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This 25 to 30 minute documentary is about table tennis and how it could help "smash" poverty in the Philippines.

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How can table tennis fight off poverty in a third world country such as the Philippines? Just ask Ernesto Ebuen, the formerly top-ranked Filipino table tennis player who came from humble beginnings and worked his way up to become a living testament that dreams do come true. 

"Smashing Poverty" is a 25-minute documentary about Ernesto, his hopes and struggles, and how he devoted his life to the sport he loves the most. After raking in countless titles in numerous tournaments both in the local and international stage, he is now based in the U.S. where he is regarded as one of the most well-known and sought-after coaches in the country. 

Similar to table tennis, the goal of this documentary is to serve and return the favor. The filmmaker himself was a college varsity player many years back and it his desire to give back by uniquely telling Ernesto’s heartening story and through this, motivate and inspire Filipinos the world over that there is hope despite all the heartaches and difficulties in life. You too can make it happen. You can make a difference. In your own small way, you can help tell Ernesto’s story and help inspire his fellow Filipinos and people from around the globe.

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Funds will be used for the following:

-Three month, 10-man crew production shoot in the USA and Philippines

-Three month, 5-man crew for post production

-Fees for third party professionals such as graphic artists, scriptwriter, voice talent.

-Music licensing, additional software, plug-ins for existing software

-Additional equipment, rentals

Risks and challenges

1.) 20% of footages would come from the USA, and since I am based in the Philippines, this would pose a challenge. It's a good thing that I know a lot of filmmakers based in the USA who have agreed to help me out if I am not able to travel.

2.) Post production will be very difficult. I am expecting around 30 to 40 hours of footage. To address this, all of my full time employees will be helping me out. I am also looking into hiring freelancers in the need arises.

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