3/27 UPDATE: NEW GOAL: $6666
Well this just keeps getting better and better! Thank you all for the continued support; the Karmic scorekeepers in the sky are smiling down on you today! Just wanted to say we here at Wigglegram Industries International Intergalatical are planning BIG things based on the success of this campaign, but want them to be even BIGGER. So the goal has been upped to $6666 (the number of the beast, plus another dimension) which might just go towards a 3D PRINTER! Yes, it's a different kind of 3D than every other 3D mentioned in this campaign, but still, it could make for some veeerrry interesting experimentation... Place your trust in my weird, wrinkly hands, and let's show this dimension what's what!
Thanks again all!
3/21 UPDATE: NEW GOAL: $4444
Okay obviously things are going well. The goal was hit in about 40 hours, which is faster than I was born (but not as fast as the universe!). But please, still consider giving!! With some extra scratch I can really make the gallery show as awesome as it can be, with maybe a dozen of those framed wigglegrams, plus real posters from local screenprinters, plus hypercubed cheese for the gallery opening.
THANKS AHEAD OF TIME FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Now here's the spiel:
Have you ever dreamed of achieving a higher level of enlightenment than you could've ever dreamed of?
Well prepare to have your mind's eye's mind blown into an infinite amount of infinitesimally tiny, beautiful pieces. My Four Realz Animated Quadrascopy Soul-Therapy procedure will be sure to soothe all existential woes and heal all extradimensional wounds — and that comes with a harmony-back guarantee.
Feel better already, don't you? These Wigglegrams™ are guaranteed to wipe the crusty sleep-mucus off your third eye in zero seconds flat. That feeling is what I'd like to deliver to the entire population of interweblings, by publishing these grooving pics to their own site: http://fourrealz.tumblr.com (which you can check out now for some examples). I hope you feel the need to spread the hyperdimensional love too, because I can't do it without you.
Bob, what the frak is this all about?
As you can probably guess (due to this being a Kickstarter campaign), I need your help to cover some basic costs for sharing these wigglegrams with the world. The high price of this venture is because I use a certain device known as the Nimslo to produce such diaphanous dreambombs...
The Nimslo is a "film camera," which is an archaic technology used by proto-humans who somehow lived before the Internet. But unlike other film cameras, the Nimslo has four lenses. Aside from making it a four-eyed nerd, this feature is exactly what gives the Wigglegrams their full-bodied charm. When you combine that with the glorious range of color and detail (and not to mention flaws) provided by real analog film, you get the wholly singular Wigglegram, a perfect combination of old and new and me and you.
Why I need YOU, you beautiful thing you.
The film is the key to making Wigglegrams what they are, but it's also what makes them expensive to make. Film itself costs more than it ever did, and same with getting it developed. But the real financial rub is that I can't scan in my photos cheaply at all. The way the Nimslo's four lenses expose the pictures onto the film is unique, so any automatic scanner (like one at Walgreen's) gets confused, and crops almost every frame in some ungodly way. So every single frame must be scanned in by hand, one at a time, by someone who knows how to use the right equipment. This is timely, and thus costly.
So between buying the film rolls, developing of the film, and the hours of labor to scan them in, every time I snap a photo it costs me around $1.10... and I've taken thousands of them!
Luckily though, after 3 years of searching, the universe has finally hipped me to a wonderful, affordable photo wizard working at the community photo lab AS220 in Providence. He's gotten to work cleaning and straightening my dusty old archives of negatives, then scanning them in. Your donations will go directly to paying him for his time/mind/kind(ness). He is also my spirit guide in the scanning process, leading down the path toward true scanning independence. So the coins you generously slip into my piggy bank will also go toward a Nikon Super CoolScan 4000, a desktop film scanner that will allow ME to continue scanning the film all on my own for the foreseeable future, and hopefully beyond that!
But most importantly: your funds will go toward bringing these Wigglegrams BACK into the real world (sort of). By installing them in digital picture frames, they become tangible works of art (even though they're still GIFs)(even though those GIFs are made from film negatives)(even though those film negatives were made by a 3D camera)(see how deep this rabbit hole goes?). These physical, real-life wigglegrams will then be installed on the walls of an art gallery here in New Orleans, and will be available for purchase to hang in your home, office, or car!
GIMME THE LOOT!
Besides hyperspiritual ascendance into a higher plane of consciousness, you can also win some physical (and digital) goods when you donate some of your monies to this campaign. Here are some of the things you can nab:
- THANKS: Potentially lethal doses of gratitude
- DEDICATION: A wigglegram permanently dedicated to YOU on the gallery site http://fourrealz.tumblr.com
- AUTOGRAPHED GIF: A limited-edition signed GIF that'll be emailed to you, for you to display wherever you choose. Par examplar:
- REAL MUG: A souvenir mug from my travels to Mt. Meme! Behold:
- ACTION SHOTS: One or ALL of these limited-run hyperdimensional action shots! These are printed on lenticular plastic, to make them appear 3D to the naked eye!
- FRAMED WIGGLEGRAMS: The GIFs themselves! An image of your choosing installed in real, tangible Digital Picture Frames (either the economy-sized 8" or the FULL-SIZE 10-inch!):
Cosmic Campaign Manager: Theo Eliezer
Vortexual Video shot by: Jake Springfield
Everything else done by: a team of overqualified, underpaid, extradimensional interns.
Risks and challenges
Okay, real talk. The risks and challenges inherent in this project are almost all those that I've encountered and overcome in my four years of using the Nimslo camera (and its four-lens knockoffs, like the Nishika). I now know these cameras inside and out (literally, I can rewire them), and have learned a lot about how to set them up to take the best 3D shots possible.
The risks I know quite thoroughly: I've dealt with Walgreens screwing up my scans over a dozen times, including when their machine completely destroyed several of my rolls. I've had the cameras destroy rolls inside their very own bodies, in various horrific ways. I've had the cameras fall apart in my hands, and quickly had to try and find a replacement on ebay (I now keep 2 backups). Same goes for the mounted flashes (I keep 5 backups of those). I've taken one camera on a 3-month trip and gotten nothing back except blank rolls, because it turned out the shutters weren't firing at all (which is why I learned how to rewire them). Most importantly, I've supported this venture out-of-pocket for years, so know just how much each step of the way costs, and how to do the entire process most efficiently.
That's not to say there won't be challenges. I will have to meticulously clean, cut, organize, scan, and store my thousands of negatives. I'm seeking the advice of a few film-based photographers (there are only a few left) who have already helped me immensely during my photo-taking journeys. And then there's making them wiggle! I'll have to color correct, align, and animate each picture in Photoshop, which will require hours upon hours of meticulous, repetitive tasking — but being a professional video editor, that's something I'm quite used to.
The biggest new challenge will be the gallery show, which I have never organized or taken part in before. But living in the art community in New Orleans, I have plenty of friends and associates who have had shows in (and some who run) gallery spaces, who all can offer plenty of experience-based advice to help guide me through the process.
None of is to say I don't have more to learn; expanding any venture creates more, unique challenges. But being dedicated and a quick-learner, I feel ready for anything that comes my way. And also, since these funds will help me pay for more film rolls, I won't have to be as thrifty when taking shots, and will be free to experiment and get weird — resulting in weirder, wilder, wigglier Wigglegrams down the line!
Anyway, I hope all of this convinces you that I'm the right man for the job! Thanks ahead of time for your support, and see you in the multiverse!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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