Surviving Japan - A volunteer's documentary after tsunami
Documentary of the events in Japan post tsunami to inspire Japan,and the world for renewable Energy to avoid the cataclysmic future
Surviving Japan is a documentary by volunteer and director Chris Noland. It is in short, a documentary of the events in Japan after the tsunami as a catalyst to inspire Japan and the rest of the world to push for renewable Energy to avoid the cataclysmic future we will face if we continue to ignore these problems.
The documentary shows the humanitarian and aid crisis that faced the people in the wake of both natural and man-made disaster. That the continuance of using finite resources will only produce limited results for a limited number, leaving the rest of the world out of the equation.
I started this project as a volunteer after the Great East Japan Earthquake. Aside from the obvious wake-up call received by the nuclear accident was that of the massive debris. This debris is mostly from our consumer culture and non-renewable lifestyles we live on earth today, one the earth cannot sustain forever.
The Aim is to inform, educate and change. I have gathered interviews from the ground up. From Tsunami refugee denied food and aid, to Government Officials, to even TEPCO.
-Aid being delivered by Foreign Volunteers Japan to fill in the gaps. Many communities were destroyed in the tsunami leaving many refugees shut out.
I was shocked to hear that some people were not receiving aid in the wake of such a massive disaster after millions of dollars in donations, only to find out that private volunteers had to use their own money to feed these people all because of bureaucracy.
This same Bureaucracy is the one that keeps us from non-renewable energy and peace on earth.
-The Kikuchi family, receiving aid and shelter after nearly 2 months of fending for themselves in the Tsunami ravaged Tohoku area with little food and or supplies,
This documentary is not just for Japan, it is for the world, because if we do not make change, we will not have one to live on..
If you want to read more about my experience thus far please read here: http://chrisnoland.tumblr.com/
YOUR MONEY SPENT WISELY
I am currently seeking a budget of $20,000 or more to make this film available for wide release. I am and have been filming it since the disaster and filming will continue over this summer wrapping up around September.
Where does all this money go? It will cost $5,000-$10,000 for the editing, depending on the length and hours of footage. The rest is for promotion, travel to film festivals for screenings and a reserve fund of $5,000 for any equipment failure. I am currently shooting in HD digital with my own equipment. Upgraded equipment would be appreciated and welcomed at a cost of about $6,000.
I need to acquire and clear the rights for the News footage and music for soundtrack. The estimate is anywhere from $3000 and up
Post-Production will take approximately one month with a seasoned film studio here in Tokyo again at a cost between $5,000-$10,000 depending on the length and final amount of footage to be processed. Since most of it is shot on a hand held, it will require color correction and such to make it more presentable on screen.
Since it is a documentary, there is no script to be shot, essentially I am collecting current events as they happen, so it is a documentary based on the wants and needs of the people actually living in the conditions. It expresses the views of officials on the disaster and the future of Green Energy. It highlights the companies that wish to make a difference in Japan and the world.
What’s in the digital download package?
Everyone who donates at least $10 will receive our digital download package. We are still adding to this package, but here is what we have confirmed so far. This will include the following:
-All posters, banners and desktop wallpaper used in the Surviving Japan
-Official Surviving Japan promotional material. Posters, wallpapers, etc.
Can I Gift An Incentive?
YES! GREAT idea. If you would like to donate to the film but give the reward to someone as a gift, go through all the normal process of making a donation in your name. For billing purposes, this action must be in your name. After our deadline, we will send a message to you on Kickstarter. (It will be forwarded to the email address you provided) We will request things like your t-shirt size and address from you at that time. Please reply with all the person’s information that is to receive the reward. We will make sure they are the person who receives the reward.
Now that the film is funded, when will it release?
Still to be determined. Filming is still underway. Rest assured all of us involved will make sure YOU know when it’s due to release.
How will you get my number? How will you get my T-shirt size?
Chris is currently going through all the people who have donated to request their phone number. If you have donated, you will get a message from Chris pretty soon. Please reply to him. Also bear with him though, as he will have tons of phone calls to make!
Once we cross the deadline we will immediately begin manufacturing and completing incentives for everyone involved. You will get a message from us requesting information from you like your T-shirt size, address, etc. At that time, please reply to us as soon as possible so that we can complete your incentive.
Can I increase my pledge once it’s been made?
YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.
What happens if the money isn’t raised in time? Unfortunately nothing. If our goal isn’t met before the deadline, no money changes hands and no movie is made. We want to avoid this scenario at all cost!
Can we exceed the goal?
YES! What an amazing problem to have. Kickstarter will allow as much money as is given before the deadline. Maybe that would mean a more widespread theater release, or more unique physical copy packaging. The possibilities are endless!
If I donate, when can I redeem the incentive?
All incentives can only be fulfilled after the goal is met! Once the goal is met the more personal incentives will be fulfilled and any scheduled appearances, well, wil have to be scheduled!
How do we contact you? Glad you asked! You can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, it is the directors personal email. We check it daily. We will get back to you. We promise!
Is Surviving Japan a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization?
Unfortunately neither this movement nor Surviving Japan is set up as a non-profit. Donations are gifts. Non-tax deductible. Even though this is a for-profit creative Project, there are still many people in need and the only way to help them is with a widespread theatrical release to raise awareness and most of all money!
Who does the money go to?
Every penny (minus the fees for Kickstarter’s involvement) will go directly to Director Chris Noland’s movie budget - i.e. Your money goes directly to the funding of this film.
$20,000 seems like a low number for a movie budget. Doesn’t it?
Thus far I have solely invested in this film myself. The $20,000 figure is the remaining balance of a larger total budget. It is mostly for post production and distribution fees! I do live in Japan so in order to bring it to film festivals etc., this all requires money. $20,000 is really the minimum goal, Please be generous and make this project a reality!! Our goal is imperative for the film to be a reality.
Any other questions? Just ask us. We’d be stoked to answer them.
- (60 days)