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I followed Sebastiano Tomada and Gessica Smith in the last several months of their three-and-a-half-year relationship, documenting their lives together and apart. Sebastiano, 26, is a photographer for Sipa Press and AP. He regularly goes on assignment to Syria and Afghanistan. Gessica, 26, is a burgeoning fashion and handbag designer and waitresses on the side to save money for her collection's patent fees. While in production, Sebastiano was in Syria for five weeks on assignment and in Afghanistan for nearly two months, where he was embedded with a United States Army troop during operations. His footage from the field is incorporated into the movie to give viewers an inside perspective on what it's like to be both and embedded and independent conflict photographer. The film centers around their relationship; they are young and committed to each other, but Sebastiano's work takes him to war zones for months on end. The stress takes its toll on him and it becomes more difficult to connect with Gessica. At times, she is left not knowing where he is or if he is alive and their relationship is tested to its limit.
Why this story?
This documentary shows what it takes to be a successful photojournalist, including the personal sacrifices made by both Sebastiano and his girlfriend, Gessica. It is an important story to tell because photojournalism has a major effect on the way people see the world, especially conflicts, and yet the work around making these images and the human cost is rarely a focus.
What We Need & What You Get
All the funds received will go directly to post-production and distribution efforts for this piece, which will have a runtime of under 30 minutes. This includes professional:
- Fine editing
- Sound mixing
- Music scoring
- Color correction
- Fees for festival submissions
Every contributor will be thanked in online materials and those giving certain amounts will receive a photo postcard and some will be credited in the film!|
Large contributions will be additionally thanked with a signed photo print by Sebastiano Tomada, a world-renowned photojournalist and a main character of the film. Sebastiano recently won second prize singles in General News in World Press Photo, the world's most prestigious award contest for photojournalists. His photos are not only worth a thousand words, but will be a collector's item for those whose pledges qualify for a signed print.
Sebastiano's photos available for prints:
My name is Madeleine Pryor. I’m a documentary photographer and I create multimedia stories for organizations working on domestic and international social issues. This is my first short video documentary project and I'm very proud of it -- please help me make it a success!
I am nearing the final stages of post-production on this project. I have a rough cut completed and need to hire a professional editor and sound mixer to get 'er done. Your contribution of any amount will help me immensely.
Thanks for your support!
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