Our film will redefine your previous notions about dance on camera & introduce you to the breathtaking work of Revolve Dance Company.
We are doing phenomenally well, but we still need your support.
We are elated to have made our Kickstarter goal of $30,000, but the overall budget for this film shoot is $45,000. As it stands we still need funding for some pretty basic necessities, like lighting for our interior shoots. Right now we can say, "_____, Camera, Action". But we still need that key first word. You can help make that happen in the next 48 hours.
With mere hours to go before this funding drive ends, we are asking everyone who loves dance, independent film and the arts to please support this endeavor. Plus you'll get an awesome reward for your donation, such as a copy of the film for just $30! That's less than a week's worth of Starbucks ;) So please, in any way you can, small or large, help back Revolve on Camera today!
The goal of this Kickstarter project is to fund the dance performance shoot for “Revolve on Camera” or ROC. ROC is a two part project including The Performances and The Documentary. ROC: The Performances is a video compilation featuring select works from Revolve Dance Company shot on location with choreography re-conceptualized for film. Highlights from The Performances will also be included in The Documentary, where we will explore the lives of Revolve Dance Company members. Simply put, by helping us fund the production costs of “Revolve on Camera”, you are essentially funding two projects, ROC: The Performances & ROC: The Documentary.
Great question! Due to time limits, a feature length documentary does not allow us to show dance pieces in their entirety as they were originally intended to be viewed, but a performance video does. That’s why we chose to create ROC: The Performances as a companion disc to ROC: The Documentary on DVD, giving audiences a chance to enjoy complete dances, as well as a glimpse into the world of Revolve. As a backer of “Revolve on Camera” (at the $30 level & up) you will get a copy of ROC: The Performances that you helped make happen, before The Documentary is released.
Enjoy a little taste of what we've been up to preparing for the film shoot later this month. Below is a preview of a few camera tests and teasers we will be employing for the dance piece entitled "Wake."
Check out this Sneak Peek of "Angsters," our first dance piece captured on film for ROC. See what's possible with your help!
“Revolve on Camera” has been a passion project of my husband Benjamin and myself for years. The first time we saw Revolve perform we knew we wanted to collaborate with these extraordinary dancers. They possessed a technique and musicality like nothing we had ever seen before. They seemed to float on stage and at the same time take hold of you emotionally, carrying you on their journey. It was a journey we knew we had to explore, so we set out to discover more about this little known dance company on the outskirts of Houston, TX.
We started following Revolve in the fall of 2010, filming on and off for over three years, whenever we could scrape the money together and find enough time between other jobs. As we spent more time with Revolve, gaining a better understanding of their work and process, another dimension to the project emerged. We decided to re-stage parts of their repertoire on location for camera, as well as create new works specifically for film. This is where ROC: The Performances was born.
Dance is an art form we often don’t value enough in our society. Dancers dance because they need to. It is their voice, their mode of expression, their means to find themselves and share something with the world. Too often we do not recognize that great art, and the people behind it, may exist in our own communities, in our own backyards. There are exceptional dancers, choreographers and dreamers in regions all across the country that never reach the attention of the world stage, but nevertheless have incredible artistry and an inspiring story to tell. We believe Revolve is one of these true artistic gems.
ROC will feature select works of Revolve reset for camera and shot on location in ways we rarely get to experience dance. Using previously staged works, as well as newly choreographed pieces for film, our team will take you on a cinematic journey through the emotional, stimulating, sometimes quirky and always thought provoking movement and artistry of this amazing company. Revolve’s repertoire is delightfully varied in tone, style and genre and accessible to anyone, whether a dancer or an audience member completely new to the art form.
To date we have funded ROC out of our own savings, with the generous help of our families, and from the dancers themselves. However, the production costs of filming dance works on location with up to 14 dancers are quite a bit more expensive than capturing documentary footage of day to day life. We have already shot one full piece for camera, but we need $45,000 to shoot five more works for ROC: The Performances. Funds raised will go towards location fees, crew, equipment, music clearance, travel expenses, craft service, costumes, transportation and permits. Our goal on Kickstarter is to raise at least $30,000 of that $45,000, but hopefully more; because Kickstarter is just the beginning of our fundraising effort for ROC. In order to finish the film in post production, we will need to reach our overall fundraising goal of $200,000.
Whether you are able to donate $5 or $5000, or just tell your friends or anyone who loves dance and the arts, you will be hugely impacting this project and helping to make our dream a reality.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Unfortunately not at this time. We are in the process of setting up a Fiscal Sponsorship for donors wishing to contribute over $5,000, which would make their donations tax deductible. If you plan to donate at this level, please contact us directly for more information.
Our documentary tells the story of a remarkable group of young artists in the suburbs of Texas who found a way to pursue their dreams on their own terms. Their hopes and dreams and struggles are ever present in their dance, their breath and their art. Their story puts a voice to that dance and it is one felt and experienced by dancers across the world. Not every dancer finds themselves on the Broadway stage, or in a world renowned ballet or contemporary company. Most dancers are not on a world tour backing up a pop star or featured in a silver screen musical. Most dancers in the world are just trying to find a way to dance. Whether that’s teaching dance, or waiting tables while auditioning, or practicing with a local company at night after a long day at a 9 to 5. Most dancers are not famous, but beautiful artists nonetheless. ROC: The Documentary will tell the personal story behind this unique company and explore the life of a dancer as it has never been seen before.
Revolve Dance Company was established in 2004 by the owners of NHPA® dance studio to present new works that motivate, inspire, and educate through the art of dance. Revolve currently has 10 members (as well as apprentices) whose talents span a wide range of dance styles including contemporary, jazz, and tap. Revolve is especially unique in that each of its members has developed the majority, if not all, of his/her dance training and artistic growth at NHPA® dance studio.
Under the direction of Amy Cain and Dawn Dippel, both former dancers with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Revolve Dance Company has performed their work worldwide, including Italy, New York and across their home state of Texas. Their full length concerts have included collaborations with Ad Deum Dance Company of Houston, the Mayan Kingz of Mexico, and The Wes Veldink Movement of New York. Revolve Dance Company prides itself in being a family of like-minded artists who aspire to create motivation and reflection in their community.
Heather (Producer) grew up in the dance world, a dancer herself, but also traveling all over the country with her parents, who produced a dance competition for kids. Dance shaped who she is at a very young age. During college, she discovered another artistic passion, film and pursued production in LA after college. Over the years she has been lucky enough to combine these two art forms in various ways, from producing short films involving dance to producing live dance events and video programs across the country.
Her partner in crime, Benjamin (Director) also discovered his passion for film at the same university, where he explored dance on film in his very first short. Since then, Benjamin has directed, edited and produced numerous films, documentaries and other video projects for more than 15 years. Recently he directed the feature film, “Family Weekend,” starring Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Modine and Olesya Rulin which was released theatrically in March 2013.
Over seventeen years ago Benjamin and Heather began collaborating in a small student TV station on their first project. After years of working in film and television, they decided to launch into the world of production as their own bosses, creating stories and projects they were passionate about. Their company Gothic South is a production company located in Santa Monica, CA. “Revolve on Camera” is their first feature documentary under Gothic South, but certainly not the first collaboration between this director and producer.
ROC footage from "Lady Hope"
Cinematographer - Kobi Zaig
1st AC - Ron Widerberg
Amy Cain, Dawn Dippel & Matt Dippel
Adam Crawley (http://adamcrawley.bandcamp.com)
Jonathan Mann (http://jonathanmann.net)
Russ Howard III (http://www.russhoward3.com)
Mary Golden Dunlap & Sylvia Curl performing”Meditation Thais”
David Bullanday Photography (photos 3-6 & headshots)
Ron McKinney (photo 10)
Shawn S. Welling (photo 8)
Ed Schipul (photo 7)
Kobi Zaig (photos 2 & 11)
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Risks and challenges are inherently intertwined with making movies. There are always unforeseen obstacles that pop up during the creative process, but our team has the dedication and resolve to see this project through as we have with all of our projects before.
The bottom line is we’re tough. ROC is going to happen. But it will be much better with your support and donations, than with the change in our pockets. So donate today and help make the challenges less challenging!
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