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Maurice Ali
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FOF RECORDS: Reality TV For Musicians!


By Maurice Ali



Independent records labels have almost gone the way of the dodo. The loss of CD sales kicked the monetary base out of the operating expenses of most labels and killed them outright or back to vanity labels. Two years ago I did an in-depth review of Canadian Music week and found that there were very few record labels present with much of the booths and rooms allocated to broadcasters. Since broadcasters do not do music production this really spells a new dark age for the Canadian music industry.

The most embarrassing part is listening to other businessmen joke about the problems the music industry has in making any money at all in that business. We have one answer at FOF RECORDS: Reality TV! Instead of just relying on money from song sales and the occasional concert gig that might pay something, we will go for advertising revenue from reality TV shows based on our"colorful" musicians.

Think about it. Reality shows based on musicians with music videos some A cappella, and seeing firsthand what makes that musician tick through reality TV! Whatever compensation agreement is reached with the broadcasters are sure to be more profitable than the meager song sales happening now. At FOF we now have thirteen half hour episodes of our gang in action. Many of the CDs produced would not have been possible if there were no documentary involved in the making of that CD. An example is "The Making Of AAVRY KNAPP Daze In My life" produced at Metalworks Studios in Toronto. It is very hard to justify those production costs at the indie level and be truly profitable in the normal business sense. Usually the artist has to put up some of most of the money to get that type of production nowadays as the return on sales will not do it.

So the record label becomes a one stop shop for music. music videos and television programming. There is no other way to get an artist out there without going bankrupt. We have to do it all ourselves.

At Fortress we not only produce the individual productions but also the variety shows showcasing our artists (2 in the thirteen episode series) and one hour about our journalist org as news is media even if it (the news) is going "Hollywood" lately.

So this is our little experiment in media access called "the Fortress Experiment." No guarantees on happy endings as it is just an experiment. But we have been at it for six years now and have some success. By success I am not only talking just the eleven CDs we produced, but the music videos and our two episodes that have aired on individual television networks. Here are a few videos clips of the series:

http://fortressoffreedom.com/TVShowStart.wmv



http://fortressoffreedom.com/Boots_Intro.wmv



http://fortressoffreedom.com/ShaneTurnIn.wmv




The Fortress Experiment Finishes Series Production!


By the FOF Team




Making A Music Video!



The Fortress Of Freedom Corporation and the MORE VISION Corporation are excited to announce that the thirteen half hour TV shows titled "The Fortress Experiment," has finished production. This series gives us one complete season shows that are now targeted at cable TV distribution.....


Here Is The List Of Shows:

1. The Fortress Experiment
2. The Fortress TV Show
3. The Making Of AAVRY KNAPP: Daze In My Life - Part 1
4. The Making Of AAVRY KNAPP: Daze In My Life - Part 2
5. The Life And Times Of Donald "Boots" Brasseur
6. TWENTY6HUNDRED: Free With Purchase
7. The Fortress Variety Show
8. Real Life: Part 1
9. Real Life: Part 2
10. The Free Press: Part 1
11. The Free Press: Part 2
12. The Fortress Variety Show: Part 2
13. Epilogue



One big thank you to all involved in this project which actually spans several years. My thanks will go to all those listed in the following credits:


Screen Credits - The Fortress Experiment: Series


Directed By: Maurice Ali

Edited By: Maurice Ali

Sound: MORE VISION Inc. and Fortress of Freedom Records

Cameramen: Maurice Ali, Michael Atkinson and Shane Murphy

Key Grip: Shane Murphy (excluding FOF TV Show)

Gaffer: Ryan Robichaud

Narration: Scott Williamson and Maurice Ali

Administration: Ainsley Wronski


Musical Artists:

Dan Strudwick
Michael Atkinson
Shane Murphy
Dave Getchell
Donald Brasseur
Shaun Kelly
Jon Chuck
Jim Burdon
Randy Nolson
Wendel Shank
Chris "The Kid" Stanoi
Dez Leahy
Willis Hiscock
Corey Johnson
Jessica King
and many more.....




The Cast:

Maurice Ali
Mark Moore
Sabrina Singh
Samantha Blackwell
Ainsely Wronski
Scott Williams
Gianna Gritti
Emily Smith
Sandra Murray
Dalila Almanza
Billy Lane
Dan Strudwick
Michael Atkinson
Shane Murphy
Dave Getchell
Donald Brasseur
Shaun Kelly
Jon Chuck
Jim Burdon
Randy Nolson
Wendel Shank
Chris "The Kid" Stanoi
Tara Rolson
J.L. Meneses
Gracelyn Angeles
Willis Hiscock
Corey Johnson
Jessica King
And many others.....





Sound Track: (Complete CD Compilations)

A Slant On Life And Living: By Dave Getchell
Produced By Fortress Of Freedom Inc.

Daze In My Life: By AAVRY KNAPP
Produced By Fortress Of Freedom Inc.

AAVRY KNAPP: Greatest Hits: By AAVRY KNAPP
Produced By Fortress Of Freedom Inc.

Real Life: By Shane Murphy
Produced By Fortress Of Freedom Inc.

Free With Purchase: By TWENTY6HUNDRED
Produced By Fortress Of Freedom Inc.

Flow With Me: By Gritz
Produced By Fortress Of Freedom Inc.

Memories Of Christmas: By Donald "Boots" Brasseur
Produced By Fortress Of Freedom Inc.

Hyperventilation: By Shaun Kelly
Produced By Fortress Of Freedom Inc.

A Maze Of Music: By Donald "Boots" Brasseur
Produced By Fortress Of Freedom Inc.

LOST: By Willis Hiscock
Produced By Fortress Of Freedom Inc.

Tomorrow: By BUTTONZ (Jessica King)
Produced By Fortress Of Freedom Inc.







Special thanks to:

CTV Television Inc.
"A" Channel Network
Canwest Media Inc.
Global Television Inc.
Metalworks Recording Studios
Silverbirch Productions
Creative Post Productions
City Of Toronto
Government of Ontario
The National Film Board of Canada
Big Bang Direct Impact Inc.
IAIJ Inc.
MORE VISION Inc.



Videotaped in DVCAM and HDCAM digital video.

Filmed on location in Toronto and at Fortress Of Freedom Studios in Toronto.

Edited on AVID editing solutions.

Logistical help via Fortressoffreedom.com company and the MORE VISION company.




Produced By: Fortress Of Freedom Inc.

Copyright 2010 By Fortress Of Freedom Inc.



Shameless picture of director on set.....


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