The Amazing SpiderDad Film, hoping to raise money for Naomi House in memory of Jayden. Share the fundraising video.
Mike Wilson is back once again to help their families chosen charity, Naomi House, with the Amazing SpiderDad Film raising awareness and money for their facility. My son, Jayden Wilson was diagnosed in August 2013 with a Grade 4 Brain Stem Tumor, and given 6-12 months to live, and told there was nothing that could be done. He was only 5 years old. A devastating situation for any parents.
I created Facebook Page to record all of Jayden’s pictures and videos. From the beginning we knew that creating as many amazing memories as possible as a family, was the most important task ahead of us. Jayden quickly gathered many followers to his page, which was called – Hope For Jayden, and after a few days the ‘likes’ increased very fast.
“The more views the Amazing SpiderDad Film gets, the more money raised for Naomi House.”
For Jayden’s 5th birthday, I wanted to create something special for him. He was a massive SpiderMan fan and loved everything about him. Had all the toys, bed covers, pictures in his room, LEGO, anything you could think of. So after seven months of preparation and designing a replica SpiderMan suit with two local costume designers, it was ready. To give Jayden an Amazing SpiderMan birthday surprise. The day was finally here, and you could say I was a little nervous as I wanted this to be as real as possible for Jayden. I set up my Go Pro camera so that it would capture everything. My brother-in-law pressed record while I was on the roof in position, waiting for him to appear at the door. The door open and Jayden steps out, at which point I jumped down from the roof, acting like SpiderMan. His face was a picture. A combination of shock, happiness and joy all mixed into one. I uploaded this video to YouTube so that I could always have a place to go and watch this incredible memory again and again. Overnight it got a few hundred views more than normal, but as the day went on, it simply escalated. It went viral. Today the video has over 10 million views, which is amazing. Never did I expect to get this kind of attention. This video can be seen here:
This got me thinking.
I wanted to create another video but use this as a way of fundraising through YouTube. I’m fortunate enough to have a channel that is monetized, allowing me to earn some money if the video does well on views and adverts. So I got in touch with my YouTube Partner, Rightster, and they were 100% behind the project. They would even send the funds raised direct to Naomi House. This short film had to be as real as possible for Jayden, as I wanted him to believe every part of it. So I called upon my very good friend Adam Brashaw, who also stunt doubles as Hawkeye in The Avengers, and with his very creative vision we finally came up with a plan for the short film. After many meetings at Costa in Basingstoke, we plotted each of the scenes, right down to the finest details. We both worked great together, and agreed that we needed to really stretch our skills with the Visual Effects and Video Production to make this work. All filmed using the Panasonic GH4 to give that 4K resolution option, mounted on a DJI Ronin Stabilisation Gimbal, DJI Helicam and Go Pro Hero 4. The shots were looking really professional.
I also had incredible support from a Motion Graphics Designer, Andy Greaves of Wonky Eye who edited the Webbing effects and made it look amazing.
The fundraising concept is simple. The more views the Amazing SpiderDad Film gets, the more money raised for Naomi House. I’m donating every single penny this video makes to the charity. All 100% of it, which Rightster will send directly to the charity. Before Jayden died, I intended to give him his very own premiere of the short film, including popcorn, drinks and a few friends round to make it something very special for him. Unfortunately, now this can’t happen, so I have dedicated this to my son Jayden and made this a fundraising opportunity in his memory.
“Please share the Amazing SpiderDad Film to as many people as possibly to make this fundraising opportunity a success”
All you have to do is watch and share the video. If you do, you will be contributing to the fundraising this video is hoping to generate through YouTube views and adverts. Let’s share the Amazing SpiderDad Film to the world!