Some guy wants $25,000 to translate the Bible into emojis
Kickstarter is a great place for people to get their movies, inventions and other cool ideas off of the ground. One of my favorite success stories is the camping stove that can charge your gadgets. But, for every good idea on Kickstarter, there are a bunch that sound pretty crazy. The latest kooky idea I’ve come across is an emoticon Bible. That’s right, someone wants to translate the entire Bible into those tiny smiley face icons that people, especially teenagers, use to text and instant message.
According to the project’s creator, Kamran Kastle, putting together the Bible won’t be cheap. He’s looking to raise $25,000 to fund the project.
In a video posted on the Kickstarter page for the project, Kastle states that he’s trying to make a Bible that’s more accessible to young people by translating it into words – or pictures – they can understand.
In fact, the project’s tagline is “One of the oldest books translated into one of the newest languages – Emoticons.” That’s a noble goal, but I don’t think it’s going to catch on.
Sadly for Kastle, this project looks like it’s dead in the water. With just under two weeks left to raise funds, he’s only picked up $28 in donations. That’s a far cry from the $25,000 he’s seeking.
It’ll be difficult for the project to raise the money needed to succeed in the time it has left, but crazier things have happened on Kickstarter. Remember the guy who raised over $50,000 just to make potato salad?
Still, I just don’t think too many people are going to invest their hard-earned money in this. It just looks too goofy.
Making the Bible more accessible for young people isn’t a terrible idea, but I think Kastle is going about it all wrong. His project is just a little too out there for most people. But, that doesn’t mean all Bible projects on Kickstarter are doomed to fail. Click here to see a great project that ended up raising over $1 million dollars to create a Bible that’s easier to read.
Source: Kickstarter (1)
WILL YOU TRANSLATE THE ENTIRE BIBLE INTO EMOTICONS?
WILL YOU INCLUDE THE ENTIRE BIBLE IN YOUR BOOK?
Yes. Half of my Book will be the Bible translated into Emoticons and the other half will simply be standard Biblical Text. Every Biblical Verse will be followed by its’ Emoticon equivalent. Readers will be able to go back and forth between standard written text (the Bible) and Images (Emoticons).
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND THE TORAH?
Torah refers to the 1st 5 books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy—also known as the Pentateuch. The Old Testament refers to all 46 Books of the Bible written before Christ, including the first 5 that Jewish people call the Torah.
WHAT WILL KICKSTARTER FUNDS BE USED FOR?
Printing and Shipping the Book.
WHEN WILL YOU SHIP THE BOOKS TO PROJECT BACKERS?
December 1, 2015 – In time for Christmas.
HOW WAS THIS IDEA CONCEIVED?
Kamran Kastle is a Photographer that sees the world in pictures. After attending University of Southern California’s prestigious Film School, he founded ‘A Hollywood Ending Studios’ (ahollywoodending.com) – A Marketing Agency.
Kamran also volunteers his time at a charity that teaches filmmaking to underprivileged schoolchildren – Los Angeles Film Society (losangelesfilmsociety.org). After administering a Movie Screening of “Ben-Hur” (1959) a good number of the inner city students sitting before him expressed never having read the Bible. Naturally, he asked “How come”? One 16-year-old girl responded, “If I can’t read it on my IPhone, I don’t read it.” Kamran asked, “If I translated the Bible into Emoticons, would you read it?” With a curious smile upon her face, the teenager said, “Yes!” Thus, the inspiration to translate the oldest book into the newest language – Emoticons – was immaculately conceived.
Since I have already started translating the Bible into Emoticons, I do not foresee any challenges. With your help, I hope to translate one of the most influential books of all time into images commonly used for text messaging so that the Smartphone Generation will be encouraged to read it…in addition to everyone else. Kamran Kastle(2)