About this project
The definitive documentary about influential 80’s and 90’s guitar bands who harnessed massively loud sounds using a sea of effects pedals and delivered some of the most BEAUTIFUL NOISE ever recorded.
8 years in the making, with over 50 interviews, band members, music icons and tastemakers.
BEAUTIFUL NOISE is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.
Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago; how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.
Currently the documentary is in the final stages for worldwide release, and we need your help to raise the $75,000 to pay for limited run licensing and finishing costs to distribute in Film Festivals and on DVD/Blu-Ray.
This documentary will finally be released only if the fans of this music believe in this project and contribute.
- INTERVIEWS INCLUDE: Kevin Shields, Jim Reid, Robin Guthrie, Bobby Gillespie, Douglas Hart, Colm O’Ciosoig, Debbie Googe, Simon Raymonde, Alan Moulder, Ivo Watts-Russell, Alan McGee, Sonic Boom
- FEATURING BAND MEMBERS OF: Ride, Slowdive, Chapterhouse, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints, Seefeel, AR Kane, Telescopes, Boo Radleys, Cranes, Catherine Wheel, Flying Saucer Attack
- WITH: Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan and Robert Smith
- Score by Brad Laner (Medicine)
- VFX by John Nugent (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Matrix)
- Motion Graphics by Angus Cameron (Music Video Director)
- Graphic design by Timothy O'Donnell (4AD)
- Featuring Tour Projections, Bootlegs and previously unseen personal videos.
- Performance Videos (and some interviews) with current bands: Sigur Ros, M83, Autolux, Serena Maneesh, Ulrich Schnauss, A Place To Bury Strangers, Grouper, Tim Hecker, Belong among others.
This is your chance to be a part of this definitive documentary.
WHY KICKSTARTER? Ultimately we think Kickstarter is the best place for crowdfunding artistic and indie projects like ours. It is a democratizing force that brings projects to life. This documentary is for fans of this music and music culture. The prohibitive licensing costs have kept us from releasing our film but with Kickstarter's unique crowdfunding structure we can make Beautiful Noise available to the people who want to see it, provided enough people make a pledge.
STATUS – We are in post-production. The project is creatively finished; we are waiting for the go-ahead from you (the prospective viewer) to fund the massive amount of money required for necessary clearances that make a unique film like ours complete.
This is the first-ever documentary about one of the most influential music movements of the 20th century.
The true inside story of these bands in their own words, with concert and video footage, home videos, tour projections, interviews and testimonials.
This is the film fans have been waiting years for.
Make my Blu-Ray a DVD: If you would like a DVD in place of a Blu-Ray on the higher pledge levels let us know.
Collector's Bundles #3, 4, & 5 T-Shirt Bonus: For those who have pledged to the Collector's Bundles levels #3 ON THE WALL, #4 TREASURE & #5 MORNINGRISE only, you will also receive an exclusive Beautiful Noise T-Shirt if you would like. Just include your t-shirt size on the surveys we send out after the campaign ends.
Add a digital copy of the film to your pledge level: To add a digital copy reward of the film to your pledge level for everyone who has pledged to the ONE MORE physical rewards or higher, please add $25 to your pledge before the campaign ends and let us know.
What happens if the money isn’t raised in time? Nothing, the pledges are all canceled.
How will you spend the money if you reach your goal? Every dollar we raise will go towards paying for the $$$$$ Clearances/Licensing Costs (~ 80% of the total) , for Pledge Rewards Production/Shipping costs (~10%) , & the Kickstarter (%5)/ Amazon (3-5%) fees. We will be shouldering some of the final costs ourselves but we need to raise at least $75,000.
How will you use the extra money, if you raise more than your goal? Any extra money raised will be used to pay for additional licensing, production and distribution costs, & to make the documentary available on a slightly larger scale.
What if I want to support this project after the campaign ends? We will be sending out updates here on Kickstarter and posting on our Facebook page ways to continue to be involved and support us as this project proceeds through the final stages to release.
For all the latest updates: www.facebook.com/beautifulnoisedocumentary, http://synsen.tumblr.com/, twitter.com/hypfilms,
Risks and challenges
Should we reach our goal amount, our first step will be to commission the music/rights clearance company we are working with to begin licensing and paying for the copyrighted material we want in the documentary. This single step poses the greatest risks & challenges. After that, we will edit in the paid for music & footage into their respective placeholders, QC the final version and proceed with the manufacturing & distribution process.
The worst case scenario, second to not reaching our goal, is if the licensing costs are more then the estimates and the money we have raised does not come close to covering these costs.
Our contingency plan at that point would be to release the film with less of the copyrighted material included, so the movie will still be released, just a modified version and all pledge levels will still be fulfilled.
We have every reason to believe this is not going to be an issue. We are working with the Rights Workshop, a reputable music/rights clearance company with a proven history of handling copyright for indie/music films like ours. We have added up all the costs and we are very confident the $75,000 will cover the licensing, the Kickstarter/Amazon fees, and the bulk of the pledge rewards materials/shipping costs (some of which we plan to cover ourselves) and enable the film to be released.
This is truly an indie project and will be our first feature length documentary release, all the people who worked on this film are longstanding professionals in the showbiz field.
Eric is a Writer/Director with 10 years experience working as a Film Marketing Executive, regularly producing high end film promos, trailers, posters and press kits, and 15 years industry experience, who came up with the concept for making the documentary and is the driving force behind it.
Sarah is an Editor/Producer, with 10 years experience editing and producing 15 second to 90 minute documentary style projects for film production and marketing.
Together we have endeavored for years now, along with many other wonderfully talented people who have generously donated their time, to make this documentary a reality.
The actual development, production and post-production work has already been done. The movie has been shot and edited, the visual effects, graphics, score, color correction and mix are done! All that really stands in our way is paying for the essential copyrighted materials, which we are all but certain to overcome once we reach our goal!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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