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CineStillBy CineStill
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CineStillBy CineStill
First created
pledged of $360,000pledged of $360,000 goal
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 4 2014 8:00 AM UTC +00:00

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48 Hours to Go for Large Format 4x5 Sheet Film

Posted by CineStill (Creator)

CineStill 120 is now not only possible... It is inevitable! If you have not yet been over to the new project on IndieGoGo, head over there now. We are already 108% funded, beyond our first goal and will be producing CineStill in 120 for the masses!

But that's old news now... The next big thing is large format! 

We just released brand new perks to help reach our stretch goals for 4x5 Large Format Sheet Film and CineStill 50D in medium and large format! We have already raised nearly $130k in support from the amazing community of analog photographers banding together and are now only $20k from our first stretch goal for 4x5. 

Head over now and let's make more film for more cameras.

There are only 2 days left in the campaign but there has never been more reason to support bigger and better film for the world!

CineStill Large Format Sheet Film & 50D Stretch Goals Added!

Posted by CineStill (Creator)

If you hadn't heard, our new campaign on IndieGoGo is going very well. Over 80% funded in just over the first week! We just announced our first set of stretch goals and CineStill 800T in Medium Format is just the beginning! 

Stretch Goals Revealed 

Support the cause and spread the word!
Support the cause and spread the word!

 LARGE Format 4x5 Sheet Film 

Making CineStill in 120 opens up many exciting opportunities. Since it will be produced from a special order wide format motion picture emulsion, we will be able to format it nearly any way we wish. And we wished for 4x5!

MORE Film Emulsions

CineStill 50Daylight is boasted to be the world’s finest grain color film. Though setting up an additional line of film will take twice as much work, we are ready to make it happen if the demand is proven! Once we reach this stretch goal and the end of the campaign, we will send out surveys to all contributors. You will have the option to choose between 800T or 50D for each perk you backed!

CineStill 120 50Daylight by Nicole Hill
CineStill 120 50Daylight by Nicole Hill

CineStill's mission is giving creatives more choices and tools to create their vision. You would expect a guitarist to have more than just one guitar, electric or acoustic. And a pianist would never be satisfied only ever playing a synthesizer. In a highly homogenized market and culture, artists and professionals can't be expected to express themselves freely without diversity of mediums and tools. We desire to bring them to you, and work with many other film manufacturers to support diversity in the analog film renaissance.

The Next BIG thing!

Posted by CineStill (Creator)

In case you missed it, 120 is Back! Over the past year, we've gone back to the drawing board, created more cost effective designs, scaled down the minimum order quantities, and even made a really cool new crowdfunding film on CineStill film! We have worked hard to create a leaner and more flexible plan for CineStill 120. We are ready, with a more flexible project, so we have chosen a more flexible crowdfunding platform to give you the opportunity to bring CineStill into the world of medium format. 

CineStill 120 is about more than just us bringing to market a new product that we are passionate about... It's about you! It's something you have been asking for since the beginning and it can only happen if you make it happen!

Support CineStill 120 to Become a "CineStill Film Maker"

Introducing... CineStill 120!

We want you, our most loyal supporters, to be our first "CineStill Film Makers" and beta testers! The project is now live and early contributors will have access to limited "early-bird" perks and the chance to beta test CineStill 120 before the first production run is complete!

Now, a little on how we got here and why...

Immediately following our Kickstarter campaign which received nearly $120K in pledges but did not meet it's larger goal, IndieGoGo reached out to us. They were confident that we could have a "hugely successful campaign" and generously offered to help us "blow past" our original goal. This was enticing and could most certainly have worked, but after speaking with them and much deliberation, we opted to take time to explore the opportunities before us and to work out a better plan for our supporters. One where your previously pledged contributions would be enough and we could award your dedication and support with better perks and exciting stretch goals.

We are now counting on you to match or surpass previously pledged funding. Please contribute generously to collect your piece of the pie. CineStill 120 on IndieGoGo

 CineStill 800T 120 Beta by Adam Goldberg

With your support, we have a clear pathway to bring CineStill 120 to market at an affordable price. All the components are sourced, we have the process prototyped, and all of the agreements and services are in order. We are even giving early supporters opportunities to further beta test for us!

The main obstacles originally (other than funds) were the MOQs (minimum order quantities) and setup cost vs volume of production. With medium format film, we couldn't just start small and scale up, as was the approach with our previous 135 releases. It is either large scale production or not at all. In order to produce the highest quality product, we needed to secure all the materials compatible with slitting and spooling 120, and engineer our process for the optimal and appropriate scale. Fortunately, during our last campaign, you displayed the demand and scale of interest that is achievable and we have adjusted accordingly! This included securing special order materials, a custom built machine and a larger production space. Initially, this required over $300K in capital to produce and fulfill a crowdfunding campaign which would bring CineStill 120 to market. But hard work and dedication pays off.

We have since invested much towards this goal, negotiated lower minimum orders, created production efficiencies and more cost effective equipment design.

We have a plan, and $120K is the minimum additional funding needed to get our first MOQ production run off the ground. In truth, it has and will cost more going forward, but that is the remaining of what we need to raise through pledges to justify a large scale production and begin sustained distribution.

Since the beginning, we have resisted the temptation of expanding too quickly through outside investment or excessive leveraging of debt. Such an approach, though enticing, would result in a higher end retail price and limit future expansion of our products. This is where crowdfunding is so helpful. It allows you to stimulate startup based on demand, bringing to market much more efficiently, a product with market awareness for continued availability.

Starting out with multiple production runs of 120 to be distributed at wholesale would take much more outside investing and several cycles to sustain. More time, requires more funding, leading to higher prices. By inviting you to become "CineStill Film Makers," you will be our investors and you will reap the perks!

So if you haven't already, please take a look at the new project and watch the film we made. We would love your comments and feedback. Once you've made your most generous contribution, please share with your friends in the analog community.

Welcome CineStill 120 to the Family! Contribute Today!

 This is our renaissance,

-Brian Wright

CineStill 120 is BACK!

Posted by CineStill (Creator)
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Nothing Short of a "Film Miracle"...

Posted by CineStill (Creator)

To all those who have supported, promoted and pushed our campaign, Thank you!

As we look at the backers and what's pledged so far, we are very encouraged. With your incredible support and the experience gained from running this Kickstarter project, we have learned what is possible. We now know for certain that CineStill medium format film is something for which there is committed support and a definable market, and more importantly, we are not the only ones who have noticed! As a direct result of this campaign, very exciting and promising doors have opened, and other potential collaborative opportunities have surfaced! This is perhaps the biggest thing you could have given, and it wouldn't have happened without the support and attention from the film community around the world.

We are realistic as well. Facing the facts, it would take nothing short of a "Film Miracle" for this project to reach it's funding goal. Setting up and running a productive and successful Kickstarter campaign is a unique skill, more subtle and nuanced than we could have imagined. We appreciate all the advice we have received and have taken note! Through your pledges and constructive response, you have signed the petition and rallied your voices, and we have heard you! So we want to let you know that our resolve remains unchanged and we will not stop working to make Medium Format CineStill film a reality!

The future of film truly is bright! With New 55's pending release of their new 4x5 instant P/N film, Film Ferrania's successfully funded Kickstarter campaign and the voice of unity we have been hearing from all of our friends throughout the film manufacturing industry, it is truly an exciting time to be shooting film. This is just the beginning! We see a lot of new film in the future (from us and our friends in the analog photography world). Film shooters, This Is YOUR Renaissance!

Again, Thank you for all the support, and we will continue to post "Updates" as the future unfolds. If you would like to stay up to date on all that we are doing, be sure you are listed among the "Backers", also please subscribe to our newsletter on our website and keep your ear to the ground.

With our utmost sincerity and appreciation,
- Your Analogue brothers, at CineStill.