During the pre-production stages of my FMP, I had decided to go forward with a crowdfunding campaign in order to raise money for my film. This was a great way to sell myself and promote my ideas. I have gained a lot of support by sharing my experiences with people through the use of Facebook and Instagram.
Crowdfunding is a great way of raising funds for an individual project, which is why I wanted to see how it would go for me. I had nothing to lose (except time), and it was a good promotional tool.
My main strategy was just to give people an overview of the project, but also provide a personal take on the whole experience, kind of like how I plan for the film to be. Knowing that people are aware of what I am doing encourages me to produce something worth waiting for.
In just over 3 weeks of the page being live, I raise £225 out of my optimistic £1000 goal. Personally, I am happy with this because it genuinely does help. It also shows that people are willing to give to a project that has a good cause. This encourages me to work on more projects and crowd fund on a more professionally developed scale in the future.
Overall, this experience has taught me how to sell myself and my ideas in a way that make people interested. I have successfully raised funds for a small project by using what I have access to on the Internet.
Result of the Campaign
A day or so after the campaign went live, I received a message from a follower on Instagram saying he’d love to work on the music for my film. This was great because I actually really want to have some strong music on my piece. Working with him would be awesome as he has a unique, soulful sound that I can appreciate. I also think that his style also has compatibility with the nature of my film and its themes.
The positive feedback from him about my film was also a boost. To know that someone is supporting my work and its cause is always uplifting.