This will be a film about something we can probably all agree on - that Crowdfunding has the potential to revolutionise the way business is done and change the way products and art are created. The users of Kickstarter have the potential to dramatically change peoples lives, and wear a really cool e-ink watch whilst doing so.
This documentary will explore the amazing phenomenon that is Crowdfunding by following several Kickstarter projects as they fund, then create and distribute whatever they are making.
As you can see from the video above I've already started meeting Kickstarter projects from around the UK but want to go further, exploring the entire world for projects to follow next year.
So this is my idea. This is supposed to be a film about this community and so I want to involve the community as much as I can. For the next 35 days (the length of time of my project funding) I will post at least one film a day on the update page featuring a Kickstarter project I will have met and filmed.
At the end of the 35 days, everyone that has backed the project will get a vote on who they want me to follow for the next year. I won't guarantee the vote will be binding but I'll post the results up on this page so I imagine people will get grumpy if I ignore the 'winner' of the vote.
So get in contact with me now. If you are running a Kickstarter project that you think I must film immediately, get in touch! If you know of an amazing Kickstarter that I have somehow missed, get in touch! Please use the comment section of this page to discuss the Kickstarters you love and hate. It will be community documentary making in action - or something.
What I will deliver by to all my backers in just over a year is a fun, but serious, feature documentary on this thing we are all here to support - Kickstarter.
The more money this film makes through the 35 day fundraising the more ambitious I can be. If I make the minimum funding I have set myself for this project I will of course make the film and get everyone their DVD's etc but the film will probably have to be made closer to home. The more money I make the more I can travel to Kickstarters around the world and the more ambitious I can be.
This also applies for the duration of the funding campaign as I want to meet as many great Kickstarters as possible and make some excellent update videos. The more quickly this film makes money through the 35 day fundraising the more ambitious I can be in regards to travelling and budget for my project updates (knowing I won't be throwing my family into destitution so I can have a jaunt to Tanzania.)
So on to the good stuff - the rewards! For £5 you will get my sincere thanks as well as the ability to vote on the 35+ films I'll be featuring throughout the month, as well as a credit in the film titles. £10 gets you a full HD digital download of the film. £20 gets you a DVD while £30 gets you a super lovely special edition DVD. £40 gets you a Blu-ray in all its high bitrate HD loveliness.
There are of course plenty more rewards for all you high-rollers out there. Please take a look to the right.
I am a Documentary Directing graduate of the UK's prestigious National Film & Television School. My graduation film Valley of the Goats was selected for numerous film festivals around the world and nominated for a Royal Television Society Award. If you like goats (and who doesn't right) then check it out - I've been told it's funny.
You can also watch it on Channel 4's '4DOCS: Films to watch before you make one' http://www.4docs.org.uk/films/show/19/Valley+of+the+Goats
Since the NFTS I've been worked on a few TV shows - the one I'm most proud of being The Yorkshire Clamper that I Produced/Directed/Filmed/Narrated and which was shown on Channel 4 television in prime time. If you want a fair indication of what Kickstarter: The Movie will be like I suggest you check out this clip.
The full film can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/45902003
It also had a great review in the Guardian newspaper. http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/sep/04/last-nights-tv-yorkshire-review
I've made loads more films that you can watch along with a showreel if you so wish at my website http://www.leondean.com
Risks and challenges
I guess there is risk involved with every project that gets submitted to Kickstarter. The majority will succeed but some will fail, that's a part of what this film is going to be about.
So as with all the projects on Kickstarter, mine might go wrong. A fire in the office perhaps, wiping out all the footage (of course I'll be doing full off-site backups like everyone does -right?!)
I guess money could be the biggest problem with this film. If I make the minimum I have asked for I will of course make the film, but it will be limited to mainly filming in the UK (international travel would wipe out that budget) but the more money I make, the more I will be able to make this a global film.
I guess the film might slip slightly if something truly amazing happens with one of the projects I am following next year and I want to cover that. If anything like this happens I will of course talk it through with my project backers on this Kickstarter page.
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