Thoughts and thanks
Well, here we are at the end of the line. So....what does this mean?
Essentially, it means that the party is over. According to Kickstarter policy, if the funding goal is not fully met (i.e. $5000.00), all funds are returned back to the contributors. This means that all bets are off and the Kickstarter project officially comes to halt, thus ending all interaction with the Kickstarter fundraising site.
If I simply accept that fate and stop there, the Different Skies documentary doesn't happen, plain and simple.
My reaction to this dilemma was to take the reins myself and devise a separate, but viable, Plan B so that the project might still be salvageable (and attainable) with the funds raised so far. This a significantly scaled-down plan, employing a relatively inexpensive HD camera with no additional frills. This is the smallest and least expensive manner in which I can imagine filming the project, while still retaining a minimal level of acceptable image quality. Again, no frills or additional professional rented gear will be possible with this budget. However, this particular camera can capture superb HD video footage, which I believe is worth all the other necessary compromises.
So far, Kickstarter contributors have pledged a little over $2100.00. This was not enough to cover expenses for the original plan of course, but it will fully cover expenses for Plan B. Now that the Kickstarter fundraising campaing is over, I simply ask existing contributors to now strongly consider directing their pledged funds to my Paypal account directly, especially if you still strongly support getting the official Different Skies documentary produced once and for all. I've already received positive responses from a handful of existing contributors, who have cheerfully agreed to the new plan. And one, in fact, has already sent a generous donation to get the ball rolling!
Simply put: your pledged contributions through the Kickstarter site are now void, and have been returned back to the donors. You can revive this project by sending those same contributions directly to me through Paypal, using this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
I wish to thank each and every one of you for your support and enthusiasm for the project thus far. Let's please make this happen on our own terms now :)
pledged of $5,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on September 1, 2010.
Jul 19, 2010 - Sep 1, 2010
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Thanks and gratitude will be bestowed upon you. ALL contributors will also be thanked onscreen in the end film credits.
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Signed group photo of this year's Different Skies lineup.
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Signed photo & official DS t-shirt.
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(option A): All of the above, plus your choice of any 5 CDs released by any DS alumni OR
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(option B): All of the above, plus complimentary front row seats for two at this year's show, including an incredible gourmet dinner served beforehand.
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