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Documentary of the annular eclipse from Tennant Creek on May 10, 2013. Filming is complete; post-production in progress.
David Finlay
2 Team Members

CLEAR SKIES - annular eclipse documentary

WGA West Registration #1643765

Our Mission Statement:

1.  Deliver a quality product that funders will gain value from the money they invest

2.  Create the foundation for a series of episodes specifically documenting astronomical events

3.  Entertain.  Who said astronomy had to be boring?

4.  Educate.  Amateur astronomy is easy and exciting.  You don't need fancy equipment or technical knowledge; just a genuine curiosity, a pair of healthy eyeballs (or only one if necessary), and a little guidance.  We can give you that guidance.

5.  Develop a platform for amateur astronomers and photographers to earn money from their own images and videos of astronomical events


Our CLEAR SKIES documentaries are intended to be a series of shows covering each eclipse, as well as other exciting astronomical events (Comet ISON anyone?).  The aim of this series is to document each event as a historical record, as well as an astronomy outreach resource.

This is our first episode; originally it was to be a trial to test our concept and equipment.  However it turned out far better than even we expected, and it deserves to be produced as "Episode Zero", the pilot in our proposed series.
While our equipment was basic and our experience is based on photographic skills, the personality of the people we interviewed and the excitement of chasing the eclipse itself, quickly turned our work into much more than just a trial.  We have up to 15 hours of footage and interviews conducted in the four days around the eclipse in Tennant Creek.

Don't expect a typical boring science documentary either.  By including interviews with local characters, other amateur astronomers, scientists and, of course, the eclipse itself, our team of "quirky" chasers will keep the tone light-hearted and convivial.

We require funds to finalise the post-processing of the footage into a documentary format, as well as finding a direct market to the people most likely to want to purchase a DVD of the eclipse (no digital downloads here; the DVD is intented as a "Keep-sake").  Any additional funds will be invested in equipment and licenced footage for further episodes.  You can help us make future episodes better!
One thing that we have noticed when chasing our own eclipses is how much social activity is involved in these events.  They are more than simply a wonderous astronomical curiosity.  We describe them as a "Human Migration", a universal party celebrating our place in the solar system.  We want to not just simply capture the eclipse itself, but to record the people that were there, both local inhabitants and chasers alike.

We would also like to provide a platform for other people to earn funds from their own eclipse-related photos and videos.  Everyone seems to capture eclipses in their own way, and we all go to a lot of effort to record them.  Don't you think it was about time you received something in return?  We will select the best images/videos submitted to us to be negotiated for licencing agreements which will be included in our future docos and photo-books.  Due to crowdfunding rules, we are unable to establish this concept as a perk, therefore this will have to be submitted and negotiated outside Indiegogo.  Material of the 10 May eclipse can be sent to clearskiestv@gmail.com to be determined for suitability for our production.

Our fundraising will be kept as simple as possible; every perk we offer we are able to easily deliver to our funders.  

We also recognise that people want a memento of each eclipse (beyond just another t-shirt), and our documentary is intended to fulfill that need.

I personally invite you to join us on these adventures, whether it be watching the show, participating in them by submitting footage, photos or "Selfies", or being interviewed at another exciting astronomical event.

David Finlay

twitter: @clearskiestv



             $15,000 - We'll include a rockin' soundtrack.  Licenced music isn't cheap, but extra funds will help give a beat to our audio.

                         $30,000 - We'll include BBC-quality licenced footage of the eclipse.  Licenced video is even more expensive than music.  We have additional footage organised, but we can't afford it on our current budget.


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  • $5USD

    Receive regular email updates on future CLEAR SKIES documentaries; including location and times of filming, unplanned chasing events and additional crowd funded projects.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $10USD
    Stop it or you'll go blind

    Receive email updates and a solar filter (Rainbow Symphony Eclipse Shades or Viewer), ideal for viewing your next solar eclipse. Postage included.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $29USD
    Early funder DVD

    Discounted eclipse documentary DVD from Tennant Creek, + email + filter. Postage included.

    2 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $45USD

    email + filter + DVD of eclipse documentary from Tennant Creek, Australia. Postage included.

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  • $90USD
    Limited edition signed DVD

    Both Rudi and I will sign the cover, plus leave a personalised message. We'll also include your name in the credits. Only 20 available.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $139USD
    Early bulk DVD

    5 x DVD + email + 5 x filter. Perfect for clubs, planetariums and science centres. Postage included.

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $150USD
    20 second "Selfie" + DVD

    Be part of the show! Purchase airtime on the DVD to promote yourself, club/observatory, product or eclipse chasing group. There's no limit to how many people can be in the footage MUST BE RECORDED IN HD1080 16:9 and delivered to us on DVD or thumb drive as soon as possible Subject matter can be information about future or previous chasing events, how many eclipses you have seen, services/products, video of an eclipse or time-lapse Must be astronomy related and "G" rated for children

    0 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $180USD
    Phone a friend

    Signed DVD, name in credits + personal advice over the phone (or Skype if international) on how to purchase the right telescope for you. We can save you this much in not getting ripped off by the next used-scope salesman. There's a lot of very expensive junk out there!

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $250USD
    Yoo hoo, I'll make ya famous!

    60 second "Selfie", + the DVD and emails etc. For those who want a little more face-time on the DVD.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $750USD
    Solar MAX

    Signed DVD, name in credits + a personal 1 hour solar viewing session looking through our telescopes, with advice on how to chase eclipses and other astronomical phenomenon. Funder must be able to travel to Wollongong, NSW, Australia for viewing session. Date and time weather dependant.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $1,900USD
    Space Station Chaser

    Come on a chasing adventure with us to see, with your own eyes, the International Space Station pass in front of the sun or moon. This perk is weather dependant and you must be able to travel to Wollongong, NSW on specific dates (when the ISS transits the sun/moon). We will provide a basket lunch or dinner with nibblies, wine and good conversation.

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