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A cinematic journey into the world of Burning Man featuring original music by Grammy Award winner Lorne Balfe.

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$50K STRETCH GOAL!

Help me add all the finishing touches to make an epic Burning Man film. How funds will be spent. This is where I need your help, I've already fully funded the pre-production and production costs. The footage has been fully shot, however, finishing a film is still costly. I'm hoping we can raise upwards of $50,000+ to really make the film I've always imagined. The funds for this campaign will go towards Post Production team expenses such as:

- Editing - Music Composition / Score - Sound Design - Color Grading & Correction - Sound Mix- Finishing / Authoring - Title Animation & Credits - Festival/exhibition related costs

I'm excited to present my short film "IGNITE" which will give you a cinematic journey into what it's like to be at Burning Man. 

Featuring original music by Grammy Award winning composer Lorne Balfe (The Dark Knight, Inception, Lego Batman Movie, Ghost in the Shell, Genius), Ignite will be a Burning Man experience unlike any other.

My dream has always been to share with my friends, family, and people I meet what it feels like to be there. I mean TRULY capture from the attendees perspective the wonder, joy, and full range of emotions that are felt when they come home to Black Rock City. When people ask me what it's like to go each year, I typically respond "you just have to see for yourself." Words just don't do it justice. So now with this film, my goal is to simply say watch "Ignite" and hopefully it'll spark curiosity for people to attend for themselves.

This short film will be my love poem to Burning Man. When veteran burners watch it I want them to feel nostalgic like they're being transported back onto the Playa.  

Director Ryan Moore, Cinematographers Jeremy Thierry and Neil Fernandez at BM 2017
Director Ryan Moore, Cinematographers Jeremy Thierry and Neil Fernandez at BM 2017

Since the first time I stepped onto the Burning Man playa in 2007 I've been dreaming of the opportunity to capture the magic that happens out there.

Burning Man is something that cannot be described in words, therefore I feel this is the best way of expressing it in a visual format. After all these years of attending I've been able to develop a clear vision for what I feel truly represents what it's like to be there. Authenticity is really important to me. My intention is to show how people connect with one another, the art, and the community. Again, the art and mutant vehicles are wonderful to showcase, but my focus is ultimately on sharing how Burning Man makes people feel. How the event truly affects its participants and how they in turn interact within the event. Capturing the human element and connectedness within Burning Man in a non-verbal way is what I intend to illustrate in Ignite. 

The Man
The Man

UPDATE: we're done filming. Of over 70,000 attendees this year, we were 1 of 25 in total that were granted all access to film it by the event organizers. The production phase is complete and we've got some mind blowing footage to share.

The timing was perfect for 2017... I feel like the team I've assembled over the years is truly ready to be able to do Burning Man justice. I have pulled every favor I can so far and spared no expense in making this a truly cinematic experience. To date I've spent over $25,000 of my own money to cover pre-production and production costs to make sure I bring the best team to make my vision a reality. We used cameras equipment like the Red Weapon 8K Helium which was the same camera used to film "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" and "Transformers: The Last Knight."

The great news is we're completely done filming and we have incredible footage to show you. So now all we need to do is edit it into a finished film, compose music for it (see more about our Grammy Award winning composer below), and finish the film in 4K so you can experience it as we did.

ABOUT THE FILM CREW

Director/Producer Ryan Moore caught in a sandstorm at BM 2017
Director/Producer Ryan Moore caught in a sandstorm at BM 2017

 DIRECTOR/PRODUCER  Ryan Moore is known for directing and producing the feature film documentary "MANNY" narrated by Academy Award nominee Liam Neeson. The film chronicles the boxer Manny Pacquiao's meteoric rise from abject poverty to 10-time world champion. "Manny" was directed and produced by Ryan and had its world premiere at the SXSW film festival. The film premiered at the iconic Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, was nominated for MovieGuide's Most Inspiring Movie of 2015, went on to win the Audience Award at Toronto Reel Asian Film Film Festival,  and was acquired by Universal Pictures International which has released the film in 70 countries.

COMPOSER Lorne Balfe is a Grammy Award-winning, EMMY and BAFTA nominated film composer from Inverness, Scotland. His filmography boasts an incredible breadth and depth of titles, ranging from major studio (THE DARK KNIGHT, INCEPTION, IRON MAN, GHOST IN THE SHELL, TERMINATOR: GENISYS, GEOSTORM) to independent films, tentpole video game franchises (ASSASSIN’S CREED III, CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2, BEYOND: TWO SOULS), beloved animated feature films (LEGO BATMAN MOVIE, HOME, MEGAMIND, PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR), critically acclaimed television series (A.D. THE BIBLE CONTINUES, GENIUS about Albert Einstein), and documentary features.

Jeremy Thierry captures a shot in front of the Man
Jeremy Thierry captures a shot in front of the Man

CINEMATOGRAPHER Jeremy Thierry has over 20 years experience working throughout the world in almost every genre of film and television. Originally from the UK now living in Los Angeles, he started out as a TV Cameraman and Director/Cameraman creating hundreds of hours of programming for all the major UK networks and production companies including; BBC, ITV, CNN, MTV, VH-1, Discovery, National Geographic and Channel 4. Jeremy was nominated for a Silver D&AD Award, the most prestigious award in world advertising with his very first campaign. He went on to be nominated for major international awards in 6 out of the next 7 years including a further D&AD Annual Nomination and was a national entry into the Saatchi & Saatchi World’s Best New Directors Showcase in Cannes. Over his commercial career he has shot over 70 commercials either as a Director or DP.

He now works as the in-house Director Of Photography for Insomniac Events, the world’s leading dance music event production company.

Cinematographer Neil Fernandez filming at the Thunderdome at BM 2017
Cinematographer Neil Fernandez filming at the Thunderdome at BM 2017

CINEMATOGRAPHER Neil Fernandez is a filmmaker who first started editing tv shows such as Paranormal State (A&E) to Emmy nominated shows like Animal Planet and Whale Wars. As a cinematographer Neil has worked on films which have premiered at the LA Film Festival while others have been featured on Netflix. Neil also films music videos using his stylish techniques with artists as Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, and Busta Rhymes. He also enjoys traveling around the world filming beautiful models and pro-athetes such as Manny Pacquiao. Recently, he is most proud of an anti-bullying music video he directed/filmed in Chicago. He loved working with the kids but more importantly is proud of being able to reach people positively and emotionally through the art of filmmaking.

EDITOR Daniel Freedman is a writer, comic book colorist, film editor and director. His portfolio includes work for Warner Brothers, Lions Gate, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, Apple, HP, Adobe, Vice, Nylon, the Cobrasnake, Dim Mak records, Roc Nation and more. After a number of years working as a colorist for Marvel Comics, Daniel collaborated with artist Tomm Coker (Wolverine, Avengers Assemble, Daredevil Noir) and created the Image Comics miniseries: UNDYING LOVE. After it’s 2nd issue hit stands, Warner Brothers bought Undying Love, their first outright purchase of a comic book (outside their DC/Vertigo line) in seven years. In 2013, Daniel collaborated with Sina Grace (Lil’ Depressed Boy, Not my Bag and former Editor for Skybound/The Walking Dead) to bring another Image series to life: BURN THE ORPHANAGE.

Daniel has edited feature films, award winning documentaries and a multitude of short form content.

CREW T-SHIRT

Ignite Crew T-shirt
Ignite Crew T-shirt

 

LARGE FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS (Signed & Numbered)

The Man: Radical Ritual 2017
The Man: Radical Ritual 2017

 

The Man: Radical Ritual 2017 (B&W)
The Man: Radical Ritual 2017 (B&W)

 

The Man (B&W): Radical Ritual 2017
The Man (B&W): Radical Ritual 2017

 

The Temple: Radical Ritual 2017 (B&W)
The Temple: Radical Ritual 2017 (B&W)

 

Risks and challenges

The Burning Man committee has full approval rights over the release and distribution of this film. This was agreed upon between Burning Man committee and the film team for clearance rights to film the event. As a result, should the BM committee requires changes to the film, it could delay the film's release. Also, approval the film may be withheld by the committee.

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