Those are the words you didn't want to hear with regard to the Receiver Sheet development, because you knew that would 1. take more time and 2. cost more than anticipated. But the coating team did it! The results are good, and there is an environmental benefit too - one that was necessary in light of new restrictions on certain chemicals and processes.
Solving that technical and environmental risk still leaves a considerable financial risk that, to be frank, could be a show-stopper. We must raise a modest additional amount of money to see this through, and there are several ways to go about that, below. And for those who have and continue to donate to the cause, as we have with our time and personal funds (Sam and Bob are not salaried, but we do have to pay other people to work) again a gigantic Thank-you.
Since we are not very late and "only" short of funds, you have been giving us many helpful fundraising ideas. The first is to get The Shop open on New55.net. Even a trickle will help there and that leads to the question of what other products might be offered. Currently you have sent renewed calls (that have not abated since the early days) of getting to you, a version of Readyload or Quickload products. If so, they will be as fundraising tools - not primary products. No distractions from the demanding work of getting New55 FILM into a produceable state.
All products in The Store should have something to do with the mission of making large format film photography accessible and fulfilling. Though tee shirts do qualify, barely, more substantial products such as other analog films and developers are better. For that reason you are going to be asked to be part of an experiment with some offerings that should appeal to the broader audience and provide a way to start early, needed sales. These items have to be carefully selected.
Requirements for items in The Shop.
An item must be:
1. Compatible with the mission. Either directly related to the cause of film photography, or its supporters and fans.
2. Available in modest quantities. This is often overlooked. Some items like injection-molded tanks, for instance, require large runs and expensive tooling.
3. Profitable. These "other" products exist only to support the much more important industrial development of Instant Film manufacture.
5. Environmentally acceptable.
6. Something you, as a serious photographer, can appreciate from a practical, esthetic or simply entertaining viewpoint.
What do you think of these things?
- Film holders
- "Readyload or Quickload" type preloaded film.
- 4x5 branded sheet film similar to discontinued Panatomic X. We'd have to come up with a name for that - Maybe we can have a naming contest.
- Monobath developers
- Branded cases and gear
- Developing trays
- Modified film-safe IR cameras for those who wish to make their own Visible Darkrooms like we have.
- Custom film loading service - for instance, someone might order five "loads" with Tri-x, three with Ektachrome (from the freezer) and seven with the as-yet named Pan-X replacement.
- Original prints from The Gallery, signed and dated.
This is just a start - what else comes to your mind?
ps. Comments are most welcome - you can comment as "anonymous" and if you can, please give your first name.