Fund Your Film The Smart Way. Check Out These Expert Crowdfunding Tips From Experienced Filmmakers!

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Ever since crowdfunding became somewhat mainstream, it’s been a popular method for filmmakers to receive funding for their films and ideas. This is great because it put filmmakers in direct contact with those that wanted to see their film and it gave them a more elegant front, rather than, “Hey Guys, I need money.” So the first thing that you should not do at all is say that in your crowdfunding campaign.

While we’ve come so far from the days of going to friends and family with a suitcase and a pitch, we have fallen back into the lazy habits that sites like IndieGoGo and Kickstarter have presented. It’s a crowdfunding site, so I just have to ask for money, right?

No! People (who aren’t your family) will donate when they see something as worthwhile. So your job is to show them what they’re funding. Not sit there and hold out your hand. It’s not a job interview. You want them to want to see what you will be making.

Instead of going on my own crowdfunding rants for too long, I’ll leave it to Emily Best and the other filmmakers and professionals in this really incredible video. When there are resources like this available, you must take advantage. Even if you feel you’re already crowdfunding-literate, take some time and check this out. Odds are, something new will click for you.

Expert Crowdfunding Advice For Filmmakers – A Film Courage Filmmaking Series

Via Film Courage Youtube Description:

WHY PEOPLE FAIL AT CROWDFUNDING
00:00 – Emily Best, SEED&SPARK CEO / Founder
02:51 – Richard “RB” Botto, STAGE 32 CEO / Founder
05:15 – Sheri Candler, Marketing Strategist

THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS
09:04 – Brian Jun, In The Buck, $30,000 on Indiegogo
11:49 – Spike Lee, Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus, $1,418,910 on Kickstarter
16:49 – Sheri Candler, Marketing Strategist
18:19 – Jason Brubaker, Founder of Filmmaking Stuff
19:27 – Joe Wilson, Vampire Mob, PlayShorts, $36,000 from 5 separate campaigns

BUILDING AN AUDIENCE
20:14 – Alexis Kirke, Plymouth University
20:36 – Ryan Koo, Amateur (previously Man-Child) $125,000 on Kickstarter

PREPARATION
22:39 – Jon Reiss, Bomb It 2, $21,000 on Kickstarter
23:15 – Gary W. Goldstein, Writer's Guide To Hollywood, $25,000 on Kickstarter
23:26 – Marc Zicree, Space Command, $221,000 on Kickstarter
25:03 – Rafal Zielinski & Gina Wendkos, Tiger Within, $65,000 on Kickstarter

WHO SAID IT WAS GOING TO BE EASY?
25:30 – Gary W. Goldstein, Writer's Guide To Hollywood, $25,000 on Kickstarter
26:32 – Judy Chaikin, The Girls in the Band, $15,690 on Indiegogo

27:02 – Emily Best, SEED&SPARK CEO / Founder
27:43 – Jon Reiss, Bomb It 2, $21,000 on Kickstarter
28:50 – Rafal Zielinski & Gina Wendkos, Tiger Within, $65,000 on Kickstarter
29:47 – Emily Best, SEED&SPARK CEO / Founder
32:32 – Angel Valerio & Christopher Miles, The Amber Project
32:57 – Jon Reiss, Bomb It 2, $21,000 on Kickstarter
33:59 – Marc Zicree, Space Command, $221,000 on Kickstarter
35:24 – Richard “RB” Botto, STAGE 32 CEO / Founder
37:03 – Sara Lamm & Mary Wigmore, Birth Story, $84,000 on Kickstarter
37:55 – Alexis Kirke, Plymouth University
38:10 – Hunter Weeks, Walter, Where The Yellowstone Goes, $57,000 on Kickstarter
39:25 – Emily Best, SEED&SPARK CEO / Founder
42:49 – Angel Valerio & Christopher Miles, The Amber Project
43:07 – Gabriel Diani & Etta Devine, Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse, $157,000 (3 Kickstarters)
43:56 – Mike Hedge, Similo, $14,722 on Kickstarter
44:15 – Merete Mueller & Christopher Smith, TINY: A Story About Living Small, $11,000 on Kickstarter
45:37 – Emily Best, SEED&SPARK CEO / Founder
47:13 – Richard “RB” Botto, STAGE 32 CEO / Founder
51:12 – Emily Best, SEED&SPARK CEO / Founder
52:08 – Mike Hedge, Similo, $14,722 on Kickstarter
52:58 – Chad Diez & Art Hall, Laps, $5200 on Kickstarter
53:13 – Emily Best, SEED&SPARK CEO / Founder
53:58 – Gabriel Diani & Etta Devine, Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse, $157,000 (3 Kickstarters)
54:21 – Mike Hedge, Similo, $14,722 on Kickstarter
54:55 – Gabriel Diani & Etta Devine, Diani & Devine Meet the Apocalypse, $157,000 (3 Kickstarters)
56:10 – Brian Jun, In The Buck, $30,000 on Indiegogo
58:06 – Marc Zicree, Space Command, $221,000 on Kickstarter
59:15 – Joke Fincioen & Biagio Messina, Dying To Do Letterman, $57,569 on Kickstarter
1:07:20 – Brian Jun, In The Buck, $30,000 on Indiegogo

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