Before Macintosh: The Apple Lisa is an exciting new feature-length (to be about 100 minutes) documentary that explores the history, people, technology, stories and industry influence of this lesser-known personal computer. The film profiles important individuals involved in the creation of the computer, plus its life after cancellation, both as an entry-level Macintosh compatible and as a collectible.
The work of Douglas Engelbart and his team, plus advances from the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) with their Alto and Star workstations were the progenitors of the Graphical User Interface (GUI), but the Apple Lisa stands as the clear foundation for what we all use today -- Macintosh -- Windows -- iOS -- Android.
This is the planned content breakdown:
· 40% of the film for the Lisa while at Apple (creation, development, release, re-badging, cancellation, OS specifics, etc.)
· 33% of the film for after Apple (SunRemarketing, Sigma Seven Systems, DaFax, LisaEM, Vintage Micros, etc.)
· 20% of the film for enthusiasts/collectors
· 7% of the film for misc. (hopefully a short interview with Lisa Brennan-Jobs, and etc.).
Before Macintosh: The Apple Lisa is a celebration of the computer that really changed the way we used personal computers; it started the revolution!
The funds raised by this crowdfunding campaign will be used for travel to complete interviews, to include travel to New York City, Salt Lake City, Silicon Valley and West Palm Beach. The money will also be used to upgrade software and enable final production correction and processing, to include DVD production.
Risks and challenges
Creating a feature-length documentary takes a lot of work and presents many challenges. Though I’ve only created video shorts in the past, I know I have the skillset to complete this project and to create a good product. I know the history and I have an excellent story outline. I’ve completed five interviews and I already have most of the other necessary interviews lined-up. Once I have completed all of the interviews, the process is to complete what you might call a “three-act-play.” So in essence, I am creating three shorter films to put together and create a unified larger one.
I have the tools and skills to make something professional, though not big-budget. The story is very compelling and the people interesting, so that is the strength of this presentation vs. fancy titles or animated sequences and etc. I have run two other Kickstarter projects and they were both successful, with many moving parts. I am confident that this work will be my finest.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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