First there is silence. Then there is sound. Glorious, deafening sound. The the veil of fog is lifted before and within you and makes way for the light.You start to run. Faster and faster. It is music you hear. Electrifying, it’s like nothing you’ve ever heard, as if thunder and lightning was singing to your suffering and joy. All these sounds, the electricity and now... the drum. From the innermost sanctums of the secret halls, a drum is pounding... calling you home.
Glory to our King and welcome to Avatar Country.
Main export: Metal.
We are Avatar and to make a long story short, as artists we believe that evolving is one of our greatest duties towards the music we love and the scene we belong to. After all, diamonds are formed under pressure. If you know anything about us as a band, you know that we are quite the visual spectacle. It has been a key point in our mission statement for many years to treat every aspect of the band as art, which includes how we choose to visualize the music. The music videos have been treated with the same care and dedication as our songs. We think the results speak for themselves. However, this time we want to go above and beyond anything we’ve ever done.
The Royal State Television, KTV has had the pleasure to document the King’s doings since the dawn of time. The vaults are filled to the brim with material that we are dying to bring out to the masses. But we need our Citizens’ help.
At the time that we’re writing this, we have released music videos for ’A Statue of the King’, ’the King Wants You’ and ’the King Welcomes You to Avatar Country’. They have all gotten a great reception and with three music videos recorded and released, our record labels have fulfilled their commitment when it comes to promoting the album Avatar Country and we are very happy with our working relationship. But we want more and believe you do too. We are not a normal band. Avatar Country is not a normal album. We want to tell the full story and we want You to help us make this a reality. Together with You, we want to bring AVATAR COUNTRY to the screen!
Avatar Country will be a featurette (longer that a short movie but shorter than the Godfather) based on the music of the album of the same name. It will tell the full story which has already partly been shown in the videos released this far. We will of course continue to work with Johan Carlén who has been in charge behind the camera for all our music videos since Black Waltz. We have developed a language of our own through the years and become great partners, instrumental in realizing each others visions.
The money raised will go to pay for equipment, crew, actors, locations, props, 3D models, wardrobe and anything and everything you can imagine would go into any given film project. The money will NOT go to pay any member of the band, not even the King. Our salaries are made out of what we can make from touring, selling merchandise and whatever comes our way as song writers and recording artists. This will not be a pay day for the band. All money will be directly invested into our art.
The minimum sum we are hoping to reach of $ 50,000 will be enough for us to green light the project and pull it off with some... compromises. The actual amount needed to realise our vision for this is $ 75,000. That means that there is plenty of room for improvement should this project get overfunded. To be completely honest, we are so anxious to get to do this that we are aiming kind of low, but the sky is the limit for what we can do on a larger budget which would lead to better visual effects, higher set quality, more studio time and much, much more especially in post production.
We do not take your faith as citizens lightly. As a thank you and a token of our appreciation, we have carefully selected rewards to go along with your gracious pledges.
Now that you've helped us surpass our initial goal, we've set several stretch goals to improve the campaign for all backers!
You fall to the ground exhausted from your journey and overwhelmed by the earth shattering might of the SOUND. You close your eyes. You don’t know for how long, but when you finally find the strength to open them you see the most shiny pair of boots you’ve ever laid your eyes on. You look up and there he is. In his full glory. Cape, crown and the Six Stringed Axe of Righteous Rule. The King. He reaches out his hand and helps you on your feet.
”Rise, Citizen. You are home now.”
You look upon your King and the land stretching out around him and you know his word is true and the truth is good.
”Gee”, you think. ”The King sure is great! I should tell everyone about him and his Kickstarter Campaign!”
Risks and challenges
One of the greatest challenges for a project like this is to stay within budget. We have always handled the production of our music videos ourselves and have thus faced this challenge many times over. We have taken extra precautions and planned out every detail of the making of Avatar Country using all our accumulated experience to make sure that once you help us green light this project, it will happen. We have great respect for the fact that we are working with your money and you have the right to expect a finalized product worthy of the King.
Another risk for pledgers of any Kickstarter-project is that both physical and non physical rewards might be delayed or not show up at all. As a band already in the business of online merchandise, we have facilities and infrastructure in place in both the US and EU and we are confident that we can deliver within a reasonable time frame.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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