Brainbook is a collaborative effort between neurosurgeons at the Royal London Hospital, and medical illustrators like Artibiotics. We de-mystify brain and spine surgery for the public and patients by exploring these topics visually with engaging videos featuring illustration, scans, surgical video, interviews, and hospital tours behind the scenes.
Recent projects include the Brain surgeon's vlog, a case of head trauma (and accompanying article), an introduction to brain aneurysms and repair, 360 degree virtual reality brain aneurysm surgery. Our illustrated films are freely accessible to all.
Broken bones (fractures) in the neck can have catastrophic consequences. Patients and their families often have lots of questions about the trauma and potential surgical repair. We want to help the public understand why these fractures are so serious, and help patients understand their injury and repair.
Brainbook is teaming up with Artibiotics to develop an illustrated short film and blog article. This will follow the journey of a person sustaining a neck fracture and being treated with a neurosurgical repair. It will feature real surgical case footage from a GoPro, medical illustration explaining it, and the case will be woven together through a cartoon story.
Creating a film like this takes multidisciplinary expertise. We have our team assembled, film equipment and location ready, raw surgical footage, and experience developing engaging content blending film, illustration and animation. We have come to Kickstarter to ask for your support to fund the illustrated content production and video editing to complete this short film.
In return, backers can get cool rewards including medical art, being illustrated in the films credits, and even make a cartoon cameo appearance in the story!
£1+ An espresso of good will!
For those who want to bring this project into the world, but don't care for a material reward! Thank you so much for supporting us. We will send good karma your way.
£10+ Your name in lights!
You will be credited by name at the end of the video, immortalised for internet eternity!
£15+ Digital art pack
Get your own high-resolution copies of the neurosurgery art designed for this video, for educational and personal use. You will also be acknowledged in the film credits.
£20+ Medical art appreciator (Gilclée print)
Supporters at this tier will receive a Kickstarter exclusive limited edition gilclée print of this cervical spine medical illustration in graphite. You will also be acknowledged in the film credits.
£50+ Illustrated credit
Join a limited number of backers immortalised as a cartoon portrait illustration in the video credits. You can send an image for Artibiotics to base the likeness on via the reward survey sent out after the project funds. We will send you a digital copy of your portrait also!
£100+ Medical art appreciator (Gilclée print mounted & custom framed)
Supporters at this tier will receive a mounted and framed gilclée medical illustration print of their choice from a selection of drawings and paintings by Dr Ciléin Kearns (Artibiotics). Your art will be mounted & framed in a custom brushed wooden frame with non-reflective styrene for a beautiful presentation. You may choose your art from a selection of designs via reward surveys sent out after the project successfully funds (previewed above). You will also be credited at the end of the film.
£250+ Get an illustrated cameo in the film!
A cartoon of your likeness will make an appearance in the illustrated patient story! You will be sent a digital copy of this scene and credited at the end of the video.
£500+ Executive producer écorché portrait
An insane level of support for a dedicated supporter of this project. You will be credited as the executive producer of this video, with your likeness featured as an écorché portrait illustration. You will also receive this art mounted, framed, and shipped to you in commemoration of your generosity.
If we beat our target then we will use extra funding to further invest in the project with stretch goals. These include animated content, professional editing, and reward upgrades. All will be revealed once we hit that goal!
Risks and challenges
Brainbook and Artibiotics have experience working together to successfully produce several illustrated videos and articles on neurosurgery topics for the public. Artibiotics has created and fulfilled a successful Kickstarter previously, and will be handling reward fulfilment. We have filmed our raw surgical footage for the video, and built in some flexibility to the timescale to account for any unforseen challenges. The time for illustrated content development is being secured and funded by this Kickstarter. We will keep all backers informed throughout should anything change, but anticipate a straightforward production with these measures.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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