Archive for December, 2012

Alright, so a lot of you have been asking “Why don’t you start a Kickstarter campaign for Payne & Redemption?”. So instead of responding to everyone’s question individually, I thought I’d copy my response from the P&R Facebook page and paste it here…

Back when I first considered Kickstarter, the company was only accepting projects from individuals who had, or had access to, US based bank accounts. Whilst my Associate Producer, Dewi Morgan — who lives in the US — was willing to help me out, it just never happened. Since October 10th, 2012, Kickstarter have been accepting projects from individuals who have UK based bank accounts, so it is at least now a more viable consideration.

However, at this time of writing, I have orchestrated four fundraising campaigns for Payne & Redemption (one Fundable, two IndieGoGo, and one on the P&R website), and have raised less than £300 in total. We need one helluva lot more than that to get this project rolling.

I am a little dubious about starting a Kickstarter fundraising campaign because of the lack of success with previous fundraisers, but am not against the idea, and as the old saying goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained. I do, however, believe we need more material to show potential investors, as when you keep re-hashing the same stuff from six years ago, people become suspicious, and rightfully so. I certainly wouldn’t want to give someone my money for something I didn’t totally believe in!

While I’m not able to show any more material from the footage we shot back in 2006 — due to it being captured on a format that I can’t access without having a spare £2,000 floating around — I’m now able (well, almost) to shoot test footage, or a sort of Payne & Redemption inspired “demo-reel”, with the original cast. This is what I plan to do before starting another fundraising campaign, to show everyone that Payne & Redemption is still very much alive and kicking, and most importantly, progressing.

Fergle “No Half Measures” Gibson,
Writer, Director & Executive Producer.

On October 14th, this year, “Fire Chief” Jarred Land from RED Digital Cinema — the premiere pioneers in the world of professional filmmaking technology — announced that RED were selling off a limited amount of used (or “Battle Tested”) Scarlet-X cameras for $7100 instead of the regular $11,900. When I saw this news, I thought to myself “Wow, the people who get in on that deal are going to be one bunch of lucky motherfuckers!”. But after further consideration, I thought to myself “Why can’t I be one of those lucky motherfuckers?”.

I mean, the only thing that stops us from moving forward in life is a lack of belief, right? Only problem was, I didn’t have £20 in my bank account, let alone $7100! But being the relentless bastard I am, this wasn’t a challenge I was going to shy away from. “NO HALF MEASURES”, and all that stuff. The first thing I did, was put down a £1,500 deposit — that I already had on credit with RED — on one of the Battle Tested Scarlet-X cameras. This was to buy myself some more time while I figured out how I was going to procure the remaining funds. However, all it bought me was 30 days until they released my camera back into the wild… But at least I now had a deadline, and being under pressure is when I really knuckle down.

After approaching every avenue I could think of at the time to raise the capital, which included many failed attempts at trying to negotiate with begrudging family members, and beating up people for meager amounts of cash who owed debts to local small-time organised crime syndicates, I quickly became stumped. What the hell was I going to do? As far as I was concerned, whether it was true or not, the progression of Payne & Redemption DEPENDED on that camera! Hell, EVERY project I had in the pipeline for the foreseeable future REQUIRED that camera! And at the price RED were offering it for, for the unknown amount of time it would available, I’d never forgive myself if I let it slip through my fingers.

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