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Be a part of Fr. Pontifex's new album, "The Symphony and the Static", and the filming of a music video by Spirit Juice Studios.

***STRETCH GOAL:  We have made the minimum goal to fund the project!  Thank you for all that have participated!  Any funds above and beyond the goal will enhance production, promotion and possibly fund another video!*** 

***Thanks again!  We did it!  There is still time to join me with great incentives still available.***

"The Symphony and The Static" marks the next phase in artistic expression musically and visually for Fr. Pontifex.  Your participation in the unfolding of this amazing story is vital to making it happen.  There are many elements that are involved:

Music Production Costs:  For this album, I am working with some cutting edge producers that construct high quality orchestrations that fit the theme for "The Symphony and the Static".  The tracks are very dramatic, with classical instrumentation, and a very high cinematic feel to them.  They have worked with some well known musical artists throughout the world.  Each track on the album is of the highest quality and very different from anything else I have ever worked with.

Recording all the vocals, and the mixing and mastering of all the tracks professionally will be a high priority.  Regardless of how good the lyrics and the tracks are if the mixing and mastering is not done professionally it will fail in having a great sound.  I want to make sure that every track is mixed properly and that the whole project is mastered at the best level possible.  

Artwork:  The album cover is being designed by Susan Burghart.  She is an incredible artist and graphic designer who has worked with many different big name companies, magazines and music festivals.  We will be able to use the artwork for the album cover, posters, and for the album clothing.  Although Susan is so generous with her time and talent I would like to offer her a stipend for the amazing artwork she will create.  You can check out her work here:  

Example of Susan's work (Click)
Example of Susan's work (Click)

Music Video Production:  Partnering with Spirit Juice Studios has been a great blessing in my life.  They are a great company and our vision for art and its purpose work very well together.   

Click to see the work of Spirit Juice Studios
Click to see the work of Spirit Juice Studios

They strive for excellence and so do I.  They long to lift up Christ and so do I.  The video we hope to shoot will take place over two days and will require casting, pre-production, filming, and post-production work.  As you can see in the video above we want to use the Red camera for this project.http://www.red.com/shot-on-red/cinema  

Until you work in the film industry you really do not see how much work it takes to produce a great film. Rob and I have had discussions about possible ways to approach the video and I am truly excited about them.  We want the video to be on par with any music video you see on YouTube or television.  I know that Spirit Juice Studios will give this video their all.  This is a key element of the project and also the most costly.  

Promotion:  As we create this great album and video we want to make sure that people are aware that they are out there.  We need to highlight our work so that we can reach as many people as possible.  With the money we raise a portion of the money will go to advertising and promotion on Facebook, YouTube and other platforms.  

Fr. Pontifex filming with Spirit Juice Studios (Click)
Fr. Pontifex filming with Spirit Juice Studios (Click)

The more support we get, the more fuel we will have for the engine of creativity.  Thank you for reading and for being a part of the story.  With your help it is going to be amazing!

On location in the windy city
On location in the windy city

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The biggest challenge we will face is producing an album and a video that are of the highest quality. Many artists whose music and videos get a lot of exposure have companies backing them with big budgets. We have our supporters. We also have the Holy Spirit, who is everything. We hope and pray that God will take the money we raise, multiply it and make it enough to put out a great product for His glory.

The other challenge will be to get everything completed by the target month of August 2013. We want to make sure we do things right and at worst it would be pushed to September of this year.

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  • I live in Evansville, Indiana but I do most all of my filming in Chicago. The Pre-release party will be at my home in Evansville.

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