Sunday, October 22, 2017

This Week in Crowdfunding (10/22/17)

By: Selina

Through “This Week in Crowdfunding,” you’ll find five of the best projects Trust the Dice found hosted on crowdfunding sights this week. These are Films/Web Series’/Shows of varying lengths and genres that we believe in. If you like any of the projects you see here, donate to them, tell your friends, and/or post it on social media.

These projects don’t just need money, they need people to care and spread the word that they exist.

Support creativity. Support indie artists.

Remember that every actor, director, writer, and movie you have ever fallen in love with had to start somewhere.

Trust the Dice does not, and will not, accept payment from project creators for
appearance on this list. Projects are chosen solely on the merit of the idea,
proposal, and people involved.

There will be no Crowdfunding article next Sunday.

5 – EXIT

Crowdsource Platform: Indiegogo
Director: Stephen Mathis, Evan Rutherford (assumed)
Writer: Naveed Khan
Other Staff: None listed
Amount Requested: $2,000
Current Standing (as of Saturday night): $556 raised by 6 backers.
Type of Goal: Flexible

This is a very unique project, but I wish I knew more about it.

EXIT is a short film about a woman struggling with the ethical dilemma of whether or not to donate her consciousness to someone after death. The idea behind the project is simply fascinating.

I did attempt to talk to the people at Blue Frost Films, but didn’t receive a response from them by the time this article needed to be written. That means I know very little about them other than what I could find on their Indiegogo page and IMDb. It’s a shame, because I had a LOT of questions to ask about this one.

The production company responsible for EXIT is known for at least three other films that can be found on IMDb, which lends a lot of credibility to their project – even with less information available.

With that said, I think the trailer says a lot. It’s eye catching and interesting. Exactly what you want to see in a crowdfunding project.

Lowest Fund Reward: $1 – Good Luck! – Send us a good luck wish in the best way! We get that times are tough, and we will still make sure your dollar doesn’t go to waste. You will receive our thanks and appreciation because every dollar counts!
Highest Fund Reward: $2,000 – Executive Producer – You are the ultimate supporter! You will have single handily funded the entire film and we couldn’t be more thankful. You get all the perks we can throw at you! (Note, you must be in Denver for a set visit unless we make more than our goal for travel expenses.)

4 – WedTrotter

Crowdsource Platform: Kickstarter
Director: Catalin Anghel (assumed)
Writer: N/A
Other Staff: Marius Barbulescu, Pedro Cabrera, Andrea Giraldo, Isabelle Hattink, William Lambelet, Café Liu, Segun Olotu, Cristiano Ostinelli, Ken Pak, Christelle Rall, Citalli Rico, Ufuk Sarisen, Vinci Wang, Stefan Cotenescu, Adrian Anghel, Laura Bojinca-Moisei, Iulian Bojinca, Vasile Petrice
Amount Requested: $115,449
Current Standing (as of Saturday night): $2,177 raised by 13 backers.
Type of Goal: All or Nothing

This was the first project to catch my eye this week… but photography isn’t my specialty, so I brought a photographer friend of mine in to take a look at the page as well.

Where the trailer caught me, it didn’t catch him as much… but the visuals did. He indicated that the set-ups shown throughout the trailer seemed like they would produce some incredible photographs. Of course, he wanted to make sure I mentioned that not all photographers live the way those in the trailer seem to.

I think that response indicates why I was so attracted to this film. Although my own experience with photography involves cutting the heads off anyone I attempt to aim a camera at, to someone more interested in the subject – this documentary shows the dream. People will get to see the best of the best where wedding photographers are concerned… and it will give them something to strive for.

Dreams are great, but they’re even better when you can see that future goal in your mind.

WedTrotter is a documentary series and it is asking for a lot of money, but you have to understand just how much world travel is involved with the filming. With the ‘All or Nothing’ goal, there’s still very little risk to backers. I think that makes it worth looking at, despite the high price point.

Lowest Fund Reward: $4 – Website & Facebook Thanks – We list your name on our film’s Thank You page and on our Facebook page.
Highest Fund Reward: $10,048 – Get your name on the presenter’s T-shirt in one of the episodes. + 30 seconds video advertisement for your product/service at one of WedTrotter’s filming locations. + We integrate the video in the documentary episode.

3 – Thousand Yesterdays

Crowdsource Platform: Indiegogo
Director: Robbie Bryant
Writer: Robbie Bryant, Rhys Hills, Tom Bailey
Other Staff: Fred Bonham Carter, Franziska Lindner, Alessandro Farrattini, Thomas Carter, John Hubbard, Ros Hubbard, Andy Robertshaw, Alexandra Toomey, Ronnie Rackley, Jamie Edgell, Malcolm Huse, Kieran Waites, Nettie Hurley
Amount Requested: $12,192
Current Standing (as of Saturday night): $6,022 raised by 39 backers.
Type of Goal: Flexible

The deeper you look into this project, the more impressive it gets.

I find the plot interesting enough, but the trailer heightens that interest quite a bit. The problem was my concern over just how well the setting could be duplicated on a smaller budget. When I dug deeper into the page, I learned they had a military advisor lined up for accuracy.

That was when I really started to pay attention to what the Indiegogo page was telling me.

The idea that this film isn’t about trying to save the love interest, but about appreciating her while she’s still alive… that’s new to me. You see the same base plot all the time, but it’s always about trying to save the woman. That small twist is enough to change the plot from seeming trope-y to seeming fresh.

There’s a very experienced team working on this project and they have a clear idea of how to make their short film work.

Lowest Fund Reward: $26 – Digital Copy of the Film – Thank you credit at the end of the film and a private online link to the film once the festival run is finished.
Highest Fund Reward: $19787 – The All In – Discuss your bespoke investment incentive over dinner at Gastronhome, one of the finest restaurants in London!

2 – All Talk

Crowdsource Platform: Kickstarter
Director: Jim Tierney, Mike Hayhurst
Writer: Jim Tierney
Other Staff: Erik Jacobsen, Matthew Kay, Christina Bianco, John Bianco, Thomas Yannite, Tikki Suarez, Dor Dotson, Michael Tranzilli, Colleen Britt, Devon Delatour, Jerzy Gwiazdowski, Johnny Hildreth, Katie Shea Drossel, Ozie Carty, Padraig Sweeney, Patricia Brown, Richard Prock-Golan, Douglas Cranfield, John Bianco, Patricia Bianco, Isabella Bianco, Helen
Amount Requested: $20,000
Current Standing (as of Saturday night): $8,039 raised by 73 backers.
Type of Goal: All or Nothing

I wasn’t sure what to make of this project at first. I was watching the trailer with a kind of confused expression, but things changed rather quickly.

The trailer wound up becoming my favorite part of the Kickstarter for this series. It highlighted the comedic timing and writing involved in the project.

I laughed a lot while watching. And that gives me incredibly high hopes for the finished project.

The page is one of the best laid out pages I’ve seen in a while, also. It’s full of information that could get you interested in the series, but it also has all the necessary information to make backers feel more comfortable about donating. They know why they need that exact amount of money and they lay out how they’re using it really well.

Even if you’re not sure you want to donate anywhere, you may want to take a look at this series. At the very least, enjoy the trailer.

Lowest Fund Reward: $10 – Ten for the show – You’re great! You’ll be listed as an official supporter on our website, plus we’ll give you a shout-out on our Facebook page.
Highest Fund Reward: $2,000 – You’re kind of a big deal – Hey, boss. You are officially an Executive Producer of All Talk, Season 1. Welcome to the team! You can rest well every night knowing you are an integral part of making our dreams come true. You’ll get an official credit on the show, and you’ll be listed prominently and separately in the credits. We’ll keep you apprised during the rest of the creative process. And when we’re huge stars, not only can you say you knew us when, you can make up fun stories about the early days and we won’t even deny them.

1 – Severed Silence

Crowdsource Platform: Indiegogo
Director: Elizabeta Vidovic, Kathryn Michelle
Writer: Elizabeta Vidovic, Kathryn Michelle
Other Staff: Rob Raco, Maiara Walsh, Izabela Vidovic, Adam Huss, Alla Tumanian, Mostly Kosher, Allen Hooper, Austin Nordell, Polly Gregory, Barbara Holmes
Amount Requested: $25,000
Current Standing (as of Saturday night): $8,260 raised by 68 backers.
Type of Goal: Flexible

Severed Silence was the real stand out project this week.

It’s a horror film that truly seems to be top of the line. It offers some of the traditional jump horror you’d expect, with an underlying thrill that drives it.

I asked the creators of this film, Elizabeta Vidovic and Kathryn Michelle, how they felt about balancing subtle and overt horror, their answer was very informative.

“When we can make our audience feel uncomfortable, unsettled, and vulnerable to the point they are biting their nails without even a knife being lifted, then we know we've got our hooks in and the fear they feel runs much deeper. However, we don't shy away from traditional gruesome horror, we just don't make that our foundation. So, the intense mysticism and folklore surrounding our Romani family in Severed Silence is already unsettling and plays to the audience's fears of an unknown culture. When we challenge the audience's perception of our Romani characters and work against stereotypes, we hope the audience's internal conflict will deepen, especially as they emotionally connect with these people before they have to tragically and inevitably lose them. For us, the balance will simply be in staying true to what is already on the page and allowing the intense moments to form organically as the murders begin to take place.”

In that one response alone, you can catch a glimpse of the experience, passion, and talent involved in the making of Severed Silence. The Indiegogo page speaks for the rest of it.

The trailer is eye-catching and has a humanity to it that helps connect any interested party to the project they’re learning about. There’s even a concept trailer to help prospective backers get into the feel of the film – something not a lot of projects have.

To show my confidence in this project, I have donated a small amount in the hopes that it gets funded.

Lowest Fund Reward: $5 – A personalized thank you! – We will post a personalized “Thank You” addressed to you on our social media, for being so awesome!

Highest Fund Reward: $5,000 – Executive Producer Credit – You will be credited as executive producer on Severed Silence, Plus receive the premium perks!

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