Can two schoolboys change the world with a poem - and a selfie
stick? We're taking the voice of New Zealand youth to the world -
and we need your help.
"Imagine The World Is Ending", a poem by Mt Albert Grammar
School students Jahmal Nightingale and Joseph
McNamara, blew us* away when we first heard it while
documenting the Word The Front Line inter-high school spoken word
poetry competition last year. We were excited enough about it to
propose to Loading Docs and they have agreed to help us make a film
featuring this poem.
Why selfie sticks? Simply put: we want viewers worldwide to
connect to the poem the same way that we do when we're in the room.
We want eye contact. And we want Joseph and Jahmal to take us into
their world - to share with us not just their poem, but the fabric
of their lives.
But we're not talking about an iPhone and a cheap $25 stick
here. That's what we shot our pitch video on - but to get
professional looking gear that does their poem justice, we'll need
a high-end "monopod" and a quality camera with image stabilization.
This gear will ensure a stable picture and guarantee that they can
make direct eye contact with the viewer. (You'll notice that our
eyes aren't always straight in the pitch video - that's the
difference a real camera will make!) We'll also need good audio
recording equipment to make sure their poem sounds great.
That's why we need your help. We're asking for $2000, which is
the amount we need to make sure we deliver a high-quality film that
not just us but also Joseph and Jahmal are proud of. And once we
meet this goal of $2000, Loading Docs will match that amount - so
every dollar you put in has double impact!
If we raise more than our goal, we'll be pouring our money into
marketing - Facebook and YouTube ads, specifically - in order to
get as many different social media eyeballs in front of our
inspirational New Zealand youth and their poetry as possible.
As a Boosted supporter, you'll be contributing not just to New
Zealand film but giving a microphone to our nation's young people.
If this film is successful, it can act as a catalyst to inspire
other students like them in our country. At a time when many people
only hear negative stories of our youth, we think it's important to
give them the chance to tell their own stories - and we're sure
viewers will make up their own mind as to just how intelligent and
engaged our youth truly are.
We really feel like we've stumbled upon a treasure in the words
of Joseph and Jahmal, and we're desperate to share their work with
the rest of the world. Won't you help us?
*Us is Brendan Withy and Doug Dillaman. We've both worked in the
television and film industry for over ten years, from editing to
writing to camera to directing.
A smashing start!
22 MONTHS AGO
We're more than a little bit blown away! In just 48 hours we're
already 42% of the way to our goal. Who knows, it might be more by
the time I finish typing this! Thank you all so much for your help,
we are deeply humbled and hugely appreciative and look forward to
doing you proud.
For those of you on Facebook, we've set up a Facebook page that
we'll keep updated throughout the production and release of our
film. Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/imaginetheworldisending/
And as a little treat, here's a video by another team from the
Word The Front Line competition in 2015. Each year Loading Docs has
a theme - this year it was "Change" - and the poem by Joseph and
Jahmal fits that theme perfectly. But there were plenty of other
great poems in the competition, and this one by Rebecca Sang
Yum & Joanne Afato of McAuley High School was hugely moving,
intermittently hilarious, and is highly recommended.
Doug & Brendan