UnMake Bullying in Australia

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We're taking UnMake to a Melbourne school. We need to pay for gear while we're there, and expenses related to production vehicles to and from locations.
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Mike Feurstein
Education
Schenectady, New York
United States
1 Team Member

Changing the World:

We have brought our award-winning* program into schools worldwide, changing lives as we go.  And I have been part of another antibullying program enacted in several upstate NY schools, and soon schools in Washington State...and Australia!  

In short, I spent time in schools talking about bullying and other character education points.  Then the students take control and brainstorm, write, plan, produce, and exhibit their work as a movie.  Check the video above to see one class in action, and hear their feedback!  This is for a program called Better Actions Now, a branch of How to UnMake a Bully.

Instructor Mike Feurstein has been teaching for over a decade in various capacities, and for the past few years has been creating character content with students.  These movies have been used in classrooms all over the world, and the impact has already been seen in several school climates.

Some student testimonials: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1X31UTY8nY

Students talk about Mr. Mike: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4LQEgiowd4

*Two-time Telly-Award winning (Bronze AND Silver); Sage Colleges Champion of Character; Kids' First Coalition for Quality Childrens Media; ADL endorsed; adopted by several award-winning antibullying programs in use around the world.

We won higher honors than Disney, AOL Media, Warner Bros and other institutions.

 

Why We Need the Boost:

We cannot fly our complete studio production package to Australia.  So we'll need to rent some lighting and grip gear for the kids to use on their set.  Gear is rented from local television stations for package prices, often upwards of $1,000 weekly.

We also require transportation for this gear to and from school and the locations set forth by the script.  For that we'll need to rent a van.

We estimate a rental of vehicle and gear will cost us about $5,000 for the time we're there.  We may require more, so we welcome any size contributions.  After IndieGogo and PayPal fees, we will take in $4,650.

Mike is paying for the above out of his own pocket if the full funding isn't reached.  He is dedicated to this project, and to seeing it through til the end.

Here is a video of the kids on set:

http://youtu.be/CeWGG--KCeY

 

The Impact

Children report that directly following our programs, they notice a significant change in the climate of their classroom.

Some say the bullying has completely stopped.

During our program, some children raise their hands and admit to having bullied in the past, and admit to wanting to change.  Teachers say children watch our movies with a rapt attention unparallelled to previous instructional videos they've tried.  

Your contributions will directly affect the product these children create.  The products help other classrooms experience these wonderful results. 

Some students talk about how it helps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEBMO66xPNA

 

Other Ways You Can Help

Some of you may not be able to contribute financially, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help:  Use the share tools on this page.  Let others know about our needs!

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  • $10USD
    Writing on the Wall

    Your name will go on a list of contributors to hang in the Melbourne school, and its sister school of Glendaal in Scotia NY as a public thanks to all who pass through. You will receive a digital picture of the list going up!

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    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $25USD
    Name in Lights

    The above perk, plus we'll be sure to thank you in the credits at the end of the movie, which will see a worldwide audience of thousands of students per year.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $50USD
    Official UnMaker

    Your name in the credits, plus our students will create a special video where they thank you by name. This video will be posted on our website, as well as in the DVD special features! You'll also receive a copy of the DVD!

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    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $100USD
    Class Hero + Aussie Surprise

    Receive a thank-you note from the class of UnMakers! And we'll get a native Australian animal to thank you by posing for you in a picture! Plus your name in the credits, a video special thanks from the students at Melbourne and Scotia, and a copy of the DVD! Plus a wristband!

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  • $200USD
    Personal Hero + Legacy

    Receive a personalized thank-you note from one of the UnMakers. And we'll find a place to leave your name indelibly on the continent of Australia! Plus your name in the credits, a video special thanks from the students at Melbourne and Scotia, and a copy of the DVD! Plus a wristband!

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  • $500USD
    Character Perk

    Producer credit on the movie, and we'll name one of the characters after you or the person of your choice. Plus a personalized thank-you note from one of the UnMakers, your name in the credits, a video special thanks from the students at Melbourne and Scotia, and a copy of the DVD! Plus a wristband and a t-shirt!

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    Storyteller Perk

    Contribute to the story by a Skype session with teachers and students. Brainstorm or add your own ideas to the final piece! Local upstate NY donators attend our local premiere as an honored guest. Plus earn Producer credit, and a DVD copy of all of our movies to date! Plus a wristband and a t-shirt!

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    Onscreen Hero

    Invitation to attend any local screenings of the final project as an honored guest, as well as lend your presence to one major news report or special featurette related to the movie (most likely local to Upstate NY only). Contribute to the story by a Skype session with teachers and students involved. Brainstorm or add your own ideas to the final piece! Plus earn Producer credit, and a DVD copy of all of our movies to date! Plus a wristband and a t-shirt!

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    Ultimate UnMaker

    We invite you to be part of our great project by officially welcoming you into the production of a future UnMake movie, Cyberbullying - set for a 2014 release date in the states. We invite you to be a part by helping create, meeting with the kids, and even starring in the final piece. Reasonable accommodations and travel expenses paid. Plus earn Executive Producer credit, and a DVD copy of all of our movies to date! Plus a wristband and t-shirt!

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