-Where does my money go?
-I want to get involved, what can I do?
-I want to help my friend/family member…..What can I do now?
-When will the film come out?
-Who are you?
-Why did you decide to make this film?
-How do we know this will be a professional film?
-Can I submit a video for the film?
Clearly, going to Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom, and back again is not cheap. When you multiply that by how many people we have for crew, and add the cost of hotels, cabs, buses, trains, etc. - It adds up! You pledge will help us be able to go to these places and be able to afford it.
Another part of the funding is for equipment. While some of the people involved have equipment, there is a lot of equipment that is just too expensive for us to afford personally, so we are going to need to rent it in order to produce this in as professional a way as possible.
Also, post-production, music licensing, and publishing are all things that cost money, and also things most people don’t like talking about. So we’ll spare you the details. And then of course there’s the miscellaneous things like food, emergency memory card purchases, and the million and one random and unexpected things that you just can’t prepare for.
Needless to say, we want to be able to afford to make this a professional production, and every dollar of your pledge will make that one step closer to being possible.
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As of right now, we are looking for:
☐ - 5 individuals with a diagnosed eating disorder
- ☑☐2 from the US
- ☐ 1 from the UK
- ☐ 1 from Europe
- ☑ 1 from Australia
☐ - Graphic designer
☑ - Video editor/producer
☐ - Travel agent
☐ - Audio producer
☐ - Marketing/Advertising adviser
☐ - Publisher
If you don’t fit any of the above, there are still many practical things you can do to help. Mostly what we need is to spread the word about the project, and that can be done in many ways:
- Post the project on your Facebook
- Tweet about the project (with the hastag #ibfilm)
- Tell your friends at school
- Post the YouTube video on your Facebook
- Tell your psychiatrist/therapist/counselor (if you have one)
- Contact your local news station and tell them about it
That is a tough question. Although, we certainly wouldn’t want you to wait until next year to help them either. My first suggestion: love and accept them.
It might seem simple, but just simply making a point to show and tell them that you accept and love them for who they are will make a huge difference. Make sure they know that you are doing your best to see things from their perspective, and make sure they know that you are there for them.
In more serious cases, don’t be afraid to intervene. If someone you love is seriously hurting their body through restriction or purging, it is better for you to temporarily hurt your relationship with them in order to stop them from permanently damaging themselves. Once you’ve done what you can, make sure they get help, whether it be with an eating disorder therapist or a psychiatrist.
Always seek advice from a professional such as an eating disorder therapist on how to handle the situation, as they will know better than you will when it comes to eating disorders (especially more serious cases).
Right now we plan on releasing the film on February 24th 2013, the first day of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
The special edition DVD will be produced and available sometime in April 2013.
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My name is Elijah, I’m 20 years old and I run a blog called just-a-skinny-boy
I think it started a little over a year ago, when I started to get to know some people with eating disorders, and I realized how misunderstood they were. I realized how much society didn’t see the daily struggle that these people went through, and how because of that misunderstanding, many people were afraid to reach out or admit to their struggles.
Another reason I have is more personal. I myself felt for so long that I was misunderstood. I never felt like I could open up to my family, because they just didn’t understand what was going on inside my head.
People should never feel afraid to reach out for help. Ever. If this film is successful, my hope is that through society being educated people with eating disorders will feel safe enough to reach out for help.
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While I cannot personally guarantee that this film will be professional, I can do two things:
- I can show you my past work: here, and here
- I can tell you that during the production, post production, and even right now, I am and will be consulting professionals in the filmmaking industry on the production of this film.
Well, yes and no.
You see, the film itself is going to be filmed by myself and my “crew” on location, so we won’t have people submitting videos for the film. However, we’re working on a way that anyone not in the film will still have a chance/opportunity to share their story. So just keep an eye on our tumblr and see if we mention anything about submitting videos.