Though I'd have preferred to have funding in place before we started, I felt it wouldn't be fair to approach potential backers without a reasonable certainty that I would be able to deliver what I had promised.
The expenses for BlackBxx will be incurred in two stages: Pre-production/shooting; and post-production/internet related distribution.
Though the cost of first of these is significant, it pales in comparison to the latter.
Conversely, pre-production and the actual shoot was MUCH more time-intensive and iffy than post and internet will be. Each technical obstacle we faced had the potential to kill the project. Since I couldn't be confident that BlackBxx was even feasible, I decided to delay the Kickstarter campaign until we'd surmounted those issues.
This forced me to finance the first stage out of my personal savings. We initiated the Kickstarter campaign once we'd set a hard date for production. If successful, the money raised on KS would reimburse me the costs I'd already incurred for Stage 1, and finance the future costs of Stage 2.
If we fail, I'm out the cash and we'll be forced to pull the plug on Stage 2, as it represents 60% of our projected budget.
So, even though we've completed shooting, backers are critical to seeing BlackBxx into being.
And though your imput would have been welcome during the pre-production and shooting phase, in these tough times, I simply couldn't in good conscience ask you to pledge your money and love to something that was, for all intents-and-purposes, a pie in the sky.