There are a number of well-made and powerful documentaries that hi-lite the Syrian crisis; films whose primary audience is the world. But what if someone made an encouraging drama film for Syrian people to watch? That’s why we decided to make a film about God’s love for this beautiful nation of people; to shine some light their way in a time of darkness.
“May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Hello! My name is Rob. I’m part of a team of experienced, international film-makers. Together, we are planning to produce a cross-cultural drama film that shares a message of hope with the Syrian people.
We will be partnering together with Syrian refugees to help us tell a powerful story of God’s redemption in the midst of resettlement. It will be a culturally relevant film, tailored just for them. The language will be their own, and the actors themselves will be Syrian!
As a cinematographer, my passion is to produce a high-quality, visually pleasing film. In order to do that, I need to upgrade my camera gear. But as a full-time volunteer, the ability to upgrade my tools is often dependant upon the donations of generous backers like yourself.
By backing this campaign, you will play an important role in helping us create a one-of-a-kind film for Syrians worldwide. Together we can do it!
Details about the film
The film is inspired by the true stories of Syrian refugee families who have escaped the horrors of war, by fleeing to Sweden to begin a new life. It is a film about two Syrian refugee women and their journey toward redemption. The story is based on the Book of Ruth from the Hebrew Scriptures, yet modernised and set in present day Sweden, home to many of the Syrian refugees. It is a story of faith, miracles and redemption. It is about starting life again, in a new land, full of hope! Production will take place near Gothenburg, Sweden beginning May 28th and finishing July 8th, 2017.
All our films are shared freely and have been well-received by the people for whom we make them. In fact, one film we produced in Indonesia was so popular it was pirated, and copies of the film could be found in many of the video shops throughout the island of Java!
Our film team is made up of people from many different cultures: Syria, Palestine, Egypt, Sweden, Zimbabwe, Canada and USA. We’ve been doing these kinds of cross-cultural films for over 25 years.
The tools below will enable me to make a high-quality film at relatively low cost. Click on each item’s name for details and prices.
- Panasonic GH5 Mirrorless Camera
- Leica 25mm lens
- Leica 12-35mm lens
- Edelkrone Wing 7
- Zhiyun Crane 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal
- Rode NTG3 Directional Microphone
- Panasonic DMW-XLR1 XLR Microphone Adapter
When the film is completed I will continue using these tools to make similar, high-quality films and documentaries for other people groups. So you can be confident knowing that your investment will continue to yield results!
*Costs reflect the approximate price of the items in the list. The remaining balance will cover camera accessories and shipping. Items will be shipped to our team address in USA and delivered to me in time for filming.
Don’t Forget the Perks!
Make sure to check out the perks. They are my personal way of saying ‘Thank You’ for backing this campaign. And don’t fret! If I don’t reach my campaign goal, your Perks will still be delivered 🙂
Film Crew T-shirts – choice of black or white.
Below is an example of the Producer perk. A signed landscape print from an image I took while living in Sweden. I chose to give these as perks to share my love for landscape photography and the great outdoors.
Risks and challenges
There is always a risk that the film production will be delayed due to illness, work or family obligations, etc. But fickle schedules and sudden turns of event are nothing new to our experienced crew. And we are confident that the movie will be released by summer 2018. Our team in Sweden are already securing locations, accommodations and actors in preparation for the film.
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Summing it up
It’s not every day that someone wants to make a movie for an entire nation… for free!
Perhaps you have wanted to bring some kind of relief to the Syrian people. Or maybe you simply like the idea of sharing God’s love with them. You can do both by backing this campaign.
Thank you for considering!