Sorry for the delay getting back with possible options for those of you that still want to support New York Year, and/or the rewards you pledged for. I got back from 10 days shooting time-lapse in the city several days ago. Here's a peek at some of the raw footage;
So, even though the kickstarter was unsuccessful, I'm still tinkering away on the film, it's just going to take longer. To help me prioritize things, it will be great to hear back from those of you still interested in the project and rewards. At this point, the 4-season aspect of the project is going on the back burner a bit; to get the representative shots of an entire year, I needed the full support of the kickstarter funding. Now, I'll be grabbing a smaller selection of what I intended, at least over the next year. However, I will still be shooting material for a greatly extended version of New York Day (call it New York Seasons), one that includes much more from the non-Manhattan boroughs. This version will be 10-12 minutes, and will be done by the end of 2013. It will include material of the transition of summer to fall, and possibly winter as well. I've got a composer to work with, and I'm excited about the music that's going to be available for it.
So, here's where I need to hear back from those of you still interested in rewards. The downloads/dvd/blurays are still an option, but with the shorter New York Seasons version mentioned above, as well as the already completed shorts. There will still be bonus material available only to those of you who support the project (only about 1/4 of shot material makes it into the final project, so lots remain for the bonus content). In addition, the photographic art prints are also still an option. If you wanted a print made from pre-existing time-lapse photos, no problems. There will also be new material created through the end of the year. The only material that at this point I can't promise would be the 4-season mosaics of NYC; I'm still hoping to get some made, but b/c of the screwy spring this year, it will be well into 2014 before any of those are potentially finished.
There are a few options on how to arrange rewards for anyone still interested. Option 1 it to create a New York Year paypal account, and have you pledge at the same support level for the same rewards.
Option 2 is another kickstarter project I'm considering, but for a different film project I've been working on for a number of years. This one looks at Periodical Cicadas, the screechy insects that live underground for 17 years, and emerge all at once in a big biblical deluge. The next big group of them emerges in a few weeks in the eastern United States, and the big media outlets will be featuring them into June. A kickstater on them could get some serious attention. The requested amount for this project would be $3000-$5000 based on initial support to guarantee succes.
This option would allow you to pledge for the cicada kickstarter, but get the reward you wanted from New York Year. Since all of you already have kickstarter accounts, I thought this might be the easiest option. You'd automatically get a copy of the cicada film as well, so you'd be supporting both projects.
Please let me know in the coming week if you are interested in either option to get New York Year rewards, and help support at least some longer version of the NYC time-lapse film. If I do a kickstarter on Cicadas, it will need to launch by May 8, 2013. Please email me directly at;
motionkicker at gmail dot com
let me know what option you prefer (or if either work for you), the reward you want (including photo print option if applicable), and anything else you have questions about. I'm really unsure if just a handful will respond or a significant portion of the 200+ supporters, but I'll work with all who email me on getting you some cool time-lapse and photo prints. I'm sure I've forgotten something, feel free to post comments on this update and I'll answer questions here as well.
Thanks again everyone,