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Celluloid Dreaming

$310 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 6 people in 33 months
My name is Tyler Purcell and I love motion picture film. 

My goal is to create an interactive educational platform revolving around the continued use of motion picture film. Using well produced tutorial videos, interactive hands-on training and up to date resource guide, in order to educate and preserve filmmaking on celluloid for future generations.

As everyone knows most film schools have moved away from shooting on motion picture film. Digital cinematography has taken over due to it's lower cost and ease of use. This means, students and young budding filmmakers aren't shooting on motion picture film. At the same time, many of the experts are retiring or sadly passing away. It's becoming more and more difficult to find educational resources about shooting on motion picture film and the support necessary to do so. Many of the rental houses and online resources, have stopped dealing with film cameras all together. Even though there are boutique (art house) and professional filmmakers who continue shooting on film, many of them aren't sharing their knowledge to the masses.

With Celluloid Dreaming, we're going to build an interactive website. We'll have manuals and online text-based guides to basic operation/quick reference guides to cameras, lenses, film stock and most accessories. Our video's will go into great detail on almost every camera on the market. Discussing bodies, lenses, batteries, magazines, storage and basic maintenance. This way, someone interested in buying a camera can watch a single video and learn all about it's operation. We'll also make video's focused on lenses, film stock, processing, lighting, metering and other basic cinematography techniques related to shooting on film. Finally, a video series all about young filmmakers experiences shooting on film for the first time will explain the pro's and con's in much better detail. We'll focus on 16mm and 35mm to begin with, adding Super 8 up the road once we get going.

Our hands-on experience will be held monthly and will be free to filmmakers who already have experience shooting. The goal is to put the cameras in the hands of people without the tremendous cost of going to film school, taking specialized classes or renting. The courses will be very small, 2 - 4 people maximum per month. Each class will be jam packed and be spread over three days. The first saturday will be camera break down, learning about lenses, magazine loading and basic cinematography. Some film will be shot saturday indoors in a lighting situation with charts and single subject to shoot. Sunday will be on-location, where students can shoulder or tripod the cameras, shooting anything they want. The only cost to students will be heavily discounted film stock and processing. Film will be processed during the week and stored for the following weekend. The second saturday will be analyzation of a one light print of what was shot the weekend prior. Everyone in the class will critique each others film and be able to take the negative and positive home. Eventually we will purchase a telecine machine and go through that process as well so students can use their footage on a demo reel.

Once the course is completed, students will get a certification card saying they're up to speed on our equipment. This way, when they wish to borrow from our stash, it's a simple sign-out sheet like film school and away they go. There will be a small cost for rental, just to cover our insurance expense. We'll have online scheduling system and plan to eventually have many camera bodies and different lens selections, so students partaking in our class can have a wide-range of shooting possibilities. We plan on having Super 8, S16mm and 35mm cameras. We'll also have special deals available for sound packages and eventually transfer will be done in-house by students for a much lower rate then any lab.

Students will also be invited to participate in our "short film" series, where they can shoot a short film for our educational foundation. We plan on shooting one film per month and our students will be able to use that film on their demo reel. These films will be fully sponsored (no out of pocket cost for the student) and in some cases, students can earn pay for their work.

Our funding comes through donations, website advertising and industry sponsorship. Since we're going to be a non-profit, we'll require substantial industry support to get us going.

In order to produce our video series, we will need various old school film equipment. Our goal is to acquire cameras, lenses, film editing/sound and lighting/grip equipment for production. This way we can keep our shoot costs down and allow others to have hands-on experiences without burdening them with rental costs.

Our goal is to unite companies who wish to preserve motion picture film and offer them the opportunity to not only be involved in our video series, but also provide sponsorship for our website. In return, we will advertise our supporting vendors within the video's and of course on the site.

Making this dream a reality will also require financial support. We need to pay for web hosting, website design and of course equipment. We want this resource to be living for decades, which will require a substantial amount of up front capitol. Every penny coming from donations will go directly to our website and productions. We want the best website, the highest production value and the best content. With your financial support, we can do just that.

You can read more about it on our donation website: http://celluloiddreaming.com

We plan to go live March of 2016 after we've collected enough video and film content.

Thanks for reading and I really hope some of you have interest in getting involved. We need to come together and make this a reality!
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We've been super busy this year so far. Lots of fun shooting with the kids, but we need to raise money. Our program has been funded entirely off my own money so far and it's been a real challenge to get people to fund. I really appreciate those who've taken the initiative and donated. Now it's time to bring more people in and share what we're doing. We don't need much, but we need something to help get this further off the ground.
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We've been super busy shooting and editing. The students are loving the hands on access to equipment and working directly with film. Physically touching images in the editing phase was a real eye opener for some students. It was just amazing to them how they were touching assets, instead of seeing everything on a computer monitor.
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We've had a great month! I started teaching at LACHSA and we're getting quite a bit of equipment donations for the school, but none of it continues this educational foundation. We're still trying to raise enough to buy equipment for our educational purposes. So please, if you can donate even a tiny bit, every penny will go towards keeping film alive for the next generation.
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We've finally got our website running and our business license is confirmed. Celluloid dreaming is ready to roll and we're very excited!
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Raised by 6 people in 33 months
Created October 18, 2015
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Robert Arak
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Good luck my friend. You have the talent and drive to succeed, and I know you will.

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