A message from Paul Speckmann
Before there was death metal, there was Paul Speckmann. Armed only with the anger of youth and a desire to set underground ablaze, Speckmann helped create the template for an entire genre with his band Death Strike and soon after with a revised version known throughout the world as Master.
Timing is everything in the music business, and Master became defined by its near-misses, along with a relentless drive to perform, create, and persevere in the face of daunting odds and difficult sacrifices. Over the last 30 years, their music has influenced anyone and everyone who made a name for themselves in extreme metal, but like many pioneers, those who came after have claimed much of their rightful glory.
Lone Survivor is not just the story of Paul Speckmann, but the story of anyone who has chased a dream and endured the victories and defeats that come with the journey. It is a warrior's tale as old as time itself, seen through the eyes of one of death metal's most enduring figures.
Join us. Help us tell the story the way it was meant to be told. This one is for the underground and everyone who fights in those trenches with a fearless smile and guitar in hand. It is our story - the story of metal, the story of the survivors.
Will Wulff is an independent filmmaker from California who worships death metal and studied filmmaking and cinema at UC Irvine. He has created his first "no-budget" short film in 2013, and attracted the attention of Paul Speckmann after entering the final product in a contest. This will be his first feature-length film, showcasing Speckmann and the history and music of his band Master.
Jeff Tandy is a 20-year veteran metal musician and freelance journalist who specializes in covering underground metal. He studied film and media production at the University of Texas, and has directed a number of videos for independent bands.
Master is a band that tours worldwide, so filming them on the road is no small undertaking. Documentaries don't require a lot in terms of equipment or fancy special effects, so the travel costs and post-production are the primary outlay. Your contributions will help make this film possible, a tribute to one of the most important and routinely unsung bands in the history of extreme music. You can be a part of that history! Any offering, no matter how small, is another step towards making this project a reality. Don't do it for us, do it for Master!
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Word of mouth is the lifeblood of the underground. Even if you can't contribute funds, we greatly appreciate you spreading the word about this film. We need every outlet possible to make our mission succeed. Tell others, repost this link on your blog, forums, or social media profiles. In the name of metal, we thank you!