    - Our Eternal Love and Thanks!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,500 or more

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    Associate Producer Status

    - Become Listed as an Associate Producer on the film, we will even send you a framed Certificate with Your Name as a Thank You signed by the Expedition Team.

    - Get Receive ALL 3 Limited Edition Canvas Prints (Signed and Numbered)

    - Your Name earlier in the Credits of the Film Under "Associate Producer".

    - A 4K Ultra HD digital copy of the film

    - A DVD copy of the film (1080HD) signed by the expedition team and filmmakers.

    - Special Edition Travel Log from our expedition.

    - An .mp3 of the original soundtrack created by film composer Randin Graves.

    - Our Eternal Love and Thanks!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $7,500 or more

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    Executive Producer Status

    - Join us on a Personal Guided Cinematography/Photography Adventure. Learn to Shoot With 4K Production Cameras (Red Epic Cinema Camera), Learn Steadicam Production, Photography and Spend a Night Learning to Create Astro (Night) Time Lapses and Editing Techniques. We will take you for a 3-day, 2-night adventure to Some of the Most Iconic Places in the American Southwest. All food, lodging and gear will be provided.

    (* Does not include travel costs to Salt Lake International Airport. You will need to get here and back.)

    - A photographer will be on staff to document your adventure. Your own personal paparazzi for Facebook!

    - Become Listed as an Executive Producer on the film, we will even send you a framed Certificate with Your Name as a Thank You signed by the Expedition Team.

    - Get Receive ALL 3 Limited Edition Canvas Prints (Signed and Numbered)

    - Your Name earlier in the Credits of the Film Under "Executive Producer".

    - A 4K Ultra HD digital copy of the film

    - A DVD copy of the film (1080HD) signed by the expedition team and filmmakers.

    - Special Edition Travel Log from our expedition.

    - An .mp3 of the original soundtrack created by film composer Randin Graves.

    - Our Eternal Love and Thanks!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (30 days)