If you went to high school in the midwest, then you're probably aware of the phenomenon that is show choir. Show choir is a school-sanctioned activity that oftens feels much more like a professional, world-touring performance group than an afterschool resumé-builder. Every low-burning flame of teenage insecurity is fanned during a single season of show choir...and we live for it.
The sheer commitment and passion of everyone involved in show choir (for better or for worse) is extremely powerful and, of course, inherently fabulous-- in fact, so fabulous that were are creating a feature-length documentary tracking the 2018-2019 competition season of four unique Ohio show choirs.
In our documentary, audiences will watch our four choirs as their shows are conceived, meticulously choreographed and rehearsed, and ultimately performed at competition. We will also follow the lives of the students & directors involved in each group, witnessing their own complicated paths outside of performing and teaching and how their non-choral lives intertwine with their show choir life.
Shooting will begin in the summer of 2018 as Too Pink Pictures will set out to capture schools' initial creation and learning of their competition shows. From there on, we'll be following up with each school and their show as the school year progresses, ultimately culminating in filming at competition.
We're extremely passionate about the creation of this documentary, and as we are both alumni of Solon's Music In Motion and the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, we know that we're extremely fit to guide non-choir folk into this world that we found so formative to our creativity and our work ethic. There are thousands of kids and adults all across the state of Ohio and beyond who deserve to see their (niche!) high school experience reflected on screen, and we want to be able to do that.
Shortly after our initial announcement of our project, we got an incredible email from another grown former show choir kid that we feel truly captures the feeling so many of us struggle to describe in words when reflecting upon our show choir years. She said:
Our Original Casting Video:
Take a look below at three of our "sneak peeks" produced in preparation for this documentary.
For all updates relating to our upcoming documentary, go to www.toopinkpictures.com or search @toopinkpictures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Youtube.
Risks and challenges
We are not messing around with this documentary. We've been obsessed with this concept pretty much since we both hit the world outside of high school and realized that most people genuinely know nothing about show choir other than what they've deduced from the hit TV show Glee.
As far as feature documentary budgets go, ours is very frugal! We have done our best to minimize costs and attempt to make this film for the absolute lowest price possible.
One of the biggest challenges in making this project is that Audrey is currently NYC-based while Hannah is living in Cleveland working her full-time job. Not only does this imply travel costs, but it also means that we'll be looking for skilled volunteers to help us pull off the project. We've already been lucky enough to get some WONDERFUL assistants from the film program at Cleveland State University, but we'll be looking for more help as we progress. In addition to our volunteers from CSU, a supporting crew from Tisch will also be involved in the production.
Another challenge we will run into along our path to the final product is sourcing funds to legally obtain the rights to music performed by the choirs in their shows. Music licensing is something to be taken seriously and is currently projected to be our largest expense...so large, in fact, that we may need to eventually create a second Kickstarter in order to fit that bill.
There's also simply a matter of trust in the universe going into this project. As we're going to be documenting the lives of real people, real schools, and real choirs, there's no way to predict what may unfold...that's what makes it exciting, but also risky! While we've gotten full permission from all four choirs to shadow their process throughout the 2018-2019 school year, you never know what may happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)