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Ryan - it's great to get updates. I think I fell off your list for updates. I was an original contributor to your campaign. Luckily I see your Mom and Dad and I get to hear about your progress. Super cool! Congratulations! Keep me posted - Sara
Ryan - Thank you for the latest update. I originally thought after participating in your Kickstarter campaign, the movie would be made immediately and I'd receive a DVD in the mail within a couple months of my investment. I love firing up my DVD player with new indie films. After a couple months with no DVD, I Googled, "how to make a movie" because I was curious about the process. Why was making a movie taking longer than a couple months? wikiHow.com gave me an awesome 5 step breakdown of how to make a movie and it turns out that it's way more complex than I thought! Each of the 5 steps had multiple steps inside of those steps! Tons and tons of steps. I realized that making a movie could take a long time. After your last update, everything made even more sense! There are steps within steps within steps within steps! And sometimes, if one of those steps within a step falls through, it sets you back a while. So, Ryan, good luck my friend. Just please make sure that when I get to watch Amateur on my DVD player, it's fucking awesome.
I requested a refund a few weeks ago due to my loss of faith in the project ...at the time you said you would gladly return my $120.00 yet I haven't seen the refund nor have you responded to my private messages requesting a status update on it...
any way I can get my money back?
It can take four years to write a great script. It can also take forty years. Or four days. The fact that someone in history has accomplished something in a particular amount of time is not at all indicative that others can, will, or should do the same. As far as your comment "next time do us all a favor and wait till you have the script, before you hit up the good hearted people at Kickstarter for funding" ... I did have a script before I ran a Kickstarter campaign. It was read on stage, it was selected for grants, and I've since rewritten and improved it immeasurably. If you wanted to judge the script for yourself you could've come to the public reading I invited all backers too, last month — you're in NY, right?
If you have an issue with my hard work on this project, I suggest you send me a message and ask for a refund. I will gladly return your backing if you feel that I'm taking too long, or working too hard, or not doing this as fast as you'd like.
Ryan - Steve Jobs said it best: "Artists deliver". I've been reading your updates over the YEARS and all I have to say is that it doesn't take almost four years to write a great script. People have wrote, shot and marketed multiple awesome films in the time it took you rewrite this thing. And BTW - from the start I thought the title was weak - but it took you almost FOUR YEARS to figure that out. Next time do us all a favor and wait till you have the script, before you hit up the good hearted people at Kickstarter for funding.
Manchild is not a child anymore, been so long since Sept 23, 2011 that grew up to be amateur, but I'll keep waiting till becomes "Pro"...
My money it went..........
How's shooting going, Ryan?
Been a Looooooonnnnnngggg time sine you gave an update through the KS site.
Care to share here instead of your newsletter?
Jordy -- did you see our latest updates! Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and we're shooting this summer? Johnny -- the short is out there... we actually made it really quickly: http://manchildfilm.com The feature, however, is taking a long time!
Hey Ryan, any update on this?
dude how long does it take to make a short film
Hey there! Any updates?
I backed a micro budget film (see your FAQs). Your website described itself as 'a site for DIY filmmakers and independent creatives'.
I think that the way this project has unfolded has been unfortunate. We appear to have provided seed-corn money to attract a bigger investment?
Thank you Ryan.
Keep working hard. And if you hit a dead end a few times--so what--keep working hard and check in every few months to let us know how things are going.
Don't get discouraged.
It's just the calm before the storm. :)
Working hard on it every day and will have some updates soon. Thanks for staying tuned!
So what happened to this? There seems to be very little progress towards actually making the film. I backed this because I visit the NoFilmSchool site a lot, and like it (learned lots of useful things). I also wanted to help an aspiring filmmaker get a film made. But nothing seems to be happening. Or at least, we don't hear much anymore.
Looking forward to it Koo!
Update coming soon! As soon as I have something concrete to share.
How are things going? A new Update would be interesting :)
Can't Wait!!! Awesome to see this happen! Thanks Koo for all the updates and hard work! Loved the DSL hand book and look forward to the weekly news breaks!!
THANK YOU EVERYONE!! I'm a bit behind on messages but I will get back to everyone in the days to come. This has been a truly inspiring, eye-opening, and motivating experience and I'm so grateful for all of your support! Time to make a movie!
Way to get it done KoO! Look forward to my copy of this history making film. Also, thanks for pushing the envelope on this one. You played well all 4 quarters.
I attended film school. What you have achieved with nofilmschool is momentous. The site just rocks. So, thank you for the free info and DSLR handbook . Thank you for raising the bar for narrative film funding via crowdfunding.
Please look for my project DISEASED the movie on Kickstarter in coming weeks. You have engaged and inspired many.
James Elliot Green
You should use the success of this pledge drive to find matching grants from filmmaking and arts organizations. Wouldn't it be nice to have $250,000 to make this film instead of $125,000? There are grants available for every stage....preproduction, production and post. Why stop now, you're on a roll. Keep the momentum building!
Way to get it done!!!
"When the music's over, turn out the lights." --Jim Morrison
The money keeps rolling in...
Congrats bro! Nice work!
Congrats. Enjoy the night. And then go make a film that has something to say, a film that contains a bit of truth about our world. I believe you can.
I'm happy to have contributed to the project, and hopefully this will inspire other people to support great ideas as Man-Child.
Congrats Koo so happy for you! Glad we could be a part of helping you make your film. The countdown would have been fun but way to stressful glad you made your goal early!!!! NOFILMSCHOOL Rocks!!!
Congrats Koo! Love the blog, can't wait for the film. Hope your dreams come true on this one and it's only the beginning!
Congratulations, Koo! Down with Other You!
(Hey, I made a rhyme!)
I concur with everyone else's sentiments, you truely are an inspiration to us all!!
Hope the shoot goes well and that you receive all your dues.
Well done again and well done to everyone who has backed this film!!!
Congrats! Glad you made the goal!!!! Good luck making the movie!
Bravo, Koo! Not only do you now have the funds you need, you also have a host of people who believe in your project. Way to go! And let's here it for Kickstarter for making it possible to fulfill your dream (and so many others).
Dreams come true:) Congratulations!!
yay! congratulations! i'm so glad to be (a small) part of your dream. and i don't even know you ;-)
Congratulations, Koo ! it feels so good...
amazing... and its just beginning...
and thank you so much for 'No Film School'
many blessings to you...
Congratulations, Koo! Well Done! Now get to work and make that movie! :-)
Hmmm... Not sure if I want to contribute now that I may not get the frames that were advertised. Is there any way to pull what I pledged?
Wow. Congrats!! :-) Can't wait to see it. You did good with this campaign. You stayed on us. Go, Koo.
Gary is right - ESPN will pick this up - and so will ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX (at least they will cover it) - even PSB! This is the right content - right story and will have the right type of fans that want to hear this story. Think about Lebron James and Bryce Harper - this is a chance to OWN part of the story before the hype ... I am happy you made it Koo! Gratz - only 9 hours to hit $150,000! How much would they pay for Lebron James or Bryce Harper High School Jersey? Maybe you should grab some autographs and get some t-shirts made before you shoot these kids into superstars! If you want to make shirts for your movie - I have a number you may want to call...
I just doubled my pledge. I challenge everyone to do the same. Or at the very least add just a little more love to the pot, whatever you can manage. And for those who haven't donated: 9 hours left to redeem yourselves. :)
THANK YOU ALL!!!!
Gary, Thank you for saying that! It's very true and every dollar will go on screen, but I'm just so happy to have made it this far. Everything over the next 9 hours is great given now there's less pressure!
Wow you did it!!!!
Word! With time to spare! You will have a much more fun and much less nerve-racking party tonight! Yes, I agree with Gary (see below)...let's keep going and give Koo a bit more to work with in his budget for this great film! I'll skip my usual coffee regiment today and increase my pledge a little bit instead...who's with me! Congrats Koo!