Eric Hanson’s film project of Zion National Park — the subject of this week’s Utah Crowd-Funding post — has been beset with obstacles. And that was before the park was closed last week as part of the federal government’s shutdown.
Hanson aims in his short film, "Rock of Refuge: A Year in Zion National Park," to capture the park’s four seasons in time-lapse photography — and to chronicle the adventures of canyoneers and big-wall climbers who explore the slot canyons there.
"These slot canyons are incredibly beautiful places, like tranquil sanctuaries of rock, color, and light," Hanson, a filmmaker from Las Vegas, writes on his Kickstarter page. "Many of these slot canyons require technical gear and skill to traverse, and can be very dangerous places in the wrong conditions."
Hanson and his crew experienced those wrong conditions in August. He and three others were caught in a flash flood while filming in a slot canyon.
"The four of us were nearly killed that day," Hanson writes. "We were fortunate to survive the ordeal."
Hanson’s gear did not survive, though. He says he lost more than $3,000 of camera equipment to water and sand damage.
That’s why Hanson has gone to Kickstarter. He’s trying to raise $3,500 to replace his camera body and repair his lenses, and to buy more rigging and climbing equipment.
Hanson has about half the footage he needs. The rest, including the time-lapse photography, is scheduled to be done by next September.
The Kickstarter campaign runs through Monday, Oct. 21. So far, he has raised $1,104 in pledges.
Donors can get rewards ranging from a digital download of the finished film (for a $10 donation) to a two-day guided tour of Zion with Hanson (for a $1,000 pledge).
If you have a crowd-funding project you’d like mentioned on The Cricket blog, email it to: email@example.com. Be sure to put "crowd funding" in the subject line.
|1.||Satirical musical ‘The Book of Mormon’ set to play Utah theater|
|2.||GOP pushes social issues at conservative showcase|
|3.||LDS leader tells Mormons to embrace their history, keep their faith|
|4.||Transformers 4 trailer has Dinobots and Mark Wahlberg in it|
|5.||Summit County avalanche kills snowmobiler|
|6.||Knicks blow out Utah Jazz behind Anthony’s 29|
|7.||Aereo to shut down Saturday morning in Utah|
|8.||Game review: ‘South Park: The Stick of Truth’ worthy of franchise name|
|9.||More Swallow emails recovered, probe’s price nears $4M|
|10.||China-bound Malaysian jet vanishes with 239 aboard|