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I went to a networking event held by Raindance Vancouver.
Aptly titled Booze and Schmooze.
I was lucky enough to meet Ken Tynan and Annahis Basmadjian
They told me about a play that Annahis was directing and Ken was starring in.
The play is called Psychopomp & Circumstance and is a musical murder mystery about the Grim Reaper.
Check out episode 19 of Between 2 Pints!
I stopped by the set of Grocery Store Action Movie to shoot some stills and test out my new 50mm-200mm lens. I had a great time and stayed much later then I expected. This was the short film Grocery Store Action Movie for the Crazy8s contest. I really enjoyed being able to get in close to the action without actually getting in the way. I will definitely be bringing that zoom lens to more set photography gigs.
The next week Mat returned the favor by stopping by my show Between 2 Pints as a guest and we talked about his short film.
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I had some issues last year, when I was working on season three of Standard Action.I was creating OMF files from my Premiere timeline and the audio engineer Kersten couldn’t open them in Pro Tools. It took us a fair amount of tries but we managed to find some settings that work. An OMF files in 2 types. 1 is a simple XML file with a folder of audio clips. Unfortunately Adobe renames all these audio clips so that type of OMF won’t open in Pro tools. The 2nd type is a file that contains all the audio. If you set the handle frames too high or use entire audio clips this could overflow the maximum file size of the encapsulated OMF file.
Remove any muted audio from the timeline and select everything. Also select the audio layers on the left.
A while ago I was asked to speak at the BCPVA about my experiences with crowd source funding.
Here are my notes on it.
I’ve been involved in several crowd source fundraising projects. I am an indie filmmaker and videographer. I have assisted in multiple campaigns related to various projects that I have directed or shot . I also created the video updates for the campaign themselves. The most successful one was the Kickstarter for season 3 of Standard Action, A fantasy comedy web series. We wanted to make a 2 episode finale of our series for $12,000. We managed to raise over $35,000. Joanna Gaskell, the producer of Standard Action and I, partnered with our friends at the Gamerati. At the time we couldn’t run a Kickstarter as a Canadian business. The Gamerati was also a huge help in publicizing and planning our campaign.
My very first campaign was an Indiegogo to raise $2000 to show my feature films The Directors Project in a theater . That campaign failed but, it still managed to raise $500. Because it was Indiegogo, I still got that money. While running the campaign, I was contacted by a theater that would show it for a reasonable amount. Even though I failed to raise the money, I still succeeded in my goal. I had managed to show the film in a theater for the cast and crew and their friends and family.
We asked for a very modest amount for season 2. We had given away 14 episodes and about 3 total hours of content excluding all our bts videos. I’ve seen a lot of web series ask for a heck of a lot more for their second season. Some have succeeded but some have failed. We worked our butts off on this fundraiser and it was exhausting… or so we thought.
I helped Starlit make the first 2 seasons of their board game reviews. They ran an Indiegogo to try and raise money for their second season. I was very surprised at how little money they raised. It was a solid show. We had released over 40 episodes. We had a lot of views and it was being well received. This showed me that even if you have a lot of the cards in your favor, things can go poorly. They are now running a successful patron campaign to pay for their reviews which is really cool!
This was a huge undertaking. One I’m still working on almost daily. It was hugely successful in many ways but in other ways it was a lot more work then I expected and I expected it to be a huge amount of work. The big lessons I learned were:
Track your project but beware! The most and biggest donations happen at the beginning and the end. Kicktraq doesn’t take this in to account so its predictions can be crazy false positive in the first few days of a project. http://www.kicktraq.com/
Has a free membership option. This allows your to publish to multiple social media streams and schedule them so people don’t get saturated. It’s auto schedule feature is solid gold. The free membership is great! https://hootsuite.com/
The best kind of perks to offer for a campaign are digital. Why? Because you don’t have to pay shipping! If you use Dropbox and some of your backers sign up you get more storage space! Sign up with my Dropbox link to get us both some extra free space!
You can run a mailing list and html email newsletter with this and send 10000 email a month free. Build your email list while running the campaign and use it to keep in contact with your donors. It’s free and easy to use! http://mailchimp.com/
Watch the web series I direct! standardaction.zombieorpheus.com
This video is worth watching.
An interesting option I’m seeing more people go towards. Zombie Orpheus moved over to them. Those guys are brilliant and I have a lot of respect for what they do. If they use it, well it bears consideration.
I got the chance to write a two part story for season 3 of Standard Action. Warning! May contain clowns!