What is this all about?
Is this an official NIN release?
Nope. This is a fan production.
What is the ultimate goal here?
Well, the goals have changed a lot. First it was a 2 DVD/BD set with extras, then a 3 DVD set/2 BD set (when the call for "extras" received an overwhelming response). Recently, we've decided to stagger the releases so that we don't unnecessarily hold back individual discs while we go through the tedious task of debugging the authored DVDs. The current release schedule is:
- December 25th, 2009 - "The Gift" - full show created from source released by NIN, professionally edited, color corrected and authored.
- January 25th, 2010 - "Extras" - behind the scenes footage, alternative visuals, interviews and a lot more - a hell of a lot more.
- February 25th, 2010 - "Las Vegas" - full show consisting of material recorded solely by fans at the Las Vegas performance on 13th December, 2008. DVD 2 will be solely created from material "leaked" from someone who, um, maybe knows the band rather well. Our wonderful copyright laws written before the internet and before, well, 8 track cassettes are hardly flexible enough to deal with this arrangement, so we're politely asking them to look the other way while we get on with this.
We've also come up with ideas for a few other DVDs along the way - have a look at our Releases page for the full run-down.
Our Links page details, among other things, a list of other similar projects going on within this community. Don't see one relevant to you there? You are encouraged to start your own, and we will help you where we can.
What does the title mean?
The title of this site? When NIN released The Slip in 2008, entirely for free, Trent Reznor commented "This one is on me". This group was established with the same ethos in mind - that This One is on Us. Enjoy!
The main project itself? Well, on the one hand, Another Version of The Truth is a song on the album Year Zero, and on the other, it aptly describes the fact that this is just another interpretation of the released footage and the tour in general. This was the title we ended up with after voting was completed and conflicts with other releases had been taken into consideration.
What format will this be released in - standard or high definition? DVD? BluRay?
The whole project has been edited in the highest quality possible (up to 1080p where permitted). Torrents will be distributed in several disc formats (Blu-Ray, DL and Standard DVD), along with versions for computers, iPods, Youtube and even PS3. Once the release is in the hands of the fans, they will undoubtedly make several more (con)versions, as they are encouraged to do.
What about audio: stereo, 2.1, 5.1?
Gift has stereo and 5.1 audio mixes, Las Vegas will have stereo audio only.
I've see a lot of crappy bootlegs, what makes this one so special?
From a technical standpoint, the post production team is comprised of experienced video editors, color correctors and DVD authors. The material went through rigorous and relentless quality-checking at every stage of production. Furthermore, the Las Vegas release was compiled from dozens of camerapeople who knew the show intimately, to create a dynamic experience never before seen in a 100% fan-made, home-produced, not-for-profit bootleg.
Also, on an emotional level, the Lights in the Sky tour is NIN's largest and most spectacular show to date. The Las Vegas show was the last gig of the tour, and the last show of its kind for NIN according to Trent Reznor.
What do you mean multiple camera angles?
We mean exactly that. Our videographers shot this concert from all over the Planet Hollywood Theatre. We had tapers in numerous 10x sections, 20x sections and 30x sections. We have close ups, mid/wide shots, zooms... you name it, all shot from hand-held camcorders. Go watch the NIN official video "And All That Could Have Been" to get an idea - that was also shot with hand-held cameras by various members of the NIN crew. And the shows released by Santa are each filmed from 4-7 angles each, so we have had a fucking riot getting this all edited.
Will you be including fan shot footage from concerts other than Las Vegas?
Yes. The entire Las Vegas show is from fan footage, but some songs ended up with only a limited number of camera angles, so we have also used (sparingly!) fan shot footage from other shows in the tour when absolutely needed (as NIN did during AATCHB). We have also included fan shot footage of other tracks for the LITS tour not played in wither of the two full shows we are releasing.
Our Bonus release also includes a number of fan-shot and edited pieces from other concerts on the Lights in the Sky tour.
I've heard that BYIT used studio overdubbing to improve the audio, seems like a cheat to me. Will you guys be using any studio recordings for the audio?
Is this going to be a digital-only, or physical release?
Both. A digital release will come first, that is what we're concentrating on now and that is the fastest way we can get it out to you. For those that cannot burn their own physical copy from the digital release, we're aiming to hook you up with a physical copy for FREE. See here for instructions on how to be a part of the physical release.
Are you going to be selling this DVD, how much will it cost?
NO and NOTHING! This is a 100% free (as in beer) release, made in our own time, on our own dime, for every one to enjoy - FREE. We won't begrudge anyone that wants to cover shipping costs, but we refuse to make any profit from this at all. There is a slight possibility that someone may fund a production of pressed DVDs, but we don't know for sure, and even if we did know, we couldn't say - no, really. If you see someone selling these DVDs, please report them to the emails below!
Where/when can I get a copy?
A Digital copy? Check out the Releases page for a comprehensive list of download links.
A Physical copy? Check out our DVD page for instructions.
What about cover art? Inserts? Booklets?
The release is accompanied by a PDF package that includes cover art, disc images, a digipak template and a 33 page booklet. Get it here
This is a pretty big project, who's organizing all of this?
The initial project idea is the brainchild of ETS and nin.com member, Torgo, who has been trawling the internet and contacting fans far and wide in an effort to collect and catalog all the raw material. Currently, icklekitty is the main project manager and general owner of the whip.
The larger team is a collection of ETS/nin.com members, guerilla videographers and audio tapers, graphic artists and designers, web coders, interface developers, sound engineers and everyday, dedicated (and a little obsessed!) NIN fans from all around the world.
I don't have any audio/video but would still like to help, how can I get involved?
Get the word out! Check out the "Screenings" and "Hyperpower" tabs in the left hand menu. Spam everyone from your local radio station to your school, to your dog.
Can you guys send me the raw material, I want to make my own edit?
Check out the aforementioned footage released from the Victoria, Portland and Sacramento shows by Nine Inch Nails - they're on most torrent sites. It's only the Las Vegas show that's getting mixed in an organized way. And believe me, you don't want over 200Gb of files from just one show...
I am a copyright holder and you are in violation of my copyright, who do I contact?
No idea. Maybe call your shrink for a nice session on the couch. As far as we can tell, this whole idea is a runaway train that ain't gonna stop for anyone. Sure, we're collating ideas and helping people get organized, but I doubt very much that this project would suddenly disappear if we weren't here. Having said that, we think that if the copyright holders are open to new ideas that there is a way forward that could be beneficial to all, so please get in touch if you feel like joining the 21st Century.
What the hell is "ETS"?
Why are you doing this?
If you really have to ask, you're probably on the wrong web site.
I have a question that isn't listed here; who do I send it to?
Your best bet is to get in touch with one of the 3 executive producers. Please send questions about concept, filming, and post-production to Torgo (Alex - PST), and icklekitty (Shreena - GMT) and questions about the website/physical distribution to hippygeek (Clive - EST). We can also be reached via twitter @thisoneisonus, but please only use this for brief queries.
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