Around the World in 80 HOURS?? Kickstarter turns Jules Verne on his Head (Press Release)

Around The World in 80 Hours

Here is a production from one of our microfilmmakers that combines filmmaking, literature, adventure and technology into what promises to be an exciting short documentary. Andy Yardy is a passionate filmmaker that has built a career on telling stories in some of most unlikely places around the world. This film sets out to see if it is possible to make it around the world in just 80 hours using commercial travel. On paper it looks possible but really if you have ever been stuck in an airport waiting…


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Vanity and Art: Creating Art From Selfish Desires (Article/Crowdfunding)

Ian Delaney on set of recent film.

Anyone who has gone to film school would immediately see my quest as folly and be able to list dozens of reasons why a one character film was a poor cinematic choice. What’s great is that I never went to film school. What’s even greater is that once I decided on a one character film, I thought “what if I make a one location film?”
“What if it was an entire film that was one setup, a single shot with multiple angles?”
“How, by narrowing a story to its simplest could I explore greater creativity?”
This is also the point where I crossed feature-length off the list.
This idea of painting yourself into a box…


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Padcaster Mini Kickstarter: Help Get The Tools You Want! (Press Release)

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Filmmakers want a chance to help make their favorite tools a reality! Well, the creators of the Padcaster, a revolutionary iPad case that transforms the tablet into an on-the-go production studio, plan to bring the versatile filmmaking accessory to the iPad mini. Since its official launch just over a year ago, the Padcaster has been named one of “12 unusual gadgets that you’ll love” by CNET, among many other accolades. With the help of dedicated backers, the forces behind the Padcaster hope to create yet another gadget you’ll love – the Padcaster Mini. Employing the popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter…


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Padcaster 2.0: iOS Filmmaking Gets a Reboot (Press Release)

The Padcaster allows attachment of a variety of filmmaking accessories to an ipad.

The creators of The Padcaster , a revolutionary iPad case that transforms the tablet into an on-the-go production studio, today announced the availability of version 2.0 of its namesake product, The Padcaster. The latest version of the mobile filmmaking tool is available for preorder at a discount exclusively through the company’s recently launched Kickstarter campaign. The Padcaster 2.0 has been upgraded to accommodate a wider range of accessories as well as to provide a better fit for the current range of compatible ones. Additionally, The Padcaster 2.0 will have larger openings, making it much easier to access the control buttons and charging port on the iPad. For filmmakers using The Padcaster as a DSLR cage…


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Indie Film Company Attempts to Make History with 52 Films in 52 Weeks… (News/Release)

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Running Wild started as a micro-budget film company in 2010 from the creation of renowned African-American playwright Gus Edwards and filmmaker Travis Mills with the aim to build a cinema movement that stays local. Utilizing local actors, crew, music, businesses, and more, they have produced more than thirty short films and three feature-length projects since their genesis. There newest and greatest endeavor is the creation of 52 shorts films in 52 weeks during 2013.


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June, Adrift: Female Indie Kickstarter Ribs Zach Braff (Indie Press Release)

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Following in Zach Braff’s footsteps, the June, Adrift Kickstarter video begins with Moore making a humorous appeal to “her” Scrubs fans (she was a featured extra in a season 9 episode) and directing them to check out her own project. The women go on to offer Braff a special incentive in exchange for supporting some like-minded independent filmmakers. With a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Crafty Shoddmanship team will be able to pay cast and crew and send them to location in Maryland.


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Bringing ‘Weed to the Dance: Shaka King at the 2013 Sundance Festival (Interview)

Shaka King (Photo by Paris Whittingham)

Sheri Candler interviews director Shaka King during Sundance 2013. King’s film, Newlyweeds, was included in the NEXT category for ultra low budget films and secured distribution through Phase 4 Films. King discusses the value of film labs like those from the IFP, making short films, and using Kickstarter to successfully fund the film’s…


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Kickstarted (Redux): How to Effectively Use Crowd Funding Sites (Article)

The path to finding funding isn't as complex as you might fear.

As sites like Kickstarter and Indie Go-Go continue to grow in popularity, and more and more projects start knocking on the door for small donations, the importance of knowing how to properly use such sites becomes what will separate motivated, capable artists from the hordes of amateur wanna-be’s whose projects won’t ever make it off the ground, with or without your $10.


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Chatting with new Mavericks: Kickstarter for Events…

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One of the personalities I got a chance to know is just launched DarkestGoth Magazine editor, GV Pasclato. Recently, he and his team started working on a new way of using Kickstarter in the form of the mira nocta Bluegrass Goth Festival. I personally hadn’t thought of using Kickstarter for an event, but had to admit it had lots of possibilities for Independent filmmakers who might want to do their own film festival or a multi-faceted exploration of a few film series with cult followings.

I liked what their ideas were enough that I was even willing to speak on camera to some of their readers, who have a lot of similarities to our filmmaking audience, and even to agree to show the Day 419 film with a Q&A if their event is funded.

With that said, here’s a brief interview that GV was kind enough to give me about what they’re doing:


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MFM-High Ranked Short Filmmaker to use Kickstarter for Feature, “Teddy Boy”

Mountain Lion Perched From Artwork.

Kekule Productions is currently raising a portion of its financing via the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform for the psychological thriller, “Teddy Boy.” Boulder-based producer, Meryem Ersoz (Black Wing Digital,“Mind’s Eye”) has partnered with Mr. Jourdan to co-produce the project which will be filmed in and around Denver, CO and Lake Granby near Rocky Mountain National Park. Sean J.S. Jourdan wrote the screenplay which will mark his feature debut.


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