A document of one man's week in the woods, the connections he makes to nature, himself, and the people he meets on his journey.
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Low Sounds By the Shore will show seven days and seven nights in the life of Christopher Mullen, the caretaker of a tract of land and a small cabin in the woods on the shore of a small lake in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. During the day Mullen, along with his sidekick Freedom the dog, spends his time exploring nature, baking cowboy bread in the coals of his fire from a sourdough starter, reading classic literature, crafting, playing his ukulele and singing in the woods, swimming in the pristine lake, and listening to a daily radio show devoted to highlighting local musicians.
Eventually, Mullen visits Chandler Pond Farm in Vermont, frequents two farmer's markets, bartering and trading for Vermont food and goods, and hitchhikes to a gathering of friends at a communal-living house for a night of conversation, music, good food, and good company.
Every night, the camera will enter Mullen's head and attempt to explore the cryptic and telling world of dreams. Each dream featured in the film, ranging from ten seconds to a few minutes, will be based upon actual dreams one of the crew members have had in the past. Community, solitude, self-sufficiently, self-discovery, love and respect for nature, communication, good food and good beer, introspection, innovation, tradition, and 'Freedom and Unity' (the state motto of Vermont) are the ideas and ideals which run deep through the veins of Low Sounds By the Shore and the people involved in this unique project project.
So please, join us on this special journey.
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After much searching and stumbling around for months for a title, we came across a beautiful poem by the great Irish poet W. B. Yeats:
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
"I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee;
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.
I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core."
After listening to a recording of the poet reading his poem, we knew we had the title.
By exploring both the physical world we inhabit on planet Earth - through the use of long takes, curiosity in the hand-held camera movements, and ambient soundscapes - and by exploring the cryptic world of dreams we hope to create a film that is part documentation of life and part documentation of a human's mind. The camera will be the eye through which the audience sees the world. The microphone will be the ears through which the audience hears the world.
Duh, right? Isn't the camera always the eye and the microphone always the ear? True, but in this film we hope to achieve a new level of reality by stripping away all pretenses of the cinema -- storyarchs, traditional editing, characters -- and instead focus our attention on capturing not a story, not a scene, but life itself; the movement of the waves on the lake, the flow of a person's hair in the breeze, the sound of the woods empty of people, the sounds of a crackling fire, the insects flying, the birds chirping.
We hope to make the best film we can that will both entertain you, our audience, and stimulate your minds with interesting ideas and hearts with glimpses of humanity.
Director, cameraman, editor, and tin-whistler: Wesley John Hatch is a filmmaker, a writer, a reader, a lover of nature, a baker, and a singer, as well as a member of the band The Bloom. Hatch has extensive experience making short films and is excited to be heading such a unique project. His passion for film, his creativity, and his unwavering dedication to a life of art will be assets as he leads the crew toward their common goal. His camera arm is pumped and his mind is open.
Actor, baker, and liver extrordinar: Chris Mullen describes his character and his role in the film as follows: "My character resembles myself, passionate about nature, agriculture, and independence but still young, stubborn, and learning of the natural world, particularly the Northeast United States. My hope is that the film represents a small portion of daily life and how our internal struggles for autonomy can shape our actions. I will be representing what it means to be in the woods with nothing but freedom and responsibility. Responsibility to ourselves, our fellow humans, and all living beings we may or may not see or know. A DIY mentality will dominate the theme of the film in many aspects, as it does for the lives of most of us involved in its creation, but as this Kickstarter page shows our need for reaching out and asking for what we want, we will also show the honest reality of begging, borrowing, and pleading for what we desire. Its a powerful thing to know what you want, its even more powerful to be able to ask for it. Thank you for your time."
Writer, Producer, and cabin-provider:
As an aspiring writer of short stories and novels, Peter Nute brings his love of storytelling to Low Sounds by the Shore. His passion for any form of art (as well as his desire to collaborate with other artists) that details life and all its mysterious and lizard-like attributes lead him to contributing to this project that folds the talents of many individuals into one moment that he feels can only be described as a beautiful and daring dream.
Soundman, audio tech, and all-around handyman:
Stephen Lynch is a child at heart with dreams and aspirartions that soar higher than the eagles nest, Stephen Lynch, a Chicago, IL resident, returns to his roots to help film Low Sounds By the Shore. An Audio Tech, Sound Designer, Assistant Camera, and Producer, Lynch will assist in this adventure of narrative experimental and advant-garde documentary filmmaking.
see full crew:
We are lucky to have a talented group of musicians excited to participate in our film project. As part of our goal is to help nurture a sense of community, we are attempting to bring together musicians and artists from around the NEK and New England to imbue a feeling of closeness and solidarity in the work. As we will be capturing the natural sounds of the environment around us, the music will come from natural sources: the daily radio show Mullin tunes into, the radios in cars, playing at the party scene. We are pleased to announce the following artists as members of Low Sounds By the Shore:
The rap and hip-hop project from Ohanga Freddie Losambe, B-Wise's positive lyrics and mad-flow add another element of groove and reality to this film. With his passionate lyrics, his willingness to confront real issues like violence in music, and his honest confrontations with his own inner demons, B-Wise is an artist we are proud to have working on our team.
Ben Salomon is a composer and improviser based in Oakland, CA. He plays in musical ensembles, teaches guitar, drums and computer music and also composes his own music. Ben holds a B.M. from the Berklee College of Music with a focus in composition and percussion. Ben also enjoys composing for dancers. His music was also utilized by Annie Kloppenberg in a dance performance at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston. Ben is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in electronic music at Mills College in Oakland, CA where he studies with Les Stuck.
A experimental improvisational trio, The Bloom features Wesley John Hatch, Charlie Hood, and Matthew Johnson. Each member contributes a unique sound and brings their own distinctive point of view to the arrangement and order (dis-order) of the band and the sounds created. Songs are cultivated from hours of structured and unstructured improvisation sessions.
Nick Wilby is a musician from Enfield, CT. His main instrument is guitar, but also plays piano, bass, drums, and plectrum banjo. Wilby studied music at Umass Amherst and graduated in 2010. Since that time, Wilby has worked as a freelance jazz guitarist, and played in bands ranging in styles from rock, pop, jazz, and afrobeat. He is now living in DC working with Pointless Theater Co., a young puppet theater that incorporates music heavily in their live shows.
Summit of Thieves:
The Summit of Thieves burst onto the music scene in September of 2011. The rock and roll group is based out of Lyndonville, VT. The Summit of Thieves has a dynamic live show with soulful ballads and funky dance beats; their set has yet to disappoint. Over the last year, the band has played numerous shows and continues to build momentum both in and out of state, and has even opened for Civil Twilight and Saints of Valory at Higher Ground (Burlington, VT).
The $3,000 we raise will cover a variety of costs. This $3,000 will only cover our very basic needs. Filmmaking is an expensive process, but on this film we hope to achieve a high level of excellence at a low level of cost. There are a few basic needs that we need covered in order to make this film.
Our two-week shooting schedule and our crew of three regulars and two alternates will require a substantial amount of food to keep this thing rolling. We want to provide the best food possible for our crew in order to keep them healthy and happy. Therefore, we plan on supporting the local community by buying as much local food as possible. We will be providing food for our whole crew, plus the necessary provisions for Chris to allow him to safely and relatively comfortably stay a week in the woods alone. The food budget also includes providing food and drink for the party scene in the film for all attendees.
In order to provide the best quality film at the lowest level-cost, we the filmmakers have compiled a list of film equipment to rent over the course of the two-weeks. This will include sound-equipment (mics, stands, a mixer) and camera-equipment. This portion of the budget will also include miscellaneous production items, like duct tape and light-bulbs.
Pretty self-explanatory. We need money to get from place to place.
Although not a huge part of our budget, we know random things come up that need to be purchased on the spot. This portion of the budget will allow us a little leeway to work comfortably without running out of money.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Risks are part of any film project. But with perseverance, creativity, and adaptability, we know that we can face any hardship the world has to offer. On this project, weather will be a major risk. Being that we are giving ourselves only one week to collect the footage we need for the day-time story, any bad weather we encounter will certainly be a hindrance to achieving our goal. But changes in weather will also offer us an opportunity to adapt and mold our film to the world, as opposed to trying to mold the world to our desires. We have no interest in changing the nature of the world to fit our goals. Our goal is to mold ourselves to nature.
Another risk will be keeping within our modest budget. By keeping communication open between all our crew members and by being frugal with the money the Kickstarter community generously provides us, we know that we can keep within budget and create a film that is true to us and the goals we have set for ourselves.
The money we have set as our goal is strictly for use in the production of this film. That means that every dollar we raise will go towards producing the best film possible. This includes paying for food, rental equipment, and the general expenses that go into any production. We have no intention of making a profit on this film.
After all the editing is done, the first thing we will do is collectively take in a huge sigh of relief. After that, we will begin planning for our big premiere at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, Vt. We are planning on having the premiere sometime in the winter before the new year. More detail to follow. We will also be posting the film online for instant viewing, making DVDs for our backers, and sending the film to a few film festivals around the country. We hope to garner as much attention for the film as possible.