About this project
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Composer Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com has helped thousands of artists across the world by releasing his music royalty free. Anyone can use his music - including you! FOR FREE! His music has ended up in countless films, shows, video games, apps, online videos, and pretty much anywhere you can think of. Ever watch a YouTube video? Then you've probably heard his music. If you’ve ever used Kevin’s music and were waiting for a way to give back, now is the time. Just a small pledge from you can help us tell his story and encourage others to follow in his footsteps. Also by pledging, you'll get awesome rewards like digital downloads of the finished film, DVDs, posters, autographed sheet music, and more.
In 1996, during the early days of the web, Kevin MacLeod, a software programmer with an interest in composing, founded a personal webpage Incompetech.com (named so after his fascination with incompetence and technology). After music he created for a composing job was rejected, he put the music on his website for free hoping that someone out there would find a use for it. We will tell the story of how in 18 years since Incompetech’s humble beginnings, it has grown from a few songs to thousands that have been heard by millions of people worldwide.
Throughout college and beyond, we, the producers, used Kevin’s music without realizing who Kevin was, or how big he had become. Curious, we began to research him, wondering how someone whose music was so widespread could be so unknown? The more we learned, the more questions we had: What do other composers think of his business model? What is the significance of Incompetech post the YouTube copyright crisis and SOPA/PIPA (Stop Online Piracy Act/Protect Internet Protocol Act), where copyright laws are choking the Internet’s creative potential?
We will also cover various people who have used Kevin’s music like: Machinima, Team Coco, Facing Fear (Oscar Nominated Short), PowerPark (An amusement park in Finland), the Nostalgia Chick, Film Brain, MikeJ, Phelous, Hugo, BuzzFeed, College Humor, Monty Python, CaptainSparklez, The Fine Bros, IGN, The Syndicate Project, Tobuscus, JeromeASF, Rooster Teeth, Sky Does MInecraft, Shane Dawson, Michelle Phan, FPS Russia, Enchufe.TV, KSIOlajidebt, SeaNanners, Philip DeFranco (SxePhil), Yogscast, Slamacow, Bad Teeth, CGP Grey, Element Animation, Jack Vale, SethBling, Mediocre Films, Mondo Media, TomSka, OfficialNerdCubed, SSundee, DeadloxMC, Team Crafted, Troye Sivan, ExplodingTNT, Laci Green, EricArchive, GK Films, The Stanley Parable, Kerbal Space Program, Evan Glodell (Bellflower), Magnetic Billiards, Card Hero, Chronicles of a Dark Lord, Your Doodles are Bugged!, Galactic Conflict RTS, Battlehorn (game), Shadow of the Game, Ball: Infinite Challenge, Dream Flight (game), coLAR Mix, The Blockheads (game), Sneak Mouse (game), Putt The Planets, and many many more
We can't make this film without you! The funding for this campaign is essential in enabling us to obtain the equipment and materials needed to tell this story the way it deserves. Of course, our goal is the bare minimum we need to proceed. With our current goal we would be forced to do remote interviews with many of our interview subjects, relying on whatever equipment and expertise they could find. Additional funds would go towards funding travel to said interviewees, and for very costly post-production processes such as audio mixing, color-correction, and visual effects work. Every pledge is important!
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Risks and challenges
We need to raise the funds to fly out in order to interview our subjects otherwise we have to do remote interviews with whatever quality camera and equipment they have. We wish to complete this film by January 2016, however we may be delayed due to scheduling conflicts with our interview subjects who are very busy people, budget constraints, or force majeure.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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