About this project
Art by Paul Kidby (http://www.paulkidby.net/). Used by permission.
Terry Pratchett was a beloved figure at Worldcons for over 30 years. In this, the year of his passing, we're filming a love letter to Terry in the form of a fan-made documentary (this documentary has not been officially approved by Terry Pratchett's estate) at Sasquan / Worldcon 2015, which is being held August 19-23 in Spokane, Washington. Our film will be based on interviews with attending fans who are willing to share their memories of Terry and tell stories about the way the Discworld books have changed their lives.This is an excellent time to make our film as The Great Discworld Fan Gathering is set to take place at Sasquan; a first for any Worldcon.
There have always been Discworld fans at Worldcons but this will be the first time we've asked them to come out in force, and proudly state The Turtle Moves. Sasquan, in their turn, has welcomed Discworld fans with open arms and is offering programing, events, exhibits and meets in Terry's honor.
We have the con's permission to make this film, and we'll be there throughout the convention asking fans of the books - as well as people who knew and worked with Sir Terry - what they would like the world to remember about this funny, and very special man.
We'll film the Discworld exhibit and take note of Discworld art at the convention, as well. We'll record Discworld cosplayers and gamers as they travel the convention. We'll record the best parts of panels, including the Terry Pratchett memorial panel, the Science and Technology of Discworld panels, and the Women of Discworld panel. You'll hear and see the great stories that result.
Best of all, we'll interview the fans; people from all over the world who love the books, and who partied, chatted and laughed with Terry over the years.
This film is being made by fans for fans, and is a non-profit effort. We'll post the budget and all expenses online so you can see where your money goes. Any funds left over from the making of this film will go to Terry's approved charities, which include Alzheimer's Research and the Orangutan Foundation.
Please help us capture some wonderful memories of a man we all admire.
Thank you, and Ook!
Convention Membership (We're supporting the convention): $210
Lodging (People need a place to sleep): $940
Food (This is REALLY Necessary!): $300
Transportation (We gotta get to Spokane, somehow): $450
Recording Media (Dedicated storage): $150
DVD Production & Shipping: $3300
Contingency (For when things go wrong): $650
If you look at the budget, you might notice that there are no entries for salaries or equipment rental. We REALLY want to make this film, so we kept our needs as low as possible. We need to get our people to Spokane, feed and house them, then make and ship the DVDs. This depends on us using the director's HD camera, lights, and audio gear. In addition, everyone will be donating their time and energy. If we can exceed our basic needs, we'd like to address the following goals.
#1) Get our hands on some better equipment. We have access to a perfectly serviceable High Definition video camera. Likewise, we have lights and audio gear that will do the job. But, in the age of Digital Cinema, what director wouldn't love to film in cinema quality video? And, if we can afford to rent better equipment, we think the Discworld fans deserve the best looking product we can possibly create.In addition, securing music and additional footage (like interviews with Sir Terry) would make for a better film and could be a good use of additional money.
#2) Pay the crew. Nobody is going to get rich off of this project. It simply won't happen. However, a project like this represents an incredible investment of time and effort by many people, and it would be nice to compensate them for their time, even if only a token amount. Though, something resembling fair is always nice.
If, after all reasonable expenses are paid, there are any left over funds, we will consult with Rob Wilkins, Terry's business manager, on how best to dispose of them in a manner in which Sir Terry would approve.
Risks and challenges
Let's face it. This is an extremely low budget documentary. As such, all sorts of potential for problems arise. At the $6,000 budget, NOBODY is getting paid. All the money is going for travel expenses, making and shipping the DVDs. We're not even renting any extra equipment. Everything is coming out of the director's personal gear! If we get pledges above an beyond our goals, we'll address that. But, first and foremost, this is a labor of love. There's a LOT of that in the Discworld fan community.
This documentary is meant to be filmed at a gathering of fans. Therefore, there will be a wealth of material and interview subjects within a relatively small area. This will let us get a lot of material in a very short time!
Our biggest challenge will be in narrowing down the final footage, gathering music, and finishing the film and DVDs by November. But, we believe this is a realistic goal. If anything happens to alter that timeline, we will do everything to keep our backers in the loop! We are firm believers in transparency and frank, open communication.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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