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Akumu: A Funding Site
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Fundraising for Projects
So, have you ever found yourself wanting to put a project together and hit a wall when you realized that there was no way you could finish the project since you had no money?
Whoa! Welcome to the life of an independent film maker.
Now you have to ask yourself one question: "Where do I get the funding?"
That answer isn't all that easy to find. Money is scarce for independent film entrepreneurs unless you have connections.
Now you can find those connections through something called Crowdfunding!
I am doing this now for my project, Akumu. It is a way of finding money from friends and friends' friends. Yes, Crowdfunding can help you get the money that you so desperately need to begin and finish your project!
I'm not saying it's a foolproof way to get the necessary monies to hire Tom Cruise or John Travolta, but, if you are working on a small scale project that needs seed funds, Crowdfunding could be for you.
Take a look HERE to see how it's set up. This example is just one of many options for those who take the time to search the Internet for the resources.
To really take advantage of Crowdfunding, you need to make sure that you have a few things: e-mail, friends who have friends, accounts with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social media, and the will to contact people to let them know what you are doing.
A good source of advice on this can be found HERE. Pointers on asking for money without sounding like you're holding a cardboard sign that say "Anything helps, God bless" can be found here. Thanks to Kristina Hughes for this information.
I post this not just to inform you of a very valuable resource, but because I am taking the initiative to contact as many people as possible so that I might finish the film I'm working on.
I have been at it for a long time and found little help. I did find actors that were able to stick with the project, musicians that did amazing work (Kevin Cox and Rated X), and some who were willing to lend their property for the various shoots (V2 Farm at 20613 SE 436th St Enumclaw, WA (a great family farm and western experience, and Tiffany Talent, a great source for talent in Seattle).
Sometimes you have to fight to finish a film. If it's your first one, you are going to make some BIG mistakes, but you have to push through the tough times to get to the goal.
If you are serious about making films, you need to take every bit of help you can.
Take this advice, look into Crowdfunding and find a way that makes it work for you.
The possibilities can be endless for someone that really wants to be successful. Want it! Be it! I'm going to.
So I'm going to do what I have advised you to do. Go to Akumu's Kickstarter page and take a look at what I'm doing. Donate if you can, tell others about the project if you can't. It's as simple as that.
Thank you for reading, and thank you for checking out my Crowdfunding page!
Best to you all!