With just under two weeks to go and 95% funded (THANKS!) on the fundraising campaign, it's time to gear up for some stretch goals. We've already talked about the stretch goals a bit in previous updates, but here's some more details.
$10,000 - Base funding met
We get to make the documentary and you get your thank you gifts!
$11,000 - Additional Film Equipment
Currently we already have almost all of the equipment we need, and we've already budgeted for renting the rest of the required essential equipment for the interview shoots. With $1000 more, we will be able to rent a second camera, the new Sony A7S. This full-frame camera shoots in 4k and is the best performing camera for low light conditions ever made. We'll also be able to rent an external recording unit that will allow us to shoot the film in 10-bit color, capturing richer and more cinematic colors. Finally, we'll rent a GoPro for additional shots, such as point-of view shots and even maybe some crane shots with a monopod.
To summarize, if we meet this goal, we'll be able to rent:
- Sony A7S camera
- Zoom lens for the A7S
- External recording unit
- SSD (Solid-State Drive) for the recorder
- Monopod for GoPro
Also, if we get a little extra money, we'll be able to rent a car at some of our locations, which will allow us to travel around quicker and easier.
$13500 - European Tour
Brickfilming is an international interest, and is just as popular in Europe as it is in North America. We absolutely want to include European animators in our documentary, but unfortunately international travel is not cheap, so we couldn't include it in our original budget. However, if we meet this stretch goal, we will be able to interview Chris Salt, creator of such films as Out of Time (below) and Bowling for Sandercoe. Chris Salt has also made an animated music video for Darren Hayman and his work has been featured on the BBC Technology website. Chris Salt's work inspired some of the other people featured in our documentary to get into brickfilming, so he would be a great additional perspective to include.
We're also delighted to announce that we would also be able to interview Tim Drage of Spite Your Face Productions. Tim Drage is the co-creator of Monty Python and the Holy Grail in LEGO (below), One: A Space Odyssey, and The Peril of Doc Ock, which was made as a promotional video for The LEGO Group and Sony.
We're also looking into other potential interview candidates in Europe, and we'll let you know if we get any additional news.
$14000 and Beyond - Building Bigger and Higher
The previous stretch goals are almost entirely about improving the quality of the interviews part of the documentary. This final stretch goal is dedicated to the short LEGO film that will be interwoven into the documentary. This film will be a collaboration between director Philip Heinrich, and producers Nathan Wells and Zach Macias.
Unrenewable, by Philip Heinrich
The animated segments of the film will help provide structure to the documentary through visual, thematically parallel storytelling. We really want to make these animated segments push the boundary of what has been accomplished with LEGO stop-motion. Any additional funds we earn beyond the European Tour will go toward improving and enhancing the animated segments of the documentary.
30 Years: The Story of the Minifigure, by Nathan Wells
Some of the animated scenes we are planning will require extensive and elaborately-built sets, all of which require lots of LEGO, in vary particular shapes and colors. Every bit of money that helps offset the cost of more LEGO is appreciated.
TED-E, by Zach Macias
So there you go, that's our stretch goals. If you have any questions, please ask us! And please keep spreading the word. With just under two weeks to go we are feeling confident we will be able to fund, and even unlock some stretch goals. Again, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed and helped spread the word. We couldn't do this with your wonderful support!