For the last six years, as September rolls around, more and more people anxiously come by the garage asking..."what are you guys going to do this year?"
Our project (Brooklyn Halloween Show) will be one of the major attractions at the annual Clinton Hill Halloween Walk, where trick-or-treaters receive a map of the neighborhood listing houses offering free candy, exhibits, and free live shows. PS: You can also catch us at our Facebook Fan Page.
This year our show is to be a follow-up to last year's very successful "Brooklyn Halloween Tag Team Monster Mash Up." The working title for this year's show is "Brooklyn Halloween 2012 Single Elimination Slaughter." Picture this: an outdoor wrestling ring, monsters, music, sound/special effects, and yes - plenty of Halloween "wrestling beat downs" - then you know what a fun evening it will be.
In case you are wondering how we can make this claim that we can actually pull this off, well, we first started producing larger live shows in 2006 and they have grown in size, popularity and ambition every year. Keep in mind this is a free, live Halloween show performed only 3 times outdoors on Halloween night to audiences that can reach up to 2000 people.
Here are videos of some of our past shows. Most of them were edited in the studio, but a couple are live. Hope you enjoy them but the REAL energy of being there with the crowd is what really makes these shows go!
2011 show part 1 All live footage from the NYT's blog on Vimeo
2011 show part 2 More live footage from the NYT's blog on Vimeo
Every year the cast and crew, plus new and returning volunteers, help to make Halloween night a real community event, but the yearly cost of producing these shows has reached its limit for us. My personal credit card is about maxed and finances for everyone in the group have become much tighter. This is especially true as an original member of the group unexpectedly up and left for LA last month. Adding the cost of creating yet another original Brooklyn Halloween Show has become a bigger strain than it used to be. We want to continue producing a fun, imaginative show. We just recently discovered Kickstarter, so we hope you can help us make this year's show a reality. Your contributions will go towards candy for the kids, costumes, set design, sound equipment rental, props, lighting, videographer, special effects and flyers.
Risks and challenges
Our situation may be a little different than the usual Kickstarter campaign. We have already created and produced 6 previous shows, so we pretty much know the pitfalls and recurring challenges we will face each year.
As always the main challenge is creating the best show we can with the least amount of money possible. Our group enthusiasm, creativity and confidence carry us a long way, and most of the time we figure out low tech solutions to make things look cool AND work effectively within the show.
It is because of this group dynamic that we are able to create and produce these shows so inexpensively. A show like ours could easily cost twice as much and we are proud of the fact that we don't just "throw more money" at the show to try and make it look better. Hey, we re - use and cannibalize many materials from past shows to keep the costs down. Let's face it, we never have that kind of money anyway.
We have never been extravagant, preferring the rough around the edges approach, and this year is no different. We are only asking for enough contributions to make this show live up to everyone's expectations. Long live The Brooklyn Halloween Show!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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