We're going to Spain!
First of all, THANK YOU to all of our backers! The big news is that we reached our Kickstarter goal yesterday, and that means one thing: We’re going to Spain!
We couldn’t have done it without every one of you. By the end of yesterday, our 199 backers had pledged a total of $15,268 -- an average pledge of over $76. We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of our friends, family, and lots of folks we’ve never even met before!
Now that we’ve reached our “do or die” goal, we get to put all the money we’ve raised into our book, The Symbol: Wall Lizards of the Pityusic Archipelago. But that doesn’t mean we can’t make this project even better! We’ve still got 10 days left before our Kickstarter campaign is over. The initial $15,000 we’ve raised will get us to Ibiza and Formentera for 1 month of photography, allow us to lay out the book, and help us print a small initial press run for sale on the islands.
So what’s next?
We’re photographers, and that means we love to see our pictures printed -- that’s why we first envisioned this project as a book! But we also realize that the world of reading is changing, and not everyone wants to carry a book around with them. So we want to develop The Symbol into an iPad app available in Apple’s App Store. Along with the basic book, we will add slideshows and short videos into this “app-book,” creating a true multimedia experience.
Building the app will cost us about another $5000. With 10 days to go, we think we can make this happen! Here’s what we can do to make it worth your while:
1) When we reach $17,500: For new and existing backers at the $25 level or above (and existing backers who increase their pledge to $25 or more), we’ll give you a beautiful PDF edition of The Symbol to read on any computer or mobile device. We’ll also make the PDF edition of the book freely availableto Ibiza and Formentera’s primary schools.
2) When we reach $20,000: We will develop the iPad edition of The Symbol: Wall Lizards of the Pityusic Archipelago -- an interactive e-book enhanced with additional images and video clips. We will also donate a hard copy of The Symbol to every primary school on Ibiza and Formentera.
So what can you do?
If you’re a backer who has pledged less than $25, increase your pledge to $25 or more to get the PDF edition of The Symbol when we reach $17,500! And help us get the word out! I know every one of our backers has a few friends who would love to support this project. Use email and social media to share the link to our campaign. Tell your friends that you made a pledge, and that they should too!
Thanks again for your incredible generosity! Once our expedition begins, we’ll be posting images and videos from the field regularly. Expect these e-updates to begin when we leave for Spain in mid-June. We’ll see you then!All the best,
Neil Losin, Nate Dappen, and Valentin Perez-Mellado
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Mar 26, 2012 - Apr 30, 2012
Pledge $10 or more
You will receive our undying gratitude and be known as a friend to lizards everywhere! You can expect digital updates from the field, with links to video updates and access to online photo galleries as the project progresses!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $25 or more
You’ll get the digital updates, and your name will appear in the book as a backer at the IBIZA SPONSORSHIP LEVEL (Level 1). Everyone who reads The Symbol will see that you helped make the book happen!Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $35 or more
You’ll get everything listed above, plus we’ll send you a handwritten postcard from Formentera, telling you just how grateful we are for your support!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $50 or more
You’ll get everything listed above, plus an 8x12” signed, limited edition archival print of one of the project photos (which you can choose from a private online gallery). Hang it in your home or office with pride, knowing that you helped us to reach our goal!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $75 or more
You’ll get everything listed above, but in place of the 8x12” print, choose between an 11x14” signed, limited edition archival print of a project photo, OR a beautiful 2013 calendar featuring 12 of our favorite images of the Ibiza Wall Lizards and the breathtaking islands they inhabit. Learn about the lizards with fun facts we include on the calendar’s pages!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $100 or more
You’ll get everything listed above, plus your name will appear in the book as a backer at the FORMENTERA SPONSORSHIP LEVEL (Level 2). You’ll also receive a signed copy of our finished book, The Symbol. Experience the culmination of our hard work and your generosity as you hold the book in your hands -- and flip through the pages to find your name in our list of backers!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $250 or more
You’ll get everything listed above, plus a 13x19” signed, limited-edition archival print of a project photo. You will also get a special credit in one of our video blogs from the field. These videos will appear on a variety of widely viewed websites, such as National Geographic, Scientific American and others!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $500 or more
You’ll get everything above, plus your name will appear in the book as a backer at the TAGOMAGO SPONSORSHIP LEVEL (Level 3). Be among a list of our highly honored donors, and everyone who reads the book will see that you were a big part of its success! You’ll also receive a 20x30” signed, limited edition archival print of a project photo. For companies and organizations: we will have your name and logo printed on a bookmark that will be placed in each copy of The Symbol. If you’re not a company, we will personally recognize your generosity on-camera in one of our video dispatches from the field! See the appreciation on our faces as we thank you from Formentera!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
You’ll get everything above, plus a one-of-a-kind thank-you video made just for you -- we’ll post it on our website and you can share it with your friends and clients to show off the great project that you’re supporting!Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $2,500 or more
You’ll get everything above, plus your name will appear in the book as a backer at the ES VEDRA SPONSORSHIP LEVEL (Level 4), our highest level of recognition in the book! Everyone who reads the book will know that the project couldn’t have happened without your support. As a special thank-you, Nate or Neil will come to your home, classroom, or organization to present your rewards in person AND give a fun, unique presentation about lizards, science, and photography! (US only)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $5,000 or more
You’ll get everything listed above, plus BOTH Nate and Neil will visit your home, classroom, or organization to present your rewards in person AND give a fun, unique presentation about lizards, science, and photography! (US only)Estimated delivery: Oct 2012