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The Bizarro Map, featured on Tripline.net ($25 and up backers)
This summer, I used Kickstarter to fund Up Country, a feature-length film set in the northern wilds of Maine. We filmed Up Country in the middle of nowhere (literally...the town doesn't have a name...actually it isn't even a town), so the biggest single expense/obstacle was getting people there. The people with super-flexible schedules suddenly became ridiculously valuable, even more so if they could get themselves within shouting distance of Maine.
At the same time, there were other filmmaker friends of mine around the country working on various projects and trying to do much of the same thing, either working with what they had on hand or trying to find the budget to bring people in. I suspect this happens quite a bit. And not just in major cities. As the world gets smaller, people are finding ways to flourish in more remote locations.
So my plan is to spend a year on the road, traveling around the country and working on indie film projects. I'll explore the idea of mobility in a creative professional. Just how mobile does our digital lifestyle make us? Does it even matter where we live anymore? How can a creative professional thrive outside of NYC and LA?
As the year progresses, I'll be keeping people updated with:
+ video: a daily video diary and/or web series documenting the day to day progress. In addition, more "cinematic" vignettes, which would be less frequent (obviously).
+ photos. We'll be using the great tools at Tripline to create an interactive map where you can wander the country from the comfort of your own home. We'll geo-tag the photos and collectively they'll tell a story. A view of where we've been, if you will.
As an example, check out our backer Bizarro World on Tripline.
We'll also be partnering with the very cool folks at Shuttercal and posting a photo a day on their calendar, It's a pretty cool service. Check it out. Sign up!
+ words: I'll be writing blog posts. stories. articles. The focus of all this writing will be the filmmakers I'm working with. I want to see how these people work, what tricks they have up their sleeves, and what they're doing differently in Minnesota than they are in LA.
Then I'll take all of that and turn it into a multimedia e-book (assuming those aren't obsolete by then) that looks back at the whole experience.
We're coming to Kickstarter because, money aside, this is a project that will only be as interesting as the audience supporting it. So, we've compiled a collection of perks that we hope will keep you emotionally invested not just until the deadline, but over the life of the project. Hey, we'll even send you a birthday present. You won't have to worry about everyone forgetting your big day, Sixteen Candles style. We want to take you along. Well, not literally, unless you want to help drive. There's going to be a lot of driving.
Where will we go?
Where won't we go? Already we've got interested productions around the country (and even one in the UK), and I'd love to come help out on your film. Here's how it works: tell us about the project and, if possible, I'll come help out. Think of me as an extra set of hands. I'll hold a boom, carry grip equipment, get coffee, be an extra, whatever you need. While I'm there, I'll also be documenting your film, telling people about it and about the people working on it, essentially giving you some free publicity. All we ask is that you do what you can to keep us on the road. It's a win-win.
Email us at ayearwithoutrent [at] gmail [dot] com
But what about Up Country?
That's a good question. This should have no effect on Up Country. Editing will continue as planned. If anything, it'll make it easier to finish the film, as we'll just make Up Country one of our projects. So, part of this year will be going to Philly to do the sound mix. You'll actually, in that regard, get a better look at the film. And it should be a better film for it.
Where will this money go?
Well, if you haven't noticed, gas is expensive. So is food. And insurance. It's a tricky project to budget, as the numbers all fluctuate pretty wildly based on simple things like how far apart the projects are, geographically. By our best guess, this will get us through most of the year, if we're lucky. Our comfortable number is a shade over $20,000. But the more we bring in, the more we can do. This is a project that will be as big or as small as the audience and the indie community wants it to be, both in reach and in dollars. So if you don't have $$ to give, that's no problem. Maybe you have a couch to sleep on? Or a production to help out with? Or a skill set you can bring to the project? Even a "buy one, get one free" coupon for granola bars would be a big help.
If you're a creative professional, this project is for you and about you. It'll be as awesome as you want it to be.
Questions? Ask them in the comments!
- (31 days)