Thursday, April 29, 2010

New Series, “Over & Under” Will Attract Larger Audience To College Swimming Plight

Over & Under ASU Swimming Series

What is it? Over & Under is a new series following the Arizona State University Swimming & Diving Team and their journey to rebuild the legendary swim program after a series of state-wide budget cuts threatened the team’s very existence. Produced by Ontracc LLC, and presented by The Sun Devil Swimming Association, this web series follows a swim team from their first dryland practice of the season all the way through to the spring conference meet. It’s filmed like a reality show (but without the zany gimmicks) and provides a real world view of a swim team known for their perseverance.

Why is it so important? This series will give a broader audience access to the personal struggles college teams are faced with on a daily basis. Because the men’s team at ASU was officially cut and then officially reinstated – the program serves as an inspiration to college teams everywhere. By publicizing the story of their perseverance, Over & Under could lead the rally cry for the full spectrum of “non-revenue” sports fighting to stay afloat.

Where to watch. Watch previews from the first episode on Facebook beginning May 2010. ‘Like’ the page to receive the latest announcements about the series (facebook.com/overandunder).

Check out the series intro to get a feel for the show:

Monday, November 2, 2009

Caitlin Kinney Has Her Copy Of TOPPING POINT, Do You?

I’ve gotten a chance to check in with Jack Kubacki, swimming star of the promotional short film Topping Point, after his summer in L.A. But what has dancer Caitlin Kinney been doing since appearing in the film and finishing her season on So You Think You Can Dance?

caitlin kinney so you think you can dance

Since September, Caitlin has been on tour with the rest of the Top 20 from SYTYCD Season 5. The Season 5 Tour will continue through November 21st, 2009 with a final stop in Everett, Washington.

caitlin kinney topping point

Caitlin managed to pick up her own copy of the short film Topping Point during her busy tour schedule. You can find out more about the film by becoming a fan of the Facebook Page.

Below is one of my favorite dances performed by Caitlin during SYTYCD Season 5, the now famous ‘Jai Ho’ Ballywood dance:

http://d.yimg.com/static.video.yahoo.com/yep/YV_YEP.swf?ver=2.2.46

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Interview With Jack Kubacki, Lead Role In Swimming Short Film

jack kubacki topping point

My AOL Instant Messenger interview with Jack took place on Sunday, August 16th, 2009 at 7:00pm. Jack played Adam Rand in the recently released short film version of Topping Point. A feature length movie of the same title is currently in development by Ontracc, LLC.

EricT: Jack thanks for taking some time to talk with me this evening!

Jack: Anytime

EricT: What have you been up to since you finished shooting the short film?

Jack: I returned home from Houston and finished up my spring semester. I had kept in touch with Scott [note: Scott Ellison, Co-Owner/Director] and others from Ontracc and decided to move to Los Angeles for the summer. I was living out there from the beginning of June, right after my sister’s high school graduation, and returned to Reading, PA in early August.
Jack: I’ve been keeping busy, with swimming especially. I really want my senior year to be great.

EricT: So you still kept up with training out in LA?

Jack: Yeah, Scott and I were originally training at the USC pool in the morning but moved to Santa Monica College out of convenience. Scott is a dedicated guy, and I was able to help him improve his swimming while also having someone to motivate me to stay in the water on a regular basis amidst all distractions of LA.
Jack: I thought this summer was successful, I am in much better shape now than I normally am entering college swim season. I think that is why I am so excited about this year.

EricT: That’s great!
EricT: So did you plan your own workouts, or did your coach send you anything he wanted you to get done?

Jack: For the most part I planned my own workouts. I take most of my coach

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

TOPPING POINT Press Release 8-12-09

ontracc topping point press release

AMERICAN OLYMPIC SWIMMERS IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION

TOPPING POINT DVD & POSTER TO SUPPORT FUTURE USA OLYMPIC SWIMMERS

College swimming programs are being shut down at an alarming rate as universities across the United States feel the squeeze from an intense recession. Olympic swimming hopefuls once enjoyed full college scholarships and top notch training facilities as they prepared to represent their country, but now they are being shutout. Swimmers without funding are swimmers without a future.

Don

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Topping Point DVD Arrived Today!

My copy of the Topping Point promotional short film arrived today. The cover and disc artwork look very professional, so props to Photographic Design Lab for their work on that.

As far as content goes, there’s nothing on the DVD that you can’t find over at the Topping Point fan page on Facebook. However, purchase of a DVD includes a donation to the Husky Swimming Foundation, a non-profit seeking to reinstate UW’s Swim Teams. I also got the DVD version because I wanted to check out the HD 1080p digital quality on my TV and surround sound that puts my computer monitor to shame.

Here is the synopsis as it appears on the back of the DVD cover:

Topping Point is a short film based on a feature-length film currently in development. The film is about a passionate Olympic swimmer who competes as the only athlete representing the United States as it teeters on the verge of a collapse.

This short film version explores the beginning of this story and will be used to pitch the feature-length film to major studios. Please show your support by becoming a fan of the film on Facebook and by spreading the word to other swimmers.”

If you want to purchase your own copy of Topping Point, head over to the Ontracc online store where you can choose to buy the DVD or DVD + Donation.

To watch the DVD features online, become a fan of Topping Point on Facebook by clicking here (link).

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Interview With Caitlin Kinney From TOPPING POINT On Facebook

The TOPPING POINT page on Facebook has been leaking extra goodies since the official online release of the short film. In the last hour, they’ve just posted an interview with Caitlin Kinney, co-star of the short film, about her experiences on the set. Become a fan of TOPPING POINT on Facebook to watch the video.

I grabbed a couple screen captures of the clip:

dancer caitlin kinney

dancer caitlin kinney

dancer caitlin kinney

From the Ontracc LLC Press Release:

The short film version of TOPPING POINT is based on a feature-length film of the same name currently in development, and is set to a chilling track by Trifonic, an electronic duo based in San Francisco.

The story follows American swimmer Adam Rand and the dream he

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Short Film Version of TOPPING POINT Online Premiere

The short film version of TOPPING POINT has been released online at FloSwimming.org (watch the film here). As explained by Writer/Director Scott Ellison, the short film or “scissor reel” versions are usually intended for meetings as a way to pitch the idea to studios.

Ontracc is looking for participation and feedback from the swimming community. They want to make an authentic and relevant swimming movie that could potentially be released just in time for the 2012 Olympics. Join the TOPPING POINT page on Facebook, or comment on the FloSwimming.org release to give your reaction!

The short film version is available on FloSwimming.org, and should also appear on the TOPPING POINT page on Facebook in the near future.

There are several ways to make a purchase + donate to swimming causes: Ontracc Store

1. Buy a movie poster – this option supports the future production of a full-length feature film.
2. Buy the short film – 100% of the profits will be donated to one of two swimming-related causes.
3. Buy the short film + Husky Swimming Donation – an easy way to make a $5 donation to the Husky Swimming Foundation while buying the DVD at the same time.
4. Buy the short film + FloSwimming.org Donation – an easy way to make a $5 donation to FloSwimming.org while buying the DVD at the same time.

> Related: Ontracc supports the Husky Swimming Foundation
> Caitlin Kinney, from So You Think You Can Dance?, makes an appearance in the short film.
> Related: Topping Point Enters Final Stages of Post Production


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

In Brief…

kast-a-way swimwear in brief

> Topping Point DVD Cover Artwork via Topping Point on Facebook
> Garrett Weber-Gale Grouchy Reaction to 50 Free by Garrett Weber-Gale
> FINA’s Swimsuit List: Pure Genius by Gold Medal Mel
> The Swim Aids Agree With Me: “Dear PVK…” by The Swim Aids
> World’s Highest Springboard–876 Feet High! by Springboards and More
> Korea Earns 2015 World University Games Hosting Duties by Swimming World
> Natalie Coughlin Gives Freestyle Tips to SELF Magazine Readers at SwimStars.org
> USA Diving Merch Designed By Actual Designers! What A Concept.Sugar and Bruno


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance, Caitlin Kinney?

If you watched So You Think You Can Dance? on FOX tonight, you should have seen a familiar face in Caitlin Kinney. She blew the judges away and got straight through to Las Vegas (the So You Think You Can Dance equivalent of the famous American Idol phrase “welcome to Hollywood baby!”). It sounds like we’ll be seeing a lot more of Caitlin this season on SYTYCD–but that’s not the only place you’ll be able to see her!

caitlin kinney photo

Caitlin is the dancing co-star in the swimming movie Topping Point, whose character follows a parallel to swimmer Adam Rand. In the movie, both characters pursue their dreams in the midst of a second Great Depression where “food shortages and a lack of electricity make training nearly impossible.”

caitlin kinney on stage

Topping Point is currently in production by Ontracc LLC. For more information (and production photos) become a fan of Topping Point on Facebook or visit the Ontracc website.

> Video of Caitlin Kinney dancing at AMTCWorld.com
> Press release from Ontracc about the full-length feature film, and short film project


Video found on Rickey.org via Photobucket

Sunday, May 17, 2009

New Video and Photos Added to Topping Point Facebook Page

Become a fan of the movie Topping Point on Facebook to check out the newest production photos, and a blooper video that was just added.

topping point blooper

Here’s a screenshot from the video where the assistant director, Frank Eakin, doesn’t realize he’s in the background of a slow motion butterfly shot.

> Topping Point fan page on Facebook


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