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The Fertile Desert was a Personal Triumph and Film Festival Success! Be a part of an Epic Creative Journey by backing this film project
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The Fertile Desert was an Offical Selection of The Nevada City Film Festival, and it won Best Overall at the Chronos Timelapse Film Festival! The Fertile Desert is also featured on timelapse.org!!

The Fertile Desert presented the energetic dance and exploration of consciousness that is Burning Man. More than a story, it is an experience, a trigger to remember, and an impetus to explore. The footage set the stage for more inclusive involvement and interactivity by adopting the style of the subject itself: an open, flowing, stimulating art form. Once again, I am returning to the Playa with an open mind and expanding heart.

This time I want to dive deeper into this beautiful process of free form filmmaking and touch the truth of the Playa Spirit...

...and make something truly EPIC for you!!

By expanding the tools and production budget, I will be able to capture imagery that is a closer representation of the beautiful color and intense dance between light and dark. I hope to bring timelapse tools that will allow me to compress a days journey into a few seconds as well expand a single moment into an introspective dream. 

I look forward to again sharing the footage and music I score for the film with the Burning Man Community. You will not only be a part of supporting me in practicing my art, you will be contributing to countless other films and art projects. 

The World is Ready For Films Like This!! 

With The Fertile Desert, I have started to practice a freeform jazz kind of film making. Just like my musical style, it all begins with a jam that reflects the here and now, evolving without an agenda and flowing from one beautiful moment to the next. 

My footage and music has been gifted to the following films and projects: 

My core rewards are these Limited Edition Kickstarter PRINTS!! YES!!

Thess 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.

You can choose between these prints from The Fertile Desert, from my timelapse adventures, or from my Future Film of 2013:

Playa Sunset Filmstrip
Playa Sunset Filmstrip
Kickstarter Prints
Kickstarter Prints
Kickstarter Prints Update
Kickstarter Prints Update

Budget: 

This is the gear that I would need to accomplish some of the ideas I have for these films: 

  • $6,000 = Cameras: 2 Full Frame DSLR Cameras (This allows me to step up the quality of my film and timelapse images - especially at night!) + 2 regular DSLR Cameras + 1 GoPro 
  • $5,000 = Lenses: 2 nice wide angle fast lenses for night time photography, and a stabilized Canon 70-200mm L (for better video too) 
  • $6,000 = Timelapse Tools: Computer controlled motorized dollies, a special timelapse remote, and a hyperlapse rig (hyperlapse allows me to move the camera across the playa ground as it's timelapsing, producing one of the coolest timelapse effects ever!!). eMotimo TB3 Black [x2] + Dynamic Perception Stage Zero + Promote Control + Hyperlapse Rig 
  • $4,000 = Remote Controlled Camera Helicopter:  Having one of these would allow me to get some seriously amazing aerial footage of the playa!!
  • $3,000 = Small Trailer: A small trailer to house the equipment out on the playa and serve as a mini production rig would be very helpful:)
  • Post Production: The Fertile Desert involved over 200 hours of post production work for the film and music. These films are estimated at around 300 hours. 

$10,000 is the minimum I would need to create these films. $24,000 would really allow me to go all out and create some of the epicness I have envisioned in my head:) Any filmmaker will know that $24,000 is still a very small budget to make a film. I am asking for $13,000 through Kickstarter because $1,000 of that would go towards Kickstarter and Amazon fees, and the other $2,000 would go towards reward fulfillment costs (printing, shipping, etc.), leaving me with $10,000 to spend on filming costs.

These films, like all my past artistic creations (films + music) will be a labor of love:) I have earned very little financially for my art and I have always shared freely what I create. By supporting me for this project, you are also gifting me the resources needed to create even more projects!!

Timeline: Filming begins with the Temple Build August 8th and goes through to the final ashes flying up and away in September. September and October will be spent processing footage, assembling timelapse segments (this is all a manual process for me) and beginning to lay down tracks for the musical score. November - Processing and Printing Limited Edition Prints for Shipping in the first week of December. I aim to release my tone poem by end of January 2014.  Release Date of the full experience (title TBD) in May 2014

The Temple 2013: I get to be involved with the creation of the Temple this year!! My friends from the Otic Oasis (the main piece featured in The Fertile Desert) are designing and building it, and I get to be there to capture it all:)

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/oticoasis2011/the-temple-2013-burning-man-0

The Temple of Whollyness 2013
The Temple of Whollyness 2013

Risks and challenges

Unique challenges will only be in the form of personal injury. As a master of improvise, I handle all setbacks and surprises with caution, awareness, patience, and thoughtfullness:)

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    I will do a little dance and send you happy thoughts and beautiful blessings!!

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    MP3/WAV download of "The Fertile Desert" soundtrack by yours truly.
    Your name will also be posted on the Wall of Gratitude on my Website and Facebook. 


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    HD Wallpaper Set + Song Download.
    Visualize yourself on the Playa every day, with a HD Wallpaper set of 10 original stills from The Fertile Desert.
    This specific collection of images has been put together exclusively for Kickstarter supporters.

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{The Fertile Desert Digital Collection = HD Video Download + Audio Download + Wallpaper Set}
    Dive into your very own copy of The Fertile Desert in HD any time you feel like going HOME.
    Surround yourself with the sounds and images of the Playa with the complete Fertile Desert Collection.
    (Hard copies can be mailed by special request).

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    {8in. by 10in. Limited Edition Signed Print }
    I have lovingly put together a print series for The Fertile Desert exclusively for my Kickstarter supporters. You get to choose which Limited Edition 8in. by 10in. print you would like out of The Fertile Desert series or from the Future Film of 2013 series. The prints are Archival, Limited Edition and signed by yours truly. And of course, your name will also be on the Wall of Gratitude.

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{Digital Download of my Tone Poem from Burning Man 2013}.
    You will also get the Complete Fertile Desert Digital Collection as well as the HD Video and Song Download from my Future Tone Poem of 2013 (yet to be titled).
    (Hard copies can be mailed by special request).
    And of course, your name will also be on the Wall of Gratitude.



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{8in. by 10in. Limited Edition Signed Print + The 2013 Tone Poem + The Fertile Desert Collection}
    You get to choose which Limited Edition 8in. by 10in. print you would like out of The Fertile Desert series or from the Future Film of 2013 series. You also get The Fertile Desert Collection as well as the HD Video and Song Download from The 2013 Tone Poem yet to be titled, and of course, your name will also be on the Wall of Gratitude.

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    {16in. by 20in. Limited Edition Signed Print } I have lovingly put together a print series for The Fertile Desert exclusively for my Kickstarter supporters. You get to choose which 16in. by 20in. print you would like out of the options to the left or from the Future Film of 2013 series. The prints are Archival, Limited Edition and signed by yours truly. And of course, your name will also be on the Wall of Gratitude.

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    {The Future Collection - DVD, BLU-RAY or HD Download Of My Future Film 2013}


    The DVD or Blu-Ray will include the Tone Poem and the longer Free Form Experience plus the soundtrack to both. You will also get The Fertile Desert Collection and of course, your name will be on the Wall of Gratitude.

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    {Print Trio - 3x 8in. by 10in. Limited Edition Signed Prints + The Fertile Desert Collection + The Future Collection} You get to select 3 8in. by 10in. prints of your choice. They can be from The Fertile Desert series or from the Future Film of 2013 series (feel free to mix it up). You also get The Fertile Desert Collection as well as the HD Video and Song Download from the 2013 Tone Poem and Future Film (yet to be titled), and of course, your name will also be on the Wall of Gratitude.

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{16in. by 20in. Limited Edition Signed Print + The Fertile Desert Collection + The Future Collection}
    You get to choose which Limited Edition 16in. by 20in. print you would like out of The Fertile Desert series or from the Future Film of 2013 series. You also get The Fertile Desert Collection as well as the HD Video and Song Download from the 2013 Tone Poem and Future Film (yet to be titled), and of course, your name will also be on the Wall of Gratitude.

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    {Print Trio - 3x 16in. by 20in. Limited Edition Signed Prints + The Fertile Desert Collection + The Future Collection} You get to select 3 16in. by 20in. prints of your choice. They can be from The Fertile Desert series or from the Future Film of 2013 series (feel free to mix it up). You also get The Fertile Desert Collection as well as the HD Video and Song Download from the 2013 Tone Poem and Future Film (yet to be titled), and of course, your name will also be on the Wall of Gratitude.

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    {HUGE 24in. by 36in. Limited Edition Signed Print } I have lovingly put together a print series for The Fertile Desert exclusively for my Kickstarter supporters. You get to choose which 24in. by 36in. print you would like out of the options to the left or from the Future Film of 2013 series. The prints are Archival, Limited Edition and signed by yours truly. And of course, your name will also be on the Wall of Gratitude.

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{HUGE 24in. by 36in. Limited Edition Signed Print + The Fertile Desert Collection + The Future Collection} You get to choose which Limited Edition 24in. by 36in. print you would like out of The Fertile Desert series or from the Future Film of 2013 series. You also get The Fertile Desert Collection as well as the HD Video and Song Download from the 2013 Tone Poem and Future Film (yet to be titled), and of course, your name will also be on the Wall of Gratitude.

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    {Learn to Timelapse w Roy2k}
    Timelapse Photography & DSLR Filmaking weekend workshop in the Bay Area taught by Roy Two Thousand! This is an exclusive class for my kickstarter supporters and will be 2 days of hands on timelapse and post production processing. (Travel and accommodations not included.)
    You also get everything in the Future Collection, and of course, your name will also be on the Wall of Gratitude.
    Two choices of dates will be offered. One weekend in July 2013 or a weekend in October 2013. Please add $25 for timelapse remote.

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    {Custom Timelapse}
    You get to scout out a location of choice and I will timelapse it. This includes a 6 hour timelapse shoot and the post production assembly. San Francisco Bay Area and Burning Man are easy locations. Any travel outside of these areas are not included in this reward and must be covered by backer (but I’m totally up for it!). You also get everything in the Future Collection, and of course, your name will also be on the Wall of Gratitude.

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    {Associate Producer credit in the film!}
    Join me on my creative journey. Be the first to see rough cuts of footage as I piece the experience together. I will host bi-monthly production updates in person or by skype (for those outside of the Bay Area) so you can see how I work. You will see the final cut of The Tone Poem and The Full Experience before it is released to the public. Plus you’ll receive a Limited Edition Signed 16in. by 20in. print of your choice, The Future Collection, and you will have an associate producer credit in both releases.

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    {BFF Day with Roy2K}
    You get a one on one day full of timelapsing, personalized post production instruction (for audio or video - I teach both ), or a studio jam with me on guitar or bass. You will get everything that goes with being an Associate Producer plus I will cook you dinner and take you on a hike in the Berkeley Hills. (Travel and accommodations not included.)

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    {I will score your short film!}
    That’s right! I will compose a score to your short film (maximum length is 15 minutes).
    You will have exclusive rights of use and distribution. This reward will include a concept building meeting and 3 revisions stages. (This reward must be redeemed within 2 years with at least 2 months notice on start date.) This reward rocks!!
    You will also receive a Limited Edition Signed 16in. by 20in. print of your choice, The Future Collection, you will have a “Special Thanks” credit in both releases, and of course, your name will also be on the Wall of Gratitude.

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    {I will make you a Tone Poem or Video Portrait - You choose!}
    Yes. I will make the film you always wanted of the subject of your choice. I can film your wedding, capture your event, document your creative process, or make a music video.
    (The caveats are that music composition and film scoring are not included in this reward, but can be arranged. Also concepts that include violence and sexually explicit acts are out of my bounds).
    You will also receive a Limited Edition Signed 16in. by 20in. print of your choice, The Future Collection, you will have a “Special Thanks” credit in both releases, and of course, your name will also be on the Wall of Gratitude.
    Note: Any travel outside of the San Francisco Bay Area 

is not included in this reward and must be covered by backer (but I’m totally up for it!).

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    {Screening and Film Workshop}
    I will fly or drive to your hometown for your very own screening. This will also include a Timelapse Photography & DSLR Filmaking workshop for up to 10 people. I will also cook you dinner when I’m in town (cause that’s what I do! When I’m not making films, I’m jamming out and feeding people!) You will also receive a Limited Edition Signed 16in. by 20in. print of your choice, The Future Collection, you will have a “My Hero” credit in both releases, and of course, your name will also be on the Wall of Gratitude.

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