Along with getting the CD recording wrapped, mastered and the CD cover artwork ready for print, a big part of the process is taking promo shots and getting in shape for the video shoot. Reminds me of BITD when all those events seemingly took place 24/7 and I gotta admit, I love it! RTFO!
DECEMBER 2ND 2017 - KANE MEETS UP WITH FRONTIERS RECORD EXECS AT THE SUNSET MARQUIS IN HOLLYWOOD, CA. THEIR SUPPORT AND FAITH IN THE PROJECT HAS BEEN GREAT! LOOKS LIKE WE'LL BE WRAPPING RECORDING SOON THEN ITS MIX AND MASTERING AND OF COURSE - VIDEO TIME!
ALICE COOPER DROPS BY THE STUDIO TO SING A SONG WITH KANE! HEAVY SONG? HELL YEAH! HEAVY HEAVY HEAVY HEAVY SONG!
KANE EAGERLY WELCOMED NITA STRAUSS INTO THE FOLD. SHE RIPS INTO A BACK AND FORTH SOLO WITH KANE. SPARKS WERE SEEN! ...RTFO!
JUST GOT NITA'S WORK MIXED INTO THE SONG AND IT SOUNDS KILLER!
KEN MARY THREW DOWN SOME POWER ON SOME TRACKS! DUDE IS A MACHINE. CURRENTLY ON TOUR WITH FLOTSAM AND JETSAM. NOT A BETTER DRUMMER ON PLANET EARTH!
I’ve always seen visuals inside of sound and linked the emotion of imagination and dreams to the structure and melody of music - Kane Roberts
As many of you know I’ve recently signed with Frontiers Records (September 2016) and will have a new CD project release in 2017. I'm enlisting many of my hyper-talented friends to play and contribute to this long overdue project and am recording the CD at Track Entertainment in Studio City with Grammy Award winning producer/engineer Alex Track at the helm.
I'm also shooting a series of accompanying videos because I believe that engaging visuals are an essential element in the success of modern music projects even more so than back in the days of MTV!
ESP presents me with my new Horizon guitar!
One of the critical features of this project (along with the writing, and recording of the CD) that I’m passionately committed to is the inclusion of innovative, engaging and professionally rendered visuals (i.e. videos) that will be integrated into the production of the CD. The kick off video is key and will be shot and edited in an edgy, story driven cinematic style as opposed to the more common approach to music videos.
All of the funds generated by this campaign will go directly into the video/film production to make the CD launch as powerful and entertaining as possible!
A LITTLE ABOUT KANE:
Kane’s involvement in the entertainment industry includes producing, recording and writing music during his tenure at high profile record companies such as Geffen A&M, MCA and currently FRONTIERS RECORDS. As solo recording artist he’s recorded numerous albums and he landed a Top 40 hit at Geffen Records (Saints and Sinners).
Promo shot from Saints and Sinners Geffen
He’s worked in different capacities with artists such as Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Desmond Child, Kiss (Kane’s co-write of “Take It Off” is featured on the Revenge album), Diane Warren, Alice in Chains, Berlin, Guns n’ Roses. He’s also written and/or recorded music for films like Sleeper (starring Willem Defoe, Susan Sarandon), Penelope Spheeris’ “Decline of Western Civilization”, “Friday the 13th lV - Jason Lives”, John Carpenter’s “Prince of Darkness” and the award winning “Roswell” for HBO.
Alice and Kane back to back on stage.
In addition, Kane has acted in films such as Wes Craven’s “Shocker” and John Carpenter’s “Prince of Darkness”. He spent 5 years at Shep Gordon’s Alive Films (Hollywood CA.) during which they produced such films as Kiss of the Spiderwoman , The Hit, John Carpenter’s “They Live” and Choose Me.
Along with director (and Belief CEO) Mike Goedecke, Kane produced and created an award winning, rollercoaster, 30 minute sci-fi short film EMBRYO (see links below), which features an engaging story, stunning special effects and deeply evocative soundtrack that includes Iz’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. EMBRYO’s challenge was to enlist the work of numerous studios, actors and crew with a miniscule budget. The talent turned out to be a powerful mix (ACTORS INCLUDE: Ethan Phillips – “Star Trek: Voyager”, Michael Bey’s “The Island”, “Bad Santa”, Sean O’Bryan – “The Princess Diaries”. SCORE: Jim Dooley of Hans Zimmer’s Studio – “Black Hawk Down”, The Ring, Madagascar. VTR: Jeb Johenning – “The Matrix”, “Aliens”, “Aliens 3”. SOUND: Richard Goodman – “Hunt for Red October” and many more talented crew, artists and cast.
The music video we’ll be shooting, once funded) will offer a glimpse into the heart and soul of the debut song and signal the push towards a well conceived multi-tiered CD project.
To accomplish this, I’ll be working with some of the extremely talented and experienced film crew people I’ve met through my creative experiences in Hollywood. Many of them worked with me on a variety of productions including the award winning short film I created with director Mike Goedecke - (years of experience behind the camera in numerous film projects, National Commercials and Music Videos).
VIDEO MESSAGE OVERVIEW:
There are, in the course of our lives, events that define who we ultimately become. Unexpected, traumatic occurrences that can forever mark our destinies and rule our actions. These moments test our determination to live without falsehood….they influence our notions of right and wrong…and no matter how hard we try to change ourselves for the better, our past is always there to remind us of who we really are.
BRIEF VIDEO TREATMENT:
This story is about a girl who lives life as a disaffected fringe dweller. At the very moment she sees her future as hopeless and finally accepts the harsh reality of an inexorably dark destiny, she suddenly finds herself in a realm where she CAN break free of the hard coded trajectory of her life.
The video piece will start with the lead character leaving the aftermath of a tragically violent scene. Bloodied and numb from the incident, she stumbles through an urban hell to her apartment. As she tends her wounds she’s visited by a dark phantom that strips her of her mind and body and causes a transformational emergence of her true self.
At the heart of her struggle is the hope that we can rise above the seemingly unchangeable path that fate has stamped on us and in that effort, whatever the result, we will see the true, rich journey of our lives.
The production will feature a professional film crew, a skilled cast, talented players across the board and mind bending special effects.
We expect there to be 2 edits - an extended version with dialogue and cut aways from the song and a “broadcast” version that will stick closer to the length and structure of the song.
The story scenes will be interlaced with intensely evocative performance moments by Kane.
Should we earn over our funding goal, any "extra" money will be dedicated solely to the film production and cover some out of pocket expenses that were not included in this budget.
Ive purposely kept the video budget modest and am able to keep the cost down because many of the players (crew and director for example) are donating their time and expertise to the project.
FILM EQUIPMENT: $4000
Here are some videos of the short film production and past music videos and songs:
"EMBRYO" COMPLETE FILM: https://vimeo.com/102563504/74757c0921
THE MAKING OF EMBRYO 1: https://youtu.be/EKO0nUL9HZs
THE MAKING OF EMBRYO 2: https://youtu.be/SKRHDoSNxEY
DOES ANYBODY REALLY FALL IN LOVE : https://youtu.be/r3snW0WXax8
RECKLESS (from the movie ROCKSTAR): https://youtu.be/RwzqZ51PWd0
Risks and challenges:
One of the things I learned through my experiences in film and video production is that the unexpected has a way of popping up almost daily. A light goes out, a prop doesn't arrive, it's raining when the scene requires a sunny day and so on. The key to a successful production team is to turn these seemingly negative instances into something positive or at the very least improvise the moment into a workable scenario.
Also the importance of meticulous and thorough pre-production in a project like this (whether its scheduling, rehearsal or budgeting) cannot be stressed enough. Ive been planning and scouting out the proper locations, script and cast for months and the crew Im using to shoot the video are top notch pros that have seen it all.
A Little About Myself:
Im Kane Roberts and I'm currently living in Studio City, California.
I played with Alice Cooper, Kiss and other notables and had my own albums out on MCA and Geffen.
Im raising funds to finance a music video and the funds will be used specifically (and solely) to pay for video production costs. (See numbers above regarding production costs.)
Once I withdraw the money I will use the funds to set up the production, film, edit, and do post production on the new music video to support the upcoming Frontiers record release.
Your contributions will go directly into the work, locations and materials necessary to make a successful and engaging video production!
Thank you so much for your time and patience to view my campaign!
- Scott Cason
- Tom Vigil
- Teri FITZSIMMONS
- David Rabinow
Studio City, CA