September 5, 2014 at 6:54AM

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Crowdfunding is Hard Work

A few years ago, I ran a successful photography/video campaign on Kickstarter. (Search for the Skelligs Project.) Since then, I have been intending to launch a new campaign for a similar project, but I've been stuck by knowing how much effort will be needed to do it right.

Has anyone else felt the same? That a properly done crowdfunding campaign is like a project in and of itself? That the effort and time required are more than you can spare and still keep your family well-fed, in spite of the payoff if you're successful?

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Evan, this article might help you a lot. It's all about crowd funding: fourhourworkweek.com/2012/12/18/hacking-kickstarter-how-to-raise-100000-in-10-days-includes-successful-templates-e-mails-etc/

September 5, 2014 at 9:10AM

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Jeff Rivera
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That's a really great read. Certainly helps the process feel a bit less daunting. Really its just that I'm overworked in my freelance business and can't seem to find the time to make a new campaign happen. What a ride though, the first time through was amazing.

September 5, 2014 at 10:53AM

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Evan Payne
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I have felt the same. I've had some people approach me recently wanting to collaborate on their video ideas (usually docs) through kickstarters and I'm pretty apprehensive. The effort / time involved can be huge, and when it's not my baby / dream / passion idea, it can be daunting to think about. I don't want to be "begging" my friends for attention and money and sinking time into something I'm not fully committed to, especially when I've got the freelance stresses of paying the bills simultaneously. It could just be me, but I think the crowd-funding market is pretty saturated and hard to stand out today.

September 5, 2014 at 1:13PM

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Samuel Neff
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I suppose that's a part of it, yes, though I'm less worried about the project getting funded as its been quite a while since we leveraged our friends for support. More, its that I went in the first time with no understanding of the process and I made it work by sinking many many hours into it. Now that I know how much time it takes, I feel like I'm taking too much unpaid time to turn a whim into reality.

Suffice to say, it feels like I've added the Campaign to my list of projects that I want to do, but can't afford to start.

September 6, 2014 at 12:40AM

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Evan Payne
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I definitely agree - keeping your family well-fed and moreover loved, protected, and listened-to is a priority. Us filmmakers tend to be workaholics, so I fully understand the eternal battle to find balance. I don't know that I have an answer to your questions, more just a "I hear ya" and you're not alone.

November 15, 2014 at 12:53PM

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