《自造世代》即將於 2015/6/12 & 6/13，十分榮幸地受邀於美國 National Maker Faire 舉辦放映！這將是今年活動中唯一受邀放映的電影，也是第一個在該活動中列名的台灣團隊，更是今年來自美國各地100多個 Maker 團隊中，唯一非美國人的團隊。這對我們電影團隊來說，意義重大！
去年2014年歐巴馬在美國白宮舉辦了第一屆 White House Maker Faire（白宮自造者市集），在美國引起非常大的迴響，有眾多的團體、企業都答應支援這個由各種形式推進Maker的「美國製造業的群眾文藝復興」，並約定6/18為 Nationwide Day of Making（美國的自造之日）。今年2015年白宮即將舉辦 Week of Making（美國自造之週）, 從6/12~6/18,邀請美國各地的相關單位一起響應這個盛舉。其中承接去年 White House Maker Faire 的成功，今年改為由 NationOfMakers.org 來主辦，同樣在美國 Washington D.C.，盛大舉行全國性的自造者市集 - National Maker Faire，邀請了很多國家級的單位參加，包含美國國土安全部、美國教育部、以及電影中常看到的NASA。（詳細參與活動的單位，請見 National Maker Faire 官網。）
其實早在去年的白宮 Maker Faire, 白宮的人已經寫信來詢問關於我們電影，但礙於去年他們想多著墨在硬體於是沒有前往放映。今年雖不是白宮主辦，但能夠參加這個屬於美國人的maker盛事，身為一個台灣人的小團隊來說，是一份肯定與光榮。這部片的核心團隊不到5個人，全是台灣年輕人。成員皆擁有跨領域背景，從人類學、廣告設計、工業設計到翻譯等背景，也造就成員可以在非傳統的拍片方式下完成夢想，運用群眾募資平台 Kickstarter 成功募款，整個電影的製作過程正是「自造精神」的最佳實踐。從電影前製、拍攝、後製，一直到發行，一整個過程不到一年，每一步都挑戰傳統，用創新的方式完成，善用網路與數位化獨立發行，小小團隊也可以產出放眼國際的好作品。目前團隊皆在台灣發展，未來將會繼續製作創新相關的電影，持續帶給台灣與世界衝擊。
Last year, on June 18, President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Maker Faire. Today, in preparation of the one-year anniversary of last year’s Faire, the White House will celebrate a “Week of Making” this summer from June 12-18, with the National Maker Faire as a jump start.
Out of hundreds of applicants, only 100 makers were selected. Among these selected few, we are the only film presenters!
Makers attending the Faire came from 31 different States representing communities across America to celebrate this country's unique diversity. There will also be participation by federal agencies such as Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and NASA!
Although our team couldn't physically make it to the Faire, there will be free screenings during the Maker Faire, as we celebrate a Week of Making! Don't worry, you can still watch Maker online if you can't join the festivities going on this June 12-13!
最後很多零碎的prototype音樂零碎的樂句被撿回來使用，很像自造者在別人眼中的垃圾堆中，尋找到物品的第二生命。雖然最後配樂很滿意，觀眾也喜歡，但現在回過頭來這個過程就是一個創意非線性的寫照；而這部片如果有小小的成功相信一半也是歸功於音樂。除此之外，也一直沒有感謝 Iris 設計這次電影的主視覺和唱片封面，套用在什麼東西都好看。希望大家除了視覺也有聽覺的饗宴~
一年一度的 Maker Faire，即將在五月中在美國加州舉辦，它是一個自造者的分享市集，也是豐富好玩的嘉年華活動。今年剛好滿十歲的 Maker Faire，從一開始便啟發了很多人的Maker精神，對DIY重新燃起興趣，甚至把自己小時候天馬行空的想像，真實呈現了出來。台灣現在也有很多地方陸陸續續有了自己的 Maker Faire，今年五月底在臺北也即將舉辦第三屆 Maker Faire Taipei。擔心錯過了好玩有趣的創作？帶你去逛逛美國去年的 Maker Faire，回顧一下這些看似無厘頭，卻充滿巧思的 Maker Projects吧！
幫家裡面的毛小孩做東西，既可以省錢又好玩，看到他們用的很開心或玩的不亦樂乎，心裡就成就感無比！舊毛衣回收自製貓咪睡床 - 從今以後舊衣也不用丟去，直接回收給家裡的貓咪打盹兒。（圖文出處）
Maker had the honor to have a screening at the Presidio Middle School in San Francisco in Janurary 25th, 2015. After the screening, a mini maker faire took place and the students had a blast!
Our coordinator later told us that many of the children at Presidio did not know what a "Maker Faire" was. It was great to have footage of the original Maker Faire in the movie to show them and, hopefully, some of the kids will be inspired to attend it this year. Her own daughters were seriously inspired to make stuff from "Sylvia's Super Awesome Maker Show".
Here's some wonderful pictures form the mini maker faire:
Maker now has Portuguese subtitles! They are online and available for download. Download here.
Many thanks to Cláudia Bär and Lucas Bittencourt Müller of Fab Lab Floripa for translating Maker's subtitles into Portuguese.
It's been a great pleasure and it will surely benefit Portuguese speaking makers!
Here's a recap of the posters our events made for us back in 2014, we've really enjoyed the creativity and design of them! Take a look!
Attention Backers: Great news! We've sent out ALL OF YOUR REWARDS!! Whew. Due to Holiday traffic, they should be arriving sometimes in mid-Janurary.
When writing music for Maker, Emily Lin and Tracy Chen collaborated and enjoy many discussions on making music. During the composing, the team tried to put the spirit of maker into composing the soundtrack. They used the everyday objects around the house such as: wringing music from a broken music box or dropping wooden balls from stairs. They would record the sounds, tease it, and add it into the music. "Creating the music is very hands-on for us." Emily said.
Their inspiration comes from learning about the maker movement and support from Maker's production team. Emily smiled: "The director inspired us a lot. He gave us a very supportive and open minded group, and encourage us to be imaginative. "
Lastly, Thank you for all your support this past year. We wouldn't have done it without gracious support from our Backers, fans, and makers from all over the world. Have a wonderful new year!
Film packaging and marketing are just as important for us as making the film. You would never just give a child anything to wear after you’ve given birth to it. A lot of great films have great ideas but have unrelated designs for their posters and merchandises, which is a shame. So I think being a director not only means being responsible for your own film, but also have to be the brand manager of the movie so that the message of the merchandise is identical to the film.
Personally, I’m not to big a fan of hit-movie T-shirts, because they go out of fashion as soon as the movie losses its cool. So here I wanted to design a shirt that has its own story and look - A T-shirt that can be wore out, create conversations, and is independent of the movie. In the beginning we determined that the T-shirt should be appealing to many makers, but we didn’t want it to be too hardware-themed or give a steely vibe, so we end up spending a lot of time looking for the right curve and shape, so the overall look is more harmonious and pleasing. The end product was very satisfactory. It looked a bit like your typical organic coffee trademark, a little raw, a little rough, and a little elegant. Coupled with our hand-picked dark gray linen cotton material so the color is more engaging and has more texture, and not boring like pure black. Right now we’ve had some great response with it, so all the attention to details in the design seems to be worth it.
Well, why didn’t we just ask someone to design it? Other than the obvious reason that is budgeting, designing a T-shirt is simply too much fun! We’re not fashion designers, and probably won’t have the opportunity to put on a shirt designed by myself. During the T-shirt production process, we personally selected and contacted the textile manufacturing, and made a point to understand their quality and process of making. To have a local production in Taiwan and a global market. It’s like organic food, we feel safe knowing what, who, and where the food is made of.
T-shirt material / 100% cotton
T-shirt color / flax grey
T-shirt size / S, M, L, XL ( see below for descriptive size)
Material origin / Taiwan
Manufacture origin / Taiwan
Washing directions / Do not tumble dry, do not use bleach
我自己不喜歡太主打電影的 T-shirt，因為電影退流行後 T-shirt 就跟著失溫了，所以希望可以設計一件看起來有自己的視覺與生命的 T-shirt。即使獨立於電影他還是一件可以穿出門，引起一點點話題又不會太招搖的衣服。剛開始就設定這個 T-shirt 應該是許多maker會感興趣的，但不希望他太鋼硬、太硬體思維，所以我們花了很多時間在尋找合適的形狀與的曲線，讓整體稍微圓融一點。最後出來的結果還蠻滿意的，有點像有機咖啡商標的感覺，有點原始、有點粗獷中帶點優雅。配上我們挑過亞麻灰色的純棉材質，讓顏色更耐看有層次，不會像純黑色死板。目前反應還不錯，大家似乎都有看出用心就覺得辛苦值得了~
It's the Holiday season and we would just love to thank you for all your support this past year. We wouldn't have done it without gracious support from our Backers, fans, and makers from all over the world! We have received the DVDs and T-shirts last week, and are now in a maker-tastic Holiday sale! The sale starts from 12/19 ~ 1/6, so go wild folks!
Have a Maker-tastic Holidays and a Craft-derful New Year ya'll!
Maker now has Vietnamese subtitles! They are online and available for download. Download here.
Many thanks to Thu My LUONG for translating Maker's subtitles into Vietnamese and writing an article on her experience translating Maker. Check it out!
And many thanks to the Fablab Saigon team for organizing Maker's screenings and translation.
PICK A FILM
Figure out why do you want to host a screening. Are you looking for a movie to educate or to inspire? Interested in learning more about design, prototype, and critical thinking? Check out our first film Design and Thinking.
PLAN A DATE
Plan the screening date according to when the audiences are available. Weekend screenings like Fridays and Saturdays usually have the most turn outs. If the screening is taking place in a school, Wednesday to Thursdays generally are the most successful.
PICK A LOCATION
A good location also does wonders to screening experiences. Be creative! But make sure it has the proper equipments for the film to play first. So far Maker has been screened in warehouses, museums, maker spaces, and a rooftop!
Promotion materials such as a trailer or customized movie posters can peak people's curiosities and interests, so be creative and don't be afraid to try. Social media such as Facebook and Twitter gets the word out fast and effortless. We highly encourage people to get creative with our promotion materials and love to show them off! Find the promo materials here.
An after movie discussion panel is highly recommended. Usually local educators or local makers are invited, and it is a great way for local makers to meet each other, show their work, and talk about their experiences in the maker movement. Local makers are generally more intune with what the movie discussed on, and can expand on themes from the movie.
If you're hosting the discussion panel, ask the audience about their initial reactions. Discuss major themes and talk about why this theme is important. Be sure to thank your quests for coming and find out who's interested in future events.
AFTER MOVIE WORKSHOPS
The best thing about the maker movement is the hands on aspect of it. So why not have a workshop session right after the movie? For Father's Day, we partnered with Futureward and co-hosted a Father's Day workshop-screening event. We invited 6 different workshop teachers to set up in the back of the screening space, and organized the screening in the front. It was a huge success!
On November 23, 2014, FutureWard hosted one of our first screening+workshop event. See more about it here!
The Kikk Festival, taken place in Namur, Belgium on November 6&7, 2014. During the screening, the room was pack filled and we got very positive feedbacks. Many students who came said it really made them want to try out things and start building stuff on their own. We are very honored and lucky to have been a part of the wonderful Kikk festival. For more information, see here. For more pictures of the festival, see here.
On November 23rd 2014, in Taipei, Taiwan, FutureWard hosted one of Taiwan’s first workshop screenings in their maker space - where parents watch the film while the kids attend workshops.
The target audience here are the parents - specifically, parents with young children.
Here’s what the organizers decided to focus on: two separate spaces - a room for movie screening and an open space for the workshops. The workshop teachers with different programs will engage children while the parents watch Maker.
The workshops include: 3D printer workshops, make-your-own-holiday-scene workshops, hands-on music experience workshops (performed by our composer), and story room. The idea behind this was so that parents can focus on watching the movie and the kids can have fun in a supervised environment.
The parents throughly enjoyed the film while the children played and sat through story time. After the screening, the adults join in the workshops and are introduced to a local drone maker and 3D printer maker. Needless to say it was a blast!
We've been having wonderful progress in terms of screening. So far Maker has attended CPH:DOX in Denmark, KIKK Film Festival in Belgium, and have been screened in USA, Taiwan, Japan, and 40 more different countries. See our blog for announcements and cool photos of screening.
Thanks to our fans we now have subtitles of 7 languages - English, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.
After months of designing and making, T-shirts and DVDs are ready to be sent out soon! We would put on the designs here, but we're withholding from showing anything now since we want to give you a surprise when you see it. However, since they'll also be joining the Holidays traffic, we've been told that they may be arriving after New Years. No worries, we'll be making another update when we send the package so you know when to expect them ;)
Meanwhile, we'd like to invite you to watch Maker this season. Get inspired, get creative, and get into the feel of making, cause it is the season of love and gifts. And what better way to show love than making your own presents?
Happy Thanksgiving ya'll.
See the Kickstarter post here, on Kickstarter!