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DGM 1520 Presents

Finding Furever Homes A DOCUMENTARY PROPOSAL

PROJECT OVERSIGHT DGM 1520 Utah Valley University 800 W University Pkwy. Orem, UT, 84058 (P) 801.863.4636 (E) info@uvu.edu


Table of Contents

SYNOPSIS

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PROJECT OVERVIEW

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DOCUMENTARY OUTLINE/SCENES

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INTERVIEW SUBJECTS

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STYLE APPROACH AND AESTHETICS

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DOCUMENTARY CREW – BIOS

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TARGET AUDIENCE

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HUMANITIES CONSULTANTS

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BUDGET

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DISTRIBUTION

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PRODUCTION TIMETABLE

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FINAL THOUGHTS

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“Those who teach the most about humanity aren’t always human​.” ​Donald

L. Hicks

SYNOPSIS Finding Furever Homes is a heartfelt, 10 minute documentary homeowners

film that

targeted takes

its

for

pet-loving

viewers

on

the

inspiring journey of an animal rescue organization that makes a continuous difference in the lives of hundreds of pets. The film takes a look at the growing threat of homelessness among pets and the steps this organization takes to turn these numbers around. We look at not only the inner workings of the organization, but the individual lives (human and animal) affected by this organization. We also take a peek at the other organizations that team up with Rescue Rovers. This film brings light to a continuously overlooked problem and provides the opportunity to encourage viewers to take action in a united effort to save the lives of open hearted pets that want to share their unconditional love.

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PROJECT OVERVIEW For many American families, a pet is seen as a beloved member of the family and is treated as such. Between belly scratches, tasty treats, and afternoon snuggles, the life of a family pet can be that of comfort and happiness. There is, however, a large population of pets that do not have the luxury of a full belly, a dry place to sleep, nor a loving human to give them a pat on the head, much less scratches, treats and snuggles. This documentary is reaching out to people likely to own pets in an effort to draw attention to the tens of thousands of homeless pets across the United States and what can be done to turn this epidemic around. What causes homelessness among pets? How is this organization making a difference in the homeless pet population? If it isn’t enough, what else needs to be done? This film addresses these questions and others to stress the importance of communal support and action. We will venture into the causes of homelessness among pets and the 4 Finding Furever Homes – Overview ŠGroup 2 Production Company 2017 I Not For Distribution


many steps Rescue Rovers takes to create a positive impact on the homeless pet population. We will also take a look at the obstacles that Rescue Rovers has, and continues to, climb as they work toward their ultimate goal of hope and acceptance for homeless dogs. The documentary focuses not only on the Rescue Rover organization, but on the volunteers who repeatedly choose to open their doors and hearts to pets in need. Through testimonial interviews and real time footage, this documentary creates not just a comforting glow in the hearts of its viewers but plants a seed that will grow into the desire to make changes to their own community to end homelessness among pets.

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DOCUMENTARY OUTLINE/SCENES Opening Sequence: ​ The screen fades up from black to show a

happy dog running across a park at the camera. Cut into different shots of happy dogs and cats with their humans, accompanied by joyous music to create a happy and upbeat feel. (Simple, easy going, every day mood) Scene I – The Organization Founder​ – Rescue Rover founder gives a short description of the organization, number of pets that found forever homes through organization compared to number of still homeless pets.(transition​ from easy going music to sad/slow) Scene II – The Problem​ – The mood changes as we see stills and video of homeless pets on the streets and in shelters as the founder talks about the homeless pet population that drove them to start the organization. (Sadness increases, heartache) Scene III – The Goal​ – Fade back to founder talking about the goal they want to reach and how they want to get there, mentioning the foster program. (heartache to hope/inspirational) Scene IV – Taking action​ – Cut to video of foster event, we see dogs in the truck meeting their foster families as a Volunteer/coordinator (vo) talks about what is happening, cut to person talking when they mention the other ways Rescue Rovers helps the homeless pet population. (Music transitions to energy and power/action) Scene V – The Allies ​– We see a montage of clips showing the

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Rovers. A voiceover tells a little bit about what the other organizations do. Cut to interview with another organization leader talking about the next step in saving the lives of pets. (Energy stays high until very end of scene, transitions to yearning/struggling but still motivational) Scene VI – The Stuff to Overcome​– ​We transition into clips of animal rights rallies as a voiceover talks about the legal/political hurdles that have not yet been conquered. Cut to interview with Rescue Rovers member​. ​ (​Continue with yearning/motivation) Conclusion/Epilogue​ – ​Call to Action​ – ​Cut to happier images and videos of dogs and cats being loved by humans as a voiceover talks about the support and resources that are still needed from the community. (Break through when we see happy dogs, high emotion with lots of good feelings.)

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INTERVIEW SUBJECTS Producers anticipate interviewing up to 6 subjects for this film, including foundation executives and volunteer workers. Below is a sampling of people who have either agreed or are being considered to participate in the film. Talyse Francisconi​ – The founder of Rescue Rovers

Mandy Moody​ – Rescue Rovers adoptions coordinator. She has many years of experience in finding the best homes for these animals.

The Boyers​ – The Boyers foster through Rescue Rovers regularly. Their own dog, Koda, was a rescue.

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STYLE APPROACH AND AESTHETICS This story is best suited to a mix of interviews combined with b-roll. The core of the story is told through the voices and stories of volunteers, pet owners, and foundation members. Throughout the documentary, captured audio and inspirational music will add to the overall feel and aesthetic of the film. The film will be shot in high definition.

It combines high-end,

beautifully shot interviews with on location images and video clips of animals and their owners playing together.

It is a precious glimpse

into the lives of pet owners and homeless pets. Interviews are taking place in a vibrate park setting and professional offices. Aesthetic influences for the documentary include the Instagram celebrity, The Dogist, the Fresh Pet Soup Kitchen commercial, and the

Sarah

McLachlan “Arms of the Angel” ASPCA commercials.

“I feel sorry for people who don’t have dogs. I hear they have to pick up the food they drop on the floor!”

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DOCUMENTARY CREW – BIOS Brenna Brown​ – ​Director/Writer

A long time animal owner and lover, Brenna Brown has always wanted to create a film that would inspire people to take action and open their hearts to the loving pets in need. Fresh from the theatrical stage, this is Brenna’s first documentary project.

Amanda Watson​– ​Producer/Assistant Director

Amanda Watson has loved making films since childhood. Although undecided in exactly the direction she’d like to take in the film industry she is eager to try new roles. She has experience in working on various film sets throughout her student career. She is excited to put her love of animals and filmmaking together in this upcoming documentary.

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Spencer Streuper​ – ​Cinematographer/Editor

Spencer Streuper has 13 years of editing experience, with the past 3 years spent editing for full service online media company “Shareability.” Spencer has worked first hand on several successful viral videos for companies such as Pizza Hut, AT&T, Shaw Telecommunications, and cricket wireless, and has a firm understanding of the film industry, and proper editing techniques.

Jacquie Peterson​ – ​Cinematographer/Assistant Editor

Jacquie is new to filmmaking, but comes to this project with 15 years of experience as a business owner. She enjoys asking questions and interviewing people. She has uncounted years of experience in all things computer and graphics related. She owns 2 rescued cats and watches cat videos regularly. 11 Finding Furever Homes – Overview ©Group 2 Production Company 2017 I Not For Distribution


TARGET AUDIENCE The

intended

primary

audience

for

this

series

is

pet

loving

homeowners and renters with space for pets such as dogs and cats and potential pet owners.

The animal lovers with extra time and

resources are also targeted in an effort to inspire people to be volunteers.

Dozens of animal loving organizations such as the Best

Friends Animal Society and The Humane Society of Utah.

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HUMANITIES CONSULTANTS

Taylse Francisconi​– Owner/founder.

Gene Baierschmidt​ – The director of the Humane Society of Utah for 55 years, he works with 300 other non-profit organizations

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BUDGET Food

$150.00

Gas

$85.00

Equipment

$13.00

Incidentals

$50.00

DISTRIBUTION The documentary will be available on YouTube, Vimeo, and any of the featured organizations/groups interested in a free copy.

PRODUCTION TIMETABLE AND SCHEDULE Producers have created an ambitious production schedule to complete the project within a 12-month timeframe.

This schedule does not

take into consideration the stop and go involved in fundraising. Below is a “best-case” scenario contingent on funding. Week 1-2 ​– Research and gather archival materials including film footage, photos and documents; conduct first round of interviews, pick-up event. Week 3-4 – ​Conduct remaining interviews, shoot extra events and filler video. Editing, crying, selecting music, rough cut

Weeks 5-6 ​–Finalize editing, equalize audio track, refine and color correct, party.

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FINAL THOUGHTS They say a dog is a man’s best friend. Yet we see strays every day. It’s only getting worse. But what if there was something we could do about it? What if we could help reduce the amount of suffering we see every day? There is something we can do. But many people don’t know how. It’s something we need to show.

“You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.” Robert Lewis Stevenson

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