What we plan to do
Beginning May, our 4-man crew (director, cinematographer, sound recorder & coordinator) will embark on a forty-day journey across the United States where we will spend a few days most in each major city filming Big Band and Jazz bands. There we will conduct interviews with band members, get footage of the landscape, as well as recordings of as many live performances as possible.
How we plan to do it
With a minimum of $5,000, our crew will have enough funding to get the principle photography completed, including our travel van, as well as crew and travel expenses. The more money we raise however, above our $5,000 goal, will go to archived footage, music rights, distribution into festivals and marketing of the film itself. What will keep our costs down significantly is using our own DSLR cameras, sound, and editing equipment.
In June, the post-production process will take place over three months following the forty days of shooting. In that time span we will create a ninety-minute documentary which will be submitted into festivals, and thereafter to be distributed on DVDs.
Why we are doing it
The intention of our feature documentary, “ A Marvelous Era”, is to enlighten the joys and benefits of live art and live performance based on Big Band & Jazz music, while also surveying technology through the common progression of society. As culture “progresses”, fewer children are exposed to the fundamentals of instrumental music.
These newer methods of music require minimal aptitude (compared to those in an Orchestra or Big Band), where only one person utilizes a laptop and a turntable and is essentially playing pre-recorded sounds without the use of any musicians. While there are countless talented artists and DJ’s, these current forms of musical entertainment are a departure from the mainstream music industry as it was in the 1920’s to even the late 1960’s with bandleaders such as Tommy Dorsey or Duke Ellington.
While its true that big band music hasn't been and won't ever be as popular as it was in the 1940's, modern big band music has been able to eschew popular fads and transcend into legitimate art music. Our goal is to inform audiences of the tribulations of increasing technology, which often deters live art forms, and the value of the art with potential to create additional jobs in the live entertainment business. While not only enlightening audiences of the Big Band Era, another aspect we will incorporate is younger characters who play musical instruments, and those who are active in the electronic music community who share their knowledge of music and what’s to come in the future of the music industry.
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