A while back, I mentioned that I was going to be part of a fantasy calendar that’s in its final two days on Kickstarter right now.
But I didn’t talk about the calendar itself. That’s it’s not going to be a calendar featuring fantasy characters. It’s going to feature the fantasy authors themselves.
This is something of a new experience for me. Over the last couple years, I’ve grown slowly used to people wanting to take my picture. But having someone costume me up and do a for-serious photo shoot is still outside my realm of experience.
Lauren, the photographer who is doing the calendar, hit her 15,000 dollar goal on Kickstarter about a week ago. Since that means she can afford to do the calendar, she’s already on the road measuring authors so she can make their costumes.
And by “measuring authors” I mean she wrapped me in duct tape.
Apparently this is a thing. You wrap someone in duct tape, then cut them out of it and stuff it with newspaper. When you’re done, you effectively have a Macgyver version of a dressmaker’s dummy that’s the same size as your model.
And by “model” I mean me.
Because you only get wrapped in duct tape so often in your life, (this is #2 for me) I figured I might as well take some pictures.
The beard was a bit of a concern so Sarah tied it up for me. You don’t want duct tape in your beard.
Oot helped too….
It’s hard to look dignified wrapped in duct tape, but I gave it a decent try. (That’s Lauren behind me….)
What did I carry away from the experience? Well, mostly that I’ve gotten really fat these last couple years. Really, really fucking fat.
The other thing I learned was that Lauren is a lot of fun, and that her plans for the other author’s photos are…..
Is there a word that means both awesome and ambitious and terrifying all at once? There should be. Her plans are that word.
I’m not at liberty to discuss the other photos, but I can mention that the current plan for mine is “Gothic Circus Ringmaster” which, in my opinion is about the best thing ever.
As I mentioned before, the Kickstarter is going to be done in just a couple of days. And to clarify, you can’t buy the calendar on there because the proceeds of the calendar are going to Worldbuilders and Firstbook, and Kickstarter doesn’t allow charity funding. (The one exception is the the calendar signed by all the authors that you can buy on the kickstarter.)
Instead, Lauren is using the Kickstarter to raise money for *making* the calendar. She’s using the Kickstarter money to pay for gas and food and duct tape. She’ll be using it to make the costumes and props and sets for the photos themselves.
And can I just take a moment to say that I love the fact that her goal is to have the photos be as raw as possible? I love that. Photoshop is fine and good. But if there’s going to be an elephant in my photo, I want it to be a really for-real elephant that’s really there, not just bullshit photoshopped in thing. If someone is going to have lightning shooting out of them, it should be real lightning. Because that’s awesome.
With that in mind, Lauren is looking for a few hard-to-come-by props, extras, and skills for putting her vision together.
Specifically, she’s looking for.
- A Large Tesla coil, and someone who knows how to operate it safely. Preferably in California
- Live owls. Preferably in Southern California
- An Elephant. Preferably in Wisconsin area or Southern California
- Fire stunt gel crew. Preferably in New England
- Live vulture for a photo. Preferably in Montana-Wyoming-Utah area.
- Professional set designers (high-end, not high school musical level), for me to pow wow with re: a few possible sets I need to build.
Just from that list, you know it’s going to be an awesome calendar.
If you can help us out with any of these things, feel free to drop Lauren a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, if you’d like to pitch in to the kickstarter and help support this lovely young woman in the pursuit of her art, you still have a few days left to get in on the action over here.