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The once-in-a-lifetime story of The Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band captured in a 3-disc collector's box set of 2 DVDs, audio CD and more.

THE IDEA

Many of you have seen my feature documentary, ON THE DAY: The Story of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band, in theatres, on television and DVD.   The overwhelming 100% positive reviews from fans have been humbling, and I thank everyone who has supported the film all the way through its production and its outreach.  

Now, based on the feedback and suggestions I’ve received from scores of OTD fans, I want to go one step further:  to present this amazing once-in-a-lifetime story as a 3-disc box set that will be like nothing else ever produced.

In addition to the 83-mnute Director’s Cut DVD, I plan to include  a dual-layer 3-hour long DVD of bonus material, an audio CD of several of the band members’ new and traditional tunes as well as their Worlds performances, a 24-page booklet about the band and the making of the film with lots of photos, and a panoramic poster of the band marching off the line.  The box set will be of the highest quality and a definite collectible keepsake.

YOUR SUPPORT  

This is a costly project that I cannot afford to pay for on my own.  Yes, in spite of all the buzz around ON THE DAY, I still struggle to make a living as a documentary filmmaker -- I barely make enough to cover my overhead and have not been able to take a salary in three years!  That’s where you come in.  Together we can create a lasting legacy of the "great experiment" and the world-class players, and people, of the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band. 

I need to raise $20,000 to produce the box set and to pay for an encore screening of the film (in full HD and 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound) at the Glasgow Film Theatre on August 14, the day after the Worlds.  Through Kickstarter I am counting on you to make it happen.  Many people have already helped by contributing rewards at different pledge levels, and I have some great rewards to offer you!  Just take a look at the list to the right and watch my video at the top of the page to see some of the rewards.

WHAT WILL BE THE CONTENTS OF THE BOX SET?

DISC ONE:  Full director’s cut DVD of the feature documentary • 83 minutes • 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound • Widescreen    Both in NTSC and PAL

DISC TWO:  Dual-layer DVD extras • 3 hours    Both in NTSC and PAL

Will include:

Choose Your Own Camera Angle to Watch the Band Compete at the Worlds* (6 angles of the entire medley performance & 4 angles of the complete MSR performance).  SEE A VIDEO DEMO OF HOW IT WORKS HERE:  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWMkt6WGcL8

Hear Adjudicator Bob Worrall’s Commentary of the Band’s Performances for the entire medley and MSR 

Listen and watch to an entire piobaireachd by Eaun MacCrimmon at the ancient College of Piping cairn on the Isle of Skye

Band Members Perform Solo & Ensemble at the Mastery of Scottish Arts Concert in the USA

Stuart Samson, MBE at the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland

Busking on the Streets of Glasgow

Follow the Sheet Music with Roddy MacLeod’s MP3 Practice Recordings

Roddy’s Chanter Practice of the Band’s Medley                                    

Learn the Proper Way to Tie a Tie with Alasdair Gillies -- check it out here:

http://vimeo.com/25826033

password:  necktie

DISC THREE:  Audio CD of the band’s MSR and medley, plus band members’ selected original and traditional tunes on highland, uilleann and border pipes

Musicians:  Roddy MacLeod MBE, Willie McCallum, Angus MacColl,, Iain Speirs, Jim McGillivray, Simon McKerrell, Niall Stewart, Stuart Samson MBE, Niall Matheson, Eaun MacCrimmon, and more.

PLUS: 

A photo-filled 24-page booklet about the band and the making of the film

Liner notes for the audio CD including details about what kind of pipes and reeds were used in each track,

A panoramic full-color mini-poster of the band marching off the line

HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE USED?

Produce a 5.1 Dolby mix for the re-release of the director’s cut.

Hire an editor to cut together the bonus features from many hours of footage.

Create an easy-to-navigate menu and authoring program for the bonus DVD.

Compress the footage for the most optimum video and sound.

Record and mix tunes performed by twelve of the band’s pipers for the audio CD.

Pay the pipers who record their tunes for the audio CD.

Design packaging and artwork for the box set slip case, folding 3-disc tray pack insert, booklet, liner notes, and mini-poster.

Manufacture the above plus replicate the DVD in NTSC and PAL, the dual layer bonus DVD in NTSC and PAL, and the audio CD.

Ship the box sets to for distribution in the UK, North America, and other parts of the world.

Rent the Glasgow Film Theatre for an August 14 release party of the box set and screening of ON THE DAY in full HD and 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound.

More rewards will be added in the weeks ahead.

So keep checking back in.

You can donate again and again to get more rewards!

Thanks!

FAQ

  • According to the reward levels, I may mention you on my websites, tweets and such. But if you want to remain anonymous, that's fine, too. Just let me know.

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  • Absolutely not! I will not misuse your email address or give it to anyone else. I will only communicate with you directly and remove you from the list if ask me to.

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  • Yes! I welcome your generosity and will increase your reward accordingly.

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  • Your support is greatly appreciated whether or not you collect your reward.

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  • As soon as I reach my funding goal, I will begin mailing out the rewards. Some of the rewards, such as the box set itself, will be sent as soon as I receive them from the manufacturer or reward donor. Any rewards that have not been mailed before I leave for Scotland on August 2 will be sent out within a week of my return on August 20, 2011.

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  • I will be very sad, and probably many other folks will also be disappointed. If my funding goal is not met, your credit card will not be charged. All awards will become null and void, and I will not be able to produce the box set.

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  • I am very grateful for your previous support and hope that you have enjoyed watching the film. Think of the box set as the ON THE DAY "redux" version that will certainly enhance your viewing and listening pleasure on a whole other level. The DVD Director's Cut in the box set takes the listening experience from 4.0 surround to full 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound that will be remixed at Post Haste, one of Hollywood's top motion picture audio facilities. Also, all the footage will be "de-interlaced" for a sharper, higher quality image.

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  • I'm here to answer them. Just email me at mailto:john@onthedaymovie.com and I will get right back to you.

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  • The members in the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band have given us all a musical gift that will last forever. I am so grateful to my dad for getting me started on the pipes, but I will never be able make a musical contribution to the world like some of the legendary players in the SoS band. I hope that this project, at least in some small way, will serve as my contribution to those who love the music.

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