How To Use Crowdfunding To Turn Your Film Project Into A Reality

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Steve Desmond

Webinar hosted by: Steve Desmond

Screenwriter (Warner Bros., Film Nation), Filmmaker

Steve is a Chicago native, a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and a working screenwriter living in Los Angeles. Last year, he sold his thriller spec screenplay with an Academy Award nominated producer attached to it. The script is now out to directors and is slated to shoot later this year. Steve was also recently hired to write a treatment for a mini-series being produced Discovery Networks, Giant Pirates, and Trigger Street. Currently, Steve is writing a new thriller for Davis Entertainment (Chronicle, The Blacklist), inspired by actual events. He is also in post-production on his Twilight Zone-esque short film that he directed, after raising nearly $30K on Kickstarter. His screenplays have appeared on the 2011 and 2013 Hit List, honoring the best spec screenplays of the year, the 2013 Blood List, honoring the best genre screenplays of the year, and he was voted for inclusion on the Young and Hungry Writers List in 2012. Over the years, he’s written or developed projects with Imagine Entertainment, Level 1 Entertainment, Blacklight Transmedia, Preferred Film & TV, The Walt Becker Company, Dreamworks Animation, and (shockingly) The Disney Channel. Steve is represented by APA, The Gotham Group, and Eclipse Law Firm. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Learn directly from Steve Desmond, a filmmaker and screenwriter who completed a successful crowdfunding campaign and nearly doubled his initial raise! Steve has also worked on projects with Imagine Entertainment, Dreamworks Animation, The Disney Chanel, Level 1 Entertainment, Blacklight Transmedia, Preferred Film & TV and The Walt Becker Company!

You have a great idea for a feature film, documentary, or short film. You’re tired of just writing stuff and want to make your dream project into a reality. But you don’t have the money to do it… Yet.

In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, filmmaker and screenwriter Steve Desmond will help you build a killer crowdfunding plan so that you can raise the funds to get your dream project off the ground. Steve recently ran his own campaign to fund his short film on Kickstarter with a goal of raising $16K. He not only hit his goal, but blew by it raising a total of nearly $30K and his film is now in post-production! From his own experience, he’ll teach you how to craft a compelling pitch, build an online audience, and maximize your project’s potential. He’ll also go over the pros and cons of Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other major crowdfunding sites, so that you can pick the one that’s best for you.

From making your pitch video to writing the perfect funding email to marketing your project across all social networks, this will be a one-stop shop for how to successfully crowdfund your film.

What You'll Learn

  • Kickstarter or Indiegogo – Which one should you choose?
    • Do you want to raise some of your budget? Or all of your budget?
    • The value of creating “a sense or urgency.”
  • Setting your Target Budget.
    • What is too much? What is too little?
  • Creating a Pitch Video.
    • Your Pitch Video needs to show that you’re a professional worth investing in.
    • Creating a unique hook to make your film stand out.
  • Reaching out to your Network.
    • The value of writing individual personalized emails.
    • No one wants to fund your dream. They want to be inspired by your vision.
  • Social Networking.
    • Capitalizing on Stage 32, Facebook and Twitter to expand your project’s scope.
  • Determining your Backer Rewards.
    • What do backers want? And what can you afford?
    • How to think outside the box and tailor rewards to your project.
  • Launching your Campaign.
    • How a “soft launch” can give you a running start.
    • Raising 10% of your goal on the first day and 25% during your first week.
  • Running your Campaign.
    • Crowdfunding is a full-time job. Your effort determines your results.
    • Crafting backer updates and posts to keep the momentum going.
  • Using the Press.
    • Reaching out to blogs and websites to promote your project.
  • Racing for the Finish Lines
    • The crucial last 48 hours that will determine whether your project makes it or breaks it.
  • Recorded, in-depth Q&A with Steve, a successful campaign creator!

About Your Instructor

Steve is a Chicago native, a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and a working screenwriter living in Los Angeles. Last year, he sold his thriller spec screenplay with an Academy Award nominated producer attached to it. The script is now out to directors and is slated to shoot later this year. Steve was also recently hired to write a treatment for a mini-series being produced Discovery Networks, Giant Pirates, and Trigger Street.

Currently, Steve is writing a new thriller for Davis Entertainment (Chronicle, The Blacklist), inspired by actual events. He is also in post-production on his Twilight Zone-esque short film that he directed, after raising nearly $30K on Kickstarter. His screenplays have appeared on the 2011 and 2013 Hit List, honoring the best spec screenplays of the year, the 2013 Blood List, honoring the best genre screenplays of the year, and he was voted for inclusion on the Young and Hungry Writers List in 2012. Over the years, he’s written or developed projects with Imagine Entertainment, Level 1 Entertainment, Blacklight Transmedia, Preferred Film & TV, The Walt Becker Company, Dreamworks Animation, and (shockingly) The Disney Channel.

Steve is represented by APA, The Gotham Group, and Eclipse Law Firm.

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A: If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar. If you cannot attend a live webinar and purchase an On-Demand webinar, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. 

Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand webinar, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year! 

Testimonials

"Well presented and streamlined webinar. Informative, helpful and well worth the time spent to attend. Great price/value ratio" - Karynne S.

"Really useful and well presented. Enjoyed it a lot. Thanks Steve!" - Dee C.

"Steve was great I loved the way he presented things and his use of examples was very helpful. I wish I had him on speed dial!" - Rick H.

"I thought he was very insightful and forthcoming with his knowledge. Very genuine" - Terry S.

"Lots of information presented in a fun and charming way. Good examples which illustrated the points made. Thanks!" - Manina L.

"Very nicely presented with perfect timing to get across the information. He was organized and loaded with hands on knowledge. Thanks for a great webinar class experience." - J'hon W.

"Your points were well organized, easy to understand, and you used great examples for everything, which makes a HUGE difference." - Dale L.

"Really enjoyed this. Got a lot of guidance." - Tiffany M.

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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • This webinar was very informative! Lots of great tips to keep in mind.

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