About this project
Pterodactyl's third full-length record is coming out on November 15th, 2011, on Brah Records. The first song off this record is called School Glue, and we got it into our heads that we could remake the intro to the first Superman movie as a music video for this song. It's a huge job, but we're confident that we can pull it together, with your support.
If you'd like to see the original footage, check it out on Netflix (it's streaming!). Essentially, three prisoners are being put on trial for "acts of treason and sedition" by Superman's father, Jor-El, played by Marlon Brando. The disembodied heads of the judges of Krypton are looking down at the prisoners, as they pronounce them "GUILTY!" and sentence them to an eternity in the Phantom Zone. The three core members of Pterodactyl will be playing the part of the three prisoners, while Kid Millions (head honcho at Brah Records) will play Jor-El. The disembodied heads will be played by some of the people who have been a part of our community of friends and artists for so long!
We'll keep you posted on the progress we're making at our Ptumblr blog, so check in from time to time for updates. There are a lot of pieces required to make this project work: we need to make miniatures of the planet krypton and the retractable dome where the trial takes place; we need to spin two large two hoops (large enough to fit all three of us inside!!) at over 40 rpm; we need to use green screens to create the effect of projecting 360˚ of faces on the walls surrounding us. Some of these effects can be accomplished with some elbow grease and a lot of creative input from friends, but in order make the video look beautiful, there's no way around the need for professional gear: lights, cameras, lenses, makeup... the list goes on. This gear is expensive, and this is where YOU come in!!
We also have yet to completely cover the costs of recording our new record, which set us back almost three times the funding goal of this Kickstarter. Some of this cost was covered by our record label, but most of the recording expenses have yet to be paid back (we like to call it "pterodebt"). If we manage to make this video for less than the funding goal, the remainder of the money will help pay for these recording costs.
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