I will make a film showing myself staring at the camera for thirty minutes. Possibly more.
Hello. My name is Jeremy Bornstein. People tell me that I have very expressive eyes. That is why I want to make a short film showing myself staring at the camera for thirty minutes, and give that film away for free on the internet to anyone who wants to download it.
Remember classified ads? They were in newspapers. The best classified ad was the one that said "SEND $1 FOR INFORMATION." That guy made a lot of money from that ad. I don't even know if he sent out any information--I bet he didn't. But that was before the internet. He probably couldn't get away with that sort of thing now because there are no more newspapers.
I would love for you to be a part of this project. Because if I were the only supporter, and I were to give myself money for it, I wouldn't have any more money than before. And when you give money to yourself it doesn't change the amount of money that you have for buying things. Unless you buy them from yourself, which doesn't make a lot of sense really if you think about it.
I already have a camera I can use, and will film in beautiful natural light so I don't need any lights or anything. And the camera uses digital film, and a battery that I can recharge from the house current. That is why I only need $15,037 to fund this project. The funds will be used for some combination of promotions, props, locations, and reward fulfillment.
Speaking of rewards: I have thought a lot about some great rewards that I can give you for contributing to this project. Actually that's not strictly true. I thought a little about it. But it was very high-quality thinking. Then I listed those rewards. You can see what they are over on the right-hand side of the page and you will probably like at least one of them. Then you will feel real good about contributing to this project.
It would be great if you could tell other people about this campaign. Because I only have a few friends, and they don't like to give me things as much as strangers do. I don't know why. So maybe your friends will be more generous.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
There are low-probability existential risks, which I think can be safely discounted.
If any of the equipment required were to fail, I would have to replace it, which would be annoying but not a hardship, as money from the existing budget would be able to cover such an occurrence.
It is possible that due to severe weather for an extended period of time I will not be able to shoot the project using natural light. If this should happen I will shoot indoors with artificial light.
All of these risks are minimal because completion of the project as described requires only capabilities I have successfully demonstrated in the past, and because weather of a required severity to negatively impact the project is vanishingly unlikely.
There is likely to be blinking. Although the film as currently planned will consist of multiple shots of relatively long duration, I do not know if I can legitimately not blink for the full length of each of those shots. (I'm not sure what that length is, but it's dependent on my camera and available storage.)
I am considering adding "no blinking" as a stretch goal, for which I'd either have to edit out the frames containing blinking, or cut on blinks.
I have not yet decided. As you may be aware, an important aspect of film--including documentary film--is the construction of an emotional experience for the viewer. This construction is accomplished by means of various techniques, one of which is the adjustment of shot length. Lengthy shots are probably going to be best suited to my intended emotional tone for this project and so I am generally thinking that there will be very few shots in the film, most if not all of them being of a relatively extended length.
I am considering this question now, along with the addition of a separate audio track for the visually impaired. These may eventually be suitable stretch goals.
If you have an opinion please do let me know in the project comments.
There will be at least 30 minutes of original staring-type footage in the finished film. No looping to stretch things out or slowing down the frame rate.