Really great things are evident to anybody that’s paying attention. – Charles Babinski, Barista
Every year thousands of baristas compete to see who can make the world’s best coffee. They have 15 minutes to make 12 drinks -- to make an impact. It's like the Olympics of the coffee world.
It’s a world that few know about. The winner will receive fame, endorsements… it’s pretty glorious. Drip follows these young, hungry (thirsty?) baristas trying to make their mark… as they try to be the best in the world.
In 2013, we followed some of the rising stars in the coffee world, as they prepared for the Regional, National, and World Barista Championships. While this started as a journey for a love of coffee it soon became a fascinating story about the people who dedicate their lives to trying to please others sip by sip. From tiny coffee shops in alleys, to backroom latte competitions, to the grand stage at nationals, the coffee world is full of quirky, colorful personalities trying to push the limits of a single beverage.
Through thrills of victory and the crushing defeats, what we had was a wild ride through these people lives. A story that made you want to laugh, cry, and most of all drink coffee.
What we still need to do: While we shot a lot of the footage, as we put together our story we realized we still need a few week’s worth of follow up interviews to finish the documentary and complete the story. We also need to fully edit, do a lot of post production such as color correction and captions, and add the audio.
Why we need your help: Up until now, we’ve funded this documentary completely out of pocket and with IOUs. It’s a project born out of love and taste buds, that evolved into something more. Now that we have almost reached post production and tallying up our bills, we understand we can’t fully realize this amazing tale without your help. Below is complete breakdown of our costs and where the money is going to go.
We have some really special rewards planned to say thank you for our backers, including:
Drip Digital Wall Papers and Posters
Awesome backer only limited edition Drip T-shirts
Drip Coffee Mugs
For your morning cup of coffee.
Drip Exclusive Coffee Beans
A custom DRIP bag of coffee beans. This bag was custom made by us with local Los Angeles roasters. Drink an amazing cup while you watch an amazing film!
Special Coffee Dates
We have 6 special coffee dates which give an amazing opportunity for anyone interested in the film or TV industry. We have some very talented people helping out with Drip, and you can talk to them and receive unique insight into breaking into the entertainment industry. Backers will be given a chance to sit down and talk with an established agent, TV writer, or film writer one on one and ask for career or portfolio guidance. Don't miss out on this very rare opportunity.
We have a special coffee tour planned for Backers. Backers will be flown to LA and be taken on a complete coffee tour of the top coffee bars with the director of Drip. They will have a chance to meet the baristas and learn some of the inner working of specialty coffee.
By popular request we are going to add some stretch goals for contributors. We wanted to add some stretch goals that will help and reward everyone who contributed. If you have any friends left who are on the fence, hopefully this will help.
Who Are We? - The Crew
Rock Baijnauth is the director of Drip. Having previously been the Director on HBO's The Pirate Tapes, Rock decided to combine his love of coffee and filmmaking into one.
Christopher Kao is the Executive Producer on Drip. He has produced a host of digital media for many studios in the past including Lionsgate. He's a foodie and lover of food competitions in all forms.
Jimmy Nguyen is a Producer on Drip. He's also an Executive Producer on an upcoming documentary about television called Showrunners. Jimmy knows where to get the best coffee in any section of Los Angeles.
Risks and challenges
As with many documentaries, the biggest challenge that we face in getting "Drip" out into the world is not being able to finish the filming or the post production. We still have some new shooting to do, and some follow up interviews. After we are done filming we must still do post production. Post production is a large part of filmmaking that often goes over looked. It’s also why many great ideas get filmed, but never see the light of day. This includes 3 different parts, editing, color correcting the film, and audio. These are very time consuming and expensive processes. We were lucky in that we found an all in one editing house that was interested in our documentary, and they agreed will do all the parts for a package price. This will help mitigate our largest risk.
Finishing filming and keeping on schedule is also a large risk for any film. Our past background and experience of the crew will help keep this risk to a minimum. The entire crew all has past experiences working with studios such as HBO, Asylum, and Lionsgate. Using our past experience we understand the pitfalls of film making and documentaries in general, and will be able to stay on schedule and finish Drip in a timely and high quality fashion.
In the face of these challenges, we are calling on YOU, as people who love film, love coffee, and love stories of super interesting people, to help us finish Drip. The stories we found are amazing, the competition is intense, and the coffee was absolutely divine.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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