Interviewees and Artists Needed for Curt Pehrson’s Next Documentary
Calling all furries! Calling all furries!
Specifically, three kinds of furries:
- Furs who will be attending Anthrocon 2011, and who would like to be interviewed for a documentary on the furry fandom.
- Furs who are visual artists and who would be willing to donate existing or new original drawings/paintings/etc. to be used in the documentary.
- Furs who are musicians and who would be willing to donate existing or new original music to be used in the documentary.
As some of you may know, last year I produced a documentary called “Furries – An Inside Look”. It was a 37-minute piece, filmed at MFF 2010. While it has been very well-received and I consider it to be a success, I feel that it had some weaknesses as well, and based on my own reflection and a lot of quality feedback, I’ve decided I want to expand further upon my work documenting the fandom and its members. My upcoming documentary will be longer and more in-depth, with a particular focus on the social and psychological reasons why furries become part of, identify with, and remain in the fandom. Initial filming will take place at AC 2011, and further filming will be completed as needed, possibly at other conventions. Its intended release date will be between mid 2012 and early 2013.
Interested in being a part of this project? Before deciding to do so, read through the details. I’ll try to sum up the more legal-sounding stuff in non-legalese as well. Clarifications will be in italics.
- You must be willing to sign a release allowing the audio and video captured during the interview to be copyrighted and used in any way, on any medium, perpetually, irrespective of editing or other transformation, by Curt Pehrson in association with the documentary, promotion of the documentary, as well as for use in further related projects and in Curt Pehrson’s personal portfolio. In other words, you give me permission to edit and use the footage and distribute it in a variety of places for as long as I want to, and you won’t be paid for it. I’m on a shoestring budget and I won’t likely be making much, if any money off the documentary myself!
- You must be 18 years or older, attending AC 2011, and willing to set aside some time during daylight hours at the convention to be interviewed. Interviews will likely last between 10 and 30 minutes.
- You will not be obligated to answer any questions that make you feel uncomfortable or that you otherwise would not want to answer, but before applying to be an interviewee, be aware that due to the nature of the documentary, some questions may involve things such as your personal history (friends, family, upbringing, and so forth). In other words, if you’re a very private person about your life and experiences, you probably shouldn’t be applying for an interview in a documentary!
- You may opt to not have your real name shown in the documentary (as was the case with my prior documentary). However, you still have to sign the aforementioned release with your full legal name. In other words, you can go by your fursona name in the documentary, but you can’t sign it on a legal document. Also, remember that this documentary will be distributed widely so even if your real name isn’t used in it, people still might figure out who you are!
- In a similar vein to the last item, you may choose to have your face and/or voice obscured digitally (essentially an anonymous interview). However, this preference must be noted in your application, and may affect the acceptance of your application. I am generally reluctant to give this kind of interview.That said, I’m willing to consider any furry with an interesting and insightful story to tell.
Visual Artist / Musician Guidelines
- You must be willing to sign a license agreement granting Curt Pehrson an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free right to use your work being submitted in the context of the documentary and promotion of the documentary, irrespective of editing or other transformation. In other words, you won’t be able to take the rights away later (irrevocable/perpetual), you will still be able to use and license your works elsewhere, not just to me (non-exclusive), I will be able to use the works as-agreed anywhere in the world (worldwide), and you will not be paid for the use of your work in the documentary (royalty-free). Your work will be used in the documentary itself and may be used as part of promoting the documentary, and it may be altered in some way prior to use (i.e. putting a border or drop shadow or so forth on a visual work, or cutting up / editing / using only pieces of a musical work to fit with the editing of the documentary itself).
- You must certify that any works you submit are entirely original. That means you did not use the work of someone else within your work. For example, a visual artist may not submit an artistic collage of other people’s photos. A musician may not submit a remix of another artist’s song, or submit a song that samples someone else’s copyrighted audio, or covers someone else’s copyrighted lyrics. I know this makes it a bit hard for electronic musicians, but rules are rules. Sorry!
- You may not submit any work that you have already assigned copyright or exclusively licensed to anyone else. In other words, if you’re signed to a label, you probably can’t send me your music.
Great! You can apply to be part of a big project that aims to educate the world — both nonfurries and fellow furries alike — about the great fandom we belong to. I can’t do this without you, and donation of your time, effort and work is very greatly appreciated!
If you would like to apply as an interviewee or donate visual or musical work, contact me via email at curt [at] curtpehrson (dot) com. Email me, tell me about yourself, why you want to be a part of the documentary, and what you have to offer! Please do not try to apply via the comments section of this article — I might not see it, and I’d like to have all applications in my inbox.
Thanks in advance to all the furs who will help out, and to the whole fandom for being so interesting and fun to document!