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A conversation through time! PBFB- the innovative and award-winning docu-vlog series- is coming back for a full year-long series...
A conversation through time! PBFB- the innovative and award-winning docu-vlog series- is coming back for a full year-long series...
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Welcome to the Kickstarter for PBFB 2, a documentary-vlog series published on YouTube and created by Christopher 'Bing' Bingham! Please take a moment to read our story and check out the perks on the side...

What is PBFB?

PBFB stands for Past Bing Future Bing, an experimental web series which originally aired for one whole year between January 2011 and January 2013. In it, Bing documented his life non-stop for two years and then spliced it together. The result is a video diary that alternates between the past and present by exactly one year. 'Past Bing' talks to 'Future Bing', and 'Future Bing' talks back. For more information and to watch the original series, check out the official website.

You can also watch this playlist of favourite episodes.

I want to make another full-length series, filming two whole years and condensing it into one.

The History of PBFB

The original series entered production on January 17th 2011 and began airing on YouTube on January 17th 2012. After one year and over 360 videos (there was a data disaster, long story) it ended on January 18th 2013. In that time I graduated, moved house, began working as a freelance editor, producer, and presenter. My grandfather passed away, as well as close friend and collaborator Edd Gould.

PBFB captured a tumultuous year in not only my life but the lives of all my close friends.

In 2017 we celebrated the 5-year anniversary of the series with a month-long mini version called PBFB 2017. It ran for just one month from January 17th to February 18th 2017. In that time I struggled with depression, caffeine addiction, money troubles, moving house again, being an entrepreneur, and becoming a lecturer and public speaker.

PBFB 2017 was one of the most illuminating experiences of my life, highlighting how much was wrong and setting me down a path of serious self-improvement.

Today, in January 2019, I have launched another short season called PBFB 2019 (very imaginative). In it, the first month of my life in 2018 will contrast with the same time in 2019 and I will reflect on the year that passed in between. This time around I also invited some friends to participate in interviews about their own lives and experiences.

PBFB 2019 is more of a documentary about everyone's experience of time and growth, not just my own.

How will the project work?

You are helping to fund a series that will take over two years to complete. (Such is the nature of doing time travel the long way round!) IF we are successful, filming will begin in January 2020, and the series will start airing in January 2021. The whole thing will air for one year and conclude in January of 2022.

The start date of this series will be exactly 10 years since original Past Bing's FIRST VIDEO.

Why Kickstarter?

Here's the breakdown:

- 180+ Past Bing episodes, between 5-10 minutes long (that's over 15 hours of video)

- 180+ Future Bing episodes, 5-10 minutes long (that brings us up to over 30 hours)

- Including interviews and video messages from guests and backers

Your contributions will make this series possible. We simply can't make it without funding.

Your backing will help pay for editors, travel, and production expenses. Things like:

- Professional DIT and edit assistant for PB & FB

- BACKUPS! A cloud storage subscription and redundancies like RAID drives to make sure nothing is lost!!

- Travel expenses for attending community events

- Emergency and consumable expenses like lens repair, memory cards etc.

All of these things add up VERY quickly, with the priority and largest expense being hiring an editor. To make this series the best it can be I need a team. But I'll settle for just one amazing person.

Here's some quick maths:

Hiring an editor one day a week for roughly 50 weeks: £150 (minimum) x 50 = £7,500

Website costs (Squarespace): £180 per year x 2 = £360

Cloud backup subscription (VERY IMPORTANT): £60 per year x 2 = £120

Physical RAID backup storage (VERY SUPER IMPORTANT, at least 8TB): £330

Travel expenses: return flight to one international event or con per year x 2 = £1,000

Music licensing (Epidemic sound): £120

Emergency 5% (for unforeseen costs, accidents, repairs etc.): £470

Kickstarter fees (5-8%): minimum £500

TOTAL: £10,400

That's a very conservative estimate.

What do you get?

You get to watch PBFB! If you loved the original or the anniversary, you can help make sure a sequel gets made. Bottom line: if you want to see it happen you need to back it.

Beyond that you get my gratitude. PBFB is the thing I am most proud of in the whole world. It's a testament to old-school YouTube, to growing up, to change, to stamina, and being so inspired that you can do the impossible. 

You also get to be a part of the project itself. PBFB has never just been about one person, it's about how we all experience the passing of time. Most perks include the option to record a video message for yourself to be included in the series. You get to be part of this huge experiment and see yourself a year apart. There are also special keepsakes like pin badges, and experiences like video chats and behind-the-scenes access.

Pin badge design! (Photos of actual product coming soon...)
Pin badge design! (Photos of actual product coming soon...)
Example of an ink portrait in my style
Example of an ink portrait in my style

If you've read to the bottom and all that excites you, please check out the perks on the side and back our project!

Risks and challenges

A project like this is risky because nobody knows what life will throw at them. There might be days I am unable to film or edit, or I might become sick or injured and have to postpone things. But I will endeavour, as much as is humanly possible, to make the series no matter what. That's kind of the whole point!

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    Pledge £5 or more About US$ 6

    Past & Future

    Support PBFB at this level and get your name added to the credits on the official series website! This is the smallest pledge, but one of the most important. Without you PBFB can't happen.

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    Time Traveller (PB only)

    BE PART OF PBFB. Every backer at this level or higher is invited to record a video message to themselves in the future to be included in the project. Create a time capsule of your life that will be broadcast in 2021. It will be included in a PB episode.

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    Hi, I'ma Draw Ya!

    LET ME DRAW YOU! A one-of-a-kind pen & ink portrait of you, drawn and signed by Bing. The original will be shipped to you so you can keep it forever, and a scan of it will be tweeted and added to the website <3

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    Ducky Tee!! (Yellow)

    EXCLUSIVE cotton t-shirt with hand-printed ducky PBFB logo in blue and yellow! Grab this limited edition t-shirt, available in all common sizes and shipped worldwide, PLUS get a credit on the website!

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    Ducky Tee!! (Gold)

    EXCLUSIVE cotton t-shirt with hand-printed ducky PBFB logo in blue and gold! Grab this limited edition t-shirt, available in all common sizes and shipped worldwide, PLUS get a credit on the website!

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    Ducky Tee!! (Future)

    EXCLUSIVE cotton t-shirt with hand-printed ducky PBFB logo in blue with futuristic reflective highlight! Grab this limited edition t-shirt, available in all common sizes and shipped worldwide, PLUS get a credit on the website!

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    PRO Time Traveller (PB & FB - *LIMITED*)

    BE PART OF PBFB! Past AND Future. Every backer at this level or higher is invited to record a video message to themselves in the future to be included in the project. Record a message to yourself from the past, then respond to yourself a year later. BOTH will be included in the series, first in a PB, then in an FB.

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    Pledge £30 or more About US$ 38

    Life Is Weird Tee!

    EXCLUSIVE cotton t-shirt (black or blue) with hand-printed PBFB ducky logo and 'LIFE IS WEIRD' slogan, with your choice of yello, gold, or reflective highlight material! Grab this limited edition t-shirt, available in all common sizes and shipped worldwide, PLUS get a credit on the website!

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    Custom Tee!!

    STRICTLY LIMITED! Customise your own Ducky Tee with your initials, name, or text of your choice (up to 12 characters). For example: get YOUR OWN initials under the logo, like 'PJFJ' for Jason. Perfect for shooting your own video diary! Or add your own slogan like 'JUST BE NICE' or 'DUCK THIS'...

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    Hi, I'ma Draw Ya! + PRO Time Traveller

    LET ME DRAW YOU! A one-of-a-kind pen & ink portrait of you, drawn and signed by Bing. This bundle includes everything in the PRO Time Traveller perk as well.

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    • Credit on website <3
    • Signed, hand-drawn portrait
    • Be part of PBFB! (PB & FB, 2x video message)
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    Pledge £40 or more About US$ 51

    FASHIONABLE Time Traveller

    Wear your support with pride! We've teamed up with District Lines to make a GORGEOUS double pin badge set. One 'past', one 'future'. These pins come exclusively in colour-coded pairs and can be worn together or individually. Maybe you could wear them on alternate days? Just a thought.

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    FASHIONABLE PRO Time Traveller

    Wear your support with pride, AND be part of both PB & FB. Support at this level to get everything from the FASHIONABLE level and the PRO level, which means you'll get to respond to your first video message and both will be included in the series.

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    Hi, I'ma Draw Ya! + Ducky Tee *BUNDLE*

    LET ME DRAW YOU! A one-of-a-kind pen & ink portrait of you, drawn and signed by Bing. The original will be shipped to you so you can keep it forever, and a scan of it will be tweeted and added to the website. This bundle also includes a limited edition Ducky Logo Tee in either YELLOW or GOLD!

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    Ducky Tee + Time Travel *BUNDLE*

    Upgrade! EXCLUSIVE cotton t-shirt with hand-printed ducky PBFB logo in your choice of yellow OR gold! Grab this limited edition t-shirt, available in all common sizes and shipped worldwide, PLUS everything included in the PRO Time Traveller level!

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    Hi, I'ma Draw Ya! + Ducky Tee *BUNDLE* 2

    LET ME DRAW YOU! A one-of-a-kind pen & ink portrait of you, drawn and signed by Bing. The original will be shipped to you so you can keep it forever, and a scan of it will be tweeted and added to the website. This bundle also includes a limited edition Ducky Logo Tee in REFLECTIVE!

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    Any 2 Tees!

    Your choice of any 2 exclusive t-shirt designs, in any combination of colour (block/blue) and highlight (yello/gold/reflective). For example: one Life Is Weird tee in Gold, and one Ducky Logo tee in yellow.

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    Ducky Tee + Pin Badge *Bundle*

    Wear your support with pride, AND be part of both PB & FB. Support at this level to get everything from the FASHIONABLE level and the PRO level, which means you'll get to respond to your first video message and both will be included in the series, plus a Ducky Tee in your choice of YELLOW, GOLD, or REFLECTIVE!

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    • Be part of PBFB! (PB & FB, 2x video message)
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    EXECUTIVE Time Traveller (*LIMITED*)

    BE INVOLVED IN PBFB! At this level you will receive an 'Executive Producer' credit for the series. I'll also share with clips and rough edits, stills, and behind-the-scenes material throughout the PB year. You will be the first to see anything from the new series. This also includes the PIN BADGE SET and the PRO video message rewards.

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    • Credit on website <3
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    • Metal pin badge set
    • Early access to episodes and BTS
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    A Postcard From PB

    Inspired by the art of On Kawara, receive a personalised postcard from me at some point during the project, wherever I happen to be. I'll write to you about what I'm doing and where I am that day. Each backer will receive a postcard from a different time and place, and each one will be unique. This level also includes the PRO Time Traveller perks!

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    • Personalised postcard xx
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    Past Bing's Broken Promises

    Unique, one-of-a-kind perk: own the broken hard drive used to store PBFB 2019, as featured in 2019.02.01 'Old Things'. This level also includes a pin badge set and video messages. PLEASE NOTE: The drive is absolutely non-functional. If you want a working one I suggest Amazon.

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    • Be part of PBFB! (PB & FB, 2x video message)
    • Metal pin badge set
    • PBFB 2019 HDD
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    EXECUTIVE Time Traveller (*LIMITED*)

    BE INVOLVED IN PBFB! At this level you will receive an 'Executive Producer' credit for the series. I'll also share with clips and rough edits, stills, and behind-the-scenes material throughout the PB year. You will be the first to see anything from the new series. This also includes the PIN BADGE SET and the PRO video message rewards.

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    • Credit on website <3
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    A Postcard From PB + Ducky Tee *BUNDLE*

    Inspired by the art of On Kawara, receive a personalised postcard from me at some point during the project, wherever I happen to be. I'll write to you about what I'm doing and where I am that day. Each backer will receive a postcard from a different time and place, and each one will be unique. This level also includes the PRO Time Traveller perks, PLUS a t-shirt in your choice of YELLOW, GOLD, or REFLECTIVE.

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    EXECUTIVE Time Traveller 2 (*LIMITED*)

    BE INVOLVED IN PBFB, and get on a VIDEO CHAT with Bing! At this level you will receive an 'Executive Producer' credit for the series. I'll also share with clips and rough edits, stills, and behind-the-scenes material throughout the PB year. This includes everything from the EXECUTIVE level PLUS an hour-long video call with me where we can talk about life and time and the process of making stuff xx

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    • Credit on website <3
    • Be part of PBFB! (PB & FB, 2x video message)
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    • Early access to episodes and BTS
    • Video call with Bing
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    EXECUTIVE Time Traveller 2 (*LIMITED*)

    BE INVOLVED IN PBFB, and get on a VIDEO CHAT with Bing! At this level you will receive an 'Executive Producer' credit for the series. I'll also share with clips and rough edits, stills, and behind-the-scenes material throughout the PB year. This includes everything from the EXECUTIVE level PLUS an hour-long video call with me where we can talk about life and time and the process of making stuff xx

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    • Credit on website <3
    • Be part of PBFB! (PB & FB, 2x video message)
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    • Early access to episodes and BTS
    • Video call with Bing
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    The PBFB Book

    OWN A PIECE OF PBFB. This level is unique, there is only one. At the end of the series, or whenever it gets filled (whichever comes first), I'll send you the notebook I use to plan and write episodes of PBFB. It will be yours to share or keep to yourself. This level also includes everything from the EXECUTIVE level.

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    • The PBFB notebook
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    The HFS Book

    OWN A PIECE OF HFS. This perk is unique, there is only one. For fans of my music, I'll send you the notebook I plan the next HFS album/EP in. It will be yours to share or keep all to yourself. This level also includes everything from the EXECUTIVE level.

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    High Flying Time Lord

    Words can't express how much backing at this level would mean. Back only if you can afford it! You will be personally thanked in a video, listed in the credits, and receive everything from the EXECUTIVE 2 level. We'll also send you extras of the pin badge set to give to your friends, and a selection of rare CDs and comics from the archive.

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    • Early access to episodes and BTS
    • Video call with Bing
    • Personal shoutout in an episode
    • Archive rarities (limited comics, CDs, posters)
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Funding period

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