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Seeking cover and interior illustrations for an instructional "how to" book on early cinematography that reprints extremely rare texts.
Seeking cover and interior illustrations for an instructional "how to" book on early cinematography that reprints extremely rare texts.
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This Kickstarter will fund a project that will create the cover and illustrations for a new fully illustrated book about early cinematography, How To Film Moving Pictures in the 1910s, as well as the logotype for the upcoming Moving Picture Reprint Series series of books.

The cover and illustrations will be designed by Marlene Weisman.  The proposed front cover is shown in this campaign's page banner.

How To Film Moving Pictures in the 1910s centers around How to Take And Make Moving Pictures, an extremely rare instruction book published in 1914 by the Ford Optical Company of Denver, Colorado.

It will be about 240 pages and full of carefully Photoshopped booklets, instructions, notes, and supplementary materials that will explain the basics of how to operate a professional hand cranked moving picture camera and how the film was processed.  All from a mid-1910s perspective.

This includes extremely rare sales booklets for Eberhard Schneider film and cinema equipment, price lists, photos, and pamphlets from the 1910s.

This campaign is also the start of the new book series called the Moving Picture Reprint Series that publishes technical books about the early days of cinema and even pre-cinema.  How To Film Moving Pictures in the 1910s will be number two in this series and number three is nearly completed.  My first book 1907 Chicago Projecting Co.'s Entertainer's Supplies Catalog No. 122: Deluxe Reprint is unofficially #1.

It will be printed by Blurb and will eventually be made available for sale on Amazon.com.

This Kickstarter covers all production costs for the artwork, book proofs, Kickstarter’s 5% fee, and payment processing fees (between 3% and 5%), and shipping boxes and materials. Any extra funding above these will cover the difference in the cost for shipping world wide, which can be over $30 for many places overseas. $25 for Canada.

As of right now How To Film Moving Pictures in the 1910s is 99% finished.  The text and interior layout is completed and I have all of the packing material here ready to ship. (All books will be shipped in new boxes.)

Risks and challenges

The text and layout of the book is 99% finished. If this Kickstarter is funded the needed cover design and illustrations it will make it complete.

The only foreseeable production delays I can see will be with the time it takes to create the artwork, for the book printer to make and ship me the proofs and the finished product to mail to backers.

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    How To Film Moving Pictures.. softcover.

    The completed softcover "How To Film Moving Pictures in the 1910s" mailed to your door.

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    Signed softcover.

    Autographed softcover of the completed "How To Film Moving Pictures in the 1910s."

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    How To Film Moving Pictures.. hardcover.

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    Signed hardcover.

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    Soft cover book plus my previous book.

    The "How To Film Moving Pictures in the 1910s" book plus my previous one "1907 Chicago Projecting Co.'s Entertainer's Supplies Catalog No. 122: Deluxe Reprint." Both will be soft cover.

    Like the current one, the Chicago Projecting Company catalog book is a facsimile edition "how-to" explaining the traveling moving picture showman trade and all of the equipment needed to succeed. It centers around an extremely rare early cinema supply catalog. 438 pages in total with hundreds of illustrations.

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    Both soft cover books autographed.

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    Signed hardcover + "Chicago" softcover

    Both of my early cinema history books signed and delivered to your door.

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