About this project
a. It’s unique in the type of footage it uses. thisisstuttering is a “found-footage” documentary, which means all of the footage was filmed without any intention of being edited or even seen again. Because the film is not staged in any way, thisisstuttering is an extremely raw and authentic account of what stuttering is really like. Also, for those who are interested, all of the footage was filmed on Flip, iPod Touch, and a Macbook Pro webcam, very common cameras that many people have access to.
b. It’s unique in how it was edited. Editing was essential right from the beginning. With my co-editor, Joel Limbauan, we took the 16 hours of raw footage gathered from my own therapy sessions, video journals, and assignments, and turned it into 28 powerful minutes, intentionally telling the story without any aid of voice-over narration, a BIG challenge in and of itself. Having two editors allows thisisstuttering to be told from both a subjective AND objective point of view. Through his editing, Joel is telling the story from the third person point-of-view, discovering what it is like to observe a stutterer and learn more about the disability. I have the privilege of telling the story from the first person; I myself have a stutter and can share the intricacies and subtleties that only a person with a stutter would understand. Combining these two perspectives presents a story that is unlike any I’ve ever heard.
c. It’s unique in its content and subject matter. Even though most of us know what a stutter is and have observed stuttering in some sense whether that be in person or in the media, the majority of people know little, if any, about what a stutter actually is and how it physically and emotionally affects the stutterer. thisisstuttering presents an honest perspective on stuttering that has never been seen before in today’s media.
d. It’s unique in who its target market is. Stuttering is an awkward subject to talk about and it doesn’t appeal to everyone. BUT, stuttering is a human condition, as is anxiety, diabetes, self-confidence, addiction, grief, wealth, the list goes on and on. We ALL have issues; nobody is perfect. thisisstuttering is a story that not only appeals to stutterers, speech therapists, and people with disabilities, but it appeals to anybody and everybody who has a problem they would like to deal with.
e. It’s unique in the response it has already received. Honestly, I was expecting a response such as “Oh, good story, I learned a lot about stuttering and I’m glad you are on the road to acceptance!” To my surprise, the vast majority of people responded in such a way that called them to action; they identified with the film, identified their own issues, and began pursuing their own acceptance. thisisstuttering has proven to challenge people time and time again to make realizations and changes in their own lives. The National Stuttering Association and Biola University, as well as their Communication Disorders department, have also given fantastic comments that accentuate this point. Incredibly humbling.
f. It’s unique in its ongoing conversation. At the end of the day, thisisstuttering is simply a story about my speech therapy last summer. Take a step back, however, and thisisstuttering becomes a story about humanity and applies to each and every one of us. thisisstuttering is a conversation between you and me; it’s me being vulnerable, telling you about my disability. This is a friendship, a relationship that will hopefully change both of our lives.
The reason we are focusing primarily on film festivals is because we want to present thisisstuttering to filmmakers and distributors around the world, with the goal of being distributed worldwide. As documentarians, we need thisisstuttering to be seen as a serious documentary and credible in the film world; participating in film festivals is an important part of this. This matters for you because once we complete our film festival run, we will be discussing physical distribution as well as online mediums such as Netflix, Hulu, etc. Being seen as a serious documentary will increase the possibility of thisisstuttering getting picked up by a physical and/or online distributor, giving you full access to the film and the ability to share it with the world!
Support us by committing a Kickstarter donation - Your donation will help us get closer to our goal to share thisisstuttering with as many people as possible. Take a look at the rewards on the right and choose which ones fit you best!
Share our story with the world - send this link: http://kck.st/15SMq7Y to friends, family, teachers, co-workers, anybody and everybody who may even be remotely interested. If we’ve learned one thing, it is that thisisstuttering has touched so many different types of people of all sorts of interests, backgrounds, and personalities. Share it with everyone, you never know who will be affected.
Also, if you have your own story to share, please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "thisismystory."
Risks and challenges
This is the first documentary any of us have ever made. It’s brand new for us, every aspect of it. However, because of this, we are coming into the world of documentary filmmaking with fresh eyes, seeking to tell a story that has never been seen before.
A main aspect to this campaign is to submit to film festivals. However, once we submit to film festivals, there is no guarantee we will be accepted. And of the festivals we are accepted to, there is no guarantee that you, the generous donor, will be able to attend a screening. Included in the rewards are private internet screeners and DVD copies of the film so once our film festival run is complete, you are guaranteed a copy of the film that you are supporting.
Distribution is also a new aspect for us. We will be learning and loving the entire process as we discover the rules and regulations, the freedoms and excitement that distribution involves. If you choose to contribute, you will be in the know throughout the entire process. We will update you with any valuable information as it becomes available.
Lastly, thisisstuttering is an incredibly vulnerable and admittedly difficult story. To this day, I have trouble watching it, especially in front of people. But, based on the response and life change thisisstuttering has already influenced, I am willing and prepared to share thisisstuttering with anybody and everybody who has a half hour to watch it. The film has been surprisingly therapeutic, an important step in my own therapy because the more thisisstuttering is seen, the more I have to talk and process my stutter, and, honestly, that is best thing that can happen.
I personally am so excited to partner with you on this adventure. Please, let me know if you have ANY questions! email@example.com is the place to email.
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