We are writing a show, performing it on the road, and filming every moment. We'll then submit a documentary of the journey to film festivals.
We are attempting to do a great American Road Trip through the state of Virginia. Most of us are from there, but all met in Brooklyn, NY, where we now live. We are also, for the first time, attempting to write and perform in complete collaboration. It's called the Jon Ruf Roadshow.
Let us introduce ourselves. Hello, it's John Reaves, Sara Roan, Aidan Daley-Hynes, and Jeffrey Emerson here. We are four friends (two couples) who expect to bring you a thumbnail portrait, in a short documentary, of our beautiful creative partnership; some tears, but mostly laughs, and a lot of honest dreams on the line.
Comedy is the name of the game. This is the culminating project of a year's worth of teamwork and collective encouragement, and hopefully just the beginning of something very, VERY big.
Many of you know at least one of us personally, but in case you do not, we discussed it and agree that this is a pretty bright, talented, hungry, motivated, vivacious, curvaceous, kooky, and inspired bunch of folks. We know what you're thinking, and no, we're not spending the money on that.
Remember, we're making a show--à la ole time vaudeville revue--that includes props and funny videos. We'll be shooting both onstage and behind the scenes... the ENTIRE process, start to finish. Heck, we've already begun.
In order to put on the show, we'll need to get there (there being that state made for lovers, pretty perfecto, eh?). We're not going to spend on any hotels 'cus the whole point is returning home, where family has to let you sleep on the couch. But we will need all of the resources we can get to actually make the content and stage the productions, which includes buying the 7D camera we have our hearts set on. We decided against rental equipment due to our doubts about Southerners' sticky fingers, plus for 1 week it costs just about the same.
Once we've come through post-production on the documentary, in addition to crafty social networking tactics, we'll be hitting up the festival route for promotion.
Here's exactly what we need the money for...
car rental... $800
road snacks (gotta have that red licorice)... $100
camera/ lighting/ sound... $2600
external hard drive/ memory... $250
projector & screen... $500
live production materials (incl. props, costumes, etc)... $400
documentary production materials (incl. DVDs, artwork, packaging, etc)... $300
festival fees... $150
... which comes to a grand total of $5,500.
Well, look, it's not easy for us to ask for this, but someone once told us ask and you shall receive. We really love you and are extremely grateful for your support. Now go to that paypal account, and we'll catch you on the flip side. Oh yeah, and stay tuned for more!!
- (21 days)