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In Their Own Worlds will photograph authors in the worlds of their novels.
In Their Own Worlds will photograph authors in the worlds of their novels.
In Their Own Worlds will photograph authors in the worlds of their novels.
304 backers pledged $15,960 to help bring this project to life.

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In Their Own Worlds

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I've photographed authors for years, but simple portraits never captured the magic I felt when I read one of their books. With In Their Own Worlds I am allowing authors to step into their own fiction through fantastical photoshoots.

This Kickstarter will fund the production of the In Their Own Worlds photoshoots and a gallery show celebration. Backers will receive rewards such as behind the scenes blog-posts, prints, tickets to the gallery show, and the opportunity to model in one of the In Their Own Worlds photoshoots.

THE PHOTOSHOOTS

Magnificent, strange and terrifying worlds are created in an authors mind. For In Their Own Worlds my team and I will build those magical worlds using professional costumes, makeup and the best settings we can find to stage our production. The authors will journey into the worlds of their novels becoming characters in their own adventure.

I want to create big, beautiful, complicated photoshoots. I've been planning this project for over a year and I've assembled my dream team of artists and authors. Now I need the budget to make it a reality. Through the backer-exclusive updates, I'll take you with me as I arrange photoshoots, work on props and costumes, recruit models, complete test shots, edit photos and launch a fabulous gallery show.

THE GALLERY SHOW

Once completed, I will have a collection of images that will be both portraits of the authors and a glimpse into the worlds they created. I'll show the photos at a gallery celebration where the authors, artists and all the backers who supported the project will be invited! Backers can attend in person, or check in on the event via an exclusive livestream.

Who would an author be if they walked into their novel? How will Mur Lafferty cope in a world of monsters? Who will Chuck Wendig be in his dystopian corn-punk future?

In Their Own Worlds will whisk authors into their novels and bring you along for the ride! 

IN THEIR OWN WORLDS AUTHORS

$0 Jared Axelrod - Completed!

Comrade Cockroach is a villain who’s life has been defined by bloody, visceral failures since he donned a mask. The In Their Own Worlds team took Jared to his world of heroes and villains for a photoshoot where Comrade Cockroach was escaping from a bank heist.

I've already completed this photoshoot, getting up before dawn with my team to catch the perfect light. Check the updates for details about this photoshoot!

$5,000 Chuck Wendig - Funded!

The Heartland Trilogy is a story about a young adult in a dystopian future where corn is king and there is a deep divide between the rich and the poor. I want to take Chuck Wendig out to a cornfield to face the Blight and the young people who are scrounging to survive in his world.

I've already scouted out the perfect cornfield for this photoshoot and I'm excited to get my team out there in the fall when the corn is just right.

$8,000: PJ Schnyder - Funded!

Bite Me is a love story between a human and a werewolf during a zombie outbreak. I want to introduce PJ Schnyder to a werewolf of my own design when we hide in the woods during our own zombie Apocalypse.

My FX makeup artist has been constructing the perfect design for our werewolf.

$12,000 Ursula Vernon - Funded!

In Digger, readers met a young Wombat thrown into an epic adventure. I want to meet up with Digger again in a fantasy marketplace, where she will haggle with Ursula Vernon over prices.

My costumer has great ideas for constructing the setting and outfitting Ursula in as a merchant in Digger's world.

$15,000: Ellen Kushner - Funded!

Swordspoint is a fantasy novel of aristocrats and swordsmen. Help me transport Ellen Kushner to her fabulous city for a duel among the Lord and Ladies of her mysterious unnamed city.

I've contacted my own swordsmen to make sure we stage the perfect sword fight for our author.

$20,000 Mur Lafferty

The Shambling Guide to New York City is the story of a woman making a new life for herself in a world of monsters. I want to take Mur Lafferty to Central Park to meet the monsters she dreamed in her book.

This photoshoot will take our entire production to New York where we'll be recruiting many monsters to fill out the shambling city.

$25,000: Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences takes you into a world of steampunk secret agents. I plan on taking Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine into the middle of an adventure when we reach this goal.

$30,000: Nika Harper

Shivers In Between is a book of fairy-tale ghost stories. Help me guide Nika to her frozen, bloody world of The Queen.

I have years of experience working as a photographer, shooting for books, magazines and newspapers. My work has ranged from photojournalism to fine art photography. I'm the kind of photographer who kicks down the door between fiction and reality and I want to see what art we can make between those two places.

I have a history of making large projects happen on a deadline. Orchestrating complicated photoshoots is a passion for me. I love working with designers, makeup artists and models to make a slice of fiction real, even if it's just for the moment when the shutter clicks.

Much of my experience as a photographer has been making big things happen on a small budget. With this project, I want to be able to unleash my creativity to create the costumes, sets and props that will make the vision of these fictional worlds come to life.

PORTFOLIO

I'm offering a selection of rewards, from following along with behind the scenes updates, to prints, to funding your very own In Their Own Worlds style photoshoot. 

BEHIND THE SCENES

Follow along on the Kickstarter blog with behind the scenes photos and commentary.  I'm planning to update this project with photos and text outlining our progress. I'm dedicated to lifting the curtain and showing you the behind the scenes process, from costume creation to shooting.

WALLPAPERS

Includes Behind the Scenes

Backers at this level will receive desktop wallpapers of the official photo from every photoshoot we fund during this project. Images will have the In Their Own Worlds logo.

POSTCARDS

Includes Behind the Scenes and Wallpapers

Backers at this level will receive a postcard from the photoshoot of your choice. Every photoshoot will have a final official photo associated with it.  For each author we fund, you get another postcard added to your reward.

PRINTS

Includes Behind the Scenes

Backers at this level will receive the official 8x10 prints from all photoshoots funded during this campaign.

Each shoot will have an official finished print associated with it. One shoot, one finished print. When you get this level, you will get the print from each shoot sent to you. For each author we fund, you get another print added to your reward.

VIP AT THE GALLERY SHOW

Includes Behind the Scenes, Wallpapers, Postcards and Prints.

You will receive 2 tickets to the gallery show as a VIP. You'll be invited to arrive an hour early to talk with J.R. Blackwell and members of the In Their Own Worlds team.

Must be able to provide your own transportation and lodging to the Philadelphia area.

LARGE SIGNED PRINTS

Includes Behind the Scenes, Wallpapers, and Postcards

Backers at this level will receive will receive all official photos from this campaign as 16x20 prints signed and numbered by J.R. Blackwell.

Each photoshoot will have an official finished print associated with it. One shoot, one finished print. When you get this level, you will get a signed and numbered print from each shoot sent to you. For each author we fund, you get another print added to your reward.

MODEL

Includes Behind the Scenes, Wallpapers, Postcards, VIP at the Gallery Show and All The Large Signed Prints

Get inside the world of a novel by becoming a model for one of the In Your Own World photoshoots. Models attend the day of a shoot and are treated to a session with a professional makeup artist. Models will get their own costume and will be able to hang out with the other models and the author on the day of the shoot. I will work with models to include them in the shoot of their choice. but models should be aware that the authors schedule will be a first priority, so flexibility may be necessary.

Backers at this level must be able to provide their own transportation and lodging to the photoshoot location.

YOUR WORLD

Includes Behind the Scenes, Wallpapers, Postcards, VIP at the Gallery Show and All The Large Signed Prints

Do you have your own world you want to see come to life? For this reward, I will design and execute a photoshoot in the style of In Their Own Worlds just for you. You may buy this for yourself, or for an author you love. Just make sure the author actually wants it first!

Backers at this level must be able to provide their own transportation and lodging to the Philadelphia area.

Photoshoots of this complexity require costume designers, makeup artists, specialized lighting, and space rental. This funding will allow me to pay other artists to produce the costumes, props and makeup effects to see this project though to completion. It will also fund the creation of a gallery show where I can hang large prints on the walls.

I brought together a group of professional artists who will help me put this project together. This includes a professional costume designer, prop maker, and several makeup artists. Back this project to follow along with our updates for more information about the In Their Own Worlds team.

I'm coming to Kickstarter because the scope of this project is so large that I cannot fund it myself. I've funded one photoshoot myself, but I'll need your help to complete the rest. Kickstarter lets you pledge for the reward you want but you are only charged if the project successfully funds. Therefore, you don't lose anything if you pledge and I don't reach my goal. You can change or cancel your pledge at any time before the campaign ends.

I have worked on several Kickstarter projects before including Shelter in Place and Have Blaster, Will Travel with Galileo Games. As part of Board Raptor Games, my last Kickstarter, Velocirpator! Cannibalism! raised over ten times it's original goal. With my experience with Kickstarter, large projects, and working on a deadline as a photojournalist, I have the drive and experience to make this project happen.

Thank You!

Thank you for taking the time to read about In Their Own Worlds. Doing this project is a dream for me, and I'm delighted that I have the opportunity to make it happen.

For more information about In Their Own Worlds, pledge any amount and follow along in the adventure!

Jared Axelrod with Comrade Cockroach
Jared Axelrod with Comrade Cockroach

Risks and challenges

Photoshoots of this size and complexity have many parts including equipment, scheduling, costume design, special effects, and even the weather. Equipment can break, memory cards can be corrupted, computers hacked and backups stolen. I take precautions against this during shoots by using multiple cards, backing up my work, and storing my photos in four locations, including an offsite location just in case my house burns down. I have photographed many weddings, events and journalistic endeavors and I have never lost a photo.

Authors are people with lives and deadlines. The authors in this Kickstarter have agreed to participate knowing what the commitment entails. However, if an author backs out of the project, I will find another author to shoot with. If you are only pledging because of one particular author, please keep this risk in mind. The authors and I will do our very best to prevent this from happening, but we acknowledge this risk.

I work with a reliable printer that has always delivered packages to my clients promptly and without damage. However, it is always possible that damage could occur in transit. If this happens, I will make a reasonable effort to replace the print.

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    BEHIND THE SCENES: Follow along with the project with backer-only updates containing behind the scenes photos and commentary with me. Be the first to see the photos from our shoots!

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    WALLPAPERS: Receive desktop wallpapers of the official photos from the In Their Own Worlds photoshoots. The more photoshoots that get funded the more wallpapers you'll have!

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    POSTCARDS: Receive offical photo postcards from all funded photoshoots. Remember: The more photoshoots that are funded, the more postcards you'll receive!

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    PRINTS: You will receive the official photos from this campaign as 8x10 prints. With each photoshoot we fund, another photo will be added to your reward!

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    VIP AT THE GALLERY SHOW: You receive 2 tickets to the gallery show as a VIP to come in an hour early to talk with me and the members of the In Their Own Worlds team.

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    LARGE SIGNED PRINTS: You will receive all official photos from this campaign as 16x20 prints signed and numbered by J.R. Blackwell. For each funded author, another print is added to your reward!

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    MODEL: Get inside the world of a novel by becoming a model for one of the In Your Own World photoshoots!

    Must be able to provide your own transportation and lodging to the photoshoot location.

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    YOUR WORLD: Do you want a photoshoot of your own where you step into your own world? For this reward, I will design and execute a photoshoot in the style of In Their Own Worlds just for you!

    Must be able to provide your own transportation and lodging to the Philadelphia area.

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Funding period

- (30 days)