Make it Green
A story about the dedication, creativity, and the community engagement that arises from wanting a greener tomorrow.
"Make it Green" is a 30 minute documentary that follows the participants of a local clean technology competition as they develop their projects over the course of a summer. Each one of them hopes to win a grand prize of 10k. Set in Portland, Oregon, “Make It Green” displays how local support and encouragement are the key ingredients in growing big ideas from the seeds of curiosity, insight, and talent.
The process and timeline.
The film began in April 2015 with an idea to showcase a green tech competition and filming started quickly after that. Production wrapped after Oregon BEST Fest, where the participants pitched their prototypes for a grand prize. Post-production followed with interview transcriptions, a written 'script' compiled of all the interview excerpts, select pulls, assembly cuts, rough cuts, fine cuts, lower thirds, and finally ... picture lock!
Below is a sweet little timeline to visually display the journey (past, present, and future)!
Meet Zoe, the director.
I was born and raised in the Portland Metro Area. I returned to the great Northwest after receiving my B.A. in Film and Television Production from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In Portland, I interned for NW Documentary where my appreciation for documentary-making grew. My first short documentary, "Make it Trendy", premiered in Bonn, Germany and was screened at the OpenEyes Festival in Marburg, Germany. "In Deep Water", a short documentary about Alabama's antiquated water laws, had several screenings throughout Alabama. I have worked in all stages of production, from production managing to editing. This is my first completely independent film and I am excited to release it to the public.
I have always been interested in clean technology. To me it represents creativity, dedication, and a different way of viewing our relation to the earth. The endless potential in clean technology excites me. But large changes always start small, so I thought it would be great to tell the stories of the innovators and inventors in my own community who are just beginning their journey in creating a healthier tomorrow. The CleanTech Challenge was the perfect opportunity to display a variety of green ideas created by undergraduate and graduate (and one highschool!) students in the Portland area. I hope to show that clean technology has a huge potential for growth - it has opened a door for new businesses and new creations which will positively affect both the surrounding community and the earth.
Making a film requires collaboration, time, and, of course, money.
Currently, we are in the last phases of Post-Production for "Make it Green". The development, filming, and editing have all been completed and funded personally by the director. The purpose of this fundraiser is to help secure the final funds needed to complete the film so that it can premiere in Portland be released to the public!
Funds raised through Kickstarter will go toward:
- Sound Designer
Good audio is key in creating professional quality in a film. The sound designer will enhance audio clips, smooth out any bumps, and master the audio levels.
Since "Make it Green" was filmed in a 'run-and-gun' fashion, not all levels of lights and color tone match between scenes. The shots are white-balanced, but the film still needs a lot of visual tweaking to create a more cohesive feel.
Here is a breakdown of how the money from this campaign will be used. To not fall short of the original budgeted goal, the kickstarter fees and estimated cost of tier gifts in the overall kickstarter funding goal are included.
These two graphs below display how the money raised in this kickstarter campaign fits into the overall post-production budget. These graphs do not show any of the production budget which was fully funded by the director, nor does it display the monetary value of donated time and space - such as the use of NW Documentary’s editing lab during the post-production of this film.
If you have any questions regarding budget or sources of funding, please feel free to ask and I will be happy to clarify!
Whether you can or can't contribute, you can show your support for "Make it Green" by following the film on facebook and sharing it with your friends!
You can also find more information on the website at makeitgreenfilm.com
Risks and challenges
Filmmaking comes with its own unique risks, challenges, and set-backs. I have been working on this project for almost two years now. I originally wanted to release it in 2016, but I was unable to secure the necessary funds or dedicate enough time to complete it for a 2016 premiere.
Despite obstacles, I have continued to work on this film and am so happy to reach these final stages. Equipped with a small grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, I am able to push toward the completion and am confident in the timeline I have created for 2017.
While aspects may change, I am dedicated to completing this project this year. I am also required by my RACC grant to finish this project within 2017, which makes me accountable outside of my own desire to complete this film.
My composer, Andrew Klein, has been hard at work creating a score. The only pieces left are the sound design, color, and then final premiere (and all the marketing that comes with building an audience for that premiere).
My plan is to premiere the project in May - and if unknown obstacles arise, than this premiere date may get pushed into the summertime. That is the largest change that I can foresee to this film and I will keep everyone updates on the progress both through kickstarter and the film's facebook page.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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