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Documenting the life of an Irish child athlete imminently breaking into the professional circuit and his trials along the way. Read more

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Documenting the life of an Irish child athlete imminently breaking into the professional circuit and his trials along the way.

About this project

“If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough.”

SYNOPSIS

In the life of a child athlete on the verge of breaking into the professional circuit, there is a transitional career stage.  This "coming of age" period separates those who will have a lasting career from those that don’t quite have what it takes. With the project we propose, we plan to document the next year of Seamus O’Connor’s snowboard career--his transitional period in the snowboard industry.  This footage will be used to create a feature length documentary that captures the road he has to go down and the challenges he must overcome to attain the success he dreams of.  Only time will determine the outcome in his career, so it’s an exciting project.

ABOUT SEAMUS

In contrast to so many 13-year-olds whose primary pastimes are playing video games and hanging out with friends, Seamus is on the road ten months out of the year training, on and off snow, to better his skill set in snowboarding.  He literally eats, breathes, and thinks about snowboarding.  From his strictly-planned diet to ensure the maximum amount of training hours, to his injury-prevention exercises and drills, Seamus exhibits more dedication to his passion than I have ever witnessed in a young adult.  Not only does he put in the hours in the sport, but he also completes required schoolwork and instruction to make sure he doesn’t fall into the “burn-out” category of many professional athletes.  Help us to document this young athletes journey into representing the Irish snowboard team in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

IN THE MEDIA

“Sky the limit for snow prodigy O’Connor”

- http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2011/0216/1224289929455.html

“TY WALKER & SEAMUS O'CONNOR CLAIM BURTON EUROPEAN OPEN JUNIOR HALFPIPE”

- http://www.ttrworldtour.com/news/article/ty-walker-seamus-oconnor-claim-burton-european-open-junior-halfpipe-titles.html

“Is this the next Shaun White.”

- http://video.mpora.com/watch/wht3VxhyT/

Seamus 2009/2010 showcase

- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Za1t7w95dHs

PROJECT NEEDS

Since Seamus often travels internationally as well as nationally, the basic production expenses for travel as well as media storage (hard drive space), to properly document this lifestyle, are not easy to obtain out-of-pocket.We hope that you might be stoked enough on the future progression of extreme sports to help in our creative process to share the story of this promising up and comer.

-       $6500 -Travel Expenses

-       $7500 -Editing Sessions

-       $2500 -Media Storage

-       $3000 – Extra Equipment Costs

-       $4000 – Production Expenses/Licensing

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    $5 reward

    7 backers

    Long distance air high five for being rad.

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    $10 reward

    27 backers

    You'll get a high-definition digital download of the film when it's released and all of the above.

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    $50 reward

    11 backers

    Lucky Enough T Shirt and all of the above.

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    $100 reward

    7 backers

    High Quality Signed Photo Of Seamus and a fresh bar of Irish Spring soap and all of the above.

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    $250 reward

    4 backers

    Access to edited pieces of the project(sneak peeks) along the way and all of the above.

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    $500 reward

    2 backers

    On screen special thanks on finished film and an Irish folk song karaoke DVD and all of the above.

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    $1,000 reward

    1 backer Limited (11 left of 12)

    Signed snowboard of Seamus'(one used and broken by Seamus) and all of the above.

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    $2,500 reward

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    Official Associate Producer credit on the project and all of the above.

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    $5,000 reward

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    Day of riding with Seamus at Park City Mountain Resort (travel not included) and all of the above.

Funding period

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