A Light In The Void: LIVE Concert & Broadcast event [Video]

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A Light in the Void tells the story of science itself through sweeping cinematic music, real-life scientists speaking on-stage (accompanied by the orchestra!), and wildly entertaining theatrics, video packages, and animations… all performed LIVE and broadcast globally for the entire...

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A Light in the Void tells the story of science itself through sweeping cinematic music, real-life scientists speaking on-stage (accompanied by the orchestra!), and wildly entertaining theatrics, video packages, and animations… all performed LIVE and broadcast globally for the entire world to experience. To put it simply: amazing scientists tell unforgettable stories in an audio/visual spectacular!

Our goal is singular: elicit the profound, life-affirming joy of scientific discovery. This isn’t a show about teaching nifty science trivia … it’s about enriching life itself.

Even worse, the popular culture still thinks that science belongs to socially awkward, white male jargon-robots aloof of the human experience. The reality is the opposite: According to Pew, scientists and science lovers come from all walks of life and backgrounds. In fact, they are just as likely to be politically conservative as liberal! What could be more unifying? What could be more worth celebrating? SCIENCE IS FOR ALL OF US!

Our way of life – our very future – depends on a new generation of science acolytes and scientists, no matter who they are or where they come from, to bear the torch.

But where will we find them if the trend of disinterest continues? 

People need a new way to get addicted to science! One that connects not just the mind, but also the heart. And so we’re creating … A LIGHT IN THE VOID.

Well, in a lot of ways, we’re just two guys whose hearts have been deeply moved by particle physics, rocket launches, archeological digs, and every discovery that has changed our understanding of how the world really works…

But, we’re also two creative professionals that have devoted our careers to creating far-reaching original music and documentary films that share the emotions and ideas that we feel make life unquestionably beautiful and meaningful.

“A Light in the Void” is a story-driven experience built from stirring original music, live spoken word, and wildly entertaining documentary and animation video projections.

Think of that awesome feeling you have when you’re sitting in a movie theater watching an incredible, life-affirming story as told by folks at Pixar, or when you hear an unforgettable TED talk that changes how you see the world, or when you see a live musical performance that makes you jump to your feet, like Hamilton. A Light in the Void is our sincere attempt to capture that magic… for Science!

The narrative is structured around the three biggest questions of existence. The incredible scientific stories behind each question will be delivered live on-stage (with full orchestral score) by three of the world’s greatest living scientists: 

3 genuine rockstars of modern science!
3 genuine rockstars of modern science!

These stories will be tied together by charming animated shorts, mind-blowing documentary interstitials, surprise guests, and unique on-stage theatrics.

This is NOT your grandfather’s night at the symphony concert hall to hear classical music written hundreds of years ago. Instead, we imagine A Light in the Void looking and feeling something more like this: 

A modern symphonic show
A modern symphonic show

We have been working on A Light in the Void for about two years now and are pleased to announce that, thanks to a generous partnership with the Colorado Symphony, the world premiere production of A Light in the Void is now booked for October 5th, 2018 in Denver, CO, at the Boettcher Concert Hall!

But it gets better.

We are asking you to join us so that we can bring this experience to as WIDE OF AN AUDIENCE AS POSSIBLE. 

Furthermore, if we band together, we have every opportunity to make A Light in the Void a show that WILL BE PRODUCED BY YOUR LOCAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, again and again, year after year!

Many options will be available to orchestras everywhere!
Many options will be available to orchestras everywhere!

Our key distribution, broadcast, and creative partners are all lined up… but we cannot create and deliver the content of the show for world-wide broadcast without meeting the minimum mandatory and non-negotiable expenses. See below for a basic breakdown of the costs.

In short, if this Kickstarter isn’t successful… no one outside of Denver may ever get to see A Light in the Void!

Our Kickstarter campaign is asking for our MINIMUM PRODUCTION EXPENSES. This is reflects our “bare-bones” budget and it represents the absolute minimum in funding we need to make sure that we have a show (no matter how basic) that is guaranteed to premiere on October 5th, 2018. 

Needless to say, these are beg/borrow/steal rates...
Needless to say, these are beg/borrow/steal rates…

Let’s make this UNFORGETTABLE.

The more people who join our growing army of science-supporters, the more everybody gets!

Our minimum ask guarantees a world-premier of A Light in the Void with the basic essentials: standard stage lighting, our 3 science luminaries live on-stage, single-camera internet broadcast / HD video capture, and live professional audio capture.

But, with a large enough army of backers, we can do SO MUCH MORE!!

Just a few of the stretch goals already in works:

  • World-renowned musical soloists
  • Participation and involvement from dozens of Nobel Prize winners and world-famous scientific luminaries.
  • World-renowned science-positive Hollywood personalities and Youtubers participating in the show.
  • Jaw-dropping lighting and stage design. 
  • Multi-camera professional video capture at the highest industry standards 
  • 4k video capture for broadcast 
  • World-renowned inventors, artists and animators, contributing to the show 
  • Multiple orchestration packages allowing for maximum flexibility to future performing orchestras / venues
  • additional unique merchandize including a limited edition vinyl!
  • Opportunities for future pro-bono performances for middle and high school students across North America and beyond!

We know that these stretch goals cannot be reached without your help, so we’re prepared to pull out every stop to bring you ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME REWARDS!

Which raises the question…

This wouldn’t be a proper Kickstarter without great incentives, and ours is no exception. We’re cashing in 20+ years combined political, professional, and social capital to offer you some amazing rewards that enrich your life with more science, music and art, including some once-in-a-lifetime experiences! Just a few examples:

$25: LITV concert album, e-book and video download
$25: LITV concert album, e-book and video download
$40: Signed Kickstarter-exclusive CD
$40: Signed Kickstarter-exclusive CD
$40 (EARLY BIRD PRICE): LITV Deluxe digital bundle
$40 (EARLY BIRD PRICE): LITV Deluxe digital bundle
$65 (EARLY BIRD PRICE): LITV Complete digital bundle
$65 (EARLY BIRD PRICE): LITV Complete digital bundle
$140: Wintory videogame bundle
$140: Wintory videogame bundle
$150: Massive Science and Art treasure trove!
$150: Massive Science and Art treasure trove!
$200: Original science Hall-of-Famer portraits by Angela Bermúdez
$200: Original science Hall-of-Famer portraits by Angela Bermúdez
$200: Medieval-style illuminated manuscript of Science
$200: Medieval-style illuminated manuscript of Science
$1000: Wintory VIP scoring session experience!
$1000: Wintory VIP scoring session experience!

 But most important of all…

We want to give you an opportunity to lend your creative voice to A Light in the Void!

You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t have a love for science and the scientific way of thinking… so we want to hear from you! We will be opening up this project (please see our prize breakdown on the right) for feedback, input, creative contribution, and potentially so much more, as we craft and workshop the finer details of the show! 

As we get dangerously close to the world falling into science apathy, we hope that you will join us in creating an unforgettable sensory, emotional and intellectual experience that will inspire and sustain a life-long love affair with Science… a show that we believe will truly change how you see and think about the wonderful, mysterious Universe that we all live in.

No matter how much darkness may loom over our world, the passion of science, and scientists, can forever shine on… as a light in the void. 

Risks and challenges

We feel that the greater risk lies not with the actual production, but in the problems we’ll face if the ever-increasing rise of science apathy goes unchecked.

Our project is fortunate enough that our renowned scientists, a world-class orchestra, a state-of-the-art concert hall, and cutting-edge broadcast partners, are all booked and ready for the big show on October 5th, 2018… so long as we can find the support necessary to pay for the technicians, fees, and hard-costs, of putting the show together!

All this being said, every production of this scale has creative and practical challenges. Our main concerns will be:

A) Ensuring exceptional content quality

B) Managing creative and practical expectations of the all parties involved

C) Utilizing the maximum capabilities of the artists, talent, technicians, and technology involved, given time and funding constraint

D.) Practicing prudent and conservative fiscal management in the face of the inevitable onslaught of kinks and bugs.

Having composed hundreds of scores for video games/film/TV, and having written/directed/produced, dozens of hours of prime time television, we have a combined 20+ years of experience working in the creative arts industry and know just how demanding these challenges can be. And more importantly, they know how to navigate the inevitable onslaught of complications, disappointments, failures, and overages that every production of this scale must overcome. We have worked for decades to ensure the success of large, commercial ventures… now, we want to put our expertise and passion to work for a project that we feel is truly novel and meaningful to a brighter future!

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