Financing / Crowdfunding : Crowdfunding by Paulette Pearson

Paulette Pearson

Crowdfunding

Has anyone tried crowdfunding recently? Which platform did you use? Was it successful?

G.R. Barnett

I'm currently trying patreon because I'm trying to build a fanbase for my upcoming web series. As for it being successful.. let me get back to you on that.

-G.R.B.

Jake Cauty

I'm also currently running a campaign. It is a lot of work, I'll give you that. A lot of marketing, research and pushing to attract funds. But, funds are coming in...I'll keep you posted..

Ed Fletcher

I ran a indiegogo campaign and raised $10,000. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/do-the-dance-a-documentary-film#/

Amber Greenlee

We have had 3 successful Kickstarter campaigns for Transylvania Television. The first we asked for $6000 and received $9000. The second, we asked for $10k and received about $12k. The third, we asked for $15k and received almost $20k. The campaigns were spread out over 6 years. Have a budget ready. Produce during your campaign, don't just wait for the money to come in. Give incentives to different tiers. Good luck.

Ruth Maramis

Congrats to those who have done a successful crowdfunding campaigns! Hats off to you. I just launched mine over a week ago and it's really nerve-wracking. Well, I'll let you know in 3 weeks how we did, hopefully we'll at least meet our goal.

Elisabeth Meier

@ Ed Fletcher - Sounds very interesting, will this like a documentary or a film based on the real event and which length do you plan?

Elisabeth Meier

Paulette Pearson From all discussions in this forum I learned that Indiegogo and Kickstarter were the best platforms for crowdfunding. Good luck for your campaign and let us know how it worked!

Dan MaxXx

Vitaly

The big crowdfunded movies are by celebrity power. Spike Lee , Veronica Mars movie, there is a $1mil+ funded movie called "Code 8", backed by two Actors from The Flash tv show.

I know one person on Seed & Spark, raised $14K in about 3-weeks and is close to her goal of $15K for her feature debut, shooting next month.

G.R. Barnett

I know Don Bluth got over $300K for just a sizzle reel for his new 2D animated project, but he's a big name in animation and he'd been successful before. As for other, smaller peeps, I'm not sure.

-G.R.B.

Elisabeth Meier

I recently discovered a finished campaign for kind of a family story. The aunt or grandmother of the director became a hero or famous for anything and because people loved the story and he could show a lot of material in his introducing video they donated over 200k, I think 250k or so.

This shows that you need either a touching story that others would love to watch and/or a project they want to become part of plus you have to come up with a proper and really enthusiastic video. As soon as you touch people you get the attention and if they can't donate they mostly at least forward the link to others.

Additionally, you really need a good network, a crowd for your crowdfunding to donate or to spread the campaign.

Stanley N. Lozowski

How do I contact you? filmtiq@gmail.com

Nikki Ackerman

Dan MaxXx Code 8 is project by Stephen Amell (Arrow) and Robbie Amell (Flash, Legends of Tomorrow) and yes, they are using their fanbase to crowdfund the project, which looks promising! Paulette Pearson Crowdfunding on Indiego-go & Kickstarter can work with the right marketing. I know several indie filmmakers in my area that use Indiego-go with much success. I've seen a few successful projects on GoFundMe too. Good luck!

G.R. Barnett

Vitaly Kozlov is right, I almost got taken in by one of these scams. I've learned to be wary of people offering financing on the boards. Most real financiers don't offer it publicly, either you approach them or they approach you. :/ Sad but true.

-G.R.B.

Dan MaxXx

if u need fast money without any BS , credit card it. max whatever your credit is. gotta believe in yourself. My old Boss risked his house and marriage on his 1st feature movie . He failed, lost the house and wife divorced him. But he didn't quit. By his 3rd film, he was a millionaire and re-married.

Elisabeth Meier

Wow, what a story. But I really think that's true. You have to be an adventurer and take the risk. Maybe not in this way, but if you really want it and believe in your abilities you really try everything no matter the risk.

David E. Gates

Richard Branson failed several times before he hit the jackpot as a result of Tubular Bells.

Stanley N. Lozowski

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again...

Gregory Green

Indiegogo and Kickstarter are good crowdfunding platforms for you. But here's the thing - you have to nurture your campaign. What I mean is that you need to post updates on a regular basis along with new videos. You also need to email the folks that have contributed so they are engaged and excited...excited enough to tell their friends, too. Also, reach out regularly using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube during your campaign. That's how a successful crowdfunding campaign is conducted. There is a lot of good info out there to help you learn how to do crowdfund successfully. Good luck!

Stanley N. Lozowski

I'm looking for more projects to work with. I just funded one of our features LISZT AND CHOPIN IN PARIS (actually, it will take up to 6 months to secure all the funding) and we have an indiegogo campaign for another feature SONS OF SAM going live this Sunday. Shane Mehigan and I would like to add you to our ‘Sons of Sam’ team on Indiegogo. See us on Sunday: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sons-of-sam-horror-drama

Nikki Ackerman

You can try Slated as well. https://www.slated.com/ (please note... I earn nothing off you clicking the link or signing up (which is free!)) You sign up, list projects (for a fee) and people find you or you find people... When you sign up the site gives you a handy little tour, too. Hope this helps!

Stanley N. Lozowski

SLATED is nothing by scams to sell you their services.

G.R. Barnett

Glad I haven't put anything up on slated, then.

-G.R.B.

Dan MaxXx

Forget it Vitaly, donkeys won't listen. Everybody wants a free handout, nobody want to work for greatness.

Mark Allen Frost

I am in the middle of an ig campaign and having problems getting tech support around a formatting issue. May have to extend it to the 40 day max to meet my goal. It's a learning exp fer sure. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-virtual-guy-a-sci-fi-musical-comedy

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