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A man's travels through the '90s to the present with milestones in his life tied to the way he consumes music. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on April 12, 2014.

A man's travels through the '90s to the present with milestones in his life tied to the way he consumes music.

Chicago, IL Shorts
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About this project

Music is my time machine. - Eminem

They say that scent is the sense most tied to memory. I'd have to disagree.

I'm Jack Marchetti, the writer and with your help, the director of a short film called "The Evolution of a Gen-X Music Purchaser."

WHY A SHORT FILM

When my previous campaign didn't work out, the desire to create something didn't exactly go away. I've spent my time since then getting other scripts optioned which currently are at different levels of development.

But I still want to make something. I just needed an idea.

WHY THIS STORY?

I wrote this blog post several years ago. It follows a main character from the 90s through modern day and highlights moments in his life around the different ways he's able to purchase and consume music.

Once I started to think about a soundtrack I got even more excited. More on that below.  

I just wanted to add that we're not making a High Fidelity type movie, meaning, this isn't about my band is better than your band or my taste in music is better than yours. It's not an elitists take on music.

Even though I love that film, that's not what this is.

WHAT'S A GEN-X MUSIC PURCHASER?   

Generation-X : The children of the post world war baby boom. The kids born in the 60s and 70s who grew up in the 80s and 90s. We' bought 8 -tracks (granted I never did, I'm at the tail end of Gen-X), and vinyl, tapes and CDs. It took me years to stop calling an album a tape or a CD.  

So having said all that, we're all here to make this into a movie, and how are we going to do that?

WHERE YOUR PLEDGE WILL HELP

The funding goal, while high, does not cover the full production budget. I'll be covering the remainder out of my own pocket. 

This Kickstarter intends to raise the funds to deliver a final product to you. We won't come back for finishing funds or anything like that. 

We wish to produce the complete film which includes everything from camera rentals, post-production and music licensing.

To give you some idea on what your money will be spent on: 

PRODUCTION VALUE

Ensuring that the film not only looks amazing but that it sounds just as good is crucial. Sound is key when your eyes miss half of what's on the screen.

So when I say production value I mean wanting to use the best equipment, the best crew, the best cast that we can reasonably afford and making sure their lives on set, however brief, are comfortable and then ensuring we have enough during post-production to give you the film that's in my head.

LICENSING POPULAR MUSIC

We will need to secure two licenses per song: a Master Use license and a Sync license. Since we'd only be going for Film Festival only rights these fees are kept lower than a full on "all media, in perpetuity, world" license but they still are not inexpensive.

I've created a Spotify playlist to showcase some of the songs I hope to use in the film, you can check that out here.

I've also written a few blog posts about the songs I wish to use and their context within each scene. You can read that here.

Interested to learn more about music clearance? Watch the video below. It's kind of long but it goes in depth about why we need two licenses per song and how you can go about securing a license yourself for a project (if you're so inclined).

LOCATIONS

A parking garage, a record store, a Best Buy, a CTA bus, a House and a park/playground.

Using a CTA bus, legally, will cost about $2200 for 4 hours and add an additional $700 to the insurance costs. This stuff isn't cheap.

MOTION GRAPHICS / VFX 

Screen replacements and motion graphics showing how Napster looked along with showing an iPad in action. Again, these are nice to haves and we'll see if they make it into the final cut.

And who will be putting all of this together for your viewing pleasure?

THE CREW SO FAR

Jack Marchetti 
Writer/Director/Music Supervisor

Mitch Martinez
Director of Photography

Pink Hippo Productions
Digital Cinema Production House

THE CAST SO FAR

While no one has been officially cast yet,  Christina Rose is on my wish list to play Sean Y., the wife of the main character. If you know why her character's name is Sean Y, I'll give you a gold star.

Christina Rose
Christina Rose

UPDATE ON MY EYESIGHT 

I had successful cataract surgery on my left eye in 2013 and right eye just a few weeks ago. While this doesn't fix my underlying eye disease, the results were pretty amazing. It was like having HD vision. I never realized how cloudy my sight was.due to the cataract. Think of it as looking through a dirty window and someone handed you windex.

Tunnel vision is still a problem and will continue to be until my central vision goes, which again, who knows when that'll happen.

There are clinical trials set to start later in 2014 or 2015 headed by Dr. Henry Klassen (you can read a blog post I wrote about him here: http://www.jackmarchetti.com/2011/02/help-me-dr-henry-klassen-youre-my-only.html

Me and my thunder buddy after cataract surgery.
Me and my thunder buddy after cataract surgery.

So thank you all again for reading this and supporting me.

Can't wait to get started.

- Jack

REWARDS AND SHIPMENT

Upon successful funding of this campaign, we will ship all t-shirts and posters within one month of receiving the funds from Kickstarter and receiving your contact information.

The Poster Reward
The Poster Reward

The t-shirt ( This isn't finalized yet, still working on other possible designs)

T-shirt reward.
T-shirt reward.

We'll keep you up to date on rewards tied to the film's production. 

ATTRIBUTIONS

Songs referenced in the pitch video:

Excursions - A Tribe Called Quest

Use My Third Arm - Pantera

Cinderella Man - Eminem

All songs/music in the video were from Ghosts I-IV by Nine Inch Nails. Ghosts I-IV is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license. Songs used: Ghosts 31

EMBARRASSING PHOTOS OF ME FROM THE 90s

November 1997
November 1997
Summer of 1997. 18 years old wearing a Korn shirt.
Summer of 1997. 18 years old wearing a Korn shirt.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk to this project is not being able to budget the cost of licensing popular music up front. Most labels and or publishers want to see how the music will be used prior to giving you a quote. The sync license and master license can range from free up to $7500 for a Film Festival Only license. So there's really no way to know up front the total cost of music licensing.

Will this stop us from actually putting out the film? No, of course not. But music is an incredibly important aspect to this project.

Because of this, we can't offer a DVD or a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD because that requires an additional license which includes higher cost which we just can't budget in at this point. We will provide a private link for all backers to view the finished film upon completion.

And the last "risk" is the fact that the director (that being me) is visually impaired. Granted I can see well enough to get by but I'm night blind, partially color blind, and have tunnel vision. And yes, it sucks. I assume you won't have a problem with that, but in the interest of full disclosure, I figured I'd mention it here.You can read all about my eye disease here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retinitis_pigmentosa

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FAQ

  • The short answer is music licensing. The finished film will contain up to 5 songs. Since we don't have a distributor, a label or publisher wouldn't give us a DVD license since we don't have the proper accounting to handle royalties. However, everyone who backs this project will be able to see the finished film via a private, password protected link.

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  • Similar to why we can't offer you a DVD reward. At this point we can only afford to acquire film festival only licenses and asking for anything more would kill our budget. You'll still be able to see the finished film with the music soundtrack via a password protected, private link, we just can't give you something you can download with the music tracks.

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Rewards

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    THE LOW END THEORY:
    A link to stream the finished film plus my eternal gratitude (which includes a thanks on Twitter or Facebook or wherever I can find you) and a virtual high five from Kelly Hardwick. Wanna see the awesome virtual high five she gave away last time? Check it out: https://vimeo.com/48154192 You'll also get access to all the backer updates, any behind the scenes stuff we post on here or on genxmp.com.

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    40 backers

    TEN: We'll put your NAME in the end credits + a link to stream the film. You'll also get an HD digital download of the film minus the music track. Why no music in the download? Read the FAQ, but it has to do with licensing. All further rewards come with the HD download.

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    3 backers All gone!

    SCREENWRITERS. Get the first 10 pages of your script reviewed by @UnkScreenwriter - You'll also get everything in the TEN reward level.

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    63 backers

    FAR BEYOND DRIVEN: You'll get a link to stream the film WITH and without AUDIO COMMENTARY, plus a Thank You in the credits. which INCLUDES IMDB credit. You'll receive two password protected links; one has audio commentary, one does not and you'll get some awesome DIGITAL ASSETS to play with including the PSD which has the POSTER/COVER ART, and the SCREENPLAY All subsequent rewards will include these digital assets if you want them.

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    24 backers

    CURTIS: An 11X16 POSTER which you can see on the left + a link to stream the film with and without audio commentary, plus a Thank You in the credits which includes IMDB credit.

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    8 backers

    CHECK YOUR HEAD: The official T-SHIRT + an 11x16 poster, a link to stream the film with and without audio commentary, plus a Thank You in the credits which includes IMDB credit.

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    30 backers

    ANGEL DUST: You'll get IMDB PRODUCER CREDIT + The official t-shirt, An 11x16 poster, a link to stream the film with and without commentary. We'll thank you in the credits too but figure an IMDB producer credit would be cooler than a Special Thanks. So if you want both, just ask.

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    10 backers Limited (40 left of 50)

    RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: You get to PERSONALIZE THE MOVIE! Are you in a band? Own a business? An artist who creates paintings or posters? Want one of the characters to wear your band's t-shirt? How about your poster in the background? As long as you have the LEGAL RIGHTS to use it and the LEGAL RIGHT to give us the clearances, we'll figure out a way to put it in the film + IMDB producer credit, the official t-shirt, An 11x16 poster + a link to stream the film with and without commentary.

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    11 backers Limited (25 left of 36)

    ENTER THE WU-TANG (36 CHAMBERS): We need EXTRAS, say 36 of them? You'll fill up the scenes and make them come alive. We'll be shooting at a record store, a bus, a parking garage and a box store. It'll be fun and we'll feed you + IMDB producer credit, the official t-shirt, An 11x16 poster,a link to stream the film with and without commentary.

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    2 backers Limited (2 left of 4)

    PIMPIN' AIN'T EASY: Are you a crowd funder too? Need some help with PROMOTION? We'll promote your crowd funding efforts for one full day or whatever efforts you want us to promote with the help of well known and respected PIMPER Jeanne Bowerman @jeannevb. This includes Twitter, Facebook posts, backer updates etc.. I'd HIGHLY RECOMMEND e-mailing me first to discuss this option ahead of time so we know what type of project you have as well as timing. + The official t-shirt, An 11x16 poster, a link to stream the film with and without commentary.

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    3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)

    THE FRAGILE: So you think you'll look good on camera? Well then, be a FEATURED EXTRA! What's that you ask? We'll make sure your wonderful face shows up on camera, clearly and proudly. There will be no mistaking the fact when you say "hey that's me!" Hell, we might even give you a cast credit "Dude Smoking in the Garage", "Hot girl in line", "Awesome Kickstarter Backer" + IMDB producer credit, the t-shirt, the poster, and the link to stream the film with and without commentary.

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    EAZY-DUZ-IT: You get EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit on IMDB + The official t-shirt, An 11x16 poster, and a link to stream the film with and without commentary.

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Funding period

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