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WHAT


Amateur Hour, the brain-child of Melbourne musician/socially awkward tv host Laura Imbruglia, is a web based variety show bringing together a stellar cast of Australian bands, artists, performers, and straight up weirdos. Each episode will feature a selection of interviews, skits, surprises, curios and live music filmed in Melbourne’s most iconic bars and rehearsal spaces. This is a unique arts & culture show created by the artists of Australia.
Our pilot season (available to view at www.amateurhour.tv) was made last year with zero budget and facilitated entirely by volunteers. We're about to make Season 2, but this time we wanna pay the people making the show at least something for their power and their passion (sometimes you've got to take the hardest line).




WHY


We miss Recovery. We miss Countdown. We even miss Hey Hey. We miss the much needed support and showcase of creatives in Australia. We have such a long and successful history of wild variety shows that we’ve watched disappear as funding for tv has dried up. The weirder tv options have definitely fallen by the wayside, and we want to change that. We want to showcase local talent from a local perspective in a way that is distinctly Australian – slap dash, DIY and above all else: chaotic fun.

WHO


So far we have featured a range of talented artists (both emerging and established) performing across all manner of genres…from Sarah Blasko to Batpiss. Folk musician Laura Jean teaches you how to cook with minimal ingredients and even less enthusiasm . Ben Salter walks around patting cats. Laura I will continue to round up her favourite musicians, visual artists, actors and comedians and ask them to appear on, or contribute content for the show. It's a lucky dip (except in this lucky dip, the prize is always awesome).



WHERE


You can watch our entire pilot season for free at www.amateurhour.tv. ABC iview have also acquired our Spotlight interviews (docu-style interviews with creatives), so you may seem them pop up on the ABC Arts channel on iview from time to time over the next 2 years.


WHEN


We'll be filming Season 2 over the next 12 months, and will send each music performance, interview and comedy skit live as soon as they're edited this time! More regular content!

At the end of production, we'll then assemble all the bits and pieces into full length episodes for a tidy retrospective collection.

If you wanna be the first to know when new content is live, subscribe to our youtube channel.
You can also follow our facebook, instagram and twitter to stay abreast (hehe) of developments.




How The Funds Will Be Used

WHAT WE HAVE = $38k

We have already received:
$25k in funding from Creative Victoria, which will go towards costs for filming the Melbourne-based music content.
$5k in funding from APRA AMCOS, which will go towards music licensing and theme writing, plus some of our Sydney music production costs.
$5k in funding from City of Melbourne, which we're putting towards advertising.
Laura has a $3k limit on her credit card, so she's offering to max that out for catering and hard drives.

WHAT WE NEED= another $15k (at least)

We need money to pay for all the other things (of which there are many!)
- the rest of the music filming/recording/editing costs
- the comedy skits (writers, actors, crew, editors)

- Laura's time spent producing this monster
- Equipment (lighting & lapel mics for example)
- Insurance

- Travel

IF WE GO ABOVE OUR TARGET...

The costs of actually producing this series are more like 100k (and that's a conservative estimate).
All the people involved have agreed to work for a reduced fee that is far below industry standard.
Any money we get above the 15k target will go into our production team's pockets, and lift their hourly salary. It will also help us allow for budget blow-outs and unforeseen equipment purchases.


If we ended up with a ridiculous amount of money (above 100k), we could do so many things with it...

- Throw a huge launch party

- Hire our own permanent space to film and edit in

- Hire professionals to help us find ways to monetize the site and grow the audience

- Hire an online editor and website builder so Laura doesn't have to do alllll the jobs

- Buy more filming and recording equipment

- Pay for editing software

- Fly interstate and do more filming around Australia

- Pay Laura a full-time wage so she can make this her actual job (lofty ambition, I know)

- Pay our musical guests a performance fee (do you know bands actually take time off work to film tv shows, lug all their shit around and play for free?)




The Challenges

PAYING FOR THIS BEAST!


Every song you hear, every scene shot, every painstakingly edited moment is the result of long hours of work. Someone will ride across 4 suburbs, hold a boom mic above their head for many hours and then ride home. They will do this many, many times. Do you know how hard that is on the muscles?
Whilst you are out at the pub with your mates, one of us will spend 8 hours straight dragging around files on an editing timeline. It's gruelling and important work and it deserves a pay cheque.

We wanna keep making the show, cos Australia needs it.
But we can't do it for free. Everyone needs to be paid for their time and I need to be paid for my sandwich ingredients.

If the television channels refuse to acknowledge the healthy and vibrant arts scene in Australia, we will do it! But it costs money to make the show. We're not trying to make a profit, we're trying to raise the bare minimum required to get the show made.

 

IF WE DON'T REACH OUR 15k TARGET, WE GET NOTHING


Your money doesn't leave your bank account until we reach our $15k target.
If we don't reach our target, we're going to have an uphill battle ahead of us.
It's really hard work and there are SO many costs involved with making a tv series (even on a shoe string budget). Our crew shouldn't have to drive ubers and scrub floors (or miss out on shifts in order to work for free for us) to facilitate making this amazing thing.
Please throw us a bone :)

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AU$5 +Twitter shout-outThank you, you bloody legend! Give us your twitter handle in your comment on this page after you make your pledge and we'll give you a shout-out!
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AU$15 +Pitch A SkitWe need ideas for comedy skits. It could be the opening skit (2 mins max) or a feature comedy sketch (3-4 mins). Consider this a submission fee. If we like your skit idea, we'll develop it together, pay you a writer's fee and film and release it! If we don't like it, we just keep your money and say "thank you". Win win!
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AU$20 +Name in creditsThank you to eternity! We will add your name to the credits when we release the full length Season 2 episodes. Bless you and your cotton socks.
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AU$20 +Get your Cat on Cats! PhotoHave a photo of your cat featured on the opening titles for our beloved segment, "Cats!", hosted by Ben Salter. There are many shitty cut-outs of cats featured on the intro. Your cat would be one of these cats. You need to provide the photo.
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AU$30 +Amateur Hour t-shirtLook stunning in your very own Amateur Hour t-shirt, as modelled here by Perrin and Manoli. These shirts are very popular with everyone who owns them and Laura regularly sees people tagged in photos in her facebook feed wearing them (this means they're not just wearing them in her presence to be nice, they actually like them).
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AU$50 +All GoneBe an extra in a skitBe an extra in a skit! We always need extras. Hints: - DON'T look directly down the lens, it's unprofessional. -Keep miming "Unique New York" and "rhubarb" and the viewer will think you're having a real conversation. *For Melbourne-based people only *You must be available on one of our shoot dates or you forfeit your rights and we keep your money. You'll have a bunch of chances though.
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AU$50 +All GoneGet your Cat on Cats! VideoHave your cat featured on our beloved segment, "Cats!", hosted by Ben Salter. Ben will talk to your cat and try to pat it whilst filming this encounter on his phone. It's shit-tastic and timeless. You must be within 15k of Melb CBD to participate.
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AU$50 +Let's Get Trivical! Music TriviaThis will buy you 1 x 5 person table at a Music Trivia event hosted at The Spotted Mallard Brunswick VIC by Laura. She projects obscure youtube clips, is musically informative and charmingly curmudgeonly. EVENT DATE: MONDAY NOV 21, starting 8PM. Pledge $10 per player facebook.com/letsgettrivical
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AU$60 +All GoneOZ Indie Label Album packWe have collected prize packs from Australia's best indie labels, including Milk!, Bedroom Suck, Rice is Nice, Lost & Lonesome, Preservation, Cobra Snake Necktie, Pieater, We Empty Rooms, Ladyz In Noyz (Aus), Plus One & Remote Control. Buy a blind date with some great Australian albums. We'll send you a surprise pack from one of these labels.
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AU$75 +All Gone"Memories with Ray" illustrationThese are the actual illustrations Ray did for Amateur Hour Season 1, and he has autographed them too! Grab yourself a piece of Ray/Hard-Ons history. High quality 210gsm acid-free paper stock, Full sketches (these are extracts pictured) measure at 340mm x 475 mm. These will be sent in a postage tube.
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AU$75 +Laura's Love Song DedicationBuy one of Laura's famous webcam karaoke performances. Choose a well-known hit. She'll film and upload it to her youtube channel with a special dedication to you or a loved one. If you choose an obscure song or one unlikely to come in karaoke format, ya gotta pay $100.
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AU$150 +All GoneBelvoir "Girl Asleep" - 2 tixOne double pass to see "Girl Asleep" (By Matthew Whittet and Directed by Rosemary Myers) at Sydney's Belvoir Theatre. Valid for the entire season, valued at $150. Running 2-24 Dec 2016 Recommended for ages 14+ MORE INFO: http://belvoir.com.au/productions/girl-asleep/ Generously donated to our campaign by Belvoir
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AU$200 +Be Laura's stylistLaura's got no idea about style. Show her the way. Be Laura's stylist (costume/hair/make-up) for 1 episode. Laura will be your canvas. Go nuts. No nudity, no bare belly, no political statements or advertisements, please don't put her in swimwear.
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AU$250 +All GonePhoto shoot with Kurt EckardtKurt Eckardt is a Melbourne-based photographer who shoots on 35mm and occasionally 120. Check his work out at kurteckardt.com He'll shoot your band photos (live performance or portraits - your choice) on film, with shots of each individual if desired. You'll be provided with 10 final shots which you'll be free to use forever.
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AU$300 +NATIVE CONTENT (INDIE)Don’t shove your product down their throats, subtly feature it on our cool tv show and have it subconsciously pique their curiosity. It could be a t-shirt, a stubby holder, items of clothing, a poster, product, cafe, etc *FOR SMALL BANDS/SMALL BUSINESSES, NOT BIG COMPANIES. *We aren't complete sell-outs, everything is subject to our approval. Email contact@amateurhour.tv to pitch before pledging.
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AU$600 +MTC "The Odd Couple" double passTwo tickets to The Opening Night of Melbourne Theatre Company’s 2016 Mainstage production of "The Odd Couple" by Neil Simon (starring Shaun Micallef and Francis Greenslade) & 2 passes to the Opening Night after-party with the cast and creative team of The Odd Couple (Total package value: $600) This voucher is valid for Opening Night only, Thursday 10 November 2016. Generously donated by MTC
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AU$1000 +SPONSOR - END TITLES LOGOInclusion in a 5 second WITH THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS at the end of 1 x Amateur Hour mini episode & retrospective 30min episode. Mini episode includes click-through to your website. Appears on our youtube channel and our website. Specs: high resolution Format: PNG, EPS Rates: $1000 per episode
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AU$2000 +All Gone3 Days Recording at Head GapSpend 3 days recording at Melbourne's iconic Head Gap Studios* (which has been home to recordings by Courtney Barnett, Paul Kelly, Dirty Three, Twerps and more) *Weekdays only *Engineer not included in price - you could use one of Head Gap's in-house engineers for approx $200/day or bring your own.
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