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FACETS is a short film that will delve deep into the mysteries of the snowpack to find out how a snowflake can become an avalanche.
FACETS is a short film that will delve deep into the mysteries of the snowpack to find out how a snowflake can become an avalanche.
83 backers pledged $6,005 to help bring this project to life.

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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. 

If you feel connected to this project, please take a look at the donation levels and YOU can help make this film a reality! If you are unable to donate at this time, PLEASE SHARE THIS PROJECT to anyone you think might be interested. Get the word out, and I know we will make our goal!

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. 

Check out some of these awesome Donor Rewards!

This is an example of the Snowflake Print available for some tiers as a poster or as an original silkscreen print.
This is an example of the Snowflake Print available for some tiers as a poster or as an original silkscreen print.
This is the "Skiing" print, available as a poster for one of the tiers. It is inspired by a self portrait of the filmmaker as a young skier.
This is the "Skiing" print, available as a poster for one of the tiers. It is inspired by a self portrait of the filmmaker as a young skier.

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.

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    Thanks! You're getting a personal email with a really cool snowflake wallpaper! Plus, the reward from the previous tier.

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    Love snowflakes? Love stickers? You are getting your own sticker of my snowflake print! In addition, you'll get the rewards from the previous tiers.

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    Wowza! Clearly, you're a film enthusiast, which means you get to watch the film online the moment it's finished! You'll receive a private link and a special password for vimeo.com to see the film before everyone else, plus all the rewards from the previous tiers.

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    Ever been in film credits before? Well now is your chance! Your name will appear in the film's credits, and you will receive a Blu-Ray or DVD of the film to show your friends. Plus all the rewards from the previous tiers.

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    I hope you've got some room on your walls because you are getting a really cool poster. This poster will be a copy of a unique piece of art by yours truly. You can pick either a copy of my snowflake print or my skiing print (see examples on the left). Plus the rewards from the previous tiers.

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    Along with my eternal gratitude, you will get an honorary ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit in the film! In addition, you will receive your own original, unique, and totally awesome silkscreen print. I made these prints by hand in one edition, and each print is slightly different and totally one-of-a-kind, like the snowflakes they depict. There are only 6 of these, so the first 6 backers of this pledge will receive a snowflake print. After that, donors will receive a different silkscreen print. You will also receive the rewards of the previous tiers.

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    Wow you are officially AWESOME! Enjoy an honorary EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit in the film! You will also receive a snowflake print from the previous tier -- FRAMED. That's right, a professionally framed unique art piece ready to adorn your walls! There are only two prints reserved for this special reward, so if more than two donors pledge this amount, we can discuss another print to frame for you! Thanks again!!

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