We did it!
Just a quick note to say thank you to all of you who have backed this campaign! We raised a massive £29,386, 118% of our goal, with 188 backers. The campaign has been a great success, and it has also generated a lot of buzz around the project; that bodes very well for the release of the first film next year!
I'll start sending behind-the-scenes updates next week. Thanks so much again to everyone involved, speak soon.
Just 24 hours to go, and we have nearly reached £30,000! The behind-the-scenes updates will start next week, with photos and footage of my amazing location scout to Communa 13, Medellín's most notorious Barrio.
If you're not already on the behind the scenes mailing list, its your last chance to follow the production of Hyper-Reality by backing the project for any amount.
GoPro 3D Printed 3D Rigs
Today I'm open-sourcing the first 3D rig that we designed specially for this film. It's to be used with GoPro Hero 3 or Hero 3+ cameras.
This one has a stereo base (distance between the lenses) of 45mm, so its suitable for shooting objects between 0.5m and 5m away. This is the rig we'll be using for most of the point-of-view shots.
The rig is a vast improvement on our first version. It is more rigid, allows the cameras to lie flat, and has got nice little slices removed to allow access to the battery compartment. You can sync the cameras using the GoPro wireless remote.
Footage will require some alignment in post-production, as the GoPro cameras are not identical, but the rig works perfectly. Recommend printing in nylon on an SLS 3D printer (try shapeways.com if you don't have access to one). This one is printed in ABS on an additive printer, but we had to slightly file down the holes where the nuts go, as the resolution wasn't quite good enough.
Get the file here: http://keiichimatsuda.com/hyper-reality/GoPro3DRig_45mm.STL
The other two rigs (stereo bases of 70 and 120mm) will be made available in the next backer update, and on keiichimatsuda.com.
See you next week!
Just less than five days to go! But the good news is that we're very nearly there! I'm really hoping we can exceed our goal, and use the extra budget to commission some music for the film. I want to mix electronic music with traditional Colombian rhythms and instrumentation, so check the main kickstarter page for stretch goal updates!
Even if you've already backed the project, you can still help by sharing the link to this campaign, and/or some of the selected articles about Hyper-Reality below.
The Creators Project | Fast Co Create | PSFK | Its Nice That | Mammoth | City of Sound | Kill Screen | Design Envy | Nerdcore (German) | El Colombiano (Spanish) | RSLN (French) | Influencia (French) | Brainstorm 9 (Portugese) |
In addition to these great articles, there was a huge Hyper-Reality feature in El Colombiano, which is Medellin's leading newspaper.
Its very exciting to see this project take off after such a long time planning it!
We've been spending our time localising the story, and finding locations. Tomorrow we have a meeting with 'El Perro' (lit. The Dog), a local street artist from the notorious barrio 'Communa 13'. He is going to introduce us to some locations in the less accessible parts of town.
If you've backed the project, you will start receiving behind-the-scenes updates as soon as the campaign finishes on Saturday. These will include photos and videos of locations and production, storyboards and artwork, and production drawings and artwork in the new year. If you haven't backed yet, you can get access to these exclusive updates for just a pound!
Thank you all again for your generous support, wish me luck!
Last night, I landed in Medellín after a marathon 27 hour flight from Moscow. The kind people at Grape and the Moscow Digital Marketing Conference (where I presented at the weekend) were able to fly me here for free, so I couldn't pass up the opportunity!
Before I left, I had to get all of my filming equipment ready. I considered a lot of different options, but in the end settled on the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition. Its small, light, discreet (I don't want to attract too much attention on the streets of Medellin) and captures a great wide-angle image perfect for POV shots.
3D + 3D Printing
I am shooting the films in stereoscopic 3D, but there aren't any 3D rigs designed for my cameras currently on the market. Instead I decided to design and 3D print my own rigs.
The rigs were designed in collaboration with product designer Grant Fraser from Luma ID. We made them in 3 different sizes for shooting various types of scene (stereo bases of 55, 70, and 140mm if anyone is interested). They work flawlessly with the existing GoPro system, so it means we can use them with the really wide range of mounts and accessories already available.
I will be open-sourcing these designs, so anyone will be able to download and 3D print them. We are just working on a smaller (45mm) version to replace the 55mm one above, so I will release all the designs when that one is ready and has been tested.
Less than two weeks to go now with the campaign! More updates soon.