this is totally awesome.on December 30, 2010
We were excited about the blog coverage MARIE has recently gotten when we posted the last update, but we woke up today to some more wonderful surprises. Peter Kirn wrote a very positive and supportive feature on Create Digital Music, and Hugh Hart made a great post on the Wired blog. Backer Nick Seaver made a very kind plug for us on his excellent Noise for Airports.
Thanks Peter, Hugh, and Nick!
And--this just in--looks like we've been picked up by Slashdot!
We're thrilled with all the press, and hopeful that it will help us surpass our funding goal. The more money we're able to raise through this campaign, the more experimentation we'll be able to do, and the more fully we'll be able to realize our concept for MARIE.
Thanks to all of you for your help in getting us over the top!
"Here's a picture of how happy you've made me." That is ADORABLE.on December 30, 2010
Today's the last day of this Kickstarter campaign and donations are still coming in. By 4:05 tonight (Pacific Time!) we'll be putting a big bow on this incredible experiment because, in large part, that's what this was. An experiment.
I've been making films for over 30 years and, in that time, have had to find creative ways to finance a bunch of 'em. Grantwriting, house parties, fundraising letters, concerts, selling cameo roles in one film (really!), bake sales (kidding, but I thought about it once) and more.
I thought I'd tried everything.
So when Kickstarter was suggested to me, I will be honest, I was somewhat skeptical. How was it different? How would it work? I wasn't sure.
We all know the pitfalls of life in cyberspace, perhaps chief among them being that it can be so "impersonal." But I've come to realize that social media mechanisms have allowed me to connect with so many great people in ways that do ring true. People reach out and connect over shared interests, shared senses of humor, a shared taste for the absurd or the poignant. And these are people I might not have met otherwise "in real life," as they say.
Of course, social media have also allowed me to stay better connected to people I do know and cherish on the face-to-face basis. And that's been great, too.
So out here amongst the ones and zeroes those relationships have taken shape in an oddly charming community. And the effect is what you see here - enough funding for us to go out and finish shooting this film, plus some more to further the effort.
But more importantly, I have had many terrific online dialogues with a lot of you in these last six weeks. Your support has also taken the form of encouragement. You've reminded me that this is good work to be doing and that people care about this story. I needed that.
It's really been a huge boost to me, to the project.
I can't thank you enough.
Here's a picture of how happy you've made me.
This is our last week, 6 days and 600 dollars remaining (That's 450 Euros for our friends across the pond). We've had a lot of interest in the game, and because of all the support, we should hit our goal. Faith and hope. Just need a few more people to decide that they like the rules, the artwork and the production quality (From the same manufacturer as Race for the Galaxy) enough that they'll invest $35 USD.
Due to a generous offer, once the game goes to print, we'll also be working on a German set of rules that will be able to be downloaded. This will be translated by an individual with natural fluency in German and exceptionally good English. Then it'll be spot checked by someone with an English major's grasp of grammar and several years of German language studies to ensure that it is readable and understandable for the layman.
So, in celebration of the last big push to fund 1955, we'll be releasing an update every day. They won't be huge change the world updates, but they should at least me entertaining.
The following pictures are of the receipt and preparation of the custom acrylic spy meeples. Each sheet produced a large number of individual meeples. To avoid back burn from the laser, the backing was left on. Once the Spies were cut out, we had to spend time removing the backing. Of course, we enjoyed the tastes of some root beer while we toiled to remove the backing. Then we enjoyed playing with the backing, as you can see by the Tower of Meeple Backs.
I look forward to bringing you further updates as the days wind down.
The Sporozoan Swarm is a side project of mine that uses pieces of The Sporozoan Cavities Suite in its construction. I tear down prints and create relief wall pieces that ebb and flow through rooms. Its most recent incarnation is installed at Mithun. Images from the install can be seen on my Flickr account: Mithun Install.
I haven't forgotten about you.
Over the next week I will begin putting together all of your reward packages! Finally! Hooray! So, you can expect to receive them by mid-late January 2011. If you haven't already done so, please be sure to respond to my recent request for your mailing address. For those of you who will be receiving custom pieces, I will be contacting you directly in the coming days to discuss your options.
Below is a selection of work from the show. Some of the photos are by Jay York. If you care to see more, I have posted all of my recent work on flickr.
A lot of people are curious about the title of my piece "Mi Peñita Negra".....just what in the world does that mean?
The literal translation is my little black "peña". A peña (or peña flamenca) is a gathering of musicians and artists, normally found in southern Spain....a place where one goes to see authentic flamenco (as opposed to the more touristy "tablao"). I had the pleasure of going to a peña in Seville and seeing my friend Miguel Vargas and also legendary dancer Carmen Ledesma perform....
Although my solo is not at all a flamenco performance, I call it "my" little black peña because this is my perception of things, my own altered universe of flamenco...black, easily enough, referring to my race, my culture, my personal spin on this art form and culture that I admire...
Hope you found it an interesting tidbit! Take care....until next time!
woah! so cool.on December 28, 2010
We're thrilled by the response our campaign has received so far. With one week left to go in our campaign, 75 friends, old and new, have pushed us over the $6000 mark. We're 86% of the way to our minimum goal! Words fail to express the depth of our gratitude for all the generous support we've received from our illustrious backers.
All pledges must be made by 6pm EST on Monday, January 3. So if you plan to back our project, don't delay! It's easy and painless, and as you can see there are some great incentives on offer for various pledge levels.
In addition to financial backing, we thank all of those who have helped to publicize this campaign. Numerous people have helped spread the word via Facebook, Twitter, and email. The buttons on our project home page make it easy to share our project with your friends and contacts.
Thanks everyone for your help making 2011 the Year of the Music Robot!
To provide the motivational soundtrack for the final days of our campaign, here's PAM shredding her way through Steven Kemper's PAM Solo, take one:
Another production test-video from our early build of MixAR.
As our other videos demonstrate, smaller AR models closer to the camera track very well (which is great for puppets/animation/etc.) but if the marker is further from the camera, and vertexes are further from the marker- the tracking will result in "AR shake" (which you can see some of in this video). This does not effect taking pictures- but will show up in videos.
We are in the process of implementing interpolation to reduce this "AR Shake".
For we’d be quite remiss in our duties did we not do everything in our power to fulfil the deepest of internet desires that MixAR holds promise of: posting Youtube videos of oneself wielding a lightsaber.
In addition to being able to create your own basic models with MixAR, we will have various themed 3D model-packs you can add to your library for use in your own AR creations.
A sword from a Swashbuckler pack, for example.
Let us know in the comments what kind of MixAR Model Packs or models you might like to see- (so far everyone we talk to is particularly keen on a Zombie Pack)