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PaperFlock is proud to present "Keeping the Ball Alive", a coffee table book celebrating 30 years of pinball creation at Stern Pinball.
444 backers pledged $55,313 to help bring this project to life.

Rounding the Bend!

Posted by PaperFlock Inc (Creator)
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Hello Kickstarter Backers!

As the title suggests we are rounding the bend with the layout and photoshopping!

We are still missing a few machines, but have been in contact with the Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame about doing what will hopefully be our final shoot there!

When we first approached this project we assumed that there were studio-quality photographs of most if not all machines, but we could not have been more wrong. As it turns out, no one has really photographed most of the games we need in the way we need them for a book like this!

If you didn't see it before, here is a little video showing us shooting the machines in Banning, California:

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And here are the major angles we get through this process:

And this video gives you a taste of the photoshop work that goes into each image:

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This image took about 30 minutes from start to finish, the video is sped up 600%! 

Some of the images take over an hour.

There are over 100 machines and an average of 30 images per machine, which works out to over 1500 hours of photoshop alone! That doesn't count layout time, writing time, photographing time, travel time, negotiating time, and all the other time!

As you can see, doing this the right way has taken a lot of time and effort, but we all can feel how close we are to the finish!

Thanks for hanging in there, and we can't wait to share it with you!

Thanks for your patience,    Joe and Dameon, and the Paperflock Team

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      j.m.ratkos on

      ok, with that said. how about a few questions answered
      - what is the "new" time line for the book's delivery?
      - when are we going to finally see some photos for the bonus items that many of ponied up for?

    2. PaperFlock Inc Creator on

      Hi J.M. Yes very much realize the amount of work 1500 hours is! Because we have been doing it for a long time! And no this book will not require 9 more months because there is more than one of us doing the work and we have been working on it diligently since we got the first images! (which is many months ago)

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      j.m.ratkos on

      you do realize that 1,500 hrs is equivalent to 9 months (8 hour work days) worth of time, correct?

      does this mean, that we're looking at a minimum of another year before this book "might" see the light of day?!?