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Modine's limited edition hardcover book transforms into an interactive iPad App with audio, sound effects, music, new photos, and more!

The Movie

In 1985, a young actor named Matthew Modine was given the opportunity of a lifetime; the starring role in Stanley Kubrick's Vietnam War epic, Full Metal Jacket. Although he starred in a number of notable films (Robert Altman's Streamers, Birdy, and Vision Quest), this was the role that every young actor in Hollywood coveted. It meant a chance to work with the legendary Kubrick on what would become one of his most memorable films. Modine was cast as Private Joker, an everyman who the audience would follow through basic training and into Vietnam where he played a Marine Combat Correspondent with Stars and Stripes. Given the nature of his role, Modine decided to keep a detailed diary of his experiences (something Kubrick encouraged). Sometimes between setups, Kubrick would ask Matthew to stand up and read what he had just written. Stanley also gave Matthew permission to photograph the filmmaking process (something he never allowed). Using a 2 1/4 x 2 1/4-inch Rolleiflex camera, Modine captured hundreds of behind-the-scenes moments. After almost two arduous years, filming finally wrapped and Matthew made a series of beautiful 10 x 10-inch prints of his favorite photographs and gave them to Stanley and the other actors as gifts. He then returned to his home in NYC and put his diary, negatives, and extra prints in a box where they remained for almost a decade.

The Book

By the mid-1990s, Matthew began to think about exhibiting or publishing his photographs, but only if it was something Kubrick would be in concert with. He found a publisher who loved the photos, but felt the images needed a narrative context, so Matthew began transcribing the diary he kept on Kubrick's set. The result of this effort eventually became the hardcover book, Full Metal Jacket Diary. The first edition (published in 2005) was limited to only 20,000 laser-etched numbered copies and featured, literally, a metal book jacket. Upon release, it was well reviewed, awarded a prize for its design, and sold out rather quickly. For years now, fans of Kubrick have been hoping for a paperback edition, but Modine wanted the 20,000 copies to be collector's items and never intended to publish another edition.

The App

In 2010, I approached Matthew about turning his diary into an "eBook." We talked at length about the experience of reading on electronic devices and started to imagine something more cinematic and interactive. We wanted to take the reader on a unique journey; one they couldn’t get on an Amazon Kindle or other eReader. We realized then, that Apple’s new iPad was the perfect platform to re-release his book as an “app.” Matthew gave me his blessing and entrusted me with the contents of his book. After 8 months of pre-production work, I'm ready to begin creating what will become the Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad App. I plan to build an immersive experience that includes not only Modine's diary and photographs, but audio of Matthew reading his book, sound effects, original music, and never-before-seen images and content! As with the book, it's very important to us both that we create something Kubrick would have been proud of and wanted to own.

Funds

This project is a labour of love. I absolutely love Kubrick, Full Metal Jacket, and Matthew’s book. Unfortunately, I can’t continue without your help. As the producer, it’s my responsibility to raise additional funds to complete this project. A minimum of $20,000 will allow us to move forward. We need to professionally re-scan many of the original negatives (including newly discovered and unused photos), finish recording Matthew as he reads his diary, compose and record original music, edit and mix the audio, travel to the West Coast to work with our designer, and maintain and update our website. If we're lucky enough to exceed our goal, we’ll be able to make the app even better; ensuring that every negative is professionally scanned at the highest resolution. In addition, we’ll be able to properly beta test and market the app. With your help through Kickstarter, I’ll be able to bring Matthew’s diary and photographs to a whole new generation of film enthusiasts!

Thank you for your support!

Adam Rackoff, Producer, Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad App

URLs

The official Full Metal Jacket Diary website: http://www.fullmetaljacketdiary.com/

The official Full Metal Jacket Diary Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Full-Metal-Jacket-Diary/174538939232457

The official Full Metal Jacket Diary Twitter page: http://twitter.com/FMJDiary#

Listen to Matthew’s Movie Geeks United interview on FMJ (part of The Kubrick Series): http://www.moviegeeksunited.net/uncut

If you're in Paris through July 31, visit the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition at the Cinémathèque Française to view large prints of Matthew's Full Metal Jacket photography: http://www.cinematheque.fr/fr/expositions-cinema/kubrick/

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    You’ll receive a "special thanks" credit on the iPad app’s credits page.

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    You’ll receive a digital download of the app’s "audiobook" file in advance of the app’s release. This preview MP3 will feature Matthew Modine reading his entire diary (without any sound effects or music). You’ll also receive a "special thanks" credit on the app’s credits page.

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    You’ll receive a newly created, limited edition Full Metal Jacket Diary postcard initialed and numbered by Matthew Modine and a "special thanks" credit on the app’s credits page.

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    You’ll receive an original signed 4” x 6” color photograph taken by Matthew Modine on the set of Full Metal Jacket. Some of these small prints are nearly 25-years-old and were only recently discovered in storage. Others were printed later during the hardcover book’s development. NOTE: prints are selected at random and range from shots of cast and crew to shots of sets and extras. In addition to his signature, Matthew will write a short description on the back of each print. As an added bonus, you’ll also receive one of the limited edition postcards (listed above) and a "special thanks" credit on the app’s credits page.

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    You’ll receive one of 10 rare out-of-print numbered copies of Matthew’s limited edition hardcover book, Full Metal Jacket Diary signed by Matthew Modine. You’ll also receive a "special thanks" credit on the app’s credits page.

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    We found more!!! You’ll receive one of 9 rare out-of-print numbered copies of Matthew’s limited edition hardcover book, Full Metal Jacket Diary signed by Matthew Modine. You’ll also receive a "special thanks" credit on the app’s credits page.

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    We got more!!! You’ll receive a rare out-of-print numbered copy of Matthew’s limited edition hardcover book, Full Metal Jacket Diary signed by Matthew Modine. As an added bonus, we'll include one of the $40 square "postcard" prints (listed above)! You'll also receive a "special thanks" credit on the app’s credits page. And don't worry, everyone who pledged $200 or $225 for a book will also receive a postcard!

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    You’ll receive one of 10 extremely rare original cover proofs for Michel Ciment’s out-of-print book, “Kubrick: The Definitive Edition” featuring Matthew’s famous photograph of Kubrick’s director’s chair on the cover. These heavy stock cover proofs are signed by Matthew Modine and measure 17.5“ x 10.5“ (the flat sheet includes both the front and back cover). These proofs are perfect for framing! You’ll also receive a "special thanks" credit on the app’s credits page.

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    You’ll receive one of 75 extremely rare fine art photographic prints from 1987. These black and white prints come from Matthew’s personal collection and are now almost 25-years-old. They were originally produced as gifts for Stanley Kubrick and the other cast and crew. Each print is signed and dated by Matthew Modine. Prints are approx. 10” x 10” on an 11” x 14” photographic paper (some glossy, some matte). NOTE: prints are selected at random and range from shots of cast and crew to shots of sets and extras. In addition to his signature, Matthew will write a short description on the back of each print. You’ll also receive a "special thanks" credit on the app’s credits page.

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    You'll receive a CUSTOM PRINT of your choice from the book. Your giant 3 x 3 foot print will be numbered 1 of 1 and signed by Matthew Modine. A similar print recently sold for over $6500 at a charity auction. You'll also receive a "very special thanks" credit on the app's credits page.

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    You and 42 of your friends will receive a private screening at the Soho House in NYC. Pick your favorite Matthew Modine film to watch with him and participate in a post screening conversation and Q&A. Each audience member will also receive one of the limited edition postcards (listed above) and a "special thanks" credit on the app's credits page. All attendees must be able to meet Matthew at the Soho House in NYC. Travel and accommodations are not included.

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    Dinner and a movie for two at the Soho House New York! You and a guest will get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch Full Metal Jacket (fully restored in high definition) with Matthew Modine in a private screening room. Following the screening, you will dine together in the private members' Club Restaurant. You must be able to meet Matthew at the Soho House in NYC. Travel and accommodations are not included. You will also receive a unique gift from Matthew and a "very special thanks" credit on the app's credits page.

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