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See the extraordinary in the mundane. How modern architecture has impacted the art of skateboarding. Read more

Richmond, VA Documentary
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See the extraordinary in the mundane. How modern architecture has impacted the art of skateboarding.

Richmond, VA Documentary
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Dear Fellow Kickstarter,

Thank you for taking the time to look at our project - feel free to contact me if you have any questions!  Every pledge really does count, so please check out our backer rewards starting at $1.

                                                               -Chris

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Inspiration:

After screening one of my skateboarding films to a group of non-skateboarders, I was surprised to hear how fascinated they were by the neglected urban spaces where skateboarding comes to life.  The back alleys, drainage ditches, and industrial parks of the world are playgrounds for a skateboarder's creativity.

The name Street View is inspired by the Google Maps feature of the same name.  Before traveling to an unknown city, we scour the surroundings using the maps program to find intriguing architectural areas to investigate and then explore them by skateboard once we have arrived! 

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Recipe For Street View:

Combine

  • 3 Dashes of Documentary
  • A hint of Travelogue
  • A pinch of Architectural Study
  • 2 healthy scoops of Skateboarding

Mix steadily until ingredients have blended into an awesome film backed by a one of a kind instrumental soundtrack!

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Backer Rewards:

Last year a group of friends and I launched a Kickstarter to help fund our skateboarding film entitled Bru-Two.  The Kickstarter was a huge success (it raised 237% of its original goal!) and I'd love to share that film with you as part of the backer rewards.

We filmed at locations all over the east coast of the United States including Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Raleigh, and Durham.  In addition to shooting HD video, I also shot super 8mm film and spent 100+ hours hand transferring the film with a flatbed scanner!

Here is a small clip from that project -


During the filming of this project I also shot high quality stills with my DSLR to post onto our website ThunderwoodSkate.com to keep supporters updated.  The best photos from these updates were compiled into a hardbound book which is another backer reward.  I am very proud of this book!

Here is a look at the physical Blu-Rays/DVDs that I designed-

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Budget Breakdown:

(If the project raises more than the $2,000 goal, all additional funds will be allocated towards more film stock/transfer which would be a dream come true!)

  • Super 8mm Film Stock + Shipping = $308.95
  • Film Processing + Shipping = $221.90
  • Film Prep + Clean For Telecine = $28.00
  • Super 8mm HD Telecine (Transfer) + Shipping = $780.00
  • 2TB External Hard Drive To Send To Film Lab = $129.99
  • Fulfilling Backer Rewards = $200.00
  • Incidental Costs/Kickstarter Fee Buffer/Travel Costs = $331.16

(Keep in mind that Kickstarter takes a 5% fee and Amazon Payments takes 3-5% which totals to $160-$200 of my $2,000 raised.  I have buffered for this in the incidental costs part of the budget above.)

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Press:

RVA Magazine feature about our previous Kickstarter film Bru-Two:

Popular skateboard website Hella Clips posting about Bru-Two:

Richmond Grid article about Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship I received:

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Last but certainly not least, I am participating in Kicking It Forward because I believe in Kickstarter and want to create a strong community of support for the arts!

Risks and challenges

For this project, I run into a relatively new challenge which is Kodak's discontinuation of many of their film stocks. I will not be able to purchase film stock as easily and as cheaply as in the past, so I have to make sure that my budget can pay for the increasingly expensive film and that distributors have what I need in stock.

As with any film shoot requiring travel and outdoor locations, we are very dependent on good weather. While there is obviously nothing that I can do to control the weather (don't you wish we could?!) I will have to make sure to include extra shooting days in our schedule to account for inclement weather.

Having already completed one successful Kickstarter campaign, I am able to take what I learned from that project and apply it to this one. One major challenge that I had with the last project was under estimating shipping and production costs for backer rewards.

After serious consideration, I have decided to make this new film available through digital download only as it really allows me to put 100% of the raised funds into the creation of the film. I have also added a buffer in my estimated delivery date so that I can make sure it is completed on time even if complications arise.

I promise to keep backers updated via Kickstarter if any complications or delays arise!

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Rewards

  • You selected
    $1 reward

    22 backers

    By pledging at least one dollar, you get some awesome karma and receive a thank you credit in the new film. Every bit of support gets us that much closer to realizing our dream, thank you so much!

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  • You selected
    $9 reward

    1 backer

    Street View stickers as well as an immediate digital download of our most recent skateboarding film Bru-Two! You will also be credited in Street View.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $25 reward

    6 backers

    Digital downloads of Bru-Two (available immediately), Street View & original soundtrack. You will also get a thank you in the credits!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    $30 reward

    0 backers Limited (15 left of 15)

    DVD of Bru-Two (ships immediately), plus a digital download of Street View & soundtrack once complete. For your awesomeness, you will also receive a credit in the new film!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $35 reward

    5 backers Limited (20 left of 25)

    BLU-RAY of Bru-Two (ships immediately), plus a digital download of Street View & soundtrack once complete. For your super awesomeness, you will also receive a credit in the new film!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $75 reward

    0 backers

    HARDBOUND PHOTO BOOK (ships immediately), plus digital downloads of Bru-Two, Street View & original soundtrack. Wow! You're the best and will also receive a credit in the new film!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $100 reward

    3 backers

    PHOTO BOOK and DVD or BLU-RAY of Bru-Two. Digital download of Street View & soundtrack once complete. A huge thank you in our credits will be reserved just for you!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $150 reward

    2 backers

    PHOTO BOOK, silk screened POSTER, and DVD or BLU-RAY of Bru-Two. Digital download of Street View & soundtrack once complete.
    Of course you will also receive the biggest possible thanks we could give you in the credits of our new film!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    $250 reward

    1 backer

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit in the film and our eternal gratitude! PHOTO BOOK, silk screened POSTER, and DVD or BLU-RAY of Bru-Two. Digital download of Street View & soundtrack once complete.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

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