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"I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story" documentary in development

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Phillip, Mar 23, 2012.

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  1. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    YAAAAY! I get a DVD!! :wisdom::grouchy:
  2. CopperPot

    CopperPot Active Member

    We are exhausted!

    Wow, you guys are amazing. What a surge--and with 5 days to go!

    First, a few answers to questions:

    What year was the Australia performance?

    Will Caroll talk about the live shows?
    Yes, because they are so crazy and required so much of him! They were an amazing feat of puppetry, so we'll definitely cover that.

    I think those are the questions that were asked! Now, to business!

    Yes, we hit our goal. We are thrilled about that. But we set that goal as a bare minimum to make sure we could make the movie. We still need all the help we can get. We're currently trying to break the record number of Kickstarter backers for a documentary, which is 6508. We're currently at 1496. Remember, every pledge--even a dollar--counts towards that goal. So if you haven't pledged (and I'm guessing most of you have!), get out there and pledge! And if you have, tell everyone you know to pledge even just a dollar!

    You guys amaze us. We've said it before and we promise to honor this: we'll make you proud.

    Thanks for your support. Stay in touch!

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  3. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Thanks Copper Pot Pictures!!! :wisdom::grouchy:

    Not to be mean, but are you going to show any unseen photo and video footage of Count von Count (who is not a Carroll Spinney character, but a Jerry Nelson character) ?
    He's one of my favorites.

    I love to see rare videos and photos because I getting the 2-Disc special edition I Am Big Bird Blu-ray!
  4. CopperPot

    CopperPot Active Member

    That's not mean! We love Mr. Nelson! He welcomed us to his home to do an interview--it was amazing!

    We have some great stuff of Mr. Nelson as the Count from Sesame in Montana & Elmo in Grouchland! We'll get it out there for you!
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  5. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Thanks!! :batty:

    I'm so pumped for this!!

    Just to be sure, you're going to release all the muppet footage you have. Right?
  6. panmanthe2nd

    panmanthe2nd Well-Known Member

    Wow!!!!! We've done it!
  7. panmanthe2nd

    panmanthe2nd Well-Known Member

    It'll be great either way, but I've been wondering the same.
  8. fozzie658

    fozzie658 New Member

    i wonder if they will extend the pledge for more support from us muppet fans. then i wonder if caroll will read some of the letters from his fans.:)
  9. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    They've said they'll release as much as they can but can't release everything because Caroll has actually shot thousands of hours of home movie footage.
  10. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    What about footage from The Muppets: A Celebration of Thirty Years?
  11. Collgoff

    Collgoff Well-Known Member

    Don't forget about the deaths of Mr. Hooper and Jim Henson.
  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Doesn't Lionsgate presently hold the distribution rights to that one? I don't think we'll be seeing it for this project.
  13. CopperPot

    CopperPot Active Member

    We're going to release everything we get the rights to clear (which means we need to get approval from all necessary parties and, in some cases, pay to license). We'll do our best!
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  14. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Copper Pot!
  15. CopperPot

    CopperPot Active Member

    Clearing music is actually quite complex and expensive. The soundtrack will be primarily original score by Josh Johnson, our longtime collaborator, but there may be a few surprises in there depending on what we can work out!
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  16. CopperPot

    CopperPot Active Member


    We actually are not allowed to extend the pledge period. Kickstarter rules make you set a goal, then stick to it--once the campaign ends on Thursday, August 16th, it's over forever!

    Caroll WILL be reading all of the letters and all of the video responses on YouTube. I was speaking to Deb about this yesterday and she's really excited. They are thrilled out the outpouring of support and, surprisingly, a little taken aback. It means a lot to them.
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  17. CopperPot

    CopperPot Active Member

    We haven't come across this yet, but I'll let you know if we do!
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  18. FrackleFan2012

    FrackleFan2012 Well-Known Member

    Okay! Thanks for the info.
  19. minor muppetz

    minor muppetz Well-Known Member

    No, The Walt Disney Company owns that special, and Lionsgate has the current video rights to stuff from The Jim Henson Company. And while Lionsgate does take down YouTube videos of material it holds video rights to, a film company would need to clear rights before using clips. Not sure if they'd need to negotiate with Lionsgate if they wanted to use footage owned by Henson that Lionsgate has video rights to, but either way, they would be paying for clearances on clips, something YouTubers usually don't do.

    And I wonder, would Copper Pot need legal clearances for any behind-the-scenes home movie footage Caroll shot? I figure they'd need permisison from copyright holders for use of Sesame Street characters (but we know that Sesame Workshop has given their support, so it shouldn't be hard). Would they need permission from Warner Bros. for the behind-the-scenes footage from Follow That Bird or only if they used actual non-behind-the-scenes clips?

    It is interesting that Caroll has shot so much home movie footage on the behind-the-scenes aspects of various productions over the years, considering Caroll's small salary during the early years (I imagine blank film strips would have been expensive).
  20. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Just a reminder Muppet fans, the "I Am Big Bird" Kickstarter campaign ends Thursday at 2 pm EST. It's the last chance for you to get the Kickstarter 2-disc Blu-ray, Caroll Spinney illustrated poster, "I Am Big Bird" crew t-shirt and more. These exclusives will never be offered again. Make your pledge today! (If you've already made a pledge, you can easily increase your amount to get the latest exclusives.)

    If you're sitting there thinking, "They've reached their goal, why should I pledge?" I want to remind you that the more money they get pledged, the more archival footage they can afford to release in the film, on their website and on their DVD/Blu-Ray.

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