Set photo from late June, 2012. Me (center) and DP, Howard Newstate (left). I always like to include a photo for new posts. This was a fun one.
But I’m here to talk about fundraising today! Yay!!
So… I hate fundraising. It’s the worst when feeling like you beg everyone you know for money to help make your film. BUT, it is 100% necessary to make movies. Every director that ever made their first, breakthrough film, had to ask for help. And, then they got good at it. Donations, personal savings, crowd funding, cash/checks, grants, scholarships, loans, endowments, fellowships, matching programs, special interest groups, under the couch, you name it! You have to look everywhere that somewhat applies to your film, then research, and custom fit each presentation to the funding source. If you can. It’s a bit much, but if you’re hungry enough, you’ll go hunting.
There is one class that has a few days that cover fundraising and you try several exercises. Which, actually, were very useful in getting this whole ball rolling. But, it’s hard, and it’s a TON of extra work, or, well, it’s required work. You have an expensive movie, remember?
But, it’s important to fundraise and get good at it. Otherwise, I plumit further into student debt as I apply for another production loan. I still have a lot to learn in this field, but so far, I’ve raised enough to make this movie. Beg, borrow, but don’t steal. Have some class and tact, too. If you have an eye for design, more power to you.
In the end, it’s crazy important to raise money. It’s easily back burnered, which I did, but don’t procrastinate on this one. You can never start raising money too soon. There will always be something to pay for, secure, reserve, rent, etc. It’s painful to ask for help, at least for me anyway, but I had to swallow my pride and ask becuase… this is something I believe in, that I work hard for everyday, and everyone that donates will be pround of the product that they became a part of.
A MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone that has supported me at each stage of the film. I couldn’t have come this far without you and I will make you all proud.
More to come!