Autism: Extended Film Trailer:
Autism Awareness and Acceptance Documentary Campaign.
Summary: I am a certified social cultural anthropologist who would like to produce a ethnographic documentary about autism awareness and acceptance.
Hi. My name is Yvonne Wan. I am a Certified Social Cultural Anthropologist and Broadcast Standard Film Ethnographer. My certification is accredited by UCL University, one of the worlds leading academic institutions in Anthropology. I have over 18 years industry experience having worked for top advertising agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi and Ogilvy and Mather. I have won various awards, including the Inspiration in Life Award, hosted by the Discovery Channel and Media Week. I have also won a University award specializing in aging.
The acceptance of autism in society is an issue close to my heart as I know several families with sons and daughters with the condition. I have observed how the condition affects families - their hopes and dreams, opportunities and challenges. Here is an ethnographic trailer that I have produced. It gives you a glimpse of what I have learnt so far, about how the condition affects individuals adjusting to adult life.
What is Autism and why is it relevant to society:
Autism is a neurological disorder where individuals are characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. There are different types of autism, which varies according to each autistic individual. Autism Spectrum Disorder affects over 3 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys. Autism figures are on the increase and are one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S. What this means is that autism is becoming increasingly relevant to society and it is no longer an issue we can ignore.
What I would like to produce/achieve and how:
I would like make a full broadcast standard ethnographic study and documentary as an anthropologist about autism in an effort to educate the public and employers; and also help those affected by Autism feel more accepted in society. This film addresses the stigma associated with autism and addresses the social cultural phenomena surrounding it. I am interested in the betterment of people's wellbeing of those affected by Autism. If we can take some time out to understand what autism is - I believe we will be one step closer to having a more understanding, and compassionate society. After-all, one of our fundamental human needs in life is the need to understand AND be Understood. We need to understand the world around us, find guidance to navigate life, and wisdom to make wise decisions that safeguard and improve life. We also have the need to communicate with others and be listened to empathically and be understood.
I would like to raise funds so I can conduct a full ethnographic study and documentary about how autistic individuals transition into adulthood, as an anthropologist. This includes observing individuals in their home and work environments. This also involves interviewing the general public and employers. The documentary has the capacity to shift people’s misconceptions about what autism is, and challenge any prejudice that some people may have. It has the potential to influence employers to create more job opportunities / programs for autistic people and back it with the right resources and understanding for the individuals to succeed in a supportive environment.
The proposed period of research is three months following the lives of six families affected by autism. I would like to raise autism awareness and inspire people and employers to accept and celebrate human diversity.
This campaign hopes to raise autism awareness and acceptance through educating the general public about autism. In addition, we will be raising awareness and acceptance of autism through the creation and promotion of an Autistic Super Hero character by myself and Dave Beaty, an official artist for Marvel Comics and DC comics. We will be rewarding backers with limited edition Tee shirts and Posters of this Autistic Super Hero Character. Each Tee Shirt will come with an exclusive Trading Card which lists the strengths and superpowers of the character. Here is the design. The Autistic Super Hero will hopefully challenge some of the stigma that is often associated with Autism:
Limited Edition Tee Shirt by a Marvel Comics Artist:
Tee shirt comes with a limited edition Trading card:
Limited Edition VIP Tee Shirt by a Marvel Comics Artist:
Where I am now:
I have done some preliminary field research as a certified social cultural anthropologist and film ethnographer for the past 12 months. All the work has been self-funded up until this point. I need external funding in order to bring my social work to the next level as well as complete the full study and documentary with your help.
The proceeds of this campaign will be used for:
• 3 months of Scientific Qualitative Research about autism conducted by an experienced Certified Social Cultural Anthropologist and Film ethnographer who have worked at government level.
• Broadcast standard filming
• Scientific data analysis, indexing and editing
• Extra equipment
• Music Clearance
• Audio Mixing
• Color Processing
• DVD replication
• Film Festivals
• Travel Expenses
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Risks and challenges
I have over 18 years industry experience having worked for the top advertising agencies in the world. I have also successfully worked on major ethnographic documentary projects as a certified Anthropologist for multiple clients such as the British Government. My work have been influential in shaping social policy.
Getting the project finished and delivered on time is not an issue. I just need funding to make this financially feasible. I hope with your help, you can help me secure the funding I need for this social project. I will work hard to make sure this will be the best film I am capable of producing as a professional anthropologist and certified broadcast standard film ethnographer.
I will submit the final documentary to film festivals, in an effort to raise international awareness about autism. There are no guarantees that the film festivals will accept the entries, but I am confident with my background I will be able to raise significant awareness globally through the professional contacts that I have gathered over the years. I am confident we can gain promotion and distribution of the film through other outlets as well.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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