Hello there, illustrious backers!
The Back in the Soviet Bloc team have been posting progress updates via our facebook page, but we've recently been reminded that - shock, horror - not everyone on Planet Earth has a facebook account.
So here's a little message to keep everyone up-to-date.
We've now been editing for 6 months, and we estimate that there's around 3 months of work left. We started with 57 hours of footage, and after considerable deliberation, we decided to transform this into 11 x 26 minute episodes. (It's 26 minutes long rather than 30, as broadcasters need time between shows for ads.)
The footage has all been condensed into useable pieces, and each episode has been chopped down to at least the "assemble edit" stage. You could say there's a spectrum of completeness; the polish of each episode ranges from "rough" to "finished".
Once the entire series has been edited, voiceovers recorded, music written, sound mixed, graphics animated, and colours graded, we'll then upload each episode to a website, and allow potential broadcasters to view the series. Thanks to the positive reaction we've received thus far, we're quietly confident that we'll sell the show, and that it will be beamed into lounge rooms in 2013.
We will keep you posted regarding the progress of your rewards. You're all very important to us, as you've given this project a genuine kickstart, so we look forward to visiting Australia Post with a pile of cds, dvds, and a long mailing list.
Finally, we've launched a website:
Feel free to post this on facebook (if you have a profile that is), and tell your friends to stay tuned! And if you'd like a sneak preview of the show's opening credits sequence, simply play the video on the main page. We've combined the opening with our original trailer, creating a brand spanking new one.
Thanks for your patience Kickstarters, and stay in touch!
Stu & Julia
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Jan 13, 2012 - Jan 27, 2012 (14 days)
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A thank you tweet, our eternal gratitude + Julia's secret borsch recipe!Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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Digital download pack: includes original soundtrack, Julia’s favourite Russian recipes & 5 original photos to use as desktop wallpapers! (NOTE: soundtrack deliverable in July, other items available in February)Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Download of the entire series + digital download pack!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Signed DVD of the entire series + digital download pack!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Your name in 'Special Thanks' section of the credits, download of the entire series + digital download pack!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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5 x limited edition 17 x 30cm prints (choose from a selection of beautiful images), signed DVD + digital download pack, plus a surprise gift!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Super-deluxe coffee table book with original photos from the series, signed DVD + digital download pack!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Julia will cook a lavish Russian/Ukrainian feast for you & 3 friends, complete with caviar and home-infused Russian vodka. The evening will be filmed, and will appear as a special feature on the dvd! Guests receive the complete series and digital download pack. (Sydney or Newcastle only, unless you fly Julia somewhere at your expense) NOTE: Dinner available from January, though series not deliverable until June.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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Associate Producer credit + complete series & digital download package. Plus a personal phone call from Julia & Stu to thank you for your awesomeness.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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3-day DSLR masterclass with director/DP Stuart McBratney, anywhere in the world*. Feel free to bring some friends or an entire class to share the bill! (*Within reason...please email to discuss.)Estimated delivery: Feb 2012