The Kickstarter Blog

This Week in Kickstarter

  1. This Week: Project Videos We Heart

    The Kickstarter project video makes a crucial first impression. Creators introduce themselves and their dreams, sum up their plans, and ask for a little love. But as new projects continue to push the boundaries of what's possible on Kickstarter, the videos feel more and more like their own virtual film festival. Hitting that play button never felt so good.

    Each week, we experience hundreds of new videos — way too many to keep to ourselves. Feast on five recent favorites that we've been passing around the office and let us know what catches your eye this week.

    1. The Claytheist

    The Claytheist project video thumbnail
    Replay with sound
    Play with

    The Claytheist is a "conceptual experiment in stop-motion animation" wherein two puppets engage in an escalating argument over the origin of their existence. The creators' project video combines a rapid-fire narrative reminiscent of some 1920s radio hour with claymation mad scientists, hallucinatory visual effects, and some seriously impressive suspenders. 

    2. These Treats Don't Suck: A Gluten-Free Cookbook

    These Treats Don't Suck: A Gluten Free Cookbook project video thumbnail
    Replay with sound
    Play with

    ...And neither does their hilariously tongue-in-cheek project video, which poses the existential question of the ages: "What is gluten free?"

    3. The Goon

    "The Goon" Movie... let's KICKSTART this sucker!!! project video thumbnail
    Replay with sound
    Play with

    On the shortlist of reasons why we love this one: killer robots, suspicious hooch, bad guys, zombies, slow-motion flying cars on fire. And David Fincher. Hit play... or else.

    4. Dale Radio: Spending Time With...

    Dale Radio: Spending Time With... project video thumbnail
    Replay with sound
    Play with

    Nothing beats a pitch video performed completely in character. In his podcast, "Dale" is a lovably crass, middle-aged weird uncle type. In his project video, he cements the rep with a killer tie, some tinted aviators, and a couple packs of Twizzlers. Now that's balling on a budget. 

    5. King of Crime

    KING of CRIME card game project video thumbnail
    Replay with sound
    Play with

    Speaking of staying in character, what about character and genre? The crew behind this noir-inspired card game, King of Crime, never breaks form in a pitch that doubles as a ransom video. We're guessing they'll let Smith go... if they reach their goal.

  2. Kickstarter in the UK

    In July we tweeted that Kickstarter would open up to UK-based projects for the first time this autumn. Today we're very excited to announce that that day has finally arrived. Hooray!

    Beginning October 31, people in the United Kingdom will be able to launch their projects on Kickstarter. Beginning today, people in the UK can get started building their projects by clicking on the "Start a new project" button on the Start page and selecting the UK as their country. When we're ready for projects to launch on October 31, we'll send an email letting them know that they can hit the launch button whenever they're ready.

    Let's run through the basics on how things will work.

    So UK creators can start building their Kickstarter projects as early as today, and launch them beginning October 31?

    Yes. We thought the three-week gap would give everyone plenty of time to build and tweak their projects before launching. Beginning October 31, they can launch and share their projects with the world.

    Will there be a UK-specific Kickstarter site?

    Nope. UK-based projects will be listed alongside all the other Kickstarter projects.

    Can people outside the UK pledge to UK projects?

    Yes! Just like every other project on Kickstarter, backers can pledge to UK-based projects from all around the world.

    What currency will UK projects be listed in?

    All UK projects will be listed in pounds sterling. If you are pledging from outside the UK, you will see the approximate conversion rate to US dollars before you complete your pledge.

    Will backing UK projects be similar to backing US projects?

    The mechanics of Kickstarter (all-or-nothing funding, rewards, etc.) are identical for US and UK projects. When pledging, however, backers of UK projects will enter their payment information directly on Kickstarter rather than through Amazon Payments. All pledges will be processed securely through a third-party payments processor.

    Are the fees for UK and US projects the same?

    Like the US, Kickstarter will charge a 5% fee to successfully funded projects and no fee to unsuccessfully funded projects in the UK.

    Payment processing fees for UK projects are similar to those for US projects. For UK projects, the processing fees are:

    Pledges less than £10 are charged 5% + £0.05
    Pledges of £10 or greater are charged 3% + £0.20

    Any other changes to go along with this announcement?

    Today we also launched a streamlined international shipping option for both US and UK projects.

    Creators have been asking backers to add international shipping costs to their pledges for years, and it wasn’t uncommon for backers to miss the instructions. Today’s update makes it clearer when the creator has requested that international backers add an additional amount to their pledges.

    We’ve also made it easier for creators to limit rewards to domestic backers only, as international shipping can be a difficult part of the process.

    We felt it was important to get this change out with this international expansion. This feature is available to both UK and US projects that launch starting today.

    Anything else?

    We’re really excited! This is the product of months of work by our team, and we want to thank them for their hard work. Thanks as well to all the UK creators who have patiently waited for this day. We can’t wait to start backing your projects. Thanks so much!

Loading small 9cd608b53c63844322bca1d7d2cfa9d9cf2b2d91b09deb1c37b02bb990161eab
Please wait