What is this project all about?
Everyone has got a dream. But not everybody is living it. There are various reasons for that, but how long should we put personal dreams on hold? The film “Vier Träume“ (Four Dreams) features people in their second half of life who are pursuing a dream. Their stories result in a 60-minute documentary which captures the biographies behind dreams while raising questions about the protagonists’ wishes, challenges and priorities.
Emma (61) completed her matriculation after her children had left home. She then started studying ethnology and anthropology. Her fascination for science started at an early age when she was still a young kid. She used to stand upon walls giving lectures to imaginary audiences. But attending university was unimaginable for Emma’s parents back then. They expected her to start an ordinary job training. However, many years later Emma was willing to leave her apartment in Switzerland and to move into a student dorm in Heidelberg. Currently, she is taking a doctoral degree in neuroanthropology there, but she will have to move again soon. Her doctoral advisor got sick, so by now she is looking for new options to continue research and her PhD.
Theo and Rosmarie (50 and 56) have lived a life with much work and little leisure time. Sixty- to seventy-hour weeks were the rule rather than the exception. In addition to that they had to manage on-call services during the weekends and at night. They used their small number of vacation days just to relax. In all these years, they were aching to get to know foreign cultures by travelling individually and without stress far away from mass tourism. In 2007, their lives changed: they moved to a catamaran on which they spend about eight month each year sailing to different spots. At the moment the Caribbean is their sailing area. During hurricane season 2012 and christmas they fly back home to Munich to be with their family and friends. Soon after christmas, they are going to return to their life on the ocean.
Jürgen (50) has been fascinated by aeroplanes since he was a child. Controlling an aircraft by himself didn’t seem to be within the realms of possibility. He considered the pilot’s license to be too expensive and challenging. So his dream of flying receded into the distance. One day, while he was on a sightseeing flight with an old “Auntie Ju“ (Iron Annie) experiencing early and straightforward flying, the dream of his own pilot’s license grew. After attending a trial lesson at a local flight training school, the decision was made: he is going to get his own licence. Now only one flying test keeps him from solo flights without instructors and orders.
Detlev (74) doesn’t want to miss out on a single dream. As a person who is always looking for new adventures and fresh challenges, he is often on the road around Oldenburg with his Hayabusa bike or he puts on his running shoes for the next marathon. By now he has finished more than 430 marathons – some of them at extraordinary spots (e.g. at the North Pole, at the Grand Canyon, in Nepal or on a cruise ship). Running keeps him fit and young, but as a matter of fact he uses running not just for the fun of it but also as a reason for travelling. Still, every marathon is special to him – no matter if the run is in a distant country or right on the doorstep.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
During my time as a paramedic I got to know a lot of sad human destinies and realised how fragile and valuable life is.As a consequence, I consider it to be important to take time for the things that really matter in life and to actively pursue plans and dreams. But of course, things do not always turn out the way you want them to. By accompanying the protagonists of my documentary, I would like to find out which reasons prevented them from achieving their dreams so far and which challenges and problems they are facing today.
The four stories of my protagonists will be gathered and told parallel in a 60-minute documentary. In order to get close and personal, the film does not use a voice-over-commentary. The final version will be in High Definition, colour and 16:9. Furthermore, there will be selectable English and German subtitles.
The documentary invites you to follow the protagonists a few steps along the way, learn about their thoughts and dreams and just might result in reminding you of your own delayed dreams in life.
Why would you support this project?
Anyone who supports this project has the opportunity to be part of a documentary-production from the very beginning. Apart from the rewards every supporter receives updates on the project status. The final result is not just my film, it is our film! It is thanks to you that my ideas actually come to life in a film.
This form of funding is a concept that leaves out classic decision makers of the industry or broadcasting stations. In a way it democratises culture!
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
I did not start the project for financial reasons. Instead I think the stories of the protagonists deserve to be told and questions about personal dreams deserve to be posed. However, some money is needed in order to cover the expenses, which are:
- travel costs (shooting locations: Heidelberg, Mannheim,
Leipzig, Halle (Saale), Arbon, Oldenburg, Marburg, Biggesee,
Rennerod, Burbach, München, Caribbean and others),
- accommodation expenses (for multi-day shoots),
- dvd production,
- press kit,
- catering for the team,
- equipment insurance.
I have open access to camera equipment, an edit room and the necessary software for the post-production, which saves a lot of money. And of course in this case it is also a plus to have a crew of friends that are working for free.
Just in case the project got more funding than it was aiming at: I will then use every additional euro to improve the final film (e.g. by having more shooting days).
Who are the people behind the project?
My name is Jan and I am 26 years old. After finishing my training as a paramedic I started a degree in media studies at the Universität Siegen and as a study abroad student at the University of Auckland. In 2011 I graduated and enroled to a master's programme called „Medien und Gesellschaft“. Since 2004 I realised many video projects, also a few for German television broadcasters such as the ZDF and WDR.
I am fascinated by stories of old and experienced people, maybe because my grandmothers deceased quite early and I never got to know my grandfathers. This fascination led for example to a short documentary about a 74-year-old man, who sailed around the world when he was young or a 86-year-old doctor who implanted the first pacemaker in a german hospital.
Of course every documentary needs a team: Dustin will help me editing and shooting; Vicky (my girlfriend) will do the subtitling, help as a boom operator and do the still photography; and Marcel will work on the sound and compose the music.
Thank you for reading and supporting me! If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me!