THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
First of all, we are so, so, so elated and thrilled and humbled and all of those other awesome adjectives for making our goal. We literally (literally!) couldn't have done it without you all, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Second of all, we were slow blown away at how we reached our goal with time to spare that we're going to add a stretch goal + reward because we know we can keep this momentum going! Our stretch goal funds will go toward further post-production of our doc so every extra dollar we make is super appreciated and will be used to help my Bleeding Audio even better..
Here's the plan:
If we hit a stretch goal of $45,000 we will be rewarding all of our backers as follows:
- all backers who selected the COMMO PROMO ($75) t-shirt as a reward would have the option of it being signed by the band! AMAZING!
- all movie digital downloads would include hi-res versions of all the 10yearsEVDKTL song stories! WOO!
- all movie digital downloads would also include delicious bonus features! BONUS!
YOU GUYS WANT IN ON THIS AMAZING ACTION?! Help us get to $45,000! WE CAN DO IT!
You know what, if we’re going to start this off right it really ought to be with a song. This is a documentary about music after all. Okay, here we go. Turn this shit way up, guys.
You can turn it up a little loud than that. There ya go; that’s better.
Now, where were we? Right, The Matches. Maybe you’re hear (ha, get it,
music puns are great) because you’re a diehard Matches fan or maybe you
stumbled across the page by accident or maybe you’re a fan of music
documentaries. Whatever the case, we’re glad to have you hear (okay,
okay, we’re done now) and are super stoked to share this project with
you. And whether you’ve got the lyrics to “Dog-Eared Page” tattooed
somewhere, uh, private or you’re Googling the band for the first time,
we think you’ll find something that speaks to you in Bleeding Audio.
Without summarizing their entire life story (because who has the time, really),The Matches are a band. Yes, well, we’re pretty sure you gathered that by now. But they’re more than Just A Band—The Matches were largely responsible for revitalizing the Bay Area music scene in the early 2000s with their unique brand of DIY-style marketing and live shows and by the time they caught the attention of major record label Epitaph in 2004, they had already self-released their first album, E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals, and were playing with bands like Reel Big Fish and Zebrahead. After signing to the label, they went on to tour for five more years and release two more records. So, as they say on TV, where are they now? That’s the funny thing. And by “funny” we mean “kind of tragic” because the band parted ways in 2009. And by “funny” we also mean sort of mind-blowing because after deciding to play one reunion gig for the 10 year anniversary of their first album, that one show turned into three, then turned into a whole tour, turned into going to Australia? Yep, Australia.
And that’s the story we’re really wanting to tell here. This isn’t just a bio-documentary about The Matches. This isn’t just a tour documentary. This is more than just a melodramatic look at “what went wrong.” This is about how the collective hearts and souls—the fans—can keep a band alive even when they technically aren’t. It may sound cheesy but we’re going to say it because this is our Kickstarter and we do what we want: this is about the power of music. This is a look at the ever-changing music industry and asking the question, “what does it take to really make it?” And then, “What happens if you don’t?” We want Bleeding Audio to be for fans of The Matches, fans of music, fans of working hard, fans of trying to achieve your dreams. Because isn’t that what it’s really all about?
We know we’ve got a great story here. We want to use Kickstarter to not only raise the funds to make it happen but give fans an opportunity to engage in and be a part of this unique experience. This documentary will be part diary of their Reunion Tour, part history of the band, part examination of the state of the music industry then and now, part interviews with The Matches themselves (of course), industry professionals, and other bands that shared the scene with The Matches. That’s a lot of parts and we want The Matches’ fans and backers to be a part of the journey every step of the way. It’s going to be magical, guys. There’s going to be rewards and perks and super top secret insider looks. And Kickstarter is the perfect platform to bring all of that magic straight to you.
This number is meant to cover production costs, covering crew salaries, equipment, legal costs, and travel to capture footage of The Matches on their domestic AND Australian tours. Because without the crew how would anything get filmed, right? Right. And with our crew supported in the way we need we’ll be able to bring you the high-quality story of The Matches you deserve to see.
If we exceed our $35K goal we will be able to afford post production! If we reach $60K, we will be able to afford an entire post production team!
Chelsea has produced and directed videos all over the US and the world (we're talking Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, and France). She is very experienced in the documentary format and is incredibly passionate about storytelling. She’s not only a close friend of The Matches, but has also been a fan for 10 years so you know their story is in good hands.
The insanely talented Patrick Lawler has been a music video and commercial cinematographer and director for several years and is one of the best. He and Chelsea are long-time friends as well, having shot her short film, Sierra.
Phillip is another incredibly talented cinematographer dedicated to our project. Recently he wrapped a movie with Christopher Lloyd, oooo. He and Chelsea work together a lot and could even be considered “partners in crime” because that sounds way cool.
How do we know so many talented directors of photography?!?!?? We are so damn blessed. Jeff comes with tons of field experience in both documentary and narrative formats, most recently The American Dream Project.
Seamus works with a lot of local theaters to design their show lighting. He’s also a skilled cinematographer and works with emotion studios, shooting and keeping the camera gear in order.
The talented Jannnette is a long time associate with the Telluride Film Festival and our intrepid producer. She keeps us in line and will be managing our schedule, budget and paperwork. (Phew!)
Lauren will act as our Kickstarter Guru, producer and photographer. She will be on tour and will help tell the story from the road!
She’s writing these bad-ass words and will also be creating and managing the content on the social media pages and dreaming up hashtags. Chelsea called her a goddess once, true story.
Current material Chelsea has produced for The Matches this year:
Risks and challenges
This is a documentary. We can plan out as much as we'd like, but who knows what's going to happen at the end? The risk with this story is that it could unexpectedly take us in new and exciting directions. The plan is to finish filming in February (after the Australian tour). The biggest challenge that we face is having production get extended because of new story developments--which is pretty standard with most documentaries.
The next challenge will be post production. As mentioned before, this Kickstarter covers hard production costs. In order to finish the film properly, we'll need to hit our stretch goal. So the delivery of the final product might take longer than you expect--but don't worry. It will get done, and done well!
- (30 days)