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Filmmaking Tips/Advice
#36
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Originally Posted by Bradito View Post
 

I'm prepping for my crowd funding campaign pitch video. I've got my script worked out. I'm cobbling together some equipment. I'll see if I can't get someone from grad school to help me film the thing.



As far as crowd-funding goes, what kind of rewards should I be reasonably expected to provide my backers? I'm making a short film that's already budgeted at an astronomical amount of money. I've been looking into t-shirts and posters and that sort of ephemera, but damn, they aren't cheap. Baking them into the cost of the budget just makes the budget go up.



I'm already pretty nervous about this campaign not hitting its goal. But I also want to do right by my donors. What do I do?!?


Take this from a guy who has yet to do a kickstarter or indigogo, but I've seen plenty of campaigns also offer Executive Producer credits for those who put in a lot of dough. Also "Thanks To" credits as well.

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#37
AThat I can afford!
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#38

Yeah, I've heard tales about the swag stuff really fucking with crowdfunding campaigns due to underestimation of how much that stuff adds up.



Unless you've got a pre-existing relationship with that kind of manufacturing concern, I would advise against it.




Speaking as someone who has never crowdfunded anything!

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#39
AEvery donation gets you one free nooj! While supplies last. Act now!
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#40

no wait...

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#41

You'll have to do a Jesus thing, take one Nooj to feed hundreds of starving artists.

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#42
AI bought a cheapo camcorder on eBay. I took it out of the box and realized, uh, there's no way to record sound.

So I'm selling a cheapo camcorder on eBay...
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#43
A[quote name="Bradito" url="/community/t/153678/filmmaking-tips-advice/30#post_3953273"]I bought a cheapo camcorder on eBay. I took it out of the box and realized, uh, there's no way to record sound.

So I'm selling a cheapo camcorder on eBay...[/quote]

Do you have an option to rent a videocamera?
I imagine that LA offers plenty of videocamera/equipment rental shops.
Maybe you could ask around if they got a decent camera with a good built in microphone.
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#44
AI was looking at camera rental, but they're not cheap. Hell, I found a 16mm camera that was cheaper than most digital cameras. I thought buying a camera for less than renting one was a clever idea.

Little did I know...!
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#45

You want actual film equipment, Bradito.



Check this place out: http://www.lensrentals.com



Get camera: http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/video/cameras/blackmagic/blackmagic-design-cinema-camera-micro-4-3-mount


$128 for 4 days


or


http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/video/ca...ema-camera


$48 for 4 days


Get SSD for cinema camera: http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/video/ac...-drive-ssd


$26 for 4 days


or


Get SD cards for Pocket Camera



Get lens: http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/video/lenses/micro-4-3/voigtlander-17.5mm-f0.95-nokton-for-micro-4-3


$59 for 4 days



http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/video/le...-micro-4-3


$53 for 4 days



Get tripod: http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/video/su...pod-system


$78 for 4 days



Get light: http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/video/lighting/continuous-lights/arri-t1-1000w-fresnel-tungsten


$66 for 4 days


Get stand: http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/lighting/stands/10.7-foot-giottos-lc325-lightstand


$23 for 4 days



Get audio recorder: http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/audio/field-recorders/zoom-h4n


$29 for 4 days


Get boom pole: http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/audio/k-...-boom-pole


$26 for 4 days



Get mic: http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/audio/mi...-2-shotgun


$29 for 4 days



Now your potential budget is max $500 +



That's not a whole lot of money and you're getting full production tools to work with for 4 days of shoots.

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#46
ACarnotaur wins the thread!

I'm happy to shoot on digital if it's cheaper. That's why I was kind of shocked to find a 16mm camera was cheaper to rent than a digital camera; but I guess the expense of film is in the development and telecine and all that jazz.
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#47
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Originally Posted by Bradito View Post

Carnotaur wins the thread!

I'm happy to shoot on digital if it's cheaper. That's why I was kind of shocked to find a 16mm camera was cheaper to rent than a digital camera; but I guess the expense of film is in the development and telecine and all that jazz.

Film is gonna be fucked for a while. Live in the digi-world where it's economically friendly. Maybe someday we'll all become Christopher Nolens or Tarentinos. Then we can have our pick.

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#48
AWhen I read the chapter on editing film in "Feature Filmmaking at Used Car Prices," I was astonished by how laborious the process is.
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#49

I made a 16mm film in 2008 for my Production 3 class. I spent $1000 on telecine alone. And it was only a Standard Definition transfer.

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#50
AWoof.
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#51
Ahttp://www.watchindie.net/2015/10/27/why-a-director-shouldnt-edit-their-own-movie/
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#52
AThat reminds me: does anyone know about any free downloads I can use to edit my Indiegogo pitch video?
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#53

I've never used it, but this sounds kinda promising?



https://www.lwks.com/



Export options are limited, but they seem well suited to an indiegogo campaign video.

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#54
ASweet. I just need something basic, so that should work.
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#55
AFrom what I've read, it's not the most simple program. So hopefully you already have experience with NLE programs.
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#56
AI used Adobe in college and Avid when I worked as an assistant editor.

But that was a long time ago...
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#57

I assume it'll be ok for basic assembly of a campaign video.



You can also look into DaVinci Resolve.  Depending on what kind of computer you're working on, it might be workable.

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#58

All right, fellas. I'm ordering some equipment from LensRentals.com to shoot my Indiegogo pitch video this week. I'm still working on some artwork for my campaign, but it should be finished about the same time I'm done editing my video.



Whee!

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#59
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Originally Posted by Bradito View Post
 

All right, fellas. I'm ordering some equipment from LensRentals.com to shoot my Indiegogo pitch video this week. I'm still working on some artwork for my campaign, but it should be finished about the same time I'm done editing my video.



Whee!


<img src=" src="http://files.chud.com/images/smilies/cool.gif" />



Go get 'em!

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#60
A"Hi, I'm Brad. May I have some money to make a short film? No? Okay."
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#61
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"Hi, I'm Brad. May I have some money to make a short film? No? Okay."

I think that and updated 30 second video where you're on your knees begging should do just fine.

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#62

Okay, I shot the first part of my Indiegogo pitch video, the part where I stumble through a monologue asking people to give me money. Tomorrow, I'll shoot some B-roll that I can cut away to, so you're not looking at my goofy face for 60 seconds.



It's coming together.

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#63

Probably the best filmmaking advice you'll ever hear.



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#64

Okay, my Indiegogo campaign is all set up and ready to launch tomorrow. If any of you would like to help me get the word out (or kindly donate), please PM me, and I'll send you a link in the morning. You can also marvel at my octopus t-shirt in the pitch video.

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#65

Will you be sharing the link on this thread?

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#66
AMaaaybe.
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#67
AMy campaign has launched. So far I have one "Like" on Facebook!

ETA: And one retweet!
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#68

Brad, you're killing me!  Send them to all your dentist friends or friends with dentist dads.

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#69
AI've got two new Twitter followers!
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#70

If I wasn't a bit in debt from my own movie, I'd donate.  Good luck!

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