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Documenting an Artistic Family of Lighting Connoisseurs

Oakland, CA Documentary
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The Project:

Radiant Atmospheres, an Oakland, CA based artist collective, has been doing summer tours with their psychedelic light shows for almost 20 years. Providing kinetic spectacles to outdoor electronic dance parties all over Northern California is a labor of love for this ragtag family of brilliant minds and misfit personalities.

Specializing in rare lights, custom built controllers, and sculpturesque rigging, Radiant Atmospheres provides one of a kind experiences. Grandiose space themed installations such as the “Star Projector”, “Omni Gate”, and “Star Grazer” entrance audiences with their well crafted subtleties, unpredictable flair, and astonishing performances.

This documentary brings the audience into the fold of the little-known and even lesser appreciated culture of artistic event lighting, programming and stagehandery. The viewer is warmly embraced into the family, presented with their history, and invited to share in their love, work, struggles and triumphs.

UPDATE July 18, 2014: 

Less than 72 hours, and we want to keep the train a'rollin'! Truth is it was the bare minimum budget, and we could use a lot more to rent all the gear we really need. So please continue to share the project and become a backer!

For those of you that live in the bay area: remember the Pre-campout party to celebrate the budget goal being met is THIS Saturday, July 19th at UNDERGROUND SF in the Haight from 10PM- 2AM.

UPDATE July 13, 2014:

We made our minimum budget goal! I am so honored to have so many people interested in seeing the project come to life, it truly is a collaboration. Preproduction for this summer show tour with Radiant Atmospheres is well on it's way, and the whole crew will hit the road late next week for Sunset Campout. It is a very special experience to be working with so many talented people. This project is a huge undertaking so thank you so much for your participation and steady encouragement!

UPDATE July 8, 2014:

We have a t-shirt proof from our friends at Squid Ink. If you pledged $40 to $150 or more, you will receive a t-shirt as one of your rewards for becoming a backer! We have 13 more days left to reach our goal of $10,500. Thank you for all your continued support! 

The Omni Gate installation.
The Omni Gate installation.
The Omni Gate installation.
The Omni Gate installation.

 Meet the Crew video:

Radiant Atmospheres, A Documentary was featured in the Makers of Film blog:

http://filmmakers.tumblr.com/

The Star Grazer installation.
The Star Grazer installation.
The Star Grazer installation.
The Star Grazer installation.

All or nothing challenge:

If you make a pledge, we get closer to reaching our goal! If we make the budget goal of $10,500 by July 20th, we get the money. If we don't make the goal by then, we do not receive any funding. 

What the funding goes towards:

So far the project has been an out of pocket expense.  At this point, funding is needed to tag along and film another show season with the Radiant Atmospheres crew, and to breath new life into the documentary as a whole. 

Our budget will primarily go towards camera rentals and vital production needs such as tents and water (Shooting at camp outs is daunting!), as well as creating a strong backbone for post production.

The Star Projector installation
The Star Projector installation
Empire of Love stage at Symbiosis festival.
Empire of Love stage at Symbiosis festival.
  
Rewards:

 Forking over five dollars or more, nets you a gigantic thank you from the production crew for your support!

 A ten dollar pledge means we get to mail you a cool sticker!

 If you would like us to add a sweet LED flashlight to your small but lovingly crafted care package, by all means, please donate twenty-five dollars or more.

 For forty bucks we can throw in a crew T-Shirt.  Look like a stylish stagehand in this black and white logo'd beauty by Squid Inks. 

 For sixty dollars, you can not only look like part of the crew, you can feel like one too, as we will mail you a crew portrait from the 2014 show season.

Want a 8X10 print of a Radiant Atmospheres installation?  Pledge one hundred fifty dollars, and you can zone out to a photograph of a show, while wearing your crew T-shirt.

 Two hundred and Fifty dollars is starting to get into big money.  So we feel comfortable letting you in on some big secrets.  Not only will we mail you a 8X10 print of an installation for your wall, but you also get access through the project website to behind the scenes footage and bloopers from the project along the way.

 Five hundred clams gets you access to our behind the scenes footage, operating time at a Radiant Atmospheres show, and a crew autographed DVD release of the movie available only via kickstarter!

 For the low price of one thousand dollars, you can have an Associate Producer credit! And to go with your title, access to behind the scenes footage, Radiant Atmospheres crew signed special Kickstarter DVD, you can come out for a private board operating lesson at the shop!

 Ballers who donate four thousand dollars or more, will not only become Executive Producers of the documentary, but will also receive a private Radiant Atmospheres light show for you and your friends!  Oh yeah, and a bunch of that other swag we already talked about.

Risks and challenges

Light show season only comes once a year in the summer. We must be poised and ready to shoot before the Radiant Atmospheres crew even begins to plan a show.

Documenting high energy intense individuals requires vigilance. There will be very little sleep had for the video crew during installation prep, construction, and strike. Coffee, Red Bull and unwavering tenacity are a must for our production crew.

The great outdoors during a Northern California summer is inhospitable to
cameras and electronics. Setting aside crew comfort, great pains must be taken to ensure our video gear is well cared for, and contingency plans for failing electronics must be hatched.

Your funding will help ameliorate these challenges, so thank you! Hope to see you at a show!

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Rewards

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    Pledge $5 or more

    1 backer

    The mirror ball- A huge thank you from the production crew for your support!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    14 backers

    The tunnel projector- A unique Radiant Atmospheres sticker.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    15 backers

    The strobe flower- Radiant Atmospheres sticker & LED flashlight.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $40 or more

    42 backers

    The Lux Capacitor- A LED flashlight & a stagehand t-shirt.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $60 or more

    11 backers

    The Star Grazer- A poster w/ a crew portrait from the 2014 show season & a stagehand t-shirt.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $150 or more

    16 backers

    The Omni Gate- stagehand t-shirt & 8X10 limited edition print of a one of a kind RA installation.

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    Pledge $250 or more

    5 backers

    The Venus- Access to behind the scenes footage & 8X10 limited edition print of a one of a kind RA installation.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $500 or more

    1 backer Limited (19 left of 20)

    The Star Projector- Crew t-shirt, access to behind the scenes footage, Radiant Atmospheres crew signed special Kickstarter DVD release & operating time at a Radiant Atmospheres show.

    *Kickstarter DVD release will not be available until the completion of the documentary.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    1 backer Limited (19 left of 20)

    DMX512-
    Associate producer credit! Access to behind the scenes footage, Radiant Atmospheres crew signed special Kickstarter DVD release & board operating lesson from a crew member at a shop night.

    *Kickstarter DVD release will not be available until the completion of the documentary.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $4,000 or more

    0 backers

    The universe and beyond- private Radiant Atmospheres light show for you and your friends. Executive producer credit!

    *private light show will take place anywhere in the bay area within a 50 mile radius. Location and date will be discussed and determined by November 2014.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (30 days)