Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!
We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who's donated so far. Thank you so much for helping us achieve over 30% of our target in less than a week! We are mightily impressed. However, we've still got a long way to go before we can get the Halbwelt party well and truly started...
News from the front
Preparations are well under-way for Halbwelt Kultur at the Jermyn. With rehearsals starting next week, the team are busy writing new song arrangements, updating choreography, printing posters, negotiating publicity deals and generally not sleeping in order to make sure that we will be able to bring you the best show possible. Here we see Stephanie Hampton (one of our wonderful producers) en route to a meeting with the powers that be at the theatre...
More to come, so please keep checking back for sneak-peeks of everything behind-the-scenes Halbwelt. In the meantime, let's see if we can make it to £1000 within the week - I know we can do it, Lieblings!
We are overwhelmed by the amount of support you guys have shown us during our kickstarter. It has been incredible watching this project grow and working with you all and we are always looking for ways to offer more and give back. With only 11 days to go, we have another exciting announcement to make! SHADOW have teamed up with another awesome Kickstarter project—Baboomi—to create the limited edition ultimate wake up alarm clock $200 pledge level.
By combining the SHADOW app with the Baboomi standalone alarm clock, users can access an enhanced SHADOW dream app experience. The Baboomi Custom Alarm Clock is available in a sleek black design that has been modified to sync flawlessly with the SHADOW dream app.
You can enjoy the benefits of SHADOW with or without a smart phone. Baboomi has a bonus micro-targeted, single-person wake up experience that will gently bring you out of sleep and in to your conscious state.
To open the door to an enhanced SHADOW dream world, you simply need to go on to the Kickstarter page and change (or add if that is your wish) your pledge level to the SHADOW+Baboomi option. SHADOW + Baboomi delivers March 2014, access to the SHADOW app in will be available in December 2013.
To learn more about this check out this video we made for you below, you have blown my heart and mind wide open and as the campaign continues to grow please get in touch with us if you have questions or just want to chat more about SHADOW.
- hunter lee soik
BABOOMI • KICKSTARTER
You’re cordially invited to the offical launch party for Outer Seed Shadow #01, to be held at The Horticultural Society (148 W 37th St Fl 13) of New York on October 24th, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.
I will be presenting Outer Seed Shadow #01 along with project collaborators, including Thomas Kosbau, Founder and Principle of ORE Design + Technology, Amie Uhrynowski, Art Commission Liaison of NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation, and George Pisegna, Director of Horticulture and Public Programs at The Hort, who will work with the artist on the challenge of landscaping the garden.
It would be a pleasure to count with you to celebrate from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Free and open to the public please RSVP to email@example.com
You can find the Press Release HERE
We got tons of comments and emails after the last update, almost universally agreeing that we should use a beta group for the first run of 50, so we’re moving forward with that plan!
We’ve already had a bunch of volunteers on the technical side, but something a lot of you have emphasized is the importance of including testers who have a varied background with espresso and varying familiarity with the technology.
So, we’re issuing a formal call for anyone who wants to beta test. Essentially the only requirements:
- You are a Kickstarter backer (no one from outside the original Kickstarter group yet, sorry!)
- You have the time and interest to use the machine every day (hopefully many times a day) once you get it, give us feedback in the form of emails and possibly phone calls, and potentially work through some over-the-phone troubleshooting with us.
You don’t need to have any special skills, and we’ll try to give preference to people earlier in the backer queue. To reiterate, after these first 50 units, we’ll resume fulfilling rewards in the order that they were pledged for.
Beta units are most useful to everyone if they go to people who have enough time to write us back, so we just ask that you use your judgment regarding how much time/interest you have in doing that. Also, though we expect to be shipping fully functional machines, these first machines will potentially require a bit more troubleshooting than later machines, so keep that in mind.
We don’t expect to go beyond the first 200 or so backers in looking for willing beta testers, but if you’re in that group and have particular interest in helping us with this, and the time to spare, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’ve already emailed, no need to email again.
We're heartily looking forward to shipping the first of these babies out! Let us know if you have any questions or concerns, and thanks again!
By now hopefully you've all read and enjoyed all three volumes of stories taking place in Sanity, AZ. Well, what did you think?
A bit of news for you:
The TPB is done early! We're able to release the book on Amazon next Monday, October 21, just in time for monster season! Those of you who are to receive your copy of the TPB along with other rewards based on your tiers will not have to wait much longer -- this coming weekend, October 20, to be exact, the four of us -- Mike, Marcel, James, and I -- will be gathering over coffee and good company to package your rewards and set them up for mailing. You should all receive them by the end of the month.
Let us know if you have any questions.
We have some upcoming shows in the SoCal region, and again in Phoenix at the start of the new year. We'll update you on those and any other shows coming up, so hopefully we'll get to meet you when you stop by to say hi!
This book's publication would not at all be possible without your support, so once again, thank you.
Hey, look out below for the POSTER for IN SANITY, AZ!
We've got a few good things to report today:
1. Last week our new trailer debuted exclusively on iTunes and for a day or two was their most popular trailer. And then very quickly it spread and was uploaded to YouTube and it is pretty safe to say that it has been viewed over a million times in the last 6 days.
2. The week before last, I was in Bill Watterson's hometown of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, where the film screened three times at the Chagrin Falls Documentary Film Festival. It was very well-received by the audiences, and the film won the "Best Feature" award. (A few photos from the trip are below.)
3. We're down to one month until our release, and pre-orders are now open on iTunes, VHX, and our website. Most of you have received your copies of the film, but if anyone is planning on getting an HD download for yourself or a friend to share the film with, you can use the code "KICKSTARTER" to get 20% off from VHX.
4. Last of all, a lot of people have learned about the film this week, but you, ladies and gentlemen, are the ones who helped make it happen in the first place. If you have the urge to show off your early support, below is a Facebook timeline cover you can use.
Thanks so much as always for your support of Dear Mr. Watterson. I hope you all feel that this has been a worthy endeavor.
On Sunday BILL THE GALACTIC HERO enjoyed its first shooting day: a reference shoot for the animation sequences which will begin and end the film. We also shot camera tests with the Orwo 400 ASA stock from Germany -- probably the stock we'll use. You won't see any of this footage in the finished film: it's just a reference for the animators who will work on those scenes in Chris Pearce's CU animation class in the spring.
We've also had to re-jig the schedule, since our first shooting days coincided with the CU production of Macbeth, which, though we didn't know it, turns out to star Bill, Fusetender First Class Spleen, and several other of our cast members. Lady Macbeth is played by Brittany Handler (our Spleen) and the Thane of Cawdor himself by James Miller (our Bill). So we're moving dates around and a new schedule will appear shortly.
Meanwhile, here's a picture of James and others rehearsing with Animation Czar Coley Lubinski. Take a good look! Next time you see him he'll be wearing a space helmet (unless you come to see him as Macbeth in Boulder, in which case I'll see you there.)
Boxes and boxes; just arrived on monday. No printing problems; the books look great.
Surveys will start going out this week; the mass envelope stuffing party is slated for November 2nd, although some will start shipping sooner.
The finish line is here; we appreciate everyone's patience.
*** For anyone who has moved/changed address, you'll enter your new address when the survey arrives. We waited on them for just this reason.
All of you inside the country should have received at least the first shipment of your reward packages by now. Let me know if otherwise. The international shipments went out late last week.
Advance tickets are going fast for our CD release show on Saturday October 26th at a great new venue, SubCulture in Manhattan. We'll be performing Book of Rhapsodies with an 11-piece orchestra plus voices. We are hugely excited to have a rare performance by the acclaimed Raymond Scott Orchestrette opening the show. $15 advance tickets are available here.
GHOST TRAIN ORCHESTRA "Book of Rhapsodies" CD RELEASE
RAYMOND SCOTT ORCHESTRETTE
Saturday October 26th
45 Bleecker Street
New York City NY
8:00pm doors / 8:30 show
$15 advance / $20 doors
We'll be selling a few of these gorgeous 11x22 silkscreen posters created by James Weinberg at this show only, and holding a raffle at the door to win a free one.
The 7-piece Raymond Scott Orchestrette performs radical reinventions of the legendary composer's animated tunes. Besides such favorites as "Powerhouse" and "The Penguin", the Orchestrette features lesser-known works such as "Coming Down to Earth," "Naked City," and "A Street Corner in Paris." The Orchestrette also performs acoustic renditions of Scott's later electronic works, such as Soothing Sounds for Baby's "Little Miss Echo" — rarely heard artifacts the composer himself never performed outside the studio.
I have a connection with the Raymond Scott Orchestrette as I worked with one of its prestigious members, Brian Dewan, several years ago on a record called Dreamland with the band Beat Circus. Brian played his incredible electric zither (which he plays with the RSO) and created this incredible artwork for the cover:
Brian Dewan and Irwin Chusid (one of the key people responsible for rediscovering the work of Raymond Scott) both contributed to the three-hour radio documentary I produced last year on Raymond Scott called "Imagination and Innovation". You can now listen to the entire program here. Here's a slideshow and montage of the Raymond Scott Orchestrette assembled by Jeff Winner:
Hope to see you there!
Brian Carpenter and the Ghost Train Orchestra