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A documentary about four creatives going West in search of inspiration—risking life, limb & dysentery to find creative enlightenment.

Creatives Go West started as a small idea, an excuse to spend some time seeing the places, meeting the people of the fabled West. Headed down an Oregon Trail of sorts. A sojourn. An adventure.

On August 18, 2012 we departed on the trip of a lifetime. 

(Here's us on the set of Friends.)


Jake WoodbridgeGrant SpanierLaura FitzpatrickVince Koci,

The premise of our project was this: uncover the secrets of the West.
It's a place that has always had a certain... allure. A place entrenched in a history of innovation and pioneer spirit.

As four twenty-somethings, all working in the creative industry, we felt compelled to visit the Creative Mecca and decide for ourselves.

Two weeks. 5,000+ miles in a car. 13 states.

We visited with (and interviewed) agencies, freelancers, startups, filmmakers, designers, doers, makers of all sorts. And we filmed the whole thing. Some of the places we visited:

PORTLAND
Instrument / North / Aaron Draplin

SAN FRANCISCO
Facebook HQ / Twitter HQ / Jason Headley / The Glint

LOS ANGELES

The Core / Adam Levin (HQ Music)

SAN DIEGO

Digitaria

LAS VEGAS

1010 Collective

DENVER

Crispin Porter + Bogusky / Victors&Spoils / Mondo Robot

We made it home—alive, inspired, and transformed.

This trip had a really profound impact on me and my fellow Goers West. I can honestly say it changed the way I view not only creativity, but life. We met some truly incredible people and heard compelling stories, insights and advice.

Since our return last September, we've been hard at work distilling that content down, as well as capturing more content in Minneapolis.

At this point we have a ton of confidence in the skeleton of the documentary—the structure of it, the story. We've built an incredible team committed to seeing it through to the finish line: Jake Woodbridge (Director), David Dietz (Associate Producer), Kevin Horn (Cinematography), Matt Roussin (Motion Designer), Josh Mruz (Editor), Cullen Fitzpatrick (Composer). This is my baby. And I'm intensely focused on telling her story right.

The only issue? We need funds to finish the documentary and polish Creatives Go West to the level it needs.

Our $30,000 goal is the minimum needed to produce this at the level we want to. Additionally, we want to bring the film to the cities, locations, and people we visited on the trip. They're part of the story and we want to share it with them.

We're a bootstrapping, scrappy crew that's stretching everything we've got to make this a reality. Your support would mean so much. We're extremely thankful for all of the encouragement we've gotten up until this point—I hope you'll consider pushing us a bit further, joining the Creatives Go West mission and family. 

Onward. Upward. Westward.
Thank you, really.

/grant

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The risks and challenges are primarily the post-production process (editing, additional filming, graphics, score)—hitting deadlines so that everything runs smoothly.

Our timeline as of now:

1. Rough cut by end of year
2. Gather additional footage (b-roll in cities, January 2014)
3. Second cut due Feb. 15
4. Final cut due March 1
4. Score (music composition) March 1 - April 30
5. May premiere
6. Summer tour TBD

If we aren't able to secure final footage and wrap editing by Feb. 15 we would need to rush the music/composition stage.

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