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IN A MOMENT is a documentary film about a family’s commitment to survival after the tragic loss of their infant son.
IN A MOMENT is a documentary film about a family’s commitment to survival after the tragic loss of their infant son.
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IN A MOMENT: The Johan Aspelin Story

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UPDATE! 10/8/14

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UPDATE! 9/17/14

Dear Friends, We are very excited to announce that we have hit our Kickstarter funding goal! Thanks for everyone’s comments, messages, and most of all your donations contributing to this film and making this dream a reality! We couldn’t do this without you! Our initial budget of $17,500 was the minimum we needed to cover the costs of 3 shoots. Now that we’ve surpassed our goal, we’ve set a new goal! This new goal will raise production value by paying for more shoots, upgrading our equipment and maybe even help post-production! That being said…

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Cameras: We shot the first few rounds of interviews on a Canon 7D with a couple small camera lights mounted on top. The 7D is a fantastic camera and everything worked great! Now we can step up our game! The Director of Photography we want to hire uses- Camera: RED EPIC 5K,  Lenses: Leica Cinema Primes, along with a slew of others,  Aerial Drone: Steadidrone Quad, GoPro 3+ Black,  Camera Support: Tripods & Fluid Heads, Slider, Glide Cam Better

Audio Equipment: Like the camera, our audio equipment was great, but not the best. We used a wired lav hooked up to a Tascam DR-07 and it did the job! But having perfect audio is very important to us and if we hire the Audio Engineer we want, we’ll use- Mixers/Recorders: Multi-track recorder with Timecode , Wireless microphones: 3 wireless lavs, a wireless system with Transmitter featuring built-in recording, and wireless audio and Timecode feed to camera , Boom Microphones: Hypercardoid and Shotgun mics, Blimps for wind protection , The Rest: Timecode slate and Audio Monitoring

Lighting Gear: Like I said in the “better cameras” section, we had two small camera lights mounted onto our Canon 7D, it looked like a reindeer but it got the job done! The DP we want to hire said if we want every shot to look consistent and clean, we need to rent- Lights: Arri Heads, Kino Diva (2)

Post Production: This is where it gets expensive. We’ve done minimal post work, so we’ll be pretty much starting from square one. Stories need to be told in a clear, concise way so a great documentary needs an EXCELLENT editing team. Here’s what we need- Editors, Assistant Editors, Colorist, Visual Effect Artists, Graphic Designers, Animators, Post Audio Engineers, A Composer, A Voiceover Actor

Locations: As of right now we’ve been fortunate enough to interview our subjects in their offices and homes…but we’re not always going to have that luxury. We’ll need to rent out a few spaces to conduct some interviews. We also need film permits to shoot B-roll footage. Locations are TBD, but San Francisco is full of landmarks and we know we’re going to have to pay San Francisco to film some of them. 

Travel: We’re flying from Los Angeles to San Francisco to conduct all of these interviews and occasionally our subjects aren’t available until the last minute. We’re also planning a trip to Sweden to interview Kristian’s family. With a bigger budget, we’ll be able to make that last minute flight and one big international flight to get the subjects we need to properly tell this story.

THANK YOU!!!

Mighty Myt

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IN A MOMENT is the riveting documentary film of Kristian and Jennie Aspelin who lost their 3-month-old son Johan after a series of tragic events. No parent should ever have to say a final good-bye to their child - It’s an unimaginable nightmare. Unfortunately, Kristian and Jennie’s nightmare only got worse. Two days after Johan was brought to the hospital Kristian was arrested at his son’s bedside and taken to the San Francisco County Jail. A careless diagnosis of Shaken Baby Syndrome was attributed to Johan’s injuries and Kristian’s fate was now in the hands of the criminal justice system. Jennie was left alone to save the family she had left.

The Aspelins- Jennie, Johan, Kristian, Lukas and their dog Gus

Join us as we share the Aspelin's story of loss, grief and their battle to keep their family intact while trying to survive injustice at the hands of doctors, Child Protective Services and the Criminal Justice System of San Francisco County.

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Our goal with IN A MOMENT is to tell the story of the Aspelin family and their baby, Johan, who was the victim of a series of tragic medical errors that resulted in the misdiagnosis of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Medical errors in the United States are nothing short of an epidemic.

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Watch the Aspelin's story in this CBS video

You can read more about the Aspelin's story here-

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/01/31/bay-area-familys-ordeal-raises-questions-over-shaken-baby-convictions/

Listen to Kristian Aspelin's Interview, "Dismissed Case Raises Questions on Shaken Baby Diagnosis" on NPR's All Things Considered

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WHY DOES IN A MOMENT NEED TO BE PRODUCED?

Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is a controversial topic with strong beliefs on both sides of the issue. The symptoms of SBS are vague and often confused with other health problems.

According to a recent article by Radley Balko of the Washington Post, “New research suggests that most humans aren’t capable of shaking an infant hard enough to produce the symptoms in SBS. It usually takes an accompanying blow to the head.” You have to wonder, where does the line between medical proof and faulty science lie?

We believe SBS should be re-evaluated as an official diagnosis of the American Association of Pediatrics. But it doesn't end there- currently, an assessment by a single pediatrician without the consult of other health care professionals is all that is required to claim a diagnosis of SBS. This practice is careless and unsubstantiated science.

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FILMMAKERS

Jason Crain

Eli Buck

Christina Cage

              

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WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

Not everyone has the means to make a donation and that's ok! Spreading the word of our documentary and campaign can be more valuable than one person donating and not telling anyone about our mission.

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SPECIAL THANKS!

Making a teaser trailer for a Kickstarter campaign is not an easy task and ours wouldn't have been made if it wasn't for-

Tom Diasio- Editor

Adrian Pruett- DP

Olajide Paris- Composer

Conner Che- Graphic Designer.

Gentleman, saying "thank you" is a huge understatement!

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SOURCES

Statistics we used can be found in the following articles and studies-

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/02/21/shaken-baby-syndrome-and-the-flawed-science-in-our-criminal-courts/

http://www.propublica.org/article/how-many-die-from-medical-mistakes-in-us-hospitals

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm

Risks and challenges

Documentaries aren't made to make money, they're made to spread awareness and to educate. And this is a story that needs to not just be told, but heard. Once we're funded, we are full steam ahead. We have many interviews lined up, crew at the ready and an editor on hold. We just need your help to get us there. We will keep you updated on our progress and you'll definitely know when our film is completed.

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