A feature documentary animated film based on the book 'Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children' by Thich Nhat Hanh & the Plum Village Community


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The Official Film Website - Click here to visit and Donate

The film will be completed and released late spring or early summer 2013.

Planting Seeds the film


"In the world we are asking, How can our children grow up to be peace-builders? How can they learn to use the conflicts of the past to provide compost for lasting harmony in our communities, our nations, and the world? 

Planting seeds is a film to answer these questions.

It is a project to show us how mindfulness can help to water the seeds of beauty and goodness in each child, and, importantly, how each child can learn to water those seeds in themselves and others for their lifetime, and for successive generations.

We are beyond the time of saying that such an education is desirable. For the health, sustainability, and happiness of our global community, it is now our only real option."

- Brother Phap Luu, Plum Village, France

Thich Nhat Hanh inviting the bell


“Planting Seeds” The Power of Mindfulness (Working title) is based on the book, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children,by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Community

This feature documentary and animated film will give children and adults an embodied experience of peace and wellbeing as well as effective tools for creating peaceful, happy lives long after the film is over. It will be shot this July in Plum Village, France, during the month-long Summer Retreat, in which thousands of families from all over the world learn how mindfulness can enrich and heal people of all ages.

Thich Nhat Hanh

The film is the fruit of Plum Village’s thirty years of sharing mindfulness and compassion with children, parents and educators. Planting Seeds offers meaningful, fun and engaging activities that children can do at home, in school settings, or in their local communities, either self-guided or led by and adult. Key practices presented include mindful breathing, mindful walking, inviting the bell, pebble meditation, the Two Promises or ethical guidelines for children, eating meditation and dealing with conflict and strong emotions.

Planting Seeds kids

Children will learn inspiring songs that reinforce the practices of peace and be engaged by personal stories of how families and other children apply mindfulness in their daily life courageously and creatively.

The film will help children relieve stress, increase concentration, nourish gratitude and confidence, deal with difficult emotions, improve communication with ourselves and others, and touch our interconnection with nature.

Thich Nhat Hanh inviting the bell

The film will also feature parents, teachers and children from several countries, plus Thich Nhat Hanh, Sr. Jewel, Brother Phap Dung, and other monks and nuns, who will share their experience and practice of mindfulness.

The sustainably packaged Double DVD and Blu Ray Limited Edition DVD will contain the film, plus music from Joe Reilly and other Sangha musicians, great educational material and exercises that a teacher, a parent or child can easily use to bring the “Power of Mindfulness” into their classroom, their home and their lives. 

Thich Nhat Hanh on stage with kids

15% of the profits from all sold comic books, ibooks and dvds will be happily donated to Plum Village. â€¨â€¨Mindfulness is a powerful tool to help children, parents, teachers and communities develop the skills to promote peace in themselves and in the world around them. 

Help us to creatively introduce young people around the world to the transformational power of Mindfulness via the engaging medium of film.

Mindful Kids


You can help by making a financial pledge of any size, even $10 will be an enormous help in making the dream of completing the film a reality.

You can also help by directing people to this page and sharing the project on your Facebook and Twitter pages.


Our "Peace is The Way" film team “Sangha” has been honored to be asked to produce this film for the Plum Village community.  Our team consists of social and environmental activists who are beginning practitioners of Mindfulness.  Our lives and are work are continually being positively transformed by mindful compassion and practice.

Press Pack with team bio's please click HERE

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Making films is expensive.  Normally a production of this nature would cost $500,000.  We've managed to keep the costs much lower than normal because our team is willing to work for 45% less then their normal and fair rates, we love the Plum Village community, what they stand for and also sincerely believe that mindfulness is a tool that can help transform ourselves and our world.

(Click here to see "VERY NORMAL Professional Film Production Rate Sheet)

All funds raised via IndieGoGo will go toward the production of the film which will begin at Plum Village France, in July 2012 (our team will be there the entire month of July) and will continue throughout the fall of 2012. This includes inexpensive travel and accommodation (Plum Village and the E.I.A.B in Germany) for our small film crew, camera & lighting equipment rental+++

Here is an exact breakdown of how your money will be spent

Film budget – Planting Seeds – Feature length documentary animation
To be filmed at Plum Village, France July / August 2012

Including a Physical & Digital Comic Book, ibook, sustainably packaged DVD & BluRay DVD, Music Soundtrack.

Total (Fair wage) cost to produce 226,200€ ($283,000)
(DVD, BluRay, Comic Book production make up 99,000€ or $124,000 of the total budget)

Team at Plum Village France, July / Aug 2012 will consist of 10 members.
Team outside of Plum Village (L.A. & New York) consists of 3 members)

Daily Rates / Team Typical Workday = 7 - 15 hours per day.  Avg daily work hours 9/10.

Team pay expressed as an *hourly wage - Equates to 15€ – 30€ per hour pre-tax.

*The reality is we all work more hours then we are paid for because we love it.  There are always those 80 hour weeks of joy and beautifully mindful work.  This budget is based on roughly 60 days of work, when the reality is double or even triple thatJ

Equipment Rental (Daily = 2% retail value of gear - 20,000€) (400€ per day) (30 Days) = 12,000€

Canon 5D Mark II Full Frame 35mm DSLR Camera’s x 2, Cinevate Simplis Pro rigs x 2, Canon Lenses x4, Canon long shoot batterie pack x 2, Canon batteries x 6, Zoom H4N 4 channel digital recording x 2, Sennheiser boom mic x 1, Rode Boom mic x 1, Rode camera mic x 1, Sony wireless mics x 4, Tripods (Stativ) x 6, Cinevate slider (dolley) Led lights x 4, Portable storage (Hard drives) x 6.

Film Crew – (4 crew) x 25 days x 700€ =  17, 500€ (800 total work hours – avg 21€ hour)

Camera x 2 / 200€ day each = 400€ day,
Sound x 2 / 125€ day each = 300€ day

Filming days - Story - interviews - 27 Days

25 days - July 2012 France Plum Village

2 days - August 2012 Germany EIAB

Filming days - Musicians - 3 Days – 400€ day = 1,200€

3 days - Joe Reilly – Plum Village June 2012.

Director (s) & Producer (s) Stuart & Gregory - No upfront compensation – Deferred to % of back end sales.  No sales, No pay

Research and Archival - 100 hours x 15€ hour = 1,500€

Screenplay - 60 days x 125€ per day x 1 writers / 1 volunteer = 7,500€ (420 total work hours - avg 18€ hour)

Animated Comics for film - 25 – 30 animated scenes. 60 days x 200€ per day = 12,000€ (540 total work hours - avg 23€ hour)

Translation for subtitles (German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch) – 5,000€

Editing - 60 days x 200€ per day each x 2 editors (1 rough, 1 fine tune) = 24,000€
(540 x 2 = 1080 total work hours - avg 23€ hour)  

Movie compositions = 2,000€

Ceiri „Emmy“ nominated composer - 2,000€

Film Color Correction = 2,000€

Post Production Sound mix (10-20% of budget is the norm for feature length films) = 5,000€

Comic Book & Animation Illustrators

Illustrator – For Comic Book & Animations 
75 Days x 150€ per day = 11,250€ (600 total work hours - avg 19€ hour)

Colourist Illustrator - Comic Book & Animations

50 days x 125€ per day = 6,250€ (400 total work hours - avg 16€ hour)

6 Month film team insurance - 5,000€

6 Month Office Expenses – 3,000€

30 days Film equipment insurance - 300€

Travel to and from Vienna (8) & San Diego (1) to Plum Village July – Aug = 4,100€

Air (7) Team members travel to Plum Village by air - July / Aug - Total – 3,500€

Auto (2) Team members travel to Plum Village by car from Vienna - July / Aug - Total - 600€

House (Gites) rental near Plum Village for 9 team members July / Aug – Total 4,500€  (20€ per day per team member, very inexpensive)

Promotion / Marketing / Website / Comic Book & DVD Production -

Film Website Development (Hosting, Building,) - 2,000€

Film Festival Applications (includes, registration fees, DVD mailers and postage) - 3,000€

Publicity - 3,000€ (Google ad words, PR Web)

Social Networking / Outreach 100 days x 2 persons x 80€ day (4 working hours) = 8,000€

Comic Book Print Edition (7 lang) 2,000 copies x 7 lang -14,000 copies x 2€ per copy = 28,000€   (German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch)

Comic Book Digital Edition / ibook/ Web App Development - 6,000€

Sustainably prod. DVD’s (7 lang) 2,000 copies x 7 lang -14,000 copies x 3€ per copy = 42,000€  (German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch).

Sustainably prod. Blu-Ray DVD’s (7 lang) 500 copies x 7 lang -3,500 copies x 3€ per copy = 10,500€   (German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch)

Film Posters, T-Shirts - 3,000€

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