Playascope is an experimental short film that aims to visually create what it really feels like to be on the playa - magical :)
To make sure Playascope is possible, I have made my initial funding ask the minimum required to create this film, however, a short film of this quality would realistically cost $50-100k to make.
This film can't be made if it's not funded!
Why I'm called to make a film about the Playa:
- The playa is the foundation, the support of all that is Burning Man.
- This project is a celebration of the natural world, creation, collaboration, and education.
- In many ways Playascope is the natural continuation of Lake of Dreams. The success of Lake of Dreams has had a huge impact on my work as an artist. It has supported my belief that there is a space for lyrical documentary work that explores the magic of the natural world, and how that magic manifests through art and creative action.
- While Lake of Dreams primarily explored how the art and creative cycle of Burning Man exists within a lake bed that in itself is an extraordinary natural phenomenon, Playascope will turn the lens to explore aspects of what makes experiencing this phenomenon so powerful.
- My goal is to open the doors of perception as it were, and trigger the subtle layers of feeling that connect us to the natural world and inspire us to create.
- I will be experimenting with timelapse, film, and aerials.
The first project I crowdfunded on Kickstarter in 2013 became my short film, Lake of Dreams. If you haven’t seen or heard of Lake of Dreams, it is my pleasure to share it with you. It is the best example of what can come of your support, and how your contribution can ripple out into the world :)
LAKE OF DREAMS
LAKE OF DREAMS IN THE SMITHSONIAN
An updated edit of Lake of Dreams is included in the Smithsonian’s exhibition, No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, which first opened in the Renwick Gallery in April 2018 and is now touring the country to the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Oakland Museum of California!
Renwick Gallery with Banner Image courtesy of Roy Two Thousand
Lake of Dreams on the Smithsonian website:
- One of my still photographs of the playa was used for the Banner for the Smithsonian exhbition at the Renwick Gallery, and was also used in the Smithsonian TED talk.
Footage from Lake of Dreams was used in:
- The Art of Burning IMAX film
- Dear Guardians - A Burning Man Short Film: https://vimeo.com/101272130
- Amplify Her: https://amplifyher.com
- Dr Megavolt: From Geek to Superhero
- Oprah Winfrey's Belief Series
I believe in the Burning Man Principles and I hope that whatever I capture and create for Playascope can be as much of a creative resource to the community as Lake of Dreams has been.
- Playascope is building on my experience of making Lake of Dreams from conception to completion. One thing I learned from making Lake of Dreams is that my own dreams need more focused direction, and while I can bring all of my ideas to life, I can’t do everything at once.
- My funding goal is simply to be able to pay for travel, gear, and cover my basic needs so I can dedicate the time and creative energy necessary to make this film.
- Any funds exceeding my funding goal will go directly towards creating the full vision I have for Playascope, including Playascope Live, a Playascope VR experience, and Burning Man 2019!
- The film will be submitted to film festivals such as SF Film, Nevada City, and SXSW.
- It will also be released to the public where everyone can stream it on Vimeo and Youtube ad-free.
- Every timelapse is a collaboration with nature. The sun and moon, clouds and stars, rain and rainbows, dust, and shadows are my partners in this process.
- I try to incorporate Reflection, Meditation, and Connection in all my timelapse, film, and music processes.
- My goal is to bring the qualities of magic and timelessness to my work by incorporating these elements along with the environmental elements that I'm capturing.
- April 2019 - Pre-production and planning.
- May 2019 - Kickstarter campaign begins
- June 2019 - Kickstarter campaign ends
- June - October 2019 - Filming
- October - December 2019 - Timelapse processing + Post Production + Music Composition
- January - April 2020 - Music Recording + Film Editing + Mastering
- May 2020 - Playascope film complete!
- June 2020 - Playascope Live!
Bringing Playascope to fruition will require time, equipment, transportation, and camping:
- 1 month playa camping/RV rental (1 complete moon cycle) = $5,000
- Recording studio time, engineers, musicians = $5,000
- Equipment costs = $5,000
The budget is adjusted upward for costs I will have to pay for after the crowdfunding campaign:
- Prints and shipping costs = 10-15% of total raised
- Kickstarter and credit card fees = 8-10% of total raised
In total, $17k is the minimum needed to make this happen. Beyond $17k and I can spend more towards additional equipment, adding layers to the Playascope experience!
Lake of Dreams cost over $30k to make. $10k of that came from my Kickstarter campaign (after fees and rewards fulfillment), and the other $20k was out of pocket. My films are passion projects! I volunteer my time and labor, and I spend my own money to create them for everyone to enjoy for free :) This crowdfunding campaign covers the bare minimum cost of making Playascope happen!
- Playascope will be a film of original footage and music, but it will also be the seed for Playascope live!
- One of the ways I want to go deeper with this project is by creating a Playascope live musical concert, performed in sync to an extended collection of footage from the Playascope film, projected in visual accompaniment to the music.
- Mogli has played drums and percussion on both The Fertile Desert and Lake of Dreams soundtracks, and we will be recording drums on the Playa for Playascope!
- Mogli will also play live drums for Playascope Live!
Playascope Live Backers will receive:
- 2 tickets to the debut performance
- A high quality video export of the visuals set to the music
- An art print made just for Playascope Live backers!
Many of you know that I’m an educator and have taught digital film making and various film, motion graphics, and audio production classes for over 10 years, so for Kickstarter I have made several opportunities to share my skills and techniques!
- Black Rock Desert - Saturday, June 22, 2019
- San Francisco - dates TBD in September/October, 2019
- 6-8 hour workshop, groups no larger than 10 people
Things we'll cover:
- Tools of the trade and which equipment works best for certain situations
- Photography exposure basics
- Photography exposure related to timelapse capture
- Best settings, intervals, and lenses for timelapsing different scenes and environments of daylight, clouds, fog, night sky, sunrise, sunset, people, cars, etc.
- Motion control timelapse setup and techniques using Dynamic Perception's Stage Zero and Stage R
- Hyperlapse equipment, processes, and techniques
- Caring for your gear while capturing in dynamic and extreme weather situations
True Limited Edition Prints!
- 8” x 10” and 16” x 20” sizes available.
- Printed by a local printer who is also an artist: https://youtu.be/ijhT_o4VsV0
- Giclee art prints are printed using Epson's archival pigmented inks, which are guaranteed not to fade for at least 100+ years, on a 100% cotton rag, museum quality, acid-free, archival bright white fine art paper.
- Prints are smudge resistant, long lasting, and fade resistant! Securely packaged using an acid free plastic sleeve, and shipped inside a protective flat, stiff envelope or cardboard.
- You can choose between these prints from the Playa, Burning Man, Lake of Dreams, my timelapse adventures, or from Playascope when it is released.
Each print is hand signed and limited to 100 copies total and forever!
Burning Man Prints are only available to backers during crowdfunding!
Black Rock Desert and Burning Man:
Still Available from Lake of Dreams:
Still Available from The Fertile Desert:
Filmmaker + Timelapse Artist
Roy Two Thousand is a filmmaker and musician from the San Francisco Bay Area who explores the energetic nature of being through sound and visual elements. By pairing film and timelapse photography with original music compositions, he creates multimedia experiences that amplify natural acts of transcendental motion, and provide an immersive portal to a creative world inspiring love and light, community and compassion, and hope for the future. His work has appeared in Oprah’s Belief series as well as Genius by Stephen Hawking.
His lyrical short documentary, Lake of Dreams, received a Vimeo Staff Pick and over a million plays in under a year. An updated version of Lake Of Dreams was featured in the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery as a video projection installation. The exhibition titled ‘No Spectators, The Art of Burning Man’ opens in the Cincinnati Art Museum in April 2019 and The Oakland Museum in October of 2o19.
Educator + Storyteller
As an educator and artist Roy is passionate about creating immersive narratives that bring an experience to life and inspire empathy while dissolving barriers to understanding. Wisdom of the heart and knowledge of the mind join with a passion for technology and pushing the boundaries of what can be.
From building the hyperlapse robot used to capture the moving timelapses in Lake of Dreams, to challenging his students to think “Beyond the Screen,” Roy creates tools for the imagination, and translates technology and the technical challenges of production to an adventure into the imagination.
Risks and challenges
This is my second Kickstarter project. My previous project, Lake of Dreams, was successfully produced and rewards were fulfilled.
I have already started on the project using the timelapses and footage I have filmed to date.
I have provided a healthy and realistic timeline for filming what footage I need to move forward, complete post-production, and compose and record the music for the film.
Limited Edition Archival Prints:
I have confirmed with the printer that this project and timeline is feasible. I have been and will be working with him closely since he is local.
If something were to go wrong, I am very transparent, communicative, and available. I will post an update if anything changes to this project. Post a comment here or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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