Creator Hangouts talks Immersive Theater with Tassos Stevens

Our last Creator Hangout brought us face-to-face with Tassos Stevens, the founder, runner, and artistic director of Coney, a troupe that specializes in immersive theater. What does Coney consider immersive theater? Imagine a performance that takes place in the heart of your town or city, guided by prompts from a phone call. Intrigued? Hear what Tassos had to say about Coney's past Kickstarter projects, and something new that's in the works:

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Ein paar Tips für deinen Projektstart von den zweifachen Projektgründern aus der Designagentur THINKS

We recently had some great Creator Hangouts with German creators. Here are some of the highlights for our German-speaking friends!

Was sind die kleinen Dinge, die man noch vor dem Kampagnenstart machen kann, um auf Kickstarter erfolgreich zu werden? Florian Goetzke und Lennart Rieper von der Hamburger Design Agentur THINKS erzählten uns, wie sie sich auf ihre Kampagne für das Projekt Towell vorbereitet haben. Hier sind drei ihrer tollen Tricks.

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What would you ask your favorite filmmaker?

Our film team considers this question quite regularly. Right now they're at Sundance hosting office hours, chatting with filmmakers, and watching #KickstarterFilm screenings. But even when they're not out and about chatting with directors, producers, and other folks that make films happen, they're doing it right here at Kickstarter HQ. Here's a recap of who our film team has spoken with during their last few Creator Hangouts.

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Announcing Kickstarter for Android

At last, Kickstarter has an Android app. And you can get it right now, right here.

With this first release, we focused on creating a great discovery experience for backers. It's easy to dive into thousands of live creative projects from every corner of the Kickstarter universe. But it's just as easy to hone in on specific projects most likely to speak to you, or be surprised by ideas you didn’t expect to find.

We've built in a personal approach to discovering new projects — and connecting to older ones — by including our activity feed. From spotlighting projects your friends have recently backed, to surfacing the latest updates from creators you’ve supported in the past, activity feed is a play-by-play of all the news that should be on your radar. And if you want the latest from projects you’re following immediately, you can also be notified directly when they post an update.

The most hardcore Android fans will appreciate that our designers and engineers followed Google’s material design guidelines when building the app, so it looks and feels really nice, too. This is just version 1.0, so stay tuned for more features — like tools allowing creators to manage their projects.

Go ahead and download the app (it’s free!), and let us know what you think. We hope you love it as much as we loved making it for you.

Lights, camera, resources!

Filmmakers have used Kickstarter to create new documentaries, animated shorts, web series, and more. Throughout the years, we’ve asked these creators to share their advice for bringing new films into the world. Consider this post an index of everything that we’ve collected to help filmmakers get started on Kickstarter. Whether you’re itemizing your budget, thinking about what to share in updates, or just feeling a little hesitant about asking for help, this list should be a useful resource to get you right on your way.  


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Introducing the Year of the Trailer

Remember those days before the internet, when a great movie trailer could provide an almost magical peek into the future?

If you’re anything like us, you have fond memories of being scared silly by that first Blair Witch teaser. Or of loving the fake trailers from Grindhouse even more than the features they accompanied. Or of buying a movie ticket for Thirteen Days with Kevin Costner just because you heard the Star Wars Episode I trailer might be playing before it.

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21 tips for sharing your project on the internet

We know that promoting a personal project can feel tough. If your project's campaign hits a temporary "plateau" (as many do), it can feel like your marketing efforts aren't paying off. What do we recommend? Plan your promotion and line up press outlets that might be interested in your project before you launch. Brainstorm different ways to share your project on each day of your campaign. You can plan in-person events, host a telethon, or get creative with how you share your project on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other networks.

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