This was great fun to film. Standing in the rain in Pottery Bank trying to have a BBQ. We even got approached by two community wardens to make sure we weren't hooligans!
Anyway heed their message and contribute if you can PLEASE! xxx
Well we're at the half way point in our campaign. We've entered the lull phase of our Kickstarer. Thing is we don't have time for no lulls. We NEED to hit our stretch, I've got screenings to plan in places like London, Northern Ireland and the North West - we'd LOVE to bring this to our fans there, but we can't do it without your help. So as Staggy says - "Hoy some lowey owa. NOOO!" #WhosDennis #TheStaggDo
It's exactly a week since our Kickstarter campaign went live and to say the success has left us reeling would be an understatement. In fact it would be no exaggeration to say it's taken us this long to get our heads around it. All of our planned updates and update videos have had to be sacked off and rewritten with a different emphasis. Today we officially launch of Stretch goal of £7000.
So if we need £7000, why didn't we ask for £7000? Well, we don't NEED £7000 for our original plan of paying for the BBFC certification and hosting a DVD Launch party and screening - that'll cost about £4000 - which was our original goal. The extra money will allow us to do extra things - eg hold a screening in London and hold additional screenings in other parts of the country. We can order BluRays to offer as perks or for sale AND for anything we raise above £7000 we can probably get a DCP organised which would mean we could screen in cinemas not just pubs/ clubs etc. So what say you? ARE YOU IN?
Not in a bad way of course, in an overwhelmingly good - but wholly unexpected - way. Having allowed self doubt to creep in at the back end of last year, when we came up with the idea to do this campaign, we set ourselves an incredibly modest goal of £4000. £5000 would allow us to do the bare minimum to get the film out on DVD comfortably (ie pay for the BBFC and printing DVDs and a DVD Launch), but before we launched, our bottle went again - and so we settled on £4000 - the absolute bare bones that we'd need... I mean the only thing that would be even more crushing than how we were feeling as recently as last month, would be to raise £3800 - ie close but no cigar - and end up with nothing because of Kickstarter's all-or-nothing approach.
We almost went for £5000 on Indiegogo because we felt it would give us that insurance of knowing we'd get to keep whatever we raise, but thanks to Lucas McNelly (and Richy) - we dodged that bullet. Although I've been fascinated by crowd-funding since 2009 (actually since 2004 if we include my idea to pre-sell the DVDs of some shorts we were making at the time); I hadn't realised how much more engaging and powerful a platform like Kickstarter is. I'm still not sure what makes it so much better than IGG - but the figures are stark - 40 odd percent of Kickstarter projects succeed where less than 10% of IGG projects succeed. Does the safety net breed complacency? Is it that they allow any project? Is it that the all or nothing approach creates the urgency needed? Or is it that many IGG project creators are less than half assed in their approach? Probably a bit of all - though I always suspected it was mainly the final one in this list... Anyway, that plus the magnificent Greek Bail Out IGG which kept causing Indiegogo to crash (on what was our launch day) is why I say we dodged a bullet.
But that's all ancient history now - thanks to YOU - we have SMASHED our target in under 48 hours and are wondering how much we could make if we put in a stretch goal. What do you think? How much should we go for? Obviously anything we raise would go on more screenings/ marketing/ DVDs etc - who knows maybe a swanky London press screening - wouldn't that be a humdinger?
Kickstarter Update #1
We've been live for less than 12 hours on Kickstarter and we're already nearly half funded. I can't begin to described how grateful we are for your support in this.
Your support is massively appreciated and even if you can't support financially, sharing the campaign really does help so much.
This is just a short update as I'm still reeling with how well this has gone. So far, so good.
Will try our best to keep this busy during the shoot and post-production.