First - THANKS for taking a moment to read about how YOU can become part of this independent film project that started in 2013. WE live in a time when police officers and citizens are portrayed as somehow being in perpetual conflict with each other. What if I told you that WE are changing that. Check out what we're doing and become PART of this MOVEMENT!
My name is Patrick W. Shaver and I'm a filmmaker. I'm also a cop. I'm a father, a husband, a son, and a human. I'm a writer, a speaker, and an instructor. Since 2013, I've been collecting perspectives in American policing to help tell the stories of those just like me and the impact that our decisions have on us and those around us. Along the way, I've met thousands of police officers, community and family members, public servants, and every day citizens across the nation who have a compelling story to tell. My first film Officer Involved was a way of exploring the impact of being involved in a shooting and my upcoming film Dinkheller demystifies the rumors that exist 20-years after the loss of Deputy Kyle Dinkheller in the most infamous dash cam video ever captured. Since early 2014, we've Brough together a Facebook following, known as Officer Involved Project, who have gotten to follow us from the very beginning. Our work is about more than just being an officer involved. We take new looks at old ideas and bring perspective to unsung heroes.
What Are We Creating?
We are creating well-crafted subject-focused videos and short/long films. Our work is in the genre of police documentary, though we are interested in public service in general in the long-term.
Who Are 'We'?
When you follow us, you find that we use this term a lot; we. Officer Involved Project is myself (Patrick), my wife, my friends who occasionally become production assistants on trips (Matt & Antonio), an old high school friend who is a stellar musician (Ryan) and a friend from my community policing days in Atlanta who does our motion graphics (Peter).
Patreon gives us an opportunity to bring our friends, followers, and fans together to join in an exclusive community to make a greater impact than we can do on our own. We are stronger together. Our combined patrons get to watch as we push through the boundaries holding us back from telling the best and most compelling stories. In return, we get to offer our fans a look behind the curtain with various levels of involvement in what we do. It's a win-win situation and, if you've seen any of our previous work, you know that our projects are meaningful to people on both sides. We'd like you to be part of the team. And, honestly, we'd like to make bigger and better projects that actually have a financial backing.
I believe that everyone has a story. Most people go to a public place and see faces. I see souls. In my work, both in the streets and on film, I strive to connect with those souls and explain to everyone else exactly what makes them unique. There are two parts to us - how we see ourselves and how everyone else sees us. A good film brings both views together.
Folly Beach After Hurricane Irma
Where do we go?
As a filmmaker, I'm known for pushing boundaries and exploring sincere moments of truth. My hope with using Patreon is that we'll turn this into a larger movement where we travel farther, get more in-depth, and capture the most real of human experiences to translate that onto the screen. Initially our creations will consist of short YouTube videos and funds raised along the way will go toward bigger projects that will have an even larger impact. Our work goes beyond the attention getting headlines and the drama churning narratives created in the sources we follow everyday. I'm interested in the truth. If you've followed our work, you've seen my style and I'm going to continue making important films and sharing truthful narratives in the best way I can – through the voices of those who have lived them.
Interviewing an Officer from Oklahoma about Faith and Family.
Where do the funds go?
Being passionate about something you believe in comes with significant personal costs. I am still a police officer and I work part-time so that I can keep making film and support my family. Documentary filmmaking isn't necessarily a financial investment. It's a moral one. However, films still require tons of time and money. So, while I'm watching my son grow and being the best husband and father that I can be, like any passionate creator, I'm also making sacrifices that I'd like to make less of over time. This is where funding has historically been a huge consideration. Over time, we'd like to grow our reach and abilities to keep turning out important films and that's where funding comes in big-time. As our projects become more time-consuming and take on more elements, most of our funds are going to:
- Travel/Fuel (Equipment luggage fees are huge).
- Lodging (Economy - every time).
- Software Subscriptions (...so many subscriptions to make and edit a film).
- Media Rights (especially just before release).
- Marketing (It never ends)
- We employ very talented friends. We pay our Graphic Artist per project, our Musician per song, and our friends AKA Production Assistants per shift.
- Life (Life has to be counted here because when the car breaks down in Indianapolis and you need a $300 brake job to get back on the road and that was like 2-days worth of bare bones travel expenses, you can say that was really bad luck or you can say that's just life. By the way, thanks Lt. Bender from South District for arranging the pickup/drop-off).
Become part of this crazy movement that started as an answer to a question in 2013 and we will keep doing what we do best. Your part is immeasurable. Let's change the world together, connect the community, and well, keep our lights on. We're ready to hop on a plane and begin crafting the next important work. What do you say?