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Shot over a full school year, Ordinary Heroes profiles three educators working with unique populations in the public schools.
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Ordinary Heroes

Ordinary Heroes is a six-part television series that will air in the Fall of 2019 on WDSC TV, Daytona State College's channel on the 800,000 subscriber Spectrum cable network. The Producers are seeking $29,750 in funds for post-production expenses, including a series editor, transcriptions, logs, graphics and storage.

The series, shot over a school year, profiles teachers as "Ordinary Heroes"--people who go about their days teaching young people in the face of enormous odds and obstacles.

LUANN REEL teaches autistic students at Flagler Palm Coast High School. Reel and five aides experience profound challenges as they adapt to students' behaviors, abilities and habits. Attempting to instill simple math, writing and science concepts presents untold hurdles and the occasional violent outburst or wrestling match. After one such incident, Reel said in an aside, "It's like this every day."

Luannn Reel
Luannn Reel

NICOLE HAYES teaches kindergarten at Turie T. Small Elementary School in Daytona Beach. Though a large class presents challenges, Hayes creates a space where the children feel loved yet held accountable for both their behavior and academic success. Hayes and an occasional aide break the day into a multitude of brief but individual assignments, making sure the children stay nourished, rested, positive and able to learn. Of the challenges she faces, Hayes said, “I had a student say to me, “Teacher, what’s my name again?”

Nicole Hayes
Nicole Hayes

KATHY MILTENBERGER is an instructor in Daytona State College's Cosmetology Department. The program occupies an entire building and includes a full service salon open to the public on the campus of Daytona State College. Miltenberger teaches twenty students in classroom and laboratory settings. Pointing out that the curriculum incorporates art, science, chemistry and psychology--enabling graduates to gain the status of a licensed cosmetologist--Miltenberger said, "It's a lot more than just cutting hair."

Kathy Miltenberger
Kathy Miltenberger

Produced at Daytona State College by Senior Professor Eric Breitenbach, WDSC Producer April Brunning and Editor Jennifer Woods, the series debuts in the Fall of 2019. The series will also be offered to other public, broadcast, and cable television channels.

 POST PRODUCTION BUDGET
 

                                Series Editor: (12 weeks)                                        $18000

                                Logs, audio transcriptions                                           3500

                                storage                                                                             3250

                                theme                                                                                 250

                                graphics                                                                             500

                                Kickstarter fees                                                              2500

                                Kickstarter rewards prep, shipping                            1750 

                             Total                                                                       $29750


                                                                       REWARDS!


Project backers at the $100 level and above may choose from among the following twelve original artworks by Producer/Director Eric Breitenbach. All artworks are archival digital prints and are professionally prepared, framed (if applicable) and shipped.


plant forms 1
plant forms 1
plant forms 2
plant forms 2

plant forms 3
plant forms 3
plant forms 4
plant forms 4
Rajasthan, India 1999
Rajasthan, India 1999
temple, India 1999
temple, India 1999
cow and calf, Volusia County, Florida 2016
cow and calf, Volusia County, Florida 2016
tree in water, Missouri winter, 2004
tree in water, Missouri winter, 2004
snow geese, Missouri winter, 2006
snow geese, Missouri winter, 2006
dead tree, Missouri winter, 2005
dead tree, Missouri winter, 2005
stray dogs, Varanasi, India 2012
stray dogs, Varanasi, India 2012

 and now, for something completely different:

paper umbrellas, 2018
paper umbrellas, 2018

Risks and challenges

The greatest challenge is handling the amount of material. More than sixty hours of footage and interviews need to be compressed into three hours: a twenty-to-one ratio.

The key to facilitating the task is the work of the series editor, Jennifer Woods, and the series transcriptionist, Brittany Fournier. With the producers, they are the reviewers of the material and the creators of the narrative. Most of the Kickstarter funds will be used to compensate them and to provide for additional post-production expenses.

The Kickstarter campaign is also a challenge. It's a non-stop, thirty day ordeal. The producers, however, are familiar with the platform, having completed, in 2016, a previous Kickstarter campaign.

The producers hope that support of the project will come largely from the Daytona State College community; an endorsement, in essence, of College broadcast production on matters of social, cultural and educational consequence.

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    your name in our "special thanks" credit

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    Your name in the credits and a postcard

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    a digital copy of the six-part series

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    an original 8.5x11 artwork

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    an original 11x16 artwork

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    an original 13x19 artwork

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    Associate Producer credit, 13x19 artwork

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    Producer credit, framed 17x22 artwork

    You'll choose and receive one of twelve, framed 17x22 photographs by producer Eric Breitenbach, a fine art postcard, and a digital version of the six part television series. Your name will appear as a Producer in the film's titles.

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    Executive Producer credit, 27x32 artwork

    You'll choose and receive one of twelve framed 27x27 or 27x32 photographs by producer Eric Breitenbach, a fine art postcard, and a digital version of the six part television series. Your name will appear as an Executive Producer in the film's titles.

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