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Closed 19/06/2017

raised of $1,200 target by 33 supporters

    Weʼve raised $1,250 to unearth a 35+ year old FASS time capsule.

    Waterloo, ON, Canada
    Funded on Monday, 19th June 2017

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    Ian! Allen has eleven ancient videotapes which were recorded sometime between 1978 and 1981. They are Sony Portapak 5-inch reels recorded in EIAJ-1 format, in case you were wondering: that's about 5 1/2 hours of video in total.

    From the markings on the boxes we can be certain that 6 of them are a FASS show. The remaining 5 are either a FASS show or a Sumwat production (Sumwat was the first spinoff from FASS, putting on 4 plays over the same 4 year period).

    While the videotapes are still readable I'd like to get them digitised. I can then perform what picture restoration I can on them. Andrew Wedman (ex-audio wizard from the FASS circle and now a recording engineer in Germany) has agreed to restore the audio. But first we need to pay for the digitisation!

    The cost cannot be ascertained precisely because we don't know what shape the tapes are in, but it will be in the range $825 - $1,100. I'm happy to get the tapes to the digitisation people and do all the other running around but I can't afford the cost, hence this crowdfunding page. (Ths slightly larger target amount includes the charges associated with crowdfunding.)

    I figure that there are enough interested parties (particularly those who are likely to appear on the videotapes) that if everyone pitches in we can get this done. If we can't get the required amount we can't get the tapes done, end of story. So please consider donating to this project. Naturally, if we don't reach the required funds (or if the tapes prove to be unreadable) any monies collected will be returned. Similarly, if we raise more than the needed amount, the extra will be given to a suitable charity.

    If all goes well and we get the funds to carry out the digitization, the restored material will be premiered at the next Blast from the FASSed in February 2018 (yes, it's that close). After that the MP4 will be made available for anyone who's contributed to the cause.



    • Stephen Hull3 years ago
      Stephen Hull

      Stephen Hull

      3 years ago
      Update from the Page owner

      We have liftoff! Thanks to all of you generous people, the tapes have been delivered to the digitization house for the first step in recovery. Fingers remain crossed that the tapes are readable. I will post updates on the Blast from the FASSed Facebook page as things progress.

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    • Stephen Hull3 years ago
      Stephen Hull

      Stephen Hull

      3 years ago

      30 hours in and we've just shy of 2/3 of the way there. But we're still not there and now is where things slow down! Please consider giving something, however small, to keep it growing. BTW I have no idea why the headline on Facebook says we're raising $900, because we're not! The goal is $1,200 and I realized this morning that costs in Canada never include sales tax (for some incomprehensible reason), so the worst case actual bill is more like $1,356! (no, that's not a factorial).

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    3 years ago

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    • Kathy Lawler

      Kathy Lawler

      May 27, 2017


    • Lynne Slater

      Lynne Slater

      May 27, 2017


    • Anonymous


      May 26, 2017

      FASS Time Capsule A-GO-GO!

    • Betsy Wimbs

      Betsy Wimbs

      May 26, 2017

      Thanks for doing this!


    • John Sellens

      John Sellens

      May 25, 2017

      FASS and its community changed my life.

    • Scott Nicoll

      Scott Nicoll

      May 25, 2017

      Hope you manage to reach your target. -- Scott


    • Brian and Alex Martin

      Brian and Alex Martin

      May 25, 2017

      Brian and I met during FASS '83. My Mum and Dad came to see the show. Afterwards, they said I was pretty good but "Who is that young man who played Shakespeare? He was fantastic!" The rest is history!


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    Stephen Hull

    Stephen Hull

    Waterloo, ON, Canada

    I was involved in one way or another in FASS 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 and 2013. I set up the first-ever videotapings of FASS and was amazed and delighted to discover that Ian! had some of the tapes. Are memories best left undisturbed? Let's find out...

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