UPDATE: Thank you!
We have hit our stretch goal and a new Everything is a Remix is a go!
Thank you so much from me and Nora, my producing partner (and wife), who makes all sorts of behind-the-scenes stuff happen.
Contributions from here on out help me and Nora stay independent and keep creating innovative content for the net. Thank you for the privilege.
You still have till Monday night, October 12, to back me and get an awesome Everything is a Remix t-shirt or poster in the exchange. I have speaking engagement rewards if anyone would like me to come present for their organization. There's also a few sponsor/producer slots remaining for the new Remix video or get your original artwork or photo in it, just for fun. You get access to my new video-on-demand series, This is Not a Conspiracy Theory, with all rewards $10 and up. And everyone who backs at $100 and up, your posters will be signed and you will be thanked by name in the closing credits of the new Everything is a Remix video.
Kirby & Nora
UPDATE: This Kickstarter is going much better than anticipated, so I’ve introduced a couple stretch goals:
$10,000 Stretch Goal: Pick your t-shirt and poster color
If we reach $10,000, t-shirts and posters will get printed in two additional colors, which will be determined by backer vote. You’ll be able to pick your t-shirt and your poster from the most popular color options. We’ll also throw in stickers!
$20,000 Stretch Goal: A new Everything is a Remix video!
And now for the juicy (and ambitious) goal: if we reach $20,000 I’ll cue up a new Everything is a Remix video in my production schedule. I have a few ideas that have been kicking around for a while and with enough Kickstarter backing I’ll be able to start work on one.
This goal might sound high to some, but that’s because the rewards aren’t particularly profitable. (The original intent for this Kickstarter was just to produce some merchandise.) So I’m offering new rewards to help finance video production. And if you want your t-shirt purchase to contribute more significantly to this stretch goal and the production budget, consider adding a little extra to your pledge.
Whoa, it's been five years
It's hard to believe, but my popular four-part video series Everything is a Remix launched five years ago. Since then, the series has been viewed over two million times and produced a popular TED Talk. Amazingly, Remix continues to change the way people think about creativity, originality, and copyright.
To celebrate the five year anniversary, I've polished up the original four parts and merged them. For the first time now, the whole series is available as a single video with proper transitions all the way through, unified styling, and remixed and remastered audio. Part One has been entirely rebuilt in HD.
Over the years there have been many requests for Everything is a Remix merchandise and I'm taking this anniversary as an opportunity to finally produce some. With your support, we'll do a run of t-shirts and posters. There are no limits, we'll produce and ship as many as we sell.
T-Shirt #1: Copy Transform Combine
Brand new for 2015 is the "Copy Transform Combine" t-shirt, Remix's central tenets distilled into a graphical statement that still widely circulates today. (Our thanks to Dan Gilmore who created the icons back in 2012.)
T-Shirt #2: Everything is a Remix
And making its return is the original, beloved "Everything is a Remix" t-shirt, which features the iconic type branding used throughout the original videos.
Both shirts are the American Apparel Tri-Blend Short Sleeve Track Shirt. I own several of these. They're my favorite t-shirts and I know numerous people who feel the same way. Available in unisex sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL. (We'll request your size after the campaign ends.)
We're really fond of the new "Copy Transform Combine" art and think it'll look great in your workspace. So we're also producing a 24x36 screen printed poster, which should fit nicely in many home and office environments.
My New Series
To sweeten the deal, a digital subscription to my new, acclaimed series This is Not a Conspiracy Theory is included with all rewards $10 and up. The Guardian calls it "spectacularly ambitious." You’ll get the entire series: a feature documentary, released in episodes, which will add up to eighty minutes. You'll receive each of the episodes as they're completed, plus behind-the-scenes updates as the project unfolds. Watch anytime, on any device, forever. The third episode has just been released, and we project there will five more. You can watch the first episode below.
Big Spenders (Updated)
Lastly, at the upper end of the reward spectrum we've got some exclusive opportunities.
- For $100 and up, your posters will be signed and you will be thanked by name in the closing credits of a new Everything is a Remix video.
- For $500, you can get a photo or piece of artwork you own in an upcoming free video.
- For $1000, you can also get your company logo in the closing credits of the new Everything is a Remix video, or get a named Producer credit.
- For $3000 or $5000, book me to come to you and perform my 45-minute Everything is a Remix talk plus Q&A.
- And for $5000, there’s a chance to grab the featured sponsor slot at the start of the new Everything is a Remix video. (Here’s an example.)
Celebrate the legacy of Everything is a Remix
So there it is: the Everything is a Remix Five Year Anniversary Celebration. Get some merch and also get a subscription to my exciting new series. By backing this project, you're supporting our continued efforts in creating innovative documentaries for the internet.
Want to talk with me directly before making your pledge? Just click the "Contact me" button near the top of the page and ask me anything.
Risks and challenges
This is a pretty straight-forward campaign: we're just producing t-shirts and posters. We did a limited run of both in 2012 so we understand the production and logistics. Matter of fact, we've already produced fifty of the new batch of shirts.
We plan to do shipping and handling ourselves, but should the campaign over-achieve and there's a lot of merch to ship, we've also sourced a company that can handle fulfillment for us.
All told, this is a modest task and we think any challenges we encounter will also be modest.
My beast of a project, This is Not a Conspiracy Theory, was successfully funded via Kickstarter in 2012. Those backers have all received digital access to the series, their posters, and their talks. DVD and Blu-Ray rewards will get produced and shipped when the series is completed. But that won't be for a few years from now and doesn't compete with the production/shipping schedule for this Everything is a Remix Five Year Anniversary Celebration Kickstarter.
Two caveats about the $10k Stretch Goal:
1. The t-shirt color selection will be limited to what’s available at the printer when we go to print in October. Sometimes certain color/size combinations aren’t available. If your first choice isn't available, I’ll ask you for another option.
2. If your shirt gets lost or destroyed in the mail, I may not be able to replace it with your original selection. However, you will still get a replacement shirt from the stock we have. This scenario is unlikely but possible. (When I shipped shirts in 2012 none of them got lost or damaged.)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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