Expression All-Ways Crowd Funding Project: Second Leg of the Journey
Seeking to make a difference and inspire others through film and dance.. Join us as we travel the country, filming 50 dance videos. Help contribute and be a part of creating this documentary
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Total Goal: $5,000
Received: $3,548.00Update: Need funds to fix the bus to continue <3
Where did this begin? To some I might answer: 'Setting up a video camera and dancing in front of it as a small child'.. To others I might start this tale in 2010 when I began teaching myself the Melbourne Shuffle and creating youtube practice videos. But this is the beginning of 2015 so lets skip to a year earlier, January 14, 2014, when I met my partner KAI (Keani).
Amongst the many similarities, one that stood out was that we both have a passion and drive to do things differently. It's not often you meet someone who you can team up with, sharing the very same aspirations, goals and interests.. We easily became one. Not saying that working together is always 100% easy, but I have never met anyone who I can create art with so beautifully. We spent hours talking, planning a future full of fulfilling ours and others dreams. Right away we both knew we wanted to travel. We also wanted to perform, film, photograph, start a web page, and inspire people. The conclusion to get a bus didn't take too long, but finding the right one did.
Why a bus? Well to cut out the details of all our pros/cons of different methods of travel: An old friend of ours, who is a traveling craftsman put it simply- to have more space on the road enables your creativity to flow.
We have come so far this past year.. Thinking back to when we were cuddled up in an old 1800s hotel, far up in the mountains with 60mph winds and snow, plotting our journeys.. To a few months later when we were backpacking across the country, without a working camera, photographing our travels on a iPhone.. All the way to performing at a festival and working hard on a horse ranch. It would not have been possible without my fans, friends, and loving supporters. You helped us get where we are today and I am very grateful.
What have we accomplished so far? With a lot of hard work and everyones help we acquired our dream bus, converted it into a traveling home, and saved for thousands of dollars worth of camera and computer equipment/editing software. We have started creating a web site called ExpressionAllWays.com and launched a documentary, it has been epic. Capturing dance footage and sharing our journey is a joyous aspect, so we have developed it further.. We are diving deeper into what dance means and the connectedness it offers us all. Creating a documentary was always in the back of our minds, and now we have the ability to do so.
Filming the documentary: The Freedom Of Dance. Join the Thunder Whale Bus Crew, on our quest to film 50 dance videos in breath taking locations across the country. Watch our lives unfold as we travel, experiencing ups and downs, with the question in mind: How can dance change the world? We will seek out various styles of dancers, hold interviews and capture them in action at events, meet ups, dance studios, and on the streets.
We have spent the last 3 months living on the road in our bus. We like to say this is our film school, we learn more everyday. While filming dance videos, going to events, capturing behind the scenes footage and interviews is incredible we realise this is just a start of what it really takes to film a documentary.
As some may know it isn’t easy to survive as an artist these days..
Why fund raise? Because it works. Groups can come together to make projects actually happen via the internet! It’s a beautiful thing. We have created a connection from fan to artist.. Rather than paying someone else to pay your favourite artist, you can directly support them. In a way this is what we are doing with creating our own fund raising site, cutting out the middle man.
Not wanting to make the task too daunting we have partitioned the production of the documentary into sections. Setting multiple smaller goals to fund semesters of the year long project helps break it down. This time we estimate $5,000.
What do we need this semester?
- Thunder Whale Bus upgrades: installing the wood stove, conversion renovations, maintenance, finishing touches
- Build up camera equipment: memory cards, batteries, back up hard drives, camera lenses etc. (we need to recover data from a broken hard drive)***
- Fuel, food, - necessities
- Monthly productions fees: editing software, storage, wi-fi data
Why donate? We can all come together, creating a film that will touch hundreds, thousands even. When it is released you will know you helped make a possibility a reality. If we can make a difference and even change a few peoples lives it makes it worth it for all of us, after all, our question is: How can dance change the world? It’s only the beginning of finding out.