Here is a guest post by Pyung Kim, writer and producer of the film I Hate You (bio at the end).
Looking to Kickstarter to finance your movie? Here are a few tips to help ensure a successful crowd funding campaign.
1) BEG YOUR FRIENDS TO HELP YOU
You’ll definitely need the help of friends to pull this off, especially if you’re starting without any resources. Running a successful crowd funding campaign – much like making a movie – is ultimately a collaborative endeavor. And I’m not necessarily talking about help in the form of donations. Remember that support comes in many other forms during the campaigning process that are just as important. Do anything you can to encourage endorsements or activity such as link sharing and retweeting. And I mean anything that will bring more attention to your campaign! Maybe don’t do what Anthony Weiner did…but almost anything else!
2) CREATE GOOD, VISUALLY DISTINCTIVE ARTWORK
This not only means the poster or screen shot you’ll use on Kickstarter – having a film website is part of this. And it serves as more than another opportunity to drive traffic to your campaign. If you have a website for your film that is well designed and visually appealing, it adds credibility to you and your project.
I personally don’t have the know-how to create a cool website, but my partners and I were fortunate to have a great web designer in Devin McKeon. As an example, check out the website he did for our film, a romantic comedy called I Hate You.
3) SHOOT A TRAILER (IF YOU CAN)
A trailer? Before I’ve even shot the movie??