KU/24! A Day in the Life of the University of Kansas
Groundbreaking Project: Hoite Caston Productions signed a location agreement with the University of Kansas to produce the documentary KU/24! A Day in the Life of the University of Kansas, to be shot during the 24 hours from midnight to midnight on Friday, November 14, 2014, covering stories on the home basketball game with UC Santa Barbara, the Lied Center Rennie Harris Hip-Hop dance presentation, the University Theatre production of “The Big Meal”, preparations for the Saturday football game with TCU and a cornucopia of events and stories highlighting the academic and extracurricular excellence on the five campuses of this heartland of higher education. It will show Kansas citizens and legislators the impressive return on their investment in KU, as well as spotlighting the value to the state and nation of all higher educational institutions. While KU/24! is not officially endorsed by the University, the KU Office of Public Affairs and Marketing Communications are facilitating the production process and are negotiating the use of KU copyrighted material.
KU Community Collaboration: Caston, KU c’63, a Radio-TV-Film major and award winning writer, director and producer for HBO and the History Channel, is the originator of the KU/24! concept and will be its Executive Producer, Writer and Director. Serving as Co-Executive Producer and Principle Creative Consultant is Bill Kurtis, KU j’62, the award winning TV journalist and documentary producer for CBS News, PBS, A&E, CNBC and the History Channel. Caston says KU/24! will be a collaboration with the entire University community, involving creative contributions from students, faculty, staff and alumni from the five KU campuses and the citizens of Lawrence, a Top Ten College Town. Caston and Kurtis will retain final creative control of the documentary/TV series to maintain its journalistic independence, so that the full diversity of the University can be explored, including acclaimed accomplishments, clashes of ideas and ongoing institutional challenges in KU’s goal of generating prosperity for the citizens of Kansas. Partnering with KU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications students and faculty to produce KU/24!, Caston has voluntarily agreed that the final productions, while not shying from controversy, will reflect the mission and goals of the state’s Flagship University: “To lift students and society far above by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.”
Call for Participation & Stories: Caston also welcomes the participation of every KU video production student, staff, faculty and alumni professional to be part of one of the estimated 50 or more official camera crews that will be covering preselected and impromptu events in high definition video, capturing the university’s impressive array of activities and fertile mix of diverse human relationships. Caston will be visiting all KU campuses around the state during the extensive KU/24! pre-production activities during 2014, seeking the participation of volunteers from all university schools and departments to help propose and select the wide variety of inspiring, creative and life changing stories to be followed during the jam-packed 24 hours. All sights and sounds will have KU or Lawrence origins, including music, digital graphics and animation. Jayhawks on all campuses, as well as those working and studying around the state and abroad, will be encouraged to document their day with digital cameras and smart-phones.
Jayhawker Studios: To produce KU/24!, Caston is creating a proposed non-profit production entity called Jayhawker Studios, which will be financed by an on-line Kickstarter.com fundraising campaign beginning in July, 2014. The funds raised will cover the cost of video, sound and editing equipment, paid production staff, office expenses, promotion, distribution, travel, lodging, professional video crews and stipends for KU student, faculty and staff volunteers. It is estimated that the production budget will be a minimum of $300,000.
KU/24! Legacy: After kicking off the KU Sesquicentennial in March 2015, KU/24! will be distributed as a PBS/HBO genre documentary or TV mini-series, with its various stories covered in the production edited into individual “mini-doc” promotional videos. Part of any proceeds derived from KU/24!, as well as the equipment purchased for the non-profit Jayhawker Studios, are planned to be used to support future documentaries, low budget feature films and KU scholarships in association with KU Endowment. These productions would be Kansas-based video projects created through collaborations between KU students, faculty and alumni professionals from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the KU Department of Film & Media Studies. All footage shot for KU/24! will be made available to KU to promote the aspirations and accomplishments of the University of Kansas and its home state. © (7/3/14)
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