Well it isn’t going to need a lot of finance really – but there are a couple of bits of hardware that I’ll need to acquire, not the least of which is a camera – which I was able to buy today, from the proceeds of selling these:
Golden Mean Calipers – created with the invaluable help of Ponoko.com – who helped me with the prototyping etc… they started out laser-cut, now in the process of being water-cut.
I was selling a couple of them a week, but then Make Magazine (who will get a credit in the film, as will Ponoko) helped by featuring them in their blog – and in the last week they’ve generated enough income to buy a thing capable of doing this:
Which is enough to get away with I think. It does the rolling-shutter thing (which I actually quite like)…
… but which other people don’t, and it’s digital, so I’m going to have to learn how to do the “soft (proper country) darkness” than film does so well… but…
… it’s begun.
If you’d like to help out (there are a couple of other bits and bobs that will be needed)… and acquire yourself a rather beautiful bit of artistic gadgetry made by The Famous Nick Taylor, hammering and polishing in his shed etc… you can buy the calipers above here.
Go on – you know you want to. You’ll be able to tell people – “yea – the money from these actually went towards funding this movie from New Zealand – made by the brother of the guy who made Treebeard off Lord of the Rings. It’s on the Internet. Good film – in an unnervingly random sort of way. God knows what they were smoking at the time. Scary really.”