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A documentary film following Britain's only blind orchestra on their UK tour. A celebration of the power of music to transform lives.
A documentary film about three blind musicians and their relationship to music. A celebration of the power of music to transform lives.
A documentary film about three blind musicians and their relationship to music. A celebration of the power of music to transform lives.
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INNER VISION is a feature-length documentary about the Inner Vision Orchestra, its members and their stories, struggles and triumphs. With some players born blind and others experiencing sight loss in their life, the heart of this film will reveal intimate portraits of key characters from around the world, and how creativity has helped them overcome the challenges imposed by sight loss.

About the film

This is a story that celebrates the power of music to transform lives. Following the Inner Vision Orchestra as they go on tour, this film will let you share in the laughter and joy - and give you a unique insight - into the lives of ten blind and partially sighted musicians as they travel around the UK. This group unites players from Iran to Japan, Lebanon to Nigeria and India to Britain. Boasting a repertoire from classical and gospel to soul and traditional Indian ragas, through music they transcend barriers.

Following each individual musician’s journey we discover these incredible stories: an Iranian girl whose love of music kept her alive as her parents threatened to kill her, believing she was a punishment from God because she was born blind; a Japanese viola player who found freedom through dance; a singer who chose to see sound in colour after going blind as a child; a painter - the orchestra's ninety year old mini-cymbalist - who turned to sculpture after a road accident left her partially sighted; and a Lebanese Oud player who fought barriers that stopped him performing, until becoming a member of Inner Vision Orchestra transformed his life. Baluji Shrivastav is the inspirational leader of this musical ensemble. Born in a tiny Indian village, and blind before he was one year of age Baluji paved his own path to success becoming one of the UK's most renowned sitarists, playing gigs with the likes of Boy George, Coldplay and Oasis.

Take a look at the trailer for the film here:

Why we need you:

Over the past year, we have self funded the research and preliminary filming necessary to make the next exciting step of producing this film: following the orchestra on tour! The funding raised from this campaign will enable us to hire in crew and kit to capture the story that develops: in rehearsals, on tour and in the intimate portraits of the key characters.

Blind musicians are in need of opportunities to perform - extraordinarily talented musicians still find it difficult to get gigs. By showcasing blind musician's talent, this film aims to change preconceptions and lift barriers between talent and audiences.

By supporting the Inner Vision film you will:

- Help spread the Orchestra's message and change the way blind people are perceived and perspectives on what blind people can do 

 - Support blind and partially sighted musicians in their careers 

 - Help inspire other blind and partially sighted musicians around the world to share their musical talent 

 - Help bridge the gap between blind musicians and audiences

 - Contribute to building cross-culture bridges by supporting this global music ensemble

You'll also get some excellent incentives in return, from a surprise thank you song sung to you by one of the musicians, to a one on one specialist master class in; music, singing, yoga, dance and cooking, to an opportunity to have the whole Orchestra perform at your own private event! If you’re kind enough to back this project, we will get our rewards to you as soon as possible. This may mean you won’t get everything all at once - we don’t yet have a final date for finishing the film, so any film-related rewards will come later.

Also, it would really help if you could click the buttons under the trailer to share it on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you!

 Where did this journey begin?

A year ago I met the Inner Vision Orchestra and immediately wanted to learn more about them. How do they rehearse and who conducts? What was their process for learning to play? When Linda - the Orchestra manager - began to tell me about the different characters that make up the group, I realised that they are the perfect cast for a documentary film. Ranging from 34 to 90 years of age and originating from all over the world, they are the most diverse group you can imagine!

Each with fascinating, beautiful and often harrowing back stories, and having been born blind or experiencing sight loss at some point in their lives, music has become an integral part of adapting to a new life for these musicians. Linda was keen for me to meet the players. Joining them in their rehearsals I instantly knew that the energy, humour and passion of this group was something that would be inspiring and entertaining for audiences to see on screen. 

Who is supporting the film?

The British conductor Charles Hazlewood, hand picked four of the Inner Vision musicians to be a part of his project – The British Paraorchestra. In 2012 they played along side Coldplay at the closing ceremony of the Paraolympics! As an advocate for broadening access to orchestral music Charles is a supporter of the Inner Vision Orchestra and our film.

We have been lucky enough to have our project noticed by a wonderful Executive Producer, Sally Kenchington. Having worked as a Commissioning Editor, Sally has a considerable breadth of experience to bring to this project. Her creative and innovative approach at Brightside Films has brought many one offs and feature docs to the screen. Sally has introduced us to the fascinating work done by Danceroom Spectroscopy that “interprets people as energy fields, allowing them to influence both graphics and sound using their movement”. We are very excited to be in discussion about a potential collaboration with the makers of Danceroom Spectroscopy to explore “visual sound” for the screen. This will be particularly interesting to explore ways of portraying the ‘inner world’ of one of the members of the orchestra, Victoria Oruwari, who sees sound in colour.

dS is built using much of the same physics, theories and equations that research scientists use to study how atoms move. What it shows you is not so different to what’s happening around you all the time, but normally too small for our eyes to see.
dS is built using much of the same physics, theories and equations that research scientists use to study how atoms move. What it shows you is not so different to what’s happening around you all the time, but normally too small for our eyes to see.

Who’s behind the project?

Marie-Cécile Embleton is a freelance filmmaker based in London. She worked on independent and broadcast films internationally in a variety of roles over six years before deciding to begin developing her own projects. When she met the Inner Vision Orchestra she was immediately inspired to take up the opportunity to tell their uplifting story.

Marie-Cécile has gathered a fantastic team of people who have made the progress on this project possible so far by; helping with preliminary research and filming, contributing towards getting the project online to begin building an audience, and building this Kick-Starter campaign.

90 year old mini-cymbalist Peggy Scott is the orchestra’s most treasured member
90 year old mini-cymbalist Peggy Scott is the orchestra’s most treasured member

How Kick-starter works

When you donate to Inner Vision on Kickstarter, we only get the donation if we meet our goal. If we don’t reach our goal, we receive £0, and you donate £0.

Our Minimum Goal of £10,000 is the least we need to proceed, but exceeding it will allow us to go much further and get closer to finishing the film.

Your money will go entirely towards making the film. The money raised will pay for crew, kit, travel, food and accommodation for the film team to follow the orchestra on the road. Filming the tour and the intimate character portraits is the next exciting and crucial step for this film. We plan to spend the money raised as efficiently as possible to make sure we can achieve maximum progress with your input. We are ambitious and we want to make the best film possible to truly honour the Inner Vision’s work!

If we exceed our goal, (this would be very very exciting!) then we would be able to achieve these next steps towards completing the film. Our stretch goals:

an extra £3450 would enable us to: 

 - buy two hard drives to hold newly transcribed footage 

 - pay a logger to transcode and log all of the footage ready to be viewed to edit 

 - pay someone to transcribe all the interviews to make the editing process faster 

- sit down in an initial series of sessions with an editor to make an editing plan

 - employ an editor for a whole week to make a start on the edit

an extra £2200 would enable us to: 

 - buy two hard drives to hold newly transcribed footage

 - pay a logger to transcode and log all of the footage ready to be viewed to edit 

 - pay someone to transcribe all the interviews to make the editing process faster

 - sit down in an initial series of sessions with an editor to make an editing plan

an extra £1700 would enable us to: 

 - buy two hard drives to hold newly transcribed footage 

 - pay a logger to transcode and log all of the footage ready to be viewed to edit

 - pay someone to transcribe all the interviews to make the editing process faster

an extra £900 would enable us to: 

 - buy hard drives to hold newly transcribed footage

 - pay a logger to transcode and log all of the footage ready to be viewed to edit

We are grateful for any pledge you feel you can make towards our project. If you have already contributed and wish to increase your pledge you can do so via Kickstarter. Just sign in to your account and if you have already contributed then instead of a green “Back This Project” button on our page, there should be a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click that, and you can enter a new amount or choose a new incentive.

Another very valuable way to contribute is by talking about us on social media. Please help us spread the word on Facebook, Twitter (@filminnervision) or by emailing friends! Anything you can do to spread the word will be of great help and is enormously appreciated.  Thank you so much!

How can I contact you? 

Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. We want to make sure we answer any questions you may have about the project and to hear your comments on what we are doing. You can contact us on this email: info@innervisionfilm.co.uk or speak to Marie-Cécile directly: +44 (0)7807173646

Our hopes for the Inner Vision Film 

Our Executive Producer Sally Kenchington is pitching the project to television channels including the BBC. We are aiming to reach wide audiences through festival screenings internationally as well as screenings with our partner charities and arts organisations.

Risks and challenges

There is a unique set of risks and challenges for filming the Orchestra. Thus far, challenges faced have ranged from: making sure there are enough volunteers to help so that the crew can focus on filming, working out the best way to film a group of musicians rehearsing in a relatively small room for ten people with very challenging light contrast conditions, finding the best sound equipment to record such a diverse range of instruments, trying to get good footage of a performance based largely on improvisation with limited cameras and operators. - It was risky attempting to get some of the footage we already have of gigs with such limited resources. Improvisation can lead anywhere so even if a camera operator knows the songs, it can be very difficult to film them well, for this reason it is essential to have enough of the right cameras and operators, so that we are ready to catch the performance and the audience reaction. The right sound equipment to record the performance as well as the audience reaction/interaction is also absolutely essential.

All of these risks and challenges have been overcome by the inspiration that Inner Vision's message instills in people, and has meant that we have been able to produce a trailer for the film. This was possible because we were so fortunate to have a crew jump on board to help simply because they are so intrigued by the orchestra, and how they rehearse and play together.

Potential challenges we could face ahead are ones encountered by most filmmakers: unforeseen events requiring additional filming and editing taking longer than anticipated. However, we know that the passion that has motivated us to get this far will inspire us to overcome the challenges that lie ahead. So we are confident this movie will be completed and it will be a truly great film!

Working on a very tiny micro budget over the last year we have managed to do the research necessary to make this film. Following them on tour is the next step and with the money raised from this campaign we will be able to hire the right equipment and crew to ensure that everything is in place to capture the experience the musicians have on tour. It’s going to be an incredible adventure, we hope you can join us!

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    You will get a special thank you on our website and a personalised thank you in social media! If you want you can send us a photo of you and we can post that with our thank you message. Send your photo with your name to info@innervisionfilm.co.uk

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    September 25th LONDON, Rich Mix -
    October 4th WORCHESTER, New College Worchester -
    October 10th DEVON, Barnfield Theatre
    - October 15th BRIGHTON, Ropetackle Arts Centre -
    October 18th SUFFOLK, New Wolsey Theatre -
    October 25th LUTON, Luton Library Theatre.

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    Associate Producer credit. Your name will appear in the closing credits of the film. You will be invited to an exclusive reception at the premiere of the film. Plus download of the Inner Vision Album and the Inner Vision Film and a surprise thank you song sung to you by one of the musicians!

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