First and foremost, I would like to apologize for my lack of communication since this campaign closed. It's been over a year since you all invested in this production and in this film and I was not forthcoming with updates as to its progress and the use of your finances towards said production, and for that I am sorry. Going forward, I would like to tell you the tale of the past 14 months.
We began production in the last week of May last year. We used $400 to buy the necessary materials needed to build the set for the UnderCampus which was stored and shot down in the Little Theatre of MSJ. All materials were then recycled by Tanya Roundy and the Drama department for their school productions and outlived the Musical by at least a year so far.
We used roughly $1000 to purchase brand new audio recording equipment which was used daily on set and a few times in the recording studio as well. We couldn't have a decent musical if it didn't sound amazing!
Shooting lasted through the first week of July, where we then took a month hiatus as many of the principle cast had taken off for India and China. Once back, we shot the rest of the film before August 17, which is when I took off for my third year at the University of Oklahoma.
During the Fall 2013 semester I took my time to edit together many of the scenes. However, we ran into a couple of obstacles along the way. One, my laptop crashed, twice. While I had old backups of all the footage on an external hard drive, it took another 3 months to finally build up a first rough cut of the film. Two, we needed to reshoot a couple of scenes in December, when a few of the principle cast would be back from college.
That's where the last $500 was spent. I combined these funds with my own cash to purchase a new Canon 60D DSLR, which we used to reshoot those scenes at the end of 2013.
Fast-forward to the present day. Today is June 7, 2014. At 7pm, the link below will go live with the final version of MSJ: The Musical. The film you all invested in is finally finished, and is waiting for you all to see. I got the chance to work with an amazingly talented and dedicated cast and crew over the past year to create something beautiful and it couldn't have happened without your support. And for that I cannot thank you enough.
Everyone who pledged has their name in the credits. Those of you who are part of the Six Squared reward tier or above will get a link to a survey within the next 24 hours where we will ask for your address. From there we will mail you (or give you a copy if you are in the Fremont area) your signed MSJTM poster. Links to the digital download of the film and soundtrack will also be sent tomorrow as well.
Thank you again for all your support. While I have been silent for the past year, know your support did not go in vain. With your help I was able to tell a story that's needed to be told for a long time. And that time is now.