Less than 24 days to go, and 22-percent funded!
For that, I am very, very grateful. Still, there's work to be done.This crowd funding campaign is not an "all or nothing" fundraiser. What's great about that is that I don't have the $3,000 goal hanging over my head like a tree branch about to snap in a windstorm. From here on out, I KNOW I'll have something to work with.
In case you don't know, I already have more than $5,200 set and ready to go for filming in the spring. That's locked up, safe and sound. In addition, I was lucky enough to raise more than $2,500 back in August for all of the research, pre-production, location scouting and interview on-location, in California. Two additional sponsorship proposals are under review right now, and those funds would go into post production.
Why crowd fund then?
Good question, and an easy answer: television industry folks are ALREADY looking at "Deconstructing Eden" for possible broadcast. That's a HUGE thing, not just to me personally, but to the message of the film!
The thing is it will have to be filmed in Ultra High Definition format, with digital surround sound audio. At present, I only have one 4K UHD camera, and that's strictly for underwater filming.
I can work with an impossibly small budget - I've done it before - but, this new technical requirement wasn't part of my original budget plans. I may a "genie" with micro budgets...but, I'm not that magical.
This funding campaign is to make sure I can cover the added expense of renting equipment for the entire shoot next spring. The "goal" I set would cover everything I "want" to have.
I do have a"Plan B," "Plan C" and a bit of a "Plan D," each requiring less funds. So, getting me as close to my goal as possible - or meeting it - is a big deal, to me and the film.
Tomorrow, I will unveil a bit more of the story. To date, I've outlined threats to the environment and talked a bit about natural history for sea otters and sea lions. The film will include a lot of that, but has a slightly different, central focus.
I can't wait to tell you more about that...but I will, for now.
If you can show your support, I am very grateful for it. Every bit helps, every share of the link to the fundraiser helps, too.
You folks are my "raft," and TOGETHER we will make sure southern sea otters are around for generations to come.
Cheers & "paws up,"
Award-winning filmmaker, Bestselling author and journalist.