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Offline motrucker

Re: From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years!
« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2015, 06:03:45 AM »
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Good to see you mo. I put a new more movies into the lemon all-time classic movies database. I never thought my hobby thread would be so fun.

Speaking of which, we passed the first Sunday last night, and went over the 1000 backers!

Well done everyone. :D

Where will be three more Sundays, the last being the final day.

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I am really glad to hear that everything is going well. I'll have to see if I can scrape together some money to try to help the bottom line. I am finally starting to change my mind about kickstarter.
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Offline lifeschool

Re: From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years!
« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2015, 02:23:02 PM »

Newsletter 11th March 2015
Hi everyone,

We're staggered that we're almost funded before reaching the halfway point of the campaign. Thank you to every backer for showing such support. As we explained in the last update we announced the stretch goals because making more content would be fantastic, as it is better to fill the disc(s) with as much content as possible especially as we'll be capturing so much extra material while we film.

Being nearly funded before reaching the halfway point means we have a realistic chance of getting enough funding to make so much more content.

You have also taken the time to make some great suggestions to us for further perks, so we are pleased to announce 3 of them!


First off is the Magnetic Fields signed Amiga 500 bundle, a boxed fully working Amiga, games and posters all signed by Magnetic Fields founders Shaun Southern and Andrew Morris. Only 5 available of what is a highly rare and exclusive collection featuring one of the key Amiga developers so click the kickstarter link below to read more!


In addition several of you have written to suggest that after our highly successful premiere of From Bedrooms to Billions in London last year to do something similar for the Amiga Years! Therefore we have tickets for you and a partner available for the London Premiere of the film  (which includes the VIP bar prior and after the screening), but also a limited number of tickets available for the Premiere Dinner where we intend for at least 3 members of the film's cast to be present and sitting at the same table. Please so click the kickstarter link below to read more!

Your feedback has been excellent and we are trying our best to make this a fun and open campaign so please feel to suggest more ideas either here or just email us at b2b@graciousfilms.com

We hope you like these 3 new perks and thank you all for getting us so near the target in such a short time, the closer we get the more we are starting to believe this film is going to happen; and we intend to do the most thorough, complete and importantly enjoyable campaign we possibly can!

We really need you to share this campaign and spread the word wherever you can as it really does make that difference. We only have 18 days to go so please share this link and tell anyone who may be an Amiga fan that this film needs their support;


Best wishes,

Ant & Nic

1,180 backers
£45,121 pledged of £50,000 goal
17.5 days to go.

Offline lifeschool

Re: From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years!
« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2015, 05:03:31 PM »
Newsletter 12 March

Hi everyone,

A big thank you is in order for all of you tonight because we smashed through the £50k mark in less than 13 days and have reached our initial funding target. Thanks to your belief and support we have a realistic chance of hitting the stretch goals!

We are going to use these last 17 days to go for those stretch goals to create more content and let's be honest we all want to get one of those beer mat floppies!

We know there's more than 1,000 Amiga fans out there we just have to find them and tell them about what we're all trying to achieve here. So please share the Kickstarter link to at least one other person, tell anyone you think maybe a fan of the Amiga because there is so much we can do if we can open up for more content. If each backer brought just one new backer in each (doubling our backer numbers) then Nic and I will be filling two discs for you (or 5 hours if you're a digital backer)  

Link as always to share is; http://t.co/kMrIEiiMU2

Bitmap Bonanza!

Also we have the pleasure in announcing a Bitmap Brothers Signed Amiga Bundle! This is Bitmap Co-founder Mike Montgomery and legendary artist Dan Malone signing a boxed and working Amiga 500 plus copies of Speedball II, Chaos Engine and glossy A2 Posters. Very highly sought after collectible items there and our thanks to those guys for offering to help. Having spoken to them both only recently they are really pleased this film is now going to get made.

Thank you all for believing and backing, we are going to try and come up with more items and bits and pieces along the way. We like running open and fun campaigns (otherwise what's the point) so keep the suggestions and comments coming. However for tonight please give yourselves a firm pat on the back for getting this film funded. For Nicola and I we now know for certain it's 'Game On!'

Best wishes,

Ant & Nic

Moderators note, since this newsletter was launched this morning, all the Bitmaps Bundles have now GONE!  So this post is a bit redundant. But its great they are moving towards the first stretch goal. :)

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Offline lifeschool

Re: From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years!
« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2015, 07:30:03 PM »
Well, they put in some more Amiga Bundles and there are just a couple left.

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Re: From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years!
« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2015, 01:27:11 AM »
Nice to see they have made their goal!

Offline lifeschool

Re: From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years!
« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2015, 03:35:21 PM »
Yes, but worryingly, now the project is over the initial fund level, contribs have fallen off.  
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Re: From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years!
« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2015, 05:15:12 PM »
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Offline lifeschool

Re: From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years!
« Reply #22 on: March 16, 2015, 03:37:47 PM »
Hi all,

This weekend we hit our first stretch goal, a postcard of the cover art for all backers, and at time of writing we're very close to the second stretch goal of you all receiving the full set of 4 x post cards.

Thank you for supporting us and taking the time to write so many messages. If any of you have further perk ideas please let us know as we're gearing up now for a final push to hit those stretch goals where we produce more content for all of you!

It makes such a difference when you share and spread the word, there are only a few days left now so please take a moment to tell as many people as you can and share this link; http://t.co/kMrIEiiMU2

If you all can find just one person before the end of the campaign it would double our current backers which means we'll be making a lot of content for you all!

In addition have a look back over the perks we currently have, we have ultra rare Magnetic Fields and Bitmaps Bros signed games, posters and hardware, there's Oliver Frey signed material as well. Plus you will see we have put up the picture of the Oliver Frey limited cardboard sleeve for the DVD and Blu-ray copies containing the pre-order only covers, never to be created by us again as we will only do one production run!

Please see updated stretch goal chart below and we'll update the one on the front of the campaign.

Thank you all so much for your continued support!

Best wishes,

Ant & Nic

1,360 backers
£56,288 pledged
12 days to go

Offline lifeschool

Re: From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years!
« Reply #23 on: March 18, 2015, 01:56:08 PM »

hi all,

we had to update quickly with this because we are very excited to announce 4 new perks today, plus thanks to many suggestions from you a new amiga legends signed postcard set.

new amiga bundles!
we have some very limited signed amiga 500 bundles, games, a2 posters and postcards!

Team 17 (alien breed & super frog) [1 left]
martin edmondson (shadow of the beast trilogy) [2 available]
charles cecil & dave gibbons (beneath a steel sky) [2 available]
dino dini (kick off & goal). [2 available]
bitmap brothers (chaos engine/ speedball 2) [1 left]
magnetic fields signed amiga bundle [sold out!]

please check out the campaign here to learn more; http://t.co/kmrieiimu2

[SIZE=14]signed 4 x a6 postcard packs![/SIZE]
we are delighted to announce new packs of 4 x a6 high quality glossy signed postcard sets available only for backers. Whatever pledge you are currently on if you want these (see below) simply increase your pledge by £40 for signed (pack of 4) or £10 for unsigned (pack of 4) then send us a message stating which game/developer pack you want at b2b@graciousfilms.com

this is a rare opportunity to grab some iconic gaming history from your amiga heroes while helping us in our push towards our stretch goals to create more content!

Autographs include: Bitmap brothers and dan malone, team 17 and alistair brimble, charles cecil and dave gibbons, martin edmondson, legend of football dino dini, and lets not forget magnetic fields!

see postcards here!

please note for physical customers these postcards will be included with your copy of the film, however for digital customers please add an additional £2.00 for postage and packing!

we are getting some wonderful people coming to us daily with great ideas for perks who like you very much want this film to be the very best it can be. There is little over a week left so please help us go for those stretch goals, please share the campaign wherever possible or give into temptation and grab those perks or signed postcards as it all makes a difference.

see stretch goals!

thanks as ever for your wonderful support!

Please check out the campaign here to learn more; http://t.co/kmrieiimu2

best wishes!

Ant & Nic
  1,405 backers

   £60,006 pledged of £50,000 goal  

    10 days to go

NOTE: when I inserted the blerb above, this forum decided to make all the characters lower-case. Do PARTICIPATE! :)
« Last Edit: March 18, 2015, 01:59:26 PM by lifeschool »

Offline cobale

Re: From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years!
« Reply #24 on: March 19, 2015, 12:47:10 AM »
hi i just pledged for this project !

Offline anachronicus

Re: From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years!
« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2015, 02:05:59 AM »
I'm in as well. :)
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Offline pixie

Re: From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years!
« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2015, 09:38:38 PM »
I wonder if such projects wouldn't be the best way to fund open source projects such as from power2people.

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Offline lifeschool

Re: From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years!
« Reply #27 on: March 24, 2015, 02:58:40 PM »
New Interviews Announced + DICE (Pinball) Perk

Hi all,  

We drafted this last night as we wanted to let you know about some great production elements that have occurred in recent days and then woke up to see we had gone over 1,700 backers and are very close to our fifth stretch goal, so thank you so much for that and a big welcome to all the new backers!

Production update

As some of you may already be aware we have decided to now include English subtitles and English Hard of Hearing subs for both digital and physical versions of the film regardless of where we end up. This is testament to how useful the Kickstarter comments and messaging system is. Very good reasoning and suggestions from you and we went off and found a way. The other languages will have to remain where they are in the stretch goals, but if we reach them then the entire disc (including download) will have all those languages throughout.

New Interviewees!  

As many of you know we already have locked down a lot of people, but this week we are very pleased to announce many new interviews to be filmed which include RJ Mical, Chris Huelsbeck, Tim Wright and 'Flashback' creator Paul Cuisset, expect more news soon!

Also slightly different from our original film we seem to be almost accidentally causing developer reunions, entire teams are coming back together to be interviewed or share the experience. This will see Team 17, Magnetic Fields, Sensible Software, Bitmap Bros all come back together.

Also only today in fact the four founders from Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment, or DICE as they’re also known as, Fredrik Liljegren, Andreas Axelsson, Markus Nyström and Olof Gustafsson came on-board to be interviewed.


PINBALL TRILOGY (signed) The four DICE founders have also very generously donated 3 signed Pinball trilogy game bundles (Amiga versions) to help with our campaign, those games are; Pinball Dreams, Pinball Fantasies and Pinball Illusions, along with 4 specially designed DICE postcards and a high quality glossy Pinball Dreams A2 poster, all items signed by Fredrik, Andreas, Markus and Olof. Please grab one as there are only 3 available!!



Now that also means we can add the DICE postcards to the collection (top row of image below), you can either increase your pledge by £10 (unsigned) or £40 (signed) to receive the DICE Postcards, or of course any of the other developer postcards also shown below, and you can have as many sets as you wish while they're still available!

Thank you for your continued support for our film, especially now we’re pushing for those stretch goals, we want to make that extra content for you along with all the other elements we have listed. And as a side note it would be wonderful during shooting the film this summer to be putting a nice cold lager down on that floppy beermat! We only came up with it because we want one…what does that tell you about the two of us! However if we do end up putting a lager down on it then it means we’re making a lot of content for you which would be wonderful.

And Finally…

We would also love for you to share with us a picture of you and your Amiga setup. We will need pictures for the main film which ideally (if you have any) are taken from back in the day (80’s and 90’s) but also we are just as interested to see any pictures of your current Amiga setup.

We did this with our original film ‘From Bedrooms to Billions’ and some ended up in the main film and in addition we love hearing any anecdotes and stories that may be linked to the setup shown in your photo. Martin Edmondson told us once that during making Shadow of the Beast he slowed the disc speed down by gluing a piece of a cornflakes packet to the disc giving them extra write ability to the disc which helped the game development. We love stories like this, we are in that kind of ‘knowledge soaking’ period right now so nothing will be wasted and we’ll read it all…plus we have the feeling we’re going to hear some pretty amazing things.

Please post the images, stories or both to either our Facebook page ‘From Bedrooms to Billions’, or our twitter @frombedrooms, the Kickstarter comments or messages or just email us at b2b@graciousfilms.com. Any that we end up using for the film we will need to credit you so please made sure we get that info (even if you email it privately separately) so we can keep track.

We like to support others where we can so please cast your eyes towards the very fine Amiga musician Dave Lowe (composer, Elite II: Frontier, Starglider and many others) who is running a great Kickstarter project to rework some of his fantastic music. Kickstarter is perfect for talent like Dave and allow him to find his audience so please take a moment to check it out here; https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/278860000/uncle-art-elite-ii-orchestral-and-retrogaming-musi

Thank you all again, we have only 5 days! left to go so please continue to share our project wherever you can by using this link; http://t.co/kMrIEiiMU2

Best wishes and thank you for believing in us!

Ant & Nic

PHWAA!!, we're getting close now!
4.5 days to go (including today) and we are just a little over 9K short.  
WOW!  Lets keep this going.
1,723 backers
£70,778 pledged of £80,000 stretch goal
4 days to go
« Last Edit: March 24, 2015, 03:00:46 PM by lifeschool »

Offline lifeschool

Re: From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years!
« Reply #28 on: March 24, 2015, 05:09:55 PM »
4th Stretch Goal Reached - Photo Gallery!

Hi all,

We are very pleased to announce that we have reached the 4th Stretch goal!!, allowing us to add a photo gallery to the DVD and Blu-ray version of 'The Amiga Years!'

We plan to document the film production itself so intend to take lots of photos during the filming so the very best of these will form a photo gallery to go onto the DVD and Blu-ray so thank you every one of you for your support in getting the project to yet another goal.

Developer Postcards

If you are not aware of these please look at the front of the campaign here Many of you are raising your pledges to take advantage of the developer postcards, thank you for that, a very common questions is can you have more than one? The short answer is of course yes! To get one set or more just raise your pledge £10 (unsigned) or £40 (signed) per set, we won't be doing them again so you have a few days left if you still would like to help us in our bid to reach those stretch goals.

Extra Content...

We have noticed a couple of messages on the boards wondering why we are putting 'items' such as badges or Oliver Frey postcards before extra footage. The short answer to this is we didn't. We actually budgeted out the extra content first as that is our priority.

As filmmakers we want to make as much content for you as possible, especially while we're actually working on the film itself. Once we knew how much it would cost to produce those extra minutes we then added items such as badges and postcards simply to go in-between to help us reach those extra content goals. To produce an extra 30-mins of properly made content, let alone an hour is a lot of work to do it properly. You can't just run interviews on for an extra 30 or 60 mins it has to be woven into the main narrative, structured and mixed in with everything else, sound mixing, grading, overlays, extra archive footage to be licensed in if needed to help reinforce those new narratives, all the elements you would expect in a properly made documentary film.

The fun perks are in-between those extra content goals simply because there were 'gaps' in-between and we wanted to make the steps more gradual. Those items such as badges, postcards, even the floppy beermats are items we thought about, items we would want, and they are there simply to help us raise funds to reach our main goals, which is always first and foremost the production of as much material as we can.  However we decided that if we were making items such as the badge it would be unique and well made, not plastic but metal, something that would last and be remembered as part of this campaign!

And yes...even the floppy beermat!

Wherever we end up, we're going to do the best work we can for you all!

Please use these last few days to spread the word, 1,700 Amiga fans out there have pledged which is fantastic, hopefully there's still a few more Amiga fans out there.

Help us find them, spread the word and share the link; http://t.co/kMrIEiiMU2

Best wishes,

Ant & Nic

Offline lifeschool

Re: From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years!
« Reply #29 on: March 24, 2015, 05:13:59 PM »