Raise your hand if you or someone you know has been bullied at school for being different. OK. Next question. Who here has benefited from a public school arts education program or teacher?
If the camera were turned on us, you'd have seen us raise our hands just now.
We're a band that grew up with a passion for classical music. Yeah, it wasn't considered cool. But we had some pretty influential teachers and role models who inspired and encouraged us to stick with it.
Fast forward to ...today. We make a living making music and we have an opportunity to make our first music video. Do we want to "look cool" or do we want to inspire kids like us? It was hardly a tough decision.
This is where you come in.
We've attached an amazing crew to make our first music video come to life. Leading the charge is the very experienced Brian Lazzaro who's directed music videos for Pink, Rilo Kiley, Rooney... and the list goes on. We're thrilled to work with him.
But here's the deal: we can't begin shooting the video unless we can guarantee Brian that we can pay for it (he's got a good head on those shoulders!). So we need your help to raise $15,000 by the start of the scheduled shoot in LA on August 26th.
We've got details.
The music video we're making follows a young boy (age 10-14, we're still casting) who is passionate about playing the violin but is bullied at school for not fitting in. He goes to one of our concerts with other kids from the orchestra and is inspired by our show. A chance encounter with us backstage and a few encouraging words give him the confidence to sign up for the school talent competition. After overcoming his stage fright and channeling the support he received from his teachers and the band, he gives a performance of our song and brings the house down.
We're giving our fans what they've long asked for. The soundtrack to the music video is an original arrangement of the Kanye West song “Stronger” combined with Daft Punk's “Nightvision.” The arrangement was created by our incredibly talented producer Steve Hackman and co-arranged by Zach DePue, Nick Kendall, and Ranaan Meyer (that's us!).
Here's our pledge to you.
We won't be able to do this without each and every one of you. Literally. In exchange for your gift and for sharing our project with your friends, we promise to keep you informed every step of the way until this project is finished and released.
From getting the soundtrack ready, to creating the t-shirts, to casting our lead, to flying to LA (we promise no stops in Vegas), to shooting the music video, we promise to make you part of the creative process.
To all our supporters, here ya go: a virtual backstage pass to our project as it unfolds behind the scenes.
Time for Three
aka The Band
aka Tiempo para Tres
aka Trio for Three
aka [your pet name here, we're totally ok with that]
Steve: I think Nick must've run up those stairs at least 20 times.
Zach: Yeah, I literally drank half a gallon of milk that day.
Ranaan: Let's just say it was good practice for the big day. ;)
Zach: We haven't figured that out yet, but we're open to your suggestions!
Nick: If I had to guess, I'd say pretty dope. I've worked with Cristina before and she's an incredible artist. She's creating the design as we speak and we'll update you with pics as soon as the art is ready. Stand by!
Steve: I'm mixing it right now but I'll try to drop something for you guys before the end of the Kickstarter campaign. Stay tuned.
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