Documentary update (part 1)

This is the first of many updates of the Underground Chattanooga documentary now in pre-production. We still need funds to kick it into reality and you can contribute by visiting http://diggingdoc.com.

With the first $4,580 raised at the end of October, we’ve been able to purchase some filmmaking equipment vital to production. About 80% of the budget is earmarked for gear, and 20% for post-production and marketing expenses. This update will detail the purchases we’ve made thus far.

Having to fund this project in chunks has forced a change in strategy. In the end, it won’t affect the final film or product. Over the past two weeks, a Lumix GH5 mirrorless camera body was purchased. This will be the primary camera for most of the shooting. If the budget allows, there will be a GoPro also purchased to handle on-body and miscellaneous footage for tight spaces. A cage for the GH5 and some accessories were also purchased, also a Meike 25mm T2.2 Manual Focus Cinema Lens, on-camera media storage, and the Atomos Ninja Inferno 7″ 4K HDMI Recording Monitor with a full accessory kit. Also, planned purchases this month are a gimbal rig with a wireless follow focus.

Included in the initial funding round was the design of the documentary poster, some Facebook advertising, and a collection of street view photos of downtown Chattanooga from 1927.

This production is very budget-minded and we’ve purchased slightly used items when the opportunity exists to save money.

Initial filming is set for January 2020 if the weather permits. But, as a double purpose to this equipment purchase, we are in the process of setting up legacy interviews with older Chattanoogans about their memories of growing up and living in the Scenic City. We hope to at least film one of those before the holiday’s end and will share those first with supporters.

Looking forward to 2020, we need about $2,200 which will cover lighting for interviews, a cinema tripod, sound equipment, and additional lenses. We are still short $420 from the last round of crowdfunding, which would have allowed up to at least purchase a cinema tripod and one of the three lights needed.

Researching has taken a little bit of a back seat as we assemble a production rig, but that will be back on track in early December. There has been a lot of buzz about this documentary, a lot of positive and a little negative, but we anticipate that it will be very different from the other video pieces you’ve seen about Underground Chattanooga in the past. A lot of research on the subject has been put into the subject from various different sources. Hopefully, everyone will be given a voice to express their opinions and evidence for and against this often topical historical discussion.

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