Do not expect much out of the people in the roller derby crowd unless they know you. I had Joe Carnahan tweet about the project twice and can't attribute any donations to his 2,000 followers. Unless your web series is about roller derby... and even still, you need a platform where you can foster a dialogue about it. Forms of one-way communication did very, very little for us.
Thread: Crowdfunding A Case Study
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01-16-2012 12:25 PM
01-16-2012 12:56 PM
I know indiegogo has a dashboard which gives you stats on how many times people have visited your page. I only had 1, 134 views in a span of 3 months. That's horrible. I need those stats everyday. We both had a campaign goal of $25k. If the 1% conversion is correct that means you would need to have your page viewed at least 50,000 times with an average of $50 per contribution to reach $25,000.00. That's massive. Without a solid digital street team its hard to reach that kind of networking.
Regardless I think your film would do well in the indie film festival circle. Wish you guys the best of luck.
Last edited by El Gato Negro; 01-16-2012 at 01:04 PM.
01-16-2012 01:15 PM
Good stuff Zak.
Yeah, not expecting a ton from the derby crowd, though I've announced for 6 years, have a few fans of my own, so maybe pick up one or two people you never know. I also fronted a popular local punk band in this area for a long time, so some minor celebrity there as well.
My best bet is the genre fans and their websites. If it catches fire there I might do ok.
I'm setting my funding level at the bare minimum I think I could shoot it for and hoping to get over funded.
01-17-2012 03:49 PM
ElGato, you should consolidate your thoughts and experience into a blog post or article like Zak.
01-18-2012 12:21 PM
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Been sorta glancing at this thread on and off and staying silent. A lot of what's being said is true... but, one thing that needs to be recognized is that no two campaigns are alike. It's definitely true that if you've got a more generic property, it'll be more about your support group (fam, friends, fans) than your project.
On the other hand, check out the Kickstarter campaigns based on popular franchises or niche groups. Gothic or say Discworld? They both raised 30K-50K just on fanbase alone, and it wasn't because of the work.
As filmmakers we tend to think that "oh we do cool stuff, people want to pay for this." ... No, they really don't. People don't want to pay for ANYTHING that they don't have to pay for, so you need to keep that in mind. We aren't Kickstarting again until we've done another feature and some more free web content. And, when we do, we'll heavily way the niche factor versus the fan factor when deciding which project to tackle.
Maybe by the end of 2012.
01-23-2012 01:18 PM
02-06-2012 12:54 PM
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- Sacramento, CA
This is a really helpful and inspirational thread! It's definitely helped me with mine! I'm in the final stretch after a REALLY short period of time. IT'S GREAT!
02-15-2012 06:55 PM
03-03-2012 12:38 PM
03-05-2012 08:40 AM
I guess i'll pose an obvious questions... But assuming that everyone of us has some rich friends / co-workers (making a few million a year) why not go directly to them but rather scraping away in hopes of making $15k for a month of work??