About this project
We made it! With your help, we achieved our Stretch Goal. A giant thank you to our Backers!
Where the Magic Happens goes deep inside unexplored territory: the world of professional magicians. The film follows five passionate magicians who have refused to give up the dream that the impossible is actually possible. We've been filming for the last two years with unprecedented access at the Magic Castle in Los Angeles, as well as behind the scenes in Las Vegas and London.
We are fascinated by the life of the professional magician: from grand stage performances and celebrity parties to the day-to-day of booking gigs and making ends meet, but most importantly, why they dedicate themselves to a life in the magic arts. You will see behind the curtain into the world of magic, learn about the mystery of how magic works on our minds, and why we need magic and mystery... but also why our magicians have found magic, and why they need it just as much as we do.
The film will follow the pursuit of their professional goals, as well as seek to discover what led each to this all-consuming passion. Together these stories reflect the elation and struggle of persisting with a passion no matter what gets in the way....
We need your help!
We chose the independent documentary route because we feel that it's crucial to maintain creative control of the project and the subject matter that we love. We have been filming for well over two years and are more than ready to get an editor working! We are so pleased with the footage we have, and every dollar that we raise makes the movie even better.
We are asking for your participation to help us finish the film. The money we raise here on Kickstarter will go to paying a top-notch documentary editor to work his own kind of magic, professional color-correction, music, and graphics. Every dollar helps!
Our producing and directing team has a history of creating successful theatrical and broadcast documentaries. Our films have played at Sundance, Toronto, South by Southwest, Slamdance, HotDocs, and Tribeca. Our previous films include Hood To Coast, I.O.U.S.A. and HBO's Emmy-nominated Superheroes, along with documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK. Plus, Master Illusionist Lance Burton just signed on as Executive Producer!
We can't thank you enough for your interest and support. The best way to help us spread the word is sharing the link to this Kickstarter video (http://kck.st/UBoSf5) on your Facebook, website or blog! And join us Facebook and Twitter.
We are very excited to bring this film to you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your support!
Marcie Hume and Christoph Baaden
Directors, Where the Magic Happens
Risks and challenges
We have a vast amount of footage, and the challenge with a film like this is always to cut together a meaningful story that makes an impact and remains engaging... to make the compelling moments you've seen in person during the filming process actually translate to screen. We have all that work ahead of us, to get the nuances and structure just right, but we are eager to continue the process. Therein lies the beauty!
Distribution is changing all the time. It's an area full of unknowns, but that also makes the process full of opportunity, with new methods of theatrical, digital and online distribution emerging. Having worked hands-on when it came to the successful releases of our last four films, we have gained experience in both traditional and newer self-distribution models and we aim to combine both methods in order to forge the best pathway for the film, getting it to as wide an audience as possible.
We are so excited to bring you this documentary. Thank you so much for helping us finish the film and bring it to theaters and beyond!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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