First Week Update
I wanted to take a few minutes to do an update on the project now that we are one week into the Kickstarter campaign, and I have a bit of an idea on how things are going.
First of all. I want to thank all of you that have already backed the project. We had a great response over the first few days, which a huge percentage of the North American Rally community offering support. Whether it was backing the project, or re-posting on their Facebook. A good chunk of our current 1,400 Facebook likes are from all of us in the rally community. Anyone already involved with rallying knows that everyone sticks together, and there is a very unique camaraderie in the sport, it is good to see that it that is alive and well.
We also got a decent amount of worldwide coverage. I've gotten numerous messages from rallyists, workers, and fans around the world pledging their support; and offering nice words to keep me motivated. Thanks for that. But - How do we access the rest of the world? There are millions of rally fans across the globe, and I am sure this film will be something special to all of them, so let's make sure they know about it.
The film had a good first week. Coverage on a lot of large blogs like Jalopnik and Autoblog. But now is the hard part. The mid campaign lull. It is super important that interest stays up, that you friendly people help me out by posting the link, pictures, and story to your favorite forums and social outlets. The majority of our backers are still from Facebook, and Facebook posts have delivered 29% of total dollars so far. So I'd love if you made sure your friends, even the ones over in Poland, know about the project.
There has been good feedback on the rewards, and I have tried to tweak those and add a few new ones so that everyone gets something they are pumped about. It looks like we may be adding a few more "big" rewards in the next week or two.
I have been looking into offering a Blu-Ray reward level, as a couple people have mentioned it in the comments. I will continue looking at that, and if there is more interest in that I will add a backer award at that level. I should note though that Blu Ray will be no higher quality than the 1080p download already listed. In fact, it will probably be just a touch below. A couple others have also mentioned their desire for a 4k download, which I would love to do, except currently there is only a handful displays that can handle 4k - so who are you people? For those unaware, 4k is 4 times the resolution of 1080p. By the time the film is released, the number of displays, and playback options will probably change, and since we are shooting quite a bit in 4k, there is no reason we can't offer that download at that time.
I'm really excited about the content so far, and knowing what I have already planned I am confident that this will be one of the most beautiful motorsports films ever. I put that in bold because I believe it 100%, and I want you to as well. A number of people have told me the teaser gave them chills, or tingles, or made them feel like driving again. That's the ultimate point of films isn't it? to stir your emotions. Easier Said is like a giant wooden spoon for rally emotions and that's a fact.
Also - There may be another quick teaser video before the end of the campaign. I'm trying very hard for something very special for the last 3 days. But I'm hoping, really hard that we can meet the goal before then.
Also - I received about 200 messages over the first few days. I tried to reply to everyone, but if I haven't gotten to you yet, no worries. I will respond to everyone.
Here is a 1080p wallpaper from working with Chris Duplessis earlier this year. Download here.
seconds to go
Pledge $1 or moreYou selected
Less than the cost of a soda and you have helped bring entertainment and happiness to the world.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $7 or moreYou selected
24 backers Limited (776 left of 800)
Get a ticket to the film premiere in Grand Rapids. Yea - You would have to be in Grand Rapids. But film premieres are a total blast and include extended extras nobody else gets to see. I made a short film called Wagon Attack 2 once. We sold the place out for the premiere, and that film was just a joke.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $9 or moreYou selected
Easier Said Than Done 720p Download. Your making a nice early pre-order. Play it on your computer, TV related computer box device, or mobile phone. Or burn it to a disc if you want. There won't be any DRM.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $13 or moreYou selected
1080p/2k Download Access. It looks even better!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $14 or moreYou selected
29 backers Limited (131 left of 160)
1 Ticket to the film premiere in G.R + a 720p download on release day.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $17 or moreYou selected
Easier Said Than Done 720p Download, and the film DVD mailed to you.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $21 or moreYou selected
123 backers Limited (577 left of 700)
Now we're getting serious. Warm your heart by backing a visual feast of a film plus get access to the 1080p download and get an Easier Said Than Done limited edition poster.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $31 or moreYou selected
1080p Download access, and an Easier Said Than Done T-shirt. Not a crappy shirt either. I owned a shirt company once so I will make sure they don't suck like lots of free and cheap tees.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $37 or moreYou selected
Get 1080p download access. Plus a SIGNED ESTD poster.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $76 or moreYou selected
137 backers Limited (63 left of 200)
This is the ESTD Goodie Bag. Signed Poster, 1080p Download, DVD and the T-Shirt. All at once.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $81 or moreYou selected
29 backers Limited (71 left of 100)
1 ticket to the film premiere in Grand Rapids. Plus 1 ticket to the post-premiere after party. This includes beverages and things and is sure to be a total hoot. Yes, you would have to be in Grand Rapids, MI.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $126 or moreYou selected
21 backers Limited (229 left of 250)
1080p download of the film. Plus I will credit your full name at the end of the credits with all your Kickstarter backer buddies. Immortalized on film for life! (well, not film actually, on hard drives and stuff)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $199 or moreYou selected
19 backers Limited (1 left of 20)
ESTD Goodie Bag + Your name in the credits. C c c c combo.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $225 or moreYou selected
ESTD Date Night! 2 tickets to the premiere. Plus 2 tickets to the blowout after party. Plus the contents of the goodie bag (T-shirt, Poster, DVD, 1080p download). And you save $13. This ones for all the couples out there - you know who you are.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $2,400 or moreYou selected
1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)
Come along to one of the late summer Easier Said Than Done filming days - and get a ride along with a top rally driver. Includes 1 day of rally adventure, hotel, and food.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $8,400 or moreYou selected
1 backer All gone!
Drive a rally car - in a real rally. Go nuts here and we will organize a 2WD Rally car rental, help with licensing, have a top driver coach you for half a day and then you will enter and drive a Rally all on your own. Completely legit, we've been around the block a few times with these and can ensure you will be treated like an old pro. Includes rally rental, spares, tires, licensing, hotel and coaching and advice from a top driver. Not only that, but we will film your first event and include it as a special feature on the DVD. You would be responsible for the refundable damage deposit on the race vehicle.Estimated delivery:
- (29 days)