Last night, we reached $9,000 pledged to this project. So I have to make good on my promise - As Seen in Brooklyn will now be 150 pages long. For now, I'm out and about taking more photographs, and Lucia and I are scheduled to start work on layout early in October. I'm very excited to begin that process and see the book take shape.
Here are a few of my latest shots that have joined the ever growing "maybe this will be in the book" pile...
It's all so real now. Thank you all so much for being a part of this!
First and foremost, thank you for backing the Phoenix 3D Printer! We reached our funding goal last night, and we are so glad to see our work over the past year is finally going to help more people get started with 3D printing. Please continue to spread the word about us!
MakerFaire was an fantastic experience, and we even got to meet some of our backers face-to-face, which was even more awesome. We answered tons of questions, and a lot of people really loved the look (and price) of the printer. Thanks to everyone who decided to stop by! Here are a few pictures we were able to get from the show.
New Pledge Tier: Beta Kits
We've had several people question why the kits are going to be shipping after the assembled printers. This is because we wanted to ensure we would have enough time to produce extensive documentation and video tutorials on how to assemble the printer.
However, at the advice of a MakerFaire attendee / backer, we have opened a new pledge tier for "beta kits" - which basically means you will receive a box of parts with very few instructions. You'd get whatever instructions we have written at the point your printer is shipped. If you are feeling adventurous, or already have some experience with building 3D printers, you may want to switch to this pledge tier so we don't wait to ship your printer until the documentation and tutorials are complete.
There are a limited number of these kits available, since we have limited time to respond to support e-mails about these kits. We're also hoping that anyone who decides to pledge with this tier would be willing to contribute to the documentation on a wiki.
Because we've been at the MakerFaire, I've had very little time to respond to generate the international shipping quotes. I'm going to be getting to them as quickly as I can! We are also investigating the possibility of shipping the printer "mostly assembled," so that it can fit in a box that the postal service will ship, but not require as much assembly as a kit. More to come on that.
We still have quite some time to go, so we're going to be turning up our marketing efforts in other channels. We're going to run some Google Adwords, and maybe some Twitter advertising. Our printer has also been listed on Makerwise, and we're going to contact Thre3D to get listed on their site for some more exposure as well. If anyone has any recommendations, please feel free to contact us!
-Jake and Jerry
we have gathered all the rewards and we are starting to send them out around the world.
Meanwhile, our fundraising efforts continue and we have partner with an anamazing music festival in Romania to organize our very first fundraising gala. If you are in Bucharest, consider joining us: www.filmetc.org/gala.html
If you are not in Bucharest, you can still take this unique opportunity to bid on one of a kind objects from Romanian New Wave movies. We have Luminita Gheorghiu's shoes and much more. Check out the auction here: www.filmetc.org/gala.html#licitatie and contact email@example.com for information on absentee biding.
Have a great one until our next update,
Elvira Lupsa and the Festival's Team
Making Waves, the Romanian film festival in New York and SoNoRo International Chamber Music Festival have the great pleasure to invite you to an exceptional fundraising event for the benefit of the two festivals. For the first time in Romania, two cultural projects from different artistic fields join forces to undertake such an endeavour.
The event will take place on Tuesday, October 1st, starting 19:00, at the Palace of the National Military Circle, The Byzantine Hall (Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta 22, Bucuresti. Access through Constantin Mille Street, starting at 18:00.)
Admission to the event requires a ticket purchased in advance.Ticket price is 100 Euro per attendee. Payment is available online by credit card or bank transfer. Details at www.filmetc.org/gala
For further information and RSVP please contact: Maria-Clara Brumariu, firstname.lastname@example.org / 0741.190.470 or Andra Stoica, email@example.com / 0758.904.522
• SoNoRo International Chamber Music Festival preview – violists Christian Naș and Răzvan Popovici and SoNoRo-Interferenţe 2013 fellows will perform works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Halvorsen, Béla Bartók and György Ligeti.
• Live auction featuring objects from iconic Romanian New Wave films, donated by Luminiţa Gheorghiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Ada Solomon, Nae Caranfil, Radu Muntean, Vlad Ivanov and many more.
• The premiere announcement of the Making Waves 2013 line up. The event is followed by a cocktail.
To all of our Fantastic Kickstarter Supporters,
We wanted you to be among the first to know that we have just launched a new project on Kickstarter - Hoxton Mini Press : Collectable Books About East London.
You can view the new campaign here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1293604819/hoxton-mini-press-collectable-books-about-east-lon
Hoxton Mini Press is a publishing start-up making quirky art books about London's most exciting area. We are creating two series, one purely photographic, one purely illustrated: 'East London Photo stories' and 'Illustrated East London'. T
he fist photographic book is by Martin Usborne and the first illustrated book is by London artist Adam Dant.
If you think this sounds like your cup of tea then please make a pledge, tell your friends, tweet it, facebook it, shout it from the roof tops, etc.
Part of what we loved most from the Dogs in Cars campaign was the amazing support and interest we received from the kickstarter community and we are so excited to be back at it again!!
Ann and Martin
Tomorrow (Tuesday 17th September) I'm meeting up with MG Harris for coffee and a chat about GF1's progress. We'd love to be able to answer any questions you have about... well, anything to do with GF1 really (even if it's a bit tenuous).
If you'd like to ask us a question directly then please comment on this post or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll film our responses tomorrow, and I'll post them here in the next few days.
So, don't hold back... let us know what you want to know!
We're really looking forward to answering your questions :)
P.S. Here's an article from the Oxford Mail that you might be interested to see...
Our banner design from the convention - thanks to Michael Stanley for putting it together on such short notice!
This update is going to be all about our trip to the Penny Arcade Expo (known as PAX Prime) in Seattle at the beginning of the month.
It's been a busy few weeks since we last posted an update. I (Burton) got back in from Seattle on Sept. 3. It was such an incredible experience and I can't adequately express how profoundly thankful I am that Addo Games was allowed and invited to be part of the Indie MEGABOOTH. Kelly Wallick and Rami Ismail are two of the leading forces behind the MEGABOOTH and were simply two of the nicest and most stealthily busy people I've ever known. Their ability to handle so much and serve everyone's needs in the MEGABOOTH was truly admirable. Addo Games was selected to be part of the MINIBOOTH, which is comprised primarily of exhibitors that only show for part of the convention, as well as a select few that are showcased and are allowed to show the entire convention duration. We were chosen to show on Sunday September 1 and Monday the 2nd. I made the most of the convention by heading up on Thursday, August 29th, the night before the convention actually started. I got a chance before everything was in full swing to meet a lot of the other independent developers who were also showing in the MEGABOOTH. It was a great experience to meet so many people whose work I admire.
Friday and Saturday
On Friday, Becca flew in and we went to our AirBnB place. It had a great view, but got a tad hot (w/ no A/C) in the evening hours. Fortunately for us, we usually had something going on most nights to get us out of there. Most of the networking events going on happened to be five to ten city blocks from us, which gave Becca and I an opportunity to take a stroll or two together and take some small bits of Seattle.
I think if I could think of one major thing I learned during this convention it was that I need to lock my code down before I head out to a convention. I ended up spending most of my first two days in Seattle working on fixes and adding a few "one more things". That all said, I don't think I could have changed the way things worked out given how busy I've been with contract work. Still, my need to work and have wifi while I was in Seattle gave me a good excuse to get out and see a bit of the city en route to a coffee shop to work from. Seattle is such a remarkably beautiful city.
Throughout the weekend we were able to attend numerous events hosted and/or attended by the major platform holders (Google Play, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony). We had the opportunity to, in some cases, sit down and have intimate conversations with representatives from those companies about Robots Love Ice Cream and possible plans for the game beyond the iPad platform. One of the main reasons we wanted to be at PAX was to have those types of one-on-one interactions with the people we'd like Addo Games to be doing business with at some point in the future.
Sunday - Showtime!
Sunday was our first day showing the game. In hindsight I wish I had gotten more sleep, but I was trying to polish some rough edges with the game build we were showing. I ended up with about 2.5 hours of sleep and, within minutes of setting up and minutes before the convention started, we found a few bugs that would prevent people from playing the game normally. Aaron Yip, a former-Atlantan and now Seattleite, helped us out with our booth. He was a tremendous asset to us in so many ways and handled all manner of questions about the game like a pro! Our first day we had a few technical kinks but, by the end of it, I felt really good about how our message and presentation was being communicated and received.
A few people checking out Robots Love Ice Cream!
Monday was the final day of the convention and despite my guess based on the last day of the convention last year, it actually seemed a lot busier than Sunday. This was great for us, since we weren't showing the whole duration of the convention in the first place. We met so many wonderful people and got a lot of great feedback. Last year, if I were to sum up the feedback, we heard "looks great, controls are meh". This year there was a much more balanced amount of positive feedback between visuals and gameplay. This tells me we're doing the right things to make the game more enjoyable and approachable. One of my favorite moments of the whole weekend was when Becca was holding the iPad for a kid that was probably all of 5 or 6 years old and he was able to play it and seemed to be enjoying it. We're hoping the final game will offer a lot of depth for those that desire that, but we also want for the barrier of entry to play the game to be low and gradually ease people into some of the more complex mechanics the game will have to offer.
Here's a picture of me explaining the game to The Joker and Harley Quinn. There's always lots of cool cosplay outfits to take in at a convention like this!
So now we're back in Atlanta and I'm spending the majority of September continuing work on the game. PAX was just a terrific experience, from all of the new friends we met, the connections we established with the platform holders, and of course the opportunity to get the game in the hands of people to see what does and does not work. I'm hoping that our hard work continues to earn us the right to be a part of the Indie MEGABOOTH. It's certain to get more and more competitive moving forwards as it seems to be one of the most popular parts of the PAX conventions.
Above is a picture of only part of the number of people who participated in the Indie MEGABOOTH. The picture probably missed about 50-100 more people out of frame. This is pretty close to the density of people visiting the Indie MEGABOOTH during any given day in the convention.
I do want to take a moment and thank Patrick Rossetti who has been helping us with game design over the past few months. His help getting things organized with respect to the game over the past few months has been invaluable. I also would like to thank Becca for taking care of all of the travel arrangements while I toiled away at getting the game ready for the convention. Without their help, I would know my right from left lately! Thank you guys.
Time to get back to it! Thank you all for following along. As always, if you'd like you can get more regular updates via our blog, Facebook, or Twitter. Take care and thanks for all of your support. -Burton
We explore the claims of Andrew Womack, alleged photographer of the Google Streetview half-cat. Andrew makes the unusual claim that the half-cat that gathered media attention and was later discovered to be a hoax was not a hoax at all...
Several updates today about the production, getting all your names in the credits, publicity and backer rewards!
Huy Fong Foods & Underwood Ranches have finally hit the peak of their jalapeño harvest, so I'm returning to L.A. this week to film the action! This year's weather delayed the harvest, which has pushed back the film release—I'm now aiming for mid-October.
You're all in the credits!
Mallory and Dylan Simonds have completed a gorgeous set of credits for the film! Not only did they fit all the Kickstarter backer names, but they did it in a prominent, artistic, meaningful way. I'm really excited for you to see it when the film is done!
Front page of Digg
All posters shipped!
Yesterday, artist Matt Wiley, who designed the Sriracha movie poster, helped me autograph a couple hundred posters, and my friends formed an assembly line to get them all packed in mailing tubes. They're shipping out today—all across the U.S. plus Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, and the UK! Here's a video:
If you ordered a poster, I imagine you'll receive it this week. When you open the tube, your rolled poster is wrapped in a white sheet of paper. That way, you should be able to remove the tape without damaging the poster.
Hello Beautiful Person!
I just got these photos of my cards in production from my new friends at the United States Playing Card Company! (They noted that it's a low quality photo, but the cards look better in person) Woo hoo!
Thanks to all of you who have responded to my surveys so far regarding the one of a kind work and the custom pieces. I plan to catch up this weekend with all of that correspondence.
Thank you for your support! We're delighted to have surpassed the $75,000 mark, thanks to your wonderful generosity.
We wanted to let you know that we’ve just released more tickets to our April 2014 production of The Marriage of Figaro. Supporting our project is an exclusive first chance for tickets—they are sure to move quickly! Please tell your friends and family about this wonderful opportunity to support the Opera and to see us on stage by spreading the word about our campaign.
New York City Opera