I’ve finally put together the video of Lois McMaster Bujold reading the opening scene of a new Miles Vorkosigan novella (from 5-Dec-2012; I said “finally”). It looks like the novella still hasn’t been published (perhaps it hasn’t even been finished).
It was an interesting experiment in one-person documentary making, and a useful practice piece for post-production (four cameras, one sound recorder).
Now I’m hoping we can keep going, and fund making the concert video (at least partly because that’s the bit that’s the most fun for me to actually do).
Before launch we were up to all hours completing the video, and preparing the Kickstarter contents. Today we spent a lot of time working to upgrade the graphic you see at the top of the Kickstarter page. Now that we’re past the basic goal, we wanted something that gave a clearer indication of progress, and emphasized that we weren’t done, we were still moving towards the next goal. So I designed a progress bar in the neck of a guitar, and Corwin and Dee and I put together a new graphic using many of the same elements, plus the new progress bar, plus we added a still photo. The first version of that went up on the website just a few minutes ago (and will probably get refined some over the next day or two, as well as being updated to reflect progress towards the goal).
Corwin, Dee, and I spent much of the night doing final polish (and rework) on the Kickstarter page, and launched it last night. First Kickstarter I’ve been on this side of; should be amusing and educational.
And, if it funds, loads of fun. Cats Laughing playing a concert at Minicon, and making a good audio recording and publishing it to supporters, and if the funding comes through far enough (our “Tier 3”), even doing a video of the concert.
Also, the Kickstarter video was a blast to work on.