Batkid Begins Crowdfunding Campaign Quickly Raises Over $37,000 on Indiegogo

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Ready to film a documentary about one of the cutest “superheroes” in the world, non-profit organization Moving Train, Inc. has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo for “Batkid Begins.” The project is seeking a total of $100,000 and has so far raised over  $37,319 from more than 200 backers.

Batkid Begins 3The project is describe as “a feature documentary that explores how Batkid became a phenomenon in San Francisco and worldwide.” The film takes viewers “behind the scenes” of the day Batkid saved Gotham City.

Per the synopsis, “Batkid Begins” follows the events leading up to the day Batkid saved San Francisco and what happens when an event goes unintentionally viral. The goal that day was to get a couple hundred people to show up to support Miles Scott and his wish to become Batkid, after battling leukemia for more than half his short life.

The thought was a crowd of 200 would seem huge to a five year old boy, but what happened next blew everyone’s minds. Support for the idea of granting Miles’s wish kept pouring in and soon it was clear that the crowd would be much bigger than the modest expectations.

Instead of a few hundred, 25,000 people lined the streets to cheer Miles on as he saved Gotham. The superhero spirit spilled onto the Internet as news of Batkid’s heroics reached over 2 billion people, touching hearts around the world. Batkid was impossible to miss that day as we were glued to our computers, phones, and in San Francisco, our office windows trying to be a part of the celebration.

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Wanting to learn more about the intense outpour of spontaneous support for the five-year-old, award-winning filmmaker Dana Nachman reached out to the Make-a-Wish Foundation in San Francisco. The organization gave her exclusive access to document to the events. Now after months of interviewing key players who made the day possible, Nachman will leave the audience with the following questions: “Did Miles need the world for inspiration?” or “Did the world need Miles?”

Nick and Natalie Scott open up about what life was like years before the wish, when their young son was battling leukemia. Even at that young age, Miles felt a deep connection to Batman. Nick stated, “One of his doctors told us that with this disease they just become like a fighter. I think he sees the good versus evil battle in superheroes and just relates to it.”
Batkid Begins 5Sharing details about the funding, the filming team stated, “To make ‘Batkid Begins’ worthy of its superhero namesake, we’re teaming up with big name musicians, animators, and visual effects professionals, all working at reduced rate in the name of Batkid, and bringing the post-production price tag to $100,000. It took thousands of people to make Batkid’s day magical, and we want to give everyone who was touched a chance to be a part of this project.”“The spirit of generosity, of positivity, of saying ‘Yes!’ to an unlikely superhero, is what we’ve tried to capture in this film and what will live if we succeed in this campaign.”The campaign’s funds will used for the following:

  • Beautiful aerials of Gotham City (a.k.a. San Francisco)
  • Composer and original soundtrack
  • Audio mix and sound sweetening
  • Film graphics and animation
  • Color correction and picture work
  • Special effects
  • Music licensing

Rewards for donating to the project include a social media shout-out; HD digital download of the film; the backer’s name in the credits; “Batkid Begins” DVD; Limited Edition of Gotham City Chronicle.

“Batkid Begins” campaign is set to close on August 19th.

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