Shopping For Superman: Documentary
Comic books have meant a lot of things to a lot of people. What were once considered cheap, disposable, magazines for children have literally changed the face of modern entertainment.
Through interviews with numerous fans and professionals, Shopping For Superman intends to answer that very question. It's more than a history lesson. It's a window to a world of fandom and a culture that, for years, has gone over-looked and misunderstood. Fans of the medium aren't all the basement dwelling social outcasts they've been painted as, they're more than that and their passion and devotion has been instrumental in bringing superheroes into our cultural spotlight.
With over 20 interviews already recorded with such professionals as:
Scott McCloud, Author (Understanding Comics)
Jim Mahfood, Artist (Tank Girl)
Phil Lamarr, Actor (Mad TV, Samurai Jack)
Christopher Priest, Writer (Black Panther)
Todd Stashwick, Actor (12 Monkeys)
Dr. Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D. (The Arkham Sessions)
...and so many more to come, your funding will help us reach the people that will help tell the entire story!
Having funded everything out of pocket so far, the filmmakers are asking for your help.
Thankfully, we live in a time where filmmaking has become less and less expensive thanks to digital and other compact technologies and that's how our budget has changed over the past two years and how we can afford to produce a feature film for under $76,000.
That sounds like a lot of money, it definitely is, but that's not even the total we're asking for. Filmmaking is done in stages and the remainder of production is going to cost us roughly $40,000, here's how:
Travel - Travel is our most important expense and this being as big of a project as it is, it requires travel to a number of states, such as: New York, Washington, Oregon, Indiana, Chicago, Florida, North Carolina, Rhode Island and that's just a few! Forget flights! Hotels, car rental, food for crew, the expenses add up and every cent helps!
Estimated cost : $15,000 (estimated for minimum 2x crew)
Crew - Forget what I said about travel because this project can't get made without the professionals who've spent years honing their craft to deliver the best results possible. Asking them to work for free isn't just insulting, it's nearly impossible. The term, you get what you pay for has never been more true. This project isn't going to just take a few days, we're talking a minimum of 90 days with another minimum of 2 people working, that really adds up.
Estimated cost: $18,000 (estimated for minimum 2x crew)
That leaves us about $7,000 which covers: retaining a lawyer, production insurance, buying digital media like hard drives, gear rentals (if needed), and whatever's left over will go towards post-production which has its own budget.
In most cases, there is nothing left over. That's not due to shoddy book-keeping, that's just what comes with filmmaking. There are always unforeseen circumstances, no matter how well you plan and budget.
This project needs your help. We need your money, sure; but we also need you to share this page with as many people as you can. Raising $40,000 is ambitious to say the least but it's entirely possible with the help of people like you.
So much has been happening it's hard to keep track. Recently I had the esteemed privilege of travelling to Denver, Colorado (thanks in no small part to your contributions) and I spent a week shadowing Chuck Rozanski the longtime owner and operator of Mile High Comics, the largest comic shop in the world!
Chuck was a kind and gracious host and I can't begin to describe just how incredible a feeling it was to be surrounded by so many comic book lovers, books. and treasures.
Not everything about Chuck's day to day just pertained to comic books. While there, Chuck introduced me to Jim Scharper who runs Feeding Denver's Hungry, INC. a charitable organization that, on a weekly basis, goes directly to the people needing their help on the streets of Denver and where they pass out non-perishable goods such as food, clothes, and hygiene products. It's remarkable the good work they're doing and if you ever feel the urge to contribute, please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/l64890
While your dollars and cents are a great help and sorely needed for this project, I very much hope you'll consider donating to organizations that are trying to do some good, like Feeding Denver's Hungry, INC but also sharing their page info is a big help too!
One other bit of exciting news about Shopping For Superman is that people are starting to take notice. There has been a bit of discussion recently, regarding different parties having an interest in the film. While it's too early to share too much, you can't deny that it's a little exciting to know that this thing has legs (as they say in the biz).
Since the beginning of production to now I have over 80 hrs of footage to comb through and while that is it's own daunting task for one person (I'd love to hire some assistants) there are some spectacular moments that give me a charge. This is going to be an incredible project and I'm thrilled to be a part of it and even more delighted that you all have helped to get the ball rolling in such a phenomenal way.
The progress I'm making on my own isn't paltry but the time is definitely coming soon where one person just can't do everything that's needed to complete this project. For now, donations are the only way that's going to happen and if you've already contributed please consider sharing this page and our website www.ShoppingForSuperman.com to help us reach our total.
No one would begrudge you donating again, either. :)
Now that travel has cooled down there will be many more updates coming your way. Follow our progress on Twitter/ Facebook/ Instagram by subscribing, liking, or following @shop4supedoc.
Thank you again for all that you do and I'll be in touch!
Thanks to the efforts of Ms. Jennifer Adkins Smith the homepage for Shopping For Superman is now up and running at www.ShoppingForSuperman.com.
As always, please remember to follow us on social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all of the exciting updates coming your way!
Thank you for your continued support. Every little bit helps.
www.ShoppingForSuperman.com - Visit today!
And a great year it's looking to be, too!
At the moment we've raised over $11,000 thanks to the generous contributions of people like you!
Despite this amazing outpouring of support we've still got a long way to go and there are other ways to contribute than just money (although we will take any amounts you're willing to give).
Please share this campaign with as many people as you can!!
I know it's an odd thing to ask strangers for money but I've been doing it for awhile now and it's earned me over $11k so don't be shy!
Thanks to all of you who've pitched in so far! And hey! Here are some more updates!
I just got back from capturing a fantastic interview with Denver, Colorado's own, Chuck Rozanski; who was kind enough to share his time and show off his MEGA-STORE.
Seriously, this place is insanely big with what has to be the largest retail selection I've ever seen. Check out the picture attached!
As I type this, the wonderful and talented, Jen Adkins is putting together an amazing website for the film that will launch VERY soon, so stay tuned.
Bookmark www.ShoppingForSuperman.com and I'll be sure to let you know when it's up!
More updates to come as we move forward! Some big names and big trips are lining up right now!
Remember to share and tweet this page to get us closer to our goal!
Since my last update, Shopping For Superman, hit the road to New York and San Diego to capture some much needed footage with some great people and teams. Most notably, the legend himself, Chris Claremont (X-Men, Wolverine) was kind enough to share his time with me, aided by his lovely wife, Beth, who helped organize our meeting.
So far, big wigs at Valiant and IDW comics have helped to share their experience and perspectives as well. Fred Pierce, Valiant's publisher, sat down with me for a candid face to face and didn't hold back one bit. Not only that, he was kind enough to load me up with more books than I could carry that day. To quote Fred, "Haven't you ever heard of the phrase, 'a kid in a candy store'?"
From IDW, Chris Ryall shared a few choice words about the world of comics and the possible future of comic shops. Not only this, he explained, in detail, why ROM, The Space Knight is more than just a blast from the past. (You should all be reading it.) Thankfully this time, I had a car with me so I hit their New Wall section and loaded up on tons of titles I've been missing.
And last but certainly not least, Kevin Eastman, co-creator of those heroes in a half-shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, gave a heartfelt and moving interview as well as a tour of his studio and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery, run and housed by IDW.
These are just a few highlights of the past few weeks. The actual tally is rising and rising and the film's on track which wouldn't be possible without the generous contributions you've given so far.
If you're just now finding this project and want to lend a hand by way of a charitable contribution, we could use your help. Feel free to donate through GoFundMe or contact me directly if you have an alternate means of giving. It will still be factored in to the total and you'll be eligible for any and all incentives.
Thank you, everyone. More updates are coming, so stay tuned and have a wonderful and safe holiday!