We Want You in Our Documentary: A Call for Tiny House Portraits
An example of a portrait of us in front of our tiny house in Colorado.
Do you live in a tiny house? Send us your portrait to be included in a documentary about the tiny house movement!
When this project first began, it was much smaller. Storytellers by trade, we thought we’d capture the process of building our own tiny house to make a short film. But, as we began to draw our plans and looked to the thriving online tiny house community for design inspiration and how-to help, we began to realize how far-reaching and incredible the tiny house movement really is. This is when we realized that we could use our own building story to tell a much larger story, of the thousands of people around the country who are finding satisfaction in living smaller and more simply.
Over a year later, as we wrap up the editing process and get ready to release the film, we want to be sure that we can include as many other tiny housers as possible. We’ve already interviewed a handful of key characters (people like Tammy & Logan of RowdyKittensRelaxShacks in Massachusetts), but we know that the tiny house movement is a widespread phenomenon. We want our viewers to understand that there’s a huge demographic of people out there who are going small.
If you live in a tiny house (we don’t have a strict definition for “tiny house,” but are focusing mainly on homes that are less than 400 square feet), we would love to include you in our film.
To be included, please send us a photo portrait of you and your family with your tiny house.
Here are the specifics of what we’re looking for:
What the image should show: A clear view of your tiny house (front, side view, or interior—whichever angle you think is most interesting) and all of the people who live in the house, pets included!
Image size: In order for the image to show up clearly on the big screen, it needs to be a horizontal/landscape image, at least 1920 pixels wide. If you would like to send us a print photo, please make sure that it is at least 4×6 and we’ll scan it. (If you scan a photo yourself, please make sure that the setting is at 600dpi and that the file is saved as “Best” quality or as large as possible.) Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need help with the technical stuff.
Other info to include: Please also send us your names, the name of the town and state where the house is currently located, the number of people who live in your house, and the square footage of the house. If your house has a nickname, please include that too. And it’s not required, but if you’d like to tell us a bit about yourselves, how long you’ve been living small, and why you decided to downsize, we’d love to hear your stories!
How to send it to us: Please email images to us at email@example.com. (If the file is too large to email, we recommend sending it through this free website: wetransfer.com) You can also mail images to us at: 1320 Yellow Pine Ave, Boulder CO 80304
Permissions: When you send your photo, please include a line in the email or written on the back of the print, saying that you give us permission to use the image in our film and that we may also use it in any short video clips, blog posts and other materials related to the film.
Daniel Aragon in his 12-sided, 120-sq. ft “Ico”
To say thank you to all those who send images that we’re able to use in the film, we’ll send you a copy of our DVD once it has been released!
Huge thanks to the tiny house community for sharing your lives and stories with us,
Merete & Christopher