The Where’s Paradise? project is made up of two distinct parts. A part containing a documentary film, photos and our recorded and processed observations of the island of Nusa Lembongan, Bali, Indonesia (in the case of the first episode). All of them are available online for free, the documentary can be viewed on Vimeo and the photos on 500px and Flickr.
The second part of the project is the Where’s Paradise? Episode 1: Nusa Lembongan iPad app which contains all of the content mentioned above in a beautiful package, designed and lovingly handcrafted by us, the same two people who made the rest of the content.
We get a lot of great free content from the web everyday ourselves, so charging for the content itself didn’t feel right to us. That’s why we are making all the content available online for free.
So why are we charging for the iPad App? Because by buying the iPad app, you’ll get to experience the film, the photos and our thoughts and observations of the island paradise all in one place, as a single piece, a single multifaceted story, in a design that we created specifically for this purpose. And charging for the app will hopefully also allow us to make the next episodes.
We’re not asking for donations and promising a project or a product that may or may not be everything that was initially promised, or even come out at all, we are already delivering a polished piece and if enough people like it, we’ll get to do the next episodes. Simple as that.
But why built an iPad app in the first place? A number of reasons actually, but most importantly because we really like the platform, both the device itself and the App Store ecosystem. Besides that, we want to experiment, and see if there’s room for successfully distributing this sort of an artistic project on the platform.