We believe there's a demand for quality programming that honorably showcases strong, creative and inspiring women in alternative sports. Our current efforts are focused on building relationships and collaborating with independent surf communities around the world to create episodic content that communicates implicit meaning, supports a movement, and inspires within.
We Rise Together, as a first installment of this series, is a short film that aims to showcase the substance behind three of Southern California's kind-hearted and fun-loving female surfers. Join the experience as we follow Eveline Van Brande, Taylor Nelson and Anna Ehrgott for a weekend at sea. Our story explores the lives of these influential heroines as they engage in activities designed to inspire their active lifestyles and creative pursuits.
Intrigued by their chosen lifestyles, we felt compelled to showcase the personalities of these three young women who inspire us by participating in activities that inspire them.
Surfing was the common denominator that brought us all together. Whether it be longboarding at 1st point Malibu, or sharing stories at Secos, our collective love for the sea was (and still is) undeniable.
Challenged by the restrictions of full-time work schedules and a narrow window of summer vacation availability, our team humbly sacrificed time with loved ones, wages from work, and countless creative resources in order to outline logistics and bring the We Rise Together adventure to life.
We set sail on Saturday, August 9th at 8am and returned to the mainland the following night.
Goal - $5,000 - Covers our professional audio mastering and color correction costs.
Above and Beyond $5,000 - If we exceed our goal, then all additional money will be put towards development and production costs associated with the next episode in this series.
- Audio Mixing & Mastering - $1000 - Poorly mixed audio is a story killer, which is why we believe it's important to pay a professional to make We Rise Together sound sweet.
- Color Correction - $1000 - Color correction is an integral part of any movie's finishing process. It creates a uniform look throughout the film.
These costs only add up to $2,000, so then why are we asking for $5,000?
- Kickstarter Reward Fulfillment - Approximately $2,500 - This includes printing fees, manufacturing fees and shipping costs.
- Service Fees - Approximately $500 - Kickstarter and Amazon Business take roughly 10% of our campaign earnings. Bummer, but that's the cost of doing business.
The cost of the boat, landing permit, film & film processing, equipment rentals, transcription fees and food for the voyage. Not to mention the countless hours that we've put towards conceptualization, scheduling, shooting, editing, marketing...basically everything that goes into producing and distributing a film.
Eveline Van Brande - Originally from Belgium, Eveline moved to California with her family when she was 13. Shortly thereafter, she discovered surfing. Now 21, Eveline can't imagine what her life would be like without the Pacific Ocean in her backyard. With a degree in Environmental Science, Eveline recently returned from volunteering for 6 weeks in Patagonia. Eveline is an ambassador for Rise Bar, MDS Surfboards, 81 Wetsuits, Olas Mex Grill and Zico.
Taylor Nelson - A favorite in the Malibu surf scene, Taylor's upbeat attitude and all smiles approach to life have earned her opportunities to travel to world in search of surf. Currently attending university in Hawaii, Taylor has found a new appreciation for her home state of California. She is an ambassador for Rise Bar, Seea, JoneSea Wetsuits, Bing Surfboards, Olas Mex Grill and Indosole.
Anna Ehrgott - A Topanga native, Anna describes her childhood as one, "spent with the oak trees and bobcats." Inspired by the colors of nature and drawn to textiles, she founded Sagebrush Board Bags as her artistic outlet. Anna is an ambassador for Rise Bar, Axxe Wetsuits and Indosole.
Her company, Sagebrush Board Bags, is an eco-friendly business that makes custom, colorful, handmade surfboard bags from recycled coffee bean bags. www.sagebrushbags.com
Adam Reynolds - Adam has a tasteful balance of contorting himself in awkward positions while speaking in foreign accents to being a selfless and loving father/husband. He’s driven, confident yet humble, open to new ideas, inspired by new creative outlets, and rarely talks about his many accomplishments. He’s fine tuned his skills as a producer and coordinator in the television/commercial world and has had his talents as a surf photographer recognized by being published across multiple international publications. His priorities and views are inspiring and his work ethic will challenge even the passionate.
Shane Passantino – Book a plane ticket to a foreign land with this native Californian and you’re guaranteed to experience adventure like never before. A seasoned world traveler, his appreciation for the genuine human experience is undeniable. He will encourage and inspire you to challenge your comfort zones in order to see the world in a new light, one that exposes the true values of personal relationships, humility, devotion and creativity. These same beliefs come across in his zest for storytelling and selfless giving. He's been creating for and behind the lens while working in television for almost 15 years.
Shane makes a conscious effort to develop love into a lifestyle.
Scopo Studios - We believe that everyone has a story worth reading and if you dig deep enough, you'll discover that most stories are worth sharing.
We listen with the intent to understand and we create with an open mind. Our content is crafted to communicate implicit meaning, to support a cause and to inspire within. We’re committed to building long-lasting relationships with our clients.
Scopo Studios is a production company specializing in new media adventure and lifestyle content. We have over 20 years of combined professional TV experience, and we offer a wide array of video production services ranging from concept development, budgeting, production, post-production, as well as water-based and land photography. We create with your social media channels in mind.
Scopo - Create with purpose.
$5 - TRADE WINDS ||| May the trade winds always blow in your favor no matter the direction you choose.
$15 - SOUNDTRACK ||| a digital download of the We Rise Together soundtrack. Featuring music by Wil Hardcastle, Shane Passantino & Jehu Sozo.
$25 - LIMITED EDITION SOUNDTRACK ||| a digital download of the We Rise Together soundtrack, which includes "Floating Leaf" by Peals on Thrill Jockey Records.
$40 - TOTE BAG ||| an eco-responsible jute/cotton fabric, reversible tote bag featuring original We Rise Together artwork. Reward includes a digital download of the soundtrack.
$55 - TOTE BAG + NAME IN THE CREDITS ||| an eco-responsible jute/cotton fabric, reversible tote bag + your name in the final credits of We Rise Together. Reward includes a digital download of the soundtrack.
$70 - PRINT OF YOUR CHOICE ||| choose from a selection of photos at www.bhbsurf.com, or from our Instagram accounts - @adamBHB & @DriftingAnchor. Prints are sized at 19" x 12" (printed area 17" x 10"). Reward includes digital download of the soundtrack, as well as your name in the final credits.
$90 - MOVIE POSTER (early bird special) ||| the official movie poster of We Rise Together - Designed by Sean Brunson and Chris Robb. Printed on uncoated, 100lb paper stock. Sized at 39" x 27". Reward includes a digital download of the soundtrack and name in the final credits.
$110 - SURF LESSONS WITH EVELINE ||| Personal surf lesson with Eveline Van Brande in/around Los Angeles and/or Ventura county. Reward includes a digital download of the soundtrack and name in the final credits.
$125 - MOVIE POSTER ||| the official movie poster of We Rise Together - Designed by Sean Brunson and Chris Robb. Printed on uncoated, 100lb paper stock. Sized at 39" x 27". Reward includes a digital download of the soundtrack and name in the final credits.
$175 - AUTOGRAPHED MOVIE POSTER ||| the official movie poster of We Rise Together autographed by Eveline Van Brande, Taylor Nelson and Anna Ehrgott. Printed on uncoated, 100lb paper stock. Sized at 39" x 27". Reward includes a digital download of the soundtrack and name in the final credits.
$250 - CUSTOM SAGEBRUSH BOARD BAG ||| Receive a custom We Rise Together / Sagebrush board bag. Handcrafted by Anna Ehrgott, these board bags are both functional and stylish. Reward includes a digital download of the soundtrack, a tote bag and name in the final credits.
$600 - PRIVATE PHOTOGRAPHER SESSION ||| private, 2-hour surf photography session with Adam Reynolds and Shane Passantino. Coverage includes both water and land photos. All hi-res photos will be given to the backer. Includes 1 free small print. Reward includes a digital download of the soundtrack, a tote bag and name in the final credits. * Reward is only available to Southern California backers unless you're willing to cover travel expenses ** Scheduling restrictions apply.
$1,250 - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT ||| Receive an Associate Producer credit (for personal or business) at the end of We Rise Together. Reward includes a digital download of the soundtrack, a tote bag, and an autographed movie poster.
$4,500 - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT ||| Receive an Executive Producer credit (for personal or business) at the end of We Rise Together. Reward includes a digital download of the soundtrack, a tote bag, an autographed movie poster and a custom Sagebrush Boardbag.
Opportunities for adventures like this wouldn't be possible without the support from sponsors.
Special thanks to Rise Bar for believing in our collaborative vision and offering both the provisional and financial resources needed to make the trip possible. If you're not already familiar with their breakfast, energy or protein bars, then I would strongly encourage you to check them out. Their products are not only delicious, but also incredibly nutritious. www.risebar.com
- Eveline Van Brande - @eveline_vanbrande
- Taylor Nelson - @taylorsenels
- Anna Ehrgott - @annaehrgott
- Adam Reynolds - @adambhb
- Shane Passantino - @driftinganchor
- Rise Bar - @RiseBar
Risks and challenges
Since principal photography on We Rise Together has already been completed, the typical risks and challenges associated with backing a narrative style story like this are no longer of concern. The hard work and heavy lifting has already been completed.
That said, we still have to complete post production in order to deliver a final product. The biggest challenges I can foresee would only affect release date and quality of the finished product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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