Why Backing Koo’s Feature Film Man-Child Can Help Your Own Project
As you probably remember from one of my earliest article, I am a huge fan of No Film School, a website I discovered almost a year ago and that provides daily and invaluable information for independent filmmakers. With half a million views per month and a Best Creative Blog Award in 2011, I’m guessing I’m not the only one to appreciate it.
Ten days ago, No Film School founder and film-director Koo launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his first feature film Man-Child. The amount he hopes to raise is ambitious ($115,000) and if he doesn’t reach his goal before September 23rd he doesn’t get anything.
Why should I care about Man-Child?
If you are thinking about doing a movie or even simply launching a Kickstarter campaign, this is a project that will give you tremendous insights on how to strategize your campaign and/or work on your movie.
The day he launched his campaign, Koo published a 10 must-read posts before running your own crowdfunding campaign article. And if you spend a little bit of time on Man-Child’s FAQ section only, you’ll learn a lot on how to breakdown a realistic budget for a feature with a sport theme, something that people are usually very reluctant to share with that much transparency.
Yes but I don’t need to pay for that.
True. But that’s not it.
When you become a backer, you receive backers-only updates.
Man-Child was one of the 20 out of 350 scripts to be selected by the IFP’s Emerging Narrative Program and Koo, who created a multimedia look book to present to the producers he’ll meet in September, sent the video to all the backers (an exclusivity so far) couple of days ago.
When you are working on your own film and applying for grants and programs with similar requirements, having access to someone else’s work is amazing.
Now I don’t know how regular those updates will be, and I can only hope they will be very regular, but I have followed many projects that promised to send regular updates, to interview peers, to upload footage (you name it) and that ended up barely or never doing it (because it’s demanding and time-consuming.) First week on Man-Child: a ‘look book’ example. I think that says something about the project.
I’m broke and even if I could give something, it would be so low that it wouldn’t worth it.
It does feel like $5 won’t make a big difference but of course, that’s not true. It took me some time to realize it, but even $5 can be a game-changer when it comes to raising money. Now I’m the secretary of the always-broke-people club, and I too have looked under my couch for quarters to finish the month. It’s hard to put a fair price on anything and if I’m a backer on this project, I’m a small one and I certainly feel that it deserves more than what I gave. But I also know that my small contribution is one step further to make Man-Child happen, and as for many things in this world, participating is always better than not (and it feels good too).
Are you Koo’s sister, mother, girlfriend, co-director or producer?
I don’t know Koo -I don’t even know his last name and I feel odd to put his first name so many times-, we never met and probably never will.
So what’s up with your article?
I’m writing this article not only because I think Koo deserves a chance to direct his first-movie but also because I think this is the perfect project for aspiring filmmakers to learn the do’s and don’t about crowdfunding for a first-feature.
And in order to maximize the learning experience, Man-Child better happen.
Watch below the video for Man-Child campaign:
For more information about Man-Child and/or to become a backer, you can go here.