Chris Shimojima is creating unique short films
5

patrons

$60
per creation


Hey everyone.
Very simply, let's create more videos like this one ↑↑ (I directed it)


Short cinematic artistic content
That's how I'd describe it. These are pieces that give me the opportunity to work with or champion other talents. As a writer/director, I get to collaborate with actors, cinematographers, and composers, but my pieces tend to go further, exploring musicians, artists, dancers, athletes... In the above, we profiled a renowned violinist, getting inside her unique mind... but my hope is to continue with all sorts of videos, so long as they're devoted to storytelling (or at least have a musical shape) and explore concepts and emotions that have impact, that can inspire you, challenge you, affect you...

I'm not a YouTube creator, and that's always been a concern in the back of my mind. It takes a long time to put up new projects, because I build them like individual films, specifically tailoring them to a unique objective, each with their own reason to be made. With a series or creator channel, the goal is to keep making more of the same, but my agenda differs per video, and therefore, it's difficult to get funding from niche sponsors. Each one is like starting from scratch. And each takes well over a month. All I know is some of you out there see these individual pieces and really dig them, and I would love to create more of them for you. I call for strong production levels, so each can cost upwards of $10k. Artists usually don't have the funds to pay me for them, and I don't have the funds to keep paying my collaborators, in addition to equipment, locations, travel, etc etc...

More dope examples
I make a living in the commercial advertising world, but not a lot of that gets to be self-generated. I'm hoping to focus my energy a bit less on that and more on creating things that are distinct and special. Here are some (they get good attention, including Vimeo Staff Picks):
My site, which has more stuff: http://chrisshimojima.com

So...
I have a dream... that these kinds of creative pieces will one day be easily funded, rather than having to run the bureaucratic gauntlet each time in the hopes of company sponsorship. With your help, I can continue working with interesting talents, and we'll be able to get you many new exciting pieces. Thanks for visiting this Patreon page! Your support means a ton!
Rewards
An Invisible Hug From Me!
$2 or more per creation 2 patrons
And my undying love
Ninjas
$10 or more per creation 0 patrons
Get exclusive progress updates during post-production. Whenever available, you have access to early cuts and portions, early music sketches, color correction tests, alternate versions, etc.


+ all of the above

Co-conspirators
$20 or more per creation 2 patrons
Your name is now in the credits.


+ all of the above

Royalty
$75 or more per creation 0 patrons
Get exclusive progress updates from start to finish. See scripts, storyboards,  reference images, location photos, behind-the-scenes photos...


+ all of the above

Big Kahuna
$150 or more per creation 0 patrons
You're invited to one or more of our shoots to meet the entire team and watch the performers in action. Catering is included ;)

NOTE: Travel and Accommodation not included


+ all of the above

Supermen/Superwomen
$300 or more per creation 0 patrons
Get a premium Executive Producer credit on each creation.  And get on the special email list, where you can follow the development of future projects and even help brainstorm them.


+ all of the above

Goals
$60 of $1,000 per creation
Some expenses are now covered. Insurance, transportation, meals, hard drives, or some pieces of equipment.
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Hey everyone.
Very simply, let's create more videos like this one ↑↑ (I directed it)


Short cinematic artistic content
That's how I'd describe it. These are pieces that give me the opportunity to work with or champion other talents. As a writer/director, I get to collaborate with actors, cinematographers, and composers, but my pieces tend to go further, exploring musicians, artists, dancers, athletes... In the above, we profiled a renowned violinist, getting inside her unique mind... but my hope is to continue with all sorts of videos, so long as they're devoted to storytelling (or at least have a musical shape) and explore concepts and emotions that have impact, that can inspire you, challenge you, affect you...

I'm not a YouTube creator, and that's always been a concern in the back of my mind. It takes a long time to put up new projects, because I build them like individual films, specifically tailoring them to a unique objective, each with their own reason to be made. With a series or creator channel, the goal is to keep making more of the same, but my agenda differs per video, and therefore, it's difficult to get funding from niche sponsors. Each one is like starting from scratch. And each takes well over a month. All I know is some of you out there see these individual pieces and really dig them, and I would love to create more of them for you. I call for strong production levels, so each can cost upwards of $10k. Artists usually don't have the funds to pay me for them, and I don't have the funds to keep paying my collaborators, in addition to equipment, locations, travel, etc etc...

More dope examples
I make a living in the commercial advertising world, but not a lot of that gets to be self-generated. I'm hoping to focus my energy a bit less on that and more on creating things that are distinct and special. Here are some (they get good attention, including Vimeo Staff Picks):
My site, which has more stuff: http://chrisshimojima.com

So...
I have a dream... that these kinds of creative pieces will one day be easily funded, rather than having to run the bureaucratic gauntlet each time in the hopes of company sponsorship. With your help, I can continue working with interesting talents, and we'll be able to get you many new exciting pieces. Thanks for visiting this Patreon page! Your support means a ton!

Recent posts by Chris Shimojima

Rewards
An Invisible Hug From Me!
$2 or more per creation 2 patrons
And my undying love
Ninjas
$10 or more per creation 0 patrons
Get exclusive progress updates during post-production. Whenever available, you have access to early cuts and portions, early music sketches, color correction tests, alternate versions, etc.


+ all of the above

Co-conspirators
$20 or more per creation 2 patrons
Your name is now in the credits.


+ all of the above

Royalty
$75 or more per creation 0 patrons
Get exclusive progress updates from start to finish. See scripts, storyboards,  reference images, location photos, behind-the-scenes photos...


+ all of the above

Big Kahuna
$150 or more per creation 0 patrons
You're invited to one or more of our shoots to meet the entire team and watch the performers in action. Catering is included ;)

NOTE: Travel and Accommodation not included


+ all of the above

Supermen/Superwomen
$300 or more per creation 0 patrons
Get a premium Executive Producer credit on each creation.  And get on the special email list, where you can follow the development of future projects and even help brainstorm them.


+ all of the above