Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: journeyquest, kickstarter, seattle, web series
If you’re looking for tips or tricks to get your Kickstarter project off the ground, local project JourneyQuest could write the book on successful crowdfunding. When the “fantasy comedy web series” released their debut season, it became an instant hit and gained a solid following. Fans can watch the season in its entirety online, free of charge, and the show’s producers plan on keeping it that way. They decided to use crowdfunding techniques to pull together the $30 thousand to cover the first season’s expenses, as well as an additional 3k to film the second season. Upon the campaign’s launch in late September, fans jumped to action and amassed nearly $25k of their $60k goal in 48 hours. Within 11 days, the goal had been reached. As the makers of JourneyQuest watched their pledge total steadily surpass the original goal, they set their sights on a new one. Updates on the Kickstarter campaign page inform that at the $100k mark, they’ll be able to make a full length feature film out of the second season. The project is 10 days from ending, and they have a little over 8 grand to raise in that time. This project is a solid reminder that independent filmmakers can make it big with the powerful aide of a strong fan base.
Filed under: Digital Media, Film, Music | Tags: fund raising, kickstarter, new york times
New York Times
The online artist fund-raising site Kickstarter, which has raised over $75 million for 10,626 “creative projects,” is undoubtedly altering the degree to which uncountable ideas grow to be a reality. The simple desire to hold a concert in New Orleans, but held back by a fear of losing money, set the fund raising platform in motion. The chief executive, Perry Chen, was dubious in the initial stages because he lacked much experience with arts organizations, fund-raising, or technology. Nevertheless, this influential web-based money-maker has proven to be a goldmine for artists around the world. Online “crowd funding” (as the concept has recently been coined) is a leading example of the democratization of technology today. Where will the internet, artists, and money take us next?
Filed under: Film | Tags: Andrew Schwartz, Film, kickstarter, local, recession, Shaun Scott
100% OFF – A Recession-Era Romance Kickstarter
Local filmmakers Andrew Schwartz and Shaun Scott (Seat of Empire, Waste of Time) are teaming up on a modernity-infused romantic-comedy that sets its characters into a time and economic situation not so different from our own. The film 100% OFF: A Recession-Era Romance follows the passion and the pitfalls of two mirrored relationships in the age of the Great Recession. On the film’s Kickstarter page producer Schwartz notes, “The film is intended to portray a generation of young people, in love and inspired, at a time of diminished expectations – a generation that started high school with the destruction of the Twin Towers, enrolled into college during two unpopular wars, and entered young adulthood confined to the pernicious parameters of a collapsed global economy.” This is Schwartz’s first feature-length film and the story is saturated with personal poignancy from the recent graduate’s frustration with the current job market. Click the “Seattle Kickstarter” buttons for information on how you can support this and other local Kickstarter projects.
Filed under: Film | Tags: Bus No. 8, Christiania, kickstarter, Richard Jackman, Robert Lawson, You Cannot Kill Us We Are a Part of You
Kickstarter: You Cannot Kill Us, We Are a Part of You
Bus No. 8 is a Seattle-based documentary production company dedicated to the exploration of the meaning of community. Owners and filmmakers Robert Lawson and Richard Jackman pool their diverse experiences and disciplines — from activism and architecture, to theater and music – to form a unique approach to documenting communities around the world. Their latest project You Cannot Kill Us, We Are a Part of You tells the story of the “free state” of Christiania, a 36-year-old anarchist squatter community occupying an abandoned military base in the heart of Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. The project has been in the works since 2006 and Bus No. 8 has shot over 25 hours of footage on site at Christiania. While they have received grants and endorsements from the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, King County 4Culture and Northwest Film Forum last July, the documentary team is now seeking support to complete post-production on the project–namely to continue work with a professional sound designer/mixer, a colorist and local composer Myra Moreta, who is creating an original score for the film. Follow the link above to learn more about the project, or to make a Kickstarter donation.
Filed under: Film | Tags: kickstarter, Matt Shannon, NW Film Forum, Orcas Island, Saving Allison
Kickstarter – Saving Allison
Local filmmaker Matt Shannon is using Kickstarter to raise funds for Saving Allison, his 25-minute original short screenplay, inspired by the picturesque vistas of Orcas Island. The film narrative follows a young military widow struggling to come to terms with her loss. She travels to a remote island– Orcas Island, that is–wherein she meets a stranger through unusual circumstances. Shannon, who has worked as part of the Seattle film and theater community for twenty years, also hopes to raise enough money via Kickstarter to be able to compensate the cast and crew members taking part in the production. Other pledge incentives include: a one year membership to the NW Film Forum and producer credits. Check out other local film and music Kickstarter campaigns by clicking the Kickstarter buttons at the top of the newsletter.
Kickstarter: Sleepy Eyes of Death
With just nine days to go, Seattle rockers Sleepy Eyes of Death (SEOD) are ever so close to reaching their Kickstarter goal for Dark/Horizons, an exclusive vinyl compilation that would meld together the band’s two albums, Dark Signals and Toward a Damaged Horizon. Describing themselves a la Facebook as a cross between “ambient shoegaze and instrumental electronic epics” SEOD is looking to capture their complex soundscapes in a powerful new way on Dark/Horizons. “We’ve wanted to press an album on vinyl ever since we started releasing music together as Sleepy Eyes of Death, but we never really had the budget or the opportunity to do anything beyond our standard CD and digital releases,” the band remarks on their campaign site. “We recently decided that with the help of Kickstarter and some awesome incentives for funding the project, we could finally make pressing a record a reality!” Follow the links above to learn more about SEOD or to donate to their project.
Filed under: Film | Tags: IFP Spotlight, kickstarter, Pretty Face and Green My Eyes, Sam Graydon
Seattle-based filmmaker Sam Graydon is using Kickstarter to raise funds for his latest production Pretty Face and Green My Eyes. Written and directed by Graydon, the short delves into the emotions of nostalgic longing for youth, the ways we hold on, and the wonder that comes when rediscovering feelings that we thought were gone forever–all while set in the distinctly Seattle backdrop of the early 90s grunge explosion. The film’s script was a finalist for the 2011 IFP Spotlight award and the Seattle production team and crew members are committed to seeing it through, but need your help. Check out the Kickstarter link above to watch a teaser for the film and to donate to the project. Incentives for donating to the project include signed DVDs, producer credits and even a role in the film! Also, you can attend a fundraising concert for the project Friday, April 1, at the High Dive in Fremont with performances from See Me River (a local band featured in the film) and two other Seattle artists, Whiskey Tango (from MTV’s $5 Cover) and Ghosts I’ve Met.
Filed under: Film, Music | Tags: Cinemetropolis, kickstarter, The Blue Scholars, zia mohajerjasbi
Last night local rap heroes The Blue Scholars hosted a listening party for their freshly crafted album “Cinemetropolis” at the Theatre Off Jackson and spilled the beans on an innovative media project launching today. Geo and Sabzi have decided to put the production in the hands of their fans and via the power Kickstarter. Laid out in power point presentation format, the hip-hoppers analyzed their original means of distribution for their self titled 2004 record which relied on word of mouth promotions, hustling their CDs on the side and emphasizing musical quality over marketing. After dabbling in the world of record labels, the duo has decided to get back to their independent roots for their third full length album “Cinemetropolis” and back to their fans for support with the production of the filmic aspirations they have for the album. They call it a “reverse movie soundtrack” project where the music inspires the videos, short films and multimedia projects that follow the album. Hoping that the Kickstarter will help fund these cinematic ideas, they have begun brainstorming for a featurette to be directed by longtime Blue Scholars collaborator Zia Mohajerjasbi. Click on the link above to visit their Kickstarter page that features a bunch of incentives for helping fund the project, including a digital prerelease of the album before the official drop date in June, enjoy the fundraiser video below.
Filed under: Film, Music | Tags: kickstarter, Mad Northwest, The Otherside
“The Otherside” hip-hop documentary film project is the vision of local Olympian JR Celski, Vinny Dom, and filmmakers Dan Torok and Jeff Santos. Over the previous year they have compiled hours of interview and concert footage taken in various locations around the country including New York, following the tours of Seattle rap artists. The material gives an insider look at the growing Seattle scene that is snowballing towards national recognition. See the other “not so glamorous” side of artists lives as they are followed them into their homes, studios, backstage, in addition to their national tours. Experience everything from the daily struggles and obstacles, to the triumphs and successes these artists face as they reach for stardom. The film touches on various hip-hop stereotypes including race, community, drug addiction, and sexism. The diverse list of Seattle talent and different facets of the scene will expose you to the hip- hop in a way you may never have experienced before. Featured artists include: Macklemore, Massive Monkees, Jake One, Shabazz Palaces, Blue Scholars, Vitamin D, DJ B-Mello, The Physics, Common Market, J. Pinder, Grynch, Sol, Fresh Espresso, Mad Rad, Eighty4 Fly, Spaceman, Khingz, Wizdom, and a many more Seattle surprises. Support the project by following the Kickstarter link above and donating funds to help it along the way to completion.
Five Star Films and a Seattle-based crew are using Kickstarter.com to raise funds for an intimate documentary chronicling the life and iconic work of local photography great, Jini Dellaccio. Get on it quick: The campaign will come to a close this Monday, January 31, to mark Dellaccio’s 94th birthday. “Jini Dellaccio defined a generation of rock ‘n’ roll and her work still inspires photographers and musicians alike. Now you have an opportunity to help share this incredible story,” says project producer Karen Whitehead on the Kickstarter site. Follow the link above to see an amazing video outlining the project and to make a donation! Happy (early) Birthday, Jini!