This week, sales of the film crossed the break even mark for our immediate debt on the project! We unknowingly launched the film during what would become an uncharacteristically frantic iOS news cycle and ended up getting very little press. It's safe to say that almost all of App's sales have come from your grass root efforts on Twitter, blogs, and podcasts. Thank you!
The First App Story is Live
If you backed at a reward level that included App Stories, check your inbox for an email coming from a storyandpixel.com address. The first App Story features Craig Hockenberry. If you're not familiar with Craig, he is an iOS and Mac developer living in Laguna Beach, California. He might be best known for creating the first Twitter app, Twitterrific for macOS in 2007. The iOS version of the app started on the original iPhone, long before 3rd party apps were allowed, and would go on to win a much coveted Apple Design Award for the Iconfactory. He's beloved in the indie community for his alt Twitter persona CHOCKLOCK and for sharing his hard-won secrets on his blog at furbo.org.
Special commentaries for backers who raised their support by $15 are still going to happen, though it may take a little longer—it's a busy time of year to be syncing schedules. My director's commentary for deluxe film level backers will be out by the end of next week hopefully. Apologies for the delay. In Addition, it looks like there will be at least one cast commentary from some of the featured cast that will be included in the deluxe version fo the film.
There has been some interest from a few people on the iTunes editorial team to feature the film on iTunes. We are doing everything we can to get the film on there. iTunes requires indies to use an aggregator which in turn require fees. Vimeo pays net 30 so we're working through a cash flow issue. If you're interested in sponsoring this process (~$1,500) please reach out and I would be happy to put together a package.
T-Shirt Sale + DVDs, BluRays
We are opening up t-shirt orders for the next week at a discounted rate and pushing hard to get all physical goods out by the end of the month.
Title Card Sponsorship
The title card sponsorship for the film is still available. Your brand could be the first thing everyone sees for the wide launch on iTunes in early 2018 and the streaming platforms in the spring. Contact us email@example.com.
Discounted Screening Rates for Dev Meet-Ups:
If you're part of an established Dev meet-up, you can screen the film at one of your meet-ups for $150. The screening needs to be public, free, and not billed as branded or sponsored by any company. The $150 can be covered by donations or sponsorship, though again, the sponsor cannot be promoted in the billing. There is one other stipulation to get the discounted rate—after the screening you need to take an informal poll about something. We can't tell you here as it is part of a skunk works project that we've teamed up with Brent Simmons on. With your screening package we will provide 3 deluxe download versions of the film for you to distribute as door prizes and a custom discount code for your groups mailing list/social channels. To get your discounted screening, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and please include a link to your meet-ups page.
Jake & Family