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New video for "Scotland's most engaging and haunting singer songwriter" (Irvine Welsh) - Up on the Hill with his dog Alfie, and a drone
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Up on the hill I feel you near me  

With me in every step that I take.

I talk to you knowing you hear me.  

You walk with me, up on the hill

There’s a hill near where I live in Edinburgh where I walk my dog Alfie. Up there I’m able to find a little solitude and time for reflection. I think everyone has a special place they like to go to ponder things.

The song Up on the Hill is going to be my next single. It’s a song that means a lot to me and I want to make a video that truly reflects its spirit, a celebration of special places. With spectacular sweeping shots of Edinburgh's beautiful city, hill and seascapes. And LOTS of dogs! 

You can LISTEN TO THE FULL SONG (which will be the video soundtrack) here - https://soundcloud.com/dean-owens/up-on-the-hill

photo by marc marnie
photo by marc marnie

I have a great team in place, including Ruth and Dylan of Waltzer Films. They have a fantastic vision of a fun video, with me and Alfie, and a whole crowd of Alfie’s doggy chums up on the hill, in Edinburgh’s rolling landscape. This plan needs 2 or 3 days filming in different locations. It also needs specialist equipment, in particular a specially commissioned drone camera to get the high sweeping perspective shots.

Check out some of Waltzer Films' previous work

We want to capture the poignant exhilaration and the spiritual connection of being in those special places, where you can think of people who are gone as well as contemplate what's important in life and the future. We want to share the beautiful spirit of Edinburgh and the spectacular surrounding landscape of hills, trees, sky and rivers.

Most of all we want to make a video that will make people smile and feel better when they watch it. 

The money will be used to pay for the hire of specialist equipment including the drone camera and skilled operator, the film makers’ time for planning, scripting, filming (in a number of outdoor locations) and editing hours of footage of magnificent bounding canine furriness! Not to mention T-shirts, dog minders and biscuits!

Alfie
Alfie

Please help Alfie fulfil his dream of becoming the next canine superstar, like his heroes Lassie, Old Yeller, Toto, Scooby Doo and... Skippy! (I haven't told him!)

Up on the Hill (with the rest of my Into the Sea album) was produced by Neilson Hubbard and recorded at his Mr Lemons studio in Nashville, Tennessee. It features fantastic US musicians Will Kimbrough, Evan Hutchings, Jen Gunderman and Neilson Hubbard himself.

We will be creating some special T-shirts for the rewards (available in various sizes)

Into the Sea T Shirt
Into the Sea T Shirt

Click here for more information about me and Waltzer Films, inc various web links. Or click the "See full bio" link at the top of this page

Risks and challenges

The main challenge to filming will be the vagaries of Edinburgh's weather. We don't need brilliantly sunny days (although that would nice!) but we do need it to be good visibility and not raining, so we can get the high range drone shots.

The filming is scheduled for early July 2015. All the key participants are Edinburgh based and we will plan a number of alternative days for the main outdoor shoots. Worst case is that filming could be delayed by a week or 2.

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    Pledge £10 or more About US$ 13

    YOUNG PUPS
    • A tail wag from Alfie (gif)
    • Your name included in list of Thank Yous on Dean’s website and Facebook page
    • Up on the Hill MP3 download

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    HOUND DOGS
    • A tail wag from Alfie (gif)
    • Your name included in list of Thank Yous on Dean’s website and Facebook page
    • Up on the Hill MP3 download
    • 3 exclusive tracks (MP3 downloads), recorded as part of Into the Sea sessions
    • “I helped Alfie and Dean get up on the hill” banner-style certificate (jpg) to put on your own facebook page (cover pic size)/print out and display with pride on your real wall

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    ALFIE'S SPECIAL
    • A tail wag from Alfie (gif)
    • Your name included in list of Thank Yous on Dean’s website and Facebook page
    • Free Into the Sea album download (MP3)
    • 6 exclusive tracks (MP3 downloads), recorded as part of Into the Sea sessions
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    GIVE THE DOG A BONE
    All the ALFIE's SPECIAL Rewards
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    Your name on the end credits of the video

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    THE MUTT'S NUTS
    All the ALFIE'S SPECIAL rewards
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    • Your name included in the video credits
    • Free Into the Sea T Shirt
    • Free signed Into the Sea poster

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    PEDIGREE PALS
    All THE MUTT'S NUTS rewards
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    • 1 pair of VIP guest tickets for any Dean Owens gig (subject to availability) + meet/chat after
    • Free signed copy of Into the Sea CD
    • Free CD (signed) of your choice from Dean’s back catalogue

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    TOP DOGS
    All the PEDIGREE PALS rewards
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    • Featured cameo role (and credit) for your dog in the video (must provide own transport), with souvenir (printed) photo of your dog on location
    • Printed “I was up on the hill with Alfie and Dean” certificate

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    THE MASTER'S VOICE
    A house concert by Dean in your own home (Please note this is limited to a 500 mile radius from Edinburgh, unless transport and accommodation is provided)
    Use by: 31 Dec 2015
    PLUS
    • A tail wag from Alfie (gif)
    • Included in list of Thank Yous on Dean’s website and Facebook page
    • Your name included in the list of credits on the video
    • Pawprinted and autographed portrait (photo) of Alfie and Dean (printed)
    • Signed copy of Into the Sea CD (+ free download)
    • 6 exclusive tracks – MP3 downloads
    • Into the Sea T Shirt
    • Signed Into the Sea poster

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