Carving the Divine

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About Carving the Divine

My name is Yujiro Seki, and over the course of the past several years I single-handedly planned, shot and edited a feature-length documentary, called Carving the Divine. 

Carving the Divine offers a rare and intimate look into the life and artistic process of modern-day Būshi – practitioners of a 1400 year lineage of woodcarving that’s at the beating heart of Japanese, Mahayana Buddhism.

Aside from committing the last five years of my life to this project, I’ve devoted a great deal of my own financial resources to getting the project to this point, including buying a professional video camera (Canon C300), lenses, audio equipment, lighting, tripod, 16 terabytes external hard drive, and so on – not to mention all the travel expenses and other miscellaneous items I paid for. In other words, in order to realize this documentary I’ve made a great deal of sacrifice.

While I am still continuously working with a music composer to fine-tune the scenes, the film is nearly complete.

However, I have realized completing the film is only the first step in this industry. In order for people to even know my film exists, I have to venture into the world of marketing, especially social media. By using YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, I will promote the film so that it will receive the respect it deserves. In the end, the film will be taken seriously and be distributed around the world. I believe this documentary, which shows the modern day life of the people who carry on a 1400-year-old legacy, will be able to accomplish this goal.

Since marketing is not an area of my expertise, I have decided to hire a specialist to work with me. He believes in my vision and came up with a cost-effective strategy which requires a lot of work by myself. Yet, in order to keep this operation going, I need at least $500. I have already spent a fortune on this project. I do struggle to come up with the expense while trying to merely make a living.

Starting from the price of a cup of coffee, you could be a patron and support the future of Carving the Divine. This has a noble purpose which is to preserve and protect a 1400-year-old Japanese tradition of Buddhist wood carving. I invite you to join me on this journey and inspire the world!
$36.36 of $525 per month
Goal description: The minimum amount necessary to do minimum digital marketing a month plus the 5% Patreon Platform fee.
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