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Crowdfunding for Filmmakers: The Way to a Successful Film Campaign Paperback – March 1, 2013
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always doing the best I can do. It is the only way I can move forward. I could not in good conscience Put 10% effort into a crowd funding campaign when I had put 110% into my project.
After an online search one thing I found was a Ted talk on Crowdfunding by John T. Triginis. I hold Ted talks in high regard so I thought, who is this guy? Then I googled him and he had hours and hours of videos on YouTube discussing crowd funding. Finally I came across his book. I came to the conclusion, this is someone who clearly you should listen to (or read) on this subject.
The book takes you through the process step by step through examples and first person accounts. He also weaves the “Tao Te Ching” & “The Art of War” thought the narrative grounding the process and making it intuitive and practical rather then just a series of checklists and to do’s.
Finally the most valuable aspect for me was that he does not sugar coat the process, it is a lot of work. But he gives you the tools and understanding of how to approach that work. It is the wild west out there with crowd funding I highly recommend you read this book before starting your crowdfunding campaign.
Though mine was a large campaign and not a film - Mr. Trigonis' book has many MANY hints/tips/examples/pitfalls, etc. that could have helped me and the theatre or you and your project.
Starting with the basics, Mr. Trigonis goes through the entire process of crowd funding. Determining if this is the proper approach, getting a team together, working through your incentives - ideas and suggestions of how to make those incentives unique - following up, pulling in the community and seeing the project through to the end.
He compares the two biggest websites (Kickstarter v. Indiegogo) and also touches on all the most pertinent of social media (Facebook and Twitter and personal E-mail).
Using examples of successful campaigns he shows you how they (and he) used crowd funding to eventually reach their goals, and sometimes exceed in their goals.
The book pushes beyond the basics to the advanced with even more real world examples and has a great collection of resource articles to read to help your campaign be as successful as you can make it be.
I do see now, very clearly, how my campaign may not have done as well as I had hoped. I was a "team of one" and did not have a group to assist me in getting the word out. Many people, who said they would help, didn't, and though we got a ton of free press (even a spot on a radio show) for whatever reason the campaign didn't succeed.Read more ›
You don't have to be a filmmaker to find the subject of films fascinating, and Trigonis takes you inside the world of movie making, with anecdotes and examples from his eclectic circle of actor/writer/director acquaintances. Trigonis' book is a glimpse behind the curtain that most movie watchers never get, and it's a fascinating and instructive overview that will make watching your next movie a much more satisfying experience.
The book also provides some very valuable lessons in how to be more savvy with the tools of social media -- a skill certainly not limited to film makers. Trigonis' expert navigation of the new media landscape will benefit anyone looking to enhance their on-line communication and raise their professional profile.
Finally -- and not surprisingly, given the writer's background as a poet -- this book is a genuine delight to read! Trigonis' warm and conversational tone keep this "how-to" from ever lapsing into techno-speak. John Trigonis is a gifted writer, and this splendid, funny, smart, and candid account of one filmmaker's journey into the Brave New World of Crowdfunding is more engrossing than it ought to be. I couldn't put it down!
So if you make movies, love to watch them, or just want to eavesdrop on what goes on when a bunch of creative people decide to collaborate, Crowdfunding for Filmmakers will not disappoint. Read this book: you'll laugh, cry, and learn a great deal from a master teacher and filmmaker.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
John’s book should be required reading for anybody running a film crowdfunding campaign. If they want to reach their goal, that is. Read morePublished 3 months ago by N. Zafonte
I successfully raised over $15,000 through crowdfunding for my feature film by using techniques that Trigonis outlines in his book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Isabella Tugman
John Trigonis gives you a complete plan for creating a successful crowd funding campaign. My copy is marked up with specific advice in dozens of areas ranging from team building to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Allan Ramsay
This was such an outstanding book! John is so insightful and his dedication to helping independent film makers succeed is quite remarkable. Read morePublished 9 months ago by ElenaCampbell
I found this book very useful.
For anyone that is new to #crowdfunding, it is a great way to gain a understanding of how the process works and enables you to plan before... Read more
Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down, which is something I would normally say about a novel, not a non-fiction book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by bkpenn
When I decided to go crowd funding to finance my next short film project, the book of John T. Trigonis crossed my way. Read morePublished 17 months ago by angelo
I am in the midst of working on a campaign now otherwise I would make this review longer... but what Trigonis writes is true. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jennifer Dean
"Crowdfunding for filmmakers" is written by a filmmaker whose passion for making (independent) films reaches far beyond this book - and the world of films! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Birgit Stauber