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Preconceived Noceans is a film designed to raise awareness about the different cultures and paths that shape surfing.

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 noceansfilm@gmail.com

Projected Budget-        

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

Travel                                                                                            $3,300

·      Gas                                                                                          $2,500

·      Airfare                                                                                     $800

Underwater                                                                                   $2,250

·      Underwater housing for Canon 7d                                        $1,900

·      Lens port for 24-70mm lens                                                     $350

Timeline goals-

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.  

August 2013- ?

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    ***The classic single fin! The first person who donates $250.00 will receive the same rewards as the $250 package. In addition, you will also receive a very unique print. I cut a surfboard fin out of wood and print an image on it using liquid film emulsion in the darkroom.

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    Wow, time to get serious. For your generous backing, you will received a copy of the DVD, bumper sticker, and limited edition Preconceived Noceans book, filled with photography, writing, and other artwork. Your name will appear as a financial supporter, but instead of traditional text, it will be written and filmed in the sand at the lake. You will also receive an invitation to the screening and a picnic held on Lake Ontario, for a day of fun and sun. You or your company will be personally thanked on the blog, and you've earned a big hug!

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    The classic thruster setup! ***For the first person to donate $500, you will get the $500 package, plus a second copy of the Preconceived Noceans book to give to someone special. You will also receive 3 very unique prints. I will hand shape surfboard fins out of wood and print an image on them using liquid film emulsion. Good old darkroom printing!

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    Couldn't thank you enough! You will receive a copy of the DVD, bumper sticker, 16x20 inch print of your choice, and limited edition Preconceived Noceans book, filled with photography, writing, and other artwork. Your name will appear as a financial supporter, but instead of traditional text, it will be written and filmed in the sand at the lake. You will also receive an invitation to the screening and a picnic held on Lake Ontario, for a day of fun and sun (hopefully!). You or your company will be personally thanked on the blog, and you've earned a bigger hug!

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    You have reached Messiah level! Your generous donation will get you three copies of the DVD, two copies of the book, two bumper stickers, two 16x20 inch prints, the three wooden fin prints, two invitations to screening, personal recognition on the blog, and invitation to the picnic. You will also be named on of the associate producers! A very special reward to such a great person, the surfers and myself will hand shape a board and glass one of my images in the deck. You're also invited for a surf lesson or session with myself on the lake (travel not included). You earned a REALLY BIG hug.

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