Always Something Doing is an effort to improve free, public access to video documentation of the Boston DIY arts and music scene. The project starts with my collection of 100 mini DV tapes containing footage from events between 2001 and 2007, most of which I booked or co-produced. It continues with other folks getting their tapes out and up!
The two main funding goals are (1) to temporarily obtain a quality computer and (2) to allow for dedicated production time via a small stipend. Funding raised after project costs will be donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation & 826 Boston, 50% each. The computer too, will be donated upon project completion (at 12 months).
Contents & Relevance
In this archive cultural historians and new generations of DIY producer-artists will find footage of artists & speakers such as Fugazi, Howard Zinn, Neptune, Black Eyes, Fat Day, Arab on Radar, Xiu Xiu, Hella, Susan Blackmore, and other local / national acts in a wide variety of spaces in the 2001-2007 era. But that's what I contribute from my tapes - there could be much, much more!
My hope is people from many backgrounds are inspired to contribute, creating a more robust archive representing how the punk, noise, indie, metal, dance, and other scenes worked both in parallel and colaborativly. For the initial funded-year, I'll be working to track down some of these tapes, and getting them added. About 1/2 my tapes are unmarked but, for a general idea of the types of things I've booked & filmed check out this list.
For my part, I will not retain copyright over the footage itself. The artists have direct access to use my media in any way they see fit, including for profit. Fans seeking to create derivative works need only the permission of the artists. Accreditation to the archive is not required, but appreciated.
(1) iMac: $1,698.00 i5, 21.5", 3.20GHz, 8g ram (donated at 12 months)
(1) Final Cut: $200.00 Pre-installed with iMac package
(1) DV Deck $0 Graciously on loan from a project supporter
I am requesting (1) $3,000.00 stipend to provide 3 months of dedicated time to work on the contents of the initial 100 tapes. This includes media review, light editing, contacting artists, and outreach efforts to ensure the videos have quality, detailed metadata.
The remaining funds will be used to design and produce supporter gifts and to cover Kickstarter's 5% fee.
Footage Examples: Plz Help Improve
To get a sense of the types of footage I'm talking about, please take a look at my YouTube channel. You'll notice they are extremely low quality. This is because I captured them on a lowly netbook. They can look much nicer!
A Revised Budget
This is the 2nd version of ASD's Kickstarter. Try #1 went over about as well as the1st half of this video. =) The reason: costs were simply set too high. With gracious community support I've been able to borrow some gear; cut down the stipend, adjust backer rewards, etc. So thanks to everyone who got on board to make the project more efficient n' cheap.
"Lots of people make videos at shows but it takes serious time and effort to encode and archive them in high-quality open formats with meaningful metadata. I hope that this project can provide a model for other people to preserve the material history of DIY cultures." -- Kevin Driscoll, Bone Zone, The Goonies
"Awesome. I can't wait to see these tapes!" - Ryan Begley, There Were Wires
Finally, Got Tapes? Once I've uploaded my media, I'm here to help with yours as much as time allows. Reach out to me via email and let me know what shows you've got to share and we can figure out the rest.
- (33 days)