This has been unprecedented weeks for Volcanocafé in terms of visitor numbers and we are witnessing events the likes of which none of us have seen before. As if things weren’t exciting enough, we are, as a volcanic community, about to embark on our most ambitious project.
Hekla: the Movie
That’s right. We aim to become the first popular science site to make its own feature film.
Volcanocafé’s very own aerial photographer extraordinaire, Eggert Norðdahl (Islander), has been planning and shooting for a full length film about our favourite and most idiosyncratic volcano for some years. To that end, he has amassed an archive of stunning film and photography as well as a flaming mountain of research on the big H. He could wait forever to have his film commissioned by an international broadcaster and, even then, it would likely suffer terribly by having the editorial command hijacked from him by TV executives obsessed by viewing figures. He needs to be backed by people with a passion for volcanoes, science and the pursuit of truth. People like us.
It just so happens that we have had amongst us since the birth of Volcanocafé a senior producer from the UK, Nick Small (Manofthemoors). With a bit of Volcanocafé magic, we have put Eggert Norðdahl and Nick Small together and now we want to give them the backing they need to get the film made. Properly. Crowd funding is the way forward…and we really do have a fantastic crowd here at Volcanocafé.
So, here’s the plan. We, as a community, raise the production budget ourselves. Those of us who want to contribute do so with what we can happily afford. There are enough of us to get the production funded and we can each of us have a little piece of movie-making action. When the finished film makes revenue, we get a piece of that action too.
We have set up a Volcanocafé Hekla Movie investment account, which comes with legal protection for foreign investors under Swedish law. We have also created a Paypal account associated with it, for those that prefer to donate that way. Of course, we know that you trust us, but we wouldn’t feel right unless we’d put measures in place for your protection.
It is customary for people who pledge to crowd funding campaigns to get something glittery and special in return. In this case there will be a rising scale of investment which will be rewarded with access to exclusive video updates, downloadable sneak preview clips, an exclusive special edition DVD and, for the most generous of contributors, invites to premier screenings and a launch party. We will also announce some super VEI12 prizes for randomly chosen contributors along the way (a photography flight over Iceland’s volcanoes for example).
Unlike in normal crowd funding campaigns you will of course own a stake in the movie, just like if you were a real Hollywood producer.
If you have ideas for other “treats” we welcome your suggestions. We will finalise all the details over the coming days and weeks, but we would like to get the ball rolling as soon as possible.
Why the hurry?
With the ongoing events we really want to keep Islander flying and shooting, providing Volcanocafé with the very best exclusive images on any eruption…. photage which will also form part of the Hekla film.
For this reason, we have decided to set a series of targets. The first target, to get production started and to facilitate Islander’s ongoing flying/filming, is the equivalent of US $15,000.
The film will cost considerably more to complete. The final budget and the various targets that we need to meet along the way will be established once Nick Small has looked at the existing material and put in place a production, post-production and delivery schedule.
Investors should email Volcanocafé with their email address, contact details and the amount that they are contributing. Even if you use the Paypal account this is important for book-keeping reasons. We will keep this thread open so that we can answer any questions that you may have and to keep you all informed. We think that this will be a really cool and exhilarating adventure for everyone who hops on board. Apart from anything else, the chance to drop into casual conversation that you are financing a major film about the world’s most unpredictable volcano is surely just too good to pass up.
Eggert Norðdahl is a published author, aviation expert, pilot and professional photographer
Bergsveinn Norðdahl, additional photography and HD-film photographer
Nick Small, professional film producer
Noni AB (Sweden) supplies the Financial Advisor services and the Secured Investment Account
Here is the email to Volcanocafé
Redirect Link to the Paypal and information on how to obtain IBAN and BIC information for the Secure Investment Account