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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.

Thank you!

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.

FAQ

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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    Thanks for your support! For your $1 I will give you my heartfelt thanks as if you had actually given me $1.25. That's 25% more heartfelt thanks than strictly implied by the amount involved.

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    I will write you a postcard with the name of your favorite animal on it. Or another animal, I don't care. It could be the name of an imaginary animal. It doesn't have to be a real one. If you want the postcard, you'll have to come pick it up from my house. At this price I can't really mail it to you.

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    I will write you a postcard with the name of your favorite animal on it. Then I will send the postcard to you somewhere. You'll have to tell me where though. I don't want to have to guess.

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    I will write you a postcard. I will not mention ANY animals on the postcard. Then I will mail you the postcard. Except I will mention an animal on the postcard if your name has an animal name in it, or your address does. That will be the only animal that I mention on the postcard.

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    You will receive a copy of the final movie on DVD, including the expanded version with deleted scenes.

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    You will receive a signed copy of the final movie on DVD, including the expanded version with deleted scenes.

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    My son, who is 11 years old, will write a postcard for you. If you want an animal mentioned, let us know. We will keep the postcard in a special box for at least the next 5 years, unless you come to our house and pick it up.

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    This is just like the $63 reward except we'll mail the postcard to you instead of keeping it in a box at our house.

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    I will think about your name at some point during the making of the film, when I am on camera. I'm not kidding. I really will. I'll also probably think about how nice you were to give me $127 as a contribution towards this project.

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    I will say your name at some point during the making of this film, when I am on camera. It doesn't have to be your real name, but you have to convince me that it is your name, or I have to not care that it isn't. Unfortunately the part where I say your name will be cut out of the final film. But it will be available on the expanded version which will also be available for free download.

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    I will distinctively smile at some point during the making of the film, at a time when I am on camera. It will be a genuine smile. I will be thinking about something happy. I will smile one time for every contribution which selects this reward.

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    I will wear a white shirt while on camera. Otherwise I will wear a black shirt. I look better in black though, so you might want to pick another reward level.

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    I will spend 10 minutes staring into your eyes. We can do it in person or via the internet, based on mutual agreement. If you'd like me to stare into someone else's eyes instead of yours, that's fine too but they have to agree.

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    I won't wear any pants on camera while I am making this film. However, the lower half of my body won't be visible in the film, so you won't be able to tell for sure just by looking at the film. If you like, I'll have someone take a "behind the scenes" picture so you can verify that I was not wearing pants. Then I will put the picture on the internet and send you a URL for it.

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    At this reward level, I will have dinner with you. I will even pay for it. Maybe I'll cook it for you, or I will hire somebody else to cook it for us. I make tasty food so maybe you have a preference, which it would be churlish of me to refuse so I won't do that. You'll have to come to a place where I am for the dinner though. That's likely to be limited to places near to San Francisco, Melbourne, or Toulouse. We don't have to watch the film before, during, or after our dinner together, but we can if you want to.

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    You don't get anything for contributing at this level. Not even a postcard. This is only for people who don't want anything. I won't even thank you for the contribution. That seems kind of mean, but the customer is always right.

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