How does something as delicate as a snowflake become a deadly force of nature? What goes on in the microstructure of the snowpack? Through in-depth interviews with premier snow scientists, engaging animations, and stunning cinematography, FACETS will tell this incredible story.
This film will take place primarily in Bozeman, Montana. Home to Montana State University, Bozeman is a well-suited setting for the study of snow and avalanches. It snows a lot here--sometimes from September to June--and some mountains keep their snow all year round. There are four Class A avalanche zones—the most severe—at nearby skiing areas, and numerous backcountry locations.
FACETS will follow avalanche and snow scientists into avalanche areas, and witness them gathering data that continues to affect how we understand this amazing force of nature. These scientists study different aspects of various slopes to try and find out why and how snow changes over space and time.
Another group of engineers study snow by creating micro-avalanches in the controlled environment of a laboratory. This “Subzero Lab,” is a world-unique research facility at Montana State University. Here, scientists reproduce the wide range of conditions found on mountain slopes and create different types of snow. As we follow through this experiment re-creating an avalanche, we will begin to see connections between this laboratory experiment and research in the field.
FACETS will educate experienced backcountry adventurers and novices alike about the amazing complexity that forms the snowpack. Avalanches are a huge risk when engaging in snow sports, and learning about the snow itself is the first step in making good decisions.
FACETS will premiere in April 2014. Production is in early stages, and will continue through the beginning of March.
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This Kickstarter goal is based on a detailed budget of necessary items to make this film. Your contributions would go towards important elements such as:
- Renting film equipment
- Travel costs
- Getting the equipment and crew into the backcountry
- Securing filming permits
- Feeding the crew
- Paying for some of the costs included in donor rewards
I also hope to hire a composer for the film.
Filmmaking is an expensive venture, and even the small things like batteries, DVDs, and memory cards can add up.
If we surpass our goal, that money will contribute to make the film even better. Any extra contributions will go towards renting more equipment, hiring more crew, and higher end post-production.
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Thank You SO MUCH for your consideration! Let's make this film happen TOGETHER.
Risks and challenges
Producing a short film is a risky logistical challenge. It’s especially demanding if you’re doing it on a small budget. There are a lot of things that can go wrong — personnel, unexpected costs, or a cancelled interview.
However, I have been planning the logistics of this film for the past four months, and have several alternative plans if any detail falls through. Patience and flexibility is a huge part of documentary filmmaking, and I have had lots of experience dealing with this kind of creative problem solving.
This film is also a degree requirement for my MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University. I can guarantee that despite any roadblocks or challenges along the way, this film will premiere in April 2014.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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