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Storied is an app that helps people capture and share their family stories with easily created and compelling mini-movies.

Thanks so much for making our Kickstarter campaign a success! You can continue to follow us and sign up for early access at www.storied.us

And some great coverage of Storied in the Huffington Post, and Examiner.com.

Our Goal

The goal of Storied is to make the process of capturing and sharing meaningful family stories easy and accessible for people of all ages. With the app installed on your iPad*, you can easily scan in printed photos directly from the iPad, or import them from popular networks like Facebook, and then record interviews with yourself or your family about the events in the photo.

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Storied will automatically create mini-documentaries from the images and allow you to share them with the tap of a button to social networks, or share privately among family members via email. The stories will also be archived on our Storied.us site, where they can be accessed privately or shared with the Storied community. The basic version of the app will be free, and you don't have to be a paid member of the Storied.us site to use the app or share videos via e-mail. In addition, supporters of our Kickstarter campaign at any level will get access to a special version of the app with all premium features unlocked (special filters, select soundtracks, etc).

In the past four months we went from concept and prototype to testing with users, iterating on our initial ideas and improving the product along the way. Now we need your help. We need funding to complete the refined version of the app, and add features that we feel will make the mini-documentaries even more compelling, like animated panning of images (the "Ken Burns effect"), and background music effects.

(*we'll be building the app for other platforms including iPhone soon, see FAQ below).

Our Story

Storied was inspired by two people, Don Larson and Jay Rabinovitz, family and friends of co-founders Eli Woolery and Rylan Peery.

Don is Eli's father-in-law, and was diagnosed 3 years ago with Alzheimer's disease. Don's daughter Kathy put together a photo memoir for her dad, and the benefits from it were huge, both for Don and for the family. Don was able to sit down with the book and reminisce about people and events that he would have trouble recalling in conversation; the family was able to capture stories from Don's younger years that would otherwise have been lost as his dementia progressed.

Jay is Rylan’s dear family friend who recently passed away. Jay, to all who knew him, was a consummate storyteller with the life experiences to make for riveting tales.

The Plan

We have a fantastic team based in Palo Alto, California, and New York who are already hard at work building this product. With experience building apps for big clients like Genentech and Kaiser Permanente, we know how to execute- now we just need your support to cross the finish line. Here's our plan:

With your help, we can bring Storied to families across the world who want to capture and share their stories. Thank you for helping us accomplish our mission!

The Rewards

We have a lot of great rewards lined up for our supporters, including everything from writing a custom soundtrack for your stories, to sending a team out to help you collect your families stories for an entire week! 

Below are are few of the rewards that we wanted to highlight (note that the designs below are conceptual prototypes, final designs may change slightly):

At $25 Pledge, get the Storied Poster (click to enlarge)
At $25 Pledge, get the Storied Poster (click to enlarge)

For those pledging at the $25 level, we have a beautiful silkscreened Storied Poster (above), designed in collaboration by Eli and Rylan's wife, Jessica, and signed by Eli & Rylan. The quote is from Japanese poet Matsuo Basho.

at $50 pledge, get the Storied Shirt
at $50 pledge, get the Storied Shirt

For those supporting us at the $50 level, we have an über-chic Storied T-shirt (above), printed (design on the back) on 100% organic cotton and made with love.

At $250 pledge, get a custom printed Storied Book (click to enlarge)
At $250 pledge, get a custom printed Storied Book (click to enlarge)

For our Storied Chroniclers (those supporting us at the $250 level), we'll put together a custom printed hardcover book using the captions and narratives that you capture while using Storied (up to 10 stories). You'll also get the poster and the shirt, and your stories will be listed in a special section of our Storied.us site.

Please check out our other wonderful rewards for backers of all levels to the right, and thank you so much for your support!

FAQ

  • We definitely see collaboration between family members and friends as the heart of Storied, and as such will be building collaborative features into both the Storied.us site and the app. Because we want to focus on creating a great initial user experience for the launch of the Storied, the first version of the app will have limited collaborative features, but these will grow and be enhanced over subsequent releases.

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  • The basic version of the app will be free, and you don't have to be a paid member of the Storied.us site to use the app or share videos via e-mail. In addition, supporters of our Kickstarter campaign at any level will get access to a special version of the app with all premium features unlocked (things like special filters, soundtracks, etc).

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  • Initially we are developing the app for Apple iPads (versions running iOS 5+); we'll be following with iPhone and Android versions of the app. If we meet our funding goal early, we will have iPhone development as a stretch goal.

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  • We take privacy very seriously at Storied. We want to make it easy for users to control the privacy of each individual story, and be able to specify exactly who they want the story shared with, whether only between family members or more broadly on social networks. Part of the Kickstarter funds will be used to make the privacy controls on our app even more intuitive and robust.

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    The Storied Poster: support us at the $25 level and get the Storied Poster, a limited edition 11x17 silkscreen print signed by co-founders Elijah Woolery and Rylan Peery, and a 3-month subscription to to our portal where you can store, archive, and share your stories. Please add $5 Shipping for US, $15 for International shipping.

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    The Storied Shirt: Support us at the $50 level and get the Storied Shirt, a limited edition printed on 100% organic cotton, and a 6-month subscription to to our portal where you can store, archive, and share your stories. Please add $15 for shipping outside the US.

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    Early backer special: join us as a Storied Launcher, and help get Storied off the ground! Get the art-print, and the t-shirt, and a one-year subscription to our portal where you can store, archive, and share your stories (normally $100/yr). Your name will also be listed in the credits for the app as a Storied Launcher. Please add $15 for shipping outside the US.

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    Be a Storied Supporter: get the art-print, and the t-shirt, and a one-year subscription to our portal where you can store, archive, and share your stories. Your name will also be listed in the credits for the app as a Storied Supporter. Please add $15 for shipping outside the US.

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    Become a Storied Chronicler: we'll take up to 10 of your Storied images and narratives, transcribe them, and turn them into a custom annotated photo book. Your stories will be listed in a special Backers section of our Storied.us site. You'll be listed in the credits as a Storied Chronicler. You'll also get the rewards above. Please add $15 for shipping outside the US.

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    Become a Storied Bard and we’ll write you a soundtrack for your stories. In addition to the rewards above, we'll compose a custom soundtrack that you can use with any of your stories. You'll be listed in the credits as a Storied Sponsor, and you’ll be invited to participate in beta-tests of our product. And you'll also get an invite to our exclusive launch party in January, and all of the above rewards.

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    Become a Storied Patron and we’ll help you tell your stories: If you are in the SF Bay Area, or New York area, we will come to a location of your choosing for one day, and help you scan or import images, and interview you about the stories behind them, using Storied to capture it all. Your stories will be featured in a special section of our Storied.us site, and you'll be listed in the credits as a Storied Patron. You'll also get an invite to our exclusive launch party in January, and all of the above rewards.

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    Be a Storied Benefactor: We'll come to your location, anywhere within the US, and spend a week gathering the stories of you and up to 10 of your family members, using Storied to capture it all. Your stories will be featured in a special section of our Storied.us site, and you'll be listed in the credits as a Storied Benefactor. And you'll also get an invite to our exclusive launch party in January, and all of the above rewards.

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