Minefield is a buddy movie about a filmmaker, a soccer coach and the humanitarian work he's been doing in warzones for over 15 years.
"ALL THAT I KNOW SURELY ABOUT MORALITY AND THE OBLIGATIONS OF MAN, I OWE TO FOOTBALL"
Albert Camus (Goalkeeper and Writer)
Minefield is an existential 'buddy movie' centering on the work and adventures of a humanitarian soccer coach, Scotty Lee, and his charity Spirit of Soccer in warzones. Scotty's mine risk education work, using soccer to "enrich and save lives through the beautiful game", has put a lot of smiles on the faces of traumatised kids across the planet. Kids, who've had a chance to live their football dreams and sweat and forget for a while, amid the wars and hatred that surrounds them. Minefield trailer: http://vimeo.com/25026102
Filmmaker Doug Aubrey has been documenting Scotty Lee’s MRE and conflict resolution work for over 15 years and so far their adventures have resulted in a life-long friendship and two TV films, Louder than Bombs - Bosnia (1999) and A Different Pitch - Kosova (2001) You can watch extracts of these films here: http://vimeo.com/channels/95343. Minefield uses archive from these films and crosses time as well as territory to tell the story. In addition to the Balkan conflicts in the early 1990s, Minefield has also been filmed in the ongoing conflicts of the Middle East, in parts of the old Soviet Empire (Moldova and Transdnistria) and in a beautiful country with a heart of darkness (Cambodia).
After more than 15 years on location around the world and a really intense past 3 years in our Glasgow edit suite, we now have a rough-cut (see FAQ for access), but not a completed film yet. This is where YOU enter the picture!
We are now seeking your hard-earned cash to complete Minefield, ideally for Landmine Awareness Day, April 2012. Before then this extraordinary story about War, Football and Friendship would like to film in the USA in October (where Scotty lives with his family) and go where Scotty is taking Spirit of Soccer next, possibly Basra and Baghdad or Afghanistan. From mid-October 2011 to March 2012, we aim to fine-cut, grade and dub the film for international broadcasters, festivals, cinemas, NGO, specialist and special screening events near you throughout 2012 and beyond. We're also working on trying to get one of Scotland's finest bands - Mogwai - to score the film..
WHY WE NEED YOU?
We have received development support over the past 3 years from Channel 4 Television, Scottish Screen (now Creative Scotland) and DfiD/ CBA (Worldview), as well as our own significant investment. We have made it stretch a very long way, and we now need this Kickstarter campaign to help us unlock investment from other funders, broadcasters, etc. We believe the more funds we can source via this campaign to complete Minefield, the greater the editorial independence of the film and the greater its grassroots credibility as an authored independent film when complete. Although we're quite skilled at doing it, one cannot make films on love, blood and conviction alone!
HOW IT WORKS?
: You need to only have a fiver (although we will gladly take more!) and access to either a credit card or an Amazon account;
: We have set a goal of $30,000, which we wish to raise before September 17th;
: If we don't raise the full amount, your card won't get charged - and no rewards will be in the post:(
: If Minefield exceeds its pledge, it'll only benefit the project - we can assure you, not a penny will go to waste!!! - and them rewards are guaranteed:)
HOW WILL WE SPEND YOUR MONEY?
- Further filming costs and camera hires;
- Sound design, sound edit and music composition hopefully by Mogwai or members thereof;
- Fine-cut, grading and versioning of the finished film;
- Le look, Design of www.minefieldthemovie.com, posters and DvD cover;
- Marketing and Distribution costs, including your Kickstarter reward;)
We really need any help and support you can offer - and will totally appreciate you forwarding this to friends, colleagues, family - foes even.
Minefield pictures on Flickr.
All pictures by Doug Aubrey (c) Autonomi
She's skint, thinks the welfare will chase her, doesn't have a credit card because we cut it up and thinks Amazon is a jungle in South American and PAYPAL is a Glaswegian mugger!
Wish we knew! - As far as we're concerned you are all big backers, however it appears those that are skint all giving, while those that are rich still expect to be on a free guest list!
It''ll be in Update #6 at some point. It needed a rest!
Let us know any combination of our pledges you might be keen on. We are strangely open to suggestions;)
Tell us what you think on Vimeo, and consider spending a bit of cash on making Minefield a film you'd want to take your pals to see. To access URL to the rough-cut on Vimeo contact http://mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Yeah, they are just brilliant. Have kept us fans on our toes for over 15 years now so we really really hope they'll agree to work on scoring the film.
You can follow Mogwai on http://www.mogwai.co.uk/, Twitter or Facebook. They are currently touring across the world so you might get lucky.
Minefield is not just a film about the beautiful game. It's a story about the global man-on-the-street, the choices we make in life, the world at war we live in, passion, male bonding, getting older, and why people do what they do. Ref the Camus quote on the pitch above
We're not all English - just the Director and he plays goal anyhow - the Producers Danish (and they can play abit) and Berny McGurk - the editor is Scottish - only they're always robbed by dodgy penalty decisions in the 89th minute...which is where we're at with this film now so please pledge!
You can find out all about the Spirit of Soccer charity and their work at:
Spirit of Soccer's work around the planet has for a number of years been funded directly by the US State department. Someone in Washington it seems has recognized the power of the soccer as a way of enriching and saving lives through the beautiful game. Even if they still think a game called football is played with your hands!
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Thank you! Your pledge is more than what it costs to produce an anti-personnel mine. We need lots of pledges like yours to make our bid work. On top of the Kickstarter updates, you'll get a mention on the forthcoming minefieldthemovie website.Estimated delivery:
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Thank you! On top of frequent updates, you'll be first up to receive a DvD of the completed film. You'll also get to see your name in the credits on the forthcoming minefieldthemovie website.Estimated delivery:
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Thank you! On top of frequent updates and exclusive clips, we'll get you a DvD of the completed film and an A3 sized Minefield poster. You'll also get to see your name in the credits on the forthcoming minefieldthemovie website.Estimated delivery:
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Thank you! On top of frequent updates and exclusive clips, we'll get you a signed copy of the DvD of the completed film and the Minefield poster. You'll also get to see your name in the credits on the forthcoming minefieldthemovie website.Estimated delivery:
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Thank you! On top of frequent updates and exclusive clips, we'll get you two DvD copies of the completed film, Doug Aubrey's Louder than Bombs and A Different Pitch documentaries, a big Minefield poster and a ticket to see the film in a cinema near you! - Oh and see your name in the credits on the forthcoming minefieldthemovie website.Estimated delivery:
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Thank you! We'll get you an exclusive DvD of the documentaries Louder than Bombs and A Different Pitch that are the precursors of Minefield. Will also frequent updates and exclusive clips, a signed copy of the limited edition DvD of the completed Minefield, the poster and a ticket to see the film in a cinema near you. You'll get to see your name both in the credits on the forthcoming minefieldthemovie website and also in the thanks to credits on the film.Estimated delivery:
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Thank you! We'll get you a very special Autonomi goodie bag stuffed with our award-winning, multiple-nominated cinematic gems - including Kurdi, Milk, World of Skinhead, Four Films about Scotland and Wasted Nation. On top of frequent updates and exclusive clips, we'll get you a signed copy of the limited edition DvD of the completed film, a Minefield poster and 2 tickets to see the film in a cinema near you. You'll also get a credit on the website and a Special thanks to credit on the final film. A DvD of the rough-cut is currently available on request.Contact: email@example.comEstimated delivery:
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Thank you! You are now an Executive Producer and we'll do all within our means to fly, drive or teleport you to the international premier of Minefield on a continent near you. Also this award attracts the Autonomi special goodie bag and a limited edition DvD of Minefield, posters. A DvD of the rough-cut is currently available on request.Contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgEstimated delivery:
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The big one. It will secure you an Executive Producer credit on the film. We will also invite you to the world premier of the film as our guest and, if you can make your way to Glasgow, organize to watch an Old Firm soccer match between Celtic and Rangers in an Irish pub with the director and producer (who'll undoubtedly spoil the experience by ranting about the media all the way thru...). Also there'll be no seats but should be fun. We will discuss a percentage rights/recoupment deal with you, should the film eventually go into profit. - Don't be shy, we can have more than one Exec!-) A DvD of the rough-cut is currently available on request. Contact: email@example.comEstimated delivery:
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