FREE BURMA RANGERS

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A Documentary Film

Free Burma Rangers is an exciting documentary film exploring the 20-year journey of the Free Burma Rangers and their mission to free the oppressed on the frontlines of war.

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Scroll down to read more about the film, including themes, budget goals, and timeline.

About

Dave Eubank is a rare hero. A former U.S. Special Forces soldier- turned combat missionary, Dave has a lot to teach us about purpose, family, and the true nature of the world we live in. Over the past 20 years Dave, his wife Karen, and three young children, ventured into war zones where they found the oppressed and trained them to stand up to atrocities. They now command more than 70 ranger teams doing tours in Burma, Sudan & Iraq. Our film will highlight their twenty year journey - from firefights to heroic rescues - allowing audiences to experience their incredible lives while learning key lessons from one of the most inspiring families in the world today.

The style of the film will be a mix between Black Hawk Down and a Netflix documentary. We have an unprecedented archive of Free Burma Rangers footage to pull from, meaning that our film will be full of live action rather than re-enactments. This will be paired with studio interviews with Dave Eubank and his family, filmed using an interretron to make them directly engaging for audiences. Finally, the film will be filled out with the inspiring stories of three Free Burma Ranger ethnic leaders.

Director's Statement

Back in 2004, I went to Burma as a correspondent to try and document what’s become one of the world’s longest-running civil wars. The last person I expected to meet was a former U.S. Special Forces soldier and his wife and three kids. If you’ve met the Eubank family you know how special they are. They are a breed of missionary I had never seen before - combat missionaries. I’ve spent the past several years filming their journey. Making this film has forced me to think and feel in ways I wouldn’t have expected: How would I seek justice, but also love mercy in the face of evil? What would I risk in order to stand for what’s right? This film will walk us through a very personal journey into some of the most difficult conflicts in the world, to explore those answers.

We have over 1,000 hours of footage, in no less than four different languages, that we’ve worked hard to turn into a film. As you’ll see in this packet, we are approaching the finish line.

I am humbled and grateful that you would take the time to look over this project and consider partnering with us to help bring this film to life. With your help we believe this film will be a tremendous blessing to the Eubank family and to the world. What a unique opportunity we have to join the fight for good.

- Chris Sinclair, Documentary Filmmaker

The TEAM

The creative team at Deidox Films is producing the film. Deidox is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit documentary film company.

Brent Gudgel (Director)

Brent is a seasoned director who has helmed over 250 documentary productions in 20 countries. He directed the Showtime television documentary Dear Francis (about HIV/AIDS in Swaziland) and the Hulu miniseries Lovin’ Lakin (Kristen Bell, Seth McFarlane). His footage was also featured in the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics.

Chris Sinclair (Director)

Chris is a world-traveling director, by way of photojournalism. He spent eight years in Asia as an overseas correspondent. Chris holds an M.A. in Visual Communication from Ohio University (2012). He has since run filmed for a variety of media outlets and organizations, including BBC, CNN, Vox Media, DJI, Salvation Army, and more.

Dave Mahanes (Producer)

David has overseen the production of documentaries, promotional videos, and short films for the last 14 years, including the award-winning documentary Dear Francis (Showtime) and the film series Deidox Shorts. He has worked with Saddleback Church, Goodwill, Union Rescue Mission, the US State Department, IJM and World Relief, among others.

THEMES

The plan is for the film to cover a variety of themes, including:

  • Purpose
  • Easy way, hard way
  • Never surrender
  • Evil, pain, suffering
  • Justice vs vengeance
  • How hearts can change
  • How to hold onto hope

Why Now?

During a time when so many issues divide us, a story that unites justice and mercy is what we need. Even when problems are complex the responses can be surprisingly simple. Pray and do something. Then reflect, pray, and do whatever is next. That is how Free Burma Rangers began and it is how their epic story continues.

This film walks us through a very personal journey in the midst of some of the most difficult conflicts in the world. Where does it take us? To a place of humility that acknowledges our limitations while inspiring hope. The hope is not that we can or should do everything, but that any of us can and should live with the courage to do something.

Project Timeline

2014 | PRE-PRODUCTION/PLANNING (Completed)

 

2015-2017 | Production (Completed)

Main Production for the documentary (3 years)

 

2017-FEB 2018 | Editing Began

Editing began, and rough cut completed. Structure & main content of the film is complete. 

 

JULY 2018-FALL 2018 | Final Editing

We are currently editing the final cut of the film. Also planned in this phase is Music Composition, Sound Mix, Color Correction, etc.

 

WINTER 2019 | Begin Distribution

Begin distribution plan. Festivals, Movie Theaters, then DVD & Digital Release.

distribution

The documentary will have a multi-faceted distribution strategy with a mix of traditional and innovative methods to reach as broad an audience as possible. Once complete we will pursue the widest distribution possible, including Film Festivals, Theatrical Distribution, Church & Community Screenings, DVD Sales, Web Streaming (Netflix, Hulu, Vudu), and Video On Demand (Amazon, YouTube, iTunes).

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Budget

Most documentary films are “labors of love” and this project has been no different. To date we have raised $170,000 which has allowed us to finish all production and edit together a loose outline of the film.  All that is left to do is post production. 

In an effort to keep momentum going we have outlined three potential budgets for completing the film.  Similar to getting a new car, the more money we have to invest, the more enjoyable and higher-quality the result will be.  With increased funding comes better sound, better animation, better music, an all around better viewing experience for people.

BUDGET
Basic Standard Premiere
Editorial (Labor, Equip, Office)
2 people for 6 months $27,500 $27,500 $27,500
Add a Writer/Producer $15,000 $15,000
1 Asst Editor (PT) $5,000 $5,000 $5,000
Hollywood Full Time Editor $36,000
GFX/Motion Control
In-house (minimal titles) $3,000
Professional GFX/Motion $7,500 $15,000
Color Correction
In house (minimal color balance) $2,000
Professional Color Pass (Favor) $7,500
Hollywood Color Correction $17,500
Sound Design & Mix
In house (basic audio balance) $2,000
Professional (favor) $10,000
Hollywood studio Mix $17,500
Music
License Pre-recorded tracks $2,500
Custom Composed (synth) $10,000
Custom Composed (Orchestra) $30,000
Finishing Costs (Online Edit)
In house $3,500
Master for Theaters (favors) $5,000
Professional Master $10,000
Legal/Accounting
In house (minimal work) $1,500
Professional Services (no E&O) $5,000
Prof. Services (LLC & E&O) $15,000
Office, Admin, Publicity
In house (fundraising, travel, etc) $3,000 $3,000 $4,000
Film Festivals & Travel for Dist. $4,000 $7,500
Total $50,000 $100,000 $200,000

Thank you for partnering with us to bring the Free Burma Rangers story to audiences everywhere!

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