So, we have just begun our short journey into crowd funding with our kickstarter and it looks like its going to be a real battle. We are equipped and we shall try our damndest to make sure this film gets the best finish possible. We may not succeed but that will not deter us us, there will be other ways and means of securing funding. Though Kickstarter is a great way of allowing the fans of the film to own a piece, which is a joyous thing.
One of the things we are trying to raise money for is music, some people argue that music isn't so important but I tend to disagree, a good film can fail on bad music choices.
Imagine Hitchcock's Psycho with some badly chosen, poorly recorded and ill conceived contemporary library music on the shower scene, rather than the terrifying theme composed by Bernard Herrmann. Synth strings and bongos maybe... Missing the tone of the scene to its ruin.
Or the classic scene from Jaws without the John Williams score, instead some royalty free music creates very little tension, making us look harder and possibly finding flaws in what is happening on screen, relegating a piece of high cinema to the B-movie scrap heap.
I have nothing against contemporary library music or royalty free music, it has its place, but often, as with Made You Look, the music finds its way into your film under the radar. Tracks that have been in your life on some level will be used as placeholders maybe, only to find that they are almost irreplaceable with any other music when the time comes to let them go in favour of something more obtainable or affordable.
We aren't looking to licence any super expensive contemporary pop music, we are looking to spend £700-£1000 per track on licensing music. We have 5 tracks we would like to license and then we are have a bespoke score made for the rest of the film, costing £2-3k.
These figures are tiny for a documentary or feature. Often music is the last thing people think about but the first thing people notice when its not right. Musicians are seemingly at the bottom of the ladder when it comes to respect and fair pay in film licensing, its our intention to do it right.
So, we fight on, our hope is that we can find a way to secure funding to make this film as good as we want it to be. But we need help!
You can find our original shared playlist here Made You look
And our Original score will be composed by http://www.mathieukarsenti.com