Our project. Our new film is titled Champion, and it's in pre-production. We need your help to get the film made.
Champion will feature exclusive, first-person interviews with the 20 greatest living cyclists from around the globe, designed to explore the sports’ most compelling qualities. From Eddy Merckx to Greg Lemond, Bernard Hinault to Miguel Indurain, the film will present riders’ upbringings, inspirations, triumphs and failures in their own words. Each will share their insights on various topics, from their own beginnings, to the unknown future of the sport. We intend to use the riders’ personal archival still photographs and film—some never viewed by the cycling world— wherever possible to enhance the story.
So that's the film in a nutshell. We've already lined up a few interviews and are ready to make this film.
Who are we? We are Masterlink Pictures. In 2008 we brought you Road to Roubaix, a feature-length documentary on Paris-Roubaix. It traveled around the world with the Bicycle Film Festival, and was seen by many thousands on the big screen. It sold out three times in London! The film has been a success.
Why Kickstarter? Kickstarter is the go-to place to find folks like you who believe in the arts, and that good ideas shouldn't let money be an obstacle. The community is a generous and thoughtful one. We think this is the perfect place for us to find funding!
Having produced Road to Roubaix, we know what it takes to produce a film like this. We promise your money will go towards making Champion the finest cycling film ever produced.
What do you get? As you can see, the rewards range from special thanks to t-shirts, copies of the DVD, autographed posters, tickets to the film's premiere, even an iPad loaded with Road to Roubaix and Champion.
You've given your hard-earned money. What more can you do? Tell your friends! Tell your bike shop! Tell your family! Tell your orthodontist—that guy's loaded! Our film can be funded quite simply by leveraging all of our social networks—yours included of course. Share our project on your Facebook page, Twitter feeds, your blog. We'll be using all of our contacts in the cycling world to do the same.
You can also decide to add more funding if we are in danger of not making our budget. Clearly every little bit helps.
What happens if we raise over our budget?We make an even better film, with better distribution perhaps with an even broader reach. The more successful this film is, the greater the likelihood that we get to make another, and another. We've chosen this budget because it's the minimum we need to make the film after Kickstarter and Amazon fees are taken out. If we get more money, we can use better equipment, more crew—maybe even bring the film in less time and show it on more big screens!
It's the kind of problem we want to have.
Thank you for supporting our film!
Visit our website at www.masterlinkpictures.com
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Road to Roubaix's website