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Gateway Sound is a documentary about how recording studios are adapting to a changing music business & how bands are recording today.
Gateway Sound is a documentary about how recording studios are adapting to a changing music business & how bands are recording today.
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Gateway Sound is a documentary by Justin L. Fisher about the music and recording studio business. It highlights the changes and challenges of an industry in flux. Are studios surviving in this new world of music? How are musicians recording these days?  

The documentary takes place in St. Louis and its surrounding areas. St. Louis isn't the "focus" of the documentary, but merely the setting. This could just as well be your city. As a mid level market, it's a good barometer for the rest of the country.  

We are raising funds to gain access to gear and services necessary to make this film a success.

There is a base amount set of $3,750 on Kickstarter. That is the BARE MINIMUM needed to make this film happen. But the more money we raise, the more amazing end product we will have.(Ultimately, $7-9,000 would be a comfortable place to be.) If we don't meet our goal, we may have to sacrifice interviewing some fascinating people because of travel restrictions, certain footage may not look as good because of cheaper cameras, or we may have to cut corners the overall look of the film in the post production process.

Here are some estimated figures for a sampling of what we need. Granted, there will be a myriad of miscellaneous costs as with any film production, but these are the important costs.

  • Color Grading $1500
  • Editing costs $1,000
  • Transportation and Travel $500-$1,500
  • Marketing $300
  • Misc Gear/Rentals $2,000-$3,000
  • Data Storage $400

Who We Are

Justin L. Fisher - Director, Producer

Justin L. Fisher is an Emmy and Telly award winning audio engineer from St. Louis, MO. Justin has worked with artists and companies such as En Esch of KMFDM, Brian McKnight, Black Fast, Disney, Lucas Arts, and Anheuser-Busch.  He is also an educator and Vice Chair of the St. Louis Audio Engineering Society.

Alvaro Aro - Director of Photography

Alvaro Aro is a filmmaker/photographer based in St. Louis, MO. He has directed, filmed and edited a number of award-winning projects in both the narrative and commercial sides. 

Scott Stoltz - Executive Producer

Scott Stoltz is a Telly & Hermes award winning film producer in St. Louis. Owner of SCS Studio Filmz, he has Executive produced the Emmy-nominated film, "Joe's Place", as well as "Four Color Eulogy", "Casualties of the State", "Assignment 13", "7 Minutes" and "The Beggar and the Road Kid".

With Help From

Brian Singler
Jake Zavertnik
Addison Brush
Natasha Matthews

Risks and challenges

Luckily, this is a fairly low risk project. I’m a dedicated person that always strives to finish what I begin. Many of the people to be featured in interviews have committed to helping me make this a reality. We have a strong music community eager to be featured and offer their music for the soundtrack of this film. The only real risk is the time it takes to finish the project. I am aiming to finish shooting everything within 1 years time. However, I AM interviewing musicians, producers, and audio engineers primarily. These professions equate to busy schedules. I am at the mercy of those who are being interviewed, but I am committed to finishing this film in a timely fashion because “I” want to see this film just as much as you do!

-Justin Fisher

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    My sincerest thanks!

    The best part is, you can redeem this reward immediately!

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    Desktop Wallpaper Pack

    You can download beautiful studio and music related hi res images from the film for your computer desktop. During the course of this production, we will be taking many desktop worthy stills.

    Show your support for the film when your friends ask

    "Hey, where's that sweet pic from?" And you're all like, "oh that's such and such studio right here in STL, dude!"

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    MP3 Soundtrack Volume 1

    Downloadable soundtrack from some of the bands featured in Gateway Sound in high bitrate mp3 format. Many amazing bands from St. Louis will be featured, and we are offering some EXCLUSIVE tracks that you can only get from this soundtrack.

    You can't POSSIBLY call yourself a music fan without this!

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    Digital Film Download + Wallpaper Pack

    Downloadable copy of Gateway Sound when the film is completed. When will it be done? When I say it's done! Seriously though, I'm aiming for end of 2016, early 2017. Have your own copy on that big hard drive of yours.

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    Digital Film + MP3 Soundtrack Volume 1 & 2

    A copy of the film, and both volumes of the soundtrack in high bitrate MP3 format. We will have 2 volumes of the Soundtrack for even MORE great music from your favorite St. Louis artists!

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    -High Quality WAV Soundtrack Volume 1 & 2
    -Personal Thank You Letter
    -Digital Film
    -MP3 Soundtrack Volume 1 & 2
    -Wallpaper Pack

    Not only will you can an awesome handwritten letter from Director, Justin Fisher, (hopefully you can read the handwritting) but you will also get the full uncompressed WAV versions of the soundtrack in addition to the MP3 copies. Listen in all of its original glory with no nasty MP3 gremlins messing up your jams.

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    I will master 4 songs (under 7 minutes each) for you!

    If you have a band, and need your record mastered, now is the perfect time to make that happen while supporting the film at the same time!

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    Your Name In The Credits
    Prescreener Party Invite
    Digital Film
    High Quality WAV Soundtrack Volume 1 & 2
    MP3 Soundtrack Volume 1 & 2
    Wallpaper Pack

    I know what you're thinking. That's a nice bit of swag! Why yes....yes it is.

    Get all of the goodies from the film, plus your name in the credits for the amazing help in financing the film. PLUS, you can be the FIRST to see the film at the prescreening party! (Date and Venue TBD)

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    Producer Credit
    Personal Handwritten Thank You Letter
    Audio Consultation (up to 2hrs)
    Prescreener Party Invite
    Digital Film
    High Quality WAV Soundtrack Volume 1 & 2
    MP3 Soundtrack Volume 1 & 2
    Wallpaper Pack

    Wow! You're really dedicated to seeing this through! You can get partial production credit for the film and a handwritten letter of thanks.

    You get all the goodies, including the film and soundtrack, an invite to see the film before anyone else, plus I'm offering an audio consultation for ANY audio needs! Home theater setup, need advice on a mix, how to set up your new recording rig? Whatever you need, I'm happy to help!

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    I Will Interview And Feature You In The Film
    Personal Handwritten Thank You Letter
    Prescreener Party Invite
    Digital Film
    High Quality WAV Soundtrack Volume 1 & 2
    MP3 Soundtrack Volume 1 & 2
    Wallpaper

    I will film an interview with you on your thoughts on the current state of the music industry, and YOU can be a part of film history! I mean

    not like Citizen Kane or Star Wars caliber

    but you know....OUR film's history.

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    I will mix your record (up to 8 songs) or mix your film/documentary (up to 2 hours)!

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Funding period

- (30 days)