I am a British travelling showman, entertainer and performer. You can check out my website on www.mralexander.co.uk . This summer season has been especially exciting for me because Rhys Edwards, the award-winning documentary filmmaker has been trailing me filming all the strange and wonderful aspects of my extraordinary life. He is to call it ‘The Last Little Show at the End of the World’ which is one of my occasional audience gathering lines, (used especially if I am somewhere where the audience are slow in gathering or look as though they’d prefer to be at home watching tv!). He is still editing from the hours of footage those special moments that will make the end product a great success. You can check his films out for yourself on his website (www.rhysedwards.tv).
Part of the agreement between Rhys and me was that there would be enough footage to complete a DVD about Mr Alexander’s Travelling Life that would be a permanent memory of the life I have lived as a travelling showman over forty years in Britain. I am planning to help in the process of editing this over the next few months once the Festival film is finished. One of the challenges of this project has been the music. Rhys has had to pay a small fortune (rightly in many ways) for the performers’ rights for the commercial music I use in my shows. I pay the Performing Rights Society for an annual license to use the music in my live shows, but using it for films is a LOT more expensive and it would be far too expensive to use it in the DVD we are planning.
Regular readers of my blog (www.mralexan.blogspot.co.uk) will know that Maff Potts, a musician/composer in Wallingford has composed about twenty minutes of original music which he played as live accompaniment to my shows at the BunkFest this year and a recording of which I have been using at shows since then. I have developed a silent show to this wonderful suite and plan to properly premiere it at Wallingford next year, and I believe the music would make the perfect accompaniment to the DVD. Maff is in agreement and we would both like to have the suite transcribed for a cabaret band and studio recorded so the quality is good enough for the DVD. The issue is the cost involved in scoring the suite, rehearsing a band and recording it in a studio. That is the project for which I am seeking funding.
You can download a beta version of Maff's music from my blog page on the blog titled 'A request to all my readers'.
Risks and challenges
This project IS work in progress. Partly in that I am not a young startup (I have been in this business over forty years) and partly that the original music has been written, it now needs to be developed further, scored for a cabaret band and recorded. This will happen with your help. Without your help it probably wont happen. The DVD needs music and without it there will only be me talking about my life, which although might be of interest to some, it wont be the entertaining whole I want it to be. I could never afford to pay for the performing rights for the commercial music I use in the live show, so no Kickstart funding, no music!
However if the project is funded I will then need to work closely with Maff, the composer, to ensure the quality of the end product is up to my standards and then edit the music onto the film, working with Rhys, the documentary filmmaker and then oversee the production, cover design and marketing of the end product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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