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THE AX FACTORY is a creative video production agency concentrating on the development of highly crafted and well produced digital media products from commercials, music videos, branded content, marketing videos and feature length films. Our key elements are our cinematic style and filmic storytelling, which is carefully designed to bring audiences in closer and be the driving force behind your brand and message. We strongly believe in the art of motion pictures, developing digital films through high-end cinematography, art direction and compelling stories. Creating memorable experiences for your audience is a powerful tool in success of your brand. These core strengths are the foundation of THE AX FACTORY productions. As a boutique studio operation, THE AX FACTORY works hand in hand with our clients from concept to post-production to completion. We believe in cultivating long standing relationships built on trust and consistency.
First of all I just want to thank you for taking the time to check out my Indiegogo Campaign. My name is Michael Pelzar and I am a film-maker from Connecticut. For the past few years I have been traveling around making a living working as a freelance cinematographer. I have worked on many different projects in subjects ranging from action sports, wildlife, music, as well as human interest documentary pieces. My latest endeavor has been the development of a high-end production company in my home state of Connecticut. We are called The AX Factory Films. We are a collaboration between some of the industries top professionals.
After attending the Van's Warped Tour for the past few years I have come to realize what a truly special event it has grown to be. You may or may not be aware that the Warped Tour is the longest running traveling music festival in the world. Averaging 20,000 people every festival day, it has become evident that the Warped Tour is more than a simple event, but it is the centralized hub for music lovers of all backgrounds and all preferences. Bands throughout the years have made it there ultimate goal to tour with the Van's Warped Tour. This year the Van's Warped Tour will return to Australia after a lengthy absence. The tour will be held November 29th and continue until December 8th. The tour will stop at many of Australia's major cities including Brisbane, Coffs Harbour, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide.
Our goal with this film is to show what it takes and what the process of touring with the Van’s Warped Tour is like from start to finish. We wish to show all aspects including struggle, achievement, good times, bad times, setbacks, and success. The bands on this tour are very compelling characters, each with a story to tell. We wish to tell that story. We have already gained the support of SJC Custom Drums and through connections made by a partner of The AX Factory, we have approached Blackmagic Design and Adobe Systems INC. and have gained a pending commitment to support this documentary financially and with hardware and software.
One of the inspirations for this documentary was a piece that we had the privilege to be a part of, a documentary series called Cape Hope. Instead of focusing on the history of the Cape Cod Baseball League, Cape Hope focuses on the stories of players going through this difficult yet significant tournament. The documentary blends together the characters journey, as well as establishing the importance that the Cape Cod Baseball League has on achieving their ultimate goals of playing Major League Baseball. I wish to apply a similar format to this documentary, making a select few bands the focal point, while highlighting the significance of the Van’s Warped Tour on their respective careers. I have attached the link to the official teaser film below.
Cape Hope Teaser: https://vimeo.com/61307390
Unfortunately the cost of traveling to Australia is expensive and since we have very little financial support from the tour, I have started this campaign to ask for your support. I have put together a great list of incentives to say thank you for your help.
Your support will go to helping with our travel costs, extra equipment needed for production, and making sure that we put together the best film possible.
With every donation over $20 you will receive a digital copy of the film as well as your name in the credits.
If you are unable to help us financially, Indiegogo has great tools that help you share our cause with your friends which is just as big of a help to us. Through your donations and promotion we can get this short film funded and gain support for the feature length documentary covering the ENTIRE tour in 2014. (More on that project to come.)
With the HUGE popularity of the Warped Tour and the large array of bands that would give anything to go on the tour, I know there is a great story here. People would love the opportunity to know what its like and what it takes to be a touring member of the Van's Warped Tour. This will be a dream project for me, and with your support I can make this the highest quality production that the Warped Tour deserves.
We at THE AX FACTORY have worked on such films as THE AVENGERS, THE MATRIX TRILOGY, THE PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN films and others. We have spent years pouring our blood, sweet and tears for OTHER peoples ideas, please help us realize our dream of doing our own project about a subject we care deeply about.
We really cannot express how much we appreciate all of your help.
The AX Factory Films
a division of Webbit Media LLC
The Warped Tour is a touring music and extreme sports festival. The tour is held in venues such as parking lots or fields upon which the stages and other structures are erected. The skateboard shoe manufacturer Vans, among others, has sponsored the tour every year since 1995, and it is often called the Vans Warped Tour. The tour began as a showcase for punk rock music, but its more recent lineups have featured diverse genres. Each Year the Van's Warped Tour averages 20,000 attendees on each of the festivals dates and over 1 million people per year attend the tour.
Michael Pelzar – Director | Cinematographer | Editor | Miscellaneous Crew
While still young Michael has a wealth of experience and determination beyond his years. An expert with high-end digital camera systems and applications, Mike has a keen eye for what it takes to get the perfect shot. Michael has the confidence, determination, and expertise to see a project to completion.
Born into a family full of creative people, at an early age Michael showed an interest in Music, learning to play the drums to an expert level. Michael has played in a variety of bands, with a variety of music styles ranging from punk, metal, progressive rock, reggae, jazz, and bluegrass.
Michael caught the film-making bug at an early age completing his first short feature at the age of 7. Michael moved on to producing short films documenting the adventures he and his friend’s had growing up and soon found that telling stories was what we wanted to do with the rest of his life. Michael soon found himself immersed in the development of his father’s production company, learning all the tools of the trade from the masters at their craft.
Wanting to branch out on his own Michael moved to Bozeman,
Montana where he soon found himself working along side some of the top action
sports athletes and filmmakers. Learning and gaining experience, Michael worked
on films such as Toy Soldier Productions
Act Natural and Sherpas Cinema’s
Into the Mind. Not long after thatMichael
was named the Technical Director for the 2013
Cold Smoke Film Awards, which is an
annual event held in Bozeman, Montana. The CSA’s
are widely regarded as the Academy Awards for Winter Action Sports films.
Michael has since moved back to Connecticut where he has
helped establish along with his father Richard Pelzar, Doug Tubach, Howard
Smith, Keith Chirgwin and his brother Daniel Pelzar The AX Factory Films, a high-end digital film production studio, based in Avon, Connecticut.
Doug Tubach - Visual Effects | ProducerDoug has worked in the entertainment field since 1985, starting as a production assistant for Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre. Doug moved onward and upward to produce a number of television programs for HBO, Fox Television and ABC. From producing, Doug turned his talents to Visual Effects, and has spent the last 19 years working and collaborating as a digital artist on the visual effects for a host of films, including some Academy Award winning feature films. IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0875602/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Richard Pelzar – Producer | Animator | Designer | Editor | Compositor
Richard brings to the role a background that spans graphic design, software development, electronic engineering and all things in digital media, sales and marketing.
His career has equipped him well for these times of rapid change in computing technology and delivery. Richard has spent his career managing innovative award winning teams that produced award wining designs and products that unleashed powerful interactions and revolutionized the video and broadcast industry.
His knowledge of workflows and the implementation of new tools and resources yielded record expense reduction and increased productivity for many major broadcasters and production facilities nationwide. His visions for change, leadership and persuasion helped recreate the way animation, film, audio and video is created, produced and distributed today. Some of the first to adopted his methods where Viacom’s Nick and Nick Jr where he help create supporting workflows for Blue’s Clues, Little Bill and hundreds of broadcast bumpers and trailers for MTV, CNBC, NBC and ESPN to name a few.
Richard was the President of Webbit Media, LLC. a creative and innovative application and web development firm he formed after his 11 year tenure as a Development Manager for Adobe Systems, Inc, which ended in 2007.
Richard’s creative impetus and his championing of new digital workflows using Adobe’s Dynamic Media Products had resulted in significant industry growth and adoption of Adobe’s products.
Richard received top honors including 5 & 10 Year Adobe Product Development Achievement Awards, Adobe America’s Product Marketing-Top Performer Recipient, Adobe America’s Products Sales -Top Performer Recipient, Adobe Simply the Best Award Winner.
Keith Chirgwin – Audio Engineer | Music Editor | Sound Designer | Recording Mixer
Across nearly every aspect of audio production, there is one constant in Keith Chirgwin’s career: Award-winning work. His resume boasts more than two decades of Academy, Emmy, Peabody and Grammy award-winning projects featuring some of the biggest names in film, television and music.
Be it as music editor, music mixer, sound designer, or rerecording mixer, Keith’s clients trust him with their most important projects. His work features such notables as Bridget Fonda, James Earl Jones, Ashley Judd, Michael Rapaport, Lili Taylor, Liev Schrieber, Peter Matthiessen, Glen Close, Ben Affleck, Don Cheadle, and Miguel Ferrer.
He has enhanced the music of prominent musicians, including The Chieftans, Joanie Madden, Cherish the Ladies, Pride Of New York, Paul Winters, The Pernice Brothers, The Apples In Stereo, Boy Sets Fire, and Omar Faruk Tekbilek. He also worked on the Grammy-winning companion CD to the documentary “Irish In America: Long Journey Home.”
His award-winning movie and TV contributions include: “Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film” (Peabody and Prime Time Emmy); “The Blood Of Yingzhou District” (Academy Award); “Eugene O'Neill,” featuring Al Pacino, Liam Neeson and Christopher Plummer (Prime Time Emmy); “9 Innings From Ground Zero" (Emmy for best music); and “New York Episode 8: Center of The World” (Prime Time Emmy).
leaders like Ric Burns, Brian Keane, Neil Leifer, Joanie Madden, and Tom Lennon
turn to Keith to ensure their productions have the highest quality audio work
possible. IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0158131/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
MARK RICCADONNA- Producer
Mark is most well known as a professional Headlining NYC Comedian and an actor. Years of working in films/television and booking one of the biggest comedy clubs in NYC has allowed Mark to easily slip into the role of producer.
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