I bought stories. Will this count towards contribution?
Any purchase that you make will count towards your perk benefits, but will not be considered as a contribution publicly. In other words, we want to acknowledge your ongoing interest and support by having a model that remembers all purchases and contributions, so that you can get to the next tier faster and receive more perks. To clarify further, money received for stories does not publicly count as a contribution as this type of transaction has a money for content type of relationship, i.e. the contract is already mutually fulfilled upon transaction. This said, although not contractually binding, a large amount of the money earned from story purchases will go towards the making of the film regardless.
I am granted three stories as a perk. Why do I not see three additional stories?
If you are asking this question, you have probably both purchased stories and made a contribution. The perks granted through contribution work according to a tier system. Each tier has a fixed list of perks, one type being the unlocking of stories. The amount of “additional stories” (i.e. stories not directly purchased) unlocked depends on the particular tier. “Additional stories” can be unlocked by crossing to a higher tier class. Of course, if you would like to see all stories, you can purchase them directly.
Are the stories a part of the film?
The film and the stories remain their own separate artwork. I have over a hundred hours of footage from which I am creating these stories and from which the final cut of the film will be crafted. It is possible that some of the footage in the stories will be seen in the film. However, it will be assembled differently, i.e. shown from a different angle. A large portion of the footage is also exclusively and consciously kept for the film alone. The relationship between the stories and the film is best seen as complementing each other and collectively providing a more in-depth view of the same story.
Will there be more stories?
Yes, there will be more stories in the future. I cannot predict when as the priority and focus remain on the completion of the feature-length film.
Why can I choose how much to pay for the stories?
A flexible, rather than a fixed purchase amount allows for two major mechanisms to take place and interrelate. One is individual assigning of worth. The other is the interplay between assigned worth and one’s resources. Assigning of value to anything in our society is a complex web of social, cultural, political and economic structures. Instead of allowing these mechanisms to determine the worth of the stories and standardizing their value, I would like to give you the choice to decide what you want to give and to what degree you believe the stories hold a significant message or how much you think they add to your life. The minimum purchase amount is calculated in such a way to accommodate those with lesser resources. In the end, what you give is not so much perceived as fixed value, because fixed value cannot be assigned to something so immeasurable, but as what you choose to give.
What is the Stories Book? When do I receive it?
The Stories Book is a handmade book comprised of the written stories and images from the short films accompanying them. You will receive the book once the film is completed as we have to focus all our energies on the completion of the film. But you can rest assured that it will be in your hands after that and that it will have received the utmost care.