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A film about color-blindness and the human condition, showing that glory is saved for those who don’t give up.
A film about color-blindness and the human condition, showing that glory is saved for those who don’t give up.
A film about color-blindness and the human condition, showing that glory is saved for those who don’t give up.
133 backers pledged $30,242 to help bring this project to life.

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Life Without Color - Documentary

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What is the film about?

Color-blindness affects many people. Statistically, everyone in this country knows someone who is color-blind, though thankfully most of the time we are not affected by it. These are the stories of those who are affected, both by birth and by injury, both drastically and unknowingly. In our society, we cherish our visual field, but we also demand it to be understood uniformly. Policemen, firemen, pilots, army men, coast guard, railroad workers, electricians, astronauts, artists, and many more occupations won't allow for any inconsistency in color determination. You are either born capable, or born unable. Many who dream to serve their country, boldly explore, or even share their interpretation of life gain the skills necessary by putting forth an unyielding, uncompromising effort to become something they envision themselves to be; they strive to achieve, and sacrifice greatly to make something of themselves. In their world, they are perfect; but others often come to them and tell them their view of the world is incorrect. As a countless collection of passionate individuals are turned away from their dreams, our society loses something great.

This isn't necessarily the end of their road. There is a man, after many years of feverish research, capable of giving them colors to liven the world around them. With his help, many will be capable of achieving great and noble things. Hundreds every year are able to turn their lives around, but there are many, many more who still live in a depression, unaware of the opportunity to realize their dream.

As we follow a few men and women, bold enough to try anything, we find that some are too far away from the color spectrum to be helped. In their release from hope, some will find peace in the lives they can see for themselves. This is a documentary following people who are color-blind, but ultimately it is more than that. It is a film about the human condition, highlighting the capabilities of those who won't give up.

What We Need & What You Get 

We have carefully calculated everything we'll need to finish this film!
We have carefully calculated everything we'll need to finish this film!

In order to tell the stories of the people who wrestle with color-blindness, we need to be able to show you what they're talking about. What are their dreams? What do they wish they could do? What has happened to them in their journey so far? Many times, we are unable to access secure locations such as police departments, fire stations, space exploration facilities, and other high-security locations; so in order to tell the story, we'll need to do some dramatic recreations! All these elements raise the cost of a production.

In trying to determine a budget for "Life Without Color", we collaborated to determine exactly what we would need to recreate the stories, who we'd need, and for how long. The figure we came out with to comfortably produce the film was ambitious, so we came out with new figures to give us the bare minimum to push our film forward.

Here's how your donations will be spent:

  • EQUIPMENT RENTAL: Cameras, lights, sound etc. We've got the majority of what we'll need, though there are some things we can use to make production value much higher, which will make what you see look even better.
  • CREW: The extremely talented folk needed to run that fancy equipment. 
  • CAST: Some we'll be able to get to volunteer, though not everyone can afford to be so generous. 
  • WARDROBE: In our society, we generally need clothes! 
  • FOOD: Got to feed all these folks during production!
  • LOCATIONS: As I mentioned above these are often times huge expenses.
  • POST-PRODUCTION COSTS: Editing, audio mastering, etc. 

While $30,000 is the MINIMUM we need to produce the film at a quality level I would be proud to present, any amount OVER the $30,000 we raise here will go towards making it an even more polished product as well as creating avenues for distributing it more widely to the world.

The Impact 

By backing this adventure, you will become a critical part that can change the lives of potentially millions of troubled citizens of the world. Many people are affected by color-blindness, but not everyone is affected negatively. This film will show those who are challenged to their very core by the condition, and documents the strength of their will to overcome and achieve their dreams. This is a very personal project for me, as I am color-blind myself, and I can therefore promise a personal stake in the integrity of story and sincerity in the message delivered by the film.

I am a story-producer, by day and night, feverishly researching new ways to tell story, and investing all of my heart in building fluency in the art of understanding. I am not only prepared to create something I believe will be special, I was born to do it.

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The LIFE WITHOUT COLOR Crew:

Robb Jacobson - Director
Robb Jacobson - Director

Robb has a great passion, and has chosen to invest in one thing only. He believes, as human beings, our world revolves around story. Perspectives are how we dictate our feelings, how we connect from great distances, how we can love something we've never seen before.

We've always had story, and we've always struggled to show it in a unique light. But with struggle, we open up the potential for great triumph, the likes of which is paramount for creating a true connection between subject and audience.

Robb has background in a great many things, having held many different jobs (NPR, ABC, FOX, CBS, TLC, A&E). None of them have been the same, none of them have been directing film, but they've all had one central task: Storytelling.

Nothing demands more thought, consideration, and obsession in Robb's mind than finding new ways to tell story. It is what fuels his fire, and it will be the foundation in the creation of this documentary. He is investing everything he's worked for in this belief, and doesn't find anything to be more worthy.

Cindy Scott - Co-Producer
Cindy Scott - Co-Producer

Cindy has worked as a jack-of-all-trades in media for the last ten years. Her entertainment career started at PBS in Grand Rapids, MI. Since then, she has worked on various productions in New York, Los Angeles and most recently Austin, where she currently lives with her hunky boyfriend ;-)

Cindy has directed projects with Emmy Award winning writer/producer Tom Caltabiano, as well as edited sizzle projects for the Emmy Award winning creator of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’, Phil Rosenthal.

She also serves as a fundraising mentor for the Austin chapter of Team in Training, a non-profit fundraising program that raises funds for the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

In her spare time Cindy loves to be outdoors. It is not rare to find her hiking, running or kayaking on your ordinary weekend.

Special Rewards

The Soundtrack! - Available at $15, $40, $75, $100
We have an ambitious goal to work with a composer/conductor to create original music for the film. A dedicated and personalized orchestra brings greater sound and clearer emotion for stories that deserve as much. The more funding we raise, the bigger the orchestra we can hire! Words often fail us, but music is the bridge between our hearts and souls. With this, we can connect you to the world of the color-blind!

The Poster - Available at $75
Option 1
Option 1
 
Option 2
Option 2
You can choose between two options, both designed by our extremely talented graphic designer, Heston Godby! If you would like, the posters can also be signed by the director!

$100 - Be in the Movie!
Take a 1920x1080 photo of your eye (camera on your iPhone should work) of this size and we will use it at the end of the film to show the credits! Make sure your eye matches this photo as close as you can get it to, with the colorful iris touching the edge of the frame. It should be as in focus as possible, so have a friend take it for you. Try and show as much of your eye as possible, and we can crop out everything else to make it look nice! The names and titles of those involved will be in the pupil. But we'll add your name to the bottom right corner so you can easily identify your own eye. ;)
This is what it will look like on screen before we crop it to look perfect!
This is what it will look like on screen before we crop it to look perfect!
$150 - REALLY Be in the Movie!
Travel to Texas to film with us! We'll be using a good portion of our funding on creating re-enactments for stories told by the color-blind subjects, as well as creating general footage to round out the film. Our goal is to create a work that resembles the style of NPR's RadioLab (except it's for the big screen instead of radio)! You'll have to arrange for your own travel, stay, and transportation, but when you're on set, we'll use you in a big way, giving you significant screen time, to tell stories seen and felt by many! Our scheduled production will be during August and some of September of this year!
 
$500 - Artwork by Color-Blind Artist
Meghan Sims - Colorblind Artist
Meghan Sims - Colorblind Artist

Meghan was born with a rare visual condition called Achromatopsia. This means that she is completely colour blind, near sighted and extremely sensitive to light causing day blindness. Growing up, she had an immensely difficult time coping and adjusting to the world around her. She felt as though she was an outsider looking in, she felt that she was different, that she had no place here. Meghan had spent the majority of her life trying to hide this, trying to be “normal” and only found release and complete comfort when painting. 

Through her work, Meghan hopes to communicate her visual perception to the world around her in hopes of educating and connecting with others about what it is like living with Achromatopsia. Meghan is constantly exploring new mediums but works primarily with acrylics, discarded glass and photography. Acrylics allow the artist to work quickly as her eyes do not allow her to work for long periods of time. The use of glass and photography are used as vehicles for the artist to explore and simulate the sheer overpowering brilliance of light without causing her eyes harm. Meghan is extremely curious about the idea of perception. 

Through her work, she offers a two dimensional glimpse into the world of an Achromat. Through her work, she hopes to share the profound effect art has made in her life. She believes art has an intense power to heal and is a universal communicator for all to see.

Risks and challenges

After funding, we will need to staff up, scout for locations, and get the permits necessary to film. We have a few months to do this, and are planning to shoot in August, edit in September and October, and finish by mid-November.

Things come up to delay projects all the time, which is why we've left so much time in between now and when our project is due! The more funding we raise, the faster we'll be able to get this done. Let's DO THIS THING!

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