Good news. Weâ€™ve been offered a chance to create a 57-minute version of the film for a nationally syndicated series of broadcasts. But there is a downside. This is for public television, which doesnâ€™t pay very much. (But does offer us a chance to show the film to lots and lot of folks.)
Cutting an 85 minute documentary to 57 minutes will take some work. We anticipate two, very intense weeks of 20 hour days in the editing chamber. To broadcast, we also have to get something called error and omissions insurance and pay to lay our new cut onto an HDCam tape.
I estimate the whole thing will cost between $7,000 and $10,000.
Iâ€™m not going to create a Kickstarter campaign for this sum because I want to reserve that idea for a larger need. What’s that? Our major hope is to get approval from the record companies to license â€śDo It Againâ€ť for DVD/download and wider broadcast. Weâ€™re waiting on our request.
In the meantime, we want to create this shorter cut.
Can you help? If so, Iâ€™m going to accept paypal contributions at firstname.lastname@example.org or checks at my home address. (Write me at email@example.com for that.)
What can you gain? Weâ€™re going to offer a few of our collectibles and, much in the spirit of Kickstarter, an awards system.
$50 gets you a signed, 12-by-18 â€śDo It Againâ€ť poster OR a limited edition, signed 45 record (it plays!) of â€śVictoria/Big Skyâ€ť recorded by Figgs leader Mike Gent. The record also includes original art by our poster man Dave Plunkert.
$50 also gets you a signed DVD if â€śDo It Againâ€ť is released on DVD. I donâ€™t want to mislead anybody. There is a chance itâ€™ll come out on DVD. Thereâ€™s a chance it wonâ€™t. If you contribute to this, youâ€™ll have to accept thereâ€™s a chance we donâ€™t get released. (And you can always turn your reward in for another gift.)
For $75, you get a signed copy of my Beatles or Elvis childrenâ€™s books for kids, ages 8 to 12.
For $90, one of our remaining “Do It Again” t-shirts. I only have about three medium and two large left.
For $200, Iâ€™ll add your name to the credits for â€śDo It Again.â€ť Just bewareâ€¦ we may not get long credits for our TV cut. If thatâ€™s the case, Iâ€™ll add you to our IMDB listing.
For $300, you get one of our 10 remaining, full-size â€śDo It Againâ€ť posters. Iâ€™ll sign it or I wonâ€™t. You decide.
For $1,000 â€“ and airfare, lodging â€“ I will bring â€śDo It Againâ€ť and outtakes from the film to your home for a private screening. We did this in Los Angeles earlier this year and it was great fun. Iâ€™ll even put you in touch with Steve, who hosted us, to give a full accounting of the experience.
For $1,000, you can get a one-of-a-kind, full size â€śDo It Againâ€ť poster signed by Sting and Zooey Deschanel.
For $1,500, you get the acoustic guitar that Dave Davies plays in â€śDo It Again.â€ť
For whatever you can give – $1, $10, $100 – we remain eternally grateful.