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Callum James GreensBy Callum James Greens
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Callum James GreensBy Callum James Greens
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£263
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backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 29 2018

About

The Shepherd

In August 2011, parts of London experienced some of the worst violence in the UK since the Blitz of World War II. Except, the violence of 2011 was homegrown. 'The Shepherd' unfolds a dramatised story of 3 family members whose lives are massively changed forever during three nights of the riots in Tottenham, London.

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Who are you and why the riots?

My name is Callum James Greens. I was born in Edinburgh and live in Edinburgh. I'm a professional music producer and web developer. They say "everyone has a book in them" and "write about what interests you". So this is my novel.

As a music composer, the dramatic and real-life events in August 2011 across boroughs of London inspired me to create several music pieces that have sat hidden away in my studio for years. Only after discovering the recordings again to use in a different project my inspiration was re-ignited to do something more creative than simply making music. This transpired into the story of 'The Shepherd'.

Will I like it?

This book is intended for anyone who enjoys dark drama with complex twists and turns. The story includes mature language, dark humour, racism and violence. The purpose of the book is not to offend but you may be offended if you have never encountered or experienced any of the above. It's gritty and lifelike and the dialogue, setting and events reflect this.

What are you trying to achieve?

The main aim of this Kickstarter is to have the story published alongside a music soundtrack that ties in with the story being told. There's no denying that the backdrop of the London riots is an ideal setting for a drama but the events also affected many real people. I would like to make the story and characters as real as possible without compromise or causing upset to anyone affected.

I believe that the story also lends itself nicely to a TV or movie adaptation which is why I would like to have the completed novel turned into a screenplay by a professional writer.

Secondary to the book being published I would like to produce an audiobook which is a fairly simple task but expensive when hiring suitable actors.

How will the funds be used?

The core of the funds will simply be used to have the book printed and shipped out to backers with additional copies being printed and sold online or in bookshops. Other large expenses include hiring studio time to turn the music composition demos into a high-quality soundtrack album using real musicians & artists. I will also be using the funds to consult professional screenplay writers, hiring an actor to record the audiobook and licensing artwork/photography required for advertising and cover art. Any funds collected above the goal will be used to further enhance the quality of the printed book, audiobook, soundtrack & screenplay with the possibility of a music video being produced.

The Music Soundtrack

The idea of the book stemmed from the demo music that I initially created several years ago. With your help, I would like to re-record all tracks with real musicians and artists. I have already begun the sessions and I have Simon Shepherd (SHEP 3RD) writing and recording demo vocals for several of the tracks. By pledging on Kickstarter you would allow us to continue the recording and get together in a professional studio to produce the music to make it the best it can be. Please check out 'The Musician' reward for details on how you can help us achieve this.

Writing of 'The Shepherd' is under way
Writing of 'The Shepherd' is under way

Progress & Schedule

The Book

The initial planning, character & plot development has been completed and the writing of the book is well underway. I will be releasing several sections from the book on my website in due course for backers. Due to the size of what I'm trying to achieve with multiple additions to sit alongside the book, I would like to release everything around the same time, which is why the expected delivery date is almost 1 year from now with the exception of the Music Soundtrack being released earlier around September/October 2018.

The Music Soundtrack

All music composition demo's have been completed and work has begun on re-recording these with SHEP 3RD writing and performing vocals but we need the additional backing to help fund the completion.

Audio Book

Production of the audiobook will begin as soon as the book has been finalised. This is expected to be at least 2 months before the book is printed and shipped out to backers.

Screenplay Adaptation

The screenplay adaptation timescale relies heavily on the consultation with a professional screenplay writer. I have already begun to contact several writers to inquire about their services. I would estimate that the screenplay draft would be available 3-4 months after the book has been published.

Donating Your Copy

Backers who wish to donate their copy of 'The Shepherd' to a library in the UK will be contacted shortly after the Kickstarter is successful. In the unlikely event that there are several backers who would like to donate to the same library we may ask you to choose an alternative.

Transparency

In the interest of being as open and transparent about the process and everything involved in pulling this massive project together, I welcome you to contact me directly with any questions or queries you may have. You can do so by either contacting me via Kickstarter or email support@calzo.co.uk

Footage

All video footage of the events is in the public domain, broadcast by mainstream media and used under fair usage policy. 

 

Risks and challenges

There is minimal risk involved. The novel writing is well underway. I believe I have factored in enough of a cushion that should anything in my personal life occur I would still have more than enough time to get back on track. My job as a professional music producer and freelance web developer allows me time to focus on projects such as writing 'The Shepherd'. The music soundtrack recording has already begun with a planned release of September/October 2018.

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    You just want to help out and encourage us to make The Shepherd the best it can be. You will also receive a link to download the 8 minute orchestral demo track.

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    The Merch Collector

    A limited edition A2 poster of the finalised book cover with your name printed on it as a thank you. Signed by the author & artists involved in the making of the soundtrack album.

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    Eyes - Paperback & E-Book

    You will receive the book 20% cheaper than the RRP along with the e-book in PDF format to use on all digital tablets and e-readers.

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    Ears - Audio Book & Soundtrack

    You will receive the unabridged audio book and a high quality digital download of the full music soundtrack companion.

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    Library Donation (UK Only)

    This reward gives you the opportunity to donate a paperback copy of The Shepherd to a UK library of your choice. You will in turn receive a digital e-book download.

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    The Total Package

    You will receive everything included in the Eyes & Ears rewards along with your name printed on a thank you page in the paperback & e-book editions.

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    The Movie Buff

    You will be helping us turn The Shepherd into a screenplay draft by giving us the opportunity to consult professional screenplay writers.

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    The Musician (UK Only)

    You are a musician, composer or music producer who would like to get involved in the recording of the soundtrack album. You will receive a producing credit on the album. This will require travelling to Edinburgh (travel not included. Accommodation will be be arranged). Estimated 2 Days. Dates will be confirmed by July 2018, expected to commence in August.

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    • 2 night stay at a hotel in Edinburgh.
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