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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, March 15 2019 3:34 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Kallisti Studio, meaning "For the most beautiful one" is inspired by photo-centric pop-up installations, immersive museums and festival art. We cater specifically to artists looking to create truly unique content - we aren't going to be building yet another Los Angeles studio with generic backdrops and a white seamless cyclorama. LA has plenty of those already! With your help, we want to build something new and innovative. Something that allows our city's bursting pool of talent to elevate their art to the next level (at affordable prices).

We are a husband and wife team with a combined 25 years in the entertainment industry. We have built and managed multiple large scale projects both digital and physical; from custom cars to fully themed medieval and post-apocalyptic camps, pop culture websites and magazines, PC and console video games and industry events (not to mention hundreds of costumes across many genres).

Alyssa has been cosplaying since 2003 and modeling for a decade. She has produced dozens of published group shoots (doing everything from location scouting, styling, modeling, art directing and talent booking). She is editor in chief for Geeky Freaky, a niche pop culture website and print magazine focusing on geek counterculture that has been running since 2013. Alyssa has also worked in video game and web development since 2007, most recently in community management, marketing, and production. Alyssa has managed game projects from inception to launch to live-ops and has been product owner on all things internal, business to business and consumer facing across traditional gaming, room-scale VR and app development. She knows how to successfully take a project from start to finish and how to support an audience once it ships. 

Christian has been working in fabrication for entertainment for over 15 years. He has an educational background in gunsmithing and pre-industrial blacksmithing. Christian has worked as a Disney Imagineer, built parts currently orbiting the earth on the international space station, managed and built dozens of large scale projects for museums, theme parks, red carpet events, game shows, TV, film and theater. He appeared on the original season of Man At Arms for his work in blacksmithing and welding and is also an accomplished carpenter, mechanical designer, scenic and project lead - so he also knows how to run a team and get a project out the door. 

Some of our projects, both personal and professional. Christian has worked on dozens of entertainment industry projects including film, TV, red carpet events, museum installations, music videos and more.
Some of our projects, both personal and professional. Christian has worked on dozens of entertainment industry projects including film, TV, red carpet events, museum installations, music videos and more.

We already have much of the prerequisite equipment, props, and materials for the space (as well as a large selection of cool wardrobe that will be available for rent). $30,000 would provide us with 6 months rent on a space, capital for additional set materials and labor costs, a fully stocked lighting setup and miscellaneous business and legal expenses. 

If we reach this funding level, we will have eight themed wall flats at launch (four in each studio) and two largescale permanent sets - a castle throne room in Studio A (for a variety of gothic, medieval, fetish and cosplay looks) and a color changing LED wall in Studio B (for cool sci-fi, cyberpunk and silhouette shots). We will also have walls and props themed for steampunk and post-apocalyptic looks. Additionally, we will have floor flats to create interchangeable settings, several different unique furniture options (thrones and chaises galore), a large selection of rentable wardrobe (cosplay and fashion and fetish, oh my), a full selection of rentable lighting and our space leased for six months (giving us plenty of runway to start booking the studio the traditional way). 

Although our initial funding cost will create a fully functional studio, we also have a couple stretch goals we'd like to reach. If we blow past our initial funding stage, each studio has the chance to get 1 additional "wow" piece - an aerial setup for experienced shibari, aerial silk and hoop ring artists to utilize in front of our wall flats and an infinity mirror box for creative headshots. 

We will also regularly update the studio props, wardrobe and furniture to keep things from getting stale.

Additionally we will have a make-up station in each studio, several furniture options and a small arsenal of props.

Of course, there is always more we can do! The plan is to create these sets down the road regardless, but ideally we will have them available at launch (because they are extra cool and really exemplify what we want the space to be).

  •  Funding Goal #1:    $30,000 

 Unlocked Achievements: Dungeon set, LED wall, four double-sided wall flats (Proposed themes: post apocalyptic, steampunk, sci-fi 3D textured x2, damask wallpaper, circus sunburst, spiral, wallpapered stripes), floor flats, three thrones and two chaise lounges (with additional small furniture), make-up and changing rooms, lighting package, rentable wardrobe.

A shot on our vampire bat throne. Our castle set will follow a similar layout, but include 3D rock wall textures and stained glass cathedral windows. Image by Eric Anderson.
A shot on our vampire bat throne. Our castle set will follow a similar layout, but include 3D rock wall textures and stained glass cathedral windows. Image by Eric Anderson.
Our castle set will be fully immersive and have 2 slightly different walls to allow for more interesting compositions. There will be several details that allow this set to be partially customizable.
Our castle set will be fully immersive and have 2 slightly different walls to allow for more interesting compositions. There will be several details that allow this set to be partially customizable.
A preview of the actual texture that will be featured in our castle - this will be on the opposing wall to the cathedral windows.
A preview of the actual texture that will be featured in our castle - this will be on the opposing wall to the cathedral windows.
Our LED wall will feature programmable RGB colors, allowing you to create a variety of effects - gradients, quadrants, shapes or single colors. Our sets will be versatile and reusable to keep them from going stale!
Our LED wall will feature programmable RGB colors, allowing you to create a variety of effects - gradients, quadrants, shapes or single colors. Our sets will be versatile and reusable to keep them from going stale!
While these are not 100% the final designs for our backdrops, they are pretty close to what you can expect; 4 wall flats + 1 immersive set in each studio.
While these are not 100% the final designs for our backdrops, they are pretty close to what you can expect; 4 wall flats + 1 immersive set in each studio.
A shot using our infinity mirror box prop. See Kickstarter update #2 for more info.
A shot using our infinity mirror box prop. See Kickstarter update #2 for more info.
  •  Funding Goal #2:    $31,200 

 Unlocked Achievement: Aerial Set

  •  Funding Goal #3:  $33,500 

 Unlocked Achievement: Mirror Box Improvements (and additional interchangeable inserts)

  • Studio rental 

The main focus of Kallisti Studio is a rentable space for photographers, models, make-up artists and stylists to use for their hobby or commercial projects. 

One of the thrones that will be available at our studio.
One of the thrones that will be available at our studio.
  • Wardrobe and lighting rental

We have a large collection of unique wardrobe in complementary themes to the studio. For a small additional fee, you can make use of our extensive (and ever-growing wardrobe) and our complete lighting package. Wardrobe themes include post-apocalyptic, medieval, fantasy, sci-fi, cyberpunk, fetish, cosplay and alternative fashion.

  • Open house days

For those of you who want to mingle with other artists in LA, get some spontaneous shots, and check out the studio before committing to a full rental, we will offer open house days once a month. Pay a small entrance fee and share the studio space while connecting with the LA photo community. We provide the space, the snacks and the ambiance - so get to networking!

  • Workshops, classes, and themed group shoots

We also want Kallisti Studio to be an opportunity for education and growth. Occasionally we will hire experts in certain fields to come and teach workshops in subjects like lighting, bodypainting and shibari. We will also offer themed group shoot days - we handle all the styling and talent booking, you bring a few bucks and your camera! We will also offer art modeling sessions - bring your art supplies and draw models in a variety of scenarios, settings, costumes and poses.

  •  Space rental - $14,000
  •  Wall flats - $3,800
  •  Makeup and changing stations - $700
  •  Business expenses and Kickstarter fees - $2,500
  •  Lighting equipment - $5,000
  •  Permanent sets - $5,000

REWARD DETAILS/NOTES:

Photo rentals: If you want additional hours, you can increase your donation and select the same reward multiple times. Rental studio hours can be redeemed at any time during any available normal studio hours. These cover studio hours only, and do not include lighting or wardrobe rentals unless specifically stated in the reward (you can add on these services when redeeming your reward at full cost if you decide later that you want them.) These hours will not expire and are transferable to your friends, colleagues, or enemies. These hours are for small photo/video shoot usage only. No groups over 8 cast/crew. For shoots over 8 people, we will collect an additional $5/hour surcharge.

Photography Tier Rewards:

Photography by Eric Anderson (Makeup is not included but can be provided at an additional cost)
Photography by Eric Anderson (Makeup is not included but can be provided at an additional cost)
Photography by JaW Images Photography. (Makeup is not included but can be provided at an additional cost)
Photography by JaW Images Photography. (Makeup is not included but can be provided at an additional cost)

Risks and challenges

Right now we are pretty confident about finding a space in the area we want and have a good idea of what it will cost us, but we can't lock anything down until we have the funds. We have been searching regularly and there are a lot of appropriate places out there, but it will take some additional digging when funding comes through - this can potentially delay our build or inflate our expenses. We know how we want to set up the studio, but we have to be flexible depending on what location we lock down.

A couple of our sets are also complex - but we've done this enough times that our budgeting (for both time and money) shouldn't be too far off. It is also possible that the space we find will not allow for an aerial rig - this build requires very specific criteria to be met in order to build it safely.

Our biggest challenge is that it's a rather ambitious build with a hefty price tag - so we hope that the folks in Los Angeles are as excited about the potential for a new space like this as we are.

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