My name is Jän Strauss (click to see my work) and I want to make an original movie poster for you. If you pledge any amount of money to my project, you will appear in a movie poster. The more support you provide, the more control you will have over your ‘career’ and the more input you will have in the creation of your poster.
In the end, everyone will get at least a digital copy of their poster. All posters will be featured in a book titled Hollywood: A People’s History, woven into a tapestry of fake reviews, scandals, history and trivia detailing the alternate reality Hollywood in which all of you are the stars. With your help, I will work exclusively on this project from mid-August to January or later.
And so I lay myself before thee, good people of Kickstarter, and ask for your assistance in making my dream a reality. For your generosity you will be immortalized as wayward knights, sleazy cops and janitors with hearts of gold. If you run or are associated with an organization you think might be interested in this, be sure to check out the Group Packages at the end of the rewards column. It would be a blast to do one of those! Shoot me an email at jän@jslstrauss.com and we'll set up a time to discuss it over the phone.
Visit jslstrauss.com to see examples of my work. Many of the projects featured on my site are twists on existing posters. Those are there only as examples of my technical ability. I will only be creating original posters with this project, such as the one featured below.
Making these posters has been a passion of mine for the past six years. My goal isn't publicity or money - it is making someone feel special every time they glance at their wall. Everyone likes movies and, on some level, everyone wishes they were in one. I strive to make this dream a kind of quasi-reality – something that I accomplish that by caring a great deal about the visions and dreams of the people I work with.
I will schedule your project on a first funded, first served basis, with top-tier projects taking some manner of precedence. I will release to you a comprehensive schedule within a week of the close of funding.
Some of you have raised the question 'what happens if the project fails to get fully funded? Can I still get my poster?' The answer is an emphatic yes. If the project fails to get fully funded, I will still make posters for anyone who has pledged their hard-earned dollars to my project. In the event of this worst-case scenario, I will set up an Amazon Payments storefront on my website and email all backers the link near the close of funding. Although I am working hard to achieve my Kickstarter goal, my first and foremost commitment is to all of you. Honestly, I am excited no matter how many posters I get to do. So if you are keen on the idea, go ahead and pledge. You can rest easy knowing you've got an awesome piece of personalized artwork coming your way no matter what.
Once the project becomes fully funded, I will email you a request for an evenly lit picture of yourself and any others that might be in your poster (in .jpg if possible). It would be helpful if the picture included your torso or full body so even if I am only using your face, I can gauge your posture (yes, it makes a difference). Please supply photos in high resolution (~200-300 dpi). So long as the picture wasn’t taken on a disposable camera or pulled off an old facebook album I can probably make it work.
Have some fun with it! Email pictures and whatever questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As much as this is about me taking on a project I find exciting and personally fulfilling, it is also very much about you. Think about what you want to be and I will make it happen for you. Or, better yet, what you want your friend/spouse/kids to be. Whatever it is, we’ll work together to make it a reality.
If you have any other questions regarding directions, scheduling, or just about anything else, check out the FAQ. If that doesn’t work, shoot me an email at jän@jslstrauss.com