When people hear Penn State, they automatically recall the Jerry Sandusky scandal as if that is all the university is known for. Penn State holds more than you can possibly imagine. It is the culture of the Penn State family, the tradition in which it holds, and the prowess it commands in the academic world. Our project wants all of those qualities that fall on the way-side to scintillate through the dense cover of misinterpretation.
It is a follow up to the film 365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley. We wanted to show the aspect of the student body and the community truly coming together and how they interact with each other. We want to show the world the pride it brings to be a part of the Penn State community.
We will be interviewing students who have been here through it all, who have seen three different football coaches through their tenure at the university. We will also be talking to local business owners about how they depend on the university for their businesses to thrive. The project will also share stories about the past, and how much the university and town as grown through the decades.
This idea sprang up within the works of The Porterfield Group, which produced the films 365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley, and The Joe We Know.
We want to use the funds that we raise for distribution, crew salaries, and marketing. We want to give our viewers the best Penn State experience that we possibly can with our film, but we also would like to create posters, t-shirts and other merchandise that will be able for order as well to thank everyone for the support!
Risks and challenges
No documentary is immune from challenges -- we know that. But we have the right team in place to ensure that this documentary finds its way to audiences through the distribution of DVDs and special packages with existing projects. Our producer has decades of experience in television and our directors have prior film experience telling the type of story we're featuring in Dear Old State. With their combined experience, they can manage production costs and schedule time properly to make sure this film makes its debut at the beginning of May.
However, there's always the potential for something to go awry. In the final editing stages, a lot of collaboration is needed between the editor, producer, director and music composer. Thankfully, in the case of Dear Old State, our producer and editor have worked together successfully in the past to create The Joe We Know (www.grandexperiment.org). Our directors Griffin and Ryan truly know the dedication and passion that it takes to bring the Penn State spirit to life, to see all of it through eyes of the students and families. The story will tell everything that has been overlooked due to recent events.
With all of our footage stored on hard drives at the office location, there's always the potential for a drive to go bad. Fortunately, we have it backed up in a RAID configuration so that if a drive goes bad, we can replace it and not lose any data.
There is always the chance for setbacks as we go into the post-production phases of the film, but with so many safeguards in place, we feel pretty confident we can meet our May 2014 deadline. After all, we want to share the finished product with you all as soon as possible!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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