Friday, November 9, 2012

Kickstarter

Does anyone have experience using Kickstarter as a method of raising funds for a creative project?  I was surprised to see the new evangelical film Father of Lights was funded this way.  I am thinking really hard about at least putting together a teaser reel from my screen Laws of Men as a first step towards trying to get the funding for a feature film.  Yes, this is way over my skill set, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that if I wait for conservatives to try and take back the popular culture, it will never happen.

12 comments:

Kevin said...

The upcoming film Frack Nation was funded that way. Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary used it to fund a board game version of his comic, and I believe author Larry Corriea is using it to fund his Monster Hunter International Employees Manual.

Seems to work pretty well.

Dennis Nugent said...

I went to the website to find out they only do artistic stuff which may work for your idea. As far as help for my product idea, however, there seemed to be no hope. Is there any non-scam site that can help you with a product idea that anyone knows of?

hga said...

John Richardson, the No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money blogger, chronicled the Kickstarter saga of a successful effort to raise $65K to produce a film named Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire; see the last posting on the success by the deadline here.

And we should take heart about the current world that allows the words of a guy in NC blogging about an effort to be trivially read by a guy in Missouri (me) so that I could then tell a guy in Idaho about it, just as soon as I checked your blog for updates.

hga said...

Dennis Nugent: Look here; Kickstarter funds a whole lot more than artistic stuff.

Karl said...

Krypton Radio is using Kickstarter to raise the capital for equipment so they can webcast 24/7.
Kickstarter apparently vets projects for suitability, screening out things like kiddie porn and "fund my lifestyle" projects.

They are on the web at . I can put you in touch if you want more details.

Anonymous said...

Steve Jackson funded a remake of their board game OGRE wanted $50k had 900k raised. Don't know what happens but he started adding more premiums and a better addition.

rfb said...

Clayton,

Here is a kickstarter project example from a genre that I am familiar with: http://www.10-8forums.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=100754#Post100754

John Moore said...

Michael Totten, an excellent free-lance reporter and author, recently went to Kickstarter to raise $7500 to fund a reporting trip to Libya. He was at $9000 in 24 hours. It's now over $11000.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/937451938/michael-j-tottens-dispatches-from-libya

I suspect he got the contributions from his blog readers. I kicked in.

He also offered different rewards (such as copies of the resulting book, etc) for differing levels of contribution.

It's worth a try.

Mauser said...

I have a friend who has run a number of artistic projects this way, including an actual book on how to do kickstarter. I'll look for some details and e-mail you.

brian said...

We were just discussing your script here at home last night and the idea of funding it through Kickstarter. So we'd encourage you to keep moving ahead with the project.

We also looked Bill Whittle's film project, The Arroyo, a trailer is out since August, the movie is coming soon. He funded it with a model much like the subscription model used to do Iron Sky.

Dennis Nugent said...

Hga, thanks for the encouragement, but my product idea(s) may fall under the prohibited catergory. It is something that could be construed by some as a weapon.

Mauser said...

Here's my friend's how to run a Kickstarter book.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009NNXQFQ