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Before reading further, take a moment to stand up. If it took you less than thirty seconds, I want you to realize you are lucky. Understanding the psychology behind what Peter Mayhew and many others in the world are facing is the most important part of Standing in the Stars: The Peter Mayhew Story Kickstarter project.
The project is funding a documentary about a surgery Mr. Mayhew will be getting soon. The surgery will allow for Mr. Mayhew to not only walk properly again, but get back the height he has lost over the years. The project asks for a total of $42,000 with an end date of September 14, 2013. The goal is very modest if you consider normal costs of anything in the film industry and it is close to funding.
In my opinion, three of the prizes will make or break the photo finish of this project. First, a digital download of the documentary for $25 is the minimum I thought about contributing. Another ten dollars on top of that ($35 total) will get you the second choice of a digital download with bonus material that includes live updates of how well the surgery is going. Last, the $45 contribution allowing you to get a physical DVD and an awareness fur pin to show off how much you helped. Of course, that is just the tip of the wroshyr tree. Check out the project to see better, and more expensive, contribution tiers.
A note on Peter Mayhew’s Awesomeness:
The Mayhew family recently took time out of their busy schedule of Kickstart project maintenance and surgery preparations this weekend during DragonCon to have a video conference at the 501st convention party. Mr Mayhew’s entire family and the director of the video were part of this conference call to a bunch of people that, in the least, just dress up in star wars costumes. The reality is that the 501st does more, but to get my point across better; Peter Mayhew took time to talk to a bunch of nerds wearing shiny plastic. I was on the fence prior to the convention, but once the call was over I knew what needed to be done.
“Wookiees kneed love too” and contributions. Peter Mayhew, Wookiees, walking again, these are a few of the many reasons why I contributed to this project and suggest you do to. As of this writing, with 8 days to go, the project requires under $8,000 to hit their goal. With that said, $1,000 a day works out to 40 digital downloads, 29 digital downloads with bonus material, or 23 physical DVD copies a day. The math says it all. My heart strings were pulled and I contributed.