Happy Holidays! As long-time fans know, the film script had no narration after 2009. But by 2014, I realized sparse, elegant narration would be key to making the film work well. I kept quiet until the right narration was ready.But not narration by any just narrator - I wanted the gifted voice of a trained actor --intelligent, expressive and truthful. I listened to dozens of voices and one person stood out.We are honored, excited and humbled to have LeVar Burton agree to narrate the film. Much more about this over the next few months.
"Your Name Here" - in the credits with LeVar Burton
If you want to have your name in the film along with LeVar Burton's, you need to act fast. The credits of the film will be put together soon, so we are closing the window for donations that include a screen credit at the end of this year - just a few days away. And if you are one of our awesome backers, you can move up the list closer to LeVar. Your generous donations will help us cover the recording and mixing costs of the narration.Tax Deductible donations can be made here: DONATE
Regular donations can be made here: DONATEA complete list of perks for donors/backers is here: PERKS...
First, thank you for your amazing support and generosity as this project nears completion. I've not had to put a call for donations in some time and monthly donations have covered all normal expenses.But in case you have missed the news on the Facebook or Twitter, the main workstation computer used in production for the film suffered fatal damage during the renders of new footage for Astronomy Days (see that footage here - but please don't publicly share the link as a lot of the footage is unfinished).Repairs have failed and the expensive key components damaged are no longer under warranty. It's a rare type of system loss, very unexpected on parts a little over 2 years old.No data was lost as I have multiple backups - but due to the massive memory requirements for creating footage for the film, I cannot use the secondary render/storage computers to continue work on the film. Unfortunately, from the long years of sacrificing all to make this film happen, I don't have the personal funds to replace the parts.To replace the damaged parts will cost just over $1900. If you can contribute to this, you would have my undying gratitude. http://www.insaturnsrings.com/donate-2/ PayPal donations would be best but if you need to make it tax deductible, that's fine as well (it take 10-12 days for those to process).Everyone who donates to this campaign will get double credit for earning perks for the film i.e. a $500 donation would give you perks of a normal $1000 donation....
Team 11 is the rock that has made the film possible. What is Team 11? One or more persons pledge $11 or more a month, tax-deductible, to the film. These monthly donations have been critical in helping cover computer power bills, screening fees, computer repairs and other ongoing expenses. Without them, progress would have been far slower and more erratic.Each Team 11 gets a ton of special perks listed here only available to Team 11 members including inside secrets. THEY ALREADY KNOW WHAT THE ANNOUNCEMENT IS. But with the release of the film late next year, the window to join up closes this Sunday.Sign your Team up today - click here!...
Finally, after long delays,the list of the donors that make this film possible has been updated, revised and edited.Most importantly, you donors have my undying gratitude for believing in and supporting so tangibly this dream of mine that is now a reality.If you have not yet donated, please check the amazing list of the over 100 people who have donated. If you are a donor, please check the list to make sure your listing is correct and contact me if you find any errors.And thanks again for inspiring me to make this film the best it can possibly be. ...
Team 11 is the rock that this film depends on. Individuals, families, groups of friends pool resources and contribute at least $11 a month to help the production of the film. It started off as a concept to tie to the original release date of the film, 11/11/11. Of course, if you know the history of the film, an 18-month delay waiting for software and a couple of bumps have pushed that date back to fall 2013.But, with impressive awesomeness, the Team 11's have stuck by the film. Some have eased back then added back in when money has been tight. But without them, the film would have struggled during the lean times.In the last year, Team 11 has paid for failed computer parts, backup services, computer power bills, membership in Giant Screen Cinema Association, screening fees to show the film in Paris to IMAX theaters in Europe, Africa & Asia, expenses for file transfers of the many photographs used in the film and much, much more.But your chance to be a part of the key support of the film is ending. With the release of the film coming and to be fair to the current Teams, as of July 1st, no new Team 11s. So take this opportunity to really become part of the core support of the film. Sign up your Team 11 today.
TEAM 11 PERKSYour own Saturn system name (Moon, Ring, feature etc.)
signed DVD or Blu-Ray of the film
Signed 5X7 print
7 free 15/70mm (IMAX™) frames
Special private in-progress screenings
2 free tickets at any giant screen venue
2 VIP premiere tickets & 2 VIP premiere party tickets.
Dedicated team page on the website to customize.
Team 11 Facebook group and email list where insider info is postedEach team will be listed on the website and in the credits for the film, in order of their Team “ring”. Each “ring” lists teams in order of how much they donate each month....
As the film moves closer and closer to completion - and has more and more venues around the world express interest in the film - the question comes up about money and Outside In.Although I have considered all sorts of models for Outside In in years past, since 2007 it has been a legal, fiscally sponsored non-profit undertaking financed 100% by individual donors and sponsors. At first it seemed this would not be enough, but the viral exposure last year really helped push the film forward. Now, the base of supporters is strong enough to raise the remaining funds to finish the film.Yes, there is more money to raise, but doing 3 to 4 small fundraisers a year will be enough to finish the film in digital form. At that time, the digital version can be screened to raise the final costs (music licensing, insurance, mastering costs) - that is not a huge obstacle.This all means the film will be finished debt-free and without anyone, other than myself, owning the content. This is the primary reason I have wanted to keep the film non-profit. So much of the content has been donated to the film, supported by the donors and sponsors, and I want to give that back, share it with scientist, teachers, schools and outreach efforts. It would be nearly impossible to do this if private investors were funding the film.So the film will remain a not-for-profit until complete - to protect the film itself, to protect use of the content and to honor the vision of myself and the long-time supporters of the project.And that makes me happy....
Fans of the film have done something as valuable as a big donation - they've recorded their thoughts and feelings about the film which will be used to show distributors and theaters what the global audience thinks about Outside In.http://www.vimeo.com/28283987We need more - in any language, any quality is fine. For more info on submitting yours (by August 31 end of day), click here....
The fundraiser in Raleigh went well - we raised about $3000 - but we still need to raise that much more to present the first three minutes of footage to IMAX and giant screen theaters around the world at the Giant Screen Cinema Expo, in Austin, TX, September 18th - 24th.I will be headed out, film under my arm, to the GSCA Expo and show the clip film to interested and major backers. I'm not at liberty to tell you who they are, but if I did, you'd know.I'm taking a 30-hour bus journey to Austin, Texas. No flights, first class accommodations or plush amenities for this filmmaker - all the funds are going towards the big expense of recording the three minutes of footage to IMAX film.Cafe Pasta is generously providing light appetizers and drink specials, including their newest Cassini Martini, named for the Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn. Tickets are FREE and you will have a chance to see a portion of the film on HD projection, and mingle and network with others in our creative community, and a chance to support an ground-breaking film.RESERVATIONS ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED - Only 200 are available. RSVP deadline is Monday, September 5. Don't miss the best party to kick off the Fall.RSVP Here: http://event.pingg.com/OutsideInCafePasta...
We need some donors & supporters willing to record themselves on video in any language and you can use any camera, even a cellphone will do and talk about the film. Hearing from our supporters will make a huge difference to the fundraising efforts. We especially want people from outside Greensboro, NC.Here’s all you need to know if you’d like to record a short video for Outside In. Again, you can use any camera (e.g. your still camera probably has a video function) but do a short test before to make sure audio and video are okay. Use the highest quality setting the camera offers.Make sure the space is quiet – turn off anything noisy (air conditioner, loud computer etc.), indoors is better.
Frame yourself so that we see mostly your face and a bit body (see images below). You can look either directly into the camera or you can have someone off-camera ask you the questions and you can look at them as you answer.
Feel free to do multiple takes or have someone there talk to you so you are relaxed and natural. Don’t worry if you stumble etc. – just be yourself. And feel free to say anything (e.g. some people say when they first saw the clips that it did not real i.e. from real photographs). I will edit these and make sure you come across well.
You can use your own language (does not have to been in English) and we will subtitle. In facts, it’s BETTER if you speak your native language.
You can do it solo or with friends or family. Suggested questions to answer (you don’t have to use all of these and you can make your own):If you like, state your name (can just be first name), where you are from (can just be city or country), what you do.
How did you hear about Outside In?
What did you feel when you first saw clips from the film?
What appeals to you about the film?
Why did you decide to donate (or support the film)?
What are your plans for seeing the film? (e.g. what theater – it would be great if you could look up the theater by their official name and use that)
What do you like most about the film?When you have it done, you can use a service like YouSendIt (www.yousendit.com) or upload to as private (password protected) video on Vimeo (www.vimeo.com)....
OUTSIDE IN ON THE GIANT SCREEN:
Mark your calendars as new footage from my non-profit film "Outside In" will be on the giant screen at Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum on Sunday August 21st at 5:00pm, followed by a reception and short presentation. Until you've seen these amazing images brought to life on 70ft wide, 50ft tall screen with 24,000 Watts of sound, you've not seen or heard them at all. And if you are too far away to attend, please let us know anyone you know in the area.The occasion is the kickoff event of the Summer Fundraiser to support production and promotion of this ground-breaking film. We will be showing stunning new footage, a Q&A, a casual reception and special presentation from space outreach advocates Mike Malaska and Tony Rice. This is a critical time for the film to create a new film-out of the new footage to present to global theaters and distributors at this years international Giant Screen expo in Austin TX.
IMPORTANT FACTS:You must RSVP to this event as soon as possible - seating is limited. If you have not received an Evite, contact us or call 336-315-6081. All donors in NC so far (big thanks to you) should have received one.
Please invite anyone you know in NC that you think would help support the film but please let them know this is fundraiser - the goal is raise enough funds to cover the cost of a new filmout of 3 minutes of new footage. Please contact us with their name, email and/or phone number.
If you are attending, please arrive a few minutes before 5pm. We have a narrow window in the theater.
We will be serving non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks in the reception following the screening.
If you are not able to come or don't live in the area, you can still support our Summer Fundraiser by contributing in the online campaign and/or spreading the word on IndieGoGo here: http://igg.me/p/29650?a=1258&i=shlkThanks to all our donors and sponsors - it's people like you that make a project like this possible....