97 East PROJECT PROPOSAL
Title: 97 East
Collaborators: Think Twice Production
– David Whitmer
– Nick Carvalho
– Charles Cotton
– Kenneth Macaraig
A short documentary of the Matthew Whitmer’s life through lenses of his brother, David.
– Youth +
– Grieving Families
– People who are dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts
– Potential Donors to the Bridge
Objective of Film:
The objective of 97East is to bring awareness of the value of life and the lives lost on the Golden Gate Bridge. We hope to bring forth hope and encouragement others to donate.
Instrumental – mainly piano, violin, string instrument
- Hold On
The Think Twice Production Vision for “97 East” is to be a short but powerful documentary that will bring forth awareness of the social responsibility of every viewer in regards of the construction of Golden Gate Bridge Barrier. The documentary will focus on two specific perspectives. The first perspective will be on a personal level, which will cover David’s experience of loosing his brother to suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge. The factual perspectives will the second point of view, given by Ken Holmes, a retired mortician. In addition, the cinematic music of Tony Anderson will set the tone through of our documentary. With these factors in play, we hope that the documentary will change people’s lives.
November 15th, 2007 was a day which David Whitmer could never forget. It was the day that marked the death of his brother, Matthew Whitmer. Since then, it has been a journey of dealing and finding answers for the whole Whitmer family. Matthew took his life by jumping of the bridge. His body was never found. This event was the catalyst that turned the Whitmer family as advocates of the Golden Gate Bridge Barrier. 97 East will become a miniature tribute for Matthew by David Whitmer and the Think Twice Production.
There are several ways we have planned to approach in presenting Matthew’s life in the documentary. Our first approach is to ask David several questions in an interview setting. These questions are specifically honed to discuss how Matthew died and also to reveal if David had come to a place of closure. These questions will be very uncomfortable questions for David to answer, but we hope that it will bring forth unspoken words and emotions of anyone who had experience a similar situation. Some examples of these questions are:
- How did Matthew pass away?
- How did you deal with this loss?
- If you get a chance to speak with him again, what would you say?
We also would like to create this documentary as a tribute to Matthew. We will follow David to different places that Matthew grew up and loved. We will be taking footage of the Whitmer’s house. In their home, we will get footage of Matthew’s room, a bench that was built for him, and few family photos that could act as b-rolls. We are also going to stop by a park, which a friend has created a memorial for Matthew. In addition to these places, we are going to visit Ocean Beach. Lastly, We will spend most of our footage in taking different perspective of the Golden Gate Bridge. Specifically on the bridge, we will have David stand by the 97East light pole, which is where Matthew took his life. We will definite take several footages of b-rolls to create a montage for Matthew to close the whole documentary and as a dedication for him.
In the factual and professional perspective, Ken Holmes, former marine coroner, will be introduced early in the documentary. He will cover the fact about the need of the bridge barrier. He will share his experience of how it affected him due to that 85% of his work was dealing with families that have lost someone from the bridge. He will share his frustration of why there is no action truly being made to construct the barrier. He will also speak about the people he lost people from the bridge. His transparency and his strong but creditable opinion will serve the documentary to hone on the need of the bridge.
In addition to the content of the documentary, Think Twice Production was blessed to work with Tony Anderson. Tony Anderson is score artist in Florida. He music is perfect for the tone that the documentary is at. His score called “Hope” is the soundtrack we plan to end the documentary with. To find more information about Tony, go to www.tonyandersonmusic.com.
Overall, 97 East is a documentary that is created beyond the desire to receive a decent grade. We want to end the documentary with a chance for people to act on this social responsibility. We will wrap the documentary with a montage of Matthew. We will also add facts to hammer down the truth about bridge. We want to end the documentary on the idea of hope, which David will share about his hopes to find his brother’s body some day.