The Facebooth Project
Your Face Here. Imagine a never ending, self editing, evolving movie that uses images uploaded by anyone with a smart phne or computer.
I want to challenge the status quo through artistic expression and I want to create ways for people to express new ideas. By creating new tools for people to use, I think that together we can change the world through art and technology. So, I am creating a 'smart movie' that can compile and edit images from anyone with a smart phone or computer, in realtime.
I want to tell our story, through images, 1 frame at a time.
Imagine the world coming together in one place. In a stop motion movie that exists online, and that goes on forever, evolving day by day and featuring all of You as its content, the users of cyberspace! I have imagined this and am in the process of creating a platform to run it. I have designed a movie engine to capture You the user and play Your images back to You in Realtime, online, all to a soundtrack. The film is designed to play online forever and edit itself once new content has been submitted. People are encouraged to upload their Facebooth Project photos from our developed website or App which will keep the film growing. All you have to do is use the application and press a few buttons to get your image into the project. We will do the rest. Your input will help this experiment live and grow online exponentially. The Facebooth Project has potential to be extraordinary, but this will only happen with your input.
Help an artist expand his vision. For me to move forward and create a space where I can collaborate with the world wide web and its users, I need your help to make it into a reality. The concept is simple. It is an experimental, interactive expressive art project, exploring the global online community through collaboration, film and animation/stop motion photography. The aim is to collect as many images of people in one place and create an automatic editing, never ending online animation movie, expressing the diversity of people throughout the world. To put it simply, I want to try to photograph and edit together as many people as possible in one timeline.
How we plan to do it: Through the technology that we are creating, you the user can use your camera phone or computer to capture 5 photos of yourself, in a photo-booth like Application, and add them to the ongoing timeline, or 'faceline' already playing and constant that is Facebooth Project online. You get the choice to add a message in the message field, your name, date etc for prosperity to include within the images. All the shots of your wonderful faces that are uploaded will get auto edited and played back to back at 25 frames per second giving us a wonderful stop motion flowing film. All in B/W and set to music. The new version of the site and App will enable you to record snippets of sound as well as add SFX to the images and save/send your Facebooth Project 'flipbook' movie to your friends. So the plan is that you can photograph yourselves anywhere in the world and upload them instantly to Facebooth Project from the app or your computer and your images will get added to the on going movie, updated in the background and played back in realtime. All you have to do is press a few buttons to shoot and upload the photos and within minutes you will see yourself featured in the movie.
The process of getting your images into the movie requires very little time or effort, but now I’m trying to make it even easier, so everyone everywhere can experience this exciting project. In collaboration with programmers I am spending time on the App version of the site. This will make it really easy for anyone to use. Right now I only have a prototype website, but the App will make it a thousand times easier!
The Facebooth Project was born over a year ago and was just started out as a fun way to compile images of random people on the web. Soon I realized that it was more important than that. I came to see the value in compiling random people from all over the world in one place and I realized that this experiment could lead to being an extraordinary work of art. I am excited to generate new forms of expression but to be able to chronicle the worlds diversity in one sitting of a movie, without looping, started blowing my mind. This film could potentially be the longest film of its type And potentially have the most amount of people ever featured in one film sitting. Suddenly it became a massive idea of a project and soon after building the prototype website, I came to realize that the project needed much more attention to help it to succeed. The potential scale of it and the funds needed for it frightened it onto the shelf . Thats where you come in! To get this up and running properly I need your help. I would like to redesign it and also create the mobile App and most of all, it needs ongoing servers to house the potential amount of images being uploaded from the users. So the only way I could make this project the best it can be is with your help!
There are various large technical costs involved for lifetime server rental, App development and website development. Something like this potentially costs thousands to create. So Join us and be part of the first experimental movie of its kind, made entirely in cyberspace by its users and featuring you as the talent. This evolving film will endeavor to collate your faces into one ongoing film for as long as it is online, hopefully a lifetime!
Our collaboration with you will help us explore the worlds diversity through images left by you and together, we could make internet history.
You can see and use the BETA version of the prototype website here. As it is a work in progress please be patient, it has bugs. But it has enabled us to visualize the next steps. Ease of use, mobile App and more features.
Right now, It may or may not work for you in capturing your images in the record section, BUT all of you will be able to see the movie on the home page already started and playing and evolving. Its not too long yet, but as you add faces to the movie it will grow. If you would like to add your images to the timeline, please do so in the record section of the website. Instructions for use are:
1 :First download the latest version of silverlight and Java for your computer.
You dont need this to View the realtime movie which is on the home/main page. But to record your images, navigate to the record page.
2: To record yourself - Go to the record page - let it load
3: It will then ask you for access, which you grant it. You can read the terms here too.
4: Providing all goes well you will then get instructions. Follow those instructions.
5: Turn the web cam on with the blue button to the left. Your webcam image should appear.
6: Type your name in the message area and hit record button to record 5 photos of yourself. A countdown will start and you can get ready and pose.
7: after that, Facebooth will play the photos back to you and If you like them, then you can submit them. If you dont like them just press retake.
8: Once you are happy navigate back to the home page and there you will see your photos edited randomly within the frames of the ongoing movie and playing within it, in realtime.
This is a BETA version and all functions may not work properly as of yet so please be patient.
Your help will get it working 100%!! And -
You can be a part of online movie history by supporting this project.
I am reaching out to all people interested in photography, art, communication, collaboration, creation and bringing the world together in one place through technology. We need your support to make The Facebooth Project complete and available to the public. The creation of this unique movie making engine means that a new form of Expression awaits the user. But we need to raise enough funds to continue developing the website and mobile application. Your funds will 1 - help us get Version 1 made and over the line, fully tested, stabilized on web servers and released into the public arena through the world wide web and 2 get the much needed App made for Itunes and Android.
The goal required is the bare minimum that we need to make this happen. This will get us to build the App and run the website for about 1 year. Without your help the project will get shelved, until we can receive the help we need to create it. AND - If we can raise more than the amount requested, then we can run the site and movie for much longer, aiming for a lifetime!
Your help will go towards:
* Rebuilding the new website and creating the mobile Apps in its entirety and employing programmers to code the Web engine to be rock solid and easy to use
* To employ my IOS programmers to start coding the mobile device version from scratch..
* Enabling the design of the project, the graphical interface and various moving parts for the project, how it all works. The creation of it.
* For Android programmers to design an Android version.
* For a multimedia team and for the creation of promotional videos and campaigns.
* For the costs of the ongoing servers to keep this movie ever evolving and constantly growing, I need to pay monthly fees to a server housing complex to run the website and hold the data on for a lifetime. Think of Google, Facebbok, instagram, Twitter. This is quite costly.
* Art Gallery submission fees. To help get the project into art galleries accross the globe. Where there are hefty fees for submission.
Be the First to receive the App and star in the movie:
Financiers of $2 will be the first to receive a version of the App and thus begin the history making process. Depending on how much you donate you will be able to pick up The Limited Edition Signed photos, posters and artworks, T Shirts, bags and you can even BETA test the App.
I will also be giving away copies of my best selling photography books signed sealed and delivered. They are the hard cover Drainspotting and Graffiti Japan. I will be signing a limited edition set for Kickstarter. These are the last copies available before they disappear forever and and become collector items.
Drainspotting is on the unique subject of Drain covers in Japan, photographed throughout the country and collected into this volume. Graffti Japan is a colorful photo book on the Graffiti scene in Japan, shot throughout the country of Japan also. Both were best sellers and both are now out of print. Sometimes I see Graffiti Japan, unsigned, going for hundreds of dollars on ebay. Get yours here signed by and from the Author!
I will also be giving away a suite of my photographic Apps. Graffiti Japan Extras, Drainspotting Extras, Graffiti New York and Graffiti UK. Be sure to get your hands on these great rewards.
HELP US REACH OUR GOAL AND ENABLE US TO COMPLETE THE NEW WEBSITE AND MOBILE DEVICE APP SO THAT I CAN LAUNCH THIS UNIQUE ART PROJECT THROUGH COLLABORATION WITH YOU & THROUGH THE USE OF TODAYS TECHNOLOGY.
The Facebooth Project Team:
Remo Camerota Artist and Creator of the project
Remo Camerota : Contemporary Artist, Developer, Director, Designer, Animator is the Founder of various companies including Whitewall Studios and Kit Robot. Remo Camerota has a genuine commitment to evolving the creative process. He works across disciplines and is committed to exploring new ways of expressing his creative and artistic views in a compelling visual style. He engages in interesting concept based communications, indicative of contemporary cultural visual trends occurring locally and globally. His vision is to inspire new topics of thought through the shaping and building of unique ideas. The developer of many ipad/iphone Apps, Interactive tech based art installations, Remo has also created many award winning projects including animation shorts and live action films for festivals and media campaigns worldwide and interactive design for the web. He has also worked with music bands and big name corporate brands on their media campaigns. Remo is also the co-founder of Raven Books which is an award winning manga graphic novel company and is founder of Whitewall Studios, which is an award winning boutique creative agency. He has authored two best selling photography books, Graffiti Japan and Drainspotting. He has been exhibiting as an artist for a world wide audience since the 1990s, trained in fine art, photography, sound, film and television, he brings a unique perspective to artworks created and has a fan base that spreads throughout the world.
You can see more of Remo's work here:
Hisako Emura Production Designer
Hisako Emura is our leading production designer and has been producing top of the line animations and interactive applications for over 8 years. Hisako has worked with Raven in the production of two full length graphic novels, and feature films, worked as PA to director on Shaolin Cowboy, a Wochowski Brothers film, and has been responsible for producing many campaigns from DevoBots to Tommy Hilfiger, MTV, Black Sorrows DVD and primary research and photography for Drainspotting.
Pietro Zuco : Head Programmer
Pietro Zuco is a Mobile applications developer, specializing in iPhone/iPad and MacOS X. With several apps under his belt Pietro started his IT career in 1995, and has been developing ever since, working for companies such as AXA Direct Japan and GXS Japan he has been involved in Software Development, Linux System Administration and Consulting for 20 years.
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Risks and challenges
*challenges getting around the technology to make a robust easy to use system that holds the potential amount of data that could accumulate.
We've been hard at work on this Web App for several months and still all the bugs and technical hiccups are not out of it. It still needs a lot of work to make it a fluid online experience.
At this point id like to revisit the Web App and make a new easy to use design.
Also I need to build the IOS App so that the concept can be mobile so people can move around with it. This will take time and finances to build an App from the ground up. There are technical issues involved, the biggest being an ongoing web server costs to house all of the data generated from the App and the Website.
Given enough funds, I estimate that the project would be completed by mid of 2013. Without the right amount of funds, the project will be shelved. So lets get this out there!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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