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Finding Michigan Film – Crowd Funding


Become a PRODUCER!

I think it is going to be hard trying to raise money for a Documentary Film about Michigan because it could be limited to just Michigan residents, but I hope people who enjoy nature film may find some qualities of the film, and others who may just want to learn more about Michigan’s nature.

There are perks available if your interested in helping making this happen. There are “Producer Packages” available, and hope to add the film to imdb if I am able to, so if that happens I will be adding the producers names on there as well. Everyone who donates will get a thank you credit in the credits of the film. Also, posters, and stickers are available, and possibly shirts later on down the line. If I add shirts whoever donated previously to that perk will get one no matter if you donated before hand.

If you want to help support my Nature Film then please check out my site

If you have any tips, or want to chat then feel free to hit me up. Follow me on Facebook : Kyle Coggins or follow me on twitter: @Kcoggins17


Finding Michigan Cover

I went on fiverr to see if I can get someone to design my cover for my documentary film “Finding Michigan” and it came out pretty good. It is definitely better then what I had. I do wish the text was done a little better, or maybe added a drop shadow to it, but other than that it came out pretty sweet.

I knew I wanted to incorporate the Northern Lights, and a Bald Eagle if he could do it in a way that would look good, and love how he added the silhouette of the bird so it didn’t stand out to much. I wanted the cover to show a bit what the film is about. I guess I could just say its a nature film since being outside is being out in the nature, but my mind keeps wanting to say its more than that.

I recently launched my crowd funding site on my web page, and if your interested in helping by sharing, or choosing a package I would appreciate all the help. I also have some videos on there, and just added a recent video I made called “Slow Birds,” so please go check it out.

Thanks, and hope you enjoy!

Finding Michigan Update

Finding Michigan is a Documentary Film that has been in pre-production for a while now, and am looking to start  crowd funding for in January 2014. I created a page on Facebook called Finding Michigan where you can learn more about it. Though there isn’t much there yet, I am just looking to get people interested in it.

Its been rough trying to get this project going specially when I am working on starting production for my final project for school. I want to put full effort into making my Documentary, but school should come first. I must do both to be happy.

Wedding Videography

On August 24th I will be doing my first gig as a wedding videographer. I am actually pretty excited about doing it, and hope everything turns out fine. For if being my first gig I offered my services for free, because I don’t feel comfortable charging for something I have never done before. I threw up a post on Craig’s List, and was contacted pretty quick, so I’m glad I decided to go that route. Hopefully, I can use this wedding to help build more clients. I typed up a release form to get permission to use parts of the wedding video to help promote my work, and I asked her first instead of waiting until the wedding day so I know she is okay with it.

I will be adding updates as I prepare for the wedding. I will post my process on my pre-production, production, and post-production.

How-To Wound Make Up FX

Things you need.
Elmers glue,
toliet paper,
Tooth pick
wife or girlfriends make-up
-cover up
-black make-up
-red make-up
– fake blood

I purchased Ben Nyes wound kit whitch came with skin gel, scar gel, and blood gel. I used the skin gel instead of elmers glue, but for cheap you can use elmers glue.

First, determine where you want your wound, and prepare your toliet paper. I have double layer toliet paper so I split the paper into two different layers. I chose my face for where I wanted to apply the wound. Take your glue or skin gel and squirt some on your finger then rub on skin then apply toliet paper over glue. Next, rub more glue over that layer.


Now you will want to keep repeating this process till you can get your desired look, and by this I mean how deep you want your wound to be.

Get a tooth pick or something to cut out an area where you want your wound.  I do a scratching motion to cut a slit out until I reach the skin.


Now that you have your cut out, grab your black make up and apply it to the skin inside your wound. This will help give depth to your wound.

Now take your fake blood, and dab small globs inside your wound. Also, take some toliet paper and use it to dab your fake blood around your wound to give it a more infected look.

Later I will post a how to on making fake blood, and blood gel that will work great for your wounds.


You may need to apply more make up to create more depth.

Cover up.. use cover up to get rid of the shiny service and to blend the wound in with your skin tone.



That’s it for now. Hope this helps. If you got any ideas please comment.


Welcome to my blog, and I hope you find it interesting. Firstly,  I would like to give a brief description of who I am, and my hobbies. My name is Kyle Coggins, and I am currently seeking my Bachelor’s in Digital Cinematography; furthermore,  I decided I wanted to go full force with my passion, so I decided to take online courses at Full Sail University. I enrolled in November, 2011 and currently still working towards my degree.

I see a lot of questions on the Internet asking, “is going to film school worth it?” In my opinion,  I really believe it is a great way to learn, and connect with others. There is so much the Internet has to offer, and a lot of free tutorials. Though, it is easy to find stuff you want to know about, there are lots of little things you learn in film school that you don’t really think much about which can make it hard to find on the web if you don’t know what you’re looking for.

Having the option of a film school gives you a reason to want to learn; fortunately,  you will learn about so much that plays an important role in the filmmaking process. I had to take Art History which was a very interesting class, but to learn about art, and the artist helps shape you as a filmmaker. The details of a painting, and the emotion it portrays with the use of colors, and light will give you a sense of great cinematography. Artist would spend their life’s studying light, and shadows.

These are the real importance of learning filmmaking,  and cinematography,  and I can see most kids trying to stay away from history anything, but history is the building blocks to all beginnings.
Trust me, I used to hate history, and pretty much every class, but as I got older I fell in love with it. I really enjoy WW2, Civil War, and honestly I am not a huge Art History fan, but I respect it, and use it to build my skills as a Cinematographer. 

In conclusion, Film school is a great Idea, but it isn’t a must, as a lot of successful filmmakers have never went to school. I will be adding some of my upcoming projects for school, and personal projects showing my pre-production process, and post-production. Also, I do a lot of nature videography, so I will be posting about them along with some “DIY” builds I want to attempt.

If you have questions, or just want to network then feel free to comment.