This short film is a celebration of what makes Seattle the best place in the world for entrepreneurs and creatives to live. It tells the story of the vibrant and supportive community we have for starting companies, betting on dreams, and chasing big ideas.
Despite being named the #1 tech city in America by The Atlantic, and consistent top rankings on the list of the world's most livable city, we're frequently overlooked as the place to go for people with big talents and ideas. This film will change that.
The film has three goals:
1. Celebrate the creative community. We have all personally benefited from the Seattle community, and the film will be a reflection back to the community itself on how many amazing companies, events, and projects are based here. In our daily lives we rarely step back to see the entire city, and We Make Seattle will inspire by telling the story of how many great things happen around us.
2. Help recruiters and entrepreneurs attract talent. NYC, LA and even Portland have produced short videos to help local companies tell the story of their city. Seattle has no such film, until now. The film will be the perfect one link to send to convince ambitious creatives, potential business partners, or top candidates from around the world to bring their passions to the northwest.
3. Have the community tell its own story. Everything about this project is built by the Seattle community itself, and led by well known leaders who have benefited from our creative city and want to give something back. We'll be inviting people to contribute in various ways throughout the production of the film.
All funds beyond our budget will be used to promote the video, as PR and reaching a wide audience is as important as the video itself.
About the team
Writer/Director: Scott Berkun, author of many popular books, and long time contributor to Seattle tech and arts events.
Executive Producer: Bryan Zug of Bootstrapper Studios, founder of the film production company that films Seattle Ignite and many local film projects.
Producer: Adam Baggett of Bootstrapper Studios.
This project grew out of the Startup Roundtable that the Mayor’s Office convened in May of last year and is made in cooperation with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s office, the Office of Economic Development, and leaders in the local startup community including Chris DeVore and Red Russak as part of the City’s new Startup Seattle initiative.
Track record: Berkun, Zug and McComb have worked on highly successful Kickstarter campaigns, including McComb's feature documentary Beyond Naked, Scott's popular book Mindfire and the Bootstrapper Studios produced Kickstarter video for Shadowrun Returns, which raised nearly $2 million in funding.
Risks and challenges
The greatest challenge for this project is getting momentum for it to truly be a Seattle community project. As with all creative endeavors, it's not only the writing and creating that matters -- it's also the hard work of getting the project seen and distributed. We've been working with the wider community to gather momentum for the project and, if we get funded, we will be engaging this broad network as we release. We also plan on dedicating stretch goals to helping get word out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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