Working Blue Copper

Four weeks ago, I wrote my Blog all about the launch of our crowd-funding campaign through for my latest film project entitled BLUE COPPER. I won’t retell how that all went. If you’re interested, you can read about it here: A Kick for Blue Copper

Our Kickstarter goal is set for $10,000. We’ve got until 9:00 pm Arizona time this Sunday to fully fund the project. Kickstarter is an all or nothing deal so our BLUE COPPER team has been working diligently to get the word out to everyone they know. As of the writing of this Blog, we are at 85% of our goal…so just $1,500 to go in 3 days!  

Honestly, I hate asking for funding. Just not my thing. Rick told me that I’d rather go to the dentist than ask for money. Ha! Maybe. I do really dislike the dentist. Although I have a fantastic one—in case you’re interested! 

A thirty day funding campaign is akin to having a full time job. I had no idea it was so much work! It takes time and effort. Lots of emails, messages, and phone calls to friends, family, and colleagues. Plus a lot of posting on social media sites. Then there is the editing and sharing of additional videos from our cast and crew, updates to our backers, and edits to our Kickstarter page. I even was on a radio show last week! 

I heard a podcast a while back. Two individuals were discussing the difficulty many have in asking for financial funding in the creative arts. This is what I took away from that conversation. You are simply asking for support in your creative endeavors in exchange for creating something the giver will hopefully eventually enjoy—films, books, artwork, photography. There are wonderful people out there who want to see you succeed and will feel good that they were able to help you pursue your artistic passion. All while looking forward to viewing the results of your unique imagination. 

I like that. 

So many existing friends, family, and colleagues have stepped up to back our project. And there are many new people as well. Right now we have 97 backers. Some have pledged $1, some $5, many $25 and some much more than that. Everything is appreciated.

We have so much gratitude to those that have pledged to support BLUE COPPER. It encourages our entire team by knowing people want to see our film and that they believe in our project as well as us as independent filmmakers.

If you’re interested in joining the family and becoming a backer of BLUE COPPER to help push us over the edge, you’ve got until 9:00 pm MST this Sunday, 8/31/14 to do so! Click here to watch and read all about the project and the team:

You can also find out information at our website and on our Facebook page.

Have a great weekend and excuse me while I get back to sending a few more emails in hopes that we can successfully cross this finish line!

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A Kick for Blue Copper

I am very excited to highlight some of our recent activities surrounding the launch of our Kickstarter Campaign for our film BLUE COPPER. 

If you are in the independent film industry, you know what Kickstarter is all about and most likely have supported a few campaigns here and there. I personally have backed many projects over the last few years because I believed in the project or the people creating the projects. However, if you are NOT in the indie film world, you are thinking, “What the heck is a kickstarter?” 

A few years back, crowd-funding started to become more popular. It truly is a wonderful platform for us creative types to raise funds to help pay for our projects. It works beautifully because if a lot of people give a little bit, then everybody wins! Although, there has been some huge campaigns out there that have raised in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, Blue Copper isn’t near that size. However, I have some good ideas on how I would use that much money should some rich millionaire come along. Haha!

Once deciding to utilize Kickstarter in helping raise funds for our project, we assembled all kinds of information, set the fund raising goal, set a timeframe, and created supporter reward levels. Then the video was put together and added into the Blue Copper Kickstarter page along with everything else. 

The one thing about a Kickstarter Campaign is that they are all or nothing. So, if we don’t raise at least our goal amount, then our team won’t receive any funds and our backers don’t pay anything. That’s why it’s so important for us to get the word out. We can exceed our goal (which would be really helpful), but we at least need to raise that initial goal amount. If we make the goal, before Kickstarter gives us the funds, they take a small percentage fee to cover their expenses (just from our final amount, NOT from our contributors). 

Back to BLUE COPPER. I talked to some key people who are close to me about the BLUE COPPER project. They liked the 25 page script and thought it would be a cool story to see up on the big screen (20 to 25 minutes in length). I engaged the invaluable help of Sara Dangler as my producer and we started the process of putting together our campaign. There are many articles out there online about the process, tips and suggestions, as well as horror stories! It is very time consuming, but something that we are willing to do in order to pursue our passion—making a film!

We just launched the campaign, so now we spread the word! The campaign will run throughout the month of August and we hope that there are some supportive and kindly individuals out there that will want to be a part of our Blue Copper team. Understanding that sometimes people are in a tougher financial position, even just spreading the word of the project to others is very helpful. 

I hope that you’ll click on over to watch the brief video that we’ve put together for our BLUE COPPER Kickstarter Campaign…no obligation, of course, just a big thank you from our production team. 

Here is the link to the video: 

You can find more information at our website and on our facebook page.

Thanks for your continued interest in my variety of Blog posts. I honestly do appreciate your valuable time. This should be an interesting month!

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