I’m reposting something here, my latest update for Til Death that could be found on the Kickstarter page for the movie. It just about sums up my love for Kickstarter. It’s not about the money. It’s about the collaboration. It’s changing film as we know it, and making every step of the production process that much more accessible to all. What’s not to love about that?!
So here’s the post, for your reading enjoyment:
I am feeling pretty good today. Yes, we are significantly closer to our funding goal for Til Death — and though that’s thrilling, that’s not what I’m talking about right now. What is making me happy is a message I received from one of our backers. I’ll leave him nameless here (since I don’t want to blindside him by just calling him out), but his email response to a thank you message from me put a huge big fat smile on my face.
In his email, he mentioned he had seen my previous film Subject Two just recently, and he was happy to contribute. He went on to say that with all the remakes and sequels offered by mainstream Hollywood, he was thrilled to see original ideas in the works, and was happy to assist.
And then I started to smile. Because how awesome is that. Seriously. Aside from being flattering (and yes, I was very flattered), I found this email to be indicative of what makes Kickstarter so great. Not only does a project like mine (or the gazillion others here on Kickstarter) mark an alternative to mainstream Hollywood, but it also allows strangers — such as myself and this backer — to find each other, connect our kindred indie spirits, and support each other. As you all support me by helping to fund the film, I provide you with something you’d like to see. It’s a win-win for all of us, and I take it to heart.
I feel this makes the entire filmmaking process that much more enjoyable, from both the filmmaker’s and the audience’s perspective, and it really is a new way of making films. It opens up the production process and allows the audience to be involved from Day One. I thank Kickstarter, and all of you wonderful backers, for allowing me to be able to connect and engage with you.
So that is why I am feeling pretty good today. Because you are all AWESOME.
I just wanted to share that sentiment. We’ll be talking again soon. Until then — Thanks again for your support!