For the past few years, professional videographer and veteran Snipe sailor Vincent Casalaina (Sail No. 30569) has been working on a documentary about the class called “Serious Sailing, Serious Fun.” The final film will be 45-minutes long and feature footage of top racers like 2012 world champion Alexandre Tinoco and U.S. women’s champion Carol Cronin. Casalaina has put in tons of work bringing the project as far as it’s come, but in order to reach his funding goal of $7,500, he’s asking sailors to pitch in however they can.
“I’m narrowing in on finishing the doc this summer, through the use of various crowd-sourcing tools,” says Casalaina, who has set up donation boxes at Kickstarter and with the International Snipe Class. “On Kickstarter, you don’t get charged until the project reaches its funding goal, so pledge what you can and help me reach my goal.
“The documentary showcases the Snipe Class, but really speaks about all those people who compete in one-design dinghies,” he continues. “As best I know, this is the only professional documentary that has been done on a one-design dinghy class in the recent past. Several were attempted around the Star class centenary, but none of them succeeded in getting seed funding, let alone completion money.”
So far, the project has raised almost $1,000 on Kickstarter and has pledges of $2,000 to SCIRA. To get an idea of the effort Casalaina has already invested in the project, check out this 6-minute trailer.
Casalaina also recently produced the following video at the Snipe class’ 2012 Las Vegas Regatta in San Diego, Calif.
To donate to the “Serious Sailing, Serious Fun” project on Kickstarter, click here. Or, contribute through the International Snipe Class by sending a donation to:
2812 Canon St.
San Diego, CA 92106
In additoin, Casalaina has entered the International Movie Trailer Festival , another crowd-source funding avenue. The trailer with the most votes at the close of the contest in March receives $5,000 and a distribution deal.