We are launching a Kickstarter Project and we need your help!
Since its release, "... then just stay fat" has more than 18,000 copies, print and digital, in circulation - and still growing! It has ranked among the Amazon Top 50 (or higher) in Diet/Weight Loss and Humor/Essays. But that hasn't felt like enough to get the TRUTH ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS out there. How to break through false belief systems and excuses?
The answer is something bigger than the book. Yep... a documentary.
We want to tag along with REAL people who swear they cannot lose weight - watch them receive coaching, follow them in their day, hear their conversations - see for ourselves what really goes on in an obese life. We want to see which people lose weight and why... see which people don't - and WHY. A voyeuristic view (and no, not naked, just private) into other people's lives so we all get a chance to see the truth about weight-loss. No tricks. No gimmicks. Just hard, honest truth about what it takes to lose the weight. Documentary style.
HOW WE'LL PULL IT OFF
We've got one participant lined up (you met Nick in the trailer) and we'll recruit three more (project backers get to vote on who we choose!). They've tried everything and truly believe their bodies just will not drop weight. They believe medical challenges, genetic destiny, or lack of an iron will are the reasons to blame for their weight-loss failures. The participants will face difficult moments as they learn that's not their truth because it's about choices, not genetics, not society, not family, not the food industry or the universe, plain and simple. It's about who is looking at them in the mirror each morning.
To capture those moments, not knowing when they'll happen, we'll follow them for six months - around town, in their cars, and in their homes. We'll interview them, grocery shop with them, and see the successes and failures. Did the 300 lb. man really only eat 1,000 calories a day? Did the 220 lb. lady exercise or just stroll the dog around the block?
Our goal is to help them lose weight, break their false belief system, and prove to them the reason they aren't losing weight is choices about FOOD, not their parentage or medical challenges. Plain ol' FOOD. We'll hide in the bushes to catch 'em if we have to.
If you or someone you know is interested in auditioning as one of our other three participants, send a name, email, phone number, and short "reason why we should pick you" to
no later than May 1, 2015. Prospective participants must be local to the Phoenix, AZ area.
HOW WE'LL USE YOUR DONATIONS
The funds we raise will be used for equipment, studio time, editing, labor, etc. Here's a breakdown of the high-level budget, so you know what your money will be spent on:
Production Costs (equipment, filming, editing, etc.): $58,430
Fees and Licenses: $10,386
Marketing and Rewards: $6,930
Total Needed: $75,746 (rounding to $75,750)
We have aStretch Goal of $100,000! If we hit that number, we plan to use the additional funds to cover the rewards needed to achieve it, the additional Kickstarter fees, additional crew for studio shoots (DP and Lighting tech), additional production equipment rental (cameras and lenses, track and dolly, etc.) six additional days of studio time (more interviews with friends and family to give a broader picture), and additional post-production resources (colorist, sound design and music scoring) to give the documentary that extra polish.
We will aim for the following shooting and production schedule with a goal of May 2016 release:
Recruit, screen and on-board documentary subjects (backers get to vote on the final participants), install video equipment - June 2015
Ongoing in-home and in-car video capture - July through December 2015
On-the-Go video shoots to capture life outside the car and home - twice each month at two participants per day (12 days) - July through December 2015
Additional studio interviews atSpectrum Videoin month three and six for the documentary participants and one day for supporting roles like family, friends, colleagues (three days) - September and December 2015