A huge thank you to those that became backers. I believe that you did it because of your support and friendship to me and that really makes me appreciate it all that much more.
Although there are still many days left on the pledge drive, it is quite clear that this experience, or shall I say, experiment, has run its course. I will be canceling the drive to focus my attention on other efforts to produce this film. I am fortunate to not be beholden to promised rewards that I would have difficulty in fulfilling had I set the pledge goal to something "doable" but not sufficient to do right.
One of the mistakes I noticed while researching Kickstarter is people's reticence to set realistic goal amounts in fear that they will not be able to raise that amount. They would set an amount far below realistic costs and hope for a miracle that they exceed their goal. They were then left with the very real possibility of "funding successfully" but not succeeding at delivering a final product on time, on budget and worth the money. There are many disgruntled backers out there, as a result, unfortunately. It is a downside to this form of fundraising. There are many upsides, of course, when approached realistically. Many creative projects are realized and it is fun to see what works.
As with any experiment, one must analyze what went well and what did not, then keep going with new adjustments. It is no different for me, but, as I said during this pledge drive, this is just the beginning.
I promise that each one of you will receive a personal invitation to the film premiere. I believe, more than anyone else, you will appreciate the moment as much as I will.
Thank you all.