This article is continued from yesterday’s.
About her Kickstarter experience, “Carolina Blue” filmmaker Katharyn Grant says: “My time investment over-all has been about twenty or thirty hours. It takes a long time to edit a video (trailer, in our case), and put together your pitch, and come up with fun, doable rewards that you can give people who pledge. Not to mention the time it takes to network and get the word out, which has been substantial (20 – 30 more hours). It’s a lot of work!”
Denver area filmmakers have had success with Kickstarter and similar sites in the past. In July of 2010, Jeremy Make and Andy Raney’s “kART Across America”, a documentary “about finding art in America at 30mph”, reached its funding goal of $4140. “kART Across America” is described as “a romp around the country in 90 minutes, this poignant, inspirational, and hilarious comedy follows Jeremy Make and Andy Raney as they uncover artists from all walks of life — from three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee to Angela’s Ashes author Frank McCourt; from female blacksmith Shannon Von Wright to two-handed sketch artist Angus Galloway; from ex-con spoken word poet Jahbu Ourinde to homeless t-shirt designer Donny James. Along the way, they began to uncover their own art forms as well.”
The recently released “Andover High” by Ken Mostek raised $8000 in February of last year. You can read more about “Andover High” in my previous article about the film’s Denver screening.
A similar but now defunct website called “Fundable” was used by Colorado filmmakers Ward Crockett and Ryan Notch to raise funds for audio post-production for the film “Night Things” which recently had its cast and crew screening at the Starz Film Center on the Auraria Campus.
Ward writes: “Fundable enabled us to put up a centralized, professional-looking site to help us gather donations. Most of the money came from people we knew, but one of the associate producers also brought in a decent number of small contributors to help us exceed our goal. The thing with Fundable was that you had X amount of time to gather pledges. If your pledges didn’t add up to your goal by the end of the donation period, the contributors were refunded their money and you got nothing. That forced us to hustle quite a bit, but I think it also encouraged people to help out more than they might normally. We ended up raising over $3,000.” “Night Things” was a low-budget horror filmed starring Joey Thomas, myself, and Ari Azimi, and was filmed in Bailey, CO. The film is currently being entered into festivals, and the filmmakers are seeking distribution.
Come back tomorrow to hear more from Katharyn about her experiences, and her advice on how to get the most out your fundraising efforts if you choose to give Kickstarter a try.