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Treeverse follows two climbers' unparalleled adventure as they attempt to navigate a 1 km transect through a forest canopy over 5 days. Read more

Portland, OR Documentary
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Treeverse follows two climbers' unparalleled adventure as they attempt to navigate a 1 km transect through a forest canopy over 5 days.

Portland, OR Documentary
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About this project

Treeverse will follow Brian French and Will Koomjian of Ascending the Giants on an unparalleled adventure as they attempt a pioneering effort to navigate a one kilometer transect through the forest canopy over five days. Set within a visually spectacular oak savanna landscape in Northwest Oregon, this film is primed to engage audiences with stunning cinematography and an exhilarating adventure story. The Treeverse will take an intimate look at the friendship, trust, and teamwork between Brian and Will essential to their success, and the innovative methods and equipment they must design and deploy to accomplish their goal.

The objectives of this film are as follows:

1. To showcase a vulnerable ecosystem in Oregon, the oak savanna, of which there are few intact forests left of a size through which an adventure like Treeverse could take place. This project will build upon the efforts of Ascending the Giants to aid forest conservation with a non-confrontational approach.

2. To appeal to a human interest and appreciation for adventure, exploration, and overcoming challenging conditions. Our research indicates that no expeditions of this scope and duration have ever even been attempted.

3. To advance and feature low impact and Leave No Trace tree climbing techniques and tools, that may be utilized by the professional climbing and arboriculture communities.

4. To advance innovative and unconventional filmmaking tools and techniques, combining unique perspectives with stunning cinematography.

5. To establish the experience, techniques, and resources necessary for a more comprehensive canopy trek through the unique Indonesian rainforest that is home to the Orangutan.

Project Execution

Uncage the Soul Productions has partnered with Ascending the Giants since 2007 to document their work through video and has produced a distinguished archive of champion tree footage, some of which was featured in two CNN stories on the project. A short documentary on the work of Ascending the Giants in locating and measuring a new Oregon State Sitka Spruce ChampionTree won several best short documentary film festival awards and was selected for the Leave No Trace Award in the 2009 Adventure Film Festival. Uncage the Soul Productions has most recently produced a short documentary on the sport of caving, which won Best in Show in the 2010 National Speleological Society Video Salon and is currently touring with the Banff Mountain Film Festival and the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Uncage the Soul is coordinating the production of Treeverse.

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To capture the Treeverse, three crews will be assembled. A rigging crew will travel in advance of Brian and Will preparing rope systems into the canopy that will enable the camera crew to quickly be positioned for dynamic shots from the forest canopy. As Brian and Will pass by camera positions, the rigging crew will be dismantling those rope systems and again repositioning them ahead of the action. A camera crew of at least five photographers will be assigned positions and times for shooting, 24 hours a day throughout the five days. Production will use Canon DSLR cameras, and deploy multiple HD POV cameras. Every effort will be made to assure the highest quality photography and audio using the most advanced camera techniques and tools available. Some of the tools that will be utilized to capture dynamic shots of the Treeverse include rope zip line and elevator systems, sliders, steadi-cam, and a remotely operated camera-mounted helicopter. And lastly, a photography crew coordinated by Freesolo Photography will be shooting production stills.

Project Needs:

Funds raised through this campaign will be applied directly to support the production of Treeverse. A large volunteer production crew is being assembled and some direct costs incurred during the five days of filming will include transportation of crew, food, and purchase of gear and equipment for the Treeverse athletes, rigging crew, and camera crew, that has not been secured through in-kind donations and sponsorships. Additional expenses will include rental of specialized camera equipment.

We are deeply appreciative of your support. Be assured that your contributions to our project will be utilized to produce a uniquely exceptional, breath-taking, and inspiring adventure documentary.

Will Koomjian and Brian French Ascending the Giants

John Waller Uncage the Soul Productions


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  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    48 backers

    A limited edition Uncage the Soul DVD with a succession of previously produced adventure documentaries including Flight of the Dunni, Ascending the Giants, Into Darkness, and the newly released Treeverse. Well worth an evening of popcorn and a few beers! You will also receive an invitation to the world premier Portland screening of Treeverse.

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    Pledge $25 or more

    19 backers

    All the benefits of the $10 level plus a VIP invitation to a gathering of production crew, Treeverse athletes Brian and Will, and supporters of the Treeverse project. We'll provide the food and beer, you show up and have a good time!

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    Pledge $50 or more

    8 backers

    The Uncage the Soul DVD, world premiere screening and VIP party invitations, plus select from 10 stunning Treeverse production stills and receive one 11 x 14 print of that image.

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    Pledge $100 or more

    19 backers

    You'll receive all the benefits of our $50 level including the Uncage the Soul DVD, screening and party invitations, an 11 x 14 Treeverse print, PLUS your name in the film credits, forever recognizing your support of Treeverse wherever and whenever it screens.

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    Pledge $500 or more

    3 backers

    Ever wanted to climb a giant tree!? Ascending the Giants superstars Will and Brian will safely assist and guide you up and into the treetops to explore the canopy and see the world from a bird's eye perspective. Truly an exhilarating and adventurous opportunity. AND you'll also get the complete treatment offered our $100 pledge level including Uncage the Soul DVD, world premiere screening and VIP party invitations, an 11 x 14 printed production still, and name in the film credits.

Funding period

- (27 days)