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We're working on a wonderfully ambitious project to bring my music to life in an original film and we need your help to see it through!
We're working on a wonderfully ambitious project to bring my music to life in an original film and we need your help to see it through!
73 backers pledged MX$ 295,972 to help bring this project to life.

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WHO THE HELL DO I THINK I AM?

DEM CLONES THO
DEM CLONES THO

Good question; my name is Julen, I’m the singer-songwriter, performer & director for this ambitious project.

Just an itty little bit about me; growing up in a family of filmmakers and musicians, my exposure & endeavour to these arts began at an early age. I tried to choose between pursuing film or music but simply, truly couldn’t. It's like having multiple personality disorder! Hence this project, which is not just a music video, nor a record release, but something more of a hybrid that encompasses both of my passions. 

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¿Quién me creo?

Buena pregunta; mi nombre es Julen, soy el intérprete, compositor y director de este ambicioso proyecto.

Sólo un poco sobre mi; habiendo crecido en una familia de cinematógrafos y músicos, mi gusto por el arte comenzó desde pequeño. Intenté escoger entre ser músico o cinematógrafo, pero simple y sencillamente no pude. ¡Es como tener un trastorno de personalidades múltiples! Por lo mismo, este proyecto no sólo abarca la realización de un video musical ni el lanzamiento de un sencillo, sino un híbrido que combina mis dos pasiones.

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A SHORT FILM BASED ON A SONG BASED ON A REALITY

The song talks about (but is not limited to) the feeling of wasting one’s youth by fear of making the wrong decisions and living in the “what if’s” and the “could’ve been’s,” instead of taking action. It's the gradual and overwhelming realization that time is not your friend; it waits for no one.

I came up with a story about several versions of the same young man across parallel dimensions, who are being hunted down by a mysterious, masked traveler. *Cue scary music*

WARP CLOAK MASK
WARP CLOAK MASK

To convey the idea of a multiverse / parallel realities we are paying close attention to things such as color pallets, SFX make up, VFX, and the awesome and creative use of “match cuts,” a technique used in film and video to transition between shots/scenes through matching actions and camera movements. The reason we'll be using this technique is to denote the parallelism and relation between all the characters through seamless transitions, as if the camera/audience had the ability to sail through different dimensions.

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Un cortometraje basado en una canción, basado en una realidad.

La canción habla de la sensación de malgastar nuestra juventud gracias al miedo que nos provoca tomar decisiones erróneas y de vivir en el ‘hubiera”, nunca tomando acción. Habla de la abrumadora realización de que el tiempo no espera a nadie.

Concebí una historia sobre múltiples versiones de una misma persona a través de dimensiones paralelas, quienes son cazados por un misterioso sujeto enmascarado.

Para poder transmitir esta idea de dimensiones paralelas, procuraremos utilizar gamas de colores para cada personaje, así como maquillaje y caracterización, efectos especiales y el creativo uso de “match-cuts” para viajar entre estos multiversos de manera fluida. La razón por la cual utilizaremos esta técnica de cortes, es para mostrar el paralelismo y relación entre los personajes a través de transiciones imperceptibles, como si la cámara y la audiencia tuviese la capacidad de viajar a través de diferentes dimensiones.

I LOOK SO DIFFERENT WITH A BEARD! (SFX MAKE-UP TEST)
I LOOK SO DIFFERENT WITH A BEARD! (SFX MAKE-UP TEST)

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JUST A LIL’ BIT BOUT’ THE MUSIC

JULEN IN DA STUDIO
JULEN IN DA STUDIO

 “Julen’s music is defined by a mixture of catchy yet nostalgic melodies along with sudden bursts of rhythmic verses complemented by his percussive, finger-stile guitar playing; key to the dynamism in his style. Having such a passion for philosophy, Julen’s lyrics are a big part of the process; oftentimes appearing to be simple but upon closer inspection, profound concepts can be found. Smart use of metaphor and at times blunt, colloquial expressions give his lyrics a quaint, urban charm.”

Aw, shucks.

Indie-Pop... Well, I personally suck at distinguishing genres, nevertheless, I’ve decided the latter be my “genre” for two simple reasons: 

 1.- It’s got a nice ring to it. 

 2.- It describes what I aim to achieve; to be Independently Popular.

Where can you hear my stuff? You can’t… yet! That’s kinda the idea though. Usually, the song is released first. Then, after some time, a music video is made as a visual bonus. Well, in this case it’ll different. See, when I hear music I see images and conversely, images trigger music in my head so I find it fitting that the first time you hear my song is along with it’s visuals.

Having said that; you can watch a few silly covers I’ve made in these links to get a sense of my voice:

Sunday Morning Cover

The A Team Cover

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Un poco acerca de la música.

“La música de Julen se caracteriza por la combinación y uso de melodías pegajosas, explosiones repentinas de versos rítmicos y por un estilo percusivo de guitarra. Siendo un tema importante para Julen, la filosofía juega un papel crucial durante la creación de sus letras. A grandes rasgos, suelen parecer sencillas, pero al analizar su significado, uno se percata de temas más profundos. El creativo uso de metáforas, combinado con expresiones coloquiales, otorgan un sentir pintoresco y urbano a sus letras”.

¡Vaya, muchas gracias!

Indie Pop. Bueno… Usualmente soy muy malo con términos de géneros musicales. Sin embargo, he decidido que el anteriormente mencionado será el género con el cual identificaré mi música, por dos simples razones:

Me gusta cómo suena. Describe lo que busco lograr; ser Independientemente Popular.

Ahora bien… ¿Dónde puedes escuchar mi música? No puedes… pero esa es un poco la idea. Por lo regular, se lanza una canción y después de un tiempo, sale su video musical como un extra. En el caso de mi música, quiero que sea diferente. Verán; cuando escucho música, ésta crea imágenes en mi cabeza y viceversa. Por lo mismo, creo que lo más apropiado es que la primera vez que escuches mi música, ésta venga acompañada de su complemento visual. A pesar de haber dicho esto, puedes escuchar un par de covers chistosos que he hecho en los siguientes links, para que puedas conocer mi voz:

Sunday Morning Cover

The A Team Cover

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ANYWAY, WHY HELP ME? 

As mentioned before, this is not your conventional music video. This is much more a short film which requires a lot of hard work and attention. I’ve already funded a large part along with the help we’re getting from our production partners, but there are costs that we can no longer ask as favors. There’s a lot that goes into making this film possible such as special effects, stunts, sets, post, visual effects, locations, props, art, special make-up, extras, catering, staff, etc.

MY CREW AND I CAN'T MAKE IT WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT!

As I always say (although I read it from a sticker stuck on my hairdresser’s mirror): “The least we can do is our best”. There is no sense in developing this idea if we are not gonna do it as it should be done. Our goal is to produce content of the highest quality possible, independently in both the music and film industries at a global scale. So we need your help!

The whole idea behind my project is to give back to the people. What do i mean by this? I feel the job of an artist is to impact his or her audience in meaningful ways which prompt change or at least a reflection within oneself. Just like a doctor, an architect, a lawyer or any other job; the artist must contribute to society in one way or another. The ultimate goal in my career as a "professional emotional conductor" is to positively impact as many people as possible! So I promise; some day I'll repay the world.

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En fin, ¿Porqué ayudarme?

Como lo mencioné antes, este no es un video musical convencional. Es, más bien un cortometraje que requiere de mucho esfuerzo y atención. Yo ya financié gran parte del proyecto, junto con la ayuda de nuestros socios de

producción, pero hay costos que simplemente no podemos pedir como favores. Hay muchísimas cosas que son indispensables para poder llevar a cabo un cortometraje de ésta magnitud, como lo son: efectos especiales, stunts, post-producción, efectos visuales, locaciones, props, maquillaje especial, material de caracterización, extras, servicio de catering, transporte y staff entre muchos, mucho otros.

¡No podemos lograrlo sin tu apoyo!

Como siempre lo he dicho (a pesar de haberlo leído en una estampa pegada en el espejo de mi peluquero): “Lo mínimo que podemos dar es nuestro todo”. No tiene sentido desarrollar esta idea, si no la podemos ejecutar como se debe. Nuestra meta es producir contenido de la mejor calidad posible de manera independiente, tanto en la industria musical, como en la del cine, a una escala global. ¡Por lo mismo, necesitamos tu ayuda!

La idea detrás de mi proyecto, es crear un impacto positivo en la gente. ¿A qué me refiero con esto? Siento que el deber de un artista, es impactar a su audiencia para provocar cambios positivos o como mínimo, se logre desencadenar una reflexión interna. Al igual que un doctor, arquitecto, abogado o cualquier otro trabajo, un artista debe contribuir a la sociedad de una manera u otra. Mi meta como “conductor emocional profesional” es impactar a la mayor cantidad de gente posible de manera positiva. Por lo cual, prometo algún día reembolsar al mundo.

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WHAT IF WE EXCEED OUR KICKSTARTER GOAL?

THAT WOULD BE AMAZING!! If we surpass our initial goal, you’ll help cover our remaining production expenses. More funding means we can enhance our post production, better the marketing for this project and could even help us finish the rest of the album!

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Qué pasa si superamos nuestra meta de Kickstarter?

¡Eso sería increíble! Si superamos nuestra meta inicial, ustedes ayudarán a cubrir los gastos de producción restantes. ¡Entre más fondos recaudemos, significa que podemos potenciar la calidad de post-producción, mejorar nuestra campaña de marketing para este proyecto e incluso, podría ayudarnos a terminar el resto del álbum!

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THE TEAM

I know it sounds like a lot for one person, and it is. I may be the composer & director but it would be IMPOSSIBLE without my team; a group of talented professionals who’ve been working in the industry for a long time now and are on board. So don’t panic, this project is in good hands!

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Acerca del equipo.

Sé que suena como un trabajo imposible para una persona, y lo es. Podré ser el compositor y director, pero no soy nadie sin mi equipo; un grupo de talentosos profesionales, quienes han estado trabajando en la industria por mucho tiempo. ¡El proyecto está en buenas manos!

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ABOUT OUR PRODUCTION PARTNERS 

Production Partners
Production Partners

Lending a helping hand from camera & lighting equipment, film sets, locations to production design are our generous production partners who have agreed to donate their time and skills to our project which they believe in.

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Acerca de nuestros socios de producción.

Apoyándonos con equipo de cámara, luces, sets de cine, locaciones y diseño de producción, nuestros generosos socios de producción están donado su tiempo y experiencia a nuestro proyecto.

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REWARDS! 

Original Frame from Storyboard
Original Frame from Storyboard

Now, on to the goodies!

We know it's not much, but we have prepared a handful of nifty gifts as tokens of appreciation to our generous donors!  We'll be handing out rewards such as: film memorabilia (things like framed original story boards, film props, etc.), cool merchandise (T-shirts, videos, stickers, etc), VIP guest passes for future events, film credits and much more!

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¡Recompensas!

¡Ahora sí a lo bueno! Sabemos que no es mucho, pero hemos preparado una serie de regalos como agradecimiento a nuestros generosos donadores. Estaremos dando recompensas como: recuerdos físicos de la producción (story boards originales, props únicos, etc.), mercancía increíble (playeras, videos, estampas, etc.), el video y canción antes de su lanzamiento oficial, detrás de escenas, pases VIP para eventos y conciertos, créditos de cine y mucho más!

Risks and challenges

This is an extremely ambitious project which needs all the care and work we can offer. The narrative is complex and requires a lot of attention to detail in order to successfully tell it. The story has been arranged and timed in such a way that makes it work like carefully piecing a puzzle together. We need all the help we can get in order to respect these important key-points without having to sacrifice any narrative aspects due to production costs.

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Este es un proyecto muy ambicioso que requiere de todo el cuidado y dedicación posible. La narrativa es altamente compleja y requiere de mucha atención a detalles para que se cuente exitosamente. La historia ha sido ordenada y medida de tal manera que funciona perfectamente con el tiempo que tenemos y ritmo de la misma canción; como engranes en un reloj. Necesitamos toda la ayuda posible para poder respetar estos puntos clave en la narrativa sin tener que sacrificar algún detalle por falta de presupuesto.

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    You can ask me about songwriting, film, how I get my hair this big, or whatever else your imagination dictates! Or, I can spend the hour serenading you...your choice! Plus, you'll of course receive the incredibly awesome digital package as well.

    I can't wait to meet you; thanks for your support!

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    Got trash? For every backer that donates at this reward level, I'll collect a bag of garbage around the city!

    Wow, look how great of a person you are! Supporting the arts AND keeping our earth clean with one donation. We should all be like you.

    BONUS: If you're in the area, you can join me by helping me out as I clean up this amazing planet!

    Plus, you'll receive the digital package to get your ears and eyes on the "Time" single and music video first.

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    We have fun here. Which is why we want you to be part of the crew!

    We'll print out a cardboard photo of you to have a "photoshoot" with the crew bringing the short film to life. It's almost as good as joining us on set, but with no work required on your end -- lucky!

    You'll receive a photo of your cardboard self with me and the crew, plus an original framed storyboard and digital package.

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    Associate Producer

    Wow! Just...wow! I can't thank you enough! In exchange for your generous support, you'll be recognized as an Associate Producer and be credited in the video.

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    · You'll receive exclusive VIP Access for all my future shows, and I mean every single one!
    · An original framed storyboard from the film
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    · And of course, the Incredibly Awesome Digital Package!

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    Executive Producer

    You're just simply amazing! Thank you so much for your extremely generous contribution!

    You'll receive an original warp cloak mask worn by the film's villain, a unique piece of memorabilia! You will also be recognized as an Executive Producer on the film.

    Plus:
    · You'll receive exclusive VIP Access for all my future shows, and I mean every single one!
    · An original framed storyboard from the film
    · 2 t-shirts
    · And of course, the Incredibly Awesome Digital Package!

    Thank you for your incredible contribution!

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