Friday, February 18, 2011

Fundraising effort

Donate even $1 through the Kickstarter campaign and your name will be featured in the movie credits! $30 will get you a download of the final film in HD and $500 earns an Executive Producer credit in the film. Here's my favorite: if anyone will donate $1200, I'll buy you an iPad, load the final film on it, and deliver it to you.

Expanding The Film

Since making this short film in 2008-2009, I have been flooded with requests to return to Gibraltar and expand the scope of the film to include members of the Gibraltar GSD party, Gibraltarian musicians, culinary artists and athletes. I will return to Gibraltar during the first two weeks of March 2011 to finish filming. That trip will be funded out-of-pocket but I hope that this campaign will help recover some of the expenses.

An estimated 750-1000 hours have been invested in the research and development of this film, along with roughly $10,000 in travel expenses, rentals and expendables. My goal is to raise $1,500 to pay for the off-season flight to Gibraltar and cover a few lodging expenses while there. Any additional donations will go directly to film festival submissions and post-production costs related to this film.

The original film was shot on a standard-definition TV-grade DV camera in 2008. Since then, HD television and movies have become standard. All new footage is being filmed at 1080p on Canon HDSLR cameras. The old footage has been upscaled to 720p HD using industry-standard conversion techniques and will be intercut with the new 1080p footage filmed in 2011. The final film will be mastered at 720p to avoid excessive upscaling of the original standard-definition footage.

Sharing Gibraltar's Story With The World

Once the film is completed, it will be submitted to film festivals across the world, especially festivals known for documentary films and for dealing with political and social issues. Whenever possible, I will attend these showings to hold discussions and help raise awareness of Gibraltar's political plight. Any surplus funds raised with Kickstarter will go towards film festival submission fees (often around $100 per festival) and travel costs to represent the film.

Detailed updates will be sent to all of the film's supporters. Some updates, photos and video clips will also be available on the film's Facebook page. Large announcements will also be made on this blog.

Thank you for making this film happen!!!

1 comment:

Grub Street said...

I'm really happy to see this is now moving. The fist documentary was a great bit of work and I expect no less of this. If I can spare a few Euros after Christmas I'll send them your way.