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."
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?”
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."
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
Kickstarter fees 2500
Kickstarter rewards prep, shipping 1750
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.
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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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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