#GetDavid2TFS | The Inspiring Story Of One Man’s Crowdfunding Campaign To Study Film Production At Toronto Film School

David Rawlings, a teacher in England, posted a crowdfunding video on Hubbub to support his dream of studying Film Production at Toronto Film School (TFS). TFS pledged to match the funds Rawlings raised, in the form of a tuition bursary.

There was something about David Rawlings that immediately captured the attention of the Toronto Film School (TFS), but little did we know just how moving this student’s story would turn out to be.

TFS students are known for their unwavering passion. That is why when the school came across 34-year-old Rawlings’s impassioned video and crowdfunding campaign from across the ocean, the decision was made to help Rawlings, who currently teaches in England, live his dream. The Toronto Film School pledged to match the funds Rawlings raised, in the form of a tuition bursary.

“It wasn’t until we decided to make a video about Rawlings to share with our students that we learned his full story of love and loss, and the dream of becoming a filmmaker that never wavered,” said Andrew Subryan, Director of Admissions at TFS. We encourage you to watch Rawlings’s story here: youtube.com/watch?v=Y1hfdF77Mnw and follow his crowdfunding campaign at #GetDavid2TFS.

David’s crowd funding campaign ends on December 17, 2015. He is halfway to his target and is expected to start classes in January 2016. Pledge to help this passionate Film Maker on Hubbub. hubbub.net/p/rawkyroo

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Scottish Company Set To Light Up Film Industry

A Glasgow company that can boast one of Hollywood’s top cinematographers as a client has now set opened its doors to the crowd for investment.

Blind Spot Gear, winner of the Great British Entrepreneurial Award, created the Scorpion Light, a portable, flexible and affordable light that can be used by filmmakers in any location.

The company was set up in 2013 by mechanical engineers Alan Easdale and Jamie Campbell, and BAFTA winning filmmaker Billy Campbell.

The Scorpion Light has been used by award winning cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey, who was Director of Photography on Godzilla, Avengers Assemble, Atonement and the upcoming Pan. It is also used on the historical hit TV series Outlander set in the Highlands.

With 60% of sales currently going to the USA, Scottish Edge winners Blind Spot Gear is hoping to expand its international customer base even further as well as increasing its product range over the next few years.

Billy said: “I met Alan and Jamie at the Starter for Six programme run by Cultural Enterprise. We were working on our own ventures but after discussing ideas we realised we filled in each other’s skill gaps. We set up Blind Spot Gear and once we had designed a prototype of what is now the Scorpion Light, we used Kickstarter, not only for funding purposes but also to gauge reaction.

“The feedback we received from potential customers and the fact we exceeded our initial target was validation that our product would take off so we began to look at manufacturers. Now, we are selling to filmmakers across the world, especially those who specialise in online content.”

The Scorpion Light is perfect for those who create online content as it can attach to virtually anywhere including table legs, door frames and window sills while being low weight and its advanced LED systems means it can run non-stop for 50,000 hours.

Billy added: “Online video content is rapidly increasing as more and more filmmakers are using it as a platform for their work. Although The Scorpion Light has been used by BBC, CNN and Outlander, we see the majority of our sales coming from those who primarily use the internet. We have another eight products in the pipeline and we are hoping to take on our first full-time employee in the next few months to cope with demand.

“Seeking investment via crowd funding is a perfect way to grow our business, not only do we gain experience and knowledge from lots of different investors we also get to increase our brand identity in the wider business community”

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KickShark Seeks Press And Media Help In Informing Readers And Viewers About Its Radical New HandJib Motion Product For Small Camera Users

KickShark releases the HandJib, a new motion device so radically innovative that it fundamentally changes the entire video production process for videographers using mirrorless, smartphone, or action cameras. We ask the world photo, video, electronics, technology, and gadget press and online media to look at this product, and help us let readers and viewers know about this astonishing new ability now available to them.

The HandJib is a multi-axis handheld jib crane for mirrorless, smartphone, and action camera videography. It is one small, easy to carry product that enables vertical jib shots and diagonal and horizontal tracking shots on-the-go with no other equipment — something not remotely possible today.

The result of two years of development, the HandJib delivers its goal of being the single most useful tool possible for small camera videographers — in most instances more fundamentally useful than a tripod.

HandJib is on Kickstarter and needs press and media coverage to let the small camera videographers of the world know that the campaign is there. Some media have become reluctant to publicize crowdfunded projects. All media is inundated with daily waves of new product releases. Rarely is one of them actually newsworthy.

HandJib is newsworthy. The fastest growing video camera market is the one for cameras smaller than DSLR, with DSLR sales plummeting as a result. Tens of millions of serious videographers use these new smaller mirrorless, smartphone, and action cameras to produce quality HD video. The HandJib suddenly and dramatically expands their shooting options.

HandJib is a product that every video shooter who handles it wants to own.

We are asking the press and online media to help us show this Kickstarter campaign to their readers and viewers, as the product, and those readers and viewers deserve the effort and attention.

“HandJib is the result of a two year design and engineering effort to bring a small, easy to carry motion tool to people wanting amazing motion shots using their smaller micro four-thirds or other mirrorless cameras, or their iPhones or GoPros,” says Bo Latham, media manager for KickShark. “HandJib is a radically game-changing, truly revolutionary product for these millions of active small camera videographers.”

HandJib allows stable, fluid motion up and down like a traditional jib — plus diagonal or horizontal motion shots — without tracks or a dolly or a slider. One simple product to open up the whole world of multi-axis motion video. And, HandJib works beautifully with any of these cameras:

Micro Four-Thirds (Panasonic, Olympus, Kodak)

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema or Micro Cinema

Sony Alpha or NX

Fujifilm X

Olympus PEN or OM-D

Samsung NX

Nikon System 1

Panasonic Lumix

GoPro (and competitors)

iPhone (or other smartphones)

Any other camera 2-pounds or less

HandJib cleverly leverages the biomechanics of using small, lightweight video cameras to deliver an all-new style of motion control for videographers. Instead of having one product for vertical motion, another for diagonal motion, and one or more others for horizontal motion shots, HandJib delivers this full spectrum of motion capability. One simple, lightweight product. A whole suite of new motion capabilities for small camera shooters.

Full details about HandJib are available on the product’s Kickstarter campaign page here: kickstarter.com/projects/kickshark/handjib-pro-motion-for-small-camera-and-phone-vide

KickShark can be contacted at info(at)kickshark(dot)com. The web site is at kickshark.com. Media should contact Kristin Cales at kristin(at)kickshark(dot)com.

KickShark, Inc. is a Tennessee social enterprise company engaged in developing and marketing amazing new products, often including online crowdfunding campaigns.

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Ken Rosen’s Documentary “Cuba In Transition” Kicks Off Kickstarter Campaign

De La Cuenta Films announced the launch of a campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for director Ken Rosen’s documentary “Cuba in Transition.” The 60-minute film is a colorful portrait of life in Cuba, with intimate conversations about the trade embargo and the changing relationship with the U.S.

(The Kickstarter campaign for “Cuba in Transition” is at kickstarter.com/projects/1842546989/cuba-in-transition).

The film follows the lives of four ordinary Cubans with candid interviews shot during a 15 year period. The goal of the Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds to finish the project with additional interviews and footage as diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba are restored. The campaign will run through August 4, 2015.

“I fell in love with Cuba when I visited as a tourist in 1998,” Rosen said about the film. “I wanted to understand what it was like to live under an economic embargo from the most powerful country in the world, while living so close to it and having such close ties.”

Rosen decided to make the film because he felt that Cuba was often misrepresented in the media and he wanted to “create the possibility for real Cubans to tell their story and for Americans and the world to hear it.”

“Cuba in Transition” is produced by Rosen, Mimi Fuenzalida and Michelle Fiordaliso. Fuenzalida is also the film’s Director of Photography and Alonso Llosa serves as its Editor. The project was initially funded by Rosen.

Rosen’s previous producing credits include the independent feature length documentary, “Rubber Tramps,” which was distributed by 7th Art Releasing. He also served as a Story Editor at Phoenix Pictures and began his career as an Executive Assistant to producer Mark Gordon and as an Assistant Producer at HBO Films.

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Studio McDermott Debuts Kickstarter Project To Fund In-Depth Look At Oregon’s Emerging Cannabis Industry

The filmmakers get an unprecedented look at the cannabis pioneers who have become the hottest entrepreneurs and innovators in the emerging industry.

Studio McDermott, one of Portland’s leading creative studios has just announced their Kickstarter (http://tiny.cc/otsoc) project to assist in funding “Oregon: The State of Cannabis,” an in-depth look at Oregon’s burgeoning cannabis industry and the pioneers behind it.

Fueled by the successful passage of Oregon’s Measure 91 in 2014, the filmmakers at Studio McDermott have already logged over 120 interviews with some of the most important players in the newly legal cannabis industry. Their hope is to preserve the history of the pioneers who are creating the legal cannabis industry.

“From the basement of an old school cultivators to the deep pockets of big business, a completely new market is emerging,” said Max McDermott, cinematographer and editor at Studio McDermott. “When you witness the birth of an industry, you see how quickly things have to move in order to be successful.”

“Cannabis legalization will impact all Oregonians,” said Michael McDermott, the award-winning Director of Photography and co-founder of Studio McDermott. “Oregon: The State of Cannabis is capturing a moment in history that would otherwise be lost.”

Having already poured hundreds of man-hours and resources into this passion project, the filmmakers at Studio McDermott are now looking to the public to help fund the remaining research and post-production expenses. “Many of these people are appearing before a camera for the first time,said Amy McDermott, co-founder and creative director. “We are excited to play a part in telling the story of Oregon’s end to prohibition and the innovators who are blazing the trail forward.”

About Studio McDermott:

Studio McDermott is a family-owned and operated visual arts company located in Portland, Oregon. For the last ten years, they have crafted visual stories for clients that make a difference, including the University of Oregon and Oregon Health and Sciences University. Studio McDermott was co-founded by Michael McDermott, lifelong photojournalist and award-winning director, and Amy McDermott, a dedicated multimedia artist, painter, and now creative director.

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“Kung Fury” Director David Sandberg Collaborates With GreenScreen Animals For Hit Movie Short

GreenScreen Animals, the leader in high quality, humane animal content for entertainment, recently collaborated with Swedish director David Sandberg on “Kung Fury,” an ’80s inspired action comedy short. The film debuted in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and has become an internet sensation, garnering 15 million views on YouTube since its release on May 28.

“When researching options for the time machine sequence we ran across the GSA stock footage library. Their 4K resolution wolf clips were perfect for Barbarianna, the Viking barbarian,” said Sandberg. “We were really impressed with the variety of wolf clips, the quality of the footage and the ease of use. The 4K footage was perfect for Fido, our visual effects team. It gave us a ton of creative freedom and we are so pleased.”

GSA supplied the filmmakers with a total of 4 wolf clips over green. The California-based company owns and licenses the largest green screen animal footage library globally and supplies footage and stills for use in film, television, video games and advertising. GSA offers filmmakers a high quality, cost effective, responsible and safe solution for their projects. They also leverage their industry experience by providing custom, turn-key shoots.

” ‘Kung Fury’ is an incredibly unique project and we are proud to be a part of the magic,” said Mark Shockley, Co-founder and President of GSA. “When David explained his vision and described Barbarianna riding a black Timber wolf, we were thrilled. A martial arts comedy with Laser raptors, barbarians and wolves. How can you go wrong?”

“Kung Fury” was released on the internet after raising $640,000 on Kickstarter, well above its initial $200,000 goal. It centers around a Miami detective with special Kung Fu powers who travels through time to fight Adolf Hitler, encountering mythical Nordic characters and a T-Rex along the way. It also features a theme song and music video performed by David Hasselhoff.

About GSA

GSA is the world’s leading solution for high quality, humane animal content. GSA owns, maintains and licenses the world’s largest HD – 6K green screen animal footage collection. The GSA digital library contains over 5,500 raw clips, which can be utilized in a wide variety of media. GSA also provides custom shoots for clients seeking a “one-stop shopping” solution. GSA’s green animal content allows producers the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective solution with access to content that is normally too expensive or difficult to capture. All GreenScreen Animal content is produced under the close supervision of The American Humane Association’s “No animals were harmed” unit. This key alliance ensures the safety and comfort of the animal actors used in the library.

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Production Of Film Set In German POW Camp In Maryland In 1944

Urbane Legends Entertainment launched the crowd funding campaign for its new film, The Tears of Valour—set in a German POW camp in Maryland in 1944—on May 7, 2015, the 70th anniversary of the German surrender at the end of World War II.

The Tears of Valour tells the story of the daring escape attempt by a group of German prisoners-of-war from Camp Frederick. Although the story is fictional, it is based on a monthly average of 100 escape attempts nationwide. Two of the film’s main themes are “humanity in war” and “the clash between individual conscience with political ideology.” Almost 170 POWs in the United States were murdered by their fellow inmates for political reasons.

Between 1943 and 1946, the U.S. government held about 370,000 German POWs in over 500 camps nationwide. Camp Frederick alone was home for as many as 400 prisoners between September 1944 and May 1946. During that time, 525 farmers and 20 different industries employed prisoners from the camp, paying about $300,000 to the U.S. Army for their labor.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in early September and end in late November 2015. Wesley Hunt will be Director of Photography. Having worked in Italy and the Czech Republic, Hunt holds an MFA in Film from American University in DC. Hunt was a 2014 nominee for the American Society of Cinematographers’ Student Heritage Award.

German-born writer, actor, and director Reiner Prochaska wants his film to bring this little-known chapter in German-American history to audiences worldwide. His interest in local history inspired him to write A Revolutionary Christmas, the story of a German family on a local farm and their Hessian prisoner on Christmas Eve, 1788. Prochaska’s play premiered at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre in December 2014.

The project’s Indiegogo campaign is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization; therefore, donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law:

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