Gorilla Film Magazine is a free, full-colour book about low-to-no-budget films and filmmaking, stuffed with interviews, reviews, articles and filmmaking tips, all with a sexy design courtesy of our sleep deprived art director. The publication is written and produced by filmmakers and film enthusiasts, and has been distributed around London at select venues, such as film events, festivals and cinemas. Issues 1, 2 and 4 have all been in print, while issue 3 is an online magazine which you can read now by clicking on this lovely hyperlink.
You Had Me at Hello
We’ve been focused on the Gorilla website for the last year and a half, building up a platform for short films and low-budget filmmakers. Now we’re going back to print, with a special 100 page issue of Gorilla Film Magazine, in partnership with the awesome Cannes in a Van.
We have 2,500 magazines confirmed, most of which will be sent to specific festivals and events. The purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds for an extra 1000 magazines, to be distributed for free around London, or sold on the Gorilla website for a couple of quid.
As crazy as it sounds, the entire Gorilla team currently works for free. Our main objective is to get read by as many people as possible, from avid film lovers to anyone who happens to find the magazine lying around. With your help, we can reach a wider, more diverse audience.
Would You Like to Know More?
OK, we get it, Gorilla Film Magazine sounds niche. But it’s not. We’re a gang of filmmakers, writers, artists and designers, held together with blood oaths and blu-tac. We’re not journalists. We’re talented idiots with a fondness for flippancy, and the comical tone of our magazine, and the website, appeals to a fairly wide demographic.
If we raise the funds to print an extra thousand magazines we’ll get to reach more people, people who probably don’t know they like short films, and never even considered filmmaking. Previous installments of Gorilla have been discovered in cafes, newsagents, bookshops and train stations, borrowed from friends and given to lovers.
The city of London is a big place, and beyond it’s walls lie other cities. 2,500 magazines will be a small drop in an ocean of bright things and shiny distractions. 3,500 will be a slightly bigger drop.
I Have Always Depended on the Kindness of Strangers
Gorilla does not have an abundance of resources, in fact we have approximately no resources, so any amount you can give would be greatly appreciated. You can also help our cause by sharing our Kickstarter campaign on any social networking sites you might frequent, as well as with friends and family in the real world.
There are many ways to support Gorilla. You can submit content, like films for review, or even articles that you've written yourself, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're also always on the look out for new artists, illustrators and designers, as well as anyone with even a remote understanding of business and marketing (because, yeah, we suck at that stuff). If you have money you can fund our special events or film screenings, for a slightly better understanding of what that would involve, check out the Hello My Name Is event that we did for IdeasTap and the East End Film Festival.
I Think This is the Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship
You can discover more Gorilla goodness by visiting our Website, and keep up-to-date by subscribing to our Newsletter, which not only stuffs all the weeks content into one disposable email, but also include long philosophical rants, awesome gifs and a film of the week!
Gorilla has a Facebook page, where we post up all the reviews, articles, news and film-related events from the website, as well as random pictures and videos and fun things we find on the internet. We've also joined this thing called Twitter, which is like Facebook but bite-sized for your convenience.
You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
It seems like a lifetime ago when Gorilla Film Magazine set sail on this Kickstarter voyage. The crew hit a spot of bad weather fairly early on, when we realised we had little to no idea what we were doing. Now we find ourselves in uncharted waters, because despite the odds, we've actually been successfully funded! That's right, thanks to the overwhelming support of the general public, Gorilla will be printing an extra thousand copies of the new issue, to be distributed around London and the UK for FREE.
A huge, huge, huge, huge thank you to everyone who donated! We are flabbergasted that people are actually willing to give money to support our journey, and we can't wait to start sending you the treasures we promised.
There are still a few reasons to donate and/or share our Kickstarter campaign. The more funds we raise, the more things we'll be able to do, and the more mad with power we'll become.
Gorilla Film Magazine will be totally FREE to anyone who can find it lying around. However, as much as it pains us to say it, we will be forced to charge for postage costs for all those people out there who order a copy or two online. This isn’t such a big deal for most people, it’s only going to cost them a few quid at most, but for universities, or anyone ordering in bulk, it’s a real bummer.
With your help, we want to raise extra, extra funds to go towards postage costs for universities, so that Gorilla Film Magazine can reach the people who will benefit from it the most; students and teachers. Read more
So how have we distributed Gorilla Film Magazine in the past? Well we basically just call up a load of places, ask them if they want a couple of boxes of Gorilla, and then we take the bus. We stuff our backpacks full of magazines, carry a couple of boxes, and stagger around London like Sisyphus with a hangover. It’s a gruelling back-bending process, but worst of all it’s time consuming.
With your help, we want to raise extra, extra funds to go towards travel costs, so we can get volunteers to distribute Gorilla Film Magazine around London and the UK. Read more
The new issue of Gorilla Film Magazine could never have happened without the brilliant folks at Cannes in a Van and the amazing support of our donators on Kickstarter. Gorilla has always been reliant on funding from outside sources, whether from advertisers or insane millionaires. For this reason, we take each new magazine as it comes, usually only spurred into action by a helpful kick up the arse from people like Cannes in a Van.
It’s time to start thinking about the future. If we manage to raise a decent amount more than our initial goal on Kickstarter, we can seriously think about squirrelling some of it away for the next issue of Gorilla Film Magazine. And we’re not just talking about printing costs here, it would be wonderful to start thinking about throwing a little money at the many, many Gorilla contributors who currently work for free. Read more
Of course, Gorilla Film Magazine doesn't just provide high quality coverage and insight into independent films, we also provide solutions for everyday problems, with a range of new gadgets and tools, currently in the prototype stages, but very soon to be in your homes! Check out our promotional videos below for a look at one goes on at Gorilla HQ...
Risks and challenges
We have most of the content for the next magazine ready and written. Our biggest challenge now is to get Gorilla designed, proofed and distributed in time for our September deadline.
As we've said we're a small team of four, plus we have to hold down real jobs to pay the rent, while we produce the magazine in our spare time. This isn't new to us. We've already completed three print issues in this same way and we see no problems in delivering the next magazine on time, and to the high standard we have set for ourselves.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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