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Indie Game: The Movie - The Final Push

What’s it about?

Indie Game: The Movie is a feature documentary about video games, their creators and the craft. The film follows the dramatic journeys of indie game developers as they create their games, and as they release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Indie Game: The Movie is about making video games, but at its core, it’s about the creative process and exposing yourself through your work.

The film tells the emotional story of a two-man team, Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes, as they craft and release their first major game for XBOX, “Super Meat Boy”. It follows Phil Fish, the creator of the highly- anticipated game, “Fez”, as he shows it for the first time in 4 years at the giant gaming expo, PAX EAST. And, the film tells behind-the-scenes story an independent designer, Jonathan Blow, who made one of highest-rated video games of all-time, “Braid”.

Four developers, three games, and one ultimate goal - to express one’s self through a video game.

Read more at Kickstarter and watch the video.

3 years ago / 1 notes
METAL SOLDIERS

(note: I’ve decided to help indie projects across the board.  I’ll be pulling projects from kickstarter that interest me.)

METAL SOLDIERS is the second short film from the director of THE RAVEN Ricardo de Montreuil starring Chloe Bridges.

The story focuses on one female pilot who finds herself in an unusual situation amidst a gritty futuristic world where things are not quite what they seem. How will she fight her way out and what awaits her even if she can?

Ricardo’s first short, THE RAVEN, gained acclaimed reviews after going viral in the summer of 2010 and has since been optioned by Universal to be developed into a studio feature with Mark Wahlberg set to star in and produce. THE RAVEN also came in at #1 on Viewfinder, an industry-voted list of directors and filmmakers similar to what The Black List is for screenwriters. Ricardo’s first two features were extremely well received and he is currently in development for two more features including LOWRIDERS produced by Brian Grazer.

We have completed principal photography while trying to keep costs low which wouldn’t have been possible without our incredible crew, some even travelling from out of state to make the shoot happen. The short was shot by Director of Photography Andres Sanchez who also shot THE RAVEN. In addition, we received a tremendous amount of support from our regular vendors including a generous donated rental of an Alexa camera from ARRI.

We were thankful to get an extremely talented cast including Chloe Bridges (Disney’s Camp Rock 2, Worst. Prom. Ever.), Rhasaan Orange (Days of our Lives) and Michel Francoeur. They put in the same long hours during the shoot day and to say their time and talent was invaluable is an understatement.

Go to their kickstarter page to learn more about the project and watch the video.

3 years ago / 2 notes
Crowdfunding for Filmmakers: Strategies, Tactics, Pitfalls

Last month IndieGoGo co-founder Danae Ringelmann appeared on filmmaker and author Chris Jones’ podcast to talk about crowdfunding strategies filmmakers. (And it applies to everyone else, too!) We think it’s a great interview that hits on questions so many of your have about crowdfunding and how to best use IndieGoGo.

Listen to the podcast to learn:

  • What are the two biggest factors that influence the amount of money you can raise using IndieGoGo?
  • How did the film Cerise raise 70% of their $6,300 budget from strangers with their IndieGoGo campaign and how can you use similar tactics to identify a new audience for your film (and campaign).
  • What are the key elements of a good IndieGoGo campaign page? 
  • What is the one big mistake filmmakers make when creating their campaign page on IndieGoGo?
  • How to pick the right images to use for your campaign.
  • What does it mean to be ‘authentic’ in your approach? 
  • How will people find your campaign online?
  • How to use IndieGoGo analytics to identify the biggest influencers on your campaign.
  • How fictional films can raise as much money as hard-hitting documentaries.
  • Why use IndieGoGo and not Kickstarter to launch your campaign?
  • Best practices for launching a second campaign on IndieGoGo.

And check out Chris Jones’ own IndieGoGo campaign here!

3 years ago / 3 notes
Sundance Institute Teams With Kickstarter to Fund Filmmakers »

The collaboration, announced at the Sundance Film Festival today, will see Kickstarter providing promotional, educational, and branding support for Sundance through an online resource hub—a “central location to explore  case studies and best practices, in addition to live workshops and training opportunities with Institute staff, alumni, industry experts and key partners,” according to the institute. In return, Sundance will curate alumni projects on Kickstarter, rally fans to support these projects, and showcase Kickstarter-funded works on a monthly basis.

Read more at fastcompany.com.

3 years ago / 1 notes
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