About this project
To be a surfer goes way beyond the water.
Preconceived Noceans is a film project that aims to expand our understanding of surf culture. It describes the passion and drive that pushes individuals to face extreme conditions to pursue their sport and characterizes their lifestyle once they exit the water.
The film focuses around the surfers who ride the Great Lakes. The five vast bodies of water in this region hold high potential for producing excellent freshwater waves during the winter months. The low pressure and gale force winds sweep across the lakes producing swells that enable surfing. There is a price to pay for surfing under these extreme conditions. The window of opportunity for waves is very slim; therefore, you need to keep your schedule as open as possible to be able to leave when the wind conditions are ideal. This means that you are driving through storms and walking up the beach while fighting the wind that whips off the frigid water. Once in the lake, you have to dodge icebergs and move constantly to keep your body temperature up. You become a member of the frozen snot club, once icicles hang from your nose and eyelashes. After catching the wave, all you can do is smile knowing you just got a great ride hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean.
My goal is to finish the film in the spring 2013, leaving the summer open for any finishing touches. I will set up an email account with progress reports to all those who donated to the project.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Your donation will be used to rent the equipment I need to finish my film. When I graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology this spring, I will lose all of my connections to the equipment necessary to make the film; therefore, I will have to rent. Traveling will also be a major expense. Most of the traveling will be by car, but when there is that last minute swell I have to film, I will try to catch a plane. Any additional funding raised will go towards underwater gear, to get in the water (and ice), and bring the movie a little closer. For its not really surfing unless you get you hair wet, making underwater gear quite necessary.
For the rest of the funds I need to make the film, I will turn to possible sponsors and surf companies. The money from kickstarter will help fund the transition in between graduation and sponsorships.
Camera Rentals $2,250
· Canon 400mm $1,000
· Video System rental- (HVX or Canon XL) $1,250
· Gas $2,500
· Airfare $800
· Underwater housing for Canon 7d $1,900
· Lens port for 24-70mm lens $350
February 2011- April 2011
During this time, I will capture additional surfing footage and the winter effect on the surrounding area.
In addition to photographing in upstate NY, I will travel to Canada to film on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie
May 2011- August 2011
Upon graduation in May, I will film the summer events in Rochester and the surrounding cities and towns.
I will also begin to edit and construct the film and plan a shooting schedule for the upcoming winter.
I plan to have all the rewards, except the DVDs, out to the those who backed the project.
September 2011- November 2011
Back to surfing!
I will begin documenting Asbury Park, NJ to demonstrate its unique surf culture and how the city is becoming vibrant again.
The World Championship Tour will be in NYC for the US Open and I would like to cover the contest to demonstrate how it’s bringing more attention to the East Coast.
December 2011- March 2012
In between freelance work, I will continue to film in NYC and Asbury Park, NJ during the very cold but rewarding winter months. Any chance I can travel, I will get back up to the Lakes to finish up my footage up north.
April 2012- August 2012
Work on the editing, narration, and music score will be begun.
September 2012- December 2012
I will be extensively filming in New York City and New Jersey to get hurricane season to show the capability of the northeast for surfing and hope to get some of the lake surfers out to experience the east coast.
I will like to make at least one or two trips up to the Great Lakes, to ensure I have
January 2013- March 2013
This will be time to acquire the last of the footage I need to complete the film. Editing and coloring will be fine tuned and ready for final revisions/ publication.
April 2013 –July 2013
I plan on finishing the film.
I will hold three screenings (Rochester, New York City, and Asbury Park) so everyone can come out and have fun!
DVD’s will be sent to all of the backers as soon as they are printed.
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