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Arthur BalluffBy Arthur Balluff
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Arthur BalluffBy Arthur Balluff
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About

More info: www.starsandsnowcats.com

AUGMENTED REALITY TECHNOLOGY BRINGS THIS BOOK TO LIFE!

Augmented Reality Demo (Actual Sample Footage From App)
Augmented Reality Demo (Actual Sample Footage From App)

This book will be equipped with state-of-the-art augmented reality which will allow the viewer the unique experience of viewing the time lapse video version of the photography presented in the book!  

BACKGROUND

After living in Breckenridge, Colorado for 8 years I developed a knack for capturing the mountain town culture by photographing a combination of lifestyle and nighttime landscape photography... One of my favorite scenes to photograph has always been ski resorts. With the lights of the Snowcats (the machines that groom the ski runs) refracting as well as the stars, ski resorts create some of the most unique & beautiful images and time lapses.  

Examples of image quality which will be portrayed throughout the book

Peak 10 Full Moon
Peak 10 Full Moon
Milky Way Chairlift
Milky Way Chairlift
Breckenridge Fireworks
Breckenridge Fireworks

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE

WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH PROTECT OUR WINTERS!

5% OF ALL PROFITS WILL BE DONATED TO: 

BOOK CONCEPT

Of Stars and Snowcats will be a first-of-its-kind 160 page fine art photography book showcasing the most iconic ski resorts of America. Along with being printed in a tangible, softcover and hardback format, this book will encompass new augmented reality (AR) technologies that will truly bring it to life in a way, never before seen in a photobook of this kind. As the reader, you will be able to download a FREE app on your phone (iOS & Android) which will recognize the image on the page the book, and digitally overlay the time lapse video version of the printed photograph. (see sample video below)

There are many parallels between the art of photography, and the art of snow sports and I intend to shed light on that through this book. Along with the ski resort's info and stats, I will be including a brief summary of each resort (based on my experience there) which will be paired with the stunning imagery of each resort at night. 

From the Pacific Northwest, to the West Coast, through the Central Rockies, and all the way up throughout the Northeast, I will capture stunning imagery from the most iconic ski resorts in America.

BOOK SPECS

Proposed Printer:Paper Chase Press

Read about how Paper Chase Press focuses on sustainable printing, right here in the US.

Available in Hardback, Softcover, and E-Book First Editions

Hardback at least 10"x13" - Softcover at least 8"x10"

• At least 160 pages printed on FSC-certified paper, right here in the US. 

• Showcasing 40+ ski resorts throughout 18 U.S. States

• AR Technology infused

Each ski resort will have an intro page with location on map, including information such as:

- A summary of the characteristics of the ski resort

- The date of the resort's first ever operations

- Elevation & vertical gain

- Number of ski lifts

- Number of ski runs

- Skiable acres

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REWARDS

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Receive this Softcover Reward with a pledge of $44 or more
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Receive this Hardback Reward with a pledge of $65 or more for earlybird and $78 or more after
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Receive this Tapestry + Softcover Reward with a pledge of $90 or more
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Receive this Hardback + Softcover Reward with a pledge of $115 or more
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Receive this Marketing Team Reward with a pledge of $750 or more
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WHY CROWDFUNDING, WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?

I created this crowdfunding campaign to lay out an overview of what I've been passionately planning out for years. The reason I am asking for $28,500 is because when it comes to printing quality photo books, the unit price fluctuates greatly depending on the quantity ordered. In other words, the more units I am able to order up front, the less expensive each book becomes, allowing me to lower the price of each book and/or add more content to the book. In this case, I have set a price point for the rewards that will be sustainable in the production of this book, only if the goal is reached. If you'd like to see for yourself, feel free to check out the book production cost estimator from Paper Chase Press here.

Risks and challenges

WEATHER:
As skiers and riders, we all know how quickly the forecast can change. Although we are always praying for more snow - sometimes we don't get it. I will take advantage of the clear nights when the stars are out, and will keep a close watch on weather patterns which may provide otherwise. Clouds can make time lapse photography really interesting, so no matter what the conditions, I will do my best to capture the resort in its best light provided!

DELIVERY:
The plan is to get this book and other rewards layed out, programmed, published, and delivered by May of 2019. The process of perfecting the photo book, and getting the quality of product desired may potentially take more time than planned - but I will be working with the printer very closely to ensure we reach our target goal. The book will be the perfect nightcap to the epic season you just witnessed, and no matter what, you will get the first access to it!

INSUFFICIENT FUNDING:
Despite all of the love and passion I've put into this book, being an all or nothing campaign there is always the possibility of the goal not being met. If this happens, I will still be taking off this Winter season and gathering the photographs, and will publish the book by the beginning of the following season.

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    A hand-signed and numbered 8"x10" limited edition softcover copy of 'Of Stars and Snowcats' featuring 40+ ski resorts photographed throughout the US, displayed in a 160 page photobook. Your name will be printed in the back of the book, honoring you as a supporter of this project. (Valued at $60)

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    This reward is a big thank you to the first to support my project - Save $13 on the regular Hardback Kickstarter backer reward + Get FREE SHIPPING. Get one of the first 25 hand-signed and numbered 11"x14" Limited Edition Hardback copy of 'Of Stars and Snowcats' at cost (Free Shipping available in US only) (Valued at $95)

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    A hand-signed and numbered 11"x14" limited first edition hardback copy of 'Of Stars and Snowcats' featuring 40+ ski resorts photographed throughout the US, displayed in a 160 page photobook. Your name will be printed in the back of the book, honoring you as a supporter of this project. All of this for around the price of a lift ticket! (Valued at $95)

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    Receive a 51"x60" tapestry printed edge to edge with the ski resort photo of your choice from out of the book, as well as a hand-signed softcover first edition of 'Of Stars and Snowcats' with your name printed in the back acknowledgements.

    A great value for anybody wanting a tapestry wall art for their house or apartment! Available only as a Kickstarter special at this time. (US orders only) (Valued at $114)

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    Get a hand-signed copy of both the 8"x10" softcover first edition, as well as the 11"x14" hardback first edition 'Of Stars and Snowcats' photobook. Your name will be included in the back of the book, honoring you for your support in this project! (Valued at $155)

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    Do you own an Air B&B or other short term rental near a ski resort? This reward will get your rental set up and add unique substance for your renters, all at a great value. Receive a hand signed & numbered hardback copy of the book, as well as your choice of a 30"x40" Canvas Print of any image from the photobook. (available for US residents only) (Valued at $400)

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    Marketing Team Reward

    Guarantee that your ski resort is included in this one-of-a-kind book. I will make a special trip to the ski resort you'd like to have included in the book. Your marketing team will receive a hand-signed & numbered hardback copy of the first edition book, 10 high resolution stock images of your choice (Perpetual use, non-exclusive) and a 10 second time-lapse video (One year license, non-exclusive) to use in marketing materials as needed. This reward is great for ski resorts, tourism boards, and lodging marketing teams. (Valued at $1,500) (Limited to Ski Resorts in the US)

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    • One (1) hand-signed hardback copy of 'Of Stars and Snowcats'
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Funding period

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