Sunday, March 25, 2012
Alex and his wife Jess are coming out to Montana today to sign DVDs for “Leap: Rise of the Beast” and also to shoot some effects test for “Derek”. Not getting into too much detail yet, but the effects are from the climatic sequence of the film, so I’m excited to see how this goes. I’ll be trying the Flaat 2 picture style and also my homemade slider. The biggest bummer is that all my lights are still in Spokane, WA and this is an indoor scene. May have to open a bunch of windows or something. The script has been finished for a few weeks now, and I’ve been working on the budget. Right now, we’ll need about $45k to cover salaries and a few pieces of gear, plus an additional 10k to cover the “perks” when we launch our kickstarter, so total amount will be around $55k. I think it’s doable, but only if done right. I’ve given a buddy from high school the title of Social Media Producer and he’s been helping to grow our fanbase on facebook. The more fans we can get now, the easier it’ll be to raise the funds. One of the ways we’re growing fans is with contests. For instance, when we hit 50, I let everyone read the first act of the script. We hit 50 in only 3 days. Our next goal is 100, at which point there’ll be a special shout out in my next video log as well as said video log being released. As our fanbase grows and we move closer to production, the stakes will go up. Some future prizes I have are similar to the kickstarter perks: calling action over Skype, a prop, signed photo of the cast and crew, that sort of thing. I really want to stay engaged with the fans this time, as well keep the production transparent.