Are you looking for a way to raise money so you can write a book, start a magazine, or make a movie?
A few posts ago, I mentioned my trip to the Intervention Con in Maryland. Going to cons is awesome, because you never know who you will meet. If you’re lucky you can meet people you can establish creative connections with. Among the interesting people I met was Justin Timpane, director of the indie film Ninjas vs Zombies (which is a lot of fun, so definitely check it out). Through Justin I learned about Kickstarter, an online fundraising venture for people who want to fund creative projects. Kickstarter is not just for filmmakers! If any of you who follow this blog is looking for funds for a book project, here is a way you can do it. In the interview below, Justin talks about his work and what it’s like to fund projects from the ground up:
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi, my name is Justin and I am a filmmaker! (But, Jen, I thought you mostly did stuff about books?!) Well, as an indie filmmaker, I spend a LOT of time writing. Since I started on NINJAS VS ZOMBIES
so many years ago, I have had to write two screenplays, begin and abandon three more, and become a co-writer on a comic book. It’s hard when you do it at this level because this is all while managing a job and a family with two kids! I live in the Washington DC area, and it’s a great place to be an indie filmmaker!
How did you discover Kickstarter?
Well, for indie projects, it’s pretty much either Kickstarter or IndieGoGo, and Kickstarter seemed to have the higher percentage of folks who got projects finished…so we went that way.
What has your experience with Kickstarter been like?
It is difficult. My FB friends are sick of me and my family misses me. I get up every day, check where we are and then jump on Twitter and just ask for help. It can be a little soul crushing, but at the same time, people come out of the woodwork to help. It’s awesome in that way…but you gotta put your pride aside and just work, work, work. Oh, and by the way, if you’re reading this, every little bit helps! (At least come check out our page at www.ninjaswin.com/
Tell us about your current projects.
I am attempting to finish the rarest of projects, a microbudget Film TRILOGY. We have completed and distributed “Ninjas vs Zombies”, and “Ninjas vs Vampires”, and we seek to finish it out with “Ninjas vs Monsters” – which pits our heroes against the classic movie monsters. It’s basically Clerks meets Buffy with a bit more blood – but we definitely consider ourselves equally horror and comedy. Actually, I honed in on Jen because she was wearing a Buffy-related shirt. Our films are steeped in homages to Joss (the great one) Whedon and Kevin (the other great one) Smith. Plus, I have an Angel puppet on my wall…gotta count for something.
Do you plan to use Kickstarter for any future projects?
I’m not against it, but it is, again, really, really hard. It would depend on the project.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to use Kickstarter to fund his/her creative project?
Clear your schedule for the time of the campaign. You will be doing this full-time. Make an interesting video and get the word out however you can. Try not to despair when it gets slow, and get some good folks to help you get part of the way there. It helped us that the creator of the BLAIR WITCH PROJECT gave us a shoutout…turns out he’s a fan and put down on video that we were the best indie-film around to donate to. You can actually see that video at www.ninjaswin.com
. Get ready to blast your Twitter and Facebook accounts and to dig in…oh, and find wonderful readers like Jen who will say to themselves “Hey, I wanna help that guy out.”