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We are Family, June 4th Update

There’s a lot to report on the We are Family documentary. In this update we share about:

  • Wrapping 5+ hour Docu-series
  • Hiring Tremayne Reed to make the Feature Documentary
  • Working with IHSAA
  • Signing off by Klutch Sports
  • Finishing Sound Track
  • Exclusive Screening in Indy
  • Wrapping up the project

Wrapping up 5+ Hour Docu-series

David Lichty is working hard on finishing up the 5+ hour docu-series. This is the “uncut” version of the movie that we promised our Kickstarter supporters. We’ve finished all of the interviews. David is placing the last of the B-roll footage. After that is done he’ll work on screen titles and color correction.

Tremayne Reed

Hiring Tremayne Reed to make Feature Documentary

We hired Tremayne Reed to make the Feature Documentary. Tremayne is a gifted young filmmaker. Tremayne will take the 5+ hours docu-series and create a faster-paced Feature documentary. Learn more about Tremayne here: https://sunnyshorestudio.com/2019/05/30/tremayne-reed-signs-contract-to-make-we-are-family-feature-documentary/

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Jeff Sparks

Getting Feedback on Film

We are also arranging for consulting feedback on both the docu-series and feature documentary. Jeff Sparks, who has lots of experience in the film industry has graciously agreed to provide feedback on both. We are also working with Donteau Gladney Sr, Clarence Walker Sr., and others to provide us feedback.

Working with IHSAA

We continue to working with Chris Kaufman, a representative of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA footage) to use IHSAA footage in the documentary. We are close to finalizing the Errors and Omissions Insurance required by IHSAA. We’re super thankful for the support on this project by Chris and IHSAA.

Signing off by Klutch Sports

After the Feature Documentary is completed we will send it to Klutch Sports, a sports agency which represents Trey Lyles. Trey plays for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets. Since Klutch represents Trey, including his media image and identity, they have asked to sign off on the parts of the documentary that include Trey. We’re thankful that Klutch Sports and the Lyle’s family has been so supportive of this project!

Finishing the We are Family Soundtrack

We have received most of the music for the documentary. All that is left is three songs by Caleb Buse, and music, mixing and mastering from Steve Wicks. We want to wait until we have the video for the Feature documentary completed so that Caleb’s compositions and Steve’s music and mixing and mastering can be synched with it.

Exclusive Screening in Indy

When the Feature Documentary with accompanying sound track is finished we will hold an exclusive screening in Indianapolis. This screening will give us a chance to share the documentary on the big screen with players, family, Tech alumni, Kickstarter supporters and others who have helped to make the film happen. We look forward to getting specific feedback on the film at this point.

Delivery of Digital Versions of the Sound Track, Feature Documentary and Docu-series to Kickstarter Supporters

At this point we will be prepared to send digital versions of the sound track, docu-series (what we called the “uncut” documentary), and the feature documentary to the people who supported the production of the movie through our Kickstarter campaign.

Wrapping the Project Up

I (Jason Dorsey) take responsibility for not delivering this movie by the date we had originally set (screening in March, 2019 and delivery to Kickstarter supporters by May, 2019). I obviously miscalculated the amount of work and the logistical details that would have to fall into place to produce this movie.

I could not have foreseen that the father of my main video editor, David Lichty, would have a major hospitalization and David would rightly need to spend a lot of time at his side. Amazingly, David has worked hard throughout his father’s hospitalization, but it has definitely slowed things down.

My production team is working hard to wrap the project up and to do our very best to tell this inspiring story. Thanks so much for your patience as we wrap the project up.

Tremayne Reed signs contract to make “We are Family” Feature Documentary

Sunnyshore Studio is thrilled to have hired Tremayne Reed to make the “We are Family” feature documentary.

David Lichty and I had the pleasure to work with Tremayne early on this project. He created the trailer for the movie.

We spent a couple of days shooting B-roll footage, as well as interviews. He worked hard, and brought a high degree of professionalism.

Tremayne works full-time as a video editor, filmmaker in Indianapolis. He creates beautiful wedding videos, and dynamic music videos.

Tremayne will be taking the 5+ hour “uncut” docu-series that David Lichty has created and make a 1.5 – 2 hour feature documentary. He’ll start work in early June and hopefully wrap it up by the end of June. We’re excited to see finished product of this up and coming filmmaker!

And shout out to Julian Dorsey for telling us about Tremayne, and urging us to recruit him. Wow! We’re sure glad we did!

We are Family Documentary Update #3: Release of We are Family Delayed

I set the release date for the “We are Family” documentary for March 23, 2019. While work on the movie is progressing well, I have had to swallow my pride and accept the fact that I could deliver a finished movie on that that release date off. Here’s why.

THE SHEER AMOUNT OF WORK

Making a movie is a lot of work. There are a myriad of moving pieces – from video editing, to getting release forms for people we’ve interviewed, to lining up a venue, to communicating with our musicians.

For example, last week I spent time going through video footage providing feedback to David Lichty who is doing video production. There was 1 hour and 17 minutes of video footage that just covers the lead up to the 2013-2014 season.

The sheer amount of work, plus the fact that for both David and I this is not our full-time jobs and that we are both finding time to work on this labor of love in our off-work hours means that it just is taking longer than I hoped and planned.

COMPLICATIONS, COSTS AND DECISIONS

I shared in my February update that I had run into some complications and new costs that I had not anticipated. For example, to get permission to use Indiana High School Athletic Association video, we need to have Movie Insurance. I should be getting a bid on the cost of that shortly. I did not anticipate these complications and costs when I set March 23 as the release date for the movie.

CREATIVE FEEDBACK

We have a number of people who will be viewing the “uncut” version of the movie to provide technical, artistic, creative and factual feedback. Their feedback is valuable and necessary for us to make the best possible movie.

David Lichty, Tremayne Reed and I will be taking that feedback and cutting and crafting the final documentary. I don’t want to rush that important process of feedback so that we can make the best possible movie we can.

We also need to receive permission to use footage from both individuals and agencies, and so we when get the “uncut” and “final” versions wrapped up, this will be part of the process.

It is disappointing not to hit the March 23 target date. But there are good reasons to push that date back. My hope is that we will be able to have an exclusive screening of the movie in May. But no promise. I’ve learned my lesson.

Until that screening, you can be sure that I will be grinding away to tell this important story of an inner city basketball team that against all odds won the State Championship and inspired a city in doing so.

We are Family Documentary Update #1: January 3rd, 2019

Work is moving ahead on the We are Family documentary on three fronts: Administration, Video Production and Sound Track. Our goal is to host an exclusive showing of We are Family on Saturday, March 23rd in Indianapolis.

Here is a brief report of the work going forward on these three fronts:

The Administration Front

The successful Kickstarter campaign that concluded December 1st provided us with the economic resources to move forward with completing the We are Family project. We are currently working on the following administrative tasks:

  • Gathering release forms from the Arsenal Tech players and coaches
  • Researching the use of You Tube videos.
  • Seeking a venue for the exclusive screening
  • Communicating with video production crew and musicians
  • Getting feedback from consultants
  • And much more…

Julian Dorsey, having recently graduated from college and back in Washington State for a few weeks, has been incredibly helpful in moving the administrative front forward.

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Here’s an example of old IHSAA from the 1966 State Championship game which Arsenal Tech lost to Michigan City. We’re in conversations with IHSAA about using some of their wonderful historic footage.

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Video Production Front

David Lichty spent the days and nights of his Christmas break from work bringing the footage together into a very rough draft of the story. He’s hoping by January 7th to have that draft where it can be viewed by the rest of the video production team and we can begin the cutting, crafting and creation of the story in earnest. We’re super thankful to David for his heavy lifting.

David

Hopefully by mid January we’ll have a draft of the movie that we all feel is close to what we are shooting for. At that point Tremayne Reed will be joining David in the creation of the final version, through multiple edits, cuts, and video craftsmanship. We are super excited to his artistic, urban, special “sizzle” at work on this project, and to be able to work with the great young man.

Tremayne Reed

We’re also excited to have some important people providing consulting feedback on the documentary including Jeff Sparks, Donteau Gladney Sr., and Clarence Walker Sr.

We have a lot of work to do on this front, but we’re very pleased with how the footage is coming together. The hard part will be cutting it down!

Music Front

We’re taking the next steps on the Sound Track for the documentary. We’re working closely with the composers/musicians to take those next steps. A few songs have been delivered already. Many of the musicians/composers are waiting on the video draft to be at a point to where they can create their music based on the footage of the story.

Malcolm Jordan, for example, has submitted his terrific song “No Option”. I can’t wait to hear how this song gets synched with the footage.

Each of these musicians is a class act. I couldn’t be working with better young people! Their music will make an already inspiring story really come to life.

We are Family Soundtrack

Conclusion

In many ways, I (Jason) am way over my head on serving as the Director and Producer of this project. At the same time, I’m honored that I get to help share the story of a team of incredible young men who achieved an improbable dream and inspired a whole city as they did so. I’m honored by the trust of over 110 Kickstarter backers who provided the necessary funding to see the project through to completion. I’m working hard to ensure that the story will be well told and inspire many more young men and women to follow in the tracks of the Arsenal Tech Titan State Champions!

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Video Production Team for “We are Family” Movie gearing up for last push

I’ve worked on a documentary project sincet 2014 that tells the story of how the Arsenal Tech high school basketball team – against all odds – won the Indiana Basketball Championship and inspired as city as they did.

Now four years later, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, a date to release the movie in Indianapolis has been set for Saturday, March 23rd!

I want to introduce you to the Video Production team members who are working on this project. I could not do this without an amazing team to work with. I will start with my first collaborator, my son, Julian.

Julian Dorsey, Production Assistant

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Julian has been with me from day one. In fact, it was his idea to film that season. He was a junior at Arsenal Tech then, and played on the basketball team. In August of 2014, Julian and I went to the head basketball coach, Jason Delaney and asked him for permission to shoot video throughout the season. He said “Yes”. So we went out an bought a video camera.

After Tech won the State Championship, Julian went through and organized all the video. I’m so thankful for his video help and technical support through thick and thin. Here’s his bio:

Julian Dorsey was a junior on the state championship team. Now a senior at George Mason in Washington D.C. studying Government and International Relations, he is excited to finish telling the story of the championship season!

David Lichty, Video and Audio Technician

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My friend, David Lichty,  has been my right hand man in the documentary project. From the beginning – after Tech had won the IN State Basketball Championship and I shared with David my dream of telling the story in a documentary – David believed in the project.

David has already spent over 300 hours already – all freely and cheerfully given – in organizing the footage we have, in shooting interviews, and getting lots of B-Roll footage.

We’re now in the fun part of telling the story: bringing it all together into a story. David has at least another 300 hours + of work to complete the documentary.  Being able to compensate him just a little bit for his upcoming work is one of the reasons I’m launching a Kickstarter “social funding” campaign November 1st.

A side benefit of working on this project together is that I get to stay in touch with one of my Indy friends. Here’s a little bit more about David:

David has had movies in his blood since childhood, and film making as the solid dream, and a passion, since 7th grade. He has a degree he invented at Indiana University, a BA in Film Making, has put together short film series of his own and has worked closely with larger film festivals. Presently, he primarily edits both narrative and documentary style work. It’s not what he does for money, but when asked what he does, this is what he does.

Tremayne Rayner, Film Trailer Producer

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I learned of Tremayne through Julian. They were classmates at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet, which was both a middle and high school. Julian told me that Tremayne was an up-and-coming video producer and that I should talk with him.

I’ve asked Tremayne to create the Trailer for the movie. When I asked him to be on the team, he said that he was working hard at his professional career in video, had bought lots of expensive equipment, was taking his work very seriously, and couldn’t do this work for free. I affirmed him in that, and we worked out a contract. I’m thrilled to be able to be part of his professional work as an up-and-coming producer!

Meet Tremayne in his own words:

“Coming from the Far Eastside of Indianapolis I always had a dream. My name is Tremayne Reed A.K.A as a Young King. Although, I wasn’t sure of what I wanted out of life, coming of age I always knew I never wanted to become a product of my environment. God allowed me to form a passion for filming and with hard work and dedication I was able to self invested in the equipment/gear that I needed to provide fulfilling video services to my clients. I am happy with what I do and everyday my goal is to become greater that yesterday. God Bless. -T.REEDVISUAL.”

Jeffrey L. Sparks, Consultant

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I’m so very thankful to have my friend, Jeffrey L. Sparks, has graciously agreed to be a consultant on the We are Family documentary.  As a rookie Director/Producer, it means a ton for me to have the wisdom and counsel of someone with his experience. I’ve already greatly benefited from his wisdom based in decades of experience, and you can see from his resume:

Jeff got his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Evansville, and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Florida State University. He worked as Professor of Theatre at St. Leo College, St. Leo, Florida 1978 – 80. He then served as the Executive Director of the Indiana Children’s Christian Home, a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed youth, from 1980 – 1990. He is a Founding Board member and was the Executive Director of The New Harmony Project, a writer’s laboratory developing new scripts for theatre and film, from 1987-1999.

Jeff was the President/CEO and Founding Board Member of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures from 1991 to 2013. With Heartland Jeff developed the concept of a film festival and presented that idea to sponsors and funders which resulted in getting the festival started in 1992, oversaw all aspects of the festival including artistic, business, and fund raising for the first ten years, and spearheaded the development of a management team to help take the festival from a regional event to a national movement. Jeff continues as Founder and President Emeritus, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures from 2013 to present.

Currently Jeff serves as Senior Fellow of Sagamore Institute where he is working on community development in the Twin Aire Neighborhood of Indianapolis. Recently Jeff completed his book, Changing Culture Through Stories: The New Harmony Project, Heartland Film Festival, and Beyond…

Jason Dorsey, Producer and Director

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Just a bit about myself. I’m definitely a rookie when it comes to producing/directing a film. Over the last few years I’ve done some film editing, so I have a general grasp of what that involves. But I suppose my main qualification is that I’m passionate about this project. I believe this story should be told and I want it to be told well!

Telling this story is the culmination of my calling in Indianapolis. From 2002 – 2015 I served as the lead pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in downtown Indianapolis, IN. During that time my wife, Jenny, and I were very involved in the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) where we sent all four of our kids. We wanted to be a part of renewing IPS. But when we left Indy to head back to the Pacific Northwest to care for my mom who was battling breast cancer, we realized that IPS had given far more to us than we had done for it. And more importantly, the kids, their parents, the teachers and administrators had become a family to us!

Telling this story of Arsenal Tech’s basketball team’s magical year, of the great young men that were on the team, and how they inspired a city as they achieved an almost impossible dream is my way of saying “thanks” to the IPS kids, parents and community.

“We are Family.”

 

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