I keep asking myself this question. Earlier this year when we premiered the official trailer (which recieved such wonderful response, thank you!!) the video ended with “Summer 2012.” The idea was that the film would potentially be in film festivals by then. But alas, as I am learning, everything takes forever in this game when it is a two person band.
So I think the announcement of “Summer 2012” should represent when we kick off our fantastical kickstarter. This means our press materials and website need to be in tip top shape in addition to a plethora of other tasks to ensure a successful kickstarter, we want to keep our audience engaged so will be releasing video clips throughout our kickstarter campaign that reveal the documentary’s characters more intimately.
Now we are cutting up that kickstarter video as you’ve seen us progress on. Chuy and I have been trying to coordinate our schedules as best as possible since my fibromyalgia has flared up so much I am rendered incapable of editing right now. In fact, I’ve been working on this update for a few days now, I just test the waters and see how long I can last typing. Also in difficult news, I lost my job at Technicolor due to my limitations. I’m trying to pursue a year of state disability to see if time can help me get to a condition where I can finally return back to full time working. While realizing that this is a chornic condition that will follow me the rest of my life, I am currently adjusting my life plans to accomodate, as such I am feeling the push to enter back into academia and pursue a Ph.D., but in the mean time the goal is to finish The Unique Ladies.
So what is it going to take to finish? Something is always added on to this list Chuy and I share on google apps. Tons to do–little time, little money. But we are persistent. And of course the fabulous ladies of Unique Ladies are ever patient. I can only imagine how it must feel to have a part of you life history archived and ready to be shared. This is why Chuy and I have decided to launch our kickstarter as early as July 1st–since we are trying to go BIG we are submitting to top tier film festivals such as Sundance, South By Southwest, SF International and Los Angeles Film Festivals, to name a few. These festivals start taking submissions this fall, so the film has to be in picture perfect from. This week I have been getting together our kickstarter budget, how much money we need to make it to these festivals. Our kickstarter budget while looking pretty high, will just cover the necessary post-production expenses, I am additionally appying to several grants due this summer to help with other costs that will be coming our way, particularly music rights.
As we know music is an instrinsic part of the lowrider scene, while editing I was inspired by the music blasting out the ladies’ stereos, it helped to develop a special voice in the film, one that speaks to the audience and calls upon fond memory, I mean WHO doesn’t love oldies?!?! So there are about 13 songs in the film itself, and I just found out that for only festival screenings it will cost approximately $1,000 per song to liscense for the year we will be in festivals. “DE QUE???” I said under my breath when talking to the music supervisor giving me a free consultation. So with that, I calculated that with cutting out some songs and trying to use other songs by independent artists I might be able to get away with at $10,000 music budget. Oh yah, and tack that on to the already projected $25,000 for post-production costs and marketing. So there you have it. We are broke and we need money. I wish there was something we could do…..OH WAIT, yes there is, KICKSTARTER.
So steadfast we shall work toward getting this campaign ready to launch in the next month. We are excited to have such a strong support system already and please encourage others to check us out. In the mean time it’s back to grant writing! Wish us luck!!
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