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Help me make my latest idea come to life, a series highlighting how our imaginations can run wild and get the best of us!

WE DID IT!!!!!  thank you to everyone that has supported, tweeted, and generally spread the word about the campaign.  We couldn't have done it without you!

NEW STRETCH GOAL OF $5000!!!

FINAL 5 DAYS-FINAL STRETCH INCENTIVE- 1 HOUR ONE ON ONE WORKSHOP WITH ME!  As an incentive to finish strong in these final days, I'm offering a 1 hour one on one workshop in which anything can be covered.  We could go over photoshop processes, lighting, business practices- anything is game!

We have 10 days left in the campaign, so we are going to make the best of that time by trying to further add production value to the project.  Our new stretch goal is $5000!!!  By exceeding our goal we will be able to do things such as further complicated computer generated graphics, use of locations that may have been cost prohibitive previously, maybe even a gallery show for the series!  All of these things are possible with your help.  You all have been so generous not only with your backing, but also with your time and energy to get the word out.  Please continue to spread the word about the project- we truly have an opportunity to make this project exceed expectations!

THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE!

NEW STRETCH GOAL INCENTIVE!  As further incentive to propel us beyond our goal, I'm offering an 11x14" canvas gallery wrap of my image "Down the Rabbit Hole" from my previous Alice in Wonderland Series as an additional reward that people can choose from!  It really is a special piece that I hold near and dear to my heart and it looks great anywhere!

Down the Rabbit Hole
Down the Rabbit Hole

Hi, I'm Brian.  I'm a photographer who loves making photo illustrations.  My work is often described as quirky, colorful, and stylized to the point that alot of my images almost look like cartoons.

knife throwing for dummies
knife throwing for dummies
apple?
apple?
not enough lights...
not enough lights...
Like taking candy from a...
Like taking candy from a...

I'm interested in taking archetypal situations that we all may have experienced and adding my own spin and humor to them.

Imagination is getting the best of  Me!

Imagination is getting the best of Me! will be a photo series consisting of 8 to 10 finished pictures portraying a lot of these types of situations we have all experienced growing up.  In reality, they were all overblown machinations of our imagination, and that's the imagery I'm interested in making.  I want to take that feeling from how we remember it and augment it by making it as over the top as possible.  Furthermore, I want them to be fun!  Looking back on them now as an adult, I realize how silly alot of my fears were.  I'm hoping to poke fun at those fears and by association, myself.

Below are the concepts that I have sketched out.  These are merely rough concepts and by no means definitively establish the finished image.  Most of my work is very situational and changes frequently once on set to best serve the story.  In general it works for me and it services the final image.

toy shadow play
toy shadow play

The concept behind toy shadow play is to show how as young children we all were afraid of shadows.  The reality of it all is defined in it's description- they were just shadows!  I hope to show what girl thinks is a scary monster but in reality is just a projection from a flashlight or nightlight shining on/through some toys/clothes to create the shadow.

Seance
Seance

Seance is an idea to show how potential contact with things beyond our understanding can sometimes run rampant with our imagination.  The scene is a group of people maybe playing with a ouija board when everything goes crazy!  the scene should be humorous and playful with the spirits being more playful and rambunctious than scary and evil.

zombie greeting
zombie greeting

zombie greeting plays off of the current rage with zombie shows and movies.  I'd like to take a bit of what people find identifiable with zombies (without mind or personality) and turn it on it's head.  The hands coming through the door could be doing a variety of comedic things, like holding a hand mirror to see the girl on the other side, doing shadow puppets, giving the thumbs up or high five, taking a cell phone pic, etc.  Just something to demystify the zombie archetype a bit.

cemetary at night
cemetary at night

The cemetary idea fits in with letting your imagination get the best of you.  The scenario is to have a cemetary filled with all the things that you would have perceived to be scary, in reality it's more shadow play and silhouette than anything tangible.

aliens
aliens

Aliens is as simple as it looks.  a supposed higher intelligent life force crashes there ufo and needs the assistance of a lower life form- humans.

ghosts/ghost hunting
ghosts/ghost hunting

Ghosts/ghost hunting would fit into the idea of physical comedy.  i'm hoping the reactions of the two actors will make people think about acts like laurel and hardy or the three stooges, physical comedians who could really communicate through their artform.

haunted house
haunted house

Again, this is a situation of your imagination getting the best of you.  As a child, the house at the end of the road looked 10 times it's actual size and was very ominous.  In reality, it wasn't any different than any other house on the street.  Put it in the context of trick or treating and it augments what you thought you were seeing!

I've already completed one of the ideas, just to show you the direction and the feel we are going for with this project:

scary campfire story
scary campfire story

Pretty cool huh?

What we quickly learned was that this project would outrun our available resources.  Which brings us to why we are here:

In order for this series to reach its full potential, we need your support!

I'll admit it, I just don't have the resources available to bring a lot of these ideas completely to life.  I need to build backgrounds, find wardrobe, get props, and locate just the right talent.  I know with your help I can do all of these things.

This is a collaboration, your support dictates how detailed this project turns out!

Your help allows me to focus in on all the small minute little details that will make this series amazing.  I am passionate about what I do and I approach every project as if it's the most amazing project I ever thought up!  I know with your support I can make this project into something really special.

Thanks for reading!

Brian

*these sketches represent concepts that are subject to change if necessary once production begins due to the nature and complexity of the work. 

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Some of things that I see as obstacles would be getting the right talent for each appropriate picture. I plan on casting my subjects from a variety of resources, including modeling agencies, to get that perfect fit.

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