Hello everyone! It's been a busy couple of months. Rehearsals have started for the show and also our involvement with the "Jackie Evancho and Friends - We Are Hope Concert." Please watch this video and understand how far we have come with these 50 talented youth. We need your support and are grateful for every share and comment.
Hello everyone! We have been busy approving scripts and announcing some of our cast members. You can see more about who we have cast at our official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/propereducationseries - Please "like" the page and let us know your thoughts.
We had some awesome feedback and questions about this Gofundme campaign.
Ruth Gamble, one of our enthusiasts, suggested we let all of you know WHY we need this funding and where the money is being spent and we agree, you have a right to know, especially since we need your financial support!
The Producers of the show are estimating a 22 day shoot, mainly because we are working with kids and also have musical numbers in the show. That works out to about 2K a day.
That money, daily, works out, more or less, like this:
Equipment/Technical Crew - $1000
Food - $400
Wardrobe - $200
Production Design - $100
The remaining money covers insurance, fuel, copies, expendables, petty cash and union obligations.
We do need your assistance. The money we raised so far is being held until we have raised a bit more and then we plan on starting to secure locations and starting some additional pre-production.
Also, please remember to tune in tomorrow for our other show - Proper Manors - You can catch old episodes on www.propermanors.tv and there will be 16 new episodes airing beginning tomorrow night (Thursday, 7/18/13).
Finally, if you have questions or feedback, please let us know. We are committed to this show and the Muzart World Foundation mission to strengthen education in schools and we know that education, music and art all work together to make a positive difference in the world of all students.
It's been awhile since we sent out an update. First and foremost, if you don't wish to receive these updates, please click the unsubscribe button below and that will automatically remove your information from the GoFundMe site.
I also wanted to do an official disclaimer.
Proper Education is a series created by myself, Brandyn Cross, Jef Phillips and Elizabeth Cobb - working closely with Producer Mary Alice Nelson to promote the Full Steam Ahead for Education agenda for schools and to solely promote the non-profit Muzart World Foundation. In other words, while I have created other series and films, for us, personally, this project is a personal effort and not one connected to any of our other jobs or affiliations including my work as an independent Producer, Talent Agent, Casting Director or Marketing Professional.
We simply want to make education better for kids!
Here is a testimonial from one of our cast members, Jon Muench, an accomplished theater actor with a tremendous following and critical acclaim about why the show is important:
"Proper education is important to me because it helps provide an answer to the question: Why are so many children unhappy growing up? Why do they fight, turn to drugs, ignore their parents, misbehave? I believe they may be unhappy because of their educational system. Happy kids naturally immerse themselves in a world of rich fantasy and imagination. We love that about them, but at the same time often turn right around and stifle childish creativity or even "brow beat" it out of them as we force them to march forward like so many little robots into maturity. Hopes and dreams turn to fears. Inspiration and ingenuity may fall by the wayside--buried deep within them as they struggle to conform. The adult world often ignores these very positive things that children possess, but often lose. The yearning for art, music, theater. The realities of the world can be cold and callous. The drum beat of conformity is very loud. It can silence the very creativity that gave civilization it's civility. When the goal of a society is to ensure that career and money are paramount, the human soul may be lost in the struggle. I support wholeheartedly any efforts to reverse this trend in education and encourage the arts in school and elsewhere...
Please support the show. We have delayed the start another month to ensure we are funded and we need not just your help, but the help of those in your networks also.
Peace, Love and Proper -
Pietro and the Proper Education Team
Hello from Weatherford, TX! I am on a journey with my Mom, a 75 year old retired schoolteacher who taught life science for 39 years and touched the lives of 1000's of students. She and I have faced many challenges as mother and child, however, whenever life was most challenging, we escaped by connecting and discussing films, theatre, creative ideas and she involved me with her crafts to keep me focused and disciplined as I transitioned into adulthood. She knew I hated math and sometimes resented the work that went into some of the core classes I took in junior high school and high school so she always managed to tie my studies back to something creative. Even as a Science teacher she understood the relationship between music and mathematics. Normally people who understand how to read music are better at math and they learn to apply those musical lessons and concepts to science. This is just one example of why this show is so very important. While on the road media has connected to the Proper Education and Muzart mission. Please read the article below and share it with new friends or considering encouraging others to donate to the cause. This show is an exciting step to bringing awareness to the value of music and arts education. Thanks for taking this journey with us and thank you Salt Lake Magazine for supporting this important cause! http://saltlakemagazine.com/blog/2013/06/04/local-filmmaker-looks-to-fund-a-proper-education/
Today I am skipping my coffee and here's why...
This weekend I attended the United Film Tour at Playbills Theatre in Clearfield, UT. I was immediately struck by the passion of the owners of the theatre - a struggling non-profit community theatre style venue renting out the stage/auditorium as a makeshift movie theatre for the traveling film festival designed to bring independent and short films to communities throughout Utah. The films were diverse and enjoyable. All were low to no budget productions that managed to deliver high quality products without taking away from the beauty and message of each individual film. One was made with the assistance of Brigham Young University and another as a Salt Lake Community College production. While this was happening, 17 teams traversed the Salt Lake City area creating films for the 48 Hour Film Project while another independent feature was lensing on the city.
It's evident to me that no matter where we go - the arts are vital. We escape with films. We laugh and cry in the theatre. We have appointment television shows. We paint, draw, sculpt and write music, songs, and operas. We listen to our favorite radio stations and celebrate every vital moment of our life with a real musical score of some type. These types of experiences are what matter. These skills, while some would argue are innate, allow many students and youth to find a voice they may not otherwise be able to use and finally express themselves in a unique and beautiful way. They learn how to memorize complicated math equations because they master memorization of a monologue. They remember the musical sequences and apply those to scientific experiments and exploration. Everyone is touched by art. Art saved my life. I once thought I wanted to be a famous Actor. Now, on this journey I have been on for over 25 years, I have learned that made me a better person. I was afraid to express my artistic goals as a young student. Today. I am fighting for the rights of my soon to be stepchildren (who I consider my own) as well as my neices, nephews and youth in this country to have these experiences in public schools. Proper Education, the limited run 10 episode series co-created by myself and others, is committed to spreading the MuzArt World Foundation Mission and to expand their voice. Please join me in making this happen. Please donate today - even $1.00 from each person on this email chain - then forwarded to 10 friends asking for only $1.00, can and will make a difference. Will you skip your coffee or snack today to help children? Respectfully, Pietro
Official Partnership with MuzArt World Foundation has been announced. Press Release below!
Shilo Public Relations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MuzArt World Foundation and Proper Education partner for Music and the Arts
Salt Lake City, UT - May 29, 2013 - The MuzArt World Foundation has partnered with the creators of the online drama Proper Manors to create a new online show called Proper Education. The partnership is intended to bring additional exposure to The MuzArt World Foundation which is focused on ensuring that music and the creative arts are taught in public schools in the United States.
Proper Education, from Proper Manors Creators Pietro D'Alessio, Jef Phillips and Head Writer Brandyn Cross, will shoot entirely on location in Salt Lake City, UT and the surrounding areas starting this July, and will focus on the students and educators in the small town of Proper, USA dealing with the aftermath of their funding being cut as they prepare for a global awareness concert in which their school was invited to participate. Each seven minute episode will feature a two minute musical number. 2013 Filmed in Utah Best Actress and SAG-AFTRA National Board Member Anne Sward will appear in the show as one of the crossover characters from Proper Manors, as will many of the youth actors from the show.
The MuzArt World Foundation is a 501c3 Public Charity, organized by industry leaders in music, entertainment, and education Pat Melfi, Ken Kragen, Ted Fujimoto, Brandon Frank and Ellis Pailet. MuzArt's mission is to provide a comprehensive education program for children in public schools around the world in the areas of human development, music, arts and entertainment, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, and international business.
Yesterday, on the all important Memorial Day Holiday, Proper Education Executive Producer Elizabeth Cobb (elizabethcobb.com, @talkativepr) made an appearance on Utah's Ktalk Radio Station discussing MuzArt World Foundation and discussed real numbers and statistics about the organization. This information is vital to understand why the rest of us with www.propereducation.tv @PropEducationTV are supporting this important mission. Please listen to the interview (link included below) and see Elizabeth's comments. Thanks again for all your support so far!
"Hi Friends & Family,
I wanted to send you the recording of the RADIO program I interviewed
with this morning. It was an amazing experience. Many of you are not
in Utah, but I wanted to share with you this national and global
initiative that I'm working on. Here is the link.
The radio talk show host told me she has around 100,000 listeners. I
was honored to be on her show. I spent Sunday evening to the wee
hours to verify I had my facts in order. To be honest, the prayer
right before it started guided me immensely because the examples came
directly from my heart!
Hope you all had an amazing Holiday weekend.. Please share with your
friends and network .. especially my friend in England.! MuzArt is
heading in your direction.. We are FULL STEAM AHEAD.
Good morning everyone and thanks very much for your support so far on this important program. The main goal is to boost awareness via Proper Education for the MuzArt World Foundation and inspire people to get back behind arts and music education in schools since funding has been cut in so many areas.
We want to address a few items and provide some updates:
First of all, we know that GoFundMe sends updates and ticklers. We will double check the settings to minimize spam. We are very respectful of how busy many of you are and we don't want to blow up your inbox, twitter feed or facebook walls needlessly. You can unsubscribe from updates, if you'd like. The system imported all of our contacts so there may be some of you who have already donated or simply aren't interested and we respect that! Or maybe you have multiple emails and receive the information repeatedly. Please know we don't intend to spam so we will be diligent on that front moving forward.
This past week we completed the 2nd day of casting for Proper Education at BEAU (Broadview Entertainment Arts University) in Salt Lake City, UT. They provided us with casting space to support the project - which is very awesome!
We also have approved the outline for the season and the general leadership team which includes Executive Producers Brandyn Cross, Elizabeth Cobb, Jef Phillips and Pietro D'Alessio.
Our Head Writer is Brandyn Cross with story input from several of us on the team.
Mary Alice Nelson will serve as our lead Producer and Executive in Charge of Casting.
Justin Doxford is our Production Manager and First Assistant Director.
Tamera Tobias will be handling production design. Miss Utah Teen USA Court Member and advocate of the Arts, Victoria Lynn, is serving as our Wardrobe Stylist.
We also are having a yard sale this weekend to raise additional funds.
There will be many more updates. While we are a long way from the goal, we appreciate the support so far. We know that we can make a difference!
Bringing awareness to the plight of the lack of funding for the Music and the Arts in public schools here in the United States, Proper Education is a limited run online series designed to boost and bring awareness to MuzArt World Foundation, whose mission is to provide a comprehensive education program for children in public schools around the world in the areas of human development, music, arts and entertainment, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, and international business.
Hello Pietro, The arts within the public educational system is the freedom of expression to embody the well being of a child. "Dream Big'... Aurora, (Contessa)
"I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained."