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A fun, nostalgic adventure film about growing up and a series of informative and practical videos for indie actors and filmmakers. Read more

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A fun, nostalgic adventure film about growing up and a series of informative and practical videos for indie actors and filmmakers.

Atlanta, GA Shorts
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Check out our exciting updates above, including the list of exclusive how-to videos available to our supporters!

Camp Chippewa is a playful, fun and heartfelt adventure film that takes place in the summer of 1973. An anti-social ten-year-old boy named Mikey is stuck at summer camp when his older brother Bobby is drafted to fight in the Vietnam War. As he leaves camp, Bobby gives Mikey a secret treasure map, and when Mikey decides to follow it he and the other kids at camp are thrust into a reckless, funny and exciting adventure as they hunt for hidden treasure.

My previous films have been selected by some of the most prestigious film festivals and special exhibitions around the globe including The Cannes International Film Festival: Director's Fortnight Exhibition along with festivals in Los Angeles, Toronto, Washington DC, Amsterdam, Seattle, Chicago, London, Savannah, and others. Our incredible up-and-coming cast members have been featured in some of this year's most successful films and television shows including "Lawless" with Shia Lebouf and Tom Hardy, "The Watch" with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, "Trouble With the Curve" with Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams and the hit Lifetime series "Drop Dead Diva".

We'll be completing production of our film, assembling publicity materials, and submitting to film festival competitions beginning in November. Meanwhile we will also be producing a behind-the-scenes video documenting our final shoot and collecting helpful advice from our cast and crew regarding independent filmmaking from performance to production, and producing a series of short web tutorials explaining everything from processes for constructing useful filmmaking gear, to recommendations for high-quality inexpensive camera and lighting equipment that was tested and proven over the course of our production.

We will also be documenting the experiences of the children performing in the film along with that of their parents in order to create a helpful and informative program that helps to prepare them for working on a film set, and sheds a little light on what they should expect from the process.

And of course, as a special thanks to our Kickstarter supporters, we'll also be producing some really cool exclusive souvenirs for your generous contribution!

Above all we want to finish the exceptional film we've all invested our sweat and passion into and to share our experience as a crash course for other indie actors and filmmakers hungry for information on how to execute a dynamic and polished independent film inexpensively.

This is how your backing will support these projects:

By participating in our project and witnessing the nuts and bolts of our process we hope to open independent filmmaking up to artists everywhere who are aspiring to tell their stories through cinema.

Camp Chippewa has been filmed and edited, but there are still many post-production steps necessary to complete the project. Re-shoots, a studio sound mix, soundtrack composition, color correction and publicity being the main expenses. We'll be doing all of that in Atlanta, Georgia, then we've got to get it out there: costs for festival submissions and shipping all of the materials necessary.

For "The Making of Camp Chippewa" we are shooting and editing behind-the-scenes footage which has practical expenses of its own—camera equipment, transportation, lighting, feeding the BTS crew, et cetera. then it's post-production—editing, studio sound design/mix, music, etc.

Then come our online tutorials. We'll need to pay for equipment rentals as well as the dedication of time that it takes to shoot and edit these things. After that, our tutorial page will have to be designed and assembled, until finally all of the videos are uploaded and access codes are sent out to all of our contributors.

With a bit of support from you guys, Sparklight Films will be able to continue expanding our capability to bring you exceptional movies of all kinds that push the limits of film and animation, and to inform and inspire enthusiastic and enterprising filmmakers and exceptional talent along the way. 

Thank you again for checking out our campaign, and enjoy the movies.

from the whole team!
from the whole team!

For endorsements, larger backing opportunities, or press please contact us at: chippewakickstarter@gmail.com

Risks and challenges

Our main challenge is to finish production and make a fun & entertaining film. We have a fantastic cast and crew, many of whom have years of experience and are currently working as professionals in the entertainment industry. For most of us the main challenge has been to find the time and to raise enough money to finish the film right. Everyone involved has already committed to the additional dates needed to finish the film and with the generous assistance of our Kickstarter donors we will have the necessary funding. The talent and resources are just waiting for the means we need to complete the exceptional work we're already close close to finishing.

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    $10 reward

    2 backers

    A special thank you credit on the film plus a limited edition desktop wallpaper, an invitation to join our exclusive movie Facebook group and receive updates on the film’s production and festival run, and an early announcement when our how-to videos and making-of DVD become publicly available.

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    An 11x17 signed (artist, cast and director) limited edition color poster, plus a special thanks credit, the wallpaper art, and an invitation to join our Facebook group.

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    $50 reward

    2 backers

    A really cool limited edition Viewmaster projector with a Viewmaster reel of exclusive images from the film, a special thanks credit, the wallpaper art, and an invitation to join our Facebook group.

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    $50 reward

    2 backers

    A DVD or BluRay copy of "Camp Chippewa" and a DVD or BluRay copy of “The Making of Camp Chippewa: Behind the Scenes of Independent Filmmaking”, a special thanks credit, the wallpaper art, and an invitation to join our Facebook group.

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    $50 reward

    4 backers

    Exclusive online access to our series of how-to videos including:
    Filmmaking book reviews and a suggested
    reading list for beginning filmmakers
    - Recommendations for affordable, cinema
    quality video and sound gear
    - Simple exercises for writing a short film
    script quickly so you can get shooting
    - Short, inexpensive exercises to practice
    shooting your own moviemaking
    - Recommended online Indie filmmaking
    resources including blogs, publications and
    organizations that will help keep you up to
    date on the latest Indie tools and
    techniques

    DIY tutorials for low-budget camera and lighting equipment including:
    How to build an affordable space light
    - How to build an inexpensive video assist
    system with instant playback
    - How to build a really affordable weighted
    shoulder support for your camera rig
    - How to assemble an inexpensive long-life
    power pack and HDMI splitter for your
    camera support system.
    - How to build an inexpensive lighting case
    - How to assemble an inexpensive cable-
    free, battery operated lighting kit
    - How to install an inexpensive optical
    viewfinder on your DSLR without adhering it
    to the camera body
    - How to build an affordable cinema quality
    prime lens kit
    - How to build a mini toolkit for your DSLR rig
    - How to build an inexpensive camera cage
    and HDMI port protector for your DSLR

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    $150 reward

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    **Early bird special for $50.00 off for the first 20 donations!**

    Our online indie director's reward. Exclusive online access to our series of how-to videos plus five emails and a one hour Skype session with our Director on writing and directing your own film, and we'll also throw in a special limited edition Camp Chippewa “backer” baseball shirt as well as exclusive online access to our series of how-to videos.

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    $150 reward

    0 backers Limited (20 left of 20)

    **Early bird special for $50.00 off for the first 20 donations!**

    Our online indie cinematographer's reward. Exclusive online access to our series of how-to videos plus five emails and a one hour Skype session with our Cinematographer on lighting and shooting your own film, and we'll also throw in a special limited edition Camp Chippewa “backer” baseball shirt!

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    $200 reward

    0 backers

    Our online indie director's reward. Exclusive online access to our series of how-to videos plus five emails and a one hour Skype session with our Director on writing and directing your own film, and we'll also throw in a special limited edition Camp Chippewa “backer” baseball shirt as well as exclusive online access to our series of how-to videos.

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    $200 reward

    0 backers

    Our online indie cinematographer's reward. Exclusive online access to our series of how-to videos plus five emails and a one hour Skype session with our Cinematographer on lighting and shooting your own film, and we'll also throw in a special limited edition Camp Chippewa “backer” baseball shirt!

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    $500 reward

    0 backers Limited (20 left of 20)

    Our hands-on indie filmmakers reward. Come visit the set! In addition to watching the film being made live, you'll receive an exclusive autographed photo with the cast and crew, an invitation to our production wrap party in Atlanta, a limited edition Camp Chippewa “backer” baseball shirt, exclusive online access to our series of how-to videos, a special thanks credit, the wallpaper art, and an invitation to our Facebook group, the exclusive Viewmaster and reel, DVDs or BluRays of "Camp Chippewa" and "The Making of Camp Chippewa" as well as five emails and a Skype session with the Director or Cinematographer.

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    $1,500 reward

    0 backers Limited (15 left of 15)

    Our premium indie filmmakers reward. A visit to the set to watch as the film is made, an exclusive autographed photo with the cast and crew, an invitation to our production wrap party in Atlanta, two tickets to a cinema screening of the film in Atlanta where you'll get to see your name in the credits on the big screen! You'll also receive two tickets to any of our 2013 "Camp Chippewa" film festival screenings anywhere in the world AND YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE ALL OF THE ABOVE REWARDS including a limited edition Camp Chippewa “backer” baseball shirt, exclusive online access to our series of how-to videos, a special thanks credit, the wallpaper art, and an invitation to our Facebook group, the exclusive Viewmaster and reel, DVDs or BluRays of "Camp Chippewa" and "The Making of Camp Chippewa", and the emails and Skype sessions with both our Director and Cinematographer.

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    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    Our ultimate indie filmmakers reward. A three day indie cinema production package that includes a director of photography and access to a huge inventory of sound, camera and lighting gear (www.brandonosterman.com/equipment) to bring your own indie film to life AND YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE ALL OF THE ABOVE REWARDS including a set visit to watch as our film is made, an exclusive autographed cast and crew photo, an invitation to our production wrap party in Atlanta, two tickets to a cinema screening of the film in Atlanta where you'll get to see your name in the credits on the big screen, two tickets to any of our 2013 "Camp Chippewa" film festival screenings anywhere in the world, a limited edition Camp Chippewa “backer” baseball shirt, exclusive online access to our series of how-to videos, the wallpaper art, and an invitation to our Facebook group, the exclusive Viewmaster and reel, DVDs or BluRays of "Camp Chippewa" and "The Making of Camp Chippewa", and the emails and Skype sessions with both our Director and Cinematographer.

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    Become an Executive Producer! For your incomparable support of the project you'll be credited in the opening titles of the film as our executive producer, you'll also be credited as executive producer on the production's IMDB page and receive an extremely limited, signed theatrical "Camp Chippewa" poster like the ones you see in the lobby of your favorite cinema, AND YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE THE ENTIRE PREMIUM INDIE FILMMAKERS REWARD including the set visit, an exclusive autographed photo with the cast and crew, an invitation to the wrap party, two tickets to a cinema screening of the film in Atlanta where you'll get to see your name on the big screen, in the opening titles! You'll receive two tickets to any of our 2013 "Camp Chippewa" film festival screenings anywhere in the world, a limited edition Camp Chippewa “backer” baseball shirt, exclusive online access to our series of how-to videos, the exclusive wallpaper, an invitation to our Facebook group, the limited edition Viewmaster and reel, DVDs or BluRays of "Camp Chippewa" and "The Making of Camp Chippewa", and the emails and Skype sessions with both our Director and Cinematographer.

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