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A documentary about audio dubbing Hollywood films for foreign markets featuring the international voices of George Clooney. Read more

Martinez, CA Documentary
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A documentary about audio dubbing Hollywood films for foreign markets featuring the international voices of George Clooney.

Martinez, CA Documentary
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                                 WE REACHED OUR GOAL !!!!  

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to all of our donors and supporters for helping us to reach our goal.  It takes a crowd to fund a film...and you are truly a wonderful crowd. You have my everlasting gratitude and appreciation.

We are now planing our trip to Brazil in April, and then to Asia and Europe in May. You will all be with us in spirit.  We will keep you posted as to our travels and travails as we go off to meet more Clooneys and more voice actors around the world. Wish us the very best...and thank you so much again.               

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ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY

What do a German actor, a Brazilian ER doctor, a Japanese man who studied to be a lawyer and an author of children’s books have in common? They are some of the international dubbing voices of acclaimed actor George Clooney. Being George Clooney is a feature length documentary that delves into the creative, often humorous world of audio dubbing a Hollywood motion picture. The story unfolds through interviews with directors and producers, with dubbing crews, and with talented voice actors from around the world. The film explores both the personal lives of these voice artists and their lives as George Clooney's “alter ego”.

As Hollywood depends more and more on international box office proceeds, voice-over dubbing has become a multi-billion dollar business. Film producers have to consider markets in Peru and Pakistan as well as Peoria ...or lose substantial revenue.

Being George Clooney explores the business and the process of audio dubbing, from its curious origins in Mussolini’s Italy to technological developments changing the face of the industry today. But even more, our film will focus on the voices behind the famous faces. Who are these voice actors who spend a life in the darkness speaking other’s words into a microphone.

Being George Clooney is the first film to go behind the scenes to dubbing studios in Rome and Berlin, in Madrid and Mumbai. The film shows us the problems, the processes and the personalities that translate an American hit into an international blockbuster, and asks the question--what is it like Being George Clooney.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T REACH MY GOAL

If I don't reach the full amount in the 30 days, then Kickstarter will return all pledged money to the backers--it's all or nothing.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

IF... it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a crowd to fund a film. That is why we need your help to finish the filming of Being George Clooney. Our financial goal of $90,000 is the minimum we will need for me and my crew to travel to other locations...to meet and interview other voice actors, including the other George Clooneys.

This film is only going to be possible with the help of YOU (audio dubbing fans, independent film lovers,  fans of These Amazing Shadows  and, of course, fans of George Clooney). The more people who participate in our Kickstarter campaign, the more likely we will finish our film. To help us...please contribute, and then share your excitement by tweeting about Being George Clooney, "Liking" us on Facebook, and emailing this Kickstarter link to your colleagues, your friends and your friend's friends. 

If you have any questions or if you want to get involved, please email me at pmariano@gravitasdocufilms.com. Thanks for making this happen.

PRAISE FOR FILMMAKER

"These Amazing Shadows was a really entertaining and involving movie…very cultivated and sophisticated. Being George Clooney sounds great. A perfect fit."      Mick LaSalle, Author and Film Critic, San Francisco Chronicle

"I have worked with Paul and Kurt…these guys are good. They are gifted artists. I cannot wait to see their new film Being George Clooney about the world of audio dubbing. They deserve your support and everybody deserves to be in their audience."  Peter Coyote, Actor, writer, Emmy award winning narrator

"Gorgeously shot. Intriguing story. A star at the center of the story with planets circling round and round. This film has everything."  Michael Donaldson, Entertainment lawyer                        

LINKS TO ASSOCIATED SITES:

www.theseamazingshadows.com

http://www.gravitasdocufilms.com

https://twitter.com/BeingClooneyDoc

https://www.facebook.com/beinggeorgeclooney

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"I LOVE movies" button
"I LOVE movies" button
"I Love Clooney" t-shirt
"I Love Clooney" t-shirt
"I Love Clooney" button
"I Love Clooney" button
JVC camera and Vinten tripod
JVC camera and Vinten tripod
Porta Brace Cases
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Rudy the Stand-in
Rudy the Stand-in


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Risks and challenges

After we successfully raise our funding goal (through the generous donations of people like you), we will travel to international locations. At these locations, we will visit dubbing studios, interview voice actors and dubbing directors and meet and interview other George Clooneys.

When we return, we will still have to edit these interviews into an entertaining and engaging documentary. However, with the success of These Amazing Shadows, we have shown that we have the skill and personnel to make a great movie...and we'll do it again.

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    Every pledge counts ! Our heartfelt gratitude and a special Twitter shoutout thanking you !

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    Exclusive updates from our travels around the world to meet and interview the international voices of George Clooney, as well as a digital download of BEING GEORGE CLOONEY.

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    Film Package: A digital download of both our award-winning last film (These Amazing Shadows) and BEING GEORGE CLOONEY.

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    For Clooney Lovers Only: If you love George Clooney, you'll love this package which includes an exclusive Being George Clooney t-shirt, a special BGC button (see photos) and a digital download of BEING GEORGE CLOONEY.

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    Insiders Package: Updates and exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of our shoots from around the world, as well as special outtakes from the filming of BEING GEORGE CLOONEY. A digital download of both our films and a DVD of BEING GEORGE CLOONEY signed by the director.

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    A limited-edition coaster signed by the German George Clooney, Detlef Bierstedt. Only 7 remain. Grab one now.

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    An autographed copy of German author, film critic (and Being George Clooney interviewee) Knut Elstermann's recent book "Meine Winsstrasse".

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    Special Thank You Package: Your name listed on the “Special Thank You” slate in the final credits of the film. (Imagine your name shown in theaters all over the world.) Also a digital download of both our films, an autographed DVD of Being George Clooney and an "I Love Movies" button.

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    Four (4) tickets to the World Premiere of BEING GEORGE CLOONEY. Sit in the front row with the director and producer and be introduced to the audience.

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    Share the Experience: Meet one of the international George Clooneys via Skype. While we are in one of our international destinations, we will connect with you via Skype. You can watch as we set up the interview. You can talk with the crew and even ask the international George Clooney a question or two.
    You will also receive a digital download of both our films, an autographed DVD of Being George Clooney and an exclusive poster.

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    All items in the "Special Thank You Package" and...Rudy, Rudy, Rudy ! Own a piece of filmmaking history. This handsome man(nequin) was the stand-in for interview subjects on These Amazing Shadows, including Rob Reiner, Christopher Nolan, John Waters and Tim Roth. Rudy is ready to stand-in for you at the opera, an office party or even a family reunion. (See photo.)

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    FOR ART LOVERS: A painting by Shorya, abstract art’s young Indian star (and associate producer of Being George Clooney). Choose from his catalog of incredible pieces. Limited to a 24”x 36” or smaller piece. Limited to those pieces that are available. See his work at http://www.shoryamahanot.com. (Shorya’s favorite George Clooney movie is Fantastic Mr. Fox.)

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    FOR ART LOVERS: A painting by Shorya, abstract art’s young Indian star (and associate producer of Being George Clooney). Choose from his catalog of incredible pieces. Limited to a 24”x 36” or smaller piece. Limited to those pieces that are available. See his work at http://www.shoryamahanot.com. (Shorya’s favorite George Clooney movie is Fantastic Mr. Fox.)

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    Executive Producer Package: Your name listed as Executive Producer on a slate of the final credits of BEING GEORGE CLOONEY. (Ever ask yourself “what is an executive producer anyway”? For this pledge amount or more, you can be one !) Imagine if you attend a premiere or a screening being introduced as an executive producer. (Personal assistant not included.) You will also receive a digital download of both our films, an autographed DVD of Being George Clooney and an exclusive poster.

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    Experience how a film comes to life during the editing process. Spend a full work day with the director, producer and editor at MadPix Studios in Los Angeles to observe and participate in the editing process. Plus, you will join us for an infamous Hollywood power lunch at Fred62.
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    A private screening of BEING GEORGE CLOONEY at your home or other venue. The director, producer (and a special guest) will attend your screening to share stories and answer questions afterward. Invite friends and family for a memorable evening where everyone gets to be a critic. (Note: The filmmakers will provide popcorn and chocolate chip cookies.)
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    Audio Dub your favorite movie. Spend time in a dubbing studio in Los Angeles with the film's director where you will audio dub your favorite scene from your favorite movie. Work with a dubbing director and a sound engineer. Argue about "the right way" to do the scene. See and experience the process first hand and take home a copy of your dubbed performance.
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    Filmmaking Kit: This equipment was used to film the award-winning These Amazing Shadows. Have you always wanted to be a filmmaker, but lacked the proper equipment? Start with a camera package that has shot a Sundance-worthy movie. This package includes the JVC HD200U camera with the upgraded 16X lens; a Vinten Vision 3 tripod; two Dionic 160 (6 hour) Lithium-Ion batteries (along with a Titan 70 battery charger); two Porta Brace cases (CTC-3 Camera Case and the WRB-30R wheeled run case). (See photos.)

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    “A Day on the Set” of BEING GEORGE CLOONEY. You will come with the crew to an interview where you can (1) watch and learn how an interview is set up and shot; (2) help set up the lights and camera; or (3) actually interview one of the subjects of the film. It's like four years of film school in one day. Come join our team.
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