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Thank you very much to everyone who has started backing the project after the first day, we will be posting our progress on here as well as our vimeo and blog. Here is a link to our most recent animatic, 8.0 with new shots and sounds.
Our special thanks goes out to bapsi, Alex Luko, and Ella L. Dallman. We appreciate everything you guys are doing and will continue to work hard towards making this film the best it can be.
There are many special moments in a person’s life…and then there are Golden Moments – those times that will shine in the heart forever.
The opening of my Photo Exhibit “Discover Your Doorway / Discovery: Our Doorway” was, and will always be, one of those Golden Memories for me.
Thank you to everyone who came and turned the evening into a blessed, joyful and magical night. Thank you to all of YOU who pledged their support to fund this work. Thank you to all the people who helped turn this inspiration into a reality. When an idea like this comes to life, it is only because of the love, support and cooperation of many. Thank you. I could not have done this without you.
This exhibit is a dream come true. I’ve taken pictures my entire life, simply because I love what I see on the other end of my lens: people, animals and our beautiful Mother Earth. I hope that when you look at my photographs and my 3-D Doorway pieces, you will feel what I feel when I experience the joy, healing and energy I receive from the beauty that surrounds us.
On the walls of the exhibit hangs my art, but the real stars of Opening Night was you…who opened your hearts and accompanied me on this special evening at Books & Books. Thank you.
It’s never too late to realize your dreams. All you have to do is take a deep breath, trust, open the door and walk through. You will discover a multitude of treasures on the other side, as I have.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Please send your friends to the exhibit…it will be up the entire month of February. And please visit this website as there are many other of my photographs throughout all the pages. They are all available for purchase, as well as the Doorway pieces you saw on display.
Love & Light,
Once you've made your pledge of $25 or more, its time to claim your Candygram!
The inspiration for these super cute cards (each one comes with a lollypop too!) came from my days on the student council back in middle school (my short lived political phase) when we used to sell these from a folding table at lunch to support the cause d'jour. Then on the special day, we would deliver them to the lucky recipients in homeroom...I don't know about you but I enjoyed nothing more then being lavished with lollypops by my friends and secret admirers ;)
By supporting A-Z with a pledge of $25 or more, you've just bought the grown up version.
The next step is to send an email to email@example.com with the following info:
-The recipients name and address
-Your personal message
It’s that easy. If you would like to insure that your Candygram makes it by February 14th, we suggest that you make your pledge by Wednesday (TOMORROW!), February 9th. If you haven't made your pledge by then, or you don't contact us by the 9th, no worries. It turns out that any time is a good time to do something special for someone!
This is a great way to do something unique for someone you love (partner, friend, child, parent…pet :) while supporting the arts at the same time! Pretty sweet.
Co-Artistic Director, A-Z Productions
On Saturday January 29th "Artefacting Mumbai" turned Dharavi's 13th Compound into an OPEN HOUSE. Over 300 people from all walks of life in Mumbai and over the world for that matter, descended upon a multi-media arts exhibition. Our phones were ringing non-stop as we directed eager to be attendees to the pick up station, where guides whisked the public into the medina of Dharavi, and into the exhibition. "Art Exhibition" banners were draped from the footbridge... maps were distributed, and hundreds of outsiders entered Dharavi for the first time.
Visitors bounced between 16 different installations, galleries, and theaters that were all nestled into Dharavi's public spaces, recycling sheds, and depots. Spectators found themselves equally thrilled and surprised by the people and action around them, and many were embarrassed for only now entering Dharavi for their first time. The locals' courtesy was unexpected to many of the art goers, and similarly the locals were ok with being the host to an invasion of sorts; even if it slowed down their pace of work.
In the end, the turnout and reaction was nothing short of spectacular. And the following day messages and voices began flooding in expressions desire to see the exhibition. SOOOOO .... onto the more well-to-do Colaba district of Mumbai we go, to bring Artefacting Mumbai to the Project 88 Gallery. Ahead is more work and hopefully more success in dispelling notions of fear in exchange for curiosity and knowledge.
Thank you so so much for all of your donations so far. I just wanted to let you know that we've been featured as project of the day!!!! This is an incredible honor that out of the hundreds of campaigns on kickstarter, the staff has selected this project to be featured. This wouldn't be possible without your support! I'm currently doing cartwheels in my studio apartment.
Our project was featured yesterday in a Kickstarter blog post by Daniella Jaeger,
And, your comments helped me refine the project description and see something I missed before- that the portrait truck in the field can stream portraits directly to a gallery as they're taken, a new idea in art.
"At the risk of repeating myself, I have to affirm my own commitment to this bare-bones way of building a fan base - that is, simultaneously with building a base of cast and crew. "on
I can't dive head first into the project's seven-day marathon without writing a little about the philosophy driving our Kickstarter campaign. It's a risque' version of the FANDEPENDENT film funding ideals that filmmaker Ben Hicks espoused only a few months ago, wherein he envisioned a direct connection between the pocketbooks of all the fans of a work, to the creators. If you think about it, it is the ultimate in doing away with the middleman. A kickstarter page that makes copies of a film project directly available to everyone involved as well as their families and friends? Circumspice.
At the risk of repeating myself, I have to affirm my own commitment to this bare-bones way of building a fan base - that is, simultaneously with building a base of cast and crew. Too often we as consumers make a leap of faith in our purchases with only the soothing drone of an established promotional machine quietly chugging away, inspiring confidence that if we purchase from 'THEM' you have made the right choice, you've joined an exclusive group, or that you're simply treating yourself to something they felt you should deserve. By getting behind something that you are in fact involved in, you do away with the pretense.
Exactly one person I know has been directly involved in the process of making movies at The Walt Disney Company. At last count, about a hundred and forty people I know are directly involved in the production of JACK UZI. Every week I see four or five copies of a handful of Disney products on resale store shelves, testimony to somebody's eventual decision that they weren't that attached to the thing despite the 18-20 dollar price they paid to experience the wonder one more time.
I do not think anyone involved with JACK UZI would do that to something they're proud of. It would be like throwing out your high school yearbook. No way!
Well, given the graduation pictures I've seen lately, that might not be the best example.
Uh... where was I?
Oh yeah. We have a WEEK to raise the money to roll the pilot of the series. It's all or nothing and starting right now everyone has something to spread around - whether it's a link to my radio interview up at TalkLansing.net, or the Mock-u-mercials you're submitting, or the local community impact you are having thanks to the CLF, it now becomes the job of a hundred and forty people to find as many other people who want to look at their yearbook pictures.... no wait.
Tell 'em to hit that big button on the right. The payoff will be a show that beats the pants off NEWSIES any day of the week, for the forseeable future as we know it. Nuff said.
Sorry for the delay in studio updates! We have been busy trying to get all the basic tracking finished over the past few days. Last night, we finally finished up with all the basic tracking and all the main vocals. Today begins our first day of overdubs. This is where we go back in and add things like; Background vocals, percussion, additional keyboard and guitar, horns, strings, etc... Today Marshall is coming in to do some BGVs, I am doing some keyboard overdubs, and Ricky is doing some guitar overdubs. We have been having a blast in the studio and can't wait to share these new songs with all of you!
Also, we put together another short little video with some more studio footage. Enjoy!
Daniel, Marshall, Joel, & Ricky
As a kick-off to our Kickstarter campaign, Ryan will be performing a special intimate acoustic evening at Northside Bar & Grill in Akron TONIGHT Friday, February 4th with RHB band members Emily Bates, Erin Vaughn and Michael Houff.
They'll be debuting all the new original songs, a bunch of new covers, as well as doing intimate versions of some of your RHB favorites. They'll also have a laptop there where you can check out the Kickstarter site, make a donation and get in on the action!
www.ryanhumbert.com for more info!