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$437
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
10
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, August 27 2013 6:02 PM UTC +00:00

About

"FUNDED: A Self-Fulfilling Documentary Film About YOU!"

KICKSTARTER  has been called “Paradigm-shifting”
— CNN, 
“Pioneering”
— New York Times, 
“Kickstarter funds the future”
— Rolling Stone

I spend a lot of time surfing Kickstarter for inspiration, checking out what other creative types are up to, and once in a blue moon - have even been known to post a project. Sound familiar? In contemplating what the subject for my documentary film might be, it struck me late one night while scanning Kickstarter - the story I've been searching to share with the world is right in front of me! A Documentary Film about Kickstarter!....

This was 2 years ago - and I LAUNCHED A PROJECT CALLED "KICKSTARTED THE DOCUMENTARY", before canceling the effort after a few weeks. I realized I possessed more enthusiasm than knowledge about my subject after speaking with a number of crowd funding experts and decided my pitch video was weak and my prize structure lacked pizazz. I elected to re-approach this project when the time was right and I had a better grasp on the angle. 

So, after much research and consideration, in May of 2013 I began laying the groundwork and started prepping for the re-launch of the totally meta, dream-within-a-dream project. I shot the video, prepared the prizes and approach, and then while on a drive to California to shoot footage - I stumbled on to another Kickstarter project that claimed to be producing an "Original Documentary" by the very same name that mine was originally titled.... You know that heart in your throat feeling when you get kicked in the sweet spot? Yeah...so it was time to put up or shut up and conceive of a truly unique angle...

I'll be honest, I wrestled with abandoning the work for weeks. I even sent an email to the Producers of the other project to seek an open line of communication, seeing as we're obviously kindred spirits (no response back). I went back and forth on what to do with a concept that I was so passionate about - but now seemed dissolute yet again. I sought solace and inspiration back on Kickstarter and that's when I read this header: 

"It’s not just a project, it’s a story."

And that was all I needed to see. That's what sets MY PROJECT apart. Even though the core subject matter is the same, the approach to telling the real story behind them are completely different. I've been filming myself and my journey from day one on this new project. My crowd funding journey IS A STORY within the story and it's already rife with drama, disappointment, passion, and hurdles to overcome. AND I HAVEN'T EVEN LAUNCHED IT YET!

So, now that you have the backstory behind the story within a story - here's how "FUNDED: A Self-Fulfilling Documentary Film About YOU!" is going to play out people....because we're doing this thing, together. 

The subject is you, it is me, it is the community behind the crowdfunding movement and the way it is changing the way in which all of our creative ideas can potentially become reality. THIS IS THE STORY I want to tell. I'm going to speak with the artists / musicians / inventors / entrepreneurs and subscribers who have benefitted so greatly from the Kickstarter platform. I want to  capture other Kickstarter's stories, all while living out, and documenting my very own Kickstarter story. The best part is - filming has already begun (*see above). It's a self-fulfilling project within a project

Getting in front of key players in the Kickstarter organization as well as high-profile supporters of independent crowd sourcing/funding movements and artistic initiatives is also a goal. *See how you can help this project without spending a penny at the end of this section. 

In a nutshell, FUNDED is the tale of a truly independent funding platform for indie artists, entrepreneurs, and inventors fueled by their creativity and industrious spirit, championed by their peers, and how it has delivered on the promise of a paradigm shift for all of us. 

How We plan to do it...and make every cent count (This won't require $80K+, I assure you!)

PRODUCTION: My team owns a good deal of high-end HD production gear and it fits in a few small suitcases: Laptops, DSLR and HD pro camera setups, microphones, Hard drives, micro lighting rigs...it's all compact - we travel light and move fast. Jump on the plane, train, or automobile, hit the road, meet the Kickstarters and business types and start rolling footage...

The production process is projected to take place over approximately 6 months. A month and a half of pre production, itinerary planning, and scheduling. 3 months of travel and filming to include: capture of interviews, B Roll, followups and post voice over recordings. A month and a half of editing and mastering followed by the planning for the premiere and a circuit of screenings, festival submissions, DVD/download release.

What Will The Backing Funds Go Towards?

Gas, Airfare, food, water, lodging, vehicles, hard drives, shooting permits (*if begging, borrowing and stealing fails), passports, DVD duplication, additional audio and video gear, theater rentals, festival submission fees, and the time to dedicate 100% of efforts and energies towards bringing this film to life. The list goes on....Making the documentary we're proposing isn't going to cost as much as a Hollywood blockbuster, but it isn't going to be cheap either. Which is why we're here. To be straightforward, the funds will be used to Kickstart this documentary and this filmmakers career. 

*One way you can help without dropping a dime is to SHARE this project on your social media feeds. If you have someone you think would be a great interview regarding the NEW SCHOOL of creative distribution, let them know and tell me about them!  

Tweet your suggestions to me @fundedthedoc or send me a essage right here on Kickstarter! 

Thank you for viewing and for your support!

Risks and challenges

Every project is challenging. That's what makes each one worth achieving. Individually, I have over 15 years of professional production experience in television, journalism, film making, and marketing/media content creation. My team of colleagues boosts the resource pool exponentially and we have never failed to complete a project ahead of schedule and below the projected budget. When a challenge arises, you innovate, you improvise, you roll with the punches. I'm a seasoned pro and I'll face every hurdle with a smile and a back up plan to my back up plans.

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    A digital download of the completed film featuring YOUR NAME in the end CREDIT ROLL as a contributor to the film alongside your fellow KICKSTARTER supporters! Lets show the audience just how many people out there made a difference and made this film happen.

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    Pledge $25 or more and see YOUR NAME in the end CREDIT ROLL, +PLUS receive a personalized postcard from the road, +PLUS a DVD of the completed film.

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    Pledge $50 or more and get all of the above PLUS an Official LIMITED EDITION FUNDED T-SHIRT that says "I FUNDED THE DOC!"

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE + YOUR PHOTO IN THE CREDITS (keep it sanitary, people) + a personally signed DVD COPY of the documentary +++ PLUS a 24x36 limited edition autographed movie poster mailed to you!

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE...+PLUS YOU get to be FEATURED on camera in the movie and RECEIVE 2 TICKETS TO THE PREMIERE!

    We will SKYPE/Video chat with YOU for an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW to be featured in the documentary. Tell us your KICKSTARTER story on camera, talk about what draws you to the site, projects you've backed/posted and what it was about this pitch that got you jazzed!

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    All of the above

    An "EXECUTIVE BACKER" CREDIT listed in the documentary and we will travel to you for an IN PERSON INTERVIEW to be featured in the film!

    *People shamelessly "buy their way into Hollywood movies" all the time....Why not defy convention and "back" your way into a Kickstarted Doc about Crowdfunding - you'd be a Producer / Backer / Pioneer / and the subject of the film all in one move.

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Funding period

- (35 days)