About this project
“Some people come to Beijing for what they can do here… and some people come for what they can be here… I….” - Martin
We've made our target! AMAZING!! Thank you so much to all contributors! You can still be part of the team, for those who contribute from now on your donation will go towards our stretch goal, put towards colour, posters and file conversion.
Why contribute? What is this project? Read on...
'Beijing Being' brings you a different side of life as an expat: told through the eyes of an idealistic young artist haunted by the abrupt departure of her best friend, this is a film about the transience of life as a foreigner, and what this means for friendship and identity. Struggling to completer her Cabaret and understand her place in Beijing without him, Sophie's memory and imagination slowly fuse, while a 100 day visa crackdown intensifies to the staccato rhythm of tap dancing and construction.
This is at heart a love story, it's a story that could happen anywhere yet a story very much located in Beijing. It's about the love you can have for a friend, even if they can never love you back; and the love you can have for a city, even if it's somewhere you will always be foreign.
The plot came of a series of conversations with foreign friends as to what being in Beijing meant for them. Similar concerns kept coming up, echoed in conversations with local artist friends. There was a common sense of insecurity, a sense of time moving too fast, of change being the only constant. These conversations became the script, these friends the ‘actors’, as we recreated real moments around the shape of a fictional story. The film aims to capture a sense of Beijing right now, to capture this feeling of a city balancing on the edge of change, and to communicate something more about the experience of being a young expat than what is generally shown.
I was lucky enough to work with the incredibly talented Husain Amer who donated his time to the project, along with an amazing crew whose generosity allowed us to film 'Beijing Being' without any significant film funding. We’ve come as far as we can without funding and now we’re preparing for post production and need your help!
This is what you get for donating!
> Poster by independent Sydney-based graphic design company Paste Studios. There are 5 to choose from and make up a full set
> Watercolour drawing by Italian artist Carlotta, who plays herself in the film.
> Behind the Scenes (BTS) shots by Australian-Chinese artist Guo Jian exclusive for 'Beijing Being' Kickstart contributors. Guo Jian was on hand throughout the initial shoot, as well as helping during development of the film.
An example of some of the super cool posters designed by Paste Studios:
Example of drawing by Carlotta:
Risks and challenges
In many ways the risks are very low, as we’ve finished the filming and editing. We have a film already! What we need funding for is the post-production, specifically for the sound mastering and music, so in the cinema the sound is crisp and the music merry!
And it's starting already! Our sound engineer Shaun Hay is all lined up roaring to go, we're talking with bands to obtain rights to their songs and the score is in the process of being composed...
Your donation will help cover:
Audio Mastering: $6000
Music rights and original score: $3500
Kickstarter fee: $1800
Reward fulfilment: $700
Stretch goal-- Now we've made it to $12 000 the money will go towards:
Graphics and promotions: $3000
Colour Grade: $6000
DCP file conversion: $500
The exciting news is, we have a movie! Your contribution will make sure its as beautiful as it can be, and means that you see it as fast as can be!
The way Kickstarter works is if we don't reach our goal we don't get any money at all! Which means it would take longer to complete and get out to you. Years longer.
This film is for you, and now we need your help to finish it.
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