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By Jän Strauss
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About this project

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.

My Background

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.

Scheduling

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.

Directions

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 jan@jslstrauss.com. 

Final Thoughts

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

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Thank you so much! You will be featured in a fake movie poster in the book along with some of your fellow kickstarters.

    You might end up fighting zombies or working as a bouncer for a shady club owner.

    Your face will likely be included in the visions of $25 and $50 donors.

    You will receive a digital copy of the poster in which you appear upon completion.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    A $75.00 donation will lift you above the fray and grant you a personalized poster. You get all of the above as well as the ability to specify the title and the plot of your film (no length restriction here - let your imagination run wild and I'll make it work). This option ensures that you and your +1 will appear in a poster together without the accompaniment of other Kickstarters. You will also receive a signed 11x17 copy of your poster upon completion.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    The beating heart of this project. With a $150 donation or above, we will discuss your project at length via a communication medium of your choice, I will email you a few drafts as I work, and you will play an active role in the process of creating your poster. Did I mention you get to bring along up to four of your friends? You will receive a gloss-printed 16x24 copy of your poster signed and numbered by me upon completion as well as a limited-edition gift signifying your importance in this project (not to mention digital copies of the book and your poster). If you want me to make a gift for someone, are really keen to have a specific poster, or want to support the main goal of this project, then you are in the right place.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    For $250, you get everything from the $150 giving level plus the character limit is bumped up to 8 (including you). If you have a big family or want to bring a second group of friends along for the ride, you've made the right call.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    You have my undivided attention. There is no height to which your idea cannot soar, no limit to the number of friends and family who can tag along. Together we will make this dream a reality. You will receive a gloss-printed 24x36 print signed and numbered by me as well as five 11x17 copies, a special limited edition gift and a signed hard-copy of the book. As a sign of my enduring gratitude, you will be mentioned as a 'producer' at the front of the book. Maybe you want a poster of everyone in your office or maybe you just like having the best. Either way, if you drop $500 on my work, you get what you pay for.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Group Packages: If you represent a student group, a sports team or a community organization - even a family, really - then look no further. I can make you as many original posters as you want. The idea here is to work closely with your group to create a world where none of you get out of bed for less than $10 million and a serious back-end deal. Packages start at $1000, where you get 5 separate, original posters (each printed at 24x36; there are different variations here and it all depends on what you want). Every additional poster is $125. Within reason, there is no maximum. If you want me to do sixty posters, I'll spend a few months working closely with your members to create something truly spectacular for your group. Hell, if you just represent yourself and want to confuse everyone who comes over to your house with a dozen posters featuring you in different film eras, I am completely there. Whatever your situation, if you are interested, contact me at jan@jslstrauss.com so we can work out the details before you pledge. Thanks!

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Funding period

- (30 days)