Christian Bazant-Hegemark is creating Crowdfunded Documentaries on Doubt in Creative Processes
12

patrons

$39
per month
Hey, I'm Chris. I'm publishing video portraits on specific amazing creative minds, highlighting their processes - and doubts. I travel the world and offer them a respectful, authentic platform to speak about their ideas and challenges.

I visit all kinds of creative minds: an AI developer, a puppet maker, musicians, videogame developers, an IP lawyer, a filmmaker, a narrative designer, extreme athletes, medical doctors, an astrophysicist, even someone developing their own programming language. Since I'm an artist, I'll feature people from that industry too: painters, curators, philosophers and cultural critics - since painting is the medium through which I explore the world, it is featured prominently.

Here's a YouTube playlist to see some of this project's published work (there's so much more in the pipeline, it's no longer even funny):



And your intention?

I want to show that crowdfunded documentaries on creators matter, even though their voices might still be unknown. I will establish a visual and narrative platform to discuss doubt - the one topic that seems to unite all creators, independently of their craft.


Intentions Shmintentions: What did you actually DO ALREADY?

Since July 2017, I interviewed the following creators:


You'll be surprised about upcoming interviewees - their professions will bring the most awesome diversity: there'll be a narrative designer, an AI researcher, an chemistry professional simulating FDA-approved blood flows to get rid of animal testing, etc..

Have another look, at another playlist - showing inspirational creative minds:



What's this project's structure: what can we expect?

This channel publishes weekly motivational shorts, and long-form portraits on a monthly bases. I intend to revisit creators, to establish an ongoing dialog. I think that this continuity results in a deeper bond between creators and audience, since it more closely resembles the intimate ways of human interaction and trust.


Why do you want my money?

Crowdfunding matters to this project for two reasons: financial support and credibility. The number of patrons results in the project's scope to transcend my currently existing network - it will help interviewees to understand the project's legitimacy and general public interest.
Your financial support will be used for three things:
  • Travelling costs (transportation and accomodation): Your financial support directly influences whom I can meet, and how long I can stay in that person's city: there are creative minds on all continents, and getting to them requires funding. Once on location, staying longer means more time spent with creators - resulting in better footage.
  • Software licences to edit the footage, plus licences for any other source media to be used in the videos. 
  • Data backup: Video needs a lot of space, and redundant backups are essential. Also, video editing requires the faster (and more expensive) SSD drives.
  • Compensation for my work: Maintaining this project requires a lot of time: Staying in touch with creators, acquiring an in-depth understanding of their work, recording the interviews, editing the footage, travelling around, etc.
    Even though implementing the project offers its own intrinsic motivation, it won't be possible to sustain it without my time being compensated.
By supporting this project through crowdfunding, you can rely on uncompromised content that stays respectful to the portrayed individuals.


What did you invest so far?

I invested about $5700 into this project so far:
  • $3500 for gear: Since I never did videography before, I had to to buy proper video and audio gear: a camera, lenses, tripod & fluidhead, external lighting equipment, audio recording equipment, fast hard drives for video editing etc. 
  • $2500 for travelling: To kickstart the project, I interviewed creators in the US, England, Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria - further flights are booked already.


Do I need to sign up to Patreon to support this project financially?

Yes, this actually matters: without continuous support, this will simply be super difficult.
This project publishes video portraits that are publicly available on YouTube - you do NOT need to pay in order to view. If you want to offer continuous financial support, it's because you believe in the project; for which you'll receive perks - exclusive content, upfront information about projects, etc. Patreon handles the financial aspects and the perk infrastructure, which is why an account is required.
Instead of one-shot payments, this project aims for a continuous stream of payments, based on your satisfaction with the created content. The easiest way is to think of this as "content-as-service", which strongly differs from the idea of paying for a specific product: With this project you won't own any physical product - instead, you'll be part of a content experience.


Chris Who?! What's your background?

I'm a visual artist today, but have been involved in all sorts of projects over the years - bands, video games (I'm a programmer!), co-organizing an artist-run space with its own studio spaces and residency program, and as curator of a fine arts gallery (since 2011 I curated over 30 exhibitions). After studying fine arts (Daniel Richter/Harun Farocki/Gunter Damisch) I finished a PhD thesis on "Painting and Digital Technologies", and published my thoughts on emerging painters on a blog project. Today I mostly make my living as a painter.

I've been involved in a variety of team-based projects throughout the years. While they offered amazing synergies, they also led to conflicts because of differing ideas about creative directions. This summer I finally decided to take full creative control and responsibility, and set up this platform - as curatorial project operating beyond the installation of works in a gallery space: what's portrayed is the creative minds' movement of thoughts only.

Ever since I started making music as a teen, I've been involved in discussions on creative doubts. I've been listening, offering my thoughts, and stayed sleepless over the various excitements and problems that were shared with me. And I had my own doubts: about leaving the gaming industry (where I worked for 6 years), whether to study fine arts, and later about becoming a self-employed artist - which doesn't even mention the many questions one has to face when creating a specific art work.
While the hundreds of unrecorded dialogs I've been involved in will always stay in the past, they made me realize the sense of urgency and inherent authenticity that creators have when discussing their work and processes: I understand the need to respectfully edit volatile studio ramblings, to do the creator's work and spirit justice. So I'll start recording and editing away, and start publishing,


Will we get to see you in the videos?
I won't be present visually or aurally in the published portraits. While you'll get to see me in general video posts, the actual video portraits will exclusively focus the creators, their voices and thoughts: I want to set up a portrait format that uses dialog as a means to an end - the questions are intended to kickstart inner dialogs within the creators. What ultimately matters is not my questions, but the movement of thoughts they might trigger.


Thanks for listening - and feel free to get in touch via any of the available channels!

Tiers
Supporter
$3 or more per month
  • At this tier you'll receive a monthly newsletter (sent out on the 15th) with status updates on the project - including information about previously visited creators and scheduled travels.
  • The newsletters also contain opinion polls, for me to better understand patron interests.
Fan
$5 or more per month
Every Friday you'll get a newsletter containing creative highlights of the week: a specific painter, a book, a YouTube video or an art exhibition; a song, band, recipe, restaurant or videogame: this will be a condensed, personalized view on the creations that make this world awesome: right in time for the weekend.
(Plus all previous rewards)
Early & In-depth Access
$10 or more per month
  • You'll get access to patron-exclusive interview snippets, way before the final video portrait will get published.
  • Plus you'll get access to the questions that were asked during the interviews - which in the videos can't be heard, since they're edited away.
  • You'll also get to watch the videos 24h before they get published publicly.
(Plus all previous rewards)
Participator
$20 or more per month
  • At this tier you'll be notified about the schedule of upcoming interviews, so you can send in your own questions to specific creators - which they'll answer in patron-exclusive video shorts.
  • Also, your name will appear in the closing credits of the video portraits, making your patronage visible.
(Plus all previous rewards)
Goals
12 of 50 patrons
I'll start recording my thoughts before and after an interview - offering a patron-exclusive video-recap about past meetings, my hopes and expectations for the scheduled meeting - and afterwards, my thoughts about how it went.
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Hey, I'm Chris. I'm publishing video portraits on specific amazing creative minds, highlighting their processes - and doubts. I travel the world and offer them a respectful, authentic platform to speak about their ideas and challenges.

I visit all kinds of creative minds: an AI developer, a puppet maker, musicians, videogame developers, an IP lawyer, a filmmaker, a narrative designer, extreme athletes, medical doctors, an astrophysicist, even someone developing their own programming language. Since I'm an artist, I'll feature people from that industry too: painters, curators, philosophers and cultural critics - since painting is the medium through which I explore the world, it is featured prominently.

Here's a YouTube playlist to see some of this project's published work (there's so much more in the pipeline, it's no longer even funny):



And your intention?

I want to show that crowdfunded documentaries on creators matter, even though their voices might still be unknown. I will establish a visual and narrative platform to discuss doubt - the one topic that seems to unite all creators, independently of their craft.


Intentions Shmintentions: What did you actually DO ALREADY?

Since July 2017, I interviewed the following creators:


You'll be surprised about upcoming interviewees - their professions will bring the most awesome diversity: there'll be a narrative designer, an AI researcher, an chemistry professional simulating FDA-approved blood flows to get rid of animal testing, etc..

Have another look, at another playlist - showing inspirational creative minds:



What's this project's structure: what can we expect?

This channel publishes weekly motivational shorts, and long-form portraits on a monthly bases. I intend to revisit creators, to establish an ongoing dialog. I think that this continuity results in a deeper bond between creators and audience, since it more closely resembles the intimate ways of human interaction and trust.


Why do you want my money?

Crowdfunding matters to this project for two reasons: financial support and credibility. The number of patrons results in the project's scope to transcend my currently existing network - it will help interviewees to understand the project's legitimacy and general public interest.
Your financial support will be used for three things:
  • Travelling costs (transportation and accomodation): Your financial support directly influences whom I can meet, and how long I can stay in that person's city: there are creative minds on all continents, and getting to them requires funding. Once on location, staying longer means more time spent with creators - resulting in better footage.
  • Software licences to edit the footage, plus licences for any other source media to be used in the videos. 
  • Data backup: Video needs a lot of space, and redundant backups are essential. Also, video editing requires the faster (and more expensive) SSD drives.
  • Compensation for my work: Maintaining this project requires a lot of time: Staying in touch with creators, acquiring an in-depth understanding of their work, recording the interviews, editing the footage, travelling around, etc.
    Even though implementing the project offers its own intrinsic motivation, it won't be possible to sustain it without my time being compensated.
By supporting this project through crowdfunding, you can rely on uncompromised content that stays respectful to the portrayed individuals.


What did you invest so far?

I invested about $5700 into this project so far:
  • $3500 for gear: Since I never did videography before, I had to to buy proper video and audio gear: a camera, lenses, tripod & fluidhead, external lighting equipment, audio recording equipment, fast hard drives for video editing etc. 
  • $2500 for travelling: To kickstart the project, I interviewed creators in the US, England, Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria - further flights are booked already.


Do I need to sign up to Patreon to support this project financially?

Yes, this actually matters: without continuous support, this will simply be super difficult.
This project publishes video portraits that are publicly available on YouTube - you do NOT need to pay in order to view. If you want to offer continuous financial support, it's because you believe in the project; for which you'll receive perks - exclusive content, upfront information about projects, etc. Patreon handles the financial aspects and the perk infrastructure, which is why an account is required.
Instead of one-shot payments, this project aims for a continuous stream of payments, based on your satisfaction with the created content. The easiest way is to think of this as "content-as-service", which strongly differs from the idea of paying for a specific product: With this project you won't own any physical product - instead, you'll be part of a content experience.


Chris Who?! What's your background?

I'm a visual artist today, but have been involved in all sorts of projects over the years - bands, video games (I'm a programmer!), co-organizing an artist-run space with its own studio spaces and residency program, and as curator of a fine arts gallery (since 2011 I curated over 30 exhibitions). After studying fine arts (Daniel Richter/Harun Farocki/Gunter Damisch) I finished a PhD thesis on "Painting and Digital Technologies", and published my thoughts on emerging painters on a blog project. Today I mostly make my living as a painter.

I've been involved in a variety of team-based projects throughout the years. While they offered amazing synergies, they also led to conflicts because of differing ideas about creative directions. This summer I finally decided to take full creative control and responsibility, and set up this platform - as curatorial project operating beyond the installation of works in a gallery space: what's portrayed is the creative minds' movement of thoughts only.

Ever since I started making music as a teen, I've been involved in discussions on creative doubts. I've been listening, offering my thoughts, and stayed sleepless over the various excitements and problems that were shared with me. And I had my own doubts: about leaving the gaming industry (where I worked for 6 years), whether to study fine arts, and later about becoming a self-employed artist - which doesn't even mention the many questions one has to face when creating a specific art work.
While the hundreds of unrecorded dialogs I've been involved in will always stay in the past, they made me realize the sense of urgency and inherent authenticity that creators have when discussing their work and processes: I understand the need to respectfully edit volatile studio ramblings, to do the creator's work and spirit justice. So I'll start recording and editing away, and start publishing,


Will we get to see you in the videos?
I won't be present visually or aurally in the published portraits. While you'll get to see me in general video posts, the actual video portraits will exclusively focus the creators, their voices and thoughts: I want to set up a portrait format that uses dialog as a means to an end - the questions are intended to kickstart inner dialogs within the creators. What ultimately matters is not my questions, but the movement of thoughts they might trigger.


Thanks for listening - and feel free to get in touch via any of the available channels!

Recent posts by Christian Bazant-Hegemark

Tiers
Supporter
$3 or more per month
  • At this tier you'll receive a monthly newsletter (sent out on the 15th) with status updates on the project - including information about previously visited creators and scheduled travels.
  • The newsletters also contain opinion polls, for me to better understand patron interests.
Fan
$5 or more per month
Every Friday you'll get a newsletter containing creative highlights of the week: a specific painter, a book, a YouTube video or an art exhibition; a song, band, recipe, restaurant or videogame: this will be a condensed, personalized view on the creations that make this world awesome: right in time for the weekend.
(Plus all previous rewards)
Early & In-depth Access
$10 or more per month
  • You'll get access to patron-exclusive interview snippets, way before the final video portrait will get published.
  • Plus you'll get access to the questions that were asked during the interviews - which in the videos can't be heard, since they're edited away.
  • You'll also get to watch the videos 24h before they get published publicly.
(Plus all previous rewards)
Participator
$20 or more per month
  • At this tier you'll be notified about the schedule of upcoming interviews, so you can send in your own questions to specific creators - which they'll answer in patron-exclusive video shorts.
  • Also, your name will appear in the closing credits of the video portraits, making your patronage visible.
(Plus all previous rewards)