Imagine your everyday world, just with a little bit of gas mask thrown in!
What the fuck are you talking about dude?
Ok so I wish I could say this kickstarter was for some awesome cause, or it was going to change the world, but it would be a slight stretch to do so. This is just so I can produce the kind of art I normally couldn't do, because I'm a poor bastard photographer. I have always had big concepts in mind that I wanted to pull off, but have been unable to do so because they were just beyond my means. Which is why I believe this website is pretty awesome for the art scene. Why wait around until some corporation or magazine decides to give you the budget you need, when you can just go straight to the people, and give them something in return for their money that made it happen. I am hoping people see the potential in my ideas and think I'm worth their time and funds to make these projects happen. I've always thought about how awesome it would be to one day have the budgets I needed to make my stories come to life, I want to share them with you guys, help me share them with you guys!
Why the hell are you trying to do this? Gas Mask?
Wow Mckay, that is an excellent question to ask yourself! Very insightful!
Anyhow, usually when gas mask are involved with a scene or scenario, it is something with an ominous tone to it. It's in the middle of war, or people are dying, or some bank is being robbed. So I'd like to do the opposite! I'd love to portray a modern day view on the bright side of germ warfare!
What if our country was attacked, or some air born disease went global, and everyone from here on out was required to wear a gas mask, day in and day out. Yet life would go on, people would still shop, people would still party, people would still have fun. Your children would still go to prom, your co-workers would still piss you off, and your family would still get together for pointless holidays, except with a gas mask on of course. That is what these photos are about. I think it would be odd, and I think it would be eerie, to see scenes from your everyday life with a twist of post apocalypse! What if you went to a Bar-B-Q and everyone was eating and swimming and having a ball, but everyone had a gas mask on. This to me is an ultimate juxtaposition of security and safety. It makes me feel uneasy and happy at the same time. It makes me feel like the end is near, but fuck it will move past that end and start something new. I believe I can make this concept come to life in a series of photos, but I would need some god damn help!
Before we get deeper down the rabbit hole, I'm just gonna show some samples of my work, which I hope persuades you into believing I could do this project justice. I am a conceptual photographer at heart, and think I do it damn well, but I'll let you be the judge.
I'm going to use this time here now to try and explain how we plan to do this, as well as show some sample images so you can try to get an idea and vision of what will be going on. Below is a drawing of a pool party we did to try and show what one scene might look like.
The point we are trying to get across, is that although we have entered end times, good times will still be had! I want to show the complete opposite of what people think about in germ warfare. I want to show people still surviving and still having a good time. Who is going to stop us from going out to a pool party, as long as we get out gas mask! This is not to say this is how it will be, but I really think it's an expression of what might happen if we meet with the end of the world, we will find a way to persevere, because that's what shitty human beings do.
Some other scenes we are thinking about are grocery stores, playgrounds, school hallways, office environments. Pretty much any every day scene, except everyone has a gas mask on! Here are just some sample images to help you envision these scenes.
How I came out with this amount to get this project done?
Just so you can understand why the budget is so large for a couple photos, I'll try and explain just a few things we'll need to do it right.
- 50+ Gas Mask - This right here is probably the biggest expense, Probably a couple grand for authentic Gas Mask.
- Locations - I will most likely have to rent these scenes, in order to properly put them together without hassle from the outside/
- Models - I am going to do my best to get extras for free, but most likely we will have to provide them with lunch and alcohol so they come out!
- Props - To make these scenes work, were going to need a bunch of miscellaneous crap to have a authentic feel. For a pool party for instance, we'll need beach balls and food going around and certain clothing and such for key parts.
There are many other things, but these are the main points.
Podcast discussing this Gas Mask Series. The part about this series is at about the 44 min mark.
Ok wrap it up!
Well that's it, if you made it this far, then hopefully you're interested in this project. I really hope you do, every donation counts! Even if you can only do $1, that would still be amazing to me! I would be blown away if I could get a project funded by the public, and I promise to deliver a piece of art you can happily hang on your wall!
I would like to thank Brad and Cash from the band Halocene for helping me put this Kickstarter together. Thanks guys!
Links to my work!
If you would like to see more of my work, or just get daily updates of the silly shit I say, hop on over to my facebook! I Must Be Dead Facebook, if you have any questions about prizes or donating, feel free to ask me!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $10,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on September 1, 2012.
Aug 2, 2012 - Sep 1, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $1 or more
You receive basically nothing but a thank you and a very merry Fuck You from me to you. Also your name in the credits of the Behind The Scenes video of the whole process of this project from start to finish!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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Same as the $1 donation, except I will think of you in the shower.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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I'll send you a postcard of your choice out of the I Must Be Dead catalog, plus a mention in the BTS video!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Receive a 4x6 high quality giclee canvas print of one of the Gas Mask images I create using your funding. And of course a video mention.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Receive a 4x6 high quality giclee canvas print of all of the final Gas Mask images I create using your funding! I'll throw in a sticker, and I'll also throw your name on the video, along with one sentence of whatever you want to say next to your name.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Receive a 4x6 high quality giclee canvas print of all of the final Gas Mask images I create using your funding! Plus a package including five postcards and stickers. A video mention with a custom sentence on our BTS video we make of the process from start to finish!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $75 or more
Receive an 8x10 high quality giclee canvas print of your choice out of the I Must Be Dead catalog. a 4x6 of one of the Gas Mask images. Postcard package! I Must Be Dead T-shirt! Video mention on BTS video!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $100 or more
If you get into triple digits, I will sign any 8x10 print of my photos that you want. I'll also send you a 4x6 of one of the gas mask images. A postcard package. A T-shirt. And that video mention shit.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $250 or more
Not only will I think of you in the shower, but I will send you one of the Gas Mask we use in the photos signed by me! An 8x10 Signed! And the bonus package which includes postcards, stickers, and a shirt! And a fucking video mention yes!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $500 or more
Okedoke I'm just gonna make a list because it's a lot of shit! -Signed Gas Mask -Signed 20x30 print of your choice -Two Postcard Packages -Two Shirts -Stickers galore -Video mention with custom sentence saying whatever the fuck you want! Yes I said a 20x30 signed print! Quite large ladies.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
In addition to everything from the $500 package. I will listen to whatever sick and twisted idea you have in your head, and transform it into a photo shoot! I will do everything I can to make your idea come to life in the style of I Must Be Dead. If you ever wanted one of your photo ideas to be taken to the next level, I will do that for you!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $2,500 or more
I will put you in one of the Gas Mask Series photographs as a featured role! Yea you read that right, of all the people that will be in these pictures, you yourself will be one of the front and center models in the scene! This is also in addition to everything you get in the previous $1,000 package. Can't think of much better things I can give someone then to feature them in a picture, so here's your chance! (Travel Expenses Not Provided)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
Ok here is where this gets neato! You get everything from the $2,500 package, which is pretty much damn near everything. But in addition, we will have a one on one photography and editing workshop for the day. I will take you to a shoot, teach you what I'm doing, and then go through the editing process so you can see first hand everything that goes into producing an I Must Be Dead photograph. So not only do you get to be in one of my photographs, and not only do you get to direct one my photographs, you get a crash course in everything I do to make this all happen! (Travel Expenses Not Provided)Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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If you are a lady I will have sex with you! Sorry guys...Estimated delivery: Dec 2012