Hi! Has anyone here crowdfunded their stop motion film? If so, what did you do to spread the word? I'm really struggling to bring attention to my project. The few people I've been able to bring to the page have been engaged with the content, so that's good, but getting them there is the problem.
Any advice is massively appreciated.
Hi Christian! Have you thought about posting about your project on Facebook? Instagram? If you have either of those accounts perhaps that might be a good place to start. Your Instagram post might contain an interesting or cute image of your sapling character and might generate some views. You might also want to post a quick animated sample. Are you on any other forums? Cross post there as well. Good luck!
People who have run successful Kickstarter campaigns tell me that it is a lot of work and needs preparation. First, lining up relatives who might give generously to put their contribution in on the launch day. Then building an audience for the campaign before it gets launched, using teasers and glimpses of what you are doing. Building up a lot of followers on Twitter, Facebook etc is important. Lastly, lots of updates and reminders, without getting too in-your-face. Not easy.
From what I see, you have got off to a very good start, with some significant sums already pledged. Now is when you have to get more creative in finding the audience and directing them to you. One friend was making a comedy horror involving Morris dancing, so he managed to get Morris dancing groups curious, and a lot of small donations came in that way. He had also secured a grant, so cunningly added this to the campaign: he was asking for £7000, but £5000 was the grant, so it looked really successful right from the get-go.
Another angle is to consider the donations like a deal. People expect something back - so generally I am happy to put a bit of money in that is just like paying for a dvd of download in advance. But to nudge people into giving a bit more is about getting them to feel involved in your project. Behind the scenes stuff, progress reports etc etc.
Trouble is, if there was a single successful formula everyone would be using it already.
Hi Christian, You could possibly try the newspapers, radio, or TV, to promote, i had exhibitions and then the TV did a interview on my zey the mouse series, are you doing a series? Or maybe just share your work around appropriate website's forums, film, animation, art, there are lots out there, from my experience ive managed to have the privalige of achieving these, and build up a fan base over the years.
good luck :)
Thank you all for the great advice. I have pursued most of the avenues you suggested, and it's been somewhat effective, I just crossed the $1500.00 mark. That said, I don't think it is on track to hit it's goal and it's highly likely the project will have to be postponed indefinitely, or until I get some kind of a raise at work, lol. Thanks again, Christian Madsen
If I were you I would not worry about funding. Just make the movie. That is your focus. Hopefully money will follow. Other than that, just social network.
If only it were all so straightforward, Ed. I am doing a project that is quite big and long, ridiculously ambitious one could say. I have realised that I need other people to come and work with me on it. BUT they are not passionate about the project in the way that I am.
So money has to change hands. Apart from anything else, I can hardly complain about young people getting exploited with internships and then do exactly that myself.
So I shall be paying, whatever I can, and if it means selling some stuff, so be it. I shall also be trying to sell instructions for constructing a moco rig and a winder using lego parts. Hopefully these will bring in a little cash to fund the addiction.... and if not, then at least stopmo is so incredibly slow that I can save up!