The Accidental Insight of Sebastian Kraine
The Accidental Insight of Sebastian Kraine
Unlike Alice in Wonderland, Sebastian Kraine doesn’t fall down a rabbit hole, it comes after him. A magical theatrical story.
Unlike Alice in Wonderland, Sebastian Kraine doesn’t fall down a rabbit hole, it comes after him. A magical theatrical story. Read more
About this project
Come one, come all to witness Dominik Krzanowski, a self-taught magical craftsman and theatrical story-teller in "The Accidental Insight of Sebastian Kraine." A tale growing and changing for 12 years which now, “demands realization” says Dominik. Our hero, Mr. Kraine, a recluse but imaginative watch maker adrift in fantasy is forced from passivity to agency by a force he can’t see or understand. The fantastical story is told in a series of mystical vignettes employing Dominik’s years of magical experience and craftsmanship. Watch as Mr. Kraine struggles to understand the unknown and unseen forces at work in his life.
Dominik became an outcast, working tirelessly and mostly on his own, to make his dreams and visions solid and real. Some have said that he's taken reality and made it fluid and dreamlike. Dominik has kept this crazy fire burning inside him, working tirelessly to get to this point. Instead of taking a well-worn path, he's created his own.
5 years ago he debuted a sampling of “The Accidental Insight of Sebastian Kraine” and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Now at full speed he’s using Kickstarter to grow the show out of the studio and into a theater near you.
The show will be done in Los Angeles, the second week of August. For those with tickets who can't make it, we will honor your tickets for any future shows.
We just added extra reward levels and incentives. You can now "buy the show" for a night to raise money for your charity. We'll do the show for your event on one of our performance days. August 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.
Good question. The theater rental is the largest expense. This show has only been performed in my studio. The show has grown and is now too large for my studio and I feel it's time to get it out there and be seen by more people. Due to the complexities of the magic effects and the story we need an actual theater, not a black box. This is a very large show.
Lighting rental. There's no lights onstage. I have to bring in a 48 channel dimmer rack, the cabling, and the lights. It's about a 4 hour hang time, and then about a day to tech and write the cues. Even though I have done the show at my studio and have done the lights and cues already, we will be in a very different space, we will have to create the show almost from scratch. I have extensive knowledge of what the show needs and I have kept it as affordable as it can be. I got quotes for everything, but that was a month ago and prices do change. I also have some contacts for "favors" but sometimes those fall through so I am not counting on "favors" and can't afford to be stuck short.
The custom made costumes haven't been paid for and I can't use them in a show till they are finished and paid for.
I have some original music that has been written for the show that needs to be recorded. The composer needs 5 musicians.
There are some unfinished props and sets that need to be finished. I've funded this whole thing so far with my savings and I'm out of money. These props and sets are fundamental to telling the whole story.
We need a large truck to transport the show from my studio to the theater and back at the end of the week. There's the cost of gas, the driver, and insurance.
I also need event insurance. This is usually a 2 million dollar policy. This covers me, the cast, the crew, the venue, and the audience. It doesn't cost 2 million but it costs a bunch.
I need to pay the cast and crew very reasonable amounts for their time.
Printing tickets and fulfilling the various rewards.
Also I lose 5% to kickstarter and 3%-5% to the credit card companies. so I had to factor for that.
There's also a contingency for anything extra that was over looked in the budget.
I wrote a story, well actually I would say the story forced me to write it. It's a big story. I built the props, sets and magic effects myself to save money. It cost me the materials, my labor has been out of love for this. It took me about 12 years to get to this point with the show. To make this a simpler story would make it a different story. The props, for the most part, are all finished and ready for the stage. There are a few that need to be finished. Once this project funds we only have 2 months to wrap up the show. If you ask for something you should ask for what you need.
At this point the budget has dictated the amount of money needed. Once a project goes live I can't change the amount needed, I also can't change the time frame.
I have always been a performer. I started at a young age. I auditioned when I was seventeen for the magic castle. I worked there as a performer for many years. I acted in plays, I have been in several Indie films and several short films of my own. I was a puppeteer for several projects too. I found it easy to get jobs as a tech, I was good at it and it paid the bills! The truth is, as artists we all do "other things". I would say that this show is easily my "regular job" the tech stuff was just a hobby. But my hobby paid the bills and the "regular job" created the bills that needed to be paid.
Yes! I have done several "workshops" of the show at my secret studio in Agua Dulce. They were very successful and I estimate over 150 people come out to see the shows. The responses I got convinced me to pursue this full force and not compromise.
It's silent as far as my character has no dialogue. There is music and sounds. Sometimes there are things that can't be communicated with dialogue. I was inspired by the silent movies and the stars of that era. I remember seeing a Buster Keaton movie and just fell in love with it and wanted to do that on stage. Also I was very inspired by Butoh. It's an avant garde japanese dance form that is all improve within a "language of movement". I studied it as well as mime. I wanted to be able to communicate to anyone without limits. I could tour the world with this show and everyone will understand it.
No. It's a story that contains magic, movement, dance, and performance art. It's all integrated. I'm not hitting people over the head with any one thing. The magic effect is not the goal, it's the story telling device. I believe that this approach heightens the overall experience. It's going back to the roots of it all.
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