YOUR INPUT NEEDED: a wiki-documentary

The story of DIY, the Maker Movement, and the next industrial revolution. A collaborative film made the open-source way!
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Jeffrey Buras
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Film
Austin, Texas
United States
5 Team Members

The Inspiration

In 2013, I started shooting a documentary film at my local hackerspace. I was initially attracted to the technology, but the welcoming community showed me that the real story is about people sharing ideas and working together to make amazing things.  I realized that if I want to be true to this story, I'd have to use the same principles: openness and collaboration. Now I want your help making the film. YOUR INPUT NEEDED isn't just the title; it's a request.

The Basics

  • This open-source project is your story, made by the community and open for anyone to contribute their voice
  • Showcasing hackerspaces, Maker Faire, the best open source hardware projects, and more!
  • Covering topics like personal manufacturing, rapid prototyping, crowdsourcing, and other important ideas for the peer economy
  • Everything that we make is free to share and remix with a Creative Commons license

Watch a Sample Scene

What's it about?

We're focusing on personal stories of individuals at the heart of this movement, with additional interviews from leaders and experts to give context for what it all means.  By partnering filmmakers with other makers, we are illustrating the growth of a movement that will change our society, economy, government.


"We could produce more capable people in this world, that are more likely to approach problems and issues as the solvers of those problems."

- Katie Rast, Fab Lab SD


"This movement is a retaliation on the passive consumerism of the last 6 decades."
- Stacey Higginbotham, GigaOm


"It's what comes after mass production and corporatism that bankrupted society of everything else."
- Douglas Rushkoff, Author "Present Shock"



Featured Topics


What do these terms actually mean?  Read "So what's it about, really?"


Featured People (so far)


Open-Source Filmmaking

Everything that we make for this film will be free and open to remix in whatever way you want!  You can see every change as it happens, and you can contribute your own changes and shape the direction of the project.


What We Need

We're paying developers to ensure completion, quality, and consistency in tone. Funds will go to actual human beings to work on the film and develop their skills.  We're seeking $40,000 from both crowdfunding and grants to complete the fundamental components of the project.  Here's how those funds will be used:


Stretch Goals

Our set IndieGoGo goal will not cover all of the costs of producing this project, but we have the potential to fully fund this project through crowdsourcing.  Here's where extra money will get us:


What You'll Get

Your contribution will help make a valuable resource for preparing yourself for the new economy, prove an exciting new model for collaborative documentary filmmaking, provide a creative outlet for emerging filmmakers, and connect media and makers spread the message about open source. 

Our selection of perks allow you to see the finished film, get behind-the-scenes looks while we're making it, and keepsakes to show your support.


Other Ways You Can Help

If you can’t contribute money, there are other ways you can help:

Spread the word and tell people with Twitter, Facebook, Email or others


Give suggestions, ideas, media, and remixes on HitRecord



Get involved by joining the discussion on our Google Group



Learn more:
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  • $10USD
    Early download + Credit

    Be the first to receive a link to stream or download the finished film, with your name mentioned in the credits. We'll also keep you informed about the project with email updates. All other perks include this perk!

    3 claimed
  • $15USD
    Stickers!

    Get a set of YOUR INPUT NEEDED stickers for your car bumper, your laptop, your lunch box, or whatever!

    2 claimed
  • $25USD
    Release candidate download

    Be the first to see the film with an early download before the public release.

    3 out of 3000 claimed
  • $25USD
    Poster art

    Show your love with a movie poster to hang in your workspace, office, bedroom or wherever you want!

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  • $50USD
    T-Shirt

    Show your love with a t-shirt to wear at your next Maker Faire, your local hackerspace, in your online videos, or wherever you want!

    1 out of 300 claimed
  • $50USD
    Signed DVD copy

    Own a copy to show your class, to share with peers, or for your own collection with a signed DVD of the finished film!

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2015
  • $75USD
    Supporter Pack

    Show your love and get a T-shirt, movie poster, and stickers

    4 out of 100 claimed
  • $150USD
    Remix kit (SD)

    Learn how we made the film and get started making your own! Have all of the video, audio, project files, and other assets to remix the film in standard definition stored conveniently on a USB flash drive. Great for students and classrooms!

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  • $500USD
    Screening + Remix Kit (HD)

    Dive into making your own film and really learn how we made ours! Have all of the video, audio, project files, and other assets to remix the film in High Definition stored conveniently on a portable hard drive. With this perk you can also setup your own screening of the film and we'll join in virtually for a discussion afterwards! Great for teachers and schools!

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    Estimated delivery: May 2015
  • $500USD
    Film Festival screening

    See your name on the big screen with a tickets to a screening at your local film festival (if accepted) and your name in the credits!

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    Estimated delivery: May 2015
  • $1,000USD
    Test Screening

    With this perk you can also setup an early screening of the film and we'll join in virtually to hear your feedback!

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    Estimated delivery: May 2015
  • $1,000USD
    Marketing Materials Consulting

    Spend a day working virtually with Curiouser Creative Studio to plan and rapid-prototype marketing materials for your maker enterprise. Get a jump start on a logo, print materials, website, social media presence, and more!

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  • $1,000USD
    Remix Kit (HQ)

    Enhance your own film by building upon our footage! Have all of the video, audio, project files, and other assets to remix the film in high-quality master formats stored conveniently on a portable hard drive. Great for professionals!

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  • $1,500USD
    FilmMAKER kit

    You're a true maker. Shoot your own story yourself! We'll give you a week with the same kind of camera equipment used to shoot the film, and give you tips on effective shooting and storytelling.

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  • $2,000USD
    Silver supporter

    Become a silver supporter of this project and have your name or your organization's logo included in the closing credits of the film, displayed on our website, and mentioned in appropriate places.

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  • $3,000USD
    Tell a story of your choice

    Have a story that you want to share? Spend a day shooting with the production team and get their creative guidance. (excludes expenses)

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  • $5,000USD
    Gold supporter

    Become a gold supporter of this project and have your name or your organization's logo included in the opening credits of the film, displayed on our website, and mentioned in appropriate places.

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