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Dr Megavolt: Man Meets Lightning
We are making a documentary about Dr Megavolt, a high-voltage performance piece created by Dr. Austin Richards (a Ph.D. in particle physics from UC Berkeley) who has been building Tesla coils since 1981. He has been performing with Tesla coils in a metal suit since March of 1997.
I'm a hypenate - an actor, filmmaker, writer. You can find me on the web at www.victoriacharters.com and elsewhere if you search :). Dr Megavolt is often described as "an art meets technology performance piece with artificial lightning". My documentary "Man meets Lightning" will include photos and archival footage from shows, interviews with key people who crewed and worked with Dr Megavolt since the creation of it in the Bay area in 1997. "Man meets Lightning" will also include some animations about high voltage that evoke the look and feel of old science class movies, a bit of Tesla coil history for all the Nikola Tesla fanatics out there and fun facts about atmospheric lightning.
Burningman - www.burningman.com was where Dr Megavolt found his first major audience and this documentary will include footage and interviews from key years performing at Burning Man from 1998 - 2010.
Dr Megavolt is returning to Burningman (August 2010) after a four year hiatus, due to a grant from Burningman, http://www.burningman.com/installations/10_art_honor.html#megavolt. This is a unique opportunity to record the show in HD. My video proposal to Burningman has been approved - so I am permitted to film during the event, what we are looking for now are some angels to back us!
with much appreciation for your consideration in kickstarting this project -V & A
For a brief history of dr megavolt. Please see this album on our facebook page.
the subject of my documentary - Dr Megavolt
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