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A documentary about how a photography workshop changes not only how people approach their photography, but also themselves.

A Foundation Workshop Documentary is a documentary film to be shot during the first session of the Foundation Workshop in Glen Rose, Texas, in February 2013.  For more information about the Workshop please visit their website here http://www.fworkshop.com.

Every blog, conversation, email, Facebook post, etc, that I have ever seen about a photographer that attended the Foundation Workshop has always mentioned how it profoundly changed their lives. They mention how the workshop opened their eyes to see not only photographically different, but see their entire world in a new way. I am curious to see what about Foundation Workshop has this profound effect on people, so much so that many of them come back to attend again, volunteer or even teach?

The only way to really understand this effect is to dive into the story of someone who has attended as a participant, and then come back to mentor new students. For this goal we have decided to use Kirsten Lewis as our main subject (http://kirstenlewisphoto.com/). On the way, we will also document the current changes happening to a new student participating in the workshop in February.

This project is the first of many films that Wirken Films is planning in order to establish a quality documentary piece body of work outside of weddings. This kickstarter's goal is to provide the financing needed to make this documentary happen. The money will go to covering production costs, travel expenses, and reward expenses. The projects goal of $2000 is for the basics.  Many above the goal will be invested in making sure the documentary receives higher end production and editing.  Any money raised beyond that will be reinvested to fully launch Wirken Films in this new direction.

Project ETA: Sometime in 2013

This project will wrap shooting at the end of Foundation Workshop 11a.  Editing will be completed sometime within the next year, depending on funding and time availability.

Project Length:

This will be a short documentary film.  It is estimated to run to around 30 minutes in length, but could fall longer or shorter than that.

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This project is pretty straight forward and I don't expect many hiccups in it's production. Like any documentary the themes and motive of the piece might change if the workshop presents something more compelling. The Foundation Workshop is a large group of people who all have their own stories and struggles. It would be easy to get over whelmed by them, but having our set goal and our main subject before we hit the ground will help narrow the field.

I've already put a cushion in the time it will take to make the film because we are a small company and our current workload is pretty intense. We already produce small batch DVDs on a regular basis and don't see a problem getting those created, packaged and sent out soon after the film is premiered (the goal is to have them ready to ship the night of the premiere). If the kickstarter takes off then there might be a delay if I have to find resources to complete more orders than I can handle in house.

Another unique challenge will be the simultaneous launch of the film online (both streaming and downloading of the HD film) to contributors at the same time as the physical premiere. There are a few methods we are looking into and feel confident we can make this happen.

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