About this project
Thanks so much everyone! We met our first funding goal in three hours, but that was just the bare minimum we needed to make this happen. The more pre-orders we get the more our expenses go down and the more we'll be able to pack into what we can offer. Please pass this around to people you think may be interested.
Here's what we're looking to do over the next couple weeks:
200 backers -- If we can get 200 backers by the end of the Kickstarter we'll give a DVD to everybody who's ordered a Blu-ray. And if you've already ordered a DVD and a Blu-ray, we'll send you TWO DVD's.
$5,000 -- If we can order DVD's in bulk our costs go way down, especially for packaging which is where a huge amount of the cost is. This will let us make all the packages bigger -- for everyone, more graphics, better packaging, more fun stuff. I'd love it if we were able to upgrade all the bare bones DVD's to something more special, and I'd love to be able to give all the people who ordered a blu-ray a DVD as well that they can give to a low res friend. All this gets a lot easier once we cross the $5,000 barrier. A hundred blu-ray disks, for example, cost $500 to have duplicated, 1,000 cost about $3,200 -- a little more than half the unit price.
$2,000 -- Paying the cast and crew more. If we get to $2,000 we'll be able to pay the cast & crew a bonus for their work. That's goal #1. In a world where creative people are so very often asked to work for free, making sure that the creative people involved in this project are treated like people with valuable skills is job #1 for me.
$2,500 Creating a Blu-Ray. The video was shot in HD but that requires additional investment in software and materials. If we hit $2,500, we'll offer a blu-ray option.
Above that? Hiring someone (cool, exciting & famous) to write liner notes. I'd love to have an introduction for the Deluxe DVD written by someone with a passion for theater and a knowledge of women's roles in theater and how rare and special A Doll's House is. I have a few names kicking around in my head, but I'd love to hear your thoughts too. What name on the front cover would make you want to dive into reading about this play?
I want to create a video of a stage production of Henric Ibesn's dramatic masterpiece "A Dolls House".
"A Dolls House" tells the story of Nora Helmer, a 19th century housewife, and her discovery that the seemingly perfect world she's been living in is actually a prison and she undergoes a feminist awakening that took nearly a hundred years for much of the rest of the world to realize.
This production of the play is unique in that it was staged in the Ebineezer Maxwell Mansion -- a house from the period of Ibsen's play which has been preserved as a museum with period accurate furniture, wallpaper, carpeting and gardens.
Due to scheduling restraints of the museum the production was only ever slated to run five performances. It played to sold out audiences every night who were immersed in a three hundred and sixty five degree experience. It seemed a tragedy to lose this play after so short a time.
All the hard work in making this production happen is already done. The actors spent weeks memorizing their lines and working with director Josh Hitchens to bring the characters to life. And over two days at the end of august 2013 a video crew spent a laborious fourteen hours videotaping it. This isn't a static two camera setup capturing a stage play. Rather it was shot with multiple camera angles throughout rooms of the museum unavailable to the staged play.
What remains is the mammoth task of editing together multiple takes of multiple camera angles, which comprise several dozen hours of footage, into a video that preserves and expands the success of the stage play.
The money we raise through this kickstarter will go to paying actors and crew who worked on spec and producing and delivering a DVD of the final product for less than the cost of a ticket to the play. Aside from being able to watch it yourself, pre-ordering a DVD here will allow us to create a piece of art that can bring theater, ideas, and great performances to schools and homes around the world that don't have access to it.
Risks and challenges
We're so far along with this that the risk of not meeting our deadline is minimal. We've intentionally added a month and a half to our anticipated completion date in the event that it snows at the Maxwell mansion which would allow us to get winter exteriors for the DVD -- the play takes place on Christmas Eve. Our data is stored in multiple sites, so even a catastrophic event such as a fire wouldn't cease production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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