Film Stories is a brand new monthly mainstream film magazine, made in the UK, by the founder of Den Of Geek.
Film Stories, then. It’s already a fast-growing podcast. Now? I want to make it into a monthly print magazine for film enthusiasts!
And I need your help...
UPDATE: A WORD FROM MARK KERMODE....
OKAY, SO HERE'S OUR STRETCH GOAL....!
Thank you so much for all of you who have helped spread the word, and get us to our target. We can't thank you enough. But we'll try. Thank you so much.
We've thought long and hard about how to do a stretch goal, and ours is a bit unusual. Opportunity for new writers and filmmakers is at the heart of this project, and so our stretch goal is based on that.
Basically: if we can get to 2000 people buying the magazine, we will add at least 32 more pages in the first six issues. And ALL of those 32 pages will feature work from people who have never been paid for their writing before. We need 2000 subscribers to do this!
Given the economies of small magazines, once we've sold more than 1000 copies, we get a lower print rate for issue at our printers, and Royal Mail posting discounts begin to kick in. That's how we can afford to fund the writing, design and printing of these extra pages (including the increased weight of the magazine for posting).
Please keep helping us spread the word. And THANK YOU.
In a nutshell:
• It’s going to be a mainstream film magazine – just with fewer blockbusters, and more of the other films that head into the multiplex instead. We'll review Star Wars films and the superhero movies, but they get enough brilliant coverage elsewhere. As such, our covers, features, set visits and such like will focus on everything else. There's a lot to talk about!
* It's monthly! Issue one will land in late November, early December 2018! Then, from January, a new issue arrives every month!
• Imagine it as the magazine for the smaller screens in the multiplex, and the larger screens in the independent.
• It’s going to be grounded in Britain! Sure, the magazine will cover blockbusters too, but the first cover is going to a brilliant British comedy – and proudly so.
• As well as news, reviews and features, the magazine will have a monthly column designed to help up-and-coming directors, written by Hope Dickson Leach who will share tips, help and thoughts. A column by BAFTA-winning Debbie Moon, who’ll be talking screenwriting every month. And one by Romesh Ranganathan, who we're thrilled to announce as a regular Film Stories columnist!
• There may be some familiar faces from Den Of Geek UK, too.
• The magazine will be at least 100 pages every month. And everybody who contributes will be paid – none of this ‘working for exposure’ rubbish.
• It’ll be primarily subscription only – and to make this work, to try and offer something a little bit different and less superhero-dominated, we really need your help! And cash!
* And if we beat our Kickstarter target by lots, we can add more pages in the coming issues, and give even more people paid writing work.
In a more spacious nutshell:
Film Stories will have 100 pages or more each month, and will cover modern and slightly-less modern mainstream and off-beat cinema.
It will talk about films that might otherwise struggle to get a cover on a film magazine, so you don't miss out on the brilliant movies out there.
I want Film Stories to be a home of long-form film writing, with an emphasis on proper features. And I want it to be a place where a film without distribution can sit on the same page as a Batman movie.
So while Film Stories will be a mainstream film magazine, giving opportunities for people is absolutely crucial to what it's about.
As such, three big initiatives sit at the heart of Film Stories magazine:
1. Each issue will give at least two writers their first paid writing work.
Film Stories will actively look for new voices and accept pitches. If that's of interest, then bear in mind that we don't need your CV – your age, background, planet or favourite flavour of crisps aren't important. We just need to know that you really love film and have something to say.
Don't pitch '7 reasons why so-and-so sucks' or stuff like that. There's enough of that out there. Send a few ideas – we won't steal them – and some titles of the films that you love, to email@example.com and we'll take it from there.
2. If you've made and completed a full length film, and are looking to get it covered, send us details of that too.
Film Stories won't just be about the movies in your multiplex. We want to give new filmmakers a chance to get coverage too. We'll accept any completed full length film for review (we can't promise to cover them/like them!) and if we like it, it'll get reviewed in the same section as big blockbusters.
This is a big thing for us. New writers and films won't be segmented into special sections. They're in with everyone else, and aren't marked with a big arrow.
Furthermore, the magazine will have a bit of a moral code to it, which may come and bite us on the backside.
But here's what we'll try and stick to.
* A commitment to long-form film writing
* Everybody who writes for Film Stories will be paid. Nobody will work for 'exposure'. We firmly believe that writing, designing and sub-editing are skills that should be paid for. Inevitably, as we're a self-funded start-up, rates won't be great at first. But if, as hoped, Film Stories grows, so will the payment rates.
* No clickbait
* No bragging about stuff we've got for free, that readers haven't
* Treating people right
We’ve huge plans for Film Stories, and the magazine is at the heart of it. We want to give you a brilliant monthly film magazine with a difference.
Will you help us? If you can, we're intending to give you one hell of a magazine in return...
Risks and challenges
The risks are sizeable! Experts tell us that print magazines are in decline. That you'd be an idiot to try and launch one. And that making it work long-term is a folly.
But I think I know what I'm doing. My background is in print magazines. I've edited weeklies, monthlies, fortnightlies and whatever you call magazines that come out three times a year. I know how to get a magazine from A to B.
Furthermore, I'm in this for the long term. I want this to be the first in a series of magazines that mitigates risk by cutting the cost of the newsstand out of the equation. The model relies on subscribers and word of mouth. But it's on me to make the magazine good enough to make it work. And I'm working with an amazing group of people to help me do just that.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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