Dear Kickstarter Community,
Our names are Krystof Andres and George Russell. We are two filmmakers who live and work in Los Angeles. The Hedgehog & the Hare is our collaborative effort.
The video above is the trailer we've made from the footage that we have been able to shoot so far. We are asking for your help so that we can move forward with shooting the rest of the film, editing and then distributing this important documentary.
Andrew Auernheimer is the world's most well-known Internet troll, having been featured in the New York Times and other publications for his controversial exploits. There have been many CFAA cases in the recent past but Auernheimer's is interesting because he arguably never actually hacked anything: he gave what were technically publicly available email addresses on an AT&T webpage to a journalist, who then published them in redacted form.
Did Andrew commit a crime that merited three and a half years in federal prison (he was sentenced in March)? Our goal with this film is to explore, along with a general audience, the issues and consequences of this case. We have not only enlisted attorneys from all sides of the issue, but participants from wide-ranging educational and professional backgrounds to help us understand the issue from every perspective.
This story demands to be shared with a general audience, much larger than the limited audience that is typical to a DIY, lo-fi approach to documentary filmmaking. Like all general audience films, this one needs monetary resources to help as many people see it as possible. Think of your Grandma flipping through Netflix one night. We want her to watch this film.
For comparison, Michael Moore’s 1986 Roger & Me, a famous documentary shot on relatively cheap video cameras, had a budget of $150,000. We are asking for 10% of that, knowing we can get something finished for that amount, while hoping for more funding beyond that amount to help bring this issue to the forefront.
Projected costs - we will do everything we can to keep these costs as low as possible, without compromising quality.
- Conduct approximately 10-15 more interviews. These will be with experts on the CFAA and computer security, including a balanced approach by attempting to speak w/ the FBI and Dept. of Justice.
- Camera and lighting rental. We've had the equipment donated so far, and will attempt to keep that situation going as long as we can, but good equipment costs money.
- Professional audio mixing for a feature length documentary. This runs between $100 and $150 per hour of studio time and we would expect 24 hours of mixing time for the finished film.
- Professional motion graphics. Similar rates as audio mixing, but with much more time involved, approximately 80-100 hours of time.
- Custom soundtrack, and/or professionally produced "canned" soundtrack music. This will take up approximately $3,000-$4,000 for producing or licensing.
- Professional color correction and finishing. To be completed at CCI digital in Burbank, CA (a leading post-production facility).
- Output, mastering and closed captioning. This cost can run into the several thousands. These are necessary features that are required for distribution on TV, Netflix and the like.
- Potential marketing and distribution costs.
What we are providing:
- Editing of the film. George will provide editing, which will take approximately 200 hours.
- Producing and scheduling. Many hours are involved in the interview scheduling, travel arrangement, travel time, etc.
- Directing, lighting, sound recording and shooting. Krystof and George will provide all labor and expertise for achieving the highest quality sound and video.
That is the general scope, and we hope that we've given you the sense that your money will be spent wisely to make this film the best it can be. Both of us, George and Krystof, have been making our living for more than the past decade working in the commercial and TV industry in Los Angeles. We are putting our expertise, our money, and our lives into this documentary because we believe in the story, the issues it brings up, and the positive political and cultural results that hopefully come from its wide distribution.
Please help us make that a reality.
Risks and challenges
There are significant challenges that we face, but after doing a reality check we feel that we can overcome each of them.
Our methodology is relatively simple but based on experience: We have created a hierarchy for each dollar spent, based on functions that we can or cannot perform ourselves if absolutely required to.
For example, neither of us are musicians so we cannot create our own soundtrack. We could probably get one donated but like all things that are free they come with strings attached - either a significant compromise in quality (because the donor is someone looking to gain experience), or having to endure significant delays releasing the film because the donor needs to work on paying jobs first.
Either case is unacceptable, so money needs to be spent on licensing quality pre-produced commercial music from a company like Extreme music (http://www.extrememusic.com/, which provides music to TV shows and feature films), or by hiring a composer to produce a custom-made soundtrack. This often proves to be the more effective use of money as licensing fees are typically not incurred with a composer.
The rest of the film would be subjected to a similar "hierarchy of needs" test, with budget being prioritized towards the items that are not possible for anyone but a specialized professional to accomplish.
If you have any questions at all, or are concerned about any aspect of the budget process, or would like to offer discounted services, we would love to hear from you.
Krystof and George
- (21 days)