About the project
Thanks for taking the time to check out the Work In Skateboarding campaign!
The website featured in the video is the prototype for the actual website.
The idea behind the website was inspired by my experiences with shooting a couple of documentaries with Ray Barbee and Karl Watson. Ray spoke about how skateboarding is an all inclusive and accessible sport and how psyched he was at demo's to see kids holding up their video camera's for him to sign, kids who have found and claimed their place in skateboarding as filmers. Karl inspired me when I went to film one of his 'Hood Games' events and saw the positive effect it had on the community. Another source of inspiration was my husband, who is a professional skateboard photographer. He often gets emails from kids asking for advice and how to get to a professional level and he is always ready to help out when possible.
I've always wanted my documentary work to help and inspire people so following the examples of Ray, Karl and Dave was a natural progression.
Work in skateboarding is an educational video website that shows the diversity of jobs in skateboarding, their accessibility and how similar roles can apply to other sport industries.
It’s going to be a resource for kids who are beginning to plan their career paths and are unaware of all the different job options within skateboarding.
The main goal of the website is to invest in the next generation of skateboarding, nurturing their growth and creativity and supplying them with information they can use to become a part of the industry.
The videos are educational in their approach, providing access to information from respected industry professionals. The information includes their career history and advice about the process and experiences they had in reaching their chosen career path. This kind of information is hard to obtain if you don’t have a personal connection with someone in the industry.
The content that I’ve already collected features working professionals such as Thomas Campbell, Matt Irving, Joe Brook, Dave Chami, Dan Zaslavasky, Jason Hernandez, Dan Wolfe, Kyle Camarillo, Anthony Claravall, Carson Lee, Jahmal Williams, Andy Pitts, Graham James and Darin Howard.
The website will also incorporate a regular series of ‘How to’ videos, including subjects like how to produce your own videos, how to create a zine and even tips for how to get a skate park built in your town. These videos will basically elaborate on the advice given by the professionals, teaching and encouraging creativity. They will enable kids to create their own outlets for their work, by being pro-active which builds their confidence and level of skills they can use in their future.
The videos on the website will also be made available on DVD’s for schools or youth organizations without computer access to purchase as an educational resource.
What your contribution will help to achieve
I plan to run the website as if it were a Non Profit. Raising $8,000 means that over the next year I will be able to produce 17 videos for the website.
Keeping the costs to a shoe string budget:
- 65% of funds goes to Video production and being able to pay contributors
- 30% enables a run of 1000 DVD's plus the postage for the $25 gifting reward option.
- 5% goes to website hosting and set up costs
Any money that is raised past the goal will go towards:
- Future web hosting costs, to keep the content available online for as long as possible!
- Future DVD runs
- Future video content if needed
Everyone who makes a donation will be thanked and listed on the 'Made Possible By' page on the website!Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't contribute that's OK! Other ways to help are:
- Instagram this campaign!! Remember to include the link so people know where to find the campaign on Indiegogo.com
- Post the link on Facebook using the Indiegogo share tools at the top.
- Email it to your friends that you think would be interested in it!
Who am I?
My name is Samantha Chami, I've been making skateboard documentaries and creating animation and motion graphics for the past few years under the working title Suziie Wang. Most of my documentary work has been for the Transworld Skateboarding website, you can see all of my work here www.suziiewang.com
If I donate $25, why won't I get to gift the DVD until November 2012?
All of the videos I plan to put on the DVD haven't been produced yet. I want to include as many videos as possible on the DVD and I aim to have all the 'Jobs in Skateboarding' videos finished by November. Please provide me with the name and address of your nominated school or organization so I can be ready to deliver the DVD.
Delivery Dates for perks
The 'delivery dates' are actually the dates by when you will have received your perk, not the actual delivery date.
I live outside the U.S, can I donate?
Yes please! You can still donate, though only in U.S dollars. There is a Pay Pal option to make a donation if you can't donate with an international credit card.
What is a 'Limited Availability' Perk?
This is a perk only offered in Limited quantities so once they're gone, they're gone.
What if I just want to donate and not receive a perk?
No problem, there is an option for you to select. Just click on any perk and it will take you to the next step where you can select this option.
I'm a business and want to donate, why can I get pre roll ads on the DVD but not on the website?
To keep the costs minimal the website has been set up using Vimeo as the embed source. The options for enabling pre roll ads on Vimeo are exceptionally more expensive and restrict the amount of plays. Other video hosting options are unaffordable for the longevity of this non profit project.
I'm a business, can I place a web banner ad on the website?
Unfortunately no, the website doesn't have this capability which also keeps the costs minimal.
What region will the DVD's be?
Region free, they can be played anywhere!
Why raise money this way?
Raising money in this way enables the website to have the freedom of content, as the money has been raised collectively by the community.
I chose Indiegogo over the other crowd funding platforms because of their flexible funding option for raising money, this means the campaign gets all the money that is donated whether if I reach the fundraising goal or not. If we meet the goal Indiegogo charges 4% commission whereas if we don't meet the goal the commission is 9%.
What makes this website different from any other skateboarding website?
The videos on work in skateboarding are educational seminar style videos. Work in skateboarding will only feature videos that have been produced specifically for an educational purpose. Any contributors content will have been commissioned by Work in skateboarding.
How frequently do you intend to add content to the website?
I aim make monthly additions to the website, the videos will be an informative and quality resource which means each one won't be produced overnight.
How long will you keep the website online if you have maxed out the content ideas?
I intend to keep it available for as long as possible! The advice that these working professionals have to offer will always be useful to someone!
Can I contact you directly?
Yes, you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions you have relating to the campaign.