These coyote sounds were recorded at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat in Stockton, IL. on a warm summer evening as the sun was setting behind the hill beyond the ravine. The song, following the coyote calls was written and recorded by me in 2001 after a tour and a visit to Christ In The Wilderness. Hope you like it.
Christ in the Wilderness (CITW) is a hermitage retreat center located west of Chicago near Stockton, Illinois among the beautiful, rolling hills of the Mississippi Valley. They welcome individuals regardless of their backgrounds to spend time alone in a secluded natural environment, nourishing their minds, bodies and spirits. You can read more about them at their website Christ In The Wilderness.
Sr. Julia is the Director of CITW and oversees the property, their online presence, raising funds for their maintenance, taking visitor reservations, keeping the hermitages clean and functional, and the retreat's marketing.
My name is Barb Sorensen. I own an independent entertainment productions company in Palatine, IL. named Emerald City Music Productions, Inc. (S-corporation since 1995). I produce multi-platform entertainment content, concerts, tours and special events. I am also the singer/songwriter on this independent record label. Over the years I have held all the different positions in my company. I am very familiar and capable in the digital realm and with creating websites. You can read more about me at my website Barb Sorensen.
I became acquainted with Christ In The Wilderness Retreat in 1998 when I was invited by one of their board members to design and build their website, and to teach the director how to maintain it.
Since then I have finished many other digital projects for them on a voluntary basis. I have recorded nature sounds for their website, I have photographed and videographed the nature and property at the retreat center for their websites, I have trained the director on maintaining her own website, social media and various computer issues, and I have created wallpaper and desktop animations for them as well.
I was asked to create an 8 minute promotional video for this non-profit (501[c]3) Christ In The Wilderness Retreat in Stockton, IL (CITW). I have already begun the project and have shot the raw footage for the video.
This entire project will include:
- an 8 minute promotional video.
- a 1 hour video release fundraiser celebration concert on June 3rd, 2017 on the grounds of Christ In The Wilderness Retreat in Stockton, IL.
The majority of this project is a gift to CITW from myself. I have waived my usual production, recording and performance fees. However, there are additional expenses to cover for which I am seeking financial support from you.
This promotional video for Christ In The Wilderness needs to be finished this spring. I have already shot the footage. The next phase is to edit the project and then finally to release it with a celebration fundraiser concert for their cause. I am looking to raise funds via a Kickstarter All-in-One fundraiser to help me accomplish this.
A Kickstarter All-in-One project is a creative sprint to help bring something new to life, simply and swiftly by running a one-week fundraiser to get right to the fun part — creating. Today! it begins! This fundraiser only runs until March 16th, 2017.
The different parts of the video which I still need to finish include:
- Log, sort & select the best parts of the 30 hours of footage recorded
- Edit footage, add titles and text, select, edit and add sound
- Computer rendering time
- Transfer and configuring time to backup drives, flash drives and various platforms for their distribution
The funds raised go to materials & overhead expenses:
- 2 Flash drives, 1 backup hard drive
- A 2 weekend visits to Christ In The Wilderness Retreat to review and tweak the video with Sr. Julia's feedback (3 over night stays, travel gas, food)
- Concert sound equipment rental/lighting equipment rental, marketing for the event, posters, postage to send flash drives back and forth to CITW, sponsor rewards, refreshments for the concert guests
March 2 - 8 Prepare the marketing and advertising for this Kickstarter campaign while it is being approved by the Kickstarter staff
March 9 Release this Kickstarter project
March 10 - 16 Respond to and maintain/support the Kickstartercampaign
March 17 - April 19 Begin the logging and editing process of the Video
April 1 Visit CITW to preview and tweak the Video, and plan the Video release celebration and fundraiser with Sr Julia at CITW
April 19/20 Visit Christ In The Wilderness and review the editing with Sr. Julia to tweak and adjust
April 21 - May 1 Finish tweaking, finalize the video, render, configure into multiple versions across platforms
May 1 Send finished versions via online and USPS to Sr. Julia
May 2 - June 1 market and advertise the Video release fundraiser concert, setup the equipment rental and crew, rehearse, interface with top donors for setlist decisions and song practice time
June 2 Go to CITW, set up the equipment, prepare the refreshments, meet the top donors and deliver top donor rewards
June 3 Video release celebration concert and fundraiser on CITW grounds by the fire-pit and chapel
June 4 Help Sr. Julia clean up, and go home
June 5 - August 1 send out sponsor rewards, thank yous, and followups
Thank you for being a donor for this promotional video. Every dollar is very appreciated to help me complete this gift.
Risks and challenges
The risks include:
Computer crashes - having a backup hard drive will be necessary.
Rain on the concert date - There is a small chapel for visitors where we can move the concert indoors for inclement weather.
Meeting daily overhead expenses so to be able to continue focusing on this project. With your help as a donor, I can continue to work on this project, and Sr Julia can get the promotional video she needs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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