Beyond The Garden was a passion project I conjured towards the end of summer 2014. What started out as a small, undeveloped idea about surfing in New Jersey quickly expanded to a feature-length documentary covering all action sports around the state.
Once I got back to school I quickly put together a team of extremely talented individuals to help me craft my idea into what Beyond The Garden is. At the core, BTG is a story about communities. It is the story about these select New Jersey communities and the action sports scenes that inhabit them. With this project, I, along with my team wanted to point the camera AWAY from the spotlight that the Jersey Shore created, toward the suburban kids waking up at 5am to catch that perfect wave, to the mud-spattered boots pushing for that next big jump, for the thrill seekers and the adrenaline junkies looking for euphoria, not fame. It's about New Jersey, about the beachside communities and the home-spun half-pipes providing a generation of ambitious, passionate youths with a sense of belonging, adventure, and commitment.
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Launching the kickstarter was the first of many hurdles the production team had to face. Did we ask for too much money right off the bat? Probably, but we can chalk that up to a learning experience. The reason for asking for so much money was because we had a distinct type of project in mind that required us to spend a lot of money. As you can see from looking at the kickstarter page, we did not come close to reaching our goal. Again, another learning experience.
BUT, regardless of our short comings, we managed to cut the budget down significantly. And with a very generous donation from my parents, we were able to get our hands on some equipment to shoot the film.
Every production has it's fare share of obstacles, little did I know what I was about to embark on. I'm not going to bore anyone with exact details so i'll leave you with this - what could have went wrong, went wrong.
Aside from the countless hurdles that I faced with the production of my first ever documentary, I was able to make a film. More importantly, those who took the time out of their busy days to help be apart of this unique opportunity were more than thrilled with the outcome of it. At the end of the day, that is what matters. I may not have been happy with the results, but it only leaves me hungry to begin my next project.
Beyond The Garden is finished.
The next project is already in the works.