Wow, I am overwhelmed by the support we received, reaching 45% of the goal in the first days!! The campaign is still in the running, two weeks before it ends and we still hope we can reach the goal! The campaign is over here: https://igg.me/at/TheSnowQueenWaltz
On one Canadian wintry day, back in December 2016, I wrote a new song. It was a wintry song, a wondrous theatrical blend of Waltz and Tango, Jazz and Classical. Arty, my husband, immediately fell in love with it. We both felt like this song is way bigger than any song we ever wrote before.
So, we started this project by arranging the song, inviting a vocal coach to shape my singing and then recording it in our home studio - all this was done this Spring of 2017. In May, we wrote the video script together, it turned into a musical story, a story about magic and a dream, a fantasy and the reality.
The following month we spent scouting for different locations and designing the decorations. In August we hired a friend to improve the orchestration we did ourselves and then we hired a remote sax player to record the sax solo. We also found a professional cinematographer to work on the video and had the first session with him, recording the intro and the finale of the video.
These days we are working with a choreographer to create a dance for her dancers - they will play the role of Snow Queen's court. We are also working with a theatrical makeup artist to design the look of the Queen.
The big day of filming the main part is approaching - 28th of October is when we are going to make the Dream happen on the stage of Kailash Mital Theater in Carleton University of Ottawa!
So, what is going to happen on 28th of October. Below is the plan:
7:30am - wake up and have the first coffee;
8:30am - head out to the theatre;
9:00am - unload all the rented decorations, do the makeup for Milana, set up the lighting for filming the first scenes on an empty stage;
10:20am - have the second coffee;
10:30am - film ~40 seconds of the video script involving the scenes on the empty stage;
12:30pm - have the third coffee and a lunch for the entire crew.
13:00pm - set up the decorations, change costumes, work on the theatrical makeup for Milana and dancers.
4:00pm - have the fourth coffee (yes, we will need it!);
4:10pm - film ~1:30 of the video script in the setting of Snow Queen's Ice Castle, including dancers who will play the role of Queen's court;
6:30pm - move the decorations to change the setting to a new scene;
7:30pm - film ~30 seconds of scenes with a sax player;
9:00pm - take off the decorations;
10:00pm - go home;
It's going to be a long-long day, involving 8 actors on the stage and 12-15 more people to run the production: a video director, camera and light assistants, stage decor director, stage assistants, makeup artists, behind-the-scenes video operator, sound operator etc etc. I am going to be the main actor, Arty will manage the whole production.
This day is the most challenging part of the project, both scheduling and budget-wise (half of the project's budget is invested into this single day!). This is where your help and funding will be greatly appreciated:
Cinematographer services (including camera and light assistants) - $3000;
Choreographer and dancers (including the creation of the dance and rehearsals) - $1500;
Second half of theatre rental fees (the first half is already paid) - $800;
Makeup artist services (two different makeups for me and dancers) - $600;
Decor and additional lighting rental - $800;
Lunch for the entire crew - $300;
This is where YOUR HELP is MUCH NEEDED!
We are doing everything for making this music video happen and you can do a few things to help us! Tell your friends about "The Snow Queen Waltz" and this IndieGoGo campaign. Please, share photos and posts from our musical page on Facebook, Twitter and so on.