A fine art photography book that presents a youthful sense of wonder and discovery.
About this project
Hi Kickstarter community!
If “cosplay” in this project’s title got your attention, you’re probably a lot like me: you grew up on Ninja Turtles, Nintendo, G.I. Joe, and Ghostbusters. You probably still have some action figures hanging around the corners of your respectable grown-up apartment, stowed away when guests come over.
And instead of action figures you put out your Big Important Artsy coffee table book, right? Well I have the book for you. You, the fan who appreciates fine art and the finer points of Star Wars, too.
Presenting “Costumed Play”, a fine art cosplay coffee table book that allows anyone to dive into fandom and come out intrigued!
The finished book will be a beautiful representation of both the art of photography and the art of cosplay, hard bound with museum-quality high-resolution prints to show the finest detail of every single exquisite shot.
Each character section will feature a minimum of 3 photos, including one detail shot, and a brief story about the shoot, my history with the character represented, or how I met the model.
A true discussion piece, there’s something for everyone to love in “Costumed Play”. The more comic or fantasy-leaning will love the clever depictions of the characters and the intimate portrait feel, and the casual viewer can’t help but be impressed with the technical achievements and boundary pushing concepts, even if they don’t know much about the characters or culture.
Here are some sample images:
A little about me.
My name is Joseph Rubinstein, and I have created one successful project on this great platform, and backed many more. I am coming to Kickstarter again, this time to bring a long time passion project to fruition!
I have been a photographer for many years, and have done work for major companies like Warner Bros, Red Bull, Converse, and Coca-Cola. In my personal time, I have also been shooting sci-fi, fantasy, and comic-inspired photography for almost 10 years.
After recently wrapping up a business venture that consumed most of my time over the last few years, I finally have time to dedicate to a project that encompasses a lot of my creative work!
The basic book represented by my funding goal will include photos from at least 30 sets I have shot over the last 10 years, but there are so many more artists and characters I desperately want to work with! In order to be able to afford the time, props, and extra pages for the book I will have to meet higher goals. And if we meet them, supporters can vote on themes and characters to include!
$10K – I will add 5 more photo sets, and at least 10 more pages to the book!
$20K – I will add 10 more photo sets, and at least 20 more pages to the book!
$30K – I will add 15 more photo sets, and at least 30 more pages to the book!
$40K – I will add 20 more photo sets, and at least 40 more pages to the book!
$50K and Beyond! – I will add 30 more photo sets, and at least 60 more pages to the book! Please help me create this book celebrating the art and personalities of these amazing cosplay performers!
I have a lot of photos from the past 10 years, but have many talented artists I desperately want to work with!
Please help me create this book celebrating the art and personalities of these amazing cosplay performers!
Pictures of the leggings:
Mock up of the T-shirt:
For those of you that care about the technical side.
I will be shooting all future projects in my home studio with a Canon 5DS and the new Zeiss 55mm Otus lens. This combination of Canon’s highest resolution (50 megapixel!) camera and Zeiss’s sharpest series of lenses to date creates images with unbelievable detail!
I run two dynalite packs, a 500w and a 1000w, with three dynalite studio heads. Using these around half power get a flash duration of faster than 1/1000 of a second, contributing greatly to the detail retention and crisp look of the lighting.
I would love to complete this project with a great book, please help me!
Risks and challenges
I have experience delivering Kickstarter rewards. I have even advised on a few very successful projects. I know the importance of preparation for the tough tasks of production and shipping. I know if this campaign is successful there will be many challenges ahead of me, but I also know that I will meet the challenges head on as I did with my last project and not be satisfied until the product is amazing and people get more than what they hoped for.