Well that was quite a rush. It was a pressure valve release to get the campaign started. We’ve been building up to this for 4 months, and The Beat Hotel Show has been in various stages of development for 5 years.
And it feels like all of that work, all of the people who have been involved, all of the free time & money invested to get us here, has all been to get to the launch of the Kickstarter campaign.
For months we have been researching crowd-sourcing platforms, web 2 & social networking platforms, we’ve tried ‘hanging out’ in some but there’s not a lot going on in some, and we’ve found lots of bubbles of people all communicating in their own bubbles that Venn Diagram all over the place with all sorts of things .. and not necessarily things that are beside each other.
We spent the weekend copying and pasting emails into mailout lists. We fixed and prepared blog entries. We sent the odd pre-emptive tweet or message straining at the urge to get going. We prepared the press releases & mailouts.
There was a press release for the press, there was a press release for the government agencies, there was the HTML mailout, there was the personal-friends cap-in-hand email, there was the every-email-that-you-have-on-your-computer email.
There was the Facebook event, the Sherri Martini message. The Bitly links. The Kickstarter links. The website links. The Facebook page. The Twitter page. The YouTube page. The Vimeo page. The Vimeo Channel. The Soundcloud page. The MySpace page. The Last FM page. The Tumblr page. The Google Analytics. The analytics. The analytics. Everyone has analytics. Puppethub. PuppetVision. Our puppet brothers & sisters.
Banners. Icons. Badges. Headers. Footers. Signatures.
There was the sound poking. The audio liking. The song sequencing. The album sequencing. The mastering & mixing. There was the exporting, cutting, zipping & uploading .. with album artwork photographed, designed and the print layout mocked up.
There was the scripting, the characters, the world, the story, the story-boarding, the character design, the set design, the puppet manufacture, the set build, the crew, the cast, the puppet operators, the editor, the music makers.
There was the graphic design, the web design, the Flash hotel, the links to character rooms.
Whilst building up to the launch we created more content to release.
Sham & Marlow sprouted wings and will be coming to a screen near you very very soon. You’re gonna like these babies!
Fidel Catro’s ‘Podcat’ came to life. Hotter than the sun. Poets slammin in ‘One Beat Per Minute’.
The Weekly Best Of Beat Awards for our favourite brain juice & laughter.
5 days to go.
4 days to go.
3 days to go.
2 days to go.
1 day to go.
Send releases. Send mailouts. Lots of mailouts. Tweet. Facebook message. Facebook event. Facebook invade. We love you Facebook and we hate you. Send more mailouts. Read all your blogs. Edit all your blogs. Post events on blogs. Link videos on blogs. A couple more mailouts. A tweet. Perhaps a poke.
And the day ends with a friend sending me a private message saying ‘I think we get the message now ;)’
And that was only Day One!!
Thanks to everyone who shot out of the blocks and supported us so far. Tis very much appreciated.