Basketful Relief Project, Uncategorized

The Basketful Relief Project is On!

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Buy one of our books on BookBaby now and help support emergency famine relief in Yemen!


Spike Productions is excited to announce the launching of its Basketful Relief Project (BRP). We are collaborating with artists of all talents to write, illustrate, compose and story-tell to publish beautiful children stories for all ages in hardcover and e-book format, as well as full-production video. The goal? To help fund crisis famine relief around the world. How? Eighty-Five percent of profit proceeds from book/video sales through the BRP will go to organizations directly dealing with emergency famine relief.

Currently as we launch BRP, Spike Productions is focusing specifically on famine relief in Yemen through the Save the Children organization.

Yemen is in Crisis

Embroiled in civil conflict since 2011 and civil war since 2015, Yemen is experiencing the world’s worst man-made humanitarian disaster. As war continues, the UN says it is on the brink of the world’s worst famine in 100 years. Twenty-two million people are in urgent need of help, half of them children who are facing a triple threat – hunger, disease and bombs on a daily basis. Save the Children estimates more than 100 young children are dying from extreme hunger every single day.

Spike Productions wants to help and the Basketful Relief Project (BRP) is our answer to the question: how? And you are invited to join us!

The Basketful Relief Project (BRP) is a Win – Win

Spike Productions desires to include all who want to help out with BRP. Here is how we envision this will work:

  • Spike Productions collaborates with writers, illustrators, musicians and storytellers to create beautiful children stories in both book and video format. All collaborators are fully paid.
  • Spike Productions publishes each story through Book Baby to sell in national and world markets, in print and e-book format.
  • Spike Productions has set up a BRP Save The Children fundraising page specifically for emergency famine relief in Yemen and will donate (hopefully monthly!) 85% of sales profit-proceeds to this fundraiser. Spike Productions and collaborators will also receive specific percent profit proceeds from sales out of the remaining 15%.
  • The BRP Save The Children fundraising page for emergency famine relief in Yemen is not a one-time fundraiser but will be ongoing, refreshed annually until there is a decision to terminate. We sincerely hope we can successfully and continually fundraise through our BRP efforts for years to come until there is no more need for emergency famine relief in Yemen!

Collaborators win because there is not only an accessible platform for their talent, they have zero risk and only profit. They are fully compensated for their time and expertise, and if the book profits, they will also receive a % of the profit. Also, publishing with Book Baby, collaborators maintain ownership of their intellectual property.

Children win because the the mission of the BRP is to continually sponsor organizations that have a notable track record for cost-effective critical children care around the world, like Save The Children. And, we are doing this in a way that fills lives with beautiful children stories for all ages!

Spike Production wins because we feel seizing the opportunity to apply our own talents and knowledge to benefit others, especially infants and children in critical need, is a risk well worth taking.

How you can help:

  1. Buy our BRP books and videos and encourage your friends and family to do so too. The more we sell the more we donate!
  2. Spread the word about BRP and share the link to: this website, where our books and videos are sold and the BRP Save The Children fundraising page
  3. Make a direct donation to the BRP Save The Children fundraising page
  4. Become a collaborator and be a part of the journey!

Contact Spike Productions: cat@basketfulreliefproject.com

Uncategorized, UWOL

Winners Announced at UWOL 37 Challenge

Yesterday, 3/8, the winners were posted for the Under Water Over Land (UWOL) – 37 International Film Challenge. My entry, “The Little Book of Why” for the theme “Why?” took first place. Click the photo below to view the 4-min entry, and review the forum results thread here.

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Second place went to Mick Jenner of West Sussex, England with his entry, Why? The Answer!, that beautifully followed his quest for the Bearded Tit or Bearded Reedling and his awesome distractions along the way.

The UWOL Challenge goes way beyond posing film challenges and selecting winners. Wildlife filmmakers of any ability, from novice to expert, enter these challenges for the excellent critical feedback and supportive community atmosphere. Any are welcome, and if you love the outdoors and you seriously desire to improve your filming, production and editing skills, then this is the forum for you! Join in! Next round, UWOL 38, sign up thread opens March 15.

For more information on the UWOL Challenge forum and how to enter and participate, read more here.

Congratulations to all participants!

Uncategorized, UWOL

Winners Announced at UWOL 36 Challenge

Today, 12/8, the winners were posted for the Under Water Over Land (UWOL) – 36 International Film Challenge. My entry, “What is it?” for the theme “Weather” took 2nd runner up. Click the photo below to view the forum results thread.

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First place went to Bryce Comer of Rossland, British Columbia with his entry, Weathering the Change, that beautifully showed how climate changes were affecting food sources for Caribou.

Second place went to Kevin Railsback of Cedar Rapids, Iowa with his entry, Fire and Ice. If you are looking for stunning cinematography of wildlife in Montana, this 4-min video entry will not disappoint.

The UWOL Challenge goes way beyond posing film challenges and selecting winners. Wildlife filmmakers of any ability, from novice to expert, enter these challenges for the excellent critical feedback and supportive community atmosphere.  Any are welcome, and if you seriously desire to improve your filming, production and editing skills, then this forum is for you! Join in! Next round, UWOL 37, starts February 1st. This means that the sign up thread opens mid-January and closes February 1st.

For more information on the UWOL Challenge forum and how to enter and participate, read more here.

Congratulations to all participants! It was a very competitive and fun round!

CO 2013 Flood, Uncategorized

Estimated Damages from the 2013 Flood

Lyons

The aftermath of this historic flood had Lyons divided into six separate islands, over 200 homes damaged or destroyed, no water, waste water, electric, gas or communication lines, and an initial cost-estimate of over $50 million in damages.

Statewide

Authorities evacuated more than 18,000 people, the largest evacuation effort since Hurricane Katrina. Over 28,000 homes and commercial buildings were damaged with more than 1,800 destroyed. It is estimated the flooding damaged or destroyed almost 485 miles of roads, 150 mi of railroad tracks, 27 state dams and over 50 bridges.

Twenty-four counties were affected by the flood, 18 being declared a presidential disaster area within a few days of the event. The State’s initial assessment put flood-related damages at over $3.3 billion, including impacts to housing, infrastructure and economic sectors like agriculture and tourism.

Nine people lost their lives.

Sobering statistics, indeed.

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Uncategorized, UWOL

UWOL 36 Is Here

The Under Water Over Land (UWOL) International film challenge #36 is open for review, starting today (12/1). The challenge topic this round is: Weather. There are 12 entries this round without one participant in the Shark Tank (the rather uncomfortable place one winds up if they failed to submit a video to the challenge by the November 30th midnight deadline). Just a few reminder of the rules: the videos can’t be longer than 4 minutes in length, a month (November) was allotted to create and produce the videos and winners are selected by both technical skill and addressing the theme in their contributions. All participants are judges and will submit their votes for the top 3 videos and winners will be announced in February. UWOL is a fun community of friends from around the world who have an interest in filming the great outdoors. All are welcome and is a great platform to hone your skills, whether holding a camera for the first time in your life or esteemed as a seasoned filmmaker. The most important rule is #11: HAVE FUN!

Constructive comments are always welcome.

To view all the entries: Go Here.

My entry: What Is It?

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