"One Day in April" will chronicle four teams of cyclists as they train for and ride in the 2013 Mens and Womens Little 500 races at Indiana University. The film will tell the story behind the race - how the riders spend months and sometimes years preparing themselves mentally and physically for one race and one shot at glory.
Thomas Miller, a documentary and commercial filmmaker, recently spent six months as a videographer for the Obama 2012 campaign. He was later a cinematographer on the 2013 Inauguration video team, and in 2012, alongside creative partner Ryan Black, his short film, "All We've Built," was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. They will continue their partnership with "One Day in April". Peter Stevenson, a Washington, DC-based photojournalist, has covered politics and domestic news for media outlets such as The New York Times as a freelancer since 2010 and joins Tom and Ryan for the first time. All three attended Indiana University and have fond memories of their own Little 500 weeks.
The filmmakers need your help. Filming the four teams started this winter, but everything is leading up to raceday in April. Making this film the right way, especially covering a large-scale sports event, will require an expanded crew, camera and equipment rentals, travel costs, and a lengthy editing and post-production process.
Funding this film means a chance to see this story in a way it's never been told before, from the perspective of the riders. It's a chance to see some of the greatest competitors in college sports - who never get the recognition afforded NCAA athletes - give their everything for one day in April.
What We Need
Our budget includes camera, lens and equipment rentals, in addition to crew and other production costs. Here's the breakdown:
Canon DSLRs and Sony FS700 high-speed HD digital video cameras - $2000
GoPro HD cameras - $300
Lenses, filters, audio equipment and tripods - $1200
Additional raceday camera operators and field producers - $1000
Backup batteries, gaffer tape and other incidental expenses - $250
Travel and post-production costs (editing, color correction, sound mixing) - $1000
Taxes, fees and equipment shipping - $750
IndieGoGo fees - $350
If we exceed our fundraising goal, we'll put that money towards renting even better-looking cameras, a more complete crew, and promoting the film. Every dollar helps!.
What You Get
We want to make sure every contributor gets something back, so we have some great rewards.
$10 - digital download of the film upon its release
$25 - DVD of the film AND a digital download
$50 - "One Day in April" T-shirt and above prizes
$75 - Signed, limited-edition photo print and above prizes
$100 - Special "Thank You" in film credits and above prizes
$250 - Two general admission tickets to Bloomington, Ind. film premiere (date TBD), and above prizes (Limit 5)
$500 - Two VIP tickets to Bloomington, Ind. premiere plus meet & greet with filmmakers before the screening (date TBD), and DVD, shirt, print and "Thank You" in credits (Limit 5)
$1000 - Listed as executive producer in film credits plus two VIP tickets to Bloomington, Ind. premiere, meet & greet with filmmakers before the screening (date TBD), DVD, shirt, print and "Thank You" in credits (Limit 2)
Other Ways You Can HelpWe know not everyone can contribute. But everyone can help! We need help spreading the film and this fundraising campaign.
- Tell your friends, family, co-workers, and everyone else, about the film and our fundraising project!