OK, so I have to be careful how I word this as I can’t give too much away without spoiling it… We want to do an extra segment in the film that will involve a part of a certain person’s history. (No prizes for guessing who.) The segment is about a part of his career that has been captured on film. And it’s a corker! But we need to buy the rights to the footage. This is going to cost us an extra £2,500 for commercial use, so if we reach £10,500 by Thursday night we can buy this and it will be truly awesome. Also, if we can raise the extra cash, we have secured a location to film in which is almost just as exciting (it involves somewhere Charlie Chaplin used to live). I know this seems a bit cloak and dagger but when you see the segment in the finished film you’ll immediately understand the reason for the secrecy – and know that you made it possible! If we can do this, it’s going to add extra footage to the film, which had previously been thought lost! It will also raise the film’s exposure even more, and push it out to an even wider audience – and that could be a really, really good thing. Once again I just want to say a massive thanks to everyone for your support! Still 2 days to go so let's see where that can take us :)
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Dave Lowe, AKA Uncle Art wrote some of the most memorable gaming music of the 80's and 90's - Starglider, Carrier Command, Beneath a Steel Sky, After Burner, Microprose F1 Grand Prix... there are over 70 of them! Known as 'Uncle Art', he was a true pioneer in the gaming world.
Frontier: Elite 2
Dave programming the music for 'Starglider' on the Atari St
When he wrote the theme to Frontier: Elite 2, he imagined it in his head being played by a huge live orchestra but, with the limitations of what was possible with computer technology in the 90's, he had to compromise on that vision. Although the theme was a huge hit, he carried a thought in the back of his mind... how could the music be recorded as originally imagined.
Fast forward a couple of decades and Dave decided enough was enough and it was time to fulfill that dream! So the music which had inspired legions of gaming fans across the world could finally be heard how Dave had always intended it to sound. With the help of those fans, he raised the money and booked a 50 piece orchestra at Abbey Road studios (because why do things by half!) and so began the journey to transform and evolve some of his classic, retro gaming work into a brand new album followed by a single to be released for the classical charts.
'The Chamber Orchestra of London' playing Frontier: Elite 2
I knew that this was too good a story NOT to film! With exclusive access to Dave (who also happens to be my Dad!) and fellow pioneers of the 80/90's gaming world, we have a unique opportunity to tell his story. We speak to gamers/developers/fans/programmers about what it was like to play and work on the technology back then and what the music meant to them. Through interviews and archive footage we find out how Dave Lowe broke technological boundaries, spoken by the man himself! But at the heart of it all, it's about one man trying to fulfil a dream he'd had for years - and most of us can relate to that.
I have teamed up with award winning filmmakers James Barrett (Producer) and John Craine (Director Of Photography). They have a strong background of features and documentaries under their belts and share my passion for the project. With your help we'll build a formidable community around Uncle Art - the Film. On completion the film will be submitted to international film festivals.
Filming at Abbey Road
We have filmed most of it but still have a few sections left to shoot. We need help funding the travel, equipment, editing and colour grading.
We filmed the recording session at Abbey Road where what was once originally the Frontier: Elite 2 theme playing off of a 4 channel Amiga PAULA chip, was now realised with a 50 strong top London orchestra playing an epic, classical piece that is worthy of being the soundtrack to the latest cinematic blockbuster - and it was quite simply breathtaking!
We want to share that amazing day, plus so much more with you in this film. Getting complete backstage access to this sort of thing doesn't come around very often. Join us and keep your own copy of that day forever. I'm sure you will find it as fascinating and emotive as we did.
Dave's daughter Holly and co-producer of the album speaking to the orchestra pre recording
Much tea was drunk over 12 hours
Well I think that went rather well...
Dave Lowe - 6 page interview in 'Retro Gamer' mag
John Craine - DOP
John Craine - IMDB page
James Barrett - Producer
James Barrett - IMDB page
Lucy Lowe - Director
First day of the shoot!