Based on my comic Torus Link and its ultimate message of all of us being connected in similarities---
I want to make a video that links creative people up by showing THEIR similarities! (Which... honestly, I'd do anyway; to get a complete description of why my goal is only $10 for this, please watch my video, as well as what I ask from you to help make my creative endeavor possible. ) KEEP READING TO FIND OUT MORE!
Who am I?
My name is Yasmine Pirouz, and I am the crazy person who has been dedicating myself NONSTOP to making the webcomic Torus Link since April 2015--- along with helpful videos that I put onto You Tube to help others share their stories as well.
Shown above here are my characters--- the main cast of Torus Link, and yours truly in the bottom middle.
These guys have been with me for the better part of the past 16 years of my life, having come up with them when I was 12 years old. Their story is one that, initially, I struggled to tell.
I had these characters, with each of their own desires... but I didn't know how they tied together.
And as one who NEVER shared these guys' stories with anyone else around me for the longest time, I kept them all to myself.... almost giving up completely on them.
It's not until I went to study at an art school in Scotland on a HUGE leap of faith, that I lived the experiences I would weave into this story----
turning a tale of one into two parallel tales.
By telling a story that runs in tangent, literally two sides, I realized I could tell a story that speaks to multiple viewpoints concurrently... as these characters themselves seek to unite across the sides.
Complete in a setting that revolves around making art, the four elements of Water, Fire, Earth, and Air, and parallel ties that connect everyone.
For the past three years since I began putting Torus Link online, I have dedicated my ALL to telling this story that I hope it can help people see how connected we all are as well--- and to help us all have the freedom to tell our own stories as we wish to. To this end, I have worked tooth and nail to receive support so that I can continue to produce Torus Link, as it is a full-time job.
I have even gone a step further, wherein I've since realized I can make videos to help others share their stories by sharing the processes behind mine.
***Example below: one of my videos helping you share your story by sharing mine!***
However, what I lack is exposure. Try as I might, I have not been able to reach a broad audience to help me sustain my efforts. As it stands though, I truly believe it is possible to link up in real life--- and that sharing these projects that I wish to use to help others can be done through community exposure.
WHICH has inspired me to make a video that can give LOTS of us creative folk exposure--- all in a distinctly Torus Link- inspired way:
By showing parallels between different artists who share their work with me.
Demo example video below:
Just like with Torus Link, where likenesses and similarities exist between people, helping them to connect and achieve their goals, I wish to show connections between artists.
Wherein I invite artists of ANY creative type to give me your input on what you do, based on the following tiers (explained below)--- and I will make a video SHOWING PARALLELS I FIND BETWEEN YOU, and giving exposure as well for the creative thing you do.
EXAMPLES OF PARALLELS I MAY FIND:
- Similar reasons for why you make your work, backgrounds between artists
- Similar messages or intentions you want your work to send
- Similar visual, narrative, musical qualities and themes
- Similar artistic influences
Once this Kickstarter finishes, I will gather this information from you by sending you a questionnaire via email. For higher tiers, I will request digital images and/or footage as necessary.
My only restriction is that all content I receive MUST be suitable for audiences ages 12 years old and up. If I receive any content from a backer that does not meet this requirement, I will refund their backing ASAP and decline said content. FOR THIS REASON, AS WELL AS FOR TIMELY PRODUCTION, I WILL REQUIRE ALL ARTIST CONTENT TO BE SENT TO ME WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THIS KICKSTARTER'S END.
And then, using whatever similarities I can find, I will connect the dots and post onto You Tube for full public exposure. Wherein of course, I FULLY encourage all backers who take part in this to share this Kickstarter with ALL their peeps, bringing in more viewers for EVERYONE, and hopefully bringing interesting connections to us all! :)
Rewards+Tier information/STRETCH GOALS:
All reward backers will have their names and creative-practice contact information listed in the credits in this video.
- First tier: LINKED ($5) ---- I will include a written quote that describes what you do creatively for a minimum of 5 seconds of footage, as well describe a parallel I find that you share with another backing artist.
- Second tier: Image/Sound Clip Inclusion ($10) ---- In addition to describing a parallel between you and another backing artist, I will include an image of your work (or a sound clip, if you're an auditory creator) for a minimum of 10 seconds of footage.
- Third tier: 4-images/Longer Inclusion ($20) --- In addition to describing (at least) one parallel between you and another backing artist, I will include 4 images of your work (and/or sound clip) for a minimum of 15 seconds of footage.
- Fourth tier: Record Footage ($50) ---- In addition to describing (at least) one parallel between you and another backing artist, I will include a minimum of 30 seconds of recorded footage that you give me, displaying your creative wares as best you see fit.
- Fifth tier: Super Linked Reward ($100)
In addition to all features in the Recorded Footage reward, I have included a Super Linked reward for those magnificently extra-mile fans and participants who want to have special Torus Link artwork in addition to being a part of this video:
Signed limited edition copies of the Torus Link 2017 Ink Drawings book.
Soft cover 8 1/2 X 11" book includes 15 original ink conceptual drawings of Torus Link main characters and themes.
If this is an above-and-beyond thing you want to do in exchange for one of my limited edition books (only 25 copies of these exist in print), signed, sealed, and delivered, I sincerely thank you.
GOALS AND STRETCH GOALS:
If we reach $10 by the end of this Kickstarter, I will make this video with however many backers I have, using the digital means I've currently got.
If we reach $300 by the end of this Kickstarter, I will buy myself some new prescription glasses to aid my eyeballs (as I have been relying on the same ones for the past 5 years now...) and then make this video using the digital means I've got. Considering that in full seriousness, the only way I can make higher quality videos is if I can upgrade my computer, to THEN upgrade my video editing software, microphone, camera, etc.
WHICH MEANS THAT If we reach $3000 by the end of this Kickstarter, I will upgrade my computer and all recording equipment to make this into the BEST HIGHLY POLISHED THING I CAN. (And will be posting updates for you along the way so you know how it's looking. :) )
And if we reach $3300 by the end of this Kickstarter, I will upgrade all my aforementioned equipment, make this the best highly polished thing I can for you, keep you posted... and then go buy myself some new glasses.
If you want to know how you can support Torus Link on a CONTINUAL basis past this Kickstarter, please message me and/or watch my video for a link with further information.
Many thanks, Yasmine :)
Risks and challenges
Potential risks that I see with making the video:
-If I receive a large amount of backers, requiring me to make more than 15 minutes of footage, I will release multiple videos, and notify all backers of an extended deadline so as to release all videos at the same time.
-Whereas making a video on average takes me a week to complete, to account for a potentially large number of backers, I have given myself an estimate of using at least two months after the Kickstarter has finished (Late November 2018). If necessary, I will extend this period to three months. (Late December 2018). I have ALSO included a mandate that all backers send me their artist information within 30 days so that I can begin production in a timely manner.
-To ensure that I have adequate data to list parallels, my questionnaire will ask for websites, art-related social media, and a minimum of 10-20 questions about the artists, the kind of work they make, and their backgrounds, as well as one question where they can tell me anything they'd like me to know, and/or would like to see in another artist.
-To minimize technical difficulties, (PARTICULARLY if the Kickstarter does not reach enough funding for me to upgrade my equipment,) I will state what kinds of files I need from backers with their content (e.g. .doc, .jpeg, .mp4, etc.) at the end of this Kickstarter.
-Regarding processing any shipments for signed Torus Link 2017 Ink Drawing Books, potential risks include damages to the books in the mail. To guard against this risk, I will use padded envelopes. The books are already printed, and I have experience mailing booklets, cards, and prints, having produced and sold my own as a self-employed artist.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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