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what a failure....
Well. We are literally almost 3 years from the wretched anniversary of this out-of-date device. There are already better systems now available for purchase. So even if (not going to happen) it gets completed we will be behind the game. I'm owed a substantial amount of money from this complusive liar. I'm game for legal action; so if someone has begun this... I want in. I'd rather a federal court settle this just like that article read except I believe we can try and get garnished wages out of Cole here. It may take sometime for him to pay us back but at least the ball will be rolling. That's the only outcome I see.
Say, anyone ever get any sort of message back from anyone via contact page on the MidasMount website in the last few months? Just not holding my breath with the email I just sent them. : /
I have contacted about 30 people so far and I plan to contact about 100 or so more.
19 have responded, 2 were negative ( friends I assume ) the rest are coworkers, casual friends. brands and production companies he has worked with and currently works with . Some had no idea about the midas mount. Others had heard rumours about it and how it went.
" This news is not surprising, It is well known in the Culver area production community what his MO is, he chronically over promises and under delivers, While we have not experienced the collective loss the SnapFocus pledgers have we have experienced disappointing results with the editorial work we have given Brandon"
There does not seem to be much respect for Brandon David Cole as an editor or director within the small production community he works in. Several crew members complained about how late he pays and that he is a "hack"
To that end. I encourage the 272 backers who pledged $110,957 to not let him get away with this.
I hear everybody....wow!
I wish I could give him 'A Bunch of Fives' as they say here in Australia....
After my initial pledge he tried to and did get more out of me for some sort of upgraded version of the bull dust mount...
Looking at it now I'm kinda glad that I don't own one of the ugly monstrosities - what was I thinking what a joke....
Funny thing is he will just go on justifying all this to himself....but one day Brandon - one day you will hear your train à coming...take that any way you like but it's on the way dude
I'm personally in talks with local news and CNN about doing a story on the whole matter. If we can't get the product then we need to let people know about the dangers of crowd funding and specifically the horrible experience with the Snapfocus.
We are never going to get the product and or a refund. I encourage everybody to do the following.
1. Email all of Brandon's personal and business ( midas mount, cole clayton ) contacts find everybody who he has worked with and for. You can do this on Facebook, twitter vimeo, instagram, Facebook, twitter linkedin and www.staffmeup.com/profile/brandondavidcole and his websites. Let them know how he treats clients and investors
2. Social Media, call him out on social media. Address his friends family and business partners. A post links to the kickstarter and all emails. I recommend something simple like "Your friend Brandon David Cole took $800 from me with his Kickstarter project, he has not delivered and not refunded. It has been nearly 3 years. Please ask him what he did with the over 100k he collected.
3. Email all the camera sites and gear sites and tell what happened in this case of kickstarter.
4. Create a wikipedia page,for brandon, use all these interactions as references on the page.
5. Annotate the Kickstarter wikipedia page and mention Brandon David Cole and how he was able to do on kickstarter
6. Meta tag all the content #brandoncole #coleclayton #brandondavidcole #editor #director #commercials #brandedcontent so when he is searched as a reference he comes up.
Remember that time when Brandon challenged anyone who wasn't happy to come fight him? Well I'm actually now more than willing to take him up on his offer. Anyone want to join me?
If you know of a fraudulent crowdfunding campaign, we want to hear about it. You can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or hit up email@example.com.
Still waiting Brandon, you still alive? Still care?
Anyone else see his response to a complaint filed on the BBB website?
First off I would like to say that the person making this complaint never gave Midas Mount any money. He gave money to KickStarter as a pledge to help create and invent a camera operating system. This pledge was to help create this project and in return the backers (the complatint) would receive a reward. It is very clear on the KickStarter website that they cannot guarantee projects or investigate a creators ability to complete their project. With that being said the complainant should be making a complaint about KickStarter or to KickStarter itself. ******* **** launched the KickStarter Campagin , Midas Mount did not, so making a complaint through the bbb about Midas Mount is simply not a valid complaint. ******* **** is fulfilling all of his obligations to fulfill rewards through the KickStarter campagin and there is no time limit on how long it will take him to fulfill rewards. As long as he is making progress he is fulfilling all of his legal obligations to the bakers that pledged money to him in the hopes to receive a reward. The complaint pledged money as a hope to receive a reward through KickStarer. This has nothing to do with the business, Midas Mount. ******* **** has been communicating with these backers through the KickStarter website and I would like to irritrite the fact that these are in no shape or form customers of Midas Mount. - See more at: http://www.bbb.org/losangelessiliconvalley/business-reviews/not-elsewhere-classified/midas-mount-in-culver-city-ca-1024176/complaints#sthash.4ZyVx7f7.dpuf
Guys...buy this and look out for the published emails on Brandon. I gave him a chance to give back my money. He has been blagging us about the money, he's kept it. Get this, two days to arrive, a commercials director recommended it to me: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CRJX5GS…
You asked for my vote on the Microsoft thing, I voted for you AND asked for my friends to vote for you on Facebook. Despite everything - your disrespect towards your backers being the most serious one - I still supported you, hoping you would AT LEAST update us here. You did not. I am embarrassed to even talk about your product to my fiancé and partner, who now and then asks me about those near $600 I spent funding your product. Now I am angry. Not hopeless, not sad, not ashamed... Angry. Be a man and honor you word or give back the money.
Sorry can't support you Brandon. The idea has not aged well when compared to the other things available. You won't win the Microsoft completion, I bet 20 people from this kickstarter emailed them and told them all about what a failure this project has been... but you know that already.
You and other failed kickstarters have brought normalcy and accountability to the the whole crowdfunding world. 60% drop in crowdfunding in the last 2 years all do to guys just like you. Guys who promise the world and deliver nothing. Congrats!
Things have a way of working themselves out though. I lost several hundred dollars and learned a lesson. You have immortality on the internet as a Brandon David Cole the guy who stole a hundred thousand dollars from other filmmakers. You screwed over a pile of young, broke filmmakers, and you got away with it.
Hi Brandon. What is that Microsoft bullshit? I'm waiting for two years now. I was patient, everybody can make a mistake. But now I'm going to lose my temper. You owe me 400$!!! I want to have a answer. Now!
Brandon's past history makes me very reluctant to vote for Snap Focus to win any business competition.
Did everyone else get an update today asking us to vote in the Microsoft small business contest?
The best thing to do would be to report him to the BBB. Make sure he never rips off anyone again.
Someone should definitely see if a site like No Film School would report on this or a Kickstarter watchdog site. I'd hate to see him pull this again.
Guys he kept the money, his ex-girlfirend told me, got the emails. I have also got an another email conversation of him trying to flog the product and sending photo's of stock and delivery to the UK. Plus he did do those films listed on IMDB. He reads these comments as well. Time to broadcast this situation to all of the video blog sites. This comment is respectful and considerate to all of the people Brandon stole money from.
I see your Web site is back up and active again, promising 4-week delivery on SnapFocus.
Hello? Are you serious?
Look, I get that you're just trying to recover enough money to fulfill what you owe, but how in the world can you have the nerve to sell what you owe us before you deliver it to us?
Oh sorry, my bad.
You blew through $111,000.
Even worse. Jeez.
Brandon, I have been one of your biggest cheerleaders and supporters, so please listen to my advice carefully.
Quit. Just quit. You have no business being in business for yourself. You need to work for someone else thereby taking all the pressure off yourself.
You took more than $60,000 of other people's money and squandered it. You probably paid personal bills and such. I doubt you bought a car our anything like that, but you blew through that wad much faster than you should have.
You've stopped updating people, which is just as well because at this point it's all BS. So, my advice is to just send one more message to everyone telling them that you are done with Snap Focus. Sell or close down Midas. Give up. You're a lousy business person. Shoot. Edit. Direct. Produce. Do something, but do it for a boss cuz you're not a good one.
Sorry man. Merry Christmas.
People should start reporting him to the BBB. I did once and he quickly emailed me about working everything out. Once I retracted my complaint, well, I got silence again.
The least he could do is update us.
Give him a break? I trust you were being sarcastic. I say repossess it all. I'll take whatever I can get back from this fraud.
Enjoying my money Brandon? Well....are you?
Hey everybody give Brandon a break, His life is hard enough, the guy directs corporate web videos and edits reality shows. Suing him is not the answer and actually not a reality the only recourse in the state of California is sending a collection agency after him. There is enough outstanding in his debt to us for many places to be interested in taking it on but we would only see maybe 60 cents on the dollar. That would result in people repossessing his cars, equipment, home and potentially garnishing his wages. He made a mistake, and we have to own up to the fact that we made a mistake investing in this guy's product. As much as I would like to get this thing, I have resigned myself to the fact that that is unlikely.
I know there has been talk about suing this guy. Has anyone been able to cobble together anything? I'm happy to join in. All I have gotten from Midas Mount in the past two years has been an angry email from some pissed off ex-girlfriend of Brandon's. (Still considering whether to post the email to this comments page.) Definitely would be worth the $249.
Hope you are enjoying my money Brandon.
Three or four months and no news. Just what exactly are you doing if anything ????
Hey Brandon any update? At this point I just want to know if I am gonna get it or not.
Anyone get word on when they can expect delivery?
I'm glad Brandon's been back a couple times, but it doesn't really seem like we're getting any closer having the unit in our hands...
Can we get another update? Please??
Guys I asked over a year and a half ago for a refund; probably when he still had funds. Even contacted Kickstarter about intervening (which they can't do apparently). Needless to say, no refund. He probably can't get a loan from the bank either to help push this along. This was my first experience with Kickstarter and will be my last. I wonder if J.J. Abrams bought one since he apparently endorsed this at the time this campaign was presented and I wonder if he got his money back?
Still waiting for my unit or money !!! Brandon , last update was 7/24, What's happening ???
@JR Linkous... some of the email-given "infos" arent new to me... got them from different sources...
Hell hath no fury like.....
I also heard from Brandon and I was happy to hear that he will be fulfilling the rewards.
Just two weeks ago, Brandon fulfilled my reward (I backed for the Modular package and added on a 6-foot skaterail slider) and I was able to talk with him in person about the status of the SnapFocus Kickstarter campaign and what exactly had been going on for the last several months.
I had been getting quite nervous about the lack of updates from the Midas Mount team and when I reached out to Kickstarter for help their customer support was lacking to say the least. After quite a lot of emailing, messaging and calls I finally got through to Brandon and he invited me by the shop to set up my rig using a few loaner parts that will be switched out once he begins fulfilling the rest of the rewards packages later this year.
After visiting his shop and talking for a while it became evident that he’s a good guy that got overwhelmed by the very serious and surprising financial challenges of having a very successful Kickstarter campaign. The demands of fulfilling rewards created a lot of unforeseen complications and he had to take a step back in order to arrive at the proper solution. It seems like this situation is happening more and more (http://www.inc.com/business-insider/3-kickstarter-campaigns-that-went-terribly-wrong.html) as Kickstarter creates the feeling of a safe place to invest and innovate without properly spelling out the dangers and then having little to no support structure in place when backers or creators need assistance.
While Brandon really should have sent out a few more updates to all of us backers and kept us better in the loop, I completely understand the urge to set such an unwieldy challenge on the backburner as you figure out a way to fix things. I believe he just sent out a much-needed update to everyone an hour or so ago (check the Updates page if you didn't receive an email yet), but speaking from my own experience it seems like he really is in a better situation now to make this project come to fruition. And in the few days I’ve had to experiment with my SnapFocus system, I’ve been extremely impressed. I shoot a lot of run-and-gun docu-style behind the scenes featurettes and this rig couldn’t be better suited to my needs. I’m very excited to get it out on a gig and see it in action. So far the SnapFocus, despite the delay, has lived up to its promise.
He all...I guess I'm in the same boat. Ordered this a few years ago and received neither the product nor my money back. Sad and frustrating. After many, many emails to MM, I received this email out of the blue today. For what it's worth...here it is:
We had some major financial issues and are just getting back on our feet. Brandon is currently raising money by producing video commercials and is using the funds from that to complete KickStarter fulfillment. We have lost almost every employee (except for me due to the fact that I'm donating my time in hopes that I will have a paid position once fulfillment is over) and have been struggling to keep from going bankrupt. We have recently hired a production manager (who is also donating his time at the moment) who is very familiar with our products and this will help us get back on track. I understand your frustration but we are doing our best to fulfill rewards as soon as possible. We are working on another update and it will be posted by the end of the week. At this time I cannot guarantee any refunds but I can put that in your file so that once we get to your fulfillment # we can re-address this issue.
The faculty member in Montpelier is not the same Brandon Cole that posted this project.
This man, credited as "Brandon David" is the Brandon Cole behind this project: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1298920/
Brandon Cole, Faculty, MFA in Film at VCFA
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Also, not responding leaves a vail of suspicion over his head. I live in NY and Vt and frequently visit Montpelier and might just go and visit the college........................
Has anyone heard from him or know his whereabouts ??? The person teaching film in Vermont looks like him and has not responded to my emails ??? I would think that if there is another person with the same name , he would respond ....
What I find hard to believe is how a person could raise 5 times the amount he needed and fail at this project and then disappear ......
Why don't some others write to him at his email Brandon.firstname.lastname@example.org and see if anyone responds.
Don, I still want what I ordered as well and honestly I can completely understand and forgive things not working like he planned. I can even continue to forgive delays. What I do not appreciate is being left wondering what is going on. He could fix a ton of frustration by just giving us an update. It makes me feel like he could care less about the people who gave him the funds to begin with. We just ask for some kind of status update.
Nick, I agree: we're looking at 7 months since the last update, and any effort to track Brandon or Midas Mount down seems to result in frustration.
At a guess, I expect he's still looking for some way to make this happen, but the longer it goes, the worse he looks, which makes it harder to come back and give an update.
He needs to recognize that, in the face of the non-delivery and lack of information, everyone here is owed an apology at the very least.
Personally, I still want the product. If he can make that happen, great. If he can't, man up and tell us.
No matter what happened, he should be man enough to not apparently disappear .
I wrote to the Brandon Cole who is teaching film at the Vermont College of Fine Art in Montpelier, Vermont to see if he is the same person...............I have not received an answer one way or the other..........................
What is happening ?? I'm over in the UK
Thanks Don, This seems like a more realistic scenario of what actually happened. Though I'd still like Brandon to give us a bit of closure on it in his words though. We deserve that much.
I'm not bitter though, Hope Brandon can get back on his feet at some stage.
See you guys around.
For those who are saying Brandon is a scammer, that's simply not true.
I pledged $900, which was collected, and I was in touch with him regularly as he fulfilled 2/3 of what I had pledged for (the Hitchhiker rig and the Skaterail Slider) in a reasonably timely fashion.
I think the biggest mistake made on this project was that he took it back to the drawing board too many times in an effort to deliver the best possible product. Remember when he talked about purchasing a 3D printer, hoping that he could save costs by printing the parts for this and future projects? Like many of his ideas, that didn't pan out as expected.
He simply planned poorly and followed up on the poor planning by trying to "fail forward" from it. Each decision compounded the problems from the original decision until he simply didn't have any money left to deliver on what he sold us.
Do I agree with the results, here? No. I'm pretty tweaked that I've had to look in multiple other directions for a follow focus option and none of them are as elegant and are rarely as inexpensive as the SnapFocus concept.
But he didn't do this intending to cheat us. He just bit off more than he could chew and then kept biting.