I was invited recently to join the talented Melissa Sweazy, Joann Self Selvidge, and Sara Kaye Larson in sharing our experiences and thoughts on crowdfunding, be it Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, or some other flavor. Enjoy, and check below for a handy-dandy index of topics covered, plus links to the campaigns and resources mentioned in this video.
Links mentioned in this video:
- Sara and Joann’s Campaign for ‘The Keepers’
- Melissa Sweazy’s Campaign for ‘Department of Signs and Magical Intervention’
- My Campaigns
- My thoughts on the dangers of Flexible Funding
Index of topics covered:
- What crowdfunding platforms have we used in the past?
- Who are we and what is our crowdfunding experience?
- Why we chose the platforms we did (Kickstarter vs IndieGoGo)?
- Did we throw our campaigns out there to see if they’d work, or did we have a plan of attack?
- What phase of production were we in when we launched our campaign?
- What are our thoughts on pitch videos?
- How did we raise funds before crowdfunding?
- Did we know the people who donated; how did we find the ones we didn’t already know?
- What percentage of the budget was crowdfunded, and what did that money go towards?
- Was outlining an “a la carte” budget in the campaign description a successful tactic?
- How did we use social media to promote our campaigns?
- Thoughts on crowdfunding ethics and Flexible Funding (hint: I’m not a fan).
- What is the real value of perks if donors just want to support filmmakers?
- What was the inspiration behind ‘The Keepers?’
- How do you talk to donors about projects with shifting deadlines?
- Did you use a LLC for your campaign? How are you taxed on the funds raised?
- Were you worried people would judge your final product by the quality of your pitch video?
- What are your thoughts on wealthy celebrities using crowdfunding to fund their pet projects?
- Are your pitch videos still available online? / What is the best time of year to launch your campaign?
- What are your web addresses so we can learn more about your projects?