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A film featurette based on the album Avatar Country by the band Avatar.
A film featurette based on the album Avatar Country by the band Avatar.
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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. 

Population: Unbreakable.

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.

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    Avatar Country Tourist

    All we can say is thank you for coming. All contributions help!

    [No physical reward, but you will receive all campaign updates which will include exclusive content]

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    Official Citizen of Avatar Country

    Should you choose to back this project on this level, the King will officially recognize you as a Citizen of Avatar Country. This will be manifested in the following ways:

    Your name will be in the end credits.

    You will get a high resolution digital version of the official film poster (once it’s made).

    [You will get exclusive access to the Royal Department of Reporting on the Inner Workings of the Court where we will post blogs and pictures during the whole production period. This will give you inside access to the whole process and you will hear not only from the King, but from other band members and the director as well.]

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    • Digital version of the official movie poster
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    Patch Package

    You will become a full fledged Citizen of Avatar Country and as a token of our appreciation we will send you one large and one small Avatar Country patch plus one Avatar Country sticker!

    Includes:
    • Your name in the end credits
    • Digital version of the official movie poster
    • Avatar Country Large Back Patch
    • Avatar Country small Patch
    • Avatar Country Sticker
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    Autographed Official Movie Poster

    This is a limited offer! When they’re gone, they’re gone. You will not be able to get this anywhere else. Not on our website nor at our shows. 2x3ft full color movie poster, hand autographed by the band. Final poster design will be announced later on.

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    • Your name in the end credits
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    Avatar Country Live in Paris [Vinyl]

    You will receive 1 of only 1000 ‘Avatar Country’ Live Vinyl Records. The Vinyl features audio from the full live appearance by the King himself, with his elite orchestra, recorded at Download Festival in Paris, 2018. This is an incredibly limited offer and these vinyls will not be for sale anywhere else!

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    • Digital version of the official movie poster
    • Limited 'Avatar Country' Live Vinyl Record
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    The Making of Avatar Country: The Book

    This book is the ultimate guide to the making of Avatar Country, featuring production sketches, exclusive behind the scenes photos and stories from the conception, writing, and shooting of Avatar Country. Get a peek behind the curtain and own a monument that will last you a lifetime.

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    The King Thanks YOU!

    You will be sent a personal filmed ‘Thank You’ message from the King himself.

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    Ennobled by the King + Full Merch Pack

    In addition to the coffee table book, you will also receive the autographed movie poster, the Live at Download Paris 2018 vinyl, PLUS an Avatar Country patch package.

    The big prize however is that not only will your name be in the end credits but it will be so with a noble title given to you by the King Himself. You’re an aristocrat now!

    This is a limited offer. When they’re gone, they’re gone. You will not be able to get this anywhere else. Not on our website nor at our shows.

    Includes:
    • Signed Movie Poster
    • Credited with a noble title in the end credits
    • Avatar Country Large Back Patch
    • Limited 'Avatar Country' Live Vinyl Record
    • Avatar Country small Patch
    • Avatar Country Sticker
    • The Making of Avatar Country: The Book
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    Customized Video Message from the King

    The King will film and send a message chosen by you!

    We ask for the message to be maximum 80 words long.

    Have the King wish you or someone close to you a happy birthday. Add a Royal twist to your wedding ceremony. Do it for you or do it for a friend!

    FINE PRINT: Our glorious King is a kind-hearted man and the laws of nature prevent him from being an asshole in any way whatsoever. This means that he will not partake in anything resembling bullying, racism, misogyny, or encouragement of criminal activity. The King is also only concerned with politics relevant to Avatar Country. He will therefore not express endorsement of any political entity or cause. (Please have message ready by the end of November.)

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    Smile! You’re on the news!

    This is a limited offer

    You will be a news item in a very special edition of KTV news. Send us a picture of yourself and we will take it from there.

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    Avatar Country Paramedic Helmet

    One of only two helmets worn by the paramedics of Avatar Country. These brave men hauled around our beloved hero Tim in his time of need. With any luck, they could usher you to great feats as well. Wear it riding your bicycle, while juggling, as a fashion statement, or even just to cover up some wicked bed head. The sky is the limit with one of these bad boys in your collection!

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    The Avatar Country guitar-gun

    You can become the owner of the official Avatar Country gun as seen throughout the Avatar Country saga. It might just be a prop, but the love put in to making it assures that it still can kill you with kindness!

    Only one in existence! Shipping included OR hand delivered by the band at any Avatar show in the first half of 2019. Will come with a certificate of authenticity signed by the band. You will also be credited with a nice title in the end credits. You will also be featured in the end credits with a title suitable to your prolific stature and rank within the Royal Court.

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    The Enemy Soldier costume

    This outfit can be seen worn by the soldiers of the enemies of Avatar Country and this is your chance to lay your hands on it.

    You see it a million times, but thanks to modern movie magic there is only one in existence! Shipping included OR hand delivered by the band at any Avatar show in the first half of 2019. Will come with a certificate of authenticity signed by the band. You will also be featured in the end credits with a title suitable to your prolific stature and rank within the Royal Court.

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    Headbanger Reviver

    As bacteria become resistent to antibiotics and ancient viruses rise from the melting glaciers, there is only one true cure to all ailments: METAL!

    This contraption of medical wonder can be seen in the hospital scenes in 'The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country', and despite the fact that its functions are purely fictional we are convinced that owning it will make you feel better anyway.

    Despite the great efforts of the Royal Health Department to spread this miracle machine to the rest of the world, there is still sadly only one in existence! Shipping included OR hand delivered by the band at any Avatar show in the first half of 2019. Will come with a certificate of authenticity signed by the band. You will also be featured in the end credits with a title suitable to your prolific stature and rank within the Royal Court.

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    Motivator Helmet

    Crafted by the House Music Imperialists, this motivator helmet was used to harness the raw energy of metalheads for their own sinister uses. However, after filming is complete it will be deactivated and repurposed.

    The helmet will be as depicted in the concept sketch in the campaign description, as it has not yet been crafted by our talented props engineer.

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    The Antagonist costume

    Has a bad guy ever looked as good? The outfit worn by the number one enemy of Avatar Country can end up in the hands of our greatest ally: You.

    Only one in existence! Shipping included OR hand delivered by the band at any Avatar show in the first half of 2019. Will come with a certificate of authenticity signed by the band. You will also be featured in the end credits with a title suitable to your prolific stature and rank within the Royal Court.

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    Live for your King

    You get to be an extra in Avatar Country. The role you’ll play is to be decided once we get in touch and get closer to shooting.

    Traveling and hotel will be at the backer’s own expense.

    You will of course also get the the full merchandise package as in the reward 'Ennobled by the King', except a noble title in the end credits as you will be credited for your acting performance instead, as well as one of the main sponsors for the project!

    Given that we get funded, shooting of scenes where you could be included will take place in Gothenburg on December 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 20 or 21. Your call!

    Includes:
    • Signed Movie Poster
    • Avatar Country Large Back Patch
    • Avatar Country small Patch
    • Avatar Country Sticker
    • Limited 'Avatar Country' Live Vinyl Record
    • The Making of Avatar Country: The Book
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    The Band's Avatar Country Uniform Jacket

    After shooting is wrapped, we will have little use for the jackets used in the videos, so we’ll give them to you. They were hand tailored for each member individually and there are only two of each of in the world. The other set we will keep. They will never be sold, so this is your only chance.

    You will not be able to choose which member’s jacket you’ll get. This will be determined by lottery. Shipping included OR hand delivered by the band at any Avatar show in the first half of 2019. Will come with a certificate of authenticity signed by the band. You will also be featured in the end credits with a title suitable to your prolific stature and rank within the Royal Court.

    [Note; the band has 2 sets of jackets - 1 nice smelling which is the one offered here, used in all photos and videos and 1 for stage use which is to be saved for our museum and not offered here]

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    Die for your King

    You will have a featured part as an extra being executed in a scene of the film.

    Traveling and hotel will be at the backer’s own expense.

    You will of course also get the the full merchandise package as in the reward 'Ennobled by the King', except for being credited with a noble title as you instead will be credited for your acting as an actor as well as one of the main sponsors of the project.

    The shooting of this scene will take place in Gothenburg on the day of December 06 [provided this campaign is successfully funded]. If you want to hang out one more day at the shooting you will be welcome to do so!

    Includes:
    • Signed Movie Poster
    • Limited 'Avatar Country' Live Vinyl Record
    • Avatar Country Large Back Patch
    • Avatar Country small Patch
    • Avatar Country Sticker
    • The Making of Avatar Country: The Book
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    The King's Throne

    This is literally the BIG ONE! You can claim ownership over the one and only throne used in the shooting of Avatar Country! Put it at your dinner table and feast like a King! Use it as gaming chair and never lose! A great conversation piece and a royally awesome place to park your glorious buttocks!

    There is only one specifically used in the filming and thus this is a unique item! Shipping included OR hand delivered by the band at any Avatar show in the first half of 2019. Will come with a certificate of authenticity signed by the band. You will also be featured in the end credits with a title suitable to your prolific stature and rank within the Royal Court.

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    Co-Executive Producer

    By backing us with this large of an amount, you have helped us green-light this project, effectively becoming a Co-Executive producer of Avatar Country and credited as such in the credits. The King will also reward you with a place in His court including both military and noble titles.

    As Co-Executive Producer, you are welcome to hang out with the band on set during the shooting of the film (travel and lodging expenses not included)!

    Lastly, you will receive a ticket to ANY and EVERY headlining Avatar show for LIFE! By pledging this amount, we wish to thank you accordingly for as long as we can.

    [Note: Tickets will be non-transferrable!]

    You will of course also get all non-limited rewards of the lower backing levels. You will also receive an engraved plaque, signed by the band, thanking you for your huge contribution in making our dream come true.

    The King will love you forever.

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Funding period

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