Project Lex Has Been a Big Disappointment
I truly believe I owe many of you an apology. I supported, recommended and backed Adam Jay’s Project:LEX, I even played Harley Quinn. I’m sorry to say with each photo update I see, I grow more and more disappointed.
Upon shooting and seeing the costumes, most felt and looked very rushed together (with a few exceptions of course.) They were not what I would expect at all from a shoot that raised over $19,000 in crowd funding capital. We (the models) all took photos on the same dinky stage set with the same foam props scattered about (the lighting staying the same for every character.) The set stayed the same for every character. My boyfriend and I where stunned when we were on set for Project: Lex. I looked to him and he looked at me and we both just wondered where did the money go?
The money didn’t go to the models (we all did it for free) a small percentage of funds went towards costume builds (not nearly as much that should have) hardly any money went towards set builds, it didn’t go towards equipment, the money hasn’t gone towards charity (though the costumes are supposedly supposed to be auctioned off for charity, most are not a high enough quality to auction off). Where did your money go? The money went towards the travel arraignments of certain participants and Adam. You didn’t pay for an awesome project you paid to fly people to all over the globe. (FYI: I personally was not reimbursed anything, not even for the gas I asked for.)
That being said Project Lex was one of the most poorly executed projects I have ever seen, and been a part of. The use of your funds was just wasteful. It may not have been intentionally wasteful, but when casting people, you cast to the area you are shooting in. You do not spend the greatest chunk of budget on travel arraignments to fly people from all over the world in because you can and it’s not your money you are burning; it’s your backer’s hard earned money. (UPDATED: I was just informed Eve Beauregard was not flown out. All the Bat in the Sun actors where, that makes for more question as to where did the funds go?) Don’t even get me started on the numerous suspicions of him pocketing funds (personally I couldn’t say if it’s true or not, but the greater chunk of money certainly didn’t go toward this shoot.)
I am really disappointed by the results of Project: Lex thus far. What I endorsed was a large scale project based on the DCUO trailer. I expected top of the line costumes, I expected an awesome set with amazing lighting, I expected photos based on DCU online trailer screenshots to be from the correct angles and jaw dropping. None of which was the case. The images thus far have been anti-climatic and rather than us all anxiously waiting for big debut of them all they have been trickling out like a steady leak. That’s not how you handle a set of images from a big project.
As someone who has run a successful campaign of her own I am a huge supporter of crowd-funded projects. With your help I was able to take my cosplay photography and photos to a whole new level with Sexy Princess Peach. The biggest chunk of capital going towards my own lighting setup and camera lens. The rest toward the castle, sewing machine, and materials. I’m very happy with the results and continue to use the equipment in all the shoots and cosplays I share today. I am very proud and happy with the Peach images and I hear again and again from friends and fans that they feel the same way.
I can not say the same for Project Lex. My lesson learned from this is to not endorse any projects that I do not control. I have no hard feelings or malice towards Adam Jay. He’s a great and very silly guy (I love his accent!), but he truly lacks the experience and business sense to do these large scale projects. It was poorly organized and executed. What really made me feel the need to speak out about this is he (Adam Jay) already has been making posts about doing a new project Superhero Bar Brawl. What the hell, man? You didn’t finish your first project yet! *facepalm*