Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, both the DVDs and BluRays will be Region 0, and play in all international players.Last updated:
I really enjoy Hans Fjellestad’s 2004 “Moog” documentary - I saw it at a festival shortly after it came out, and again at Moogfest 2014 with Hans there for a director Q&A. I’ve also re-watched it several times in recent months for inspiration and research purposes. Compared to what we plan to achieve with “Electronic Voyager,” which is to give a comprehensive history of Bob Moog’s life and achievements, I would describe Hans’ “Moog” documentary as more of a first-hand portrait of Bob Moog, during a few brief periods that Hans spent with Bob near the end of his life. Hans himself told Michelle that his movie was not meant to be biographical in nature, but more of an exploration of Bob's creativity and spirituality.
“Moog” does show Bob discussing his past work and achievements with some of his friends and collaborators, but not with any particular depth or thoroughness. “Moog” was really Bob Moog in his own words, and while Bob tended to be shy about, or even downplay his own achievements, our team is absolutely reverential about Bob Moog’s life and his cultural significance, and we want to make a comprehensive documentary, one that really does justice to Bob’s significant chapter in electronic music history.
In addition to providing a comprehensive historical documentary, we also want to give viewers a personal insight into Bob Moog - the man behind the iconic Moog brand. While Bob experienced a great deal of fame and acclaim for his legendary Moog synthesizers, it also took a lot of struggle, with personal and financial sacrifices, to introduce such a radical concept as the synthesizer to the 1960s music scene. Bob Moog’s story isn’t all about making celebrated synthesizers and hanging out with rock stars - it’s a complex story with a equal measures of triumph and hardship, and with a rich personal and family life that was largely kept separate from his career. In that regard, we are in a very unique position with “Electronic Voyager,” as Bob’s own daughter Michelle Moog-Koussa will be our guide. The people who knew and loved Bob really open up when they speak to Michelle about her father, leading to revealing and candid conversations about Bob Moog.Last updated:
What are people going to see and hear in this documentary that will make them want to see it and help fund it? Why should Moog fans back the project, vs just buying the DVD when it comes out?
Well to begin with, we are offering several Kickstarter prizes besides DVD/BluRay/download copies of the film itself, including some incredibly unique and exclusive items (i.e., only available to buy during this Kickstarter campaign): Minimoog hand screened neckties and scarves by Cyberoptix, a new Cats On Synthesizers In Space designed T-shirt, an 8” x 10” classic photo of Gary Numan signed by the man himself, and more. As far as those people who wonder whether it makes sense to pre-order the film through our Kickstarter campaign, rather than just waiting for the film to be released, all I can say is that every contribution to our Kickstarter campaign will go towards helping us to make this a better, more comprehensive film. Not only that, but securing all of the funds to complete this film through Kickstarter means that we can get to work on making this film ASAP, without having to devout additional time and effort into trying to raise the funds elsewhere - that means that we can deliver this film to you in a shorter amount of time. We look at Kickstarter as a direct link to Bob Moog's friends, admirers and fans, who I hope and believe will want to help us get to work on this important documentary as soon as possible. Another thing that you get when you pre-order the film through Kickstarter, is your name in Electronic Voyager’s film credits - a thank you for supporting and believing in our vision!Last updated:
Why do you want to raise more than $100,000? (Can you explain what it takes to make a documentary like this?)
Before working on I Dream Of Wires, I never would’ve understood how producing a documentary could cost half-a-million dollars, so I can appreciate the question!
First of all, I found this to be a very informative and illuminating article on the subject: http://www.pbs.org/pov/blog/news/2011/08/how_much_does_it_really_take_to_make_documentary — particularly this quote: “Yes, you can make a documentary for $20,000, but unless it’s a labor of love, I would strongly recommend a realistic feature-length budget where you and your co-workers get paid industry standard rates. Most of my feature documentaries range from $300,000 on the low end to slightly over a million dollars.”
Here’s a little bit of background on my experience in producing our previous documentary, I Dream Of Wires (IDOW): IDOW was made in the most frugal and DIY way - Robert and I handled just about everything: from Robert working light, camera and sound while I asked the questions during filming, to me composing and recording the music soundtrack, to Robert handling all major post-production duties on his own (editing, color correction, etc), to me being the guy who packaged and shipped out all 2,500+ pre-ordered DVDs and T-shirts after the film was complete. Even still, IDOW’s budget was nearly $200,000, and a lot of that consisted major expenses that I would’ve never foreseen or expected - huge legal and insurance expenses involved in getting the film ready for iTunes and Netflix release, for example. For Electronic Voyager, we need a bigger crew to accommodate the 2-camera shoots that we are planning, and we have a very ambitious traveling schedule, which includes not only travel for our crew, but to bring some of our interview subjects to historical locations. Finally, and most significantly - one of the complaints that we often heard about I Dream Of Wires was the fact that we spoke about certain music recordings and artists, without using any of their music in the film. What many people don’t realize is just how expensive it can be to license footage, photos and recorded music for a film - some of the recordings that we hoped to license for IDOW would have cost up to 25% of our entire budget to use, so we had to do without. For Electronic Voyager, we don’t want to have to cut any corners as far as the archival music, film and photographic materials that we are able to unearth and license, to truly do justice to telling Bob Moog’s story right.Last updated:
If people have ideas and opinions on how to make this project successful or things that they'd like to contribute, is there any mechanism for this?
We are absolutely open to hearing from anyone who wants to discuss Electronic Voyager - please get in touch with me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.Last updated:
First of all - worth noting: this is an historical documentary about Bob Moog's life. It's not a documentary about Moog playing musicians. A large portion of the interviews will be with colleagues, friends, family... it's a biographical doc about Bob Moog's life. We'll feature a few musicians who may not have known Bob, but who can speak to his significance and impact, but this is really not the focus of the film... Most of the musicians that we will speak to though, are people who knew Bob personally, or that really made a HUGE impact on popularizing Moog instruments.
Now, all of these musicians (Wendy Carlos, Kraftwerk, Giorgio Moroder, Herbie Hancock, Geddy Lee) and several others would certainly qualify as musicians that made a huge impact on popularizing Moogs, and so we will make every effort to interview all of them for Electronic Voyager. Wendy Carlos, in particular, is a dream interview for this project!Last updated:
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