WE DID IT!! We have reached our goal! £4,650 was the absolute minimum we needed to make it happen and we got it. Thank you thank you! We're going to continue fundraising until the 24th of February because the more we can raise the more we can invest in making this video and releasing it properly.
We started this Kickstarter to finish and promote the biggest project we've ever undertaken. We've collaborated with some amazing people to produce a music video directed by Steve Glashire featuring 2013 BAFTA winner Juno Temple.
Before you read on we want to make it clear that we are not asking for donations. We've worked hard to produce a selection of products that you can buy from us and in doing so help us raise the money we need to finish this project.
We want to say a big thank you to all the people who pre-ordered our album. It enabled us to pay for all the equipment, the film crew and the location up front. The footage has been made, but before we can release this mad piece of cinematography we have to pay the editor, the director and cover all the remaining overheads we incurred on the shoot.
There's no real point in producing a video like this if no one sees it. So to ensure the video is seen by as many people as possible we'll be investing in some delicately planned PR to push it out into the world.
We're offering 16 different rewards to people who back this project. These rewards are unique to this Kickstarter and none of them will ever be produced again. Backers will also be the first people to see the video on completion.
Why should you back this project?
There are a whole bunch of great reasons to back this project, not least the warm glowing feeling you'll get from knowing your money is supporting a gang of young musicians, artists and filmmakers in the UK.
But, if that's not enough, here's a little bit of information about the people involved:
1) Director Steve Glashier is a self-taught filmmaker and photographer based in London. As a filmmaker he has directed acclaimed music videos, documentaries, TV shows and short films. As a member of analogue photography agency Format 34, the style of his work reflects his passion for cinematography, film and narrative as well as a lifelong connection with the music world.
As a photographer he shoots musicians, models, riots and anything else with a spark of energy and intimacy. He is also currently creative director and founding partner of Production company NTSH, London.
2) Actress Juno Temple is know for her roles in Atonement, Cracks, Dirty Girl, The Dark Knight Rises and Killer Joe among many others. She was announced the winner of the 2013 BAFTA Rising Star last year and will be staring in the new Sin City movie alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Eva Green in 2014.
In the video we've created she plays an isolated woman driven to madness by the music in her head and the hallucinations that accompany it. Over the course of the song the music intensifies and so does her madness, climaxing with potentially murderous results.
3) Underwater Photographer Claudia Legge is a working photographer currently based in London and exhibiting worldwide. She has been featured by publications including Creative Review, My Modern Met and The Huffington Post. She has also recently been commissioned by Sony to shoot a campaign for their latest mp3 player, as well as assisting Nick Knight in the world of high fashion.
Claude shoots primarily in and under water and it's this aquatic photography that is her passion and the cornerstone of her provocative style. She has two new series currently underway; one is being shot in Regents canal and the other in the Indian Ocean as well as the incredible footage she recently shot as part of this project.
4) Makeup Artist Hattie Slogget is highly skilled in all aspects of makeup and special effects. She's worked in everything from movies to commercials and produces results with delicate perfectionism and artistic flare. Your face is a canvas as far as she's concerned.
5) Native Roses (that’s us) are a band comprising of four musicians from and based in The New Forest and London, England. The band comprises of James Knaggs, a self taught songwriter and guitarist who co-founded the band in 2005 alongside fellow songwriters Jacob W.N Stevens (Bass) and Moses Bogarde (Drums). In 2010 Jessica Illsley joined the band to replace now atlantic signed Birdy and record their debut album, Montpelier Blues, officially due to be released on Creek Records sometime in 2014.
"We've been working at this since we were 15. We've toured, made records, made money. We've been f***ked by greedy promoters, unhinged producers and flakey major labels. We've played shows to thousands of people and empty rooms in the same week. We've played through bar fights, in torrential rain and recently underwater…. We've never had a break but we've stayed together because our fans keep buying our music, keep coming to our shows and keep showing their support in every way they can. They make it possible for us to keep making the music we want to make. We love every one of them!" - Moses
So how does this work?
We need to raise £4,650. If we don’t make our target, you all get re-funded but the video will never see the light of day and all 16 of us that worked on it will be terribly, horrendously, tragically miserable… we'll cry the saltiest tears imaginable and snot will come shooting out of our nostrils by the pint… It's not a pretty picture so have a look at our list of awesome rewards and get involved.
Why do you want to make a video anyway?
We've got a an album to promote! Producing a video like this gives us a great opportunity to widen our audience, the more people we can get behind us the better our chances of raising the money we need in the long run to release our album properly and book a decent tour.
We also love making these projects possible, there is nothing more exciting than creating something with inspirational people.
Will I be able to see any of the rewards before I buy them?
The beauty of Kickstarter is that it minimises the risk of disaster by allowing us to produce the products we're selling once they've been paid for by people like you. Unfortunately we don't have physical copies of all the rewards manufactured yet, we can however put the designs up here for you to see and underneath each reward you'll notice a delivery date. These have been carefully planned with our manufacturers and are there to give you an idea of when to expect your goodies.
What will you do if you raise extra money?
We would be very humbled, and massively grateful if that happened! Any additional cash raised by this Kickstarter will go into paying for PR for the video to try and maximise the number of people that see it. If we cover that too then we'll put the rest towards releasing our album properly later in the year.
Risks and challenges
Lucky for us the riskiest part of the project is over, no one drowned while we were filming and there were no big falling outs on set. phew! Once we've raised the cash - the video is ours. There's nothing standing in our way but our empty chequebooks right now.
There are still some challenges to face - we've got albums, t-shirts and other goodies to design and manufacture and although we're pretty confident they'll arrive on time we cant be 100% sure. This is down to the companies we'll be partnering with. If something does go wrong we'll keep you in the loop and make sure you can track your rewards right till the moment we dispatch them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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