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Help The Men Dilemmas Web Series Become Reality! #Kickstarter

Men Dilemmas: Custard Sisters Production

by Alicia Custard

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1006427521/men-dilemmas-custard-sisters-production

A Web Series on how men cope with life experiences. See how men handle issues ranging from relationships to finance.

What is Men Dilemmas?

Genre: Action/Comedy

Men Dilemmas is web series that explores the experiences of various men and their unique stories.

As a writer with a large network of friends and colleagues, Lauren Renee decides to launch a successful magazine with her best friend, Tony Banks. As an Attorney, Tony has quite the exciting social life. They decide to create a magazine called “Men Dilemmas” to reveal the true intricacies of men. Each magazine feature story comes to life through our web series, where viewers can enjoy an entertaining collection of stories, humorous encounters and lots of action. These episodes explore everything from dating, workplace challenges, competitiveness among men and other topics.

Why Men Dilemmas was created?

We’re creating Men Dilemmas in response to the question: “Why do women tend to live longer than men?” We answer that query with a combination of humor, action packed drama, insight and conversation.

The concept for the series has its roots in an event involving Alicia Custard, the co-producer of Men Dilemmas, and her infant nephew: she pampers the boy, admiring his cute and beautiful face, while some stranger suddenly yells, “Stop babying him! He will be a man one day!” The comment stuns Alicia, making her think about the differences between men and women.

The hyper competitive nature of men – a world filled with machismo, stress, fear and anxiety – can be extremely unhealthy. Alicia and her sister Vicki, who is also a co-producer of the series, know that men should have an outlet for their emotions — a chance to share their stories, express their feelings and give viewers a snapshot of daily life.

FAQ

Why are the funds needed?

The funds are needed to cover the cost of production and post-production of the web series.

How much money do you need?

We want to raise a minimum of $10,000.

How can I help?

By donating to this project for an exchange of valuable rewards.

For rewards that require travel, are they included in the packages?

Unfortunately, travel, hotel accommodations and transportation are not included in any of the packages.

STRETCH GOALS

 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1006427521/men-dilemmas-custard-sisters-production

Slender Man: Plush Toy – Kickstarter

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1336904045/slender-man-plush-toy

Slender Man is a 32″ plush created with the finest fabrics and materials. He is soft, yet durable toy.



Slender Man is a soft plush doll created with the finest fabrics and materials. He is soft, yet durable toy.

My two oldest girls came up with the idea for the Slender Man doll. I was working on another series of monster figure drawings when my girls ran into the studio proclaiming, “We need to make a huge, soft, creepy, Slender Man doll!” The idea was born. The three of us worked up a three foot sketch together to figure out just how tall and skinny he should be. Only four weeks later they were able to hold the finished doll in their tiny hands.

My youngest daughter adores him, (pictured below) referring to him as “my quiet friend who does not speak.”

Nevermore’s 32″ Slender Man toy is being produced with the permission of Victor Surge; the originator and man responsible for the initial photographs and writing behind Slender Man.

PRINT #1 “Come to Me”

Artist: Santiago Germano

PRINT #2 “Search Party”

Artist: Denae Wilkowski

Detail of “Search Party.”

PRINT #3 “I’ve got your dolly”

Artist: Brenden Wilson

There are a limited number of 11 x 14″ Slender Man illustrations being offered with the doll as well as individually. Each print is limited to 30 and will be signed and numbered by the artist.

Slender Man (a.k.a Slenderman) is a mythical creature often depicted as a tall, thin figure wearing a black suit and a blank face. According to the legend, he can stretch or shorten his arms at will and has tentacle-like appendages protruding from his back. Depending on the interpretations of the myth, the creature may cause memory loss, insomnia, paranoia, coughing fits (nicknamed “slendersickness”), photograph/video distortions and can teleport at will.

On June 8th, 2009, a “’paranormal pictures” photoshop contest was launched on the Something Awful (SA) Forums.[1] The contest required participants to turn ordinary photographs into creepy-looking images through digital manipulation and then pass them on as authentic photographs on a number of paranormal forums. Something Awful users soon began sharing their faux-paranormal creations with layered images of ghosts and other anomalies, usually accompanied by a fabricated witness account to make them more convincing. On June 10th, SA user Victor Surge posted two black and white photographs of unnamed children with a short description of “Slender Man” as a mysterious creature who stalked children.

“We didn’t want to go, we didn’t want to kill them, but its persistent silence and outstretched arms horrified and comforted us at the same time…” – 1983, photographer unknown, presumed dead.

One of two recovered photographs from the Stirling City Library blaze. Notable for being taken the day which fourteen children vanished and for what is referred to as “The Slender Man”. Deformities cited as film defects by officials. Fire at library occurred one week later. Actual photograph confiscated as evidence. – 1986, photographer: Mary Thomas, missing since June 13th, 1986.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1336904045/slender-man-plush-toy

BALLON: A Short Film #kickstarter

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aostrander/ballon-a-short-film

A ballerina caught in the cycle of partying and cocaine-fueled rehearsals must confront her addiction when she crumbles at an audition.

THE FILM

Ballon allows the audience a glimpse into Marin’s chaotic cycle of partying and professionalism, spanning a 24 hour period. Striving for perfection but caught in a self-destructive pattern of habits, she feels that her life can only operate in a heightened mode. When we meet Marin, cocaine is the center of her universe — the thing that gets her through all-day rehearsals and all-night benders. And it’s killing her. Marin uses the drug as a driving force through her day, until she reaches a breaking point during the audition of a lifetime. Marin’s ballet company is filled with young women who have admired Marin for years, so her embarrissing crash resonates with the group. Only Emily, a fresh-faced dancer new to this world, has the courage to confront Marin and offer her a lifeline. Marin must decide if she’s ready to be honest and look at what her life has become. Making a change will mean leaving behind the life — and the dream — that she knows.

In this heavily stylistic film, you’ll be swept into the emotional world of the dance floor, both in a nightclub and within a ballet company’s walls. The juxtaposition of the music and ambiance of the two spaces will visually stimulate the audience, and allow you to live in the moment with Marin.

Ballon will be entertaining, emotionally engaging, and a piece that sheds light on the dangers of demanding too much of oneself. Inspired by her own observations in the dance world, director Alexis O. Korycinski brought the idea to writer Julia Cox who immediately responded to the concept and penned the piece. Together, they bring you the journey of one broken woman’s path to self-examination. The creative and production team has backgrounds in film, theatre, and dance, and Ballon is a labor of love they are proud to share.

Did we mention there’s an underwater dance sequence?!

Relevé (Here’s Where You Come In)

Whether you are a dancer, dance enthusiast, or someone who’s eyes get a bit wider after seeing an eloquent dance, WE WANT YOU! We welcome each and every one of you to the Ballon Family with open arms! We are creating a community eager to make a change. A change for self-awareness. A change within the dance community. A change for young people demanding beyond their means.

Your support on this project will help us build Marin’s chaotic world.

Check out our Rewards section for our rad kickbacks!!

REWARD EXAMPLES:

Private Instagram Access:

For $10 you will have access to the private Instagram where you will see photos from the cast and crew.

HEADSHOTS:

For $500 (only 20 available) you will receive a private headshot session (does not include hair and makeup) in Los Angeles with the director. This must be redeemed within one year, and you’ll need to provide your own travel to Los Angeles and accommodations once you’re here. Please see examples below.

Original artwork:

Thaddeus T. Chapman will paint original paintings inspired by Ballon for the $5000 and $10,000 Rewards. Please see examples of his work below.

Thaddeus T Chapman has been a professional painter based in Central New York since 2000. In 2012, he relocated to the Central Coast of California.

His paintings are created using gouache on rice paper—a technique that utilizes layers of the heavier, more opaque water-based paint on thin rice paper creating works with greater reflective qualities. “I use the techniques of abstract expressionism and apply them to my figurative work” says Thaddeus, who describes his style as figurative abstraction. Chapman utilizes reference photos of his subjects, which he uses to develop drawings. Although he considers himself a portrait painter, his works vary from landscapes to abstracts and nudes. For more examples please visit his website:http://thaddeustchapman.com

Where Will The Money Go?

Every penny will go directly towards Ballon! We’ve got some work to do! Your support will lend itself towards –

  • costumes
  • hair & makeup (we have to get Shelby to look like a druggie!)
  • set
  • location fees & permits (because we want to do good by LA)
  • top notch filming equipment
  • food for cast & crew (“Please, sir, can I have some more?” Of course you can because we have plenty of food thanks to our donors!)
  • underwater gear (oh yeah — here’s our underwater scene plug again)
  • editing
  • paying for all of the fantastic kickbacks you’ll be receiving shortly!
  • and…. taxes! We must do right by Kickstarter. They’re good people.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aostrander/ballon-a-short-film


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THE RAINBOW-SPECTRAL DISPLAY CLOCK KICKSTARTER

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1070877600/rainbow-spectral-display-clock

The Reignlight Company is introducing the aesthetics of time as embodied in Rainbow-Spectral Display Clock.



CROSS-SECTION VIEW OF RSDCROSS-SECTION VIEW OF RSD

The Reignlight Company is introducing the aesthetics of time as embodied in Rainbow-Spectral Display clock. The actual aesthetic time is displayed upon architectural surface in the form of rainbow light shaped to show the dial face of the clock or actual rainbow image of it. The rainbow clock is a light projection device that creates live spectrum thus showing actual time.

The present version of the soft functional rainbow display clock requires improvements and optimization for greater quantities to manufacture, so money will be spend to cover cost of professional engineers that prepare the prototype for serial manufacturing. And to insure reasonably priced Rainbow Clock sufficient inventory of materials needed must be purchased. The total cost represents delivery of 6400 units on the market. The manufacturing process needs about 3 months of preparation, so first delivery will be made after 6th months from the date of funds available for this project. The Rainbow Clock represents modern notion of aesthetic time, that is why this project is very important for the advancement of civilization. The merit based assistance provided by Kickstarters is a noble approach to solving economic problems of our time, therefore inventors such myself truly appreciate your kind acts of good will.

U.S. PATENTED DESIGNU.S. PATENTED DESIGN
ACTUAL RAINBOW-SPECTRAL DISPLAY (RSD) PROJECTORACTUAL RAINBOW-SPECTRAL DISPLAY (RSD) PROJECTOR
FRONT OF RSD PROJECTOR - Soft PrototypeFRONT OF RSD PROJECTOR – Soft Prototype
INTERNAL ELEMENTS OF RSD include electric motor, wiring, power shaftINTERNAL ELEMENTS OF RSD include electric motor, wiring, power shaft
MOVING PROJECTORS housed inside of the deviceMOVING PROJECTORS housed inside of the device

ANOTHER VIEW OF RSDANOTHER VIEW OF RSD

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1070877600/rainbow-spectral-display-clock

Max Adventure Kickstarter

Nemisian Guard

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/745887390/max-adventure

Max Adventure has had a bad day. He’s become lost in space, sucked into a black hole, and crash landed on a strange planet. Only two people know where he is: His lively sidekick Tug-Butt, and his feisty friend Phem. Together, they help their new friends, the Nemisians, fight against the evil Seth Cordall and the Goranian Army. Along they way they learn valuable life lessons while meeting strange and wonderful new people. And hope that one day, they can find a way home.

DVD educational Kickstarter video – How to build your own cnc router

DVD educational video – How to build your own cnc router

by Sam Faix

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1151413310/dvd-educational-video-how-to-build-your-own-cnc-ro

A DVD educational video detailing step by step the construction of a DIY CNC router.

New cnc router designNew cnc router design

DVD Educational Video – How to build a Computer Controlled Router

This project will be the production of a DVD video detailing the construction of a DIY open source cnc router. All steps of the construction will be documented and explained, including material sourcing, fabrication, assembly, and hardware/software configuration. Final CAD design drawings of the cnc system will be open source.

Drought in the central Texas area has devastated the trees in the area, killing more than 500 million trees state wide. We have partnered with a tree removal company which has now given us access to a huge amount of timber resources that would be destroyed otherwise. A cnc router prototype has been constructed and a new design has been created – one specific to the use of rough cut wood slabs. This new design will allow for massive wood slabs to be loaded via forklift, and easily secured for machining. The cnc router will be capable of cutting intricate relief carvings, joints, and curves.

The unique feature of this cnc router design compared to others is the table top. It will be made from evenly spaced 2×4’s mounted to a slotted iron frame. The 2×4’s will provide an ideal securing surface for rough wood slabs, and allow material to be loaded via forklift.

Funding of the project will cover the cost of 4 industrial stepper motors, stainless steel rails and ball screw drives, power supply, 4 axis cnc controller, basic pc, 3KW water cooled spindle, variable frequency drive, and structural iron material.

The final open source CNC design and implementation details will be freely redistributed online in order to accelerate the innovation of the technology. Any pledge of $25 or more will receive a video of the construction of the CNC machine as well as the final CAD design plans – everything necessary to build your own CNC machine. We have no goal of mass producing the CNC machine at this time, only the production of the DVD and the construction of the unit. This will be an interim step to a possible mass production design.

We are overworked and underfunded. Every pledge will help. Thank you for joining us in this project which is sure to be an adventure in engineering and art!

The DVD will be shipped internationally at no extra charge!

Rustic Cutting Board - $50 PledgeRustic Cutting Board – $50 Pledge
Military Plaques - Marine, Army, Navy, Airforce Available - $60 PledgeMilitary Plaques – Marine, Army, Navy, Airforce Available – $60 Pledge
Edison Quote Plaque - $75 PledgeEdison Quote Plaque – $75 Pledge
Wildlife Carving - $200 PledgeWildlife Carving – $200 Pledge
Rustic Coffee Table - $1000 PledgeRustic Coffee Table – $1000 Pledge
Rustic Bookshelf - $1500 PledgeRustic Bookshelf – $1500 Pledge
Refrigerator Magnet - $15 PledgeRefrigerator Magnet – $15 Pledge
Prototype cnc cutting religious reliefPrototype cnc cutting religious relief
Rustic Desk - $2500 PledgeRustic Desk – $2500 Pledge

LE CHERCHE MIDI: Fragrance without compromise #Kickstarter

LE CHERCHE MIDI: Fragrance without compromise

by Nathan Motylinski

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/954210464/le-cherche-midi-fragrance-without-compromise

Fashions change. So should your fragrance. Introducing the Autumn/Winter 2013 luxury fragrance collection by Le Cherche Midi.

Not all fragrances are created equal.

THE LE CHERCHE MIDI DIFFERENCE:

1 – Artistic expression without any filters. Our fragrances are inspired solely by the creative vision of our perfumer rather than marketing reports, trend forecasts or other data-driven approaches. Most companies follow trends – we lead them.

2 – Perfumery built on heritage. What good is a great idea if you can’t make it work? Our perfumer, Cecile Hua, was classically trained in the birthplace of perfume – Grasse, France – at the best perfumery school in the world. With her in-depth understanding of chemistry, artistry, and perfumery, we are able to bring new fragrances to life with a sophistication and finesse that will ensure our fragrances never go out of style.

3 – The world is constantly changing and so are we. Drawing on our knowledge and expertise of over 2,000 raw materials, we are constantly updating our line with innovative luxury fragrances built around new ingredients and combinations. We launch an entirely new collection twice each year – Spring/Summer, Autumn/Winter – allowing you stand out in a sea of ‘me-too’ fragrances.

4 – Sold direct. Luxury fragrances sold through retailers often come with a hefty price tag to pay for expensive endorsements, licensing agreements or overdone (and often useless) packaging that ends up in a landfill. By selling directly through our website, we are able to offer a higher quality product at a better price.

5 – We know our limits. Literally. Everything we make is assembled by hand, so in order to ensure the highest possible standards, we limit production of all our fragrances and products. Each bottle is numbered and supplies are only available while they last.

Are our fragrances for men or women?

Both! In fact, fragrance has never been gender specific – just like art, music, or wine. Unfortunately, the idea of gender-specific fragrance was created as a marketing tactic to increase sales. Our rule of thumb – wear what you like!

Why don’t our fragrances have names?

We’re often told what to see, hear, taste and even smell by clever marketing campaigns that can disguise and obscure unoriginal ideas. Our fragrances are not about endorsements, catchy names, or flashy images, so we decided the best way to present them was with a number and a color inspired by the fragrance.

OUR PRODUCTS (YOUR REWARDS):

Travel Spray (yours for $10+ pledge)Travel Spray (yours for $10+ pledge)
Travel Spray Trio (yours for $25+ pledge)Travel Spray Trio (yours for $25+ pledge)
100 ml eau de toilette (yours for $79+ pledge)100 ml eau de toilette (yours for $79+ pledge)
Eaux de Toilette Collection (yours for $169+ pledge)Eaux de Toilette Collection (yours for $169+ pledge)
Bespoke Fragrance (yours for $999+ pledge)Bespoke Fragrance (yours for $999+ pledge)

OUR STORY:

As fragrance industry professionals, we (Nathan and Cecile) have seen far too many great fragrances and concepts get sacrificed for corporate constraints that focus more on what’s ON the bottle than what’s IN the bottle. With our combined experience and passion for fragrance, we decided to BE the change we wanted to see and now showcase our own original concepts with two luxury fragrance collections – Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter – each year. So join us in exploring the infinite world of luxury fragrance – without compromise.

THE TEAM:

Nathan Motylinski, entrepreneur and owner of Le Cherche Midi, knows how to transform concepts and ideas into reality. Nathan holds several fragrance-related design and utility patents. In addition to running Le Cherche Midi, he assists companies of all sizes with fragrance and product development.

Cécile Hua, perfumer was born in Marseille, France and knew by the age of 7 that she was destined to become a perfumer. After earning a Master’s Degree in Chemistry to lay the foundation of her technical knowledge for perfume creation, Cécile was chosen to attend the invitation-only Givaudan Perfumery School in Grasse, where she furthered her understanding of creative fragrance development.

Graduating first in her class from the world’s most prestigious perfumery school, Cécile decided to take her talent and ideas to New York, where she was the first recipient of the Fashion Group International ‘Rising Star Award’ for Fragrance Design in 2003. Since then, Cécile has been the creative drive behind many fine fragrances and continues to develop perfumes with some of the most famous celebrities and brands in the world, including Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Estée Lauder, L’Oreal, Abercrombie & Fitch, Brooks Brothers, David Yurman, Vera Wang, Michael Kors, Alfred Dunhill, FCUK, Gendarme, Henri Bendel, MAC Cosmetics, Fresh, Park Hyatt, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/954210464/le-cherche-midi-fragrance-without-compromise