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A kid-friendly music video based off the bubble gum rap song created by Adrianna Gardner.

Photographed by Tara Roper
Photographed by Tara Roper

On August 8th, 2013, 5-year old Adrianna Gardner asked me, “Beano, can we play with the computer music?” She was referring to my FL Studios music software. I said yes. It began as a toddler simply listening to musical notes and telling me which ones she liked for her song. Wait a minute! Song? “Adrianna, I thought you just wanted to make a musical track,” I attempted to reconfirm. “No,” she said declarative, while listening to a riff, which would later become her first produced track. “I want to make me a song.” As you-all know, everything that comes out a kid’s mouth will later morph into something extraordinary.

Ten minutes down, we’ve picked and arranged various chords, SFX, and pre-composed vocals. Much of it eventually became the musical track she named, “DJ Funky Adrianna Beano.” As I was composing it I heard a note that stood out, yet it didn’t fit with the main riff of the soon-to-be DJ Funky Adrianna Beano track. “We have to get rid of this one,” I told her. “No, I like that one,” she whined. “It doesn’t fit. We either cut it out this riff and start over or we make another track.” “We make another one,” Adrianna replied with utmost authority.

Flash forward about fifteen minutes; DJ Funky Adrianna Beano is complete. Adrianna now wants to create another one this time with her own vocals added. So I take that distinguishable note, put it in the Piano Roll configuration, after a few riffs are rejected we agree on one. “What are you going to call this one?” I asked. “Umm,” she thought, “I’m gonna be famous and riding in a limo.” Really? She’s joking with me, right? She insisted we call it that. I shortened it. 

The first vocals recorded were her yelling into the microphone: “Yeah, yeah, yeah! I’m Adrianna and I’m here—this is my song and I’m…gonna dance. Yeah-eah-eah! Paparazzi! Pa-pa, Pa-pa-parazzi” It was classic toddler vocals of random thoughts with a final reference to Lady Gaga’s song. I axed that recording to tackle the task in a cleverer and smoother way.

Check out the lyrics. The only line I actually conceived was: “Adrianna is my name.” Adrianna Gardner created all the lyrics provided in her own way (I did, however, digitally edited a few).

The final recording of “I’m Gonna Be Famous” came out better than I thought. Her mother loves it; her grandmother, who she calls, Nina, loves it. Many others like it. And most importantly, Adrianna is obsessed with it. After hearing it, she asked me if we could turn it into a movie. So cute. She meant “music video” which she often calls the videos on Youtube. Unable to say no to her creative persona and outspoken personality, I said sure. 

Photographed by Julie Wilson
Photographed by Julie Wilson

Now I need a little assistance. Help me! The budget for the music video is $500 dollars. Apart from Kickstarter, I have raised $200 from my own pocket. $300 is what we need to finish. I don’t have the rest because my personal funds have gone into establishing my equipment for my film production unit, ShadowKing Studios.

By pledging, you not only will receive Rewards I have made available to you, but the proverbial “killing two birds with one stone.” Your pledges assist in bringing Adrianna’s want for her own music video to fruition with those 15 minutes of fame we all get at least once in life; and also establish me as a professional filmmaker. And if I eventually become a prestigious filmmaker, you will have previously gained the literal bragging rights of, “Dude, I made you famous!”

In details, the purposes of your pledges:

1. To fulfill a young girl’s dream of having her own high-quality, artistically produced music video ON YOUTUBE;

2. To establish an aspiring amateur filmmaker as a worthy & serious professional filmmaker;

3. To financially assist in the production of a decent, energetic, and family-friendly music video;

Final Notes.

The pledging funds will be going toward production costs to film certain segments of the video. 

Photographed by Lacey Menken
Photographed by Lacey Menken

 All IMAGES, AUDIO, & VISUAL MEDIA are the creative property of Brando Littles. All Rights Reserved.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Producing videos & films on time is rare within this craft. I believe the risks will be minimum to none since I will not be using music, visual images, & content that belongs to other persons. The musical track is already created. Most of the video scenes are filmed.

I do face a challenge of completing this project on my projected date (12/10/2013). I don't want random images thrown together and call it art. I have taken my time in the filming of most the scenes. As this project progresses I will be completing other scenes. I want to present the video to Adrianna as a birthday gift. I hope to get enough backers by the time this project's deadline is due.

Once the funding amount is reached I will be posting a link to where you can view the music on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and a few other websites and also a virus-free link where you can download it if you choose to storage it on your computer or re-post it for more exposure.

FAQ

  • True, hobby videos merely show an effort to share a story, not attest to one's professionalism. My legitimacy can be verified through a finished project, Adrianna's parents, and of course, through Adrianna. It is she who wanted her own YouTube video.

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  • Well, look me up on Facebook. Her mother and I are best friends. Besides, check out the interview I posted. Adrianna's personality shined! At 5 years old she remembered her lyrics, displayed energy, attentiveness, and eagerness. Did you see her face light up as she said she wanted her video to be on YouTube?

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  • Not by a long shot. I have several scripts written for short films, features, documentaries, and even for two series. I'll be launching another project for some of my short films either in December or January 2014.

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  • As of now, this is the only one. After-all, she's a kid and kids must want to do a project of this scope or else they're difficult to manage. Unless she wants to go through the long process again of writing, recording, mixing, filming, funding, and producing a song/music video, this will be the only project she is the star of.

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