Urgent Post: Kickass Animal Encounters!

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I don’t usually post on Sundays, but this is kinda important: The photo above is of my friend Claire Christie, who along with her partner Jeremiah Prescott is in the midst of fundraising for their epic webseries, Kickass Animal Encounters, which is an idea so awesome that if they weren’t good friends of mine I would have to kill them and steal it. Basically, Claire and Jeremiah take us on a journey all over the world, showing places you can see and interact with some of the most amazing animals on the planet, safely, responsibly, and most importantly sustainably. (No cuddling baby tigers that will then be discarded when they get too big, and wind up in an animal sanctuary!) They have a Kickstarter going and are in their last week of fundraising, so if anyone can find a few pennies to donate, that would be amazing. They have some truly outstanding donor gifts, too!

You can check out their Kickstarter here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kickassanimals/kickass-animal-encounters-an-original-series

or peep them on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/kickassanimalencounters

And if you donate, send me confirmation and I’ll send you a special gifty: a 5×7 print from my Edge of the Sea movie, signed by my director and DP! You can pick from any of the stills we’ve published on Instagram, and I’ll make a selection of images available directly to donors as well. That is how strongly I want Kickass Animal Encounters to make it. I made my movie with the support of Kickstarter and I am a huge fan of the program and what it makes possible.

Thanks, and happy Sunday! Another still from Edge of the Sea, while we’re on it:

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Kickstarter Update!

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Time for a Kickstarter update! We are rapidly approaching the end of our kickstarter fundraising campaign, where we are trying to raise $1750 to round out the budget for my first film, At the Edge of The Sea. We only need about $500 more dollars! So if you enjoy The Constant Holiday, consider making a small donation here. You can donate as little as a dollar and every little bit helps!

We posted an interview with our director, Phillip Spears, on Kickstarter today, and I’m putting in on the blog as well so you kind folks can read it. If you like you can read it at Kickstarter here.

 

Take it away, Phillip!

Q: Since you come from a photography background, how does it feel to be directing your first film?

 A. I am tremendously excited about this new direction. The creative potential seems almost unlimited. It feels a little like I am starting all over again but with a much better skill set and richer supply of experience from which to draw. Can’t wait to get started and see what we can do with a good crew.

 Q: How much of your stills photography skills will carry over this motion project?

 A. I am hoping the finished project will be very much a “photographers” view of the story we are telling. As still image producers we are generally more focused on the character of the single frame than film makers. I hope to bring some of that sensibility to the more dynamic story telling aspect of a moving image medium. 

 Q: What is the biggest challenge for a project with so many exteriors? (i.e. lighting, weather, giant mutant sharks eating the crew) 

 A. I think the biggest challenge is seeing beyond the immediate constraints of the actual circumstances we are faced with such as weather, schedule, budget etc… and finding the opportunities in those circumstances rather than allowing them to force us into a response that yields a works that is not what it could be. It will be very tempting to deal with difficult contingencies by retreating to too many tried and true solutions. I hope to always be asking what can we do here to make something original.

 Q: New technology is putting filmmaking within reach for so many people now, and there are many more outlets for showing your work. What would you say to someone who wants to make their first film?

 A. Just go ahead and do it. Shoot footage, do your best and forget being afraid that it will not be any good. Just like any creative process it’s all a matter of actually doing it and then judging after. That’s how you learn and that’s how you actually produce work.

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 Q: How familiar are you with with the landscape in the region you are shooting, the southern Georgia Coast? What is your favorite thing about the area?

 A. My first commercial project around 1984 was an editorial assignment developed out of a personal project shooting landscapes in and around St. Simons and Jekyll Island. Being a native Georgian I have been coming to the Golden Isles my entire life. Since I have never lived in the area though I feel like there is still an enormous opportunity for discovery and I am looking forward to recording that discovery. Favorite thing about the area is the sense of change over time you get when you are here. The shape and feel of the geography morphs on a large scale as the tide comes and goes daily and leaves observable changes to things that we don’t expect to change like the land around us. Also, and this is unusual for a photographer the aroma of the area where land and fresh water meet the sea changes over the course of the day more than anywhere else I’ve experienced. Hope to find a way communicate that. 

 Q: What is your favorite film, and why? Do you have a favorite non-fiction (documentary) film?

 A. Too many favorites to go through them all. Chariots of Fire because of its ability to bring a deep understanding of humanity to the screen while at the same time doing so with magnificent production values, acting and writing. Sayles’ “The Secret of Roan Inish” also one of my favorites and relates to this current project in that it does a marvelous job telling the story of life in littoral Ireland.

Thank you again to everyone, and we’ll post another update soon. The photos above are scouting snaps by Tracey, btw, so you can see where we’re going!

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Photo of the Week: Amazing

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This is a photo taken recently on a trip to Puerto Rico, and I just cannot believe how good it came out. I love rainbows but they’re devilishly hard to photograph, and I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a shot as good as this one. When I got home from my trip I actually gasped in amazement after I finally saw the full-sized image. 

I’ve spent a lot of time gasping in amazement this week – as I mentioned last week we are doing a Kickstarter for my first film, a nature documentary about the southern Georgia Coast called At The Edge of The Sea, and I cannot believe how many people have opened up their hearts (and wallets!) to make donations for the project. We’re still a long way from funded, but we are only 33 dollars from hitting the 25% mark, which is a huge milestone. Amazing!

With that, I’d like to implore any fans of the Constant Holiday who’d love to see a film instead of just still images to mosey on over to www.kickstarter.com and make a donation if the spirit moves you. You can donate as little as a dollar, and for us every little bit helps – we (myself, Phillip Spears, our director, and Orlando Thompson our DP) are financing this project ourselves, so donations mean more to us than I can possibly say. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the kind folks who’ve already donated, and to whoever will start their weekend by moving our film one step closer to reality. You really are the best.

We’re a KICKSTARTER!

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Excitement-o-rama! The film project I am making this summer is one step closer to reality – we now have a Kickstarter to help with funding! I am working on a nature documentary ( with Phillip Spears http://www.phillipspears.com and Orlando Thompson of Paper Bag Films) that will shoot in Tybee Island, GA later this summer (July) and we’re looking to raise $1750 to add to our own personal money (this is a labor of love, not a commissioned project) to cover our travel costs and expenses. So if you are at all a fan of Constant Holiday and want to see us take the next step, check out our Kickstarter page and make a small donation!

 

http://bit.ly/ZL0ZHq