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Use of funds

Funds will enable us to shoot interviews, acquire images and edit the documentary. They will also permit important audio post production and picture grading, which is imperative when mixing footage from varying sources that will include archival footage. 

Funds at 70%

The 70% of funds crowd funder scenario will probably mean that we will utilise less archival footage than we might otherwise factor in when we reach our ‘actual’ goal. I might add that if we do exceed our goal, which is also possible, then we can potentially license-in even more archival footage and some more key songs.

Hurdles & Hopes

We hope to deliver an enticing insight in to 300 years of this great street as told by those who witnessed everything first hand across the decades. 12 key voices will drive the narrative forward.

NB: Because we are making a feature length documentary for a minuscule budget, any additional expenditure will be an unnecessary cost to the production: i.e. Postage & Packing when we mail out your rewards.

London donators will have to attend our special Tin Pan Alley gigs in London where you can pick up your reward bundles without incurring Postage and Packaging costs. Any UK resident can attend these gigs to avoid P and P costs. Otherwise we simply cannot afford to weather such expenditure. If you live outside of London or abroad you will need to pay us upfront for any Postage and Packaging thus keeping our production budget for making the film, only. If you reside overseas or outside London we will add the cost of Postage & Packing upfront, which you will have to add to the donation. Please take this the P & P cost into account - £10 (Ten GBP) within the UK and £20 (Twenty GBP) within the EU and US territories. P & P tbc outside of these areas.

The already tight budget is about 12% of an average ITV South Bank Show. Most of archive based music documentaries that I have professionally worked on averaged at the high end around £200,000 per programme hour, subject to the licensing of third party properties (footage and songs).

Crowdfunding versus a TV Commission

Seeking documentary commissions in conjunction major production companies and TV stations can become a quagmire of executives, commissioners and third party interference, leading to a lengthy and seemingly never ending process of compromised development that might actually go nowhere after having spent many months or even years of pre-planning.

At best I am reminded of a film called The Big Picture (1989) made by Christopher Guest of This Is Spinal Tapfame, which satirised young aspirant film school graduates. One character in The Big Picture wanted to make a ‘serious’ black-and-white ‘Art House Movie’ that would be reminiscent of an Ingmar Bergman love story fused with elements of Woody Allen's Interiors. In the end the film school graduate got to make his Hollywood funded movie, which was so compromised that it eventually became a Porky's styled teen comedy!

Sadly, commissioned documentary film making can be hugely compromised if you are not very careful. Hence the preferable crowdfunding production route that we are taking here through

Large investor donations are most welcome as the more we get the BIGGER the picture.

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About TPAT

Tin Pan Alley Tales is a documentary chronology of a unique street spanning some 300 yards and some 300 years. Presented as an urban Canterbury Tales our seventy five minute film, will be told by approximately 12 key characters who've had an historic association with Denmark Street. They will feature alongside those who've either lived or worked in London's only music street. Formed of some 28 addresses it was affectionately known as Tin Pan Alley the home of British music publishing and song writing from 1911 until 1991 and originally named after its Manhattan counterpart.

Each contributor will come from a different background. Songs and archival images will illustrate these compelling tales and secret histories from luminaries such as 1950's skiffler Chas McDevitt,

Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols (centre below at 6 Denmark St in the Pistol's old rehearsal space and flat) and author Will Self (centre below in front of Johnny Rotten's cartoon murals) . They will all feature in their own key sequences, alongside the famous, the infamous, and the unsung heroes of London's Tin Pan Alley.

Expect exclusive untold tales pertaining to David Bowie, Ozzy Osborne , Black Sabbath, and the Rolling Stones amid secret histories outside of music, but also from within the street itself.

Since we started running the Save Tin Pan Alley Campaign the true 'unsung heroes' of Tin Pan Alley - the musicians, the technicians and the people behind-the-scenes have come out of the woodwork, out of history and out of retirement to approach us. People that would be very hard to find in any other circumstance have come forward from across the globe. They're saying, 'We want to be in your film!' We have them here now. 
They're 'ready, willing, and able' and raring to go!

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Production Team

The Production Team

Henry Scott-Irvine - Producer-Director . See the profile at the top right of page for the biography plus Procol Harum's 40th and Elton At 50 at the these links and as 'Archive Producer' Punk Attitude and Classic Albums - Lou Reed's Transformer among many others

Joe Loughrell - Lighting Cameraman. Award winning cinematography from Joe who will be working with us throughout the production. He already made this great Dead Hearts On Denmark Street video for rock star Michael Monroe and The Save Denmark St Campaign

Charlie Capaldi - Sound Design via our award winning sound man

Pete Tombs - Co-Producer is a published author and Producer. In particular he wrote the book Mondo Macabro leading to the famous Channel 4 TV series, which he continues to produce for DVD. He has a long professional working association with the feature film director Ben Wheatley of Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers fame, among many others Selected IMDB CV

Phil Ryan - Executive Producer is co-chairman of 'The Save Tin Pan Alley Campaign'. He was co-founder Denmark Street's famous '12 Bar Club' and co-founder of the charity and magazine for 'the homeless' that is The Big Issue. He is a professional advisor on business start-ups, strategy and business development. He was also a member of The Animals and is a singer-songwriter in his own right.

James Ketchell - Documentary Consultant is a committee member of 'The Save Denmark Street Campaign' and founder and organiser of Music Heritage UK who have successfully campaigned to save Music Venues, including the George Tavern in London's East End. Music Heritage UK recently provided the definitive Rolling Stones Map of London, tracing their entire geographic and historic connections with London for the benefit of Historians, Music Journalists and Tourists alike.


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