NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 Launches Movie Kickstarter Campaign
The unusual and uniquely enjoyable new musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 has turned to crowd-sourcing go-to site Kickstarter to launch a new campaign to seek funding for a film adaptation of the property and supporters now have the opportunity to show their love for the project through a number of donation options.
Of note, the project has established a $250,000 goal with 17 more days to go to achieve it in order to fund a largely stage-bound feature film version of the musical. The current tally stands at roughly $6000.
The goals of the new filmed edition of NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 is as follows: "Recorded theatre has been on the rise in recent years, but how do you capture the experience of a show that happens not in front of you, but all around you? We have the answer, and believe we can give audiences - and this singular show - a film that resembles no recorded theater to date. Part HD live recording of the show, part concert film, part feature film being filmed on location, part music video this will be "cinema like no other." The film will be led by independent director Abe Sylvia (Dirty Girl, "Nurse Jackie"). Abe aims to create a film that doesn't just capture a live performance, but recreates the experience that has kept people coming back to The Great Comet since 2012. This project will allow a broader audience to experience this exciting new form of immersive theater. Because the show is so groundbreaking, it cannot be funded in a traditional studio format. After a gala world premiere in New York City for the film's funders, producers, cast, creative team, and crew, the film will be made available for distribution as a two hour independent film. Because the producers behind the theatrical version of The Great Comet are able to provide and cover costs for the physical elements of the existing production (like scenery, costumes, props, and venue fees), we'll be able to make a high-caliber feature film, not to mention an ambitious adaptation of an unusual piece, for significantly less than a version built from scratch. Therefore, the total budget for the film will be less than $1 million. This $250,000 kickstarter campaign will fund the shooting of the film in March and creation of a short sizzle highlights video which our backers will receive. This sizzle video will also be used to raise the remaining funds for post production and to arrange distribution. The post production editing of the approximately two hour feature film will be funded from a combination of private investors, tax credits and the achievement of our stretch goal of $500,000 on Kickstarter. We plan for the movie to be edited and ready for screening by early summer."
More information on the film adaptation of NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 is available on the official Kickstarter page here
View the new video trailer for NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, available below.