ABOUT THE PROJECT
The world we are living in today is very accelerated and demanding for any individual inside any community.
It has become a very stressful and confusing place for the new generations growing up in it.
One group of young people gathered around the urban culture known as the hip hop.
They used the dance as their tool to develop themselves and to make a difference in their society by challenging themselves and provoking others to do the same.
That became the art-form. The sub-culture of hip hop called breaking, b-boying or breakdancing.
Hip hop is a culture and art movement.
It’s a powerful medium for expression of individual beliefs, feelings and opinions by using the music (DJ-ing), lyrics (rapping), images (graffiti’s) and dance (braking).
While it was created in the Bronx in the mid-1970s, it has soon spread throughout world and subsequently the Balkan countries in which it made quite an impact, connecting people regardless of their religion, race and political beliefs.
It started as a rebellion, a new way to express yourself.
It was an efficient method to push thru the boundaries and censorship and to do it in a fun and beautiful way. To do it without the violence.
But with time… for many people it became just a fashion.
Something to buy or follow just because it is popular.
With time, it’s history may get forgotten. It may become just an item to consume.
The aim of this project is to preserve the history by digging out the stories from the people which were the most active in bringing, spreading and shaping this hip hop culture to Balkan countries, with the goal to show the newer generations why is important to stop being just a hip hop consumers and how to make a difference.
FREESTYLE KINGZ COLLECTIVE
FreeStyle Kingz Collective is formed in the year 1997 with goal of building and preserving Urban youth subculture known as Hip Hop on aria of Balkan. Since then this Collective grown from the Crew true Organization to Collective of Hip Hop activists.
True all that time this group of people build and shaped Balkan Hip Hop scene with different actions, events, workshops, theater productions and various cultural, educational, exchange and community projects, based on breaking mostly. Goal of this collective always was and will stay is to connect Balkan bboys with the world in order to allow their exchange.
BALKAN BBOY HISTORY BOX
One of the projects of this Collective is called "Balkan BBoy history box" which is based on preserving and collecting Balkan bboy history and making an archive of it. This part of digitalization started already in a year 2018 and until now we collected around 100 hours of raw material, all recorded by bboys them selfs and by the help of their friends. All collected video materials are digitalized and safety stored for future projects. One of the projects is already in the process of realization as an youtube video blog called "FlashBack Week", collection of different bboy cuts from many different events around from year 1997-2009.
We want to make more serious production and make stories out of the crews which was a part of development of that subculture when it was younger. In the new series called "Generation B" (which stands for Generation Break) we want to travel around the Balkan in order to collect stories of most influential crews on Balkan, to find out what was their story of why did they get involved in breaking. Now after 15-20 years we can hear the stories of grown up people which will tell us how Hip Hop actually changed they life's and influenced their own future.
"Generation B" is the generation which begin to dance in the middle of 90' until early 2000', and by they own activity they participated in development of that youth urban culture. During 90' on aria of ex Yugoslavia war take place and that was the time of great repression in that aria, but on the rest of the Balkan was almost the same, regime was changing and poverty was really big. But there was still young people which was full of energy and with big will to make their own world. Our task is to collect, process and put together their stories, stories about young people which were constantly working on connecting youth true the dance, bringing down the borders and building up an tolerance between the nations.
Most of the Crews from that era were starters of that scene on a local level, so most of their time they were active in their local community as breaking teacher or organizers of events and gatherings. Every Crew got his original story which is specific for each of them, because this urban culture and the scene was build from basically nothing, there was just a need for break and will to do something.
Our next steps in this project are based on developing contacts with 12 Crews from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosna & Hercegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece which will be a part of this first session. This part of the project will take until end of 2019, and after that we will know with which Crews we will make stories. By the beginning of the year 2020 we will start to organize meetings (live or on line) with them in order to get that first draft interviews .
After communication with all the crews we will make script for each episode and start to develop shooting plan. Shooting will be done true the year 2021, but air time will start from September 2021. If we don't raise full amount needed for this project, we will record as much episodes possible with amount which we have.
For this production we need to insure founds for additional equipment (hard disc drives, camera, tripods, lights, microphone, etc...) as well as the trips around the Balkan and video & audio montage. Until now it was not funded project and like that we manage to collect a lot of archived video materials from bboys around the Balkan and start "FlashBack Week" as a start up project.
1 x Canon XA11 PRO Camera
2 x Tripod
2 x 4TB Hard Disc
2 x Soft Light box with reflector and stand
Trip expenses (7 day stay every trip for shooting)
Zagreb - Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Zagreb - Sofia (Bulgaria)
Zagreb - Beograd (Serbia)
Zagreb - Split (Croatia)
Zagreb - Bijeljina (Bosna & Hercegovina)
Zagreb - Smolian (Bulgaria)
Zagreb - Athens (Greece)
Zagreb - Maribor (Slovenia)
Zagreb - Novi Sad (Serbia)
Zagreb - Plovdiv (Bulgaria)
|TYPE OF EXPENSE||WORKING HOURS||EXPENSE|
|Digitalization and archive development||400 hours - true all the project||3000 €|
|Coordinator of the project||1000 hours - true all the project||1500 €|
|Camera man||200 hours - from June 2020 until the end of shooting||1500 €|
|Script writing for all 12 episodes||500 hours - from January 2020||2000 €|
|Trip expenses and accommodation for the Crew (min. 2 persons)||10 cities x 7 days 20 hours of video shooting, 10 hours of interview preparation, 10 hours of archive selection (for each city)||7000 €|
|Graphic design for graphic elements and all printed materials||400 hours during all the project||1750 €|
|Video editing + color design||800 hours during all the projects||2000 €|
|Audio production, design and mastering||500 hours during all the project||2000 €|
|Print of all printed materials (booklet, posters, flayers)||-||700 €|
|Promotion materials and awards (t-shirts, DVD's, cups, etc...)||-||800 €|
|Additional equipment (Camera, tripods, storage, soft light boxes, etc...)||-||3250 €|
|Post office expenses for sending awards and materials world wide||-||500 €|
|Donation commission's and bank fees (12%)||3600 €|
|ALL TOGETHER||-------||29,550 €|
REWARDS FOR DONATIONS
For every a bit bigger donation we have some kind of reward toward donor, you can see categories of donations on the left side of the screen
Follow our updates, they will be edited as much as project funds will coming, and for all donors which donated in certain criteria they will be listed on all this new materials under the criteria of donation. This campaigning will go for longer time and lots of materials will be additionally posted when the time will come for that.