About this project
While we don't want to spoil the full concept of the video for you, we can happily give you some highlights:
It's for the song Few People off of Gideon's album My Brother is Isaac. As it stands now, the concept involves Gideon being put through a pretty grueling set of physical demands such as spinning, leaping, diving, rolling, floating and plotzing with others. As a result the timing has to be as sharp as a Plumbeous Forest Falcon's beak.
It will also involve a plethora of other performers - it will be a piece of high theatrication shot in a cinematically immersive (not simply proscenium) fashion. Think arthroscopic knee surgery if music was the meniscus.
Many outfits will be worn and unworn by Gideon.
It is going to require some elaborate sets and incorporate a lot of practical special effects (computer generated effects go eat an egg!).
It will also necessitate specialized costume pieces and a ton of time and dedication from the cast and crew to plan and synchronize.
Lastly, we're hoping to make use of some pretty sophisticated digital cinema equipment to really take the image and the ambition to the next level. This will allow us to let the choreography of the camera play as important a role as the choreography of the performers. It's like Papi always said "If you wanna make wow, ya gotta use oomph!"
My Name Is Gideon is the Stove Top Folk - home show troubadour endeavor of musician, performer and person Gideon Irving. In 2012 he traveled to New Zealand for his debut solo house show tour, funded by his first Kickstarter campaign. He traveled the south and north islands on his bicycle beowulf towing a trailer behind him with 180lbs of gear and instruments across 2,500 miles over 4 months to play in 80 homes all found through word of mouth and audience suggestions. In New Zealand he was featured in a 9 papers, 2 national television shows and on the national radio. After returning to the states he toured across NYC and Brooklyn to play in 30 homes in 33 days, traveling on Roller Blades whilst pushing a modified shopping cart with his gear. During that tour he was featured in The New York Times and The Atlantic. For the past year he has been touring back and forth across the US in a vehicular automobile.
While this Kickstarter campaign is active he will be premiering his first two man house show, built in collaboration with his beloved friend Nate "Hubcap" Sloan, called The Gideon And Hubcap Show, through the American West. By the end of January 2014 Gideon will have toured through 250 homes in the last 2 years. He does not see house shows as a stepping stone to "real" venues but a fantastic performance space of its own rich with possibilities. He is everly more excited to continue performing in homes.
Recently he has been commissioned to create a new work for homes by The Foundry Theater of New York City in collaboration with The Foundry's artistic director Melanie Joseph. He is stupid excited for this.
Ewen Wright is a performer and filmmaker, and the director of his own independent production company, Cool Cat Productions. In addition to his production work, he has worked as a media educator and specialist since graduating from college.
He served as one of the inaugural faculty members at the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he taught courses in Film/Video Production, Film History, and Screenwriting. He also served as the Media Equipment Supervisor and was promoted to serve as the Media Department Chair.
His narrative film work has played at a number of festivals and won several awards and nomination. In 2009, he was awarded a New Visions New Mexico Award from the New Mexico Film Office to develop his narrative short, "Validation," which went on to win the Best Narrative Short award at the 2012 Rainier Independent Film Festival. On stage, Ewen performed throughout Albuquerque and served as the Improv Director for The Box Improv Theater.
In 2011, Ewen moved to the Bay Area and worked as an instructor for the Bay Area Video Coalition in their NextGen youth programs. The shorts he co-produced during this time went on to win dozens of national film making awards.
In addition to his teaching work, Ewen has continually produced new work of his own; in 2012 his music video work was featured via Spin, Buzzfeed, URB, Bay Area Hip Hop, and dozens of other independent blogs, and his documentary footage of Occupy Oakland was featured at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2013, Ewen was awarded a YBCAway award from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in recognition of his various artistic practices.
Risks and challenges
Between Gideon organizing 250 house shows in the last two years and Ewen organizing dozens of his own (and other artists) video shoots and stage productions, we are aware of the challenges this project presents and we feel equipped to handle them.
Ewen's idea for this video is complicated and ambitious. It's very very physically demanding for Gideon and there will be at least 15 other performers in the video playing multiple roles with multiple rapid costume changes. Our biggest challenge will be scheduling and costuming. We have our performers, but pulling everyone together for a full three day shoot is a challenge. We are working to make it happen in the end of February, but if the schedules of the performers and camera operators and location and costume don't fit in that date we will push it back to the first available weekend that works with all components.
We are in conversation with several costumers and fabric artists. Our design is unorthodox and it will take some innovation and elbow grease, but those we have approached have been excited about the idea. We also will be using imported elbow grease which sometimes has a hard time going through customs. Getting the costumes completed in time and the ideal location secured are our biggest challenges and our production schedule will depend on it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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