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Sleds - A Documentary About the Sport of Sledge Hockey

A feature documentary giving you a behind the scenes look at the sport of sledge hockey, and the incredible athletes who persevere to play the sport they love.

Short Summary

Here's a brief look at what appeals to us about this documentary and how we have gotten here.

Patrick Popiolek: 

I am a film student at Full Sail University. Born and raised in South Jersey as a Philadelphia Flyers fan. I've played hockey since the age of 8 in all facets, whether it be street, roller, or ice. I love the game and am always learning as much as I can to be as knowledgable as possible about the sport of hockey. Sledge hockey appealed to me because it was something different and challenging and I admire everyone involved because they have the mentality I feel you need to have to be successful in life. I was born and raised in a hockey house so it is very close to my heart. 

 

Mike Spillane:

I was born in New York and raised to be a New York Rangers fan, though moving to the state of Florida at a young age made it difficult for me to pursue ambitions of being a hockey player, after playing many different sports, I found myself finishing high school with a desire to get into the world of film. I have been studying film at the University of Central Florida for the past three years, with a desire to crack in the film world anyway possible. When Patrick approached me about the idea on creating a film about the sport of Sledge Hockey, I had never heard of it. After looking more in depth at the sport I fell in love with it, and when meeting with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and hearing how passionate they are about the sport, and how ambitious they are about the project, excites us even more to create the best possible product.

This project is important to us because the people who will be getting involved. In our meetings with the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation they have given us a handful of stories about some of the players we'll be working with. To say they are inspirational isn't doing them proper justice. These athletes have persevered through so much and overcome so many obstacles the world has thrown at them. We'd like to be able to get their stories out for everyone to hear. 

In donating to us you will help us spread a message that applies to everyone no matter what you're doing in life. That no matter what happens you can always find a way to find your happiness in life and just do it! Don't let anyone stop you from reaching your goals in life or stop you from being happy.

What We Need & What You Get

Basically our project budget is $35,000 to make everything we want possible. We feel that with the $20,000 we are asking for will help us cover all the bare minimum costs for the project. Here is a breakdown of what you will be helping us accomplish:

  • Equipment Costs: We will be trying to upgrade our equipment to make this shoot look the best possible in high definition. We also will be upgrading our editing bay and our sound equipment in order to put out the best possible product. The estimated cost is around $15,000, but we have been able to cut it down to around $10,000. With our shoot spanning from August until April, as we will be following the team, it is more cost effective for us to buy the equipment rather than rent it.
  • Services: We will be seeking a reputable narrator who hockey fans familiarize themselves with. The cheapest costs for this would be paying the union low, which could cost us a couple thousand dollars over a two day span. We also will be having our very talented friend Gabe Isaias doing the soundtrack for our film, but we will need to get him into a recording studio to track all of the songs for the film, which likely will cost another few thousand dollars.
  • Transportation: Lastly we need help with transportation costs. Driving from Orlando to Tampa weekly will cost us tons in gas. We will also be traveling with the team to their tournaments in Pittsburgh and Boston, we will need aid in covering the costs of our flights, however we will cover our room and board.

We will be making this film no matter what. If we are able to reach our goal, you all will be helping us make our film the best it possibly can be. Without the help, or reaching full funding, it will make life very difficult on us, but we are committed to the athletes and making sure that their story is told, even if it means running us into enormous amounts of debt. 

The perks for helping us range quite enormously.

The lower level of the perks will give you thanks in the credits, a digital download of the film, and memorabilia used on the shoot, and production journals, just to name a few. Where as upper level perks will get you entrance in to scrimmages while we are out there shooting, meeting with players, signed memorabilia from the Tampa Bay Lightning, attending the premier with us at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, and associate producer titles.

The Impact

As we've said multiple times this is about the players. We want them to be happy with the product we produce and the best way to do that is to make sure we are prepared. In donating to this cause you will personally be giving us a hand at making this dream of ours and there's a reality. We as filmmakers never thought documentary filmmaking was our niche, until we came across this story. Being able to get to every practice, scrimmage, and game is very important so we don't miss anything. The tournaments in Boston and Pittsburgh are huge events as well. We look at the success of the documentary "Murderball" and hold ourselves to the same standard. In donating you not only affect the lives of these amazing athletes and this team but of two aspiring filmmakers trying to break into this industry just trying to make a difference. 

 

In the end we will be making this documentary happen regardless of funding. We believe in this group of individuals as a team and believe that they will change peoples outlook on life for the better. We have players that have been in car accidents, have had or do have cancer, and being born with disabilities. That is only a small sample size of the team, there are many other stories as well. If you have ever known someone to go through these trying times you know what a release this sport is to them. And If you've ever experianced any of these things yourself, you know that this is their escape. We want the world to see what these men do and make them out to be the heroes that they are. 

 

Other Ways You Can Help

If you are financially unable to contribute we would still like to thank you for visiting our page and reading about what we are trying to accomplish. If you are a fan of this project though, we would like to urge you to help share our project around the web, so that we can try and get more people involved in helping to make this possible.

We personally will be sharing this page around Facebook but we would like to see it spread further than that via sites like, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, etc.

Thank you all very much for your time and consideration, we hope that some of you out there are as ambitious as we are.

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