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AU$ 3,966 pledged of AU$ 14,500 goal
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By Steven Pam
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About this project

What drives seemingly normal people to this?

Planespotters, AvGeeks, "aviation enthusiasts"... whatever you want to call them, I'm on a mission to find out what makes them tick! Will you join me?

EAA Airventure is the world's biggest air show. It started in the 1950's as a small fly-in for homebuilt aircraft, but rapidly outgrew its humble beginnings, and moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in 1970. Over half a million people now attend the week-long festival of flight, and some of them have been going every year since 1970.

So what does turn an ordinary kid or young person into an avgeek, and what keeps them coming back every year?

Airheads aims to feature about half a dozen hardcore avgeeks, ideally ranging from a first-timer, to a forty-year veteran of the scene, and everything in between. I want to grill these people, and I won't stop until they've explained, in their own words, what their personal attachment to aviation is, and what Airventure means to them!

To make the movie, as well as having to actually get to the Oshkosh, I'm going to need equipment and a crew. Conventional documentary funding is pretty broken, so it makes sense to reach out to the Kickstarter community and see if there's sufficient interest in this topic to make it happen. I sure hope so!

I've crunched the numbers, and we can do this thing for under $15,000. I might need to burn some midnight oil and maybe eat a lot of ramen noodles along the way, but it will be worth it, right?

Is this just a trick to get you to pay for my trip to Airventure?

Yes, you got me.

Wait... no!

OK, maybe a tiny bit. But seriously - I can pay my own way to go to OshKosh like everyone else, and just have an enjoyable time looking at the aeroplanes and chatting with other plane nerds, without having to bust my guts and make a film. But I think the story of the people of Oshkosh deserves to be told in this format. For the first time, EAA founder Paul Poborezny won't be there, but I'd like to discover - together with you - some of the other people who make Airventure what it is - from 60-year veterans of the scene to first timers. Kids, spouses… regular folks and weirdos, I want to let them all have their moment.

How the funds will be used

It's really important to me that we get this thing funded, so I have set the goal as a very reasonable $14,500, which is enough to get us over the line. Anything over this target will help us add polish and depth to the film, and also to share it with a wider audience.

Rewards

No matter how much you are able to contribute, there is a reward that's just right for you! All rewards from $15 up include at least one copy of the completed film. As the financial commitment increases, there are extras like posters, having your name in the credits, one-on-one director Q&A sessions, VIP passes to any premiere screenings that take place... right up to being credited as executive producer. The $2,500 and $5,000 pledges could even suit businesses/organizations (don't have one? Ask your boss!). At that level, I'm willing to be a bit flexible about exactly what is included, of course!

So please… contribute what you can. The more support we can get up front, the better and faster we can get this thing onto screens to share the joy of flight and find out what makes these aviation nutbags tick. 

Remember, Kickstarter projects are all or nothing… meaning if we don't reach the target amount we've set, it's back to the drawing board. So every little bit does help (but big bits help even more, of course)

And finally - whether or not you're able to make a financial contribution yourself, please also share the project with your network. It's only gonna take a few of the right people to get this thing funded, and one of them could be in your network. Thanks a bunch, and I look forward to sharing the journey with you!

Related Projects

Here's a short video I put together earlier this year for Plane Crazy Down Under. A "cheap and cheerful" job - I am looking to go for a higher production value for Airheads.

Photo credits for our Kickstarter pitch video:

D. Miller flickr.com/fun_flying (also our project image)
Rick Harrison flickr.com/sovietuk/
Dayland Shannon flickr.com/dayland/
Daniel Blok flickr.com/virtualpilot/
Sergio Morchon flickr.com/smorchon/
Dirk Dallas flickr.com/dirkdallas/
Todd Martin flickr.com/tmartin/
Stephen Strubel flickr.com/wirelezz/
Chad Horwedel flickr.com/chorwedel/
Harrison Earl flickr.com/harrisonearl/
Jimmy Emerson flickr.com/auvet/
Barbara Mazz flickr.com/electricporcupine/
Alexkerhead flickr.com/alexkerhead/
Nick Wiesner flickr.com/phoosh/
Eric E Johnson flickr.com/ericejohnson/
Les Chatfield flickr.com/elsie/
Tony Fischer http://www.flickr.com/tonythemisfit/
D. Sharon Pruitt - flickr.com/pinksherbet/
Ben W - flickr.com/wlscience/

"Uncle Sam" image: By Jeanot derivative work: Ju gatsu mikka (^o^) appelez moi Ju (^o^) (Uncle_Sam_(pointing_finger).jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Music: "Epilogue (Instrumental Version)" by Josh Woodward (http://www.joshwoodward.com/)

Risks and challenges

Although I'm attempting to minimise production risks by keeping things as simple as possible, and getting input and support from other experienced people, any endeavour like this does have risks and challenges. It's important to be aware of them so that we can mitigate them as far as possible.

Here are the most significant risks and challenges that could become factors after funding, and what steps will be taken to manage and mitigate them:

- Catastrophic loss or failure of equipment or footage before completion of shooting. To manage and mitigate this, we will have a separate backup available for each essential piece of equipment, i.e. camera, audio gear, data storage. All daily footage will be duplicated, and the copy will be stored separately.

- Illness or injury of primary crew member. To manage and mitigate this, we will follow appropriate occupational health and safety practices, and stand-in crew will be pre-arranged and on standby.

We will also prepare a risk management plan as part of our overall production planning process.

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