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Finding Michigan Film – Crowd Funding

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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.
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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
http://www.kylecoggins.com

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

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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.
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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. http://www.kylecoggins.com

Thanks, and hope you enjoy!

The Big Mack – Mackinaw Bridge

Since are trip wasn’t as successful as we hoped it would be, we still managed to get some photos, and some video. I have not had time to edit any of my video yet I figured I share the photos I took with my phone. I got some decent photo with my Galaxy S3.

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Mackinac City Michigan

We arrived yesterday, and checked into are hotel  then went to the international dark park. Unfortunately,  it was cloudy all night, but we did see a few mins of the wonderful sky. Heard lots of cyotes as well. Today there is rain, and it is looking cloudy all day. Figured I would add some photos of the headlands.

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Life In Our Eyes!

Whether you Give a child colored pencils, crayons, or paint. Whether they hold a pencil properly between their two fingers, or clenched in a fist. Whether they draw one colored scribbles, or shatter the tip my pressing to hard. What we see is young talent, but what they see is the world they have yet become to know.

– Kyle Coggins

Finding Michigan Film

Finding Michigan Film.

Last weekend I decided I wanted to move forward with making a film about Michigan’s wildlife, nature, and things not everyone can see everywhere.

Michigan holds some of the greatest places for sightseeing to wildlife viewing. Bald Eagles, Cougars, and even Wolves have been rising in sightings, and soaring of the endangered list. Though some may be impossible to find specially cougars, and wolves, but they are still here. Some of you may know that I have been searching for Bald Eagles for a while now, and have not been so lucky; though I feel my time is comming, and I am more confident then ever.

Just last month there was a Bald Eagle in St. Clair, Michigan. The women who spotted it took some good pictures of it as well, and it gave me this urge to push forward with this film.

What got me started!

Last January I was at work fueling trucks, and it was around two in the morning when I saw what looked to be a Cougar walking along the railroad tracks. Crazy sounding I know, specially being in a Marysville Michigan with lots of housing and a golf course close by. The body, and mostly the long tail was unmistakable. It was only a month after I saw this sighting there were a few sightings in Ann Arbor Michigan right by the University of Michigan. Also, there were a few other sighting claimed after that which made me wonder if it was the same Cougar. After that, I became addicted and wanted to see one for myself. This stuff has really interested me, and nature was really what I started out wanting to do in filmmaking.

I remeber what film I watched that got me into filming too, and for the record I was probably 5 or 6 years old, but it was “Wild America” with Johnathan Taylor Thomas. Haha. I admit that because I was young, but that movie inspired me to want to film wildlife. It does freak me out s little because you never know what could happen, but I have been trying to learn about these animals, so I know what to do if I get myself intoca bad situation.

I have a few projects I have been trying to kick into gear like my Online Film Festival I want to start, but I just don’t have enough people interested in it yet, and don’t want to job in it to soon. I have a short film project I’m working on for school but that is still in development right now, and Finding Michigan I am going to start at the end of October when I go to Mackinac City Michigan. Hopefully, I’ll get some Eagle footage, and some great time-lapse of the milky way. Most of the budget will be out of pocket, but I am thinking of trying to raise money through crowdfunding, and offering perks for others who may want to join me in the filmmaking process. I am still working on different ideas for perks, and how to get people interested specially those who don’t live in Michigan.

I know getting into any industry is hard, and that’s why I want to reach out, and help people who just want to have a reason to film. I love just to have a reason to turn on my camera and start filming, and if life wasn’t all about money then I would have no problem working for free. Unfortunately, we live in a world where money is the way of survival, and life. I will update soon on my progress. Thanks for all the support.

Mackinac City “here we come!”

I have lived in Michigan for most of my life, but I have never been to Mackinac Michigan. At the end of October my brother, his friend, and I will be driving down there for a few days. My brother, and his buddy are doing photos, and I will be doing video. We are hoping to capture the amazing sky in the dark park which is 1 out of 10 places in the world that have a dark park.

I really hope I can finally come across a Bald Eagle since that is what I have been after for over a year now, and have had no luck. Also, I heard there are wolves, and black bears, which I think would be awsome to see, as long as I don’t get eatin.

Either way I plan on getting some awesome footage, specially of the night sky. We choose to stay a few days just in case it cloudy one of those nights. I wish we were leaving sooner, but it will give me time to save up some spending cash.

Wedding Videography Continued

Took a few snap shots while editing the wedding video, so I figured I would share them, and once I make a shorter edit of the wedding ill post that as well.

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Commercial Video

I just finished editing my commercial video for school, and choose the product GreenLite CFL light bulbs. I like the idea I had for it, but for the video itself I am not to happy with it. I wish I could of came up with something different. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoZau1iSnGE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Production – Weddings Videography

Saturday was my first wedding for videography, and I can say I am glad I was able to do it. First off, the couple who were getting married were very nice, and helpful. The groom actually use to do video work for weddings, so he gave me some helpful pointers, and was very respectful.  I had two cameras rolling, one (Sony HDR FX-7) on a tri-pod my wife was running, and I was using my Sony NEX FS-100 mounted to my Pro-Aim Vest and Arm Stabilizer. I did have a hard time using it, and it was my first time for actual footage. It was 85 degrees out, and wearing the vest for 3 hours left me dehydrated, and when I took it off it looked like I jumped into a pool. I was covered in sweat, and in need of water.

Most of the overall footage was great, and we left the ceremony, and headed straight to the reception. I used a tri-pod this time, and got some better shots. We stayed, and got the bride and grooms dance, and the father, and daughter dance; also, we got a few other dances, and the speeches followed by other footage to add to for whatever we may need in editing.

It was great experience,  I wish I would of done better, but happy with most of what I have taken. I have been working on editing, and trying to get it done, and sent out by Friday.  I spent 9 hours editing some of it today, and have not got far at all, as it has been a pain syncing up my audio from the two cameras. Slowly but surely, and hopefully soon I will upload some footage of it.