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New York Year is a time-lapse adventure throughout 4-seasons in the urban and natural landscape of the world's greatest city. Read more

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New York Year is a time-lapse adventure throughout 4-seasons in the urban and natural landscape of the world's greatest city.

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   The Project

 New York City is a breathing, living place that is endlessly fascinating.  Every turn on a street corner brings things into view that all too often have vanished from the rest of America. During the day people pulse through the streets, tunnels, buildings, and parks. At night, its vast expanse twinkles and shines like few other cities. This project means to capture this spectacle and to create (through time-lapse imagery and sounds) a film that is exhilarating (and just plain fun!) as it presents a year in the life of the greatest city on Earth.

   The Background

   I've been creating time-lapse imagery for 7 years in addition to multiple  nature documentaries.  Much of my work focuses on how landscapes change over time, particularly during the course of multiple seasons.  The below short film is a good example of this;

   However, over the past few years I've been expanding my subjects, and now am in the middle of a longish, short film (20-25 minutes) that looks at how a great city lives and breathes over the course of a year, using primarily (80-85%) time-lapse sequences.  I recently completed a short teaser of some of the city sequences, many of which will be included in the longer final film.

To be able to finish the longer film, I need to spend more time in the city and region, in particular during key seasonal shifts (snowfall, spring plant growth, fall colors).  Up to now this has been a self-funded project,  but I need support and patronage to be able to spend the 12 weeks or more required  to capture fleeting moments of weather and events that are difficult or impossible to anticipate in advance.  As just a few examples, I want to film ice flowing and thawing on area waterways, tidal flats in Jamaica Bay as Horseshoe crabs creep ashore, growing shifts of the forests along the Jersey Palisade and in Central Park, Fog and mist along the rivers, and of course all the seasonal events of the city itself (fireworks over the Hudson, marathons, parades, etc.). In addition, I plan to film sequences that involve the ever-changing nature of NYC, as local neighborhood businesses and landmarks (some unique in the "only in NYC" way) are increasingly priced out of their neighborhoods as the city gentrifies.  These sequences will remember the city that currently is, before "progress" renders much of beyond recognition.

This is where you come in.

$21,000 is the bare minimum I need to finish this project.  This level of support will allow me the freedom to travel to NYC multiple times over the next year, spending several weeks during each visit to capture the fleeting events and landscapes needed for the final film.  It will allow a very modest amount of post-production work, music scoring, and also the purchase of several needed items, such as;

     1. a Canon 7d camera as backup/2nd camera shooting.

     2. 5 smaller GoPro cameras for multi-day set-ups in secure locations.

At higher levels of funding (stretch goals), the following levels of production can be reached;

at $27,000, I will be able to hire a local photographer in NYC to assist, and/or spend more time on location.  There will also be a world premiere event for the film in NYC.  Everyone who supported the project on Kickstarter will be invited (you'll have to provide your own travel and accommodations, however).

at $32,000, I can employ an assistant more extensively (very tiring carrying 70+ pounds of gear and shooting everything by my lonesome), and bump up the post-production budget to make it more likely that the film can reach 26 minutes in length and be broadcast on television (are you out there WNET?).

I also want to create a community of supports here on kickstarter, who will have access to a private production webpage where you can comment and give feedback on the making of the film.  In the meanwhile, you can also follow the Kickstarter campaign on facebook and twitter;

Shout-out to New Yorkers who want to help!

If you have access to striking vistas of the city from roofs, windows, or wherever and are willing to let me photograph there, please get in touch!  I need to film Central Park, the midtown canyons, the rivers, and on and on. It's frustrating knowing these vistas are out there but not be able to access them. Please help make this project even better!

Rewards

Only your support can make this film into a reality.  But it's important to remember that Kickstarter projects are not charity.  At various levels of support, you'll get cool rewards like screensavers, HD films, DVDs and Blurays, and best of all, archival quality photographic prints that you choose! Below are photographic examples you can own, but keep in mind that substantial new work will be created during the project, and added to what's currently at motionkicker.com/photography.  In addition, the new material will include HDR photography/time-lapse choices.

There will also be opportunities for New York Year supporters to appear in the film itself! I have in mind sequences that focus on single people in midst of teeming masses and passing subways, as well as small groups.  If you can get yourself to the NYC location where a sequence is being shot, you're in the film! Every Kickstarter supporter will have the chance to be in a scene, but if you support at a higher level, or give access to a location/viewpoint opportunity, you can score one of the more desirable positions.

Time-lapse mosaics (NYC seasonal versions will also be available).

Beech forest canopy
Beech forest canopy
Midtown Manhattan, October 2011
Midtown Manhattan, October 2011
Sugar Shack, old-growth forest, Indiana, 2007
Sugar Shack, old-growth forest, Indiana, 2007

Open-edition print examples

Midtown Manhattan from New Jersey, July 2012
Midtown Manhattan from New Jersey, July 2012
Coney Island, July 2011
Coney Island, July 2011
Queens, NYC, July 2011
Queens, NYC, July 2011
Central Park West, NYC, June 2012
Central Park West, NYC, June 2012
10,000 Monarch Butterflies, Michoacán, Mexico, March 2008
10,000 Monarch Butterflies, Michoacán, Mexico, March 2008
Yellow Birch Ravine, Indiana, May 2007
Yellow Birch Ravine, Indiana, May 2007

Risks and challenges

In recent years I have created multiple award-winning documentaries, shorts, and film excerpts broadcast on television (PBS-regionally, NBC, CBC-Canada, NHK-Japan), as well as shown in venues such as the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Creating films is what I do, and New York Year is already well under way.

One unique obstacle is the need to be on site in NYC for unique weather events that you can't schedule beforehand, as well as the chance that expected conditions don't occur (low or no snowfall winter, fall colors not ideal or blown away by rain and wind before optimal). Because of the unpredictability of events (i.e. cancelled NYC marathon), details in the final film will not be known until completion, but the film will be completed with your support.

Additionally, many of the rewards already exist, and will be available before project completion, guaranteeing that your support and patronage will be rewarded.

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Rewards

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    $10 reward

    23 backers

    TIME-LAPSE SCREENSAVER. Digital download of (1) time-lapse HD screensaver. A minimum of 3 different screensavers will be created to choose from (city, nature, and mixed). The first will be available in June 2013. In addition, you'll have access to a Kickstarter supporter-only webpage where project videos/time-lapse will be posted during the production, and where your feedback and suggestions will be sought.

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    $20 reward

    80 backers

    HD FILM DOWNLOAD. Access to all screensaver versions, Kickstarter supporters-only production webpage, and digital HD download of the final film. In addition, the short films already completed (New York Day and a Forest Year) will be available for download April 2013, as a thank you for your patience as you await the final film. All of these downloads will be through Vimeo, and of substantially higher quality (bitrate) than what is available via streaming.

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    $30 reward

    19 backers

    DVD. All of the above digital access, and a limited-edition, signed DVD of all project films, including bonus time-lapse content available only to Kickstarter supporters. You'll also receive a personalized project postcard mailed to you from NYC (sometime during production) with an interesting tidbit about that day's filming.

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    $40 reward

    33 backers

    BLU-RAY. All the above (including 2 DVDs), and a Blu-ray version of the project's films, including HD content only available to Kickstarter supporters.

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  • You selected
    $75 reward

    8 backers

    PHOTO ART PRINT. All the above, and an open-edition, signed 8x10" archival quality print (unframed) from the project or my previous work (your choice). Your photo can be chosen from the gallery of stills at motionkicker.com/photography. These prints can be chosen and mailed to you starting in July 2013, or you can wait as substantial numbers of new images are added during production.

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    $100 reward

    15 backers Limited (85 left of 100)

    LIMITED-EDITION ART PRINT. All of the above (including open edition print), as well as a signed, limited edition 8x10" photographic print (unframed) using archival paper and pigments from the time lapse sequence of your choice. Prints can be chosen at any time starting July 2013. Or you can wait for more choices as they are added.

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  • You selected
    $150 reward

    4 backers Limited (71 left of 75)

    11x14" ART PRINT. All the digital access/downloads/postcard, two (2) DVDs, Blu-ray, 8x10" open edition print, and your chosen time-lapse sequence/photo/mosaic made into a signed, limited-edition 11x14" archival print (unframed). Choose starting in July 2013, or as new material becomes available.

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  • You selected
    $200 reward

    5 backers Limited (35 left of 40)

    16x20" ART PRINT. All digital access/downloads/postcard, 2 DVDs, Blu-ray, 8x10" open edition print, and a signed, limited-edition 16x20" archival print (unframed) made from the time-lapse sequence/photo/mosaic of your choice, available from July 2013.

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  • You selected
    $400 reward

    1 backer Limited (19 left of 20)

    UNIQUE, ONE-OF-A-KIND PHOTOGRAPHIC ART PRINT!
    All digital access/downloads, 2 DVDs, Blu-ray, open-edition 8x10" archival print, and a unique, signed, single-edition 16x20" archival print (unframed). I will work with you to choose a single photographic frame from the time-lapse sequence of your choice (my time-lapse is made of 30 still frames/second), and guarantee that only 1 print (yours) will ever be made from it. As always, make your choice starting in July 2013, but I suggest waiting as more choices become available.

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    $1,000 reward

    1 backer

    CUSTOM TIME-LAPSE! I will come to your location in the NYC metro area for a day and create up to 30 seconds of time-lapse imagery for your business, product, organization, group, or project. I will coordinate this reward during the shooting of the main film, first availability will begin in April 2013.
    Reward level also includes all digital access, postcard, 10 DVDs and 5 Blu-rays.

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    $2,500 reward

    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    ACCESS TO MY TIME-LAPSE LIBRARY! I will give you a license to use some of my sequences (30 seconds total unless prior arrangement made) in your project, film, commercial, etc. It is advisable to contact me before pledging to agree on details as some time-lapse sequences (primarily multi-season nature) will have limited availability. Also remember that additional NYC time-lapse will become available as the project continues.
    Reward level also includes all digital access, postcard, 10 DVDs and 5 Blu-rays.

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    $5,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    CUSTOM TIME-LAPSE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD! I will come to your location in the United States or Canada to consult and/or shoot time-lapse sequences for your project/film/whatever (pledge amount includes my travel/lodging for locations within a 4-hour drive of major airports. Please contact me if location more remote or overseas for additional travel estimate). I will spend up to 3 days (20 hours minimum) helping to achieve your vision, as well as provide follow-up support via phone and email during post-production and editing.
    Reward level also includes all digital access, postcard, 10 DVDs and 5 Blu-rays.

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    $10,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OR CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP. You or your company/logo/product will receive a title card that specifies your crucial support, prominent listing in film credits as well as on website and DVD/Blu-ray jackets. These credits will include early promotional shorts made available online as well as the final finished film.
    Reward level also includes all digital access, and 100 promotional DVDs. Please make contact with me before pledging to agree on details.

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Funding period

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