Final Days! It's Now Or Never To Add Bonus Features
The Tusken Raider Attack site seen above (posed with the help of Francis Lalumiere) is not part of the Journey to Tataouine documentary. It is one of quite a few filming locations that simply do not fit into the hour-long storyline. There is a lot of story to cover in that hour, and a lot of other great material that makes up the necessary imagery to tell that story. I experimented in the editing studio, and going into extreme detail ruins the narrative of the exciting story I tell in Journey to Tataouine.
George Lucas himself shot important footage and whole sequences that he later decided was best deleted from Star Wars (A New Hope)—not because this material wasn't good, but because it sidetracked the story. We have the same situation here.
Except that I have not just a few extra sequences but a whole half a dozen of them. These are not "sweepings" from the cutting room floor; this is material like the Tusken Raider Attack site, Ben Kenobi's Home, the Bantha Boulders, C-3PO's Sandpit, and more of this caliber!
My production partners and I considered releasing this in-depth material as perhaps "Journey to Tataouine Part 2," but we have a strong shot at being able to include it in the form of Bonus Features on the DVD we are offering right now, if support will get us there.
Each of these features takes studio time and production work to create. I am keeping expenses to a bare minimum, but it still costs thousands of dollars to make these things happen. And besides the Bonus Features, I would love to include things like motion-graphics maps, Star Wars-inspired graphics, and spiffy on-screen annotations to make the show as much fun as possible for you viewers. I would also love to be able to afford to bring in an audio engineer to balance all the levels, and a video specialist to even out the color timing throughout the show. And better music simply costs more money. We've got a shot at hiring a quite good composer to create an original musical score for the show, but he can't work for free. These are aspects of professional polish that our baseline goal does not cover.
The project's success—over $18,0000—has guaranteed that we will be able to include some of the in-depth footage, and at least a few of the flashy fun graphic features I have in mind. But we are a long way from doing all we could do with this show. My team and I are ready to put in late nights and knock ourselves out to deliver our very best efforts. Would you consider increasing your pledge? Is there anyone else you know who might be willing to play a part in making all this happen? The campaign ends Thursday morning, July 27th, 2017, so it's now or never.
Frankly, I can't wait to have this part over with so we can get to work!
My team and I thank every one of you who has become part of the Journey to Tataouine project by contributing. Even back at the very beginning, during my first explorations in Tunisia, I depended on the interest and support of others to realize my dreams. Only people with imagination support something that has not happened yet. I am grateful for your imagination, and for all your help, whether it has been a little or a lot.
David West Reynolds, Ph.D