Hello known and unknown people of the Internet,
I'm Psyche, the frontwoman of Psyche Corporation, an NYC-based steampunk/cyberpunk music project named after a dream manufacture group from the Future, where neural implants allow people to download dreams from the Internet. My sound style spans genres of trip-hop, electro-rock, and world music. I've been compared to Tori Amos, Kate Bush, the Birthday Massacre, Within Temptation, and paranoid spaceship bears. One of these is not true.
Recently, I released a new EP, Romance of the Counter-Elite. One song from the EP has particularly captured my heart and imagination: Dance for Me. If you haven't heard it yet, you can press play below and keep reading.
I'd really love to bring you a decadently visual narrative to accompany this song--that's right, a music video!
So far, I've put together three music videos with zero budget in the past, and one music video on a very tiny budget, funded through Kickstarter. Here's how the tiny-budget music video turned out:
As with all the music videos I've done, I wrote the script/screenplay, organized the crew, designed costumes, and did the final editing myself. I'm not an expert in these things, but I can squeeze a lot out of a skeleton budget of a little under $2K. If by some amazing fortune this project makes it into the ~15K range of a more typical 'low-budget' music video, I'd be able to afford to hire a full-service video production team, but we can talk more about that if it actually happens.
For now, I already have a detailed plan for the Dance for Me music video, working within the limits of an estimated $1,500 minimum budget. I've finished writing the screenplay, designed the costumes, and I have a fantastic team on board to do this if we can get the funding.
Director, Camera-Person, and Set-Designer/Maker - Michael Blase
Costuming - Kristin Costa
Make-up - Embry Blue
Major Cast/Ballet Dancer - Miku
As an example of the extraordinary visual results this team can produce together, here's a photo Michael took of me, wearing a mermaid costume made by Kristin Costa, with makeup done by Embry Blue:
I need your help to make this music video happen. Art is challenging and exciting; having decent production values on art in music video form is expensive. Here's a breakdown of what the budget would pay for:
• Renting lighting equipment and additional video equipment (e.g. a gimbal to stabilize the camera when panning) ~ $400
• Complex props (such as a marionette) and prop materials ~ $200
• Costuming, makeup, related raw materials (fabric, paper mache, makeup kit, other) ~ $1,000
• Miscellaneous stage/set materials ~ $80
You might notice this is a little bit over $1,500 (not to mention, Kickstarter fees take away about 8-9% of it). This is because we really want to have a good chance of making our funding goal. I've never raised a whole $2K on Kickstarter before, and I'm a very cautious person. I wouldn't want to risk not making the music video at all because of almost making it to $2K but not quite. $1,500 is enough for me to believe y'all really do want this art to happen, and that I'm not just shouting into the void. Believe it or not, knowing you folks support me doing this is profoundly meaningful to me.
With that all said, do check out the fabulous Kickstarter rewards and see if there's something you'd like!
P.S. Here's a teaser image to give you an idea of the set that Michael Blase wants to build for the music video:
Further Information on Rewards: Some Teaser Pics & Links
Psyche Corp. trading card (Concardia card):
UPDATE: All the jewelry has been claimed.
Therefore, as of March 12th, I've introduced a new reward in that pledge range: the 11"x17" Fairytale Apocalypse poster:
Psyche Corp. "Fairytale Apocalypse" T-shirt:
(T-shirt does not come with black turtleneck; I just happened to be wearing one under the shirt at the time of the photo.)
Sketches (colored in ink and colored pencil) I did of the initial costume designs for the music video:
Handmade stylized opera masks:
Risks and challenges
Ideally, I'd like to get about $2K to make this music video the way I envisioned. This would translate to a little over $1,800 once the Kickstarter and the payment processing fees are taken out. That would cover the estimated costs I laid out above, as well as the shipping fees I estimate I'd have to pay to get you folks your awesome Psyche Corp. swag. However, if we only *just* make the funding goal, I can scale things down a little to work within that budget. For instance, I can try to rework scenes where the camera moves into scenes where the camera does not move, thus making the gimbal rental unnecessary.
Although I've successfully finished 4 music videos already and am confident I can do another one, I know some of you reading this may be new to me and my musical projects, and you might have concerns/questions I haven't addressed. If so, please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll start a FAQ here for answers to additional questions.
As an aside, I've considered offering to include a reward tier where folks can acquire the original costumes that will be made for the music video, but this really depends on whether there is interest from folks who happen to have similar measurements to mine, unless they're just collecting the items without planning to wear them out. If you want the full costumes/outfits to be a reward tier, let me know!
Also, I've heard from fans that they're interested in me making a CD of karaoke/instrumental tracks from the Psyche Corp. repertoire and offering it as one of the rewards. Since pressing a run of CDs is itself something like $1K, I'm willing to offer this reward if we raise at least $4K in funds. Then anyone who wants one of these CDs could just increase their pledge by $10 (plus shipping) and send me a note to get the karaoke CD sent with their other rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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